Boston & New England Wedding Photographer Deborah Zoe

Boston & North Shore Wedding Photographer creating timeless imagery for classic New England weddings with a fine art approach.

Manchester by the Sea Yacht Club Rehearsal Dinner

On a beautiful June evening, Molly & Eric gathered their closest family and friends to treat them to a quintessential Cape Ann experience for their rehearsal dinner at the Manchester by the Sea Yacht Club. Situated in the heart of Manchester's harbor, Molly & Eric toasted to family and good friends amongst the rocky coast and the boats that dotted the harbor - including her family's own sailboat!! It was intimate evening, the perfect way to kick of their wedding weekend. Enjoy a few of my favorite images!!

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Coastal New England Engagement Session

On a foggy spring afternoon I met A & E at Falmouth Light on Cape Cod. The wind came in off the water as boats sounded their horns in the distance. For most couples this kind of weather might not have been ideal, but for A & E it was the perfect setting for their Cape Cod engagement session. The Cape holds a special place in their hearts, so much so that they decided to host their wedding here later this fall. It was so lovely to share in this beautiful place with A & E and to experience all the Cape has to offer, fog and all!! Enjoy a few of my favorite images!! 

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Good Harbor Beach Engagement Session | Ricky & Emily

What fun to kick of the return of wedding season with Emily and Ricky for their engagement session at Good Harbor Beach!! When they asked me for suggestions of a beachy and relaxed location, Good Harbor immediately came to mind. On a quiet, yet blustery, spring evening we wander the near empty beach and surrounding dunes taking advantage of the glorious light and enjoying the cold sand between our toes. Enjoy some of my favorite images!!

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Cherry Blossom Engagement Session in Boston

On a beautiful spring morning YQ & John met me on the Boston Esplanade just as the sun was peaking above the horizon. Amongst the glorious cherry blossoms we enjoyed the nearly vacant park near the river. We visited the site of their epic first date and talked about their plans for the wedding day. It was such fun to enjoy the sunrise together and I couldn't help but smile watching these two together. They have a quiet kind of love that is sweet, simple and perfect. I can't wait to celebrate with then in November!! Until the enjoy a few favorites from their engagement session!!

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Sunrise Engagement Session at Good Harbor Beach

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!!

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Coastal New England Engagement Session

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!!

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Farm Engagement Session on Boston's North Shore

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!!

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Woodland Engagement Session on Boston's North Shore

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

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The Best of 2016 : Engagements

Today continues the the Best of 2016 series with my favorite engagement images from the past year. I kicked off 2016 with Sarah & Greg's epic Lake Winnipesaukee engagement session and ended the year with Kirsten & Paul's sunrise session at Crane Beach. From Boston to the North Shore, the city to the coast, 2016 was filled with beautiful places and amazing couples celebrating this precious time in life!!

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Crane Beach Engagement Session in Ipswich

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

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Boston Public Garden Engagement Session

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!!

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An Engagement Session in Boston's North End

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!!

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Patrick & Elizabeth's Engagement at Wagon Hill Farm in Durham New Hampshire

Is there anything more adorable than a love story that begins in kindergarten?! I think not! Fondly Liz and Pat described that, "They got along OK. They carpooled, shared best friends and played tag. Patrick had Cooties and Liz was a trouble maker. When kindergarten ended they split paths. Liz pursued her dream of becoming the pink power ranger and Patrick expanded his parking lot soccer skills to the field." Fast forward to adulthood and Liz and Pat are planning a wedding and purchasing their first home! The story of their love is one of distance, separation, and lengthy phone bills. But no matter how far apart their lives seemed to take them, Liz and Pat always found their way back to each other. Clearly a sign that no matter what, it was just meant to be!

Liz and Pat will be married in an outdoor ceremony at Curtis Farm in July. Wagon Hill Farm in New Hampshire was of course perfect backdrop for their engagement session, a wonderful compliment for their rustic inspired wedding! And despite the ticks and the cool breeze we managed to have a beautiful afternoon together! I know I've said it before, but at the risk of sounding cliche, I truly love each of the unique couples I work with! I work with the best people, who are truly beautiful on the inside and out. I'm so grateful that what I do places me in the paths of these special people and even more grateful that I get to witness one of the most important days of their lives. Liz and Pat are no exception to this. They are amazingly genuine people who I now call friends! Liz and Pat, thank you for giving me a peak inside your lives! Can't wait for July!

To view Pat and Liz's images click here.

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Many thanks to The Music Bed for providing the music for Liz and Pat's slideshow. "I Want You" performed by Zerbin.

Patriots Day : A Day of Distractions

It's Patriots Day here in a Massachusetts which means most people have the day off, including my husband. And I've got to be honest, it's totally put me off my game! It's just so weird to have him around when I'm trying to work. Clearly I'm one for structure and schedule because I'm so distracted! He's doing lots of yard work today too which means there is a lot more noise and he keeps coming inside to ask me if I want to know what Bobby Valentine said about Youk. Needless to say I'm not getting a lot of work done today! I'm determined to hunker down though, knock some things off of my to do list and then enjoy a BEAUTIFUL afternoon with Dave. It's a rare treat that he is home like this so I'm making a decision to turn the computer off this afternoon and enjoy it together! I have lots of stuff I want to share with you these last few weeks of April and so I thought for this Monday of distractions instead of trying to write a proper post, I'd give you a sneak peek of what's coming your way!

- A vlog about what's in my camera bag. Can you handle more of me "live?"

- A wedding love all about the family formals. Who knew they could be this exciting?!

- A sneak peek into my home office and client meeting space. I've been so hesitant about posting these but I finally feel like it's becoming a space I'm proud of:)

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- An April Bookworm

- An update on my 101 in 1001 list

- An April Self Portrait - wasn't it JUST March?

- A bunch of amazing engagement sessions, including:

- A beautiful mock engagement session at Elm Bank Horticultural Society. I'm definitely swooning over these!

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I hope you enjoy this beautiful spring day. Even if it's just for five minutes, get out there and breath in the fresh air. Distractions or no distractions embrace the day!

Wedding Love: What To Wear

The Engagement Session: What To Wear

Inevitably I will get asked the question: "What should we wear to our engagement session?" I hear ya! It's tricky finding clothing and accessory items that fit your personality and express who you are. After several years of photographing engagement sessions and having had the opportunity to be in front of the camera myself I've learned some helpful tips on how to dress to look your best. I have shared them below. Enjoy!

1. Match your location and think of the season.

It seems simple enough but dressing appropriately for the season and location in which you are being photographed in is important. For example, if you are having a snowy, winter engagement session, dressing in shorts and flip flops would look strange AND you'd be incredibly uncomfortable. Whereas, if you dressed in layers of sweaters, jackets, hats, mittens, boots and a cute scarf, you'd not only look appropriate to the time of year but you'd also look adorable! The season in which you choose to have your engagement session is the back drop to your photos.  As you dress for your session, think about where and when you'll be having your images taken and try to match and coordinate with the locale. Look at the woman above, who is dressed in warm layers, pops of color, all with and edge of style. She is coordinated for the season in which she is being photographed all with a pop of color to help her stand out against the white snow. She fits effortlessly into the scene, that is what you want to try to achieve:)

2. Keep it personal

Sometimes people feel the need to dress in clothing choices that are completely out of the norm for them. And while I am ALL about fashion and stylish couples, if you're dressing in items that just don't fit who you are, then you're going to be uncomfortable. And that will definitely show in your images. Picking clothing options for your engagement session requires a little bit of thought. Who are you as a person? What do you like? Do you like the beach, do you like the outdoors? Do you like fashion and super high heels? Do you like to wear suits or a pair of jeans? It goes on and on, but the better sense you have of yourself and your style the easier it will be to know how to dress for your session. For me, I relish the opportunity to dress up, so an outfit like the one above, a pair of high heels, cute earrings, a tote, white pants and a simple black shirt would do just the trick. I can see me know walking around the city feeling all glam, yes please! But that's ME. Sure everyday I wear a comfy shirt and my favorite pair of jeans, but I also love the opportunity to dress up! Really think about who you are and your personality and use that to help you plan out outfits and locations for your session.

 

3. Don't be afraid of color and don't forget to accessorize!

Often times I'll see couples who dress in grey, black, dark blue and more black. Maybe it's a Northeast thing, we sure do love our blacks and greys! But please don't be afraid of pops of color! I love the examples of the coral and teal for summer above. But color isn't just for summer and spring! Plums, shades of cranberry and forest greens are great for fall and crimson is an amazing color to pop against the bleak landscape of winter! Adding color to your outfit, whether it is in your clothing or accessory choices, adds much needed contrast and interest to your images. Also think about your accessory choices. Adding a pendant necklace or some hoop earrings or a statement ring are just some of the ways to add interest to your outfit. Accessories are a key element to help bring your entire look together! Don't be afraid to be bold and colorful with your accessories!

4. Compliment, don't match.

In all of the examples I have chosen, I have tried to pick outfits that compliment each other but that are not matchy-matchy. Whether it is in color choice or style of outfit, they fit well together. For example below the two outfits on the left work for several reasons. First they match the season. I can picture this for a fall engagement session in the woods or up in the mountains. It has a great relaxed and casual look to it that is reminiscent of that time of year. Secondly, the hints of brown and green help to tie both outfits together without looking identical. The color is a unifying factor. Third, the outfits are simple yet stylish. While the guy has a plaid pattern on his shirt, the girl has kept her top to a simple cream and green cardigan. This helps to keep everything cohesive and clean.

5. Use tools like Polyvore, Pinterest and your favorite magazine or clothing catalog.

All of the examples I have brought together were found on Pinterest and Polyvore. Finding your fashion inspiration is so helpful in creating outfit choices that fit you. For me that has changed dramatically over the last few years. Today I find myself drawn to J.Crew, Michael Kors, and Tommy Hilfiger. I'm a mix of glam and preppy and that suits me just fine:)! I'll often find myself scouring through magazines to help find outfits that I like as well. Find whatever inspires you and build from there. Look at your favorite clothing lines, your favorite brands, your favorite stores, heck even your favorite celebrity. Figure out why you like those things and how that speaks to who you are. From there, choosing clothing items that fit you becomes a much easier task. You have a clearer idea of what will look good on you and what will express your personality.

I could go on and on but I'll stop there:) I hope even the least fashion savvy of you are left feeling inspired and encouraged! Fashion can be overwhelming because there are so many choices, options and opinions. Narrowing that all down to only what speaks to you, you'll have a clearer vision of how to express who you are through the items that you wear!