Emilee: Class of 2013

Talk about a photographer's dream!  When Emilee came to me for her senior portraits, she had a beautiful location in mind: Luciano's Lake Pearl in Wrentham.  The original day that we were scheduled to have our session, we awoke to a rainy morning and I crossed my fingers and hoped that the torrential downpours would stop by evening.  After frantically checking the weather reports every free chance I got, a few emails and hours later I realized that that was just silly as the storm relentlessly pounded the area, making for yet another rained out shoot.  (That's the chance you have to take as a natural light photographer!)  We rescheduled for a week later, and boy am I glad we did!  The conditions were perfect!  Between the combination of the perfect rays of golden hour light slanting through the trees, a gorgeous setting, and a beautiful senior who was open to all of my crazy ideas... the shoot was a dream!

These gazebo photos below showcase Emilee's true talent of keeping a poker face despite her photographer rearranging the wedding furniture that was left outside and climbing atop a rickety table to get the perfect angle for the shot in the middle!

Emilee is a vibrant senior girl with big dreams for next year.  I was thrilled to be able to capture this in her photos.  A few of my faves...


And these whitewashed arches that I found on the beach... ooooh, but I fell in love with these arches!  Absolutely gorgeous, and only made more so with Emilee posing in the arches!

One of the best parts of the shoot?  When I spotted the pier in the above photo, I looked at Emilee to see if she'd be okay with hopping the fence and climbing out into the water.  She was all up for our little conspiracy, and we then were able to get some great shots at sunset!

And to finish this post off... what would a session of mine be without catching some brilliant sunflares?

Congratulations, Emilee, and the Class of 2013!

Location: Luciano's Lake Pearl, Wrentham

Makeup Artist: the very talented Joana Castano

Shutters & Steering Wheels

Given that a car crash was part of the reason that finally prompted the purchase of my fancy DSLR camera 1 1/2 years ago (more on that later!), there must be a few good reasons about why it's not such a good idea to wield said bulky camera behind the steering wheel.... whatever those reasons are, I certainly didn't find them today!  Behold, the car pictures....

I spent the weekend down the Cape, and while driving back I got stuck in traffic on a two lane road.  With a glimpse of a field of purple flowers to my left, I slammed the brakes, turned around, and got out with my flashers blinking to photograph it.  I thought it might have been the Cape Cod Lavender Farm, which I just found out about and am dying to go to and photograph.... instead, it was the front lawn of a private property.  Still gorgeous:

And a close-up:

Well, those couple of pictures led to the end of the end for me.... after all, what's a girl supposed to do while stuck in traffic at sunset?

Above: I got a bokeh in my shot! If you don't know what a bokeh is, click the link.  Bokeh is my latest photography obsession.

(Oh, but of course I managed to catch a sunburst while balancing my camera on the steering wheel in traffic!)

Seriously, there must be a number of logistical reasons of why this is dangerous.  And after this blog post, there may even be a new law going into action about hands-free cameras. Case-in-point, the bridge that I definitely shot a little off center/out of range with my aim:

Despite steering wheel mishaps, that camera will still be in the front seat with me.  So in the meantime, keep those beautiful Cape Cod sunsets coming, and I will find ways to capture them (even if I am stuck in a car in end-of-weekend traffic!)