I just spent the last week in St. Louis Missouri at a relatively new photography convention called ShutterFest. ShutterFest was created by the visionary Sal Cincotta with the pure intention of giving back to the photography community. And giving back he has done. ShutterFest is an unconvention that offers small group classes and tons of hands-on learning opportunities in a stunning location. I was lucky enough to be a speaker at this year’s event and the only downside to that is I wish I had more time to go to more of the classes! This is definitely on my list for next year!
Here are some of the photos I got to take at my classes Posing Two Brides and Posing Two Grooms.
I continue to be amazed by the beauty of the couples and their families that I get to photograph. It is truly a gift to me to get to know couples like Shannon and Jamie. Shannon and Jamie are kind, easy-going, fun and caring. In addition to all these wonderful characteristics, they had a wedding that celebrated and honored family.
To me, weddings are about family. The family we are born to and the friends we adopt as family along the way. Weddings are a celebration of life, where we’ve come from and where we hope to go. This wedding was all of those things.
Both John (my fav. second photographer) and I found ourselves fighting back tears throughout the day and night: When Shannon gave Jamie a piece of his late mother’s jewelry; When Jamie signed his toast to his deaf in-laws. We were in the presence of true beauty, and true beauty, is so rare and so special. I hope Shannon and Jamie stay beautiful forever!
Venue: Groveland Fairways, Goveland MA
Portraits: Newburyport, MA
And New England never felt so sweet to return to! Every Spring I travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Wedding and Portrait International Convention and Tradeshow. It’s exhausting and exhilarating. This year, I had the honor of presenting on “Posing Two Brides or Two Grooms.” I’ve become a bit of an expert on best practices for serving same-sex couples after co-authoring the book: The New Art of Capturing Love. It was amazing to be part of this crew of educators! Seriously, these are the best of wedding photographers in the world.
Possibly the best part of presenting was that I had the opportunity to photograph this couple as part of my presentation. They turned out to be amazing to work with and I had so much fun walking around the MGM Grand Resort and making these portraits!
Many years ago I made a wedding magazine instead of a brochure because I thought I could provide a bunch more information and inspiration in the magazine format. I’ve just updated that magazine with new photos. Check it out here and if you’d like a printed copy, just email me your address.
Let us take care of your Valentine’s Day gift. Enter below to win a free engagement session! An engagement session is a one hour couple’s portrait session at a mutually agreeable location. I’ve done them at Fenway Park, Newburyport MA or right here in the beautiful white mountains. The winner will be announced on Friday Feb. 13 and a gift certificate will be emailed so you can give it to your beloved on Valentines Day.Good luck!
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