Will & Susan

My most recent session took me back to my hometown, where I met my parents for a photoshoot that I’ve been wanting to do for them for a while. They chose a great spot on the base near their house, which offered opportunities to shoot both near the water and with trees heavy with Spanish moss – which I loved.

During our hour and a half shoot, I was surprised to find my Dad was all smiles (if you know him, you know he doesn’t do that in pictures) and found that my mom is really great at blinking at the exact time my shutter moved.  We captured plenty of great pictures, some of which are below:

Enjoy!

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Morgan & Kenny

Until now, I have primarily focused on taking photos of landscapes and seascapes, capturing moments in nature. It comes easily and is my creative outlet, but in the past year I have wanted to push myself to learn more, exploring another form of something I love – lifestyle photography.

Lifestyle photography is more than taking candid shots. It’s about capturing images that reveal a story, a personality, a relationship, a feeling, and sometimes that can be hard to do. I’ve wanted to take this challenge on for a while and was given the opportunity when Morgan and Kenny asked me to photograph their engagement session.

There is a first time for everything in life and in most cases, the first time is often a mixture of excitement and nervousness all wrapped into one. My first engagement session was no exception. Even though I already knew the couple I was photographing, I was nervous. I wanted to capture images they and their family would love, and most of all ones that captured their love for one another. A high bar to set, but one I believe I achieved.

For Morgan and Kenny’s engagement shoot, I headed to Mt. Olive, North Carolina, where both grew up. We shot in two locations despite the heat, starting in Mt. Olive, before heading off to Bentonville, NC, where we wrapped up with stunning sunset shots at an old historic home. Throughout the entire process, Morgan and Kenny were a joy to work with and the shots came effortlessly with their lighthearted and candid interactions.

Below are only a few of the final results, but they are my favorite shots. Not only for what they capture, but for what they mark in what is hopefully the first of many sessions to come.

Enjoy!

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Tempest

IMG_1054Tempest, Scituate, MA – Earlier this winter, in the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas, Boston was one of the few cities on the east coast that wasn’t shoveling itself out of a mountain of snow. In fact, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to not have had more than maybe five inches total, when this time last year we were buried in our 120 inches – more than ready for Spring.

Storms are an incredible manifestation of weather, and are an intricate mix of strength and beauty. They are a beautiful sight to watch roll in, bringing a quietness that comes before the storm escalates and reaches full power. The power here is seen subtly, only reflecting the strength of the storm with the sea spray as a result of the hit to the sea wall – whereas the water, safe in the harbor, is relatively calm.

 

 

Eventide

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Eventide, Scituate, MA –  A week into the new year, resolutions are still fresh and top of mind for everyone who made the promise to themselves to make a change. January, in my opinion, is the most optimistic month of the year, and an opportune time to make and carry through on a promise. Which is why I wanted to make my first photo of 2016 simple and uplifting, reminiscent of the fresh and positive outlook the new year brings.

With the upward angle, coloring, and the flag lifted and blowing in the wind, this photo seemed right, especially given my resolution. 2015 was the year I started to explore what I could do with my camera and in 2016, I want to fully submerge myself in not only finding out what my camera can do, but what I can do with photography. I find pure joy in every aspect and want to genuinely understand the art, learning from peers and experts, and exploring my own creativity. 

Thanks to an amazing Christmas gift from my boyfriend, I’m already off to a good start, learning from one of the best – Ansel Adams. Ansel wrote a series of books detailing techniques and concepts of not just photography in general, but his own work. I’ve started with “Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs,” and have thoroughly enjoyed getting a behind the scenes look at his though process and methodology for each picture, learning that the final result is not necessarily a “one shot and done” process.

So here’s to 2016, keeping resolutions and becoming a better photographer!

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Harbor Bound

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Harbor Bound, Scituate, MA – Shot on a cold and windy day last fall, this photo depicts a lone fishing boat coming in from a day on the water. The channel, normally full of traffic during the summer, quiets as the boats are pulled from the water each winter season in preparation for the inevitable cold. Whats left are the fishing boats, sprinkled throughout the harbor, ready for long, cold and hopefully rewarding days on the water.

One of my favorite aspects of this photo is the intensity the sky brings. Wind itself is hard to capture in a photo — its something more easily felt than seen. Here, the clouds catch the gusts and visually create a sense of movement, perfectly capturing an essence of the day it was taken.

Autumn Leaves

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Autumn Leaves, North Reading, MA –  Of all four seasons Fall is my favorite and since I’ve moved to New England, its been even more so. I love everything from the slight chill in the air, to apple picking, football, and carving pumpkins, to taking drives for the sole reason of seeing the leaves change (Otherwise known up here as leaf peeping).

The later of those was my afternoon two Sundays ago, differing from most, as football season is another season I’m fond of. However, since the Panthers game wasn’t airing, I decided to spend the day outside, capturing the peak of Fall. I picked a state park in North Reading and spent the day wandering through the woods, snapping pictures and enjoying the escape from city life.

Of the photos I took that day, this trio was my favorite — giving the illusion the leaves were falling, gracefully floating towards the ground, and perfectly encapsulating the quiet and peaceful autumn afternoon they were taken. Normally black and white would not have been my first choice for autumn leaves, but something about it fit with these pictures. So I’ve left them as is, and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Fading Light

Fading Light, Topsail Island, NC – Light has everything to do with taking a good picture, and reading it is a learned skill. When you see a shot, you not only need to have the ability to breakdown the lighting, but to determine the appropriate settings on the camera.

Its a skill that takes practice, and in this case, it was trial and error. This picture was taken two months after I received my first DSLR, a Canon EOS Rebel T3. It took several tries, switching the aperture and the shutter speeds around, but when I found the right combination — I got this stunning shot.

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Ripple Effect

Wakefield Lake Ripples

Ripple Effect, Wakefield, MA – One stone cast causes not just one ripple, but an endless amount of individual ripples, all intertwined.

At face value, this photo is simplistic, capturing the result of one of the smooth rocks being thrown into the water.But looked at, at a deeper level, it tells a story. A story of connectedness, or the Ripple Effect. Everything we do and think affects not only ourself, but others, which in turn affects others connected to them. One action doesn’t result in one ripple, but multiple, all of which have far reaching effects.

Ansel Adams, one of my favorite photographers, once said, “A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” A phrase I believe holds so much truth. Every photo tells a story and all it takes is looking into a photo, and not at it.

Carolina Watercolor

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Carolina Watercolor, Cedar Island, NC – Shot this summer on my way out to Ocracoke Island, this photo recalls a glimpse of the coastal wetlands at first light.

In our efforts to maximize our time on the island for the long weekend, Ryan and I woke up at 2:00 am to ensure we caught the first ferry out.  I was determined to take advantage of seeing the sunrise, because despite the fact that I love early mornings and the peacefulness they bring, I also truly value sleep. When first light came, the light softly rolled over the back country road we were on, and onto the wetlands passing by, creating a beautiful blue hue and a very happy photographer.

Given our time crunch for the ferry, we decided we wouldn’t stop, so I took the challenge of taking a pristine and clear photo of this sunrise, from a truck moving at 60 mph. The result? Several failed shots, and the realization that these failed shots weren’t actually failures, but photos that captured the art of watercolor and the soft colors of the sunrise.

The sunrise that morning was beautiful, with all of the typical warm shades one brings, but it’s the uniqueness and peacefulness in this one that I enjoy the most.