On a beautiful summer morning I met Danielle & Kyle just in time for sunrise at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester. With the sun just peaky above the horizon line and the beach nearly to ourselves, it was the loveliest of ways to start the day!! These two will be tying the knot in just a few short weeks -- it was wonderful to help them celebrate their engagement near the ocean's edge!! Enjoy a few of my favorite images!!
When I asked Josselyn & Matthew if they had any ideas of where they might like their engagement session, immediately the first place that came to their minds was their historic New England home. Filled with charm and gorgeous gardens surrounding the house, it was the perfect backdrop for this sweet couple. Josselyn also wanted to visit the beach, just minutes from their house, incorporating their love for the ocean. It was a joy to photograph this couple at their home, a place where they feel comfortable and themselves. I loved all the nooks we had to explore and their beautifully wood and private lot. These two will be tying the knot in just a few short weeks -- until then enjoy some of my favorite images from their session!!
I first met Jared & Willoughby at Willoughby's family home, a sprawling working farm on Boston's North Shore. They will be getting married at this beautiful place later this summer and it was important to them for me to experience it for myself. I absolutely love how personal this place is to the couple, especially Willoughby, and how they are thoughtfully planning their wedding day to reflect their personal connection to the farm along with its beautiful natural backdrop.
When it came time for their engagement session it made sense to explore the farm. We meandered through the tall tree groves and winding stone wall lined drives on a glorious summer evening. Just spending a few minutes here its easy to understand why Willoughby and Jared feel such a connection to this place.
Jared and Willoughby thank you for inviting me to this place, a place that means so much to you. I can't wait for August!! Enjoy some of my favorites from their session!!
As we walked Greenwood Farm in Ipswich, both Jenny and exclaimed that it felt like were walking onto the set of Anne of Green Gables. And by pure chance I edited their images watching the new Netflix version, Anne with an E - and I have to say it really did feel as though we were in Avonlea!
Jenny and Bradley are both dancers and my hope was that their engagement session felt fresh, light and hinted at their creative and artistic backgrounds. (Plus add in some romance too ;)) We spent an amazing evening exploring Greenwood Farm, a place filled with rustic charm and natural beauty. It truly felt magical.
Bradley & Jenny, I cannot wait to celebrate with you this weekend as you say "I Do!" Enjoy some of my favorites from their engagement!!
Tish and Obie love the great outdoors (Obie is from Alaska afterall :)) and so they wanted their engagement session to fit that woodland vibe that they feel so comfortable in. After chatting with them about their session, I knew the perfect place!! Hidden away near my home is an area that is almost magical, filled with tall pine trees and the quiet that only the woods can bring.
I absolutely LOVED hanging out with these two who spent our entire time together laughing. I don't think that vibrant smile ever left Tish's face. Being around that kind of love is infectious and joyful and all the amazing adjectives you can think of to describe it. Certainly made me incredibly excited for their wedding later this year!! Enjoy several of my favorite images!!
Hybrid Session | 5dMarkIII & EOS-1V | Kodak Portra 400 | Processed by The Find Lab
On a overcast spring afternoon I met with Maggie and Jack at the beautiful Crane Estate for their engagement session. Maggie and Jack will be getting married next year at an estate in Ipswich and so they wanted their engagement session to reflect the the history and beachy feel of this seaside town. The Crane Estate is sprawling with tremendous views in almost every direction. It was a treat to explore the beautiful property with Maggie and Jack and admire the lovely architectural details and beauty of this place.
Just down the street is one of my favorite places, Crane Beach. After a quick outfit change we headed to the beach for a more relaxed vibe. Snuggled up in sweaters, Maggie and Jack enjoyed the nearly empty beach and bravely dipped their toes in the chilly Atlantic waters!! The overcast skies, empty beach and these two made for a romantic ending to a beautiful session!!
Hybrid Session | 5dMarkIII & EOS-1V | Kodak Portra 400 | Processed by The Find Lab
On a beautiful spring evening I met with Jennifer and Nate on Boston's Harbor front just as the sun began to dip near the horizon. Jennifer and Nate met at Boston College and they wanted their engagement session to reflect their love for the city and the place they fell in love. The evening offered candy colored skies and sweeping views of the harbor. I loved having the opportunity to get to know Jennifer and Nate and I can't wait for their wedding this fall - enjoy a few of my favorite images!!
On a blustry spring evening I met with Callie and Jimmy in the harbor town of Rockport, one of my favorite spots on the North Shore. On a typical summer evening Bearskin Neck is a bustling area with tourists and shops and restaurants. But on this early spring evening everything was quiet and we had much of the area to ourselves. The ocean was active with waves crashing against the breakwater making for a dramatic backdrop for Callie and Jimmy's session!!
Jimmy & Callie will be getting married on the Cape later this year and desired their engagement session to reflect a seaside feel. Rockport was the perfect setting!! Callie & Jimmy, I can't wait to celebrate with you two in just a few short months!!
On an early January morning I met Alyssa & Younes in Copley Square for their engagement session. Since they live abroad, we had a small window of time when they would be visiting the states -- we crossed our fingers for a sunny day and we were met with a beautiful and seasonally *warm* weather.
Alyssa and Younes were a delight -- it was so much fun having the opportunity to get to know them both and witness the beautiful friendship they share together. Alyssa and Younes will wed in July in the Copley Square area so we had a wonderful time exploring this quintessential part of town. Enjoy some of my favorites from their lovely Copley Square engagement session!!
Hybrid Session : Canon 5d Mark III | Film Canon EOS-1V | Shot on Kodak Max 400 | Processed & Scanned by The Find Lab
These two brave souls met me on a cold early fall morning for their engagement session at Crane Beach in Ipswich. Crane Beach is one of my favorite places on earth and it was joy to share this special spot with Kirsten & Paul!! We met just as the sun was rising above the horizon and were greeted by an empty beach -- the ocean was still, the sand was smooth, it was a peaceful start to a beautiful engagement session!! Enjoy some of my favorites!!
*I'm secretly-not-so-secretly THRILLED to incorporate several film frames into this blog post -- can you spot which images are film??! Developed and scanned by the Find Film Lab. Photographed with Canon EOS 1V 35mm on Portra 400
If fall in New England is magical then fall in the South End is perfection. Earlier this month I spent a lovely crisp fall afternoon with Emily & Nick exploring their beloved South End. Known for it's boutique shops, amazing restaurants and charming brownstone apartments, the South End is filled with character, it was the perfect backdrop for their very Boston engagement session.
Just blocks from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the South End feels like a world away with a quiet neighborhood vibe. Emily and Nick just love this area of town and it was so fun walking through some of their favorite spots in the South End.
It was an absolutely BLAST hanging out with these two. Emily is never without her beautiful smile and Nick has the ability to make you feel like an old friend. Together they make a beautiful pair, not just in their hospitable spirit but in now they fit perfectly together.
Emily & Nick, thank you for treating me to such a fun afternoon with you!! Enjoy some of my favorite images from their beautiful South End engagement session!!
Elissa & Scott just moved back to the Boston area after living in the south for the past few years. It's been a transition Elissa has looked for to for some time (hello four seasons!!) so when it came time to plan their engagement session, she knew the perfect spot : her Mom's backyard!! The location is sentimental to Elissa but also represents the start of their new life here in New England. Scott & Elissa brought music and a bottle of champagne to celebrate and I loved how personal and relaxed their session felt -- the perfect fit for this easygoing couple!!
Elissa & Scott are a photographer's dream, they completely trusted me to capture their relationship and gave me a chance to experiment and try things I don't normally do (like making my couple run through a field a million times :-P) just to get a different kind of image.
Elissa & Scott will be getting married next summer at Moraine Farm on Boston's North Shore and I couldn't be more excited to capture their gorgeous wedding!! Enjoy their rustic & charming New England engagement session (and don't miss Elissa's GORGEOUS ring!!)
I just love these two brave souls who got up before the sun for their early morning engagement session in the Public Gardens. Living in the Boston area they wanted their engagement session to be a reflection of quintessential Boston. But anyone who knows Boston knows that this part of town is filled with tourists and locals alike later into the day. So how do you go about making the Public Gardens look empty? Begin your session at 6am ;).
I love Erica & Mark's go with the flow attitude -- they are a confident couple who are comfortable in their own skin and have a deep connection to each other. Best friends. What a joy to photograph!!
Later this year they will be tying the knot in a quintessential Bostonian wedding at the Fairmont Copley Plaza (sensing a theme here?) I cannot wait to photograph this sweet couple again in a place that is near and dear to their hearts!!
I couldn't have been more excited to receive an email from Matt & Erika following their recent engagement this past spring. I've known Matt now for several years having had the opportunity to photograph his sister's wedding in 2012 and his brother's wedding last fall. Being able to be a part of the Tice family's life events has been a highlight as a photographer and so I was delighted to be asked by Erika & Matt to photograph their engagement!!
Matt & Erika picked the North End, where they live, as the backdrop for their engagement session. I arrived to their adorable apartment where they relaxed with champagne and cannolis, a North End staple. After enjoying some sweets, we meandered through the North End's maze of streets visiting some of Matt & Erika's favorite spots in this quaint and famous Boston neighborhood. They even managed to gobble down some slices of gooey pizza on a side alley street. If that doesn't scream North End I don't know what does!!
Amanda grew up in Groton and loved exploring the old farm fields upon Gibbet Hill. It was the perfect location for their engagement session where Chris, Amanda and Marley could escape outdoors, stretch their legs and enjoy an afternoon together. Gibbet Hill is quintessentially New England with cow fields spanning the hillside and a sweeping view of the valley below. Plus there's an old "castle" foundation at the top of the hill, it's no wonder that Chris & Amanda love this place so!!
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.
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.
Today kicks off one of my favorite weeks all year for the blog : The Best of 2015!! Every year I like to take a week to recap the year that was, resharing some of the amazing places and people we had the joy of photographing this past season. It's always a beautiful reminder for me of just how lucky I am to do what I love and how fortunate I am work with kindest, most caring and over all amazing people...EVER.
Nothing is more fun than having the opportunity to photograph the siblings or family members of past DZP couples. Like Lauren, whose brother RJ is a past DZP groom. I first met Lauren and Marshall on RJ & Meredith's wedding day this past June when I had no voice (read : my voice was competely gone due to the flu), so imagine how fun it was to meet them at their engagement session with a full voice!! I loved spending the morning with this adorable duo, who first met in Boston, began a flirtation over Bruins vs Canadians hockey and have been insperable every since. Fittingly they wanted their engagement session to reflect their love for the city that started it all for them.