Ring Shots 2014

We make it a point to photograph the wedding rings at every wedding we do. Its one of our favorite time creatively because we get to stretch out mental muscles and try to whip out something with at least one or more of the following attributes: sparkly, quirky, funny, beautiful, confusing, and/or show stopping.

The typical process of this almost always the same. We both take a break during the dance party and get the rings from the couple. We grab our video light and macro lens and head to a relatively quiet spot where we can concentrate. For the setting we either take a few items from the centerpieces, use any other decorations from the venue, find a reflective surface, or all of the above. Some of the things we have used are feathers, water, mirrors, sparkly purses, a sari, lots and lots of flowers, a tin lunchbox, a newspaper, a candle votive, mardi gras beads, magazine pages, food and lots of food, champagne, you name it! Once we have a couple of choices try out a few set ups and take home about 3 image set ups for every weddings, (and a gazillion photos because it’s really hard to tell if your manual focusing was spot on until you have the images big on your computer). One set-up is a safe but pretty shot, and the other two are us trying something really creative. If when we get home and take a look we aren’t crazy about the creative one, we just use the pretty one because why not?? It’s always an experiment since we have that option with these.

Here are the ring shots we did this year. For a scavenger hunt, we will give a Starbucks card to the first person who comments with the one set of rings that we posted two images of in this post, (because we just couldn’t choose one from that day).

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Your Victory

I’ve been reading some really motivating blog posts from my fellow photographers lately and I wanted to share a little but about what’s going on here with us too! The winter is a time for a lot of photographers to regroup and reevaluate after the crazy busy season of shooting weddings. My friends are having more time to sit down and talk about what is going on behind the scenes so here is a little glimpse from me.

Dan and I are settled in at the Outer Banks for some Snowbird winter time escape. When the dust finally settled, we took some time yesterday to sit down and talk about some changes we wanted to make personally to better our lives and our marriage. It’s funny that when you sit down intentionally to talk about the things you want to change in your life, you really already know what those things are before you even start. Our lists were pretty short and unchanged from what we have been wanting to change for years now. Thats the hard part: the things you want to change are usually things you have wanted to change always but just cant make yourself do it. I wonder why that is?

One of my things I want to begin doing is a daily yoga practice. I have always admired yogi’s and the idea of loving your body and taking care of it. Oddly enough, I DONT do that. Not at all. I have a lot of self loathing and body image issues and have never really loved myself enough to give myself the gift of yoga. Sure Ive been to many yoga classes and tried to start this many time but I’ve never stuck to it. Its like I don’t think I really deserve to enjoy my body or my bones or my muscles or my breath. It sounds ridiculous writing it out here but thats the nature of things like this. We lie to ourselves and tell ourselves we are not worth the things that we really do deserve and the things we have been given as gifts! So…. today I did a yoga session. It’s funny that something so small and simple can feel like such a victory. That’s what it feels like to me.

What can be your victory today?

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James and Lauren’s Alaskan Family Session

Dan and I went to Alaska this past December to visit some of our closest friends on the earth. James and Dan have been best friends since forever basically. He is in the Army and is currently stationed in Anchorage. We figured if we ever needed a kick in the pants to buy tickets to Alaska, visiting friends was the perfect reason. The also just had a little perfect unbelievably cute baby so we needed to meet her too.

Alaska is insanely beautiful and insanely cold. We did this entire session in two min spurts: out of the car and then back in to warm up. It was 10 degrees outside and two minutes was all we could take before jumping back in the car to warm up. On top of that, the session took place on the side of the road and in a parking lot. BOOM! That’s all it takes people. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a ridiculously photogenic place. You should see the Target parking lot. Mountains and vistas for days….

We love you guys and can’t wait for Disney with you three! #bestfriendsforever #makingpactstobeawesomeforever

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Alaska Trip 2014

We went to Alaska.

Here’s the story behind it:

Dan and James have been best friends forever and ever. James is in the Army and his family has been all over the country at different bases and he is currently stationed in Anchorage. We had some flyer miles and time to visit AND James was on leave so we just went for it. We didn’t have huge grand plans or a list of things to see because our sole reason for going was to visit them. If we went in the summer I think we would have MUCH busier doing every single thing we could think of while we were there, but this trip was about as relaxing as they come, hanging out, eating good food, going on long drives, and watching movies at home. It was exactly what we needed at the end of a long wedding season and we got to be around people we love whole heartedly. They just happen to live in a GORGEOUS PLACE!!!

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Here are James and Lauren fawning over their little girl. It was so fun to meet her ourselves!!! She is the first baby that I have ever met that made me think, “Hmm…. maybe I could do this baby thing!”Alaska 2014 0005.JPG

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Alaska still has Blockbusters!! We decided to pay homage to the good old days and go as a group to walk around and pick it out. Then we ordered Papa John’s and had it delivered. So 1997 eh?
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We got to do a few portrait sessions while we were there because really… we could NOT go there and not photograph people in love in that environment. Luckily we have TWO couples who we are friends with who live in Anchorage so we made it happen. You’ll see them soon on the blog so stay tuned.
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One of my favorite things we did while we were there was go to a movie at a theater that served delicious pizza and some of the best beer I have ever had. I wish I could have all three of those things again right this moment.

Here are the details for your trip: Bear Tooth Theaterpub serving the Moose’s Tooth Pizza and Broken Tooth Brewing beer, (I loved the Hard Apple Ale omg omg omg omg omg). So now you know and now you must go.
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2014-12-05 10.26.17.JPGAnother stellar experience was the Anchorage Museum. I loved the design of the building. I loved the special exhibit. I loved the kids science area. I loved learning about Alaskan Culture and History. I loved the art. I loved the view. It ruled.
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iPhone Alaska 2014 0288.JPGOne of the best things about being in Alaska is that literally everywhere you go, and everywhere you look, IT IS BEAUTIFUL! We spent a lot of our time gasping and looking around wide eyed. To give you an example, this is a photo of the Target parking lot.
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iPhone Alaska 2014 0295.JPGThe most adventurous part of the trip was the hike that Dan went on with James, and a few of James’ lieutenants.  Since I didn’t go, I’ll pass it over to Dan to tell you about it: James and I had the idea of doing a hike up Crow Pass but had no motivation, on the last day we finally decided to go for it. Arriving at the road up to the trail head, we realized it was to icy to make it up by car – add another mile. By the time we made it to the trail head I was already tired! The hike is about 3 miles straight up (or it feels like it) a mountain. Once above tree line the snow got really deep and we switched to snowshoes. I have never hiked in snow that deep or in Mountains that large, it was incredible! We finally made it to our stop at a cabin to try to warm up. It was a welcome rest. We only had about 30 minutes to break before we had to return to try to make it back down before dark. We started in the dark and ended in the dark. The trip was one of the more tiring adventures I have done in my life…
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Bevin and Thom’s Jamaica Plain Engagement Session

Meet Bevin and Thom! They are one of our 2015 couples and we can’t even wait for their wedding. You’ll see why with this engagement session.

One of our favorite photography circumstances is when we get to work with a couple who lets go and trusts us completely. They were themselves, they were goofy, they didn’t mind trying out weird sounding ideas, and they had fun with each other! We’ve found that to be a pretty perfect recipe for a great engagement session that captures personality, which is one of our goals!

I’ll call this our goofy, Beastie Boys, post-it note, wedding magazines, pop art engagement session. Sound good to you?

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  1. How fun, how beautiful!! This is the same Thomas Dunn I knew during his Ninja Turtle Era with a few additional Knock Knock Jokes he picked up from Lamp Chop on the Shari Lewis Show??? Lookin’ good.

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