Tuesday, June 02, 2009

New Blog

I have a new blog and will no longer be posting updates here. See you there!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Portland Wedding

Olga and Karl
May 16, 2009
The Portland Club
Portland, Maine

I could not have asked for a more perfect start to this year's wedding season. Olga and Karl are one of the sweetest and kindest couples I've ever had the pleasure of photographing, and their families were so fun to work with that I just might have to sneak one or two of them into all of my weddings this summer. Here are just a few of my favorite images of the bride and groom. Not only did they brave The Fog (it was something right out of a Stephen King story) at Fort Williams, they also kept their humor when the place was over run by prom-going teens.

Check back for the slideshow. Don't forget to sign up to receive notification of when their Pictage gallery is available.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cleaning Off the Cob Webs

Wedding season officially kicks off for me on Saturday, May 16. I am excited to get back to it! It's been a long winter, and my brain is craving some activity. I miss the people, the dresses, the hair and make-up, the dancing, the CAKE, and all the love.

During the slow season my gear usually sits in a corner, gathering dust. You would think with a 1 year old, I'd always have a camera at the ready to capture all his big milestones. But to be honest, after a long wedding season I'm often loathe to bust out the big guns. I tend to rely on the easy point and shoot for family stuff.

The worst thing about the slow season is losing touch with your gear. When you use something every weekend for 8 hours straight, it becomes an extension of yourself. Thankfully it's like riding a bike and it all comes back to you fairly quickly. But just in case it doesn't, I always like to warm up with some personal work. With only my little 50mm 1.8 lens, I stalked Henry at the playground, at the table, where ever he managed to find himself in some good light.

If it's been a while since you've seen him, Henry's now a full-on toddler. He's talking up a storm and getting into trouble at every turn. If you run into us somewhere, Henry will point out all of the trucks, planes, and birds and will blow kisses at you (often after you're gone). And yes, I know he has long hair. I'm not ready for his first hair cut yet.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Look Who's Talking

Two and a half years ago, wedding clients Kristina and Jim bought a Baby Steps gift certificate for their expectant friends, Tanya and Matt. That first year of Sydney photos was so much fun, and I couldn't have asked for a more adorable -- and easy -- model. She willingly obliged when we propped her in various positions as a one month old, braved the harsh winter winds gusting off the ocean as a six month old, and happily explored the beach (and tasted some, too) as a one year old. It was a real treat to capture those huge first year changes, and I was sad to see the sessions come to an end.

Not too long ago, Tanya contacted me and asked if I would extend the Baby Steps package to Sydney's second year. I was delighted to do it and looked forward to seeing what changes had taken place in the year since I'd last photographed her. When I saw Sydney I could barely believe my eyes. She had doubled in size, her hair had gotten darker, and she was talking and walking (and running and dancing). It amazes me how much children grow and develop in such a short amount of time, and I can't help but marvel at it and wonder what my boy will be like at that age.

Picking just a couple of images to share here was nearly impossible. The online gallery will be available on Pictage shortly. Please contact Tanya and Matt for the access code.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Welcome Molly Shea

When event planner Nicole Garvey contacted me about photographing her new baby girl, I was so excited to see her latest creation. Molly Shea does not disappoint. Though we caught her during the not so perfect "baby acne" stage, Molly proved that even red bumps can't diminish her fabulousness. I haven't finished editing all 400+ images I took that day (someone get me an editor!), but I wanted to share some of my favorites so far.

Monday, April 13, 2009

2010 Weddings

Newly engaged and planning a 2010 wedding? Take advantage of my current rates by booking early. BONUS -- for a limited time receive 10% off album packages, $250 off full day coverage, or $100 off four hour coverage.

Offer expires 06/30/09 and is good for 2010 dates only. Cannot be combined with other specials or slow season discounted rates.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Wedding Budget Blues?

Having trouble wrapping your mind around your wedding budget? Check out Kate Parker's handy guide. Tool around her blog for other helpful tips on planning your New England wedding.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

DIY Bridal Make Up

The other day I stopped into the Make Up Shop in South Portland and had the pleasure of meeting the manager, Andrea. If you haven't been, the store is adorable and Andrea is so helpful you'll want to stay for an instant makeover. Andrea and Alise (the owner) understand the importance of having good make up on your wedding day, and they are sharing their secrets April 17th. For $100 you can learn how to achieve the perfect look on your wedding day. Check out their website for more specifics.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wedding Etiquette

Questions about wedding etiquette? Perhaps they were answered in today's wedding chat with Anna Post on the washingtonpost.com. Check out all of the Post's Wedding Week offerings for fun tidbits. Like did you know that if you invite the President and his wife that tradition holds they send you a response?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Favorites of 2008

The 2008 wedding season was remarkable in so many ways. It was my first experience as a working mom. While I missed my little boy when I was away, it was a joy to be back at work after a long -- and exhausting -- winter. Being a part of so many joyous occasions leaves an impression on one's soul, and for that I thank you all. After every wedding I spend hours talking to everyone who will listen about the highlights of the day... ...the ceremony in the apple orchard, the stubborn refusal to submit to mother nature, the quiet beauty and confidence as you marry your true love, the brother's song that left us all in tears, high school sweet hearts driving off in the coolest car, the torrential rains that held off until nightfall (and the field filled with ginormous spiders), finding quiet moments -- and another bride -- in a public garden, seeing an old friend marry her true love, toasts that induce belly aching laughs and rocking out with the baddest disco band around... Thanks to everyone for sharing such special moments with me.

If the slideshow above doesn't work, you can view it here: Amy's Favorites from 2008

Friday, January 02, 2009

New Year Deal

In honor of the new year, and in consideration of the dismal economy, all new contracts signed between January 1 - February 28 will receive an automatic $100 Pictage gift certificate. Double this offer -- receive a $200 credit -- for only $50. You can use the credit to purchase anything in your proof gallery catalogue -- reprints and enlargements, note cards, gift books, and more.

Cannot be combined with any other offers. One credit per contract.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy 2009

Wishing you all a new year filled with much joy and prosperity.