I’ve been on the Mill Falls at the Lake (church landing) preferred vendor list for a number of years and I continue to be impressed by the quality of work that comes from my colleagues. This brochure is completely comprised of work by those photographers… and it’s top notch. I am an experience professional and I am inspired by these images. I hope you will be too. And when Mill Falls says they are the perfect venue…it’s because it is true. There just really isn’t a better lake front wedding venue in NH!
Time is a theme in every photograph. A photograph freezes time, it preserves it, it even allows us to rewind it. This is why we photograph our most precious life events, so we can hang onto those moments. I recently received a call from a client, Shawn, whose wedding I photographed back in 2012. I could tell by his voice, something was wrong. He told me his wife of less than 3 years was terminally ill and she had two weeks to live.
I remember Shawn and Karen’s wedding day very clearly. It was a perfect summer day, hot, blue sky and great people. It was a second marriage, they were kind, affectionate and so happy. It was a wedding for all the right reasons, celebrating family and life. Shawn told me that during the last days of Karen’s life they spent time looking through their wedding album and reliving that day. It breaks my heart to think of Karen’s death and Shawn’s sadness.
Recently, I learned of the sudden and unexpected death of someone special to me, Michael Stone. The first thing I wanted to do was find a picture of him. I just wanted to see him again. The photo I had was from his youngest son (one of my best friend’s) wedding in 2006. He is smiling, next to his wonderful wife, so strong, vibrant and proud. The photo transports me back to this moment. I can smell the grass, I can hear the applause. It feels good to see Michael in this photo…and sad.
I have taken many photographs of people who are no longer alive and all of those photos I’ve taken at weddings.
At many times I find myself at odds with the wedding industry. I believe the industry can be an envy machine that drives up perceived needs for often very unnecessary things. The wedding industry can be shameless in it’s manipulation: You’ve waited your whole life for this day. That phrase makes me want to scream, because the essence of it is true: your wedding day (as a couple) only happens once. It is only once in your life that you will plan an entire day to celebrate with the people most important to you. Your details, your venue, etc., although nice, trust me I love to photograph them, just pale in comparison to what is really important: the people you chose to spend this day with.
You may have heard the cynical phrase: weddings aren’t about the couple getting married. Well, yes of course they are, but they are also about time, friendship and family for everyone who attends. Weddings are about our mortality and about setting the intention for how we wish to live our life. Weddings are beautiful when we remember what they are about: life.
The Buddhists say we are all just one breath away from death. I am so grateful for the life I am living and the time I get to freeze for people to rewind and visit those they love even after they pass.
Ashley and Gabe exchanged vows in Cascade Park just across the street from the Woodstock Station and Brewery. They shared their day with their combined 3 kids in a tender and heartfelt ceremony. The reception took place across the street at the Station with warm food and cold beer. Truly a lovely wedding. Congratulations Ashley and Gabe!!
[pullquote align=’left’]It’s never too late to live happily ever after.[/pullquote]”It’s never too late..” was the message throughout Hope and Joe’s long-awaited wedding at Church Landing. It is wonderful to photograph a wedding that is heartfelt, honest and appreciated. Most weddings are these things but in some weddings it is more palpable than others. This was one of those weddings. Congratulations Hope and Joe!!
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
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!
When I graduated from Hampshire College in 2001 with a BA in photography and anthropology, there was no such thing as digital photography. Okay, really there was, but it was not yet accessible. It was expensive and the quality was yet to be proven. I spent over a decade photographing with film. It was my life. By 2003 all this had changed and digital cameras were looking pretty good. In 2004 when I started photographing weddings I quickly became an avid digital photographer.
[pullquote align=’left’]The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.-Ansel Adams[/pullquote]
It is true that the photographer is the most important piece to making a beautiful photograph. But part of the photographer’s skill is being able to select the best equipment and know how to use it to create the desired effect. And here we are at a time when the camera in the iPhone 6 is higher quality then the first pro digital camera I owned back in ’04. That is truly amazing to me!
As a professional photographer I want to offer my clients the best possible service and imagery available. The truth is that no matter how good digital is, it ain’t got nothing on traditional film photography. Nothing compares to the quality and clarity of analogue film photography. Now, here is the exciting part… We can have our cake and eat it too! Starting in 2015, I will begin to offer the best of both worlds with a film/digital hybrid package.
The package includes myself (Thea Dodds) photographing in digital (35mm), medium format (6×7) film and large format (4×5) film and my second photographer photographing in all digital (35mm). Not only does film deliver a higher quality image, but because the size of the negative is larger then the digital camera, the amount of detail increases. In addition, all of the film images are scanned and delivered on an flash drive with full rights to reproduce. So this is truly the best of both worlds!
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The end of the year is always a little bitter sweet for me. I welcome the break from weddings every weekend and yet I miss weddings every weekend. Photographing weddings is a lot of work…but it also offers a lot of joy. I’m extremely grateful to have such a wonderful job and I already look forward to next season.
Below is a quick collection of some of this year’s favorite moments for me. I owe my clients a huge thank you for having me as your wedding photographer. Obviously, I couldn’t do this without you, so thanks!
I hope everyone cherishes the time with their families this holiday season. Family is so precious.
Sarah and Alicia had an amazing ceremony, officiated by a young and vibrant Unitarian Universalist minister. Sarah and Alicia are an adventurous couple who are looking at marriage as their next adventure.
I truly wish these two the best!!