Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kate & Scott

Kate & Scott
August 2nd, 2008
Rockport, Maine

This summer has been so rainy that I feel incredibly fortunate to have not had any of my weddings get completely rained out (I'm knocking wood here). All day at Kate and Scott's wedding it looked like we were going to get rained on, but it wasn't until I got in my car to drive home at the end of the night that the first drops started to fall. Thank goodness for that because the ceremony overlooking Rockport Harbor, Kate's hometown, would not have been the same any where else. Kate was perhaps the most laid back bride ever. When I arrived to shoot the preparations, Kate's house was filled with her girlfriends. The conversations were wild -- girl talk always is -- and Kate was getting the full make up treatment from her dear friend who had just returned from Iraq. From that point on I knew the day would be filled with laughter and love. What I didn't know was that it would end with afros and polyester.

Click here to see more from the wedding. The online gallery will be available sometime Saturday so don't forget to register for your $5 gift certificate.

I love this shot of Kate. There are a ton of more traditional bridal portraits, but in this one she look so happy and natural. Love it!

Yeah, Kate and Scott know how to throw a party! These guys were amazing!

I'm a bit sketchy on the details, but here's what I've got:

Ceremony site: Rockport Habor

Dress: Nicole Miller

Reception: The wonderful Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport

Band: Motor Booty Affair

Friday, August 22, 2008

I Love My Job

Not one to toot my own horn, I wanted to share with you the two notes I received from Amanda's mother after the wedding. I find the notes I receive from clients often say better what I do and how I work than I ever could. There are times when this job is super stressful and beyond demanding, but when I hear such kind words and praise from my clients I know it's all been worth it!

Hi Amy,

Just had to write you a note and thank you for your professionalism and expertise on Amanda's wedding day. I haven't seen the pictures yet but just by observing your style I know they are going to be terrific. You were unobtrusive but aggressive when necessary. Your style seems laid back until a little force was necessary to get the job done. I liked that. No pushover.

I loved the way you worked with people and admired your ability to weave in and out and note details that we surely have missed along the way. You were so sweet when you were saying goodbye and being sensitive to not interrupting Amanda's activities at the time. We both loved you and can't wait to see the pictures so that we can full out blast your name from the rooftops!!!

Thanks again for everything. If you need us to tell anyone how fab you are let us know! (We've already told all our friends!)


And the following came after she saw the pictures:

Amy, Amy, Amy,

The pictures are incredible. The lighting is remarkable. So many of the shots show a sort of dappling sunlight effect that is so real and so exactly what it was actually like at that moment. I am thrilled with the pictures. It was such a wonderful day for us and now you have frozen those magic moments in time for us permanently. I knew the sunlight was spectacular that day but I had no idea you would be able to capture it so well. The setting was perfect and you have enabled us to relive the wonder again and again.

The pictures are so natural and evince the spontaneous joy that Amanda and Pete were experiencing. Amanda is so pleased and so am I. You are extremely talented and we are truly fortunate to have found you.

Thank you again.


Of course, I can't help but love the short and sweet email the bride sent:

Amy! Oh my god!!! They are amazing!!! thank you thank you thank you!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Amanda and Pete

Amanda and Pete
July 26, 2008
Bufflehead Cove Inn
Kennebunkport, Maine

Nestled along the river not far very from the center of town is the Bufflehead Cove Inn. If you blink as you drive past the small sign you will miss the turn onto the small dirt road that takes you there. At the very end of the road is one of the sweetest spots I've had the pleasure of photographing. How Amanda and Pete found it was on everyone's minds as we all were charmed by the place. The wedding day was clear and bright -- a welcome change from the heavy rains that had blanketed New England for days. I think the highlight of the entire day for me was the actual wedding ceremony. Some ceremonies are short and sweet while others are religious and quite quiet, and almost all still make me get a bit choked up by the end. Somehow Amanda and Pete managed to make just about everyone sniffle back a few tears by the time they were officially Mr. and Mrs. It was extremely hard for me to come up with just a few images to share here so please click on the link below to see the slideshow. Congratulations to Amanda and Pete, and thanks to you and your wonderful families for letting me be a part of a truly memorable event!

It's become very common to see a bride wear a pair of flip flops at some point during her wedding day, but none have been as pretty as these.

Pete has a very musical family, and when his brother sang Marc Cohn's
True Companion he left everyone choking back the tears!

This yummy display greeted guests as they arrived at the inn for the ceremony.

I love this shot of one of the groomsmen getting into the music.

The Details:
Bufflehead Cove Inn, Kennebunkport, ME
Dress by Jim Hjelm
Flowers by Fleurant
Food and beverage by Kitchen Chicks Catering of Kennebunkport, ME
Awesome DJ (Pat Tecce from Wakefield, MA) except for the unfortunate playing of The Greatest American Hero theme song.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I Grew These

It always amazes me when the garden starts to yield real food. Now I have cucumbers everywhere, but the first are always the most wonderful.

Friday, August 08, 2008

New Book Option

I am very excited to offer you all a new style of book. It's a press printed book that I'm calling a Coffee Table Book. It features either a leather cover or a custom designed photo cover. Images are printed on thick pages that have a hinged binding to allow the book to open flat. As always, all books are custom designed. The Coffee Table Books offer a modern -- and affordable -- alternative to my classic handcrafted Finished Albums.

I am anxiously awaiting my samples and will post some images here just as soon as they arrive. Until then, click here to view a sample layout. When viewing the slideshow, remember that the book starts with a single right hand page. Each frame in the slideshow is a side except for any images that are long and narrow. Those are actually double page spreads.

Please contact me if you are interested in receiving more information about these books.

Monday, August 04, 2008