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Angie + John's Romantic Portsmouth Engagements

November 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Of the engagement shoots I've done with numerous couples thus far, nobody has dressed to the nines like Angie and John. Angie was a colleague of mine at Tilton School, so I was thrilled when she asked me to do an engagement session for her and her fiance, John. We spent an August afternoon walking through downtown Portsmouth and through the beautif...
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Kelsey and Jon's Maine Cottage Wedding

September 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
About a year ago, I sat down with Kelsey and Jon at a Starbuck's in Brookline, Massachusetts, where they shared their story with me - in November of 2012, the met while serving on a missions trip to Haiti. Fast forward three years, after Jon made a move from Michigan to Massachusetts to be with Kelsey - in May of 2015, the two of them went back to...
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Alanna + Cole's Fort Foster Couples Session

July 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Alanna and I met our senior year at the University of New Hampshire, when I answered her ad on a university facebook page looking for a roommate. And thus, I found myself moving into a small apartment with three other girls that I had met all but once. I met Alanna's boyfriend, Cole, shortly after moving in. Cole didn't go to UNH, but he often came...
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Marco + Melissa's Mystic River Maternity

July 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
IT'S A GIRL! I met with Melissa and Marco on a sunny summer day for a maternity session. We walked around the Mystic River State Reservation in Medford, MA, stopping at several locations along the way. At 39 weeks pregnant, Melissa's due date was just a week after the date of our session! Despite being so far along in her pregnancy, she was energet...
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Carl and Shraya's Boston Arboretum Springtime Engagement Session

July 03, 2017  •  1 Comment
I met with Carl and Shraya in late May to shoot engagement photos for them at the Boston Arboretum. With the lilacs in full bloom and the park draped in greenery, this session turned out to be quite the springtime session. Before I met with them, Shraya shared a little bit of her and Carl's story with me: "Carl and I met nine years ago when we we...
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Shelby & Jim's Belknap Mill Wedding

June 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Shelby and Jim planned one hell of a superhero celebration of love. Their wedding was held at the Belknap Mill in Laconia, New Hampshire, on April 29th. The event was peppered with subtle hints of their superhero theme. The groomsmen sported ties, socks, and cufflinks of various superhero characters - The Hulk, Captain America, and Flash. Jim's det...
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Florida Portraits with Maria Tiano

April 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I spent the month of March down on the west coast of Florida, visiting family. While I was down there, a good friend of mine, Maria Tiano, came down to visit me for a week. As a fellow creative, Maria and I always enjoy embarking on photo adventures. We went out to Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island for a day. It was a particularly windy day, so we h...
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January 2017: Ireland, Part 1: The Ring of Kerry & Dingle

April 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The last leg of our Europe trip in January was spent in Ireland. Brad and I stayed in the Temple Bar district. Our hotel was actually above an apparently very popular TGI Friday's, which I found hilarious. I can't say that I particularly enjoyed Dublin. The lively Temple Bar streets were entertaining on certain nights, as there was more than enough...
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January 2017: Edinburgh

March 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
It's been a few years since I fell in love with a city. Florence and Rome stole my heart a few years ago, but since then, my explorations have failed to ignite the same passions for any such locations. Though I greatly enjoyed Denia on the coast of Spain, it felt much more like a lively Mediterranean seaport, than a historic European city. To be h...
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January 2017: The Coast Of Spain

February 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Five and a half hours across the Atlantic, Brad and I landed in London in early January for our two and a half week trip. We stayed in London for only one night, until our flight the following day to Alicante, Spain. In our exhausted, jet-lagged state, the staff at the Tophams Hotel took pity on us, and managed to have our room ready within an hour...
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Anna & Lazaro Portland Winter Wedding

February 02, 2017  •  2 Comments
Anna and Lazaro are truly something special. Living in Portland, ME, they own Danza Latina together, a dance company in which they teach Latin Dance to adults. I have never met such a fiery, passionate couple in my whole life. They met in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where Lazaro was a dance instructor, and Anna was his student. "This is how we starte...
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Jon & Fabi's Museum Proposal and Boston Common Engagements

November 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Working with Jon and Fabiola was truly an incredible experience. These two people have such a real, genuine love story. When I asked Jon to tell me about his relationship with Fabi, he said: "'s been a love that I never thought existed. Something stronger than I've ever experienced. It's intense and amazing...She is everything to me...We don't...
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Brian & Prema's White Mountains Proposal

October 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Brian and Prema took an anniversary trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire in late September. On an overcast morning, the two went for a "hike" along the Tuckerman's Ravine Trail - or so Prema thought. They stopped at Cascade Falls, and when Brian reached into his backpack to grab his camera to take a photo of Prema in front of the falls, he...
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Cam & Hei Keu's September City Hall Wedding

September 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I think September is one of the best months for shooting weddings. Maybe I'm biased by my love of everything and anything that has to do with the fall season, but I mean...what's not to love? The sweltering summer heat has died down, but it's still warm enough to spend the whole day adventuring outside, and many of the flowers and greenery are stil...
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Beth and Nate's August Waltham Wedding

September 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
It's hard to believe that I shot my first wedding just over a month ago. Since then, I have learned SO much, expanded my business, worked with some of my first big clients, and gone on to shoot weddings solo. A huge thank you to Morgan O'neil Photography for entrusting in me to be her second shooter for Beth and Nate's wedding on August 6th at the...
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