Category Archives: Wedding
Hello there, friends. It feels a bit to strange to be posting here, in all honesty. The summer came and went, we’re on to a new season, and I have this wedding here that I shot *whispers* Memorial Day weekend.
So, I hope you all had a great Labor Day and don’t mind time traveling a bit with all the back to before summer even happened to take a peek at this beautiful day. Laura and Sean got married in the pouring rain at the beautiful Wayside Inn in Sudbury MA. It was my first time photographing there and it was just so perfectly New England. I was very lucky to have the lovely and talented (and newly engaged!) Jessica Bartlett with me to assist and second shoot, and she saved me more than once from lugging equipment through the rain. She’s a trooper, for sure!
Laura and Sean were such an easy couple to photograph. The ceremony was personal and sweet, the music was “crowd-sourced” from their guests, and these people danced. Like, I wanted to put down my camera and dance with them. I was inspired by them and their guests to really dance it up at the weddings I attended this summer, because why not?
“Celebrate, we will, because life is short but sweet for certain…”
For quite a while now, I have been thinking about my photography business, and how to start finding a balance of work and life that gives me the time I want and need with my family. When I started three years ago, I took any and all work I could get. I wanted to experience it all. And thanks to my friends and family and the glory that is social media, I’ve been able to meet and photograph many amazing people, some of whom I now call friends. It has been amazing.
There is always a cost to running your own business, though, especially while still working a full time job. Before Lily was born, Sean and I were free to work crazy hours, sacrifice evenings together so I could hole up in my office and work on my photos. I could spend my weekends driving all over New England, scheduling a wedding book-ended by portrait sessions, crash on my parents’ couch or drive home late at night sustained on Pepsi and a Snickers, and after working 9 hours a day, spend my weekday evenings culling and editing while Sean works or sleeps.
Things are different now. I have changed. I have put a lot of thought and prayer into what is next for me, and my photography. For me, I need my family time. I deserve it, and Sean and Lily deserve to have a present wife and mama. Life is short and I will never regret spending more time with them than working.
So it’s with a lot of excitement (and a little nervousness) that I share that I will not be taking any more wedding work going forward. I am going to be focusing on photographing portraits, family life, and working on my own projects that I’ve had running around in my head. Running a business is hard, and I have forced myself to really start evaluating what works best, how I work best, and how to move myself forward with all that has changed since I started. I have been getting spread too thin lately, and it’s time to start simplifying and focusing on what I want most with my photography, my family and my life.
So here I am, kind of starting over! I have a handful of weddings lined up in the next 16 months, and I look forward to photographing each of them. Will I ever go back to photographing weddings? I’m not sure. For now, I’m not thinking that far ahead. I can tell you that I am working on extending my portrait and lifestyle photography in a new direction. I am not ready to make that announcement yet, but I’m really excited about it. I think it will be a really good change and allow me to do more of what I love, which is working more closely with my clients.
I apologize if things seem really vacant here. It is all part of the transition over the next month or so while I work out the details. I can’t wait to share what’s ahead with all of you! Thank you so much for your support over the past couple years. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, and am so excited to see where I go from here!
Erin and Mike were married on a gorgeous sunny fall day in November, and I loved every minute of photographing it. It was a transitional day for me – first day back to photography since having Lily, and the first time I left her for more than an hour or so. It felt like the first day of school! I missed her, of course, but it felt great to get back to photographing lovely, happy faces. It definitely makes a difference in how I feel leaving her when I am doing something I love. It’s easier. My time is being spent doing something worth being away from her for a time. I want to show her that if you work hard, you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to.
Back to my Erin and Mike. I love these two. Mike’s parents and my parents have been good friends since well before I was born, so it was very special getting to spend the day with all of them celebrating Erin and Mike’s love. They are so sweet together and I know they will have an incredibly happy life. And Erin was just, well, stunning. And I am considering renting out her aunt’s house for any and all photoshoots ever. I mean, come on…