Lindsey and Kevin picked the sweetest Camp Kiwanee in Hanson, MA for their wedding day. If I could photograph summer camp weddings forever and ever, I think I would! Actually, one of the first weddings I ever photographed was at YMCA Camp Burgess on Cape Cod. What perfect examples of open celebration!
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Lindsey for several years now, and she has so sweetly sent me a few messages along the way to let me know that when that special day came, she wanted me there. There’s nothing more incredible as a photographer. While dozens of engaged couples reach out to ask my rates each year, my true hope is to personally connect with a solid few – to become friends in the months before, and to stay friends for years after.
Add to the fact that I arrived at Lindsey’s childhood home to realize she’d grown up in a home I can see from my very own childhood home’s upstairs window, WHAAAAT??
Lindsey and Kevin fit together. There’s no better way to say it. This is a love that’s beautiful to photograph!
She knows her way around a camera herself actually… but Lindsey sure does okay in front of the camera too, am I right? A stunning beauty.
Camp Kiwanee, thank you for your fantastic backdrop, all day and all evening!
Lindsey and Kevin – already a happy family of four with their sweet dogs – are now expecting a BABY! Congratulations, you love birds!!
Venue: Camp Kiwanee | Flowers: The Tangled Web | Hair: Solstice Day Spa | Make-up: Amanda McCarthy Beauty | Invitations: Phrosné Ras | Catering: The Chef’s Table | Dessert: Veronica’s Sweetcakes | Music: First Class Band | Ceremony: Our Lady of Hope | Dress: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Suit: David Donahue | Calligraphy: Lauren Hooper | Number Holders: Beaucoup | Embroidery: friend of the couple
Still on a complete high after playing hookie this week for a Valentine’s hike of Mount Monroe in the White Mountain Presidential Range!
Photographer pal Alexandra Roberts sent me a text on Sunday night: “free Tuesday by any chance and wanna hit up the Whites? Looks like there will be a break in the storm that day!”
How TRUE that was! This Tuesday, February 14th turned out to be THE day of the winter. Gorgeous sunshine, zero wind, and fresh powder up to our thighs/hips/shoulders!
But that’s not all! As we were suiting up in the parking lot (after leaving Cape Cod at 4am to meet Alex in Somerville by 5am), three more gals pulled up to the trailhead. Each of us having left from entirely different destinations that morning, somehow we all met to hike Mount Monroe up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail at the exact same time on a Tuesday morning! Granted they had all planned to meet, but Alex and I hadn’t even decided on a mountain until an hour earlier in the drive. Fate is a crazy thing.
We basically latched arms immediately and fell in friendship love. We hiked the entire way up and down together – about six hours – taking turns breaking trail, falling on our bums, and filling the ravine with laughter.
There was soooo much snow! We relied on our snowshoes all the way up to the AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut before switching to crampons for the final steep crawl up Monroe. Mount Washington was gleaming in the sunshine next to us, and we could see backcountry skiers across the ravine near the Cog Railway route. When it came time to head back down below tree line, we sat, fell and slid down (three different methods, trust me) on our butts much of the way. No matter what turn the hike took over six hours, it just never felt like work. I had a permanent grin across my face all day!
What was also kinda eerie and cool was that we were the ONLY five people to hike this somewhat popular route all day, and the next day’s snowstorm would completely wipe out our tracks. It’s like it never happened, yet…
I’m not sure five women have ever had a more perfect Valentine’s day together! Much love to Alex, Elizabeth, Whitney, Kimberly and trail dog Katahdin!
(disclaimer: my actual Valentine was very sick on the couch all day, poor guy)
One of my back-to-back flights this past fall and winter took me to Moscow, Russia for about a week at Christmas time!
I was in the city to photograph and socialize (ie. blab all over social media channels) a few important meetings and events… namely, a VIP reception and auction at a gorgeous mansion, a press conference and a visit INSIDE the Kremlin – right to a meeting in the presidential library! The whole week included working with celebrities from both the U.S. and Russia, as well as my organization’s CEO and of course several key leaders from the Russian government.
But mostly I just wanted to share all the CHRISTMAS with you! Man, does this city know how to Christmas! The decorations were gorgeous and plentiful. I used the opportunity to walk around with my brand new Sony a6500 camera when I was “off-duty”.
This was my first time traveling outside of the Latin alphabet. I admit it was extremely difficult for me to decipher a restaurant from a cell-phone store – literally – so as a result, I had no food and no SIM card!
Three final photos were captured with my usual Canon 5D Mark III, if anyone’s keeping score – I was walking through Red Square again after one of our events. I’ve since changed my Sony lens to a 28mm because of the cropped sensor, so I’m able to get a wider view while traveling, hiking and just general on-the-go photography. Point there is that I’m now snapping MUCH more every day – I’m loving the Sony a6500!
I took off for the airport at 2:30am the following Saturday morning, speeding off to the Hedman family Christmas in Connecticut on the same day! But don’t worry – that’s just the way I like things.
More globe-trotting in 2017!
Freshly home from about 11 days of travel, including a few days in London before one full week in India.
The India portion of my trip was to visit my organization’s (the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW) wildlife rescue and rehabilitation project in Assam and Kaziranga National Park. Absolutely incredible stuff, face-to-face with baby elephants and rhinos (and leopards!) who will soon grown strong and confident enough to be released back into the wild. Other than bottle feeding, human contact and voices are at a minimum around these magnificent creatures. The center is not open to the public.
As we moved toward the city of Delhi for continued strategy meetings, I loved the chances to sneak out for visits to a couple of local markets and the stunning Hindu house of worship called Akshardham.
Textiles such as scarves and blankets were my favorite to indulge in. While the majority of our travels showed extreme poverty, there is still a vibrancy to the Indian culture at every turn. Laundry drying on the highway guardrails, women crouched in the tea fields, children begging on the streets – all in beautiful prints and colors.
Our meetings included more than 30 colleagues from all around the world: Australia, the Netherlands, France, China, Germany, Kenya, Russia, South Africa, Canada, the UK, Mexico, India and the U.S. I’m filled with inspiration and a boat-load of new ideas for the year ahead!
It’s such an honor to be able to travel the world with my camera, and to share images and experiences from these cultures. Don’t forget to join me on Instagram at @staceyhedman!
New Years is deeeefinitely my favorite day of the year. I mean, 4th of July is my favorite holiday, but on January 1st, I love nothing more than to curl up with some quiet time and a notebook. How ‘bout you?
The thing is, New Years is almost always preceded by New Years Eve, and that’s the kind of holiday when we all party and rage with friends or even strangers until the wee hours of the morning. This fun-but-predictable ritual results in a groggy start to the fresh new year.
We are heading up to spend an awesome weekend with friends at Jay Peak in northern Vermont this New Years 2017, and I couldn’t be more excited! Snow, fresh mountain air, laughter – can’t beat it! But I’m already setting some physical and mental space aside for my notebooks, pens and quiet time! Actually, when everyone else is swooshing down the slopes on New Years Day, I plan to be hiking UP the 4000-foot peak of Big Jay by myself (unless someone wants to join me, which is totally great too!). Sounds like a pretty great way to start the year, if I may say so!
Some other great New Years essentials:
Notebook: I’m a huge Moleskine fan and recently acquired the perfect shade of navy blue by Leuchtturm from a bookstore in Moscow. I also can’t let go of a unique paint-splashed journal I found at Adorn last winter. The question remains: lined, graph, dots, blank paper? Do you write more, do you draw, do you draw in a straight line or all over the paper? I do all of the above, and I like to add some clippings and quotes using other mediums when I can.
Pens: The coolest options can be found at Goulet Pens. I love following along on their Instagram, and I’m always wanting to buy their pen collections as gifts. I must have also told you about these gel pens from Japan that you can erase?
Vision Boarding: I mean, of course I’ve heard of vision boards before, but it seems to be quite a trendy thing right now. I googled it to see what the latest was. The Huffington Post says “If you think vision boards are bogus, then the joke’s on you,” sooooo, I’m in. They also suggest your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. I highly recommend this quick read. I’m actually very excited to implement this in my 2017!
Tarot Cards: I get it now, why these whimsical cards are also trending. I heard Anthropologie was selling the same pack I have in their stores: The Wild Unknown. You can check out BiddyTarot.com’s list of 10 Tarot Decks to Add to Your Holiday Wish List. The general rule here is that there are no rules. Pull a card out in the morning to help guide you through your day or a big decision, or dig deeper into the techniques for full readings. Overall, it’s just like a Magic-8-Ball, and it’s all up to your own interpretation – which it turns out can be extreeeemely valuable!
Anyway, I wish you the absolute best as you welcome your New Year 2017 this weekend! Find a little balance (drink water) along the way and celebrate where you are in this wild and beautiful life!
Bonus tip: Treat each Monday as a fresh new start as well! Mondays can be pretty amazing!