Category Archives: {Inspired}

Here’s a look at the bridal inspired test shoot that I did last October with my friend and stylist, Lauren. I’ve been seeing her over at Salon Sparrow for a while now and she’s taken great care of me from simple hair cuts to encouraging me to go for fun peek-a-boo pink locks! She’s also been extremely supportive of me and my recent leap to do photography full time.  If you’re in the area and looking for a hair stylist or makeup artist, definitely go see her! She’s fantastic!

After brainstorming ideas for our first shoot, we decided to go with something we could whip together fairly easily… with me being seven months pregnant and all.  We made a plan to meet at my RI studio along with two of her close friends.  I dug out my own wedding dress, she pulled a bridesmaid dress from her wardrobe, and along with a few others, we had ourselves a little bridal themed shoot! It was such a fun, laid back day.  I can’t wait to do it again soon!

 

Sometimes on warm summer days it’s necessary to give in to the impulse to dress up your three year old in a cutie pie outfit and traipse into the weeds.  These were taken in about 20 minutes in our backyard. I’ve been eying these purple stalks for a while now, and when we finally got out there I realized how tall they’ve actually grown! Between dodging honey bees, spying white fluttering moths, blowing countless bubbles, singing songs, and fishing dozens of crickets out from under her tulle skirt, we had a pretty good time. I absolutely love photographing this girl as she grows.

A few weekends ago, Kristina and I road-tripped up to Maine for the purpose of meeting Jennifer Smith from Darling Photography for her ‘Capturing Couples’ workshop.  We were super excited for it since we had signed up months prior and are both big fangirls of Jenn’s work!  I’m so happy that Kristina encouraged me to join because we had the best time.  It started out on Friday evening, where she met me in downtown Boston after work and we piled into my car for the three hour trek to the Lewiston area.  On the way, we stopped for an energy boost and snapped this hilarious gem:

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Once we were well-fueled and on our way, we arrived at our hotel.  I had booked the best inexpensive one I could find, and we were a bit dismayed when it looked like a rundown Motel 6 with a few extra flowers planted out front…  But in the end, it worked for us just fine.  We slept great and were glad we were able to start the next day feeling nice and refreshed with only a short drive to Livermore Falls!

The workshop was an all day affair (10am-9pm), but despite the long hours we learned so much and soon found that it was a great investment!  Jenn was friendly and casual, made everyone feel at ease and was completely open and honest when answering our questions.  She didn’t hold back and was very candid in all her advice.  We also got to meet and chat with her associate photographer, Ryan McCauley, who offered another perspective of second shooting and running his own business in addition to working for Darling.  First we learned about the gear they use – specifically the items they swear by and what’s not worth shelling out cash for.  Then we watched as Jenn culled and chose her selections with lightening speed of an engagement session she shot just the night before.  She talked us through the session and explained her thought process for each setup, where the challenges were and what worked well.  Personally I found it very encouraging to see that my workflow can be done quickly and efficiently yet still deliver quality work; as much as I love editing, it doesn’t need to be an endless labor of love!  After a question and answer session where we had the chance to pipe up and ask anything on our minds, we broke for lunch (which included the most delicious and cute mini cupcakes ordered especially for us, by the way).  Later that afternoon, when the heat started to break and the golden light came out, we met the sweetest couple for our ‘group’ portrait session.  Basically Ryan and Andy were given the task of looking adorable and affectionate toward each other while 10 strangers swarmed around them like paparazzi… but to our amazement, they were perfectly relaxed and made it so easy for us to practice the skills Jenn was teaching us!  We all had a lot of fun popping out front and grabbing the shots as we saw them, and interacting with the two lovebirds.  Posing was the highest priority topic that our group was interested to learn and it was great to see how casually Jenn worked with Ryan and Andy to get the moments she was looking for.  After a couple of hours outside, we headed back in for the last important section of the workshop – editing!  We watched as Jenn whisked through all of the images she had just taken, chose her favorites, and edited them for delivery.  It was so helpful to see from start to finish how she creates her final product!

Some of the things that helped me the most were:

1. Hearing tips for saving time, being more efficient and cutting down my workflow (this is a particular struggle for me, so these were huge!)

2. Feeling validated that I’m on the right track during certain points in our discussion.  It was reassuring to find out that they use some of the same business practices or software that I do.

3. Seeing Jenn and Ryan in action, doing a live shoot, being able to observe their styles and thought processes

I’d highly recommend attending a future workshop by Jenn and Ryan of Darling Photography, if only for the chance to hang out with them and other fellow photographers for a day.  It’s great fun and a fantastic learning experience!  And at last, here’s some of my fave images from our group session.  This spot was amazing and offered the most magical light!

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I’ve had this idea to do a Parisian inspired shoot for a long time now. I guess it’s the fact that I studied French for nearly a decade while in high school and college, and have been enamored with France for a good part of my life. While my language skills have diminished significantly since graduation, my love of the culture, food, and style has not waned. When I decided to choose a shoot date and actually start planning for the spring, it just seemed like the natural choice.

Lucky for me I have enthusiastic, talented, and stunningly beautiful friends who are willing to go along with my ideas and help make them reality! I enlisted the help of Kristina, my best photographer pal, Olivia, our model, and Brittany, Olivia’s sister and familiar face to this blog who waded in the cranberry bog last October. We began the day by meeting at Seven Stars Bakery in Providence, which is my new favorite Saturday morning obsession. They have delicious coffee, European style pastries and sandwiches… and oh, the artisan breads! It’s a little gem, tucked away a mere 15 minutes from my house and I’m forever grateful to Yelp for steering me in their direction. But back to the story! We arrived within a few minutes of each other and walking in, I see Olivia sporting some old lady hot rollers and a pair of aviators. Major props to her for sacrificing her dignity for a few minutes in front of the general public in order to make sure her hair would look good for my camera. She attracted quite the attention, most especially of admiring senior citizen men. 😉

Once we got to the park and carefully set up the goodies, Brittany was quickly given the role of ‘dog patrol’ since we had several wandering noses trot by. We even had one dog who excitedly got away from her owner in order to come investigate what we were up to… and when Brittany returned him, the owner asked, “Do you have cheese over there? He loves cheese!” Apparently, he has very sophisticated taste.

I did my best to find and include all of my French favorites and while some of them ended up with an Italian flair, I still feel like the sentiment was achieved. The day was filled with Madeleine Peyroux’s smooth melodies via Pandora, lots of laughs and sunshine, and concluded with a delicious lunch – a major success in my book! I encourage you to sit down with a glass of red and have a look at my favorites. À bientôt!

Location: Prospect Park, Providence
Model/Hair & Makeup: Olivia Cornell
Assistants: Kristina Smith and Brittany Cornell
Bread and Croissants: Seven Stars Bakery
Baguette wrap: Courtesy of Heather Bullard via Pinterest

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I love when a plan comes together, especially when it’s an exciting, spontaneous one! As most of you know, photography has taken a back seat for me over the past few months. As sad as it makes me to temporarily put it aside, considering it’s been a driving force in my life the past three years, my (literally) growing family has to take precedence for a while. I’ll be honest, my camera has been collecting dust since this summer and I was starting to get a little discouraged (er, jealous) of all the amazing images popping up on my newsfeed daily from fellow photog buds. You can’t help but wish you were still part of the action, even if you know that realistically you have no time to play! So when the opportunity came up to tag along for a low-key photo shoot at an AMAZING and super unique location, I was not about to turn it down!

My Sunday morning started with my alarm going off at 4:30 am. After hitting the snooze a respectable two… ok, maybe three… times, I forced myself out of bed and into the shower. By the time I got on the road at 5:15 for our 6:15 am call time, I was wide awake and feeling excited. I knew there would be cranberry bogs involved in the day’s plan but had no idea what to expect. I’d never even seen a cranberry bog before, let alone had the chance to actually go wading in one! We were stripping off our shoes and ready to shoot by around 7 am, which was perfect as the dawn was turning into a nice overcast morning light. Even though I was slightly worried my eight month pregnant belly would compromise my balance and my camera could end up in the water, I threw caution to the wind and slowly made my way in. I wasn’t about to settle for mediocre snapshots from the shoreline. Luck was on our side as the cranberries were all gathered perfectly, the surrounding foliage had started to turn and the water wasn’t too numbingly cold. The three of us had a great time shooting for about an hour, with Kristina being the most hardcore of us all and submerging herself nearly up to her shoulders. Brittany was our beautiful and hilarious model for the day (no really, she does a great impression of Kristina. And the Loch Ness Monster. Trust me, I have proof). I really enjoyed getting to know her.

Long story short, it was a fun and inspiring morning that got my creative mojo working again! I spent the afternoon editing for the first time in ages and it felt oh so good. So very grateful to Kristina, not only for her awesome idea but her willingness to share and invite me along for the ride! Special thanks to her boyfriend, who not only got us special access and helped make it happen but sent me home with some of the freshest cranberries I’ve ever eaten; they were promptly made into delicious cranberry nut bread. Yum!! Oh and most important, I’m extremely thankful he waited until AFTER we were back on shore to mention the spiders, frogs and snakes… *shudder*

I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing an impromptu city shoot with a beautiful model named Natalie. We had grand plans of a more involved romantic winter shoot but plans changed at the last minute so we decided to make the best of them. I’m so glad we did because we had a great time and got some really amazing shots! I’m so grateful to her stylish roommate, Cristina, who helped bring the city chic look to fruition (not to mention her great hairstyling skills!) and her super helpful and friendly boyfriend, Justin, who tagged along for moral support. Natalie, I hope you love the images and I’m looking forward to working together again very soon!

Without further ado, here are just a few of my favorites!

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