How appropriate to be sharing this adorable family Mini Session as Kristen & Kyle just welcomed their BABY GIRL into the world this past weekend!! On a beautiful summer evening we met to capture their life as a family of three and celebrate the upcoming arrival of their baby. What a joy it has been to walk life together with this amazing couple and we couldn't be more thrilled as they grow their family!!
View their winter maternity session here. Read More
On a beautiful summer evening I met Molly & Eddie at Wagon Hill Farm, not far from the place where their love story began. They met while attending the University of New Hampshire and the seacoast area holds many special memories for them. I had an incredible time exploring this beautiful park with them -- just check out that field of wildflowers!! These two are magic together and I can't wait to celebrate with them at Willowdale next year. Enjoy some of my faves!! Read More
Hard to believe another month as come and gone -- every since Isla hit month five, the months have flown by at rapid pace. And each and every day I am ever so grateful she is in our lives. This age is JUST THE BEST!! She is cuddly, silly, loves to explore and watch the world around her. Being able to be at her side as she learns life is such an honor and just so fun!! Read More
Part of what I love most about this job I have as a photographer is the opportunity to follow along with families throughout the years. Being able to have the opportunity to reconnect with couples and families year after year brings so much joy to my heart. So when Diana contacted me to help celebrate her daugther's second birthday with a portrait session, I was thrilled. This little cute, Olivia, has grown up before my camera - from her adorable six month portrait session to her first birthday and now as a full blown toddler who loves to run and jump and play, it has been so fun to watch them grow together!!
On a beautiful summer evening we met at one of my favorite portrait locations, Crane Beach, for a relaxed session together. Olivia got to play in the sand, run with Daddy, snuggle up with Mom and just enjoy being together. Here are some of my faves!! Read More
Family is everything to Willie & Joanne so when it came time to plan their wedding day they were sure to fill every moment with meaningful tributes to their loved ones. They married on the Cape - a place incredibly special to Joanne's family, at the Wianno Club. Joanne wore her grandmother's dress - the same dress that her Mom wore on her wedding day. Willie invited family from the Midwest to experience all the East Coast has to offer. Joanne shared a meaningful and heartfelt first look with her Dad. It was a joy to be there to capture it all!! Enjoy my favorites from the day below!! Read More
New England had a pretty rainy, cold spring. Some might even argue we went straight from winter right into spring. So when Michael & Camie's wedding day approached I was slightly concerned about what Mother Nature might have up her sleeve. Well all those cold and rainy days must have been leading up to their wedding because it was one of the most beautiful days we've had yet. The gardens at Moraine Farm were in full bloom with a gorgeous blue sky and the air was filled with a warm gentle breeze. It seemed as if Mother Nature wanted to show off just for Camie & Michael. Read More
To be honest at this point it kind of feels like the months are all melding together. Five, six, seven - it's been hard to keep them all on track and remember the milestones Isla has been reaching at each point!! She does so many new things all the time that it's just an all around exciting time. I have to say that month six has been a fave of mine. It has been SO.MUCH.FUN. Her cuteness is over the top and her personality is really starting to show through. She's observant and has started to LOVE watching other people, learning what they are doing. In short, being around Isla right now is a pure joy!! Here are a few highlights of her sixth month :
Isla has started sleeping consistently through the night... 7pm-6:30am!!!! It has been a game changer for us and our family.
In related sleeping news, Isla has started napping!! Literally over night she decide napping was a good idea and will give me 1-2 great naps a day. Going from absolutely NO napping to at least a nap a day has been HUGE for me and for her!!
She LOOOOOVES food, LOVES IT!! Sweet potatoes, bananas, avocados, mangos, pears, kale, cucumbers, carrots, apples and more. She get's real grumpy too if we don't feed her fast enough. Such a difference between her and her brother!!
Also over night, Isla started having extreme stranger danger. Mama and Daddy are it. She's gotten a LOT better as the weeks have gone on, but it's been hard as she's even uncomfortable with her grandparents. We take things slow and steady with introducing her to new things and that seems to help a lot :)
Isla can sit up but hasn't mastered this skill yet. We're working on it!!
SHE POPPED TWO TEETH THIS MONTH!! Her bottom two.
We FINALLY cleared the weight hurdle with Isla -- she's still not huge but the doctors are no longer concerned with her weight gain. Hallelujah!!
She WANTS to crawl but hasn't gotten there yet. However if she wiggles enough she can get herself from point a to point b, even if it's not exactly where she wants to go ;)
She is just so dang cute -- I love her beautiful eyes, her beautiful hair, her cute little chub, and of course those cheeks, still going strong!!
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!! Read More
If there is one thing about New England that is predictable, is that weather in New England is completely unpredictable. Sunny one moment, rainy the next. And that's exactly what Mother Nature gave us on Genna & Max's wedding day. Off and on rain, mist and some incredibly beautiful fog. But despite the up and down of the weather, Genna and Max remained steady - both grounded in the happiness they shared to finally be at this moment together, their wedding day.
Married on Cape Cod, where they spend much time together as a couple and with family, Genna & Max were delighted to share this special place with their loved ones. They filled their day with nautical and classic details, a perfect compliment for their coastal New England celebration!! Enjoy some of my absolutely favorites from the day!! Read More
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!! Read More
On a beautiful summer evening I met with Laura and Brendan for their engagement session in downtown Newburyport. The city bustled with people out enjoying the glorious evening. As the sun set it gave a pink hue to the sky and created the most romantic backdrop for these two lovebirds. Newburyport never disappoints and is one of my favorite places for engagement sessions.
Sweet, simple and joyful is how I would describe Laure & Brendan's relationship. They love to laugh together and never take things too seriously meaning that their session was full for smiles and lots of love. Oh and gelato, we cant forget the gelato!! I can't wait to celebrate with these two later this fall!! Read More
I better write this post fast before she turns six months!! Gosh this month has FLOWN by!! I think month five has been the fastest so far -- truly in the blink of an eye we're nearing six months!! To be honest, there hasn't bee a HUGE change from month four to month five or maybe it's that all the changes are subtle and meld together that it's hard to keep track. Just all of a sudden you turn around and it's like your baby is a new person over night!! Here are a few of the highlights of month five!
Isla is a ROLLING machine!! She loves to roll from her back to her tummy - just don't let her stay that way for long or she'll let you know she's not happy!
Speaking of rolling over, she LOVES sleeping on her tummy. As soon as I place her in the crib, before I even leave the room, she's already rolled onto her tummy to sleep.
Still HATES the pacifier - I still don't know if it's good or bad for us!!
She started eating solids this month - we started with oats and she DEVOURED THEM. She LOVES her food!! We just started on avocado.
Isla has learned her voice this month becoming more and more vocal. He little coos and squeaks are pretty much the sweetest sound in the world!!
Sleep still alludes us -- she's given us a few days here and there where she'll sleep through the night (a consecutive 8 hours) but most nights she's up around 4 or 5am AND WON'T GO BACK DOWN. We're tired.
Isla helped me kick off the wedding season by traveling to the Cape with Dave and I in May. She slept like a champ in a strange place and even took a nap so I could watch the Royal Wedding!!
Isla loooves her big brother and thinks he is the silliest -- he obviously loves this to no end :)
See more of Isla's First Year : Month One, Month Two, Month Three, Month Four Read More
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!! Read More
Today I'm excited to share some recent print publications featuring DZP!! It's always an exciting moment to see your work in print and a huge honor to be asked by editors to share!! I'm so grateful to these amazing publications for sharing the beautiful wedding days of two past DZP Couples and an unforgettable styled shoot (styled by the incomparable Kerianne of Les Fleurs!) Scroll down to take a peak inside and click the links to see more images for these sessions!!
Old World Styled Shoot with Les Fleurs featured in Ireland's Wedding Journal
Ali & Brendan's spring wedding at the Newport Beach House featured in Bliss Celebrations
Briana & Keith's fall wedding at The Red Lion Inn featured in Weddings Boston Read More
Well it's happened -- its month four and I've fallen behind on Isla's monthly update!! I'm only two weeks behind so I'm calling it a win ;) Getting anything done with a infant, 5 year old, and busy wedding season just beginning is giving a huge does of reality. Maternity leave is over and relearning that mommy/business balance is beginning all over again. Good thing these kiddos are cute!!
Month Four was certainly an exciting one and saw many developmental achievements for our little babe!! Lots of fun highlights to share :
Isla learned to roll over this month and gradually she has gotten stronger and stronger. Now, nearly every time I place her on the floor seconds later she's on her tummy looking at the world around her!!
She laughed for real this month and it is pure bliss. She has the BEST little giggle and I can't wait to hear it more in the coming months!!
She's still a little cooer and it's pretty much the best!!
We dedicated Isla this month with our immediate family in attendance. We all went out afterwards for lunch and well you can imagine the fun chaos that ensued with five kids under the age of 5 ;)
It was FINALLY warm enough to sit out on the deck and watch big brother play. Isla LOVES the sunshine, just like her Mommy!!
I'm pretty sure we can feel some teeth in there - there's certainly enough drool to make near hourly outfit changes necessary!!
Sleep is OK. Isla has an established bedtime of 6:30pm/7:00pm which is GREAT. The daily wakeup call of 4:30am, not so much.
The attic was finished this month which means that everyone, including Isla, spend a lot of time up here enjoy the soft carpeted floor and ample sun kissed spaces :)
We're pretty sure we see some red hair coming through, but WHO KNOWS?!
She's started to slowly bring things up to her mouth which is really fun to watch her do!!
Isla loves to sit up (with some help) and MUST see the world around her!!
See more of Isla's First Year : Month One, Month Two, Month Three Read More
Nate and Jenn celebrated in style when they said "I Do" in the beautiful city of Boston this past fall. Their day was filled with personality and heart focused on giving their friends and family a party they wouldn't soon forget. I adored getting to celebrate with Nate & Jenn and was even more delighted to create a wedding album for this lovely couple!! Jenn chose images that highlighted the fun and celebratory atmosphere that filled their day and it was so much fun reliving each moment as we brought their album together -- here's a peek inside!!
For all my DZP Couples, this is a Signature Wedding Album with Linen Cover in Slate Blue. Read More
It's been three months since Isla Girl made her appearance into this world and it's becoming harder and harder to imagine what life was like before her. Yesterday, at my parent's house, I looked a picture from a vacation we took together when Jonathan was three. It was just the five of us. How rich and and full our lives are now with our darling baby girl. Adored by her grandparents, her brother and of course Dave and I, she makes each moment together so, so, sweet!!
Month Three has been full of lots of wonderful growth for our little lady -- she's so strong and it makes me SO proud!! My Mom keeps saying that she can't wait to keep up with her older brother. She wants to upright, facing forward, to see all the things that are happening around her. She is fascinated by faces, especially Jonathan's, and it's the sweetest thing to see their bond forming. We painted Jonathan's bedroom and so for the past two nights he's been sleeping in our room. Last night he woke up in the middle of the night as Isla was stirring and whimpering a little. Jonathan asked in the cutest voice ever, "Can she come cuddle with me?" Instant heart melt!!
Here are highlights her third month :
- If you've been following along with these monthly updates you know that Isla HATES the pacifier, so finding ways to soothe her aside from ME have been few and far between. She recently started sucking on her hands and thumb and have given us a few moments before we need to scoop her up.
- Speaking of her hands, she LOVES them!! She loves sticking them high in the sky and holding on to her fingers. She loves to grab onto things (like my shirt when she's feeding) and your fingers and basically anything within her reach.
- She loves talking with her "friends", the little toys that hang from her play gym. She has the cutest little voice (and laugh) and gosh I couldn't be more in love!!
- Isla's personality has definitely started to make a presence. She still is a quiet soul, so would rather observe. But at the same time she's started to talk more and more. We think she might like music too because if anyone is singing or music is playing, that is the time she is the most vocal!!
- She loves making eye contact with you and one of my favorite things to do is to look her in the eyes, smile as big and wide as I can and watch her as her face lights up and she gives me this huge toothless grin. Isla definitely smiles with her eyes!!
- Speaking of her eyes, they are still blue!! I hope that we'll have a blue eyed baby girl on our hands!!
- People are constantly asking me if she had red hair -- I think so!!! She's got this peach fuzz of golden hued hair and I am hoping and praying that she'll have red hair just like her Momma!!
- Around 10-11 weeks Isla started sleeping from around 10:00pm (after her last feed) to around 6:30am. Minus a few nights where she woke up in the middle of the night, she's been pretty reliable and we couldn't be more grateful!!
- I think the thing I've noticed most this month is Isla is looking less and less like a newborn and more like a baby!! She likes to sit up, her back and neck muscles are getting stronger. Her face and belly and legs are all filling out!! She's still a petite girl in terms of weight, but her length, oh her length!! She's SO LONG!!
- I'm happy to say that her cheek game is still strong - big ole cheeks that are oh so kissable!!
See more of Isla's First Year : Month One, Month Two Read More
My precious baby girl is TWO months old today!! TWO!! I'm sure I'll be saying this every month, but I simply cannot believe it!! I was telling Dave the other day that I cannot even believe I was pregnant, it feels like a dream. Nearly one year ago we were heading into Boston for my IUI, hoping and dreaming of growing our family. And even though that treatment failed, nearly a year later here we are holding our tiny miracle. It's too sweet. (I haven't share too much about our journey through infertility -- but if you'd like me to share more I will.)
We've quickly discovered the old adage that no two babies are alike to be completely true!! While in some ways she is similar to her brother, Isla is a very different baby than he was. She doesn't seem to sleep the same, she doesn't eat the same and her personality is very different. Since we are nearly five years removed from the infant stage of parenting, it's been a learning curve to say the least!! Equally as amazing though, is how much her big brother loves her. To watch them interact, to see him loving her, to know that they will carry a special bond together for the rest of their lives is something I will cherish forever!!
Month two has been full of exciting milestones!! Here are highlights her second month :
- Around week seven she start smiling and hasn't stopped since. Her smiles are wide toothless grins that can brighten anyone's day. Her Daddy says her smile can melt ice, it sure is melting our hearts!!
- I told Dave to be gentle with Isla one night as he was changing her diaper. She's a delicate little flower I proclaimed. Immediately she let out the loudest fart imaginable. BABIES!!
- She is quickly outgrowing all her three month clothes. With a slow start with her weight, every growth milestone we hit is a victory around here!!
- This month Isla, Mommy and Jonathan survived a night on our own (with a TON of help from parents!!)
- Around week six I started to wonder when I would start to hear her darling coos and I'm happy to say she is a cooing machine that warms my heart and makes me smile!!
- Isla stayed with my parents for our first date post baby (if you don't count going to see Star Wars at two weeks postpartum ;)) We enjoyed the first part with her as we went out to breakfast then spent the afternoon at the movies. What a treat!!
- She still doesn't take a paci - the other night she sucked on one for a few minutes and we nearly celebrated until it promptly was spat out of her mouth in disgust. Oh well!!
- The only thing that is predictable in this little one's schedule is that she will sleep right after her morning feed -- for several hours!! And while I can't predict anything else, that morning nap is great for Mom!!
- Sometimes if she has napped for a long time my arms will ache to hold her and feed her and keep her close <3
It's here - the Best of Weddings 2017!! To be honest this post took MUCH longer bring together than I anticipated. After selecting my favorite images of the year, I opened the folder - over 300 images!! There were over 300 images in the folder!! How could I narrow it down?! I carefully went through each image deciding that it need to evoke at least one of three characteristics : it needed to be emotive, intimate and evoke beauty. Not hard to do after a season like 2017!! I worked with some of the best this past year, from creative teams to my amazing DZP Couples, who helped make this wedding season magical. What a joy to take a look back and celebrate all that 2017 was!! Read More
Yesterday I kicked off the Best of 2017 series with some of my favorite portrait work of the last year and today I'm sharing my favorite engagement images!! Looking back I was reminded of how amazing each of my DZP Couples are. I love the time we get to spend with each other before the wedding and the opportunity I have to get to know these wonderful people!!
I kicked things off in January for a cold and blustery session in Boston. Throughout the year my couples headed to the beach, estates, the city, even their homes, each session tailored to their unique relationship. Just as my portrait sessions, I made the goal to incorporate film and I loved the results!! Each session was as unique as the couple I was photographing and made for a beautiful year of images -- enjoy a few of my favorites!! Read More