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:
- Salon Appointments: You may have some salon appointments, or hair and make-up coming to your home/hotel. Generally, you should be prepared for this to go 30 minutes over schedule, and then still plan to be back at your home/hotel a full hour before you need to be dressed and leaving.
- Getting Ready: (one hour of photography) I recommend always having me there for at least an hour of prep time. This is when I’m able to meet your friends and family, and capture things like shoes, jewelry, a fun champagne toast, and generally just set the tone for your day. Think about the guys too… how far away are they getting ready? Can I make it there too, is that important to you, do you want a second photographer who can visit them?
- Travel: (15 minutes) Don’t forget about the time it takes to move from one place to the next. Even if everything is on the same property, I can’t tell you how much more relaxed the couples are who’ve allotted a bit of extra time to catch their breath!
- Ceremony: (20 to 45 minutes) This is very dependent on your plans, rituals and creativity. It’s what it’s all about! Take time to savor this moment.
- Hugs & Travel: (15 minutes) Again, leave a bit of breathing room here. Just because you don’t plan a receiving line doesn’t mean 10 of your closest friends and family aren’t going to run up and hug you after the ceremony :-)
- First Look: (20 minutes) The best way to ease some scheduling woes is to consider doing a “first look”, where you and your future spouse see each other before the ceremony. It’s often way more intimate and meaningful than walking down an aisle of over 150 people, but it’s totally up to you! I didn’t do it, but I wish I had. The choice is yours. Once you are together, we can focus on photos of the two of you, your bridal party, even family (but they probably won’t be ready on time).
- Group Portraits: (25 minutes bridal party, 25 minutes family) Think ahead about where you want this portion of photos to take place. It’s easiest to grab everyone while they’re together for the ceremony – right before or right after – or at least to catch them before cocktails are flowing. Backdrop doesn’t matter a ton here, if I’m being honest. We can do family groups pretty quickly and move everyone along, and then incorporate another location perhaps for your bridal party who probably knows their job is a little more involved anyway. Allow for more travel time if you need it.
- Couple’s Portraits: (30 minutes) Hey now, you didn’t think you were done, did you? By now we’ve moved on to maybe a totally different location and undoubtedly the best time of day for light! This is your time to be alone as newlyweds, take a deep breath, take a walk… I’ll even keep my distance and just let you interact for most of it. This time allows me to be my most creative (I’m taking a deep breath too!) vs. instructing you for a few quick, cheesy poses. The more limited on time I am, the less natural you’ll probably feel in your photos.
- Travel again! (15 minutes) Are we far from your reception venue by now?
- Cocktail Hour: Lawn games or other activities are a great way to stall for time if we’re off doing photos. This allows you to sneak in for the tail end of cocktail “hour”, which is often more like an hour and a half.
- Dinner & Toasts: (1.5 hours) The rest of the evening is pretty chill. You will plan for blessings, toasts, first dance, dancing with your parents and cutting the cake. But really, the order of things is very flexible, and everyone’s in one location having a wonderful time. You can move the toast or cake on a whim if needed. From a photographer’s standpoint, the only thing I’d like to mention here is to ask your venue to feed vendors early. The best venues will feed me and your videographer right after they feed you, so that we’re back in the room quickly without missing something important. It’s not about me being starving at this point, which I probably am, but if I’m fed last it usually results in me almost missing a toast or your cake-cutting.
- Sunset: (10-15 minutes) If you’d like to step back outside for this golden-hour of light, it’s one last chance for some amazing photos of the two of you. Maybe we haven’t actually photographed much at your reception venue by now. While it’s pretty easy to sneak out during meal time, there’s no pressure at all from me that you do this.
- Dancing: (1.5 hours) Most guests are on the dance floor early, and I’m able to capture a great number of shots before things get too sloppy. The amount of evening coverage is up to you, and you may have a special exit plan you’d like captured. But if I’m only booked through the cake-cutting, trust you’ll have plenty of dance-floor photos to enjoy.
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!
You may remember Jessie & Pete from one of my favorites ever – searching for a Christmas tree during their New York City engagement session!
Their wedding was no less spectacular, as we joined the planning team of The Pink Polka Dot on a gorgeous August day at Bourne Farm in Falmouth! The weather was blissful, every little detail so thoughtful, and their friends and family were full of heart and gusto.
The day started out on Patuisset Island in Pocasset, MA with this little fella right here… literally, first photo of the day.
I always love a wedding day when I’m joined by Mandy of Mandy Mayberry Photography – credit for getting ready with the guys above and the beautiful photo of Jessie below!
While getting ready at the bride’s family home on Patuisset Island, it seemed a pretty darn obvious backdrop for gorgeous “first look” photos with the bride and groom!
The groom’s fellow band members played as all were welcomed to the ceremony site at Bourne Farm…Bourne Farm is one of THE prettiest wedding spots on all of Cape Cod. There’s no sweeping ocean view, which may seem essential to some, but the salt is definitely in the air and the grounds are oozing of rustic romance.
The sunset lit up like a gorgeous fire, changing colors from moment to moment! I finally had to let these two head back into the tent, but not before a few dozen photos alone – and a few dozen more with friends!
Jessie and Pete, I absolutely loved being part of this incredible year of your lives, and I couldn’t be more honored to carry these memories with me for years more to come! You are the prime example of why I do what I do. Thank you for your friendship!
Venue: Bourne Farm | Planner: The Pink Polka Dot | Assisting Photographer: Mandy Mayberry Photography | Hair & Makeup: Lisa George | Florist: All About Flowers for Weddings | Catering & Dessert: Chef Roland’s Catering | Officiant: Wesley Wildman | Invitations: The Pink Polka Dot | Transportation: Cape Cod Valet | Band: “Legit” from Nightshift Entertainment | Dress: J.Crew | Suit: Bonobos
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