Thom Barrett is a local woodworker and owner of Tidal Pursuit, based right here in Marstons Mills!
I had the pleasure of capturing Thom’s intimate wedding aboard a sailboat last year, at which point he was already retiring and delving deep into his second-life career with furniture and wood! He’s gone on to some incredible training and mentorships, and it was an honor to visit his studio with my camera – and my MARKETING cap on – this January!
Yep, that’s right! As I work to formalize my marketing offerings alongside my photography skills, Thom and I spent the morning on a deep-dive session evaluating his target market and the strategy for his website and social media channels. I delivered a 7-page report dedicated solely to his business as a wood-working craftsman on Cape Cod, and we got him moving on new Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts too. I LOVE this stuff, and it’s exciting to be sharing my knowledge in helping another great local entrepreneur grow!
Our afternoon photography included full furniture products, smaller craft pieces, headshots and even photos of Thom’s chocolate lab puppy, Nutmeg. Our goal was to build a great sample of images for Thom to use in his WordPress blog design and social media outreach. I’m excited to see where Thom’s business goes this 2016!
And if you know of another small business or idea-maker who would benefit from a little partnership with ME, please spread the word!
Find Thom’s gorgeous, hand-crafted work on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google +!
This July, I was ECSTATIC to photograph Caitlin & Brett’s wedding right in my husband’s home town of Dorset, Vermont! Not only was it in Dorset, but the Barrows House sits at the base of one of my favorite Vermont backdrops for photos – the Dorset Hollows (the Upper Hollow and Lower Hollow Road loop). You might remember some of these scenes from this Vermont wedding bride and Kathleen & Pete’s fall engagement photos!
Caitlin and Brett are an absolutely fantastic and fun-loving couple! Honestly, it’s not entirely rare that I don’t get to meet with clients before their wedding weekend. Maybe we have a couple of great Skype chats in the year ahead, particularly for a destination wedding… but even without that, I KNEW I was in for a good time with these two (thanks Brigitt & Stephen!). Plus, it’s always a favorite of mine to be able to join for the rehearsal dinner – a lovely evening at the Dorset Inn!
You guys went crazy for this photo on Instagram and Facebook, so let’s start off strong for the story of Caitlin & Brett’s Vermont wedding!
The setting of the Barrow’s House made for a relaxed day of preparations. When Julie and I arrived, the guests – who were mostly staying on the property – were busy with lawn games, laughter and helping out with decorations. Dad and his pals were lifting a gorgeous and heavy menu sign he had made, Caitlin herself was helping under the tent with her curlers in, and still more guests were pulling in to the adorably quaint village of Dorset.
Programs designed by Etsy shop VineWedding.
Invitations by PaperDainty on Etsy: Caitlin & Brett chose to share a “first look” before their ceremony, and what better place than Brett’s family home across the street! Such a sweet little patio and garden, which fit the July day perfectly. This allowed us to take some time to explore the Dorset Hollows for plenty of photos before our return to the celebration.
The flowers were amaaaazing, thanks to Jen of Perennial Studio!
I’m a sucker for a mountain wedding backdrop! These guys were willing to explore and climb over trees and rocks… which makes for the best photos!
Back under the tent, another shot of Jen from Perennial Studio, because why not?! She wore that adorable apron and cowgirl boots for the camera, right?
A perfect summer evening for cocktails and old friends…
Yep, that’s right – FUNFETTI!! Please go ahead and PIN that one above! I want funfetti at every wedding! This cake traveled up from Momofuku Milk Bar.
A great group of girlfriends to match the colorful cake!
Caitlin & Brett, you’re my kinda people! I’d photograph your wedding for DAYS, which is convenient because I’ve loved seeing you on other wedding dance floors now too ;-) I hope your photos always remind you of what a fantastic celebration you had to kick off your marriage! Thank you for inviting me to be there with you in Vermont! XO
Assisting Photographer: JEsther Photography | Venue & Catering: The Barrows House | Flowers: Perennial Studio | Hair & Makeup: Five Elements Salon & Day Spa | Invitations: PaperDainty | Programs: VineWedding | Menus: LetteredStudio | Officiant: Pastor Margaret Dawedeit | Ceremony Music: Moose Crossing Jazz Trio | Band: Big Party Orchestra | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Dress: Amsale | Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Suit: Men’s Warehouse
I recently became certified as a Kripalu yoga teacher. What the heck does that have to do with photography?
Don’t be confused here, it’s just yoga ;-)
As mentioned in my last post, I’m a Gemini – and boy do I rock that hard! There’s this thing about “twins” and multiple personalities, or I like to call it “versatility”… In modern day terms, let’s just say I have a LOT of domain names. A lot of interests. I grew up on the beach and belong to the Appalachian Mountain Club, I’m a photographer with an MBA, I studied calligraphy for a weekend, I’m a huge knitter, I still take language courses, I’ll sign up for any sewing class, I had a membership to a pottery studio in Vermont, I love to watercolor, I’m a runner and enjoy building community around that, I volunteer for local animal rescue organizations, I’m off to a meditation retreat this weekend… and mostly, I just freak my mom out with too many things on my plate at once. For me, though, “too many” isn’t a thing. If there
is was a gap in my schedule, it’s been filled by now. That’s kinda how I like it.
[insert meditation here]
Once going out on my own after corporate life, I began taking a month of time off to travel – like fully renting an apartment and living somewhere else for a while. I spent one August in the Rocky Mountains of Banff, Alberta, and more recently spent an April month amidst the adorable streets of Florence, Italy. This year? I spent a month in the Berkshires of Massachusetts learning yoga.
My yoga teacher and mentor, Coby Kozlowski seems to be a soul mate of mine… She taught herself to surf, took time away to attend DJ school, and recently spent a week learning floral design in NYC. I’m only mentioning her to help make the case that I’m not the only crazy one. Did it work?
Anyway, that’s the story of how Stacey became a yoga teacher. It has nothing to do with photography and everything to do with life experiences! That being said, *call me* if you’re looking for yoga photography!
All photos are of the beautiful Shell, a Kripalu yoga teacher over at shellovesyoga.com!
Thanks to my friend Desiree for pointing me to this week’s blog post from Decor8, about the current and future status of blogging.
“Let us all remember WHY we started blogging, and consider what you can bring, but also consider that people love YOU and what YOU are doing and saying. And they want more of that. More of YOU. What you REALLY love, what you are doing, what makes you tick.”
Truth is, I’ve struggled to keep up the motivation to blog, and with the new year and the Decor8 article, I think I’m realizing why. I originally started a blog for MY wedding, just like many of you! Once our wedding came and went, I continued writing, enjoyed the sharing, grew in my learning of blogging and social media, and eventually brought all of this knowledge into my career in marketing strategy. It was only through a blog contest at my PR agency in 2009 that I ever took the plunge into a photography business!
Even still, I was blogging from the heart – sharing not only my clients’ photos and stories, but my own as well. I need to get back to that. Maybe a blog post about coffee – or, let’s be straight, bourbon – will turn off a reader or two, but I have always believed my online transparency to be the biggest factor in how much I love EVERY SINGLE ONE of my clients! We love dogs, we shop local, we spend time by the ocean AND the mountains, we finally just got to pull out our Bean Boots for the winter… and we always end up as friends!
My biggest New Years resolution for 2016 is to bring a real camera with me everywhere! I’m obsessed with Instagram and “iPhoneography,” sure (above is admittedly iPhone), but I want to be better about keeping my real camera close. Not even my film cameras, but being able to enjoy and share my [digital] perspective on a more frequent basis. I hope to see you more around here!
And yes, if you follow me anywhere else on the web, you know I’m a true Gemini with my toes dipped in a LOT of different pools. I have a running brand, I’m a yoga teacher, I photograph dogs, and I’ve maintained a corporate marketing background as well. That’s just some of what makes me who I am! That, and the bourbon.
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