Hope & Main Lobster Boil

Last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph a very cool event at a very cool local nonprofit. I might be biased because my husband works there, but even before he started with the organization this Spring, we were both big fans of Hope & Main. It is such an important part of our community. Here's a little background info, from H&M's website:

Hope & Main is Rhode Island’s first culinary business incubator. We help local entrepreneurs jump-start early-stage food companies and food related businesses by providing low cost, low risk access to shared-use commercial kitchens and other industry-specific technical resources. Our goal is to help grow the local food economy by creating a community of support for food entrepreneurs and cultivating an environment where emerging culinary startups can test, create, scale and thrive.

Check them out! In addition to offering kitchen space and resources for startup businesses, H&M is always offering different classes (I took sushi-making with my husband -- so fun!) and events open to the public.

{https://makefoodyourbusiness.org/} {https://www.facebook.com/HopeandMain}

 

Golden Hour Love

If you schedule photos with me, you will find that my favorite time for photos is about an hour before sunset. Why? Because of the following photos. I am obsessed with the "golden hour" as they call it. And I was not let down on this gorgeous night at Colt State Park in Bristol. Sunset was at 7:15 and we got to the park at 6:15 with plenty of time for photos. The lighting was amazing, the clouds were amazing, and the sunset was perfect. Insert heart-eye emoji here. 

Annetta and Ross wanted photos as a family of three with their sweet son Asher before their next little one arrives. We had fun roaming around Colt State Park, which apparently was photo shoot central that night because we saw three other sessions taking place while we were there. It is the perfect spot for family photos, senior photos, engagement, portraits... This was my first time doing a shoot here and it will definitely be at the top of my recommendations for clients in the future. I <3 Rhode Island. 

Rebecca

You guys! I am so excited about my first senior photo sesh. Full disclosure, I was nervous about these photos because I've only ever photographed kids, families, and couples. Totally different dynamic when it's just one person. I wasn't sure how it would go. Turns out, I really enjoyed this. It was a lot of fun, and I loved being able to just focus on one person. 

I also live in a pretty amazing town with gorgeous old buildings for backdrops. And, I happened to have a beautiful subject. Rebecca is a natural beauty and it really comes out in these photos. Isn't she gorgeous? 

 

The Sturdys

I met Alicia and Andrew in college, but didn't really get to know them until years later when I was in grad school with Andrew, and we all lived in the same apartment building. I have great memories of one Easter dinner at the Sturdys' apartment, cooking together, eating a great meal with friends, and of course laughing, a lot. As we do. Fast forward a few years, and all of us ended up out of Chicago, and on the East Coast. Now, sadly, the Sturdys have moved back to the Midwest. We miss them! Thankfully, their East Coast ties are strong, and they return in the summer to visit lil' Warren, Rhode Island, where we live. 

The Sturdys came to visit RI recently, and I was so happy to take their photos that a small miracle happened: I woke up before dawn in order to capture the gorgeous lighting of sunrise over Mt. Hope Bay in Touisset Point. 

So pretty, although I couldn't believe how fast that sun shot up and the beautiful dawn light quickly turned to bright orange, hot on our faces, squinty-eye light. 

Andrew and Alicia's sweet little girl Stella was not exactly pleased about being awoken from her slumber to have a camera pointed at her. But we got some nice photos nonetheless. 

So good to see you, Sturdys! Thanks for being my models. 

 

Atwood Family

Two-and-a-half years ago, after first moving to Rhode Island, the Atwoods became our first good friends. Matt and Sarah invited us to dinner a few nights after we moved in, and we were fast friends. Feels like we've been friends for much longer than we have, because they are the kind of great friends that you can count on, that you can trust, that you can be yourself with, and that we can laugh so hard we cry with. 

So I was so happy to be able to take photos of my dear friends and their beautiful children, Jude and Cora. The Atwoods braved a cold and blustery day that should have been a beautiful early spring day. Thank you, Atwood family, for putting up with the cold weather. 

As you can see, despite the cold, the kids were troupers, enjoyed their very first Del's of the season, and I think even had a little bit of fun. 

 

And Mackenzie Makes Three

My dear friends recently welcomed a beautiful little girl into the world: Mackenzie Rae. This pretty lil' lady also happens to be my goddaughter, so I'm especially proud. I was very excited to take photos of this beautiful family, and I had dreams of Mackenzie perfectly posed with props and cute toys and fuzzy blankets. Basically I was going to Anne Geddes the sh** out of this photo shoot. 

Alright, so, it didn't quite turn out that way. What I realized is that a) it's really, really difficult to get a newborn baby to do anything you want, and b) it turns out those beautiful posed newborn pictures aren't really my style. But I have major respect for the newborn photographers who can make these sweet babes pose and look angelic. It's just not my thing. 

So what is my style? I found that I love pictures of the family together, and I love the moments that aren't the "traditional" posed photos. The moments when they are just doing their thing, and I am like a fly on the wall getting to witness life together as a new family, Jess and Kevin beautifully working together to figure out this parenting thing. And they are amazing parents to this lucky girl. 

This newborn session was a HUGE learning opportunity for me. I learned a lot about newborns and I learned about myself and my style. Although I was frustrated with myself for much of the shoot, I got some really nice photos out of it all. And most importantly, my friends were happy with the finished photos. 

Sweet Seattle

Seattle is a place that I am head-over-heels in love with. We only get to go there about once a year, which is SO sad. My husband went to college in this gorgeous city, so we have a lot of good friends that live here. We also have my fabulous sister-in-law Hannah, her beer-making husband Ryan, and our silly, sweet, amazing nephew Sawyer, that reside in this beautiful place. We miss them! In May we had a full week of Seattle time, soaking in the sun, going for runs and hikes with unbelievable views of the mountains and the water, and lots of time with Sawyer. 

Foray into Family Portraits

Throwin' it back to my first "official" photo shoot: my sister and her gorgeous family. I mean, c'mon, could I have more beautiful subjects? 

I shot on Cape Cod on a cloudy day, which happened to provide the most delicious lighting. It could not have been more perfect. 

Smiles and laughs courtesy of my husband telling bad jokes in the background. :)

Engaged in Charlestown

My sister got engaged last summer and wanted some Fall engagement photos. So we set off on a somewhat dreary autumn day, hiking around Charlestown. Such a cool part of the city. Lisa and Brian live in Charlestown and wanted their photos to be in this area of the city they love so much. Although rain and dark clouds threatened to ruin our shoot, the weather (mostly) cooperated, and we had a fun time. And although Lisa and Brian probably wouldn't put being photographed on the list of their most favorite things, they were troupers and did a great job. Congratulations, you two! Can't wait for the wedding.