I have had the pleasure of photographing the Dufoe family several times over the past few years, but was truly honored to photograph this generational family session. I can't stress enough the importance of making time to get the whole family in pictures, despite the energy and time involved in getting everyone together in one place! It will always be worth it. Thank you, Dufoe crew! Here are just a few of my favorites...
It may have been chilly outside, but Marcelle was absolutely glowing for her beautiful late-winter wedding at the Bedford Village Inn. The couple prepped for the day in the bright, airy rooms above the Charolais room, the gorgeous indoor venue for their intimate ceremony and reception. After the ceremony we ventured to the patio behind the Inn for some quick (chilly!) portraits of the stunning couple, then headed inside to a warm reading room to snuggle up before entering into their reception as husband and wife! I had so much fun with this laid-back couple and wish them so much love and happiness for the future.
Kate and Matt's rustic wedding was the perfect post-holiday pick-me-up. It's warm, romantic vibe had me wishing I had rented a room at the cozy Common Man Inn & Spa. If you know New England, then you know the Common Man name, and you know the Common Man Inn will not disappoint! From the beautiful wooden canopy beds, to the antler-chandeliers, photographing bride and groom prep photos made for such a beautiful and intimate vibe. Kate and Matt had a sweet, personal ceremony that ended with our favorite - a double kiss! (Side note: if you're getting married, do your photographer - and your partner - a solid and always go for kiss number 2!) After the ceremony, we headed outside for a quick round of formal pictures. Check out Kate's gorgeous vintage shawl... stunning! The newlyweds headed inside to enjoy their friends and family and their first celebration together as husband and wife. Thank you for including us in your amazing day, Kate and Matt.
So excited to have Michael and Amanda's wedding featured on Borrowed & Blue! I submitted their wedding for publication almost a year ago, and so much has changed in their lives since this day - but none the less... eeeeek! <3
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I had so much fun photographing Mackenzie and Matt's engagement session in Gilford, NH last week. We started at Ramblin' View Farm for a gorgeous open, grassy vista for Mackenzie and Matt's more casual pictures, then we travelled to Mackenzie's brother's beautiful home (complete with a stunning barn) for the more formal shots. I realized during this session that I have a terrible habit of saying "just one more" way prematurely - like 150 shots before I'm actually done. Sorry, Matt!
I can't wait to capture their wedding in November!
Last week, I had the pleasure of combining a senior photo shoot with a family shoot for one of my favorite people... the beloved Miss Kristen! Miss Kristen is a fabulous preschool teacher who has touched our lives in such a real and intimate way.
A few years ago, my son Hou had a pretty rotten preschool experience. He was enrolled in a private school that had an amazing reputation within our city. At the time, I had just had Leah, Hou was working on potty training, and I was back to work teaching kindergarten and not able to do drop-offs or pick-ups at school. Long story short... it was a tough year for all of us. We ended up pulling Hou from school in January after a particularly disturbing day.
Enter Miss Kristen.
The following school year, we were very nervous to send Hou back to school. In fact, my symptoms of the impending school year weren't far off from those suffering PTSD. Legit. I was scared to send my first-born into another unknown situation after I had so seriously misjudged the fit of the first. From the first time I met Miss Kristen, I was already impressed. She let Hou talk about his favorite topic (Angry Birds) and gently reminded him that he also needed to do his work. She listened to his "jokes" (mostly made up on his own) and started greeting him in the morning with jokes of her own. Hou slowly started opening up to us at home too... about school, about new friends, and about topics other than Angry Birds. What were probably normal preschool interactions for most was a huge milestone for our family - trust. Houston's trust in other adults and, in the school experience. And our trust in the process of letting go (a little bit).
Fast forward two years later. Houston is LOVING first grade and Leah is so excited to have Miss Kristen for her first school experience. I absolutely attribute my kids' love for school with Miss Kristen. She turned school around for Hou, and showed little Leah how preschool should be - from the start, this time. Every morning, Leah sits up in her bed and announces through the monitor "I'm ready to wake up for school today!"
We are so thankful for Miss Kristen in our life. And for all the wonderful "Miss Kristens" working so hard in our public schools. Thank you to all the beloved teachers out there who make school such an exciting place for the littlest learners.
We scoured the internet for our favorite Valentine's Day looks for the whole family! We love these non-traditional, festive pieces to spruce up a romantic date, a classroom party, or (gasp!) a family photo shoot. Let us know your favorites!
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The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. ~Audrey Hepburn