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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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We had a blast this past weekend at the annual Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament in Concord, NH. Justin has played annually for the Concord Boys and Girls Club's team, and it is such a fun family event. This year, Justin's games were later than usual, so the kids opted to stay with Meemaw and Papa while I bundled up to watch. It was fun to be able to photograph Justin (the second-least photographed member of this family after you-know-who) without having to worry that the littles would get hit in the face by a rogue puck - and if you know me, you know that my anxious soul is on high alert for things like that. The team may not have faired too well in the rankings, but it sure looked like they were having fun. I present to you… Mr. RHP in his element and my sweet sissies, who also braved the cold.
This fall I had so much fun shooting this gorgeous family at one of my favorite New Hampshire locations: Beech Hill Farm. Beech Hill is an awesome place to bring the family. They have animals, nature trails, corn mazes in the fall, delicious ice cream, and of course, a beautiful backdrop for photographs. These kiddos were super sweet and oh-my-stars adorable, and this session became popular quickly on Facebook with future clients who said, "Can we do that kissing shot like the one you posted a few weeks ago?" Love, love, love family love and I think it absolutely shines through in these photos. Here's a quick sample of my favorites!
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My talented florist friend, Marie, from Paisley Floral Designs in Manchester, New Hampshire hooked me up with these stunning pink roses, and I couldn't resist this very quiet photo shoot. This sentiment spoke to me this week, and I hope you enjoy it too! Feel free to download the image and use it on your own computer or iPhone, or print it out and hang it in your home or office.
On a chilly day in October, Matthew and Colleen had very different mornings planned. Colleen had a very typical bridal morning scheduled: hair, makeup, the dress… you get the idea. Matt on the other hand, had a very detailed map and directions (prepared by Colleen, of course!) as to how to prepare their ceremony and reception site at Bear Brook State Park. I spent the morning photographing Colleen, while Elissa was busy catching the setup of the woodsy site in Allenstown, New Hampshire. When I arrived at the site to help Elissa get ready for the ceremony, I could not believe the transformation - what was once a public camping site had been transformed into a vintage, rustic wonderland: a true testament to Colleen's sense of style and creativity, and of course, Matt's hard work.
Every single detail of Colleen and Matt's wedding was meticulously planned and hand-designed by Colleen. The couple spent months collecting vintage China and broaches for Colleen's gorgeous (and heavy!) bouquet. Colleen created her own beautiful veil, which trailed behind her effortlessly as she walked down the pine-needle coated aisle. The guest list was small: a group of Matt and Colleen's closest friends and family. The feel: cozy. Guests waited for the bride and groom to arrive while cuddled around the expansive outdoor fireplace, sipping on coffee and laughing in tight circles of love and each greeted Colleen and Matthew after the ceremony with a warm embrace. The result? A stunning, intimate affair that was a photographer's dream.
One of my favorite moments from the day was our quick jaunt down the road to capture some formal pictures of the couple. Matt and Colleen opted not to have a traditional bridal party, so Elissa and I had more time to get some lovey pictures of the newlyweds in the beautiful last days of brilliant fall color. I couldn't get over the natural love that these two so naturally exuded. Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson for including Rosy Hue Photography in your beautiful day.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. ~Audrey Hepburn