New England Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

A Family Session on Boston's North Shore

I've known Natalie for almost three years... we first met when I was pregnant with my son after being introduced by friend and fellow photographer Kendra. All I could think in our first meeting was, "She's going to think I'm so unprofessional -- I'm SO pregnant!" Little did I know that Natalie was secretly pregnant herself and that meeting would be the beginning of a dear friendship between two Boston area wedding creatives

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by deborahzoe

A South Boston Engagement Session

We started Phoebe & Kevin's session in their beautiful home followed by a walk through their neighborhood. Conversations on the front stoop, families at the playground, pups walking with their owners, it hardly felt like you were in the middle of the city. It's a small oasis in a bustling part of town, a quaint and inviting place -- it's clear why Phoebe & Kevin love it so. 

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by deborahzoe

An Engagement Session at MIT, Cambridge

Grace & Sam are both graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They met in school and campus has become an incredibly important and sentimental place in their relationship. Of course it had to become a part of their engagement session so we spent an afternoon together wandering the city campus and exploring it's historic buildings. In fact, MIT had just celebrated their 100th anniversary of their Cambridge campus before the session - historic indeed!

Grace is an aero student (which I love as my own hubby Dave graduated from the MIT aero program) and Sam is a mathematician. Together these two make one incredibly smart couple! But beyond their skill in academics Grace and Sam are kind and generous, a couple who is dearly loved by their friends. As we walked the MIT campus for their engagement session, Grace and Sam were stopped numerous times with congratulatory hugs and excitement!!

Grace and Sam are doing things a little differently than most couples. While their engagement will have only been a few months when they tie the knot this June, it's clear that Grace and Sam are meant to be. From the way that Sam cares for Grace to the way Grace melts into Sam's arm -- Sam and Grace are the real deal.

Thank you Grace and Sam for showing me around campus, enjoy your images!!

by deborahzoe

A Fireman and A Cupcake

This past weekend we celebrated Jonathan's third birthday with a BBQ at our home. It was an especially beautiful spring day (are rare treat this year with our cold and rainy weather!) with lots of food and outdoor fun. Dave has a large extended family, many who make the journey to our house and ever year our yard is filled with kiddos, bubbles and lawn chairs. It makes my heart really full. 

This year we celebrated with firetrucks, one of Jonathan's favorite things. As I watched him try to blow out his birthday candle in his new fire chief jacket, I was reminded of just how fast time goes. Wasn't it just yesterday that we were bringing him home from the hospital? I knew that this day would come quickly but it's a whole different thing when it actually does. 

This week I found myself in conversation with a fellow entrepreneur and new Mom. We chatted about the struggles of balancing work and home life and what it looks like to run a business while also growing your family. I'm three years into that balance and have found it to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences. It's a balance that needs to be filled with grace, patience and compromise. 

The things that I wanted three years ago for my business have radically shifted all because of this cute fireman. It's hard to describe what it looks like to have a business that you are incredibly passionate about, one that you have poured your heart and soul into, while also raising a child who has stolen that same heart, become your everything. It truly is an art of balance. 

One of my favorite entrepreneurs and fellow Mom is Joanna Gaines. I fell in love with her driven spirit and love her family years ago when I discovered a little known show at the time called Fixer Upper. It's been amazing to watch as she and her husband Chip have continued to radically grow their business, positively influence their community all while keeping their family at the forefront. She wrote a blog post several years ago that has always stuck with me.

"For those of you who are working moms and struggle to find the balance between loving your job and loving your kids, I feel your pain. We have to let go of the guilt and rather than feel burdened about missing out, we need to celebrate the fact that we are doing what we were made to do." - Joanna Gaines

You can read the full post here, I guarantee that it will encourage your heart. If you're a new Mom, Mom for several years or a business owner who dreams of expanding her family some day, take heart. I believe that there is room for both. With a lot of patience, grace and compromise. Your focus will shift, your priorities will change but you will still chase after your dreams and raise beautiful babies. It's hard and it can be scary but that doesn't mean it isn't worth the sacrifice and effort it takes to raise children and build a business that matters. 

by deborahzoe

Copper Inspiration Shoot at Warehouse XI

Collaborating is something I believe strongly in so when my good friend and fellow photographer Shannon approached me about creating an inspiration shoot together this past winter, I jumped at the chance. We were incredibly lucky and honored to work with a team of incredible creatives who helped bring the vision of a copper inspired wedding to life -- I continue to be in awe of the magic we were able to create together!!

Warehouse XI, voted best new venue by Venue Report, was our gracious host. The space was a blank canvas and allowed the color palette of reds and copper to pop!! It was important that the details felt-fashion forward and represented our concept of industrial romance. Beach Plum Florals did an amazing job of pulling together flowers that felt fresh and modern but were soft and ethereal as well. Roberta of the Romanticist Studios was our stylist and created a look that balanced industrial, modern and romance perfectly. 

For our stationary Roberta collaborated with Kate of Yennygrams to create a beautiful copper mounted paper suite!! Even our escort cards were hand scripted copper plates. Those little touches were what made this collaboration perfection.

Be Our Guest provided table settings and even hand sewed a tulle skirt for our table. (I mean we had a rock star team of creatives!!) They paired a hard metal table top with a delicate place setting and copper accented cutlery. The result was a beautiful mix of metals and textures, a perfect compliment to our venue location and the soft, romantic feel of the florals. 

Flair Boston provided a glorious lace corseted ARIA wedding down with an incredible tulle skirt. It paired beautifully with our reception table (noticing a theme here?!) and my favorite dream team of beauty, Amanda McCarthy Beauty & Hair That Moves ensured that our models, Rhonda & Johnny, looked fabulous as well!! These talented creatives brought the vision of Industrial Romance to life and I was honored to work alongside Shannon to photograph it all!!

Creative Team

Photography: Shannon Grant Photography | Photography: Deborah Zoe Photography | Styling: Romanticist Studio | Floral Design: Beach Plum Floral Design | Wedding Dress: ARIA | Cake: Artisan Bake Shop | Makeup: Amanda McCarthy Beauty | Hair: Hair That Moves | Calligraphy: Yennygrams | Venue:Warehouse XI | Bridal Boutique: Flair Bridesmaids | Donuts: Union Square Donuts | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Hair Accessories: Jannie Baltzer | Models: Maggie Inc | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Ribbon: Honey Silks And Co

Click here view our feature on the front page of Style Me Pretty!!

If you'd like to learn more about bringing a styled shoot together or the benefit of collaborating with your peers, I'd be happy to share more about our experience in a blog post or in the comments below!!

An Engagement Session in Boston's North End

Kate is a city girl through and through and I just love that about her, a girl after my own heart!! When chatting about where she and Don would like to have their engagement session, it was no question : Boston would be it!! Kate lives in the heart of downtown -- complete with sweeping views of Boston Harbor and State House, a city girl's dream. Don and Kate have a deep love for this city and this December will say their vows in the shadow of Boston's skyline. 

One of Don and Kate's favorite date night activities is walking from her apartment downtown to the charming neighborhood of the North End for a slice of pizza or a cannoli. (That sounds like a perfect date night to me!) For their engagement session we did exactly that, stopping along the way to take in the city sights and enjoy a treat. 

The North End is one of my favorite places in Boston. I love the history -- one of the few remaining cobble stone streets is here -- and the charm of the numerous restaurants and bakeries that fill this neighborhood. I was pleased as punch to sneak away from the crowds and introduce Don & Kate to my fave little bakery, Bova's, tucked away off of Hanover!!

Don and Kate are sweethearts, the kind of couple who welcomes you in and makes you feel like an old friend. Kate's smile can light up a room and Don is always quick to make sure that Kate feels loved, with that famous Kate smile on her face. (Just see below!) I can't wait for their wedding later this year and I am so excited to introduce them to you today!! Enjoy their sweet North End Engagement Session!!

A Wedding In Portsmouth, New Hampshire

I've known Bev's family for many years and when it was shared that she was engaged to her Dutch boyfriend Auke I couldn't have been more excited! After meeting Auke over the summer I knew that he was the perfect fit for Bev. Together this couple can light up the room. Always ready with a smile and hug, they exude the kind of friendliness that makes strangers feel like old friends. 

This past April they celebrated their wedding with family and friends who traveled from all over the world. Holland, Turkey, New England. They even live streamed the wedding ceremony so that loved ones around the world could celebrate with them. It was a joyous day made even more special by the loved ones who traveled (or watched!) long and far to be there to support this beautiful couple. 

Bev and Auke chose details throughout their wedding that honored their unique backgrounds. Bev carried a bouquet of tulips, a nod to Auke's Dutch heritage. They were married in a quaint New England chapel, a testament to their strong faith and Bev's New England upbringing. Auke's family roasted the Groom with a hilarious skit, a Dutch tradition. Each aspect of the day honored their loved ones and paid homage to the people, experiences and heritage that make them who they are today. 

It was an honor to be a small part of Bev & Auke's day, to witness as they brought their two lives together and celebrate alongside their family and friends! Enjoy their images!

A Lake Winnipesaukee Engagement Session

When I learned that Greg's family home on Lake Winnipesaukee is where they spend most of their free time, where they escape to just breath - I knew that was where we had to have their engagement session. On a COLD and RAINY April morning I drove up into the mountains and met Greg and Sarah who were ending a long weekend away on the lake. There was a quietness, a peaceful energy to their private oasis on the lake and it was magical. 

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Rebranding Part 2 : Meaningful Design & 5 Tips For Your Rebrand

More behind the purposeful design of the new Deborah Zoe Photography plus 5 tips to help with your rebrand!! When I began the process of rebranding (i.e : defining my voice, communicating clearly, creating a cohesive message), I knew that it was going to require commitment, focus and dedication.

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by deborahzoe

A Stevens-Coolidge Place Wedding

Several weeks ago I was contacted by Natalie who mentioned she was looking for a photographer for her intimate wedding celebration at Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover. It's rare that I have the opportunity to photograph smaller weddings and I was delighted to be invited to photograph their beautiful day!!

When I arrived at Stevens-Coolidge Place the sky had turned and the clouds began collecting. I knew that rain was coming and little by little drops of precipitation began to fall. But nothing, not even a heavy rain fall, could keep the smile from Natalie's face. Hidden away from her soon-to-be-hubby O'Neal, Natalie radiated with joy - I knew from that moment this was going to be a celebration to remember!

Natalie walked to the site of their ceremony with her brother on her arm and her daughter by her side. O'Neal awaited her entrance in the sunken garden as their loved ones encircled around them. What had started as a sprinkle turned into a heavy rain as they exchanged their rings. Natalie and O'Neal broke in to laughter, elated that this day had finally come, even with the rain. What a joy it was to be one of the few who had the honor of witnessing their nuptials!

When thinking about how I wanted to share Natalie and O'Neal's celebration, I decided to do something I've never done before -- share their wedding day entirely in black and white!! The intimacy of their day, the rainy backdrop and the beautiful property of Stevens-Coolidge Place made for perfect black and white images - enhancing all of the emotion and joy Natalie and O'Neal experienced on their wedding day.