I’m not really a fan of cruises, but I found myself on a fun little trip with my mom this past winter. The highlight of the week for me was a stop in Haiti!
Of course, as guests on a cruise ship, we didn’t actually see the real Haiti, but rather a stretch of beach leased by Royal Caribbean. Of all the stops, though, Labadee, Haiti was the place my mom and I decided to hop on a local boat for a few hours and tour the coastline.
The shoreline was raw and true. The local fishermen traveled on sailboats with sails made of bed sheets. On this day, I carried my Contax G2 film camera and Fuji 400H film.
Life IS simple!
I have a constant thirst for travel and cultures, and I truly look forward to the day I return to the real heart of this gorgeous country! Thanks for the peek for now, Haiti!
Yon sèl lang se janm ase.
I was fumbling through some files on my computer today and pulled up family photos from Norwalk, Connecticut a little more than a year ago. My subjects were Anne and Andy’s kids, all grown, including Anne’s daughter Sandy whose wedding I’d photographed in Vermont a couple of years previous. I’ve had a loooooovely time hangin’ with this family for several occasions now – family, weddings, babies, friends’ weddings. So I was THROUGH THE MOON excited when it came time for Anne and Andy to get married themselves!!
They chose the glorious, intimate setting of their very own home on the water in East Norwalk, CT just before Christmas. I know you can see the love and excitement in their faces, so I’ll leave you with a few photos today!
I absolutely love Anne’s hair blowing in the above photo!
Such a great group – I love this gaggle of folks I consider extended family at this point! (I mean, they even shared their top-secret-special cookies with me!) Huge congratulations to Anne, Andy and the entire family!
Till next time!
This past September, I drove up to Provincetown with a couple of photographer pals – Melissa from Atlanta, and Alicia from Sweden! We were all between a crazy month of weddings, and savoring our weekdays for R&R! I was practically teary-eyed when they offered to come up to Cape Cod for a little getaway! And lucky for me, Melissa even captured a quintessential Cape Cod wedding with me during her stay! I love these girls to pieces!
We originally met through our love of film photography… the real live stuff you roll up and send to the lab. My camera of choice this day was the Contax G2, and and a roll of Fuji 400H.
Have you ever made it out to the Parabolic Dunes in the Cape Cod National Seashore? It’s absolutely breathtaking…
Words cannot describe how large and steep the below dune is that Alicia is climbing – she makes it look good, doesn’t she? Once you come up over the top, it’s just dunes for as far as the eye can see!We meandered around town, at the pace of three women holding cameras (SLOW). We get to see each only other about once a year, so there was a lot of babble, a couple of cocktails, the best fish tacos in the universe, and just more and more photos. The sun was setting out over MacMillan Wharf as we walked back to our car.
I love these images of women out on the pier: “They Also Faced the Sea“ is an art installation by Provincetown artists Ewa Nogiec and Norma Holt, meant to represent all of the Portuguese women of Provincetown who over the years have been the backbone of this vital fishing village.
Just as we pulled out of town, we circled out to the very tip of Provincetown at the “breakwaters”, where DOZENS of photographers were lined up with their tripods for the sunset!! Here we were, [tipsy] full-time professionals who were taking a break from our “real” cameras and perfection, giggling among sooooo many others who were full-on SERIOUS about their tripods and gadgets. I hope they got the shot!
My favorite time to hit up Provincetown and the National Seashore is NOW! There are plenty of [dog-friendly] B&Bs, Air BnBs, cafes and locals still hanging out, ready to greet you! Let me know if you go! Of course I’m always in love with a salty fresh Provincetown wedding day too !
This post has proven so helpful over the last couple of years that I evolved it into a printed information sheet for my clients as well! I thought it was time for a 2016 update!
There’s so much to think about in the final months before your wedding day – most of it involving fun things like flowers, shoes and how many massages you can fit in on your honeymoon!
You’ve hired all your important vendors to support you on your wedding day, and we’re definitely busy preparing to make everything special for you! One of my favorite things is how we come together as a unified team during this time. We know your wedding day is no small thing. And a lucky few like your photographer and planner have been building a friendship with you all year :-)
But alas… your wedding day is coming closer and we’re giving you homework!
At least three of us (music, venue coordinator, photographer) are asking you for a schedule. Who, when, where, and to what music will things be happening? I aim to start this part of the conversation from the very first day I meet you, because I simply can’t do my job without the one big commodity called TIME :-) But there are so many questions and unique situations – and seriously three different pieces of paper to fill out – that I thought I’d address a bit of it here together. My hope is that this will help to inform you in a way that helps you AND each of us on your team all in one fell swoop!
The one big thing that often can’t be flexible is your ceremony, so I always start from there and go backwards. The other aspect that’s determined a couple of months out is your salon schedule. Here’s a little suggested timeline to keep in mind – about 8 hours in full:
Do you have any other questions or thoughts to contribute? I’d love to hear from brides, grooms, planners and other vendors below if you’re thinking of something I don’t have listed! We’re all in this to create one awesomely special – and successful – day, and my goal is to capture these memories for you to hold close for years to come.
Hope this post proves helpful! Happy planning!