Sunday, August 31, 2008

Love my new iPhone

Ollie loves to make intricate drawings of perpendicular lines intersecting each other. I was fascinated to see him creating the same design at a much larger scale on the beach.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Love Born on Chappaquiddick

Ashley and Jamie spent their summers as kids on Martha's Vineyard. While their families knew each other, Ashley and Jamie were not introduced until just a few years ago. Now they are engaged and planning an Anguilla wedding. For their engagement shoot they invited us to spend a night at the family home on Chappaquiddick. Ashley's family entertained us for the night with amazing swordfish grilled by her grandfather who just turn 90, martinis on ice mixed by her father, and to top it all off, mom made pancakes with blueberries that she picked from the wild blueberry plants around their house. There were so many great moments of the trip: besides the amazing time spent with Ashley and Jamie, Enna and I rented a Jeep and spent a day cruising the roads, swam at the beaches, ate plenty of seafood. We also had the most incredible night swimming experience of our lives with Ashley's family as the phosphorescent phytoplankton was glowing like you couldn't imagine!

Ashley and Jamie were referred to us by their wedding planner extraordinaire, Alexis Eliopoulos O’Mara, who owns Unique Weddings by Alexis, and we can't wait to be part of their wedding festivities at Cap Juluca in Anguilla.

Here are a collection of a few of our favorite images from their engagement shoot

Meet Ashley and Jamie...

The hammock outside their house. When we arrived at their house, Enna introduced herself to the family then promptly crashed on the hammock... it's pretty inviting:)

The path from their house to the beach

Ashley is a principal ballet dancer for the DC Ballet Co. at the Kennedy Center. She just couldn't resist showing a move or two for us:)

Blueberries!! Super yummy.

When the sun went down we went in the water for a few shots.

It took a little coaxing, but we got Jamie wet too:)

It was truly a great time. Thank you Ashley and Jamie for inviting and entertaining us! We can't wait to see you again and make more beautiful images of you in Anguilla.

~M & E

Sunday, August 24, 2008

August PUG

As PUG leaders (Pictage User Group) Enna and I like to mix it up and have fun social events (like the cruise we hosted last month) and educational events that will help photographers grow their studio. This month we were fortunate to have good friend and fellow wedding photographer Richard Esposito (if you read our blog regularly you'll remember his wedding) came to talk about using video on the internet. Richard used to work for channel 7 in Boston as a video editor, and has won Emmy's for his work. Now as a photographer he uses his video background to make fun short online video's of himself working. So watch out folk's, video clips of Enna and I will soon be on the site! :)

Here's Richard stretching to make a point during his presentation

Showing off his sweet little video cam

Enna and I with Richard

Paul and Krystal from Studio Foto also came to show albums and talk about their design service

Richard will be giving this one day workshop. Hopefully I'll see you there!

Thank you Richard!! The photographers and students that attended the PUG meeting loved your talk and left inspired:)


Friday, August 22, 2008

Fumiko & David :)

Fumiko and David are getting married this October in Boston and we did their engagement shoot on one of the hottest days of the year! I think I drank 3 chai tea frappuccinos before we headed out:) We walked around the Beacon Hill area of Boston, one of my favorite locations for classic "Boston" portraits. Beacon Hill is an amazing place: buildings are tightly packed, old cobblestone streets have grass growing between the stones, paint is faded and peeling off brick walls and well, it's just an awesome place for portraits. Add a couple like Fumiko and David to the mix and beautiful things happen.

We started at the Public Garden pond and they instantly let their funny side show

I just love this toe touching moment:)

It took nothing to get them into the laundry mat for a few fun pics!

As the sun went down we headed to a pub for a few drinks. When we emerged we were caught in the rain, so why not take a few while getting soaked? An elderly couple sitting in the car loved helping us out by letting us use their headlights.

At the very end of our night out we stopped back where we started for some night shots on the garden bridge. The rain had let up and some street performers on stilts came by.

Thank you Fumiko and David!! Can't wait to see you again soon!!


Friday, August 15, 2008

Leslie & Eric!

We first met Leslie and Eric about a year ago when Leslie was a brides maid for Jennifer, who had us photograph her wedding. They hired us shortly after we met and we had a very cold winter engagement shoot in downtown Boston where we ended up by chance at the New England Aquarium, where they happened to have their first date:) So after a long winter it was great to see them finally having their day, and the weather was perfect, which seems to be rare these days in Boston.

The wedding was The Barn at Gibbet Hill. Leslie and Eric had a "first look" so they could enjoy the cocktail hour with friends. One thing Leslie kept hoping for and happened was the cows coming to the top of the hill behind the ceremony. It was great to have the occasional "mmooo" during the "I dooo's"! The Colby's, who we recommended to them, rocked the barn with their unique blend of musical styles. The sure telltale sign of a great wedding band is how busy the dance floor is, and this floor was hopping!

Some of our fav's from the day...

Leslie & Eric

A cool shot of Leslie during the ceremony

Even the wedding party couldn't hold back tears during the ceremony

This is jennifer leaning in for a good laugh during the formals:)

A cool night shot of Gibbett Hill

Last but not least, the one and only Bev, lead singer and wash board player for the Colby's

Congratulations Leslie & Eric!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Website is down, Artwork is up

So our site is off the radar for a few hours, but it should be online again tomorrow.

In the meantime, why not check out our work the old fashioned way - in person! Two of my favorite large canvas prints of Will are hanging in a group show curated by the lovely Mary Jameson at Jameson and Thompson in Jamaica Plain, for JP 1st Thursdays. The show will hang through the end of the month.

Jameson and Thompson, by the way, does the very best fine art custom framing in Boston.


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Sarah & Harold

Sarah and Harold are not getting married until May next year, but they were smart to take advantage of the warm summer weather to do their engagement shoot. We started at the Arnold Arboretum then headed to the back bay area of Boston. These two are an impressive couple as they have a long distance relationship (Sarah in DC, Harold in Colorado) and they don't mind racking up the air miles to visit each other:) They hope to change that soon, especially since their wedding is less than a year away!

Their wedding will be at the Ballroom Veronique in Brookline, MA, and their wedding planner is Bernadette Smith who owns It's About Time Events. Here are a handful of fun images from the shoot.

We couldn't resist having some fun with the yellow tape we found on a tree!

One of the wild things about being a wedding photographer is that we meet our couples sometimes more than a year from their wedding date, then we'll see them about 8 months before for the engagement shoot, and by the time the wedding arrives we've talked on the phone, emailed, and seen each other enough to have become friends. It was a lot of fun to hang out with Sarah and Harold and now we have to wait till the end of May 2009 to see them again!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

a highlight of this summer

Last night's summer highlight: night-swimming in the ocean among bioluminescent phytoplankton while gazing up at a brilliant milky way.

The pitch-black water sparkled and shimmered everywhere we touched it, and we played at making sparkle-angels in the water and letting diamonds of water droplets fall off our hands. The best way to experience it was floating on our backs so we could see the cloudy bands of the milky way at the same time.

What's that you say? Where was our camera? Well, we were so giddy and living in the moment that we didn't even think of it till we were all cozy drifting off to sleep in bed.... photograph bioluminescent plankton has been added to our list of things to do.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Alison & Bryan's Marblehead, Massachusetts wedding!!

Remember Alison & Bryan? A few months ago we posted about their destination engagement shoot and how much fun we all had spending Cinco de Mayo at their SC beach house. Well we can now share their wedding photos...:)

The wedding was held at Alison's parents house in Marblehead, MA this past June, and we couldn't believe how cold it was! Alison was such an amazing sport braving the cold wind to get a few photos of her on the waterfront. Luckily the rain held and everything went as planned with an outdoor ceremony and the party went late into the night. I can tell you that towards the end of the night we all (parents of bride and groom too) indulged in shots from a bottle of Patron and I have some really crazy photos of that, but I'll spare everyone from posting them here for the world to see us being really crazy!! Also at the wedding one of our former brides, Erin - who is working hard to become a wedding photographer - joined us as an assistant and took some great images.

Alison and Bryan:

We were setting up a shot when I made this image and I just love the quiet moment of this image:

A fun image of Matt working:

These next two images were taken by Enna and are some of the most amazing limo shots I've ever seen!

One of Alison's flower girls showing off part of her bouquet:

Bryan's parents during the ceremony:

Alison carrying her mom, Sallie. If this doesn't say enough about how much fun these two are together I don't know what can:)

At the end of the night we headed out to get the limo with Alison and Bryan. I loved the mist on the street and wanted a shot of them standing in it. Just then the limo drove around the corner and we quickly snapped this amazing shot of Bryan dipping Alison in front of the limo:

Congratulations Alison and Bryan!! It was an honor to be your photographers and we can't wait to see you again and have margaritas!!!