Jamaica Plain Engagement | Danielle & Jeff

This weekend Danielle & Jeff are getting married at Friendly Crossways! We’re looking forward to celebrating with them very much – and even more so because two of our past couples will be there as well…Ariel & Drew, who were married at Mass MoCA and Lesley & Courtney, who had a wonderful celebration at Courtney’s family home in Hull.

A few weeks back we met up with them near their new neighborhood in Jamaica Plain to warm them up for photography on their wedding day. We quickly found out they didn’t need any practice. These two were super comfortable and just had fun being with each other, which is exactly what I hope for in every shoot we do. We roamed around Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond on that super hot 97º day. Remember? With all the rain we’ve been having I forgot we had a glimpse of August.

Happy weekend everyone!

Quissett Yacht Club Wedding | Sarah & Steve

I remember speaking with Sara on the phone and her telling me about the plans for her and Steve’s wedding. It was going to be in September (a day before mine and Peter’s anniversary) and it was going to be at an old yacht club in Falmouth (Peter and I were married at an old yacht club in New Jersey). She and Steve sounded like the perfect fit for us, and I’m so glad they had us there to document their day.

Sarah is from Texas and Steve is originally from New Jersey (it really is a wonderful state). His parents have since moved up to the Cape and one summer these two met when they were both in Falmouth. They currently live in Texas, but a wedding on the Cape seemed like the perfect place. They chose the Quissett Yacht Club by The Knob, which gives you views of Quissett Harbor, where they had their ceremony; and Buzzards Bay, where everyone witnessed a magnificent sunset before the reception began. One of their dogs even enjoyed a dip.

As someone who has experienced parent loss, I take notice of how parents who are no longer around are included in a wedding day. Sarah’s father passed away a little over a year and half before their wedding. They included a photo of him that was placed on a seat during the ceremony. His photo was brought to the reception as well. At some point when everyone was dancing, I noticed the frame next to a bottle of Shiner Bock – Sarah’s Dad’s favorite beer, and smiled knowing that he was there celebrating in his own way. I think it’s important to find ways for them to be present.

Lastly, they had their favorite singer, Lucas Jack and his band travel up from Texas (and St. Louis) to play their wedding. As you can imagine, they were fantastic. We have so much fun when a band at a wedding is good, and these guys were amazing. Definitely check their music out.

Congratulations again, Sarah & Steve. Here’s a bit of what their wedding day looked like.

Event Planner: Rita Pacheco |  Location: Quissett Yacht Club  |  Dress: L’elite Boston  |  Hair & Make-up: Pura Vida  |  Invitations & Paper Goods:  Pink Polka Dot |   Florals: Ivie’s  |  Caterer: Clambakes, etc. |  Baker: Windfall Market |  Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew  |  Band: Lucas Jack

Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day I want to remember my mom by celebrating all of those mothers whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet and photograph over the years. My mom was a photographer herself, and definitely passed her passion for documenting with a camera on to me. This weekend I’m spending my time going through boxes and drawers (and more boxes), packaging up all the photographs that my mom took over her lifetime. I really can’t imagine not having all these moments to look back on. Photography is what I do to support my family, but it’s so much more. Photographs are a way I can time travel, and I do love spending my time traveling back.

Much of my professional career has been after my mom died. She gave me the gift of photography, but she also gave me the gift of appreciating small moments – the fleeting ones. Without her around I know I’ve become more aware of those moments in not only my own life, but in the lives of the people around me. In a way, she’s made me an even better photographer. I’m always looking for the quick glances, the lips pressed together to keep from crying, the moments of sheer joy.

So, here’s to my mom – Donna Kimmerer. Here’s to all the mom’s who are with us in spirit. And here’s to all the moms (and moms-in-law) of our couples over the years. I’ve truly loved documenting your smiles and tears – and those sweet dance moves. Happy Mother’s Day!

At Home Family Session | The Andersons

I’m really enjoying family sessions lately. I encourage the people I’m photographing to basically do things as normal – play, read books – just have fun! Those are the moments that tend to be forgotten over time – and the ones I want everyone to be able to look back on.

It’s even more fun when it’s a family that I’ve known since the beginning. We photographed Hank and Mary’s wedding on Block Island a few years ago, and we even photographed Hank’s brother’s wedding this past fall when Kyle married Kaidy in Kennnebunkport.

Hank, Mary, Chip and Clarence had me down to their home in Connecticut in February. We hungout one Saturday morning – doing normal Saturday morning things – plus a few portraits outside.

If you’d like me to come and spend some time photographing your family, get in touchThere’s a Mother’s Day Special right now too – 20% off until Sunday, May 14th. Regular investment is $750 with a $100 credit toward prints or an album. Just $600 with $100 credit until Sunday!

Boston Engagement | Mariam & Thomas

Hello all of you fine people who are reading this right now! I took a little break from blogging over the last few weeks. For some of that time I was on a trip to Hawaii, which was wonderful and relaxing. My mind had a chance to calm down for a bit and just focus on sunrises and sunsets and waves. I plan to show some of the photos I took while I was there soon. Please hold me to that promise. These two are actually going to Hawaii for their honeymoon! There will definitely be a list made for them – mostly with places to enjoy tasty food.

Mariam & Thomas met while attending Tufts University School of Medicine. They live in Washington now, but came out to the East Coast in February to do some wedding planning. While they were here we met up with them, on what happened to be a very springlike day in winter. We started in Chinatown – near Tufts, and also where Thomas lived while in school. Then we made our way over the the Esplanade, where we were treated to a gorgeous sunset.

Mariam was a bridesmaid in Abby & Paul’s wedding. Our favorite way of connecting with new couples is through our past couples. Everyone keep sending your friends our way. It’s the best. These two will be getting married at the end of May in New York, and we’re looking forward to it very much!