It couldn’t have been a more perfect Fall day for an engagement shoot with Emilio and Nina. The trees were colorful, the sky was vivid and the temperature was ideal for a stroll through the Boston Public Gardens and the Back Bay. An adorable couple that really jumped into the act, climbing trees, rocks and fountains for some excellent shots. I can’t wait for the wedding in the Summer!
What a fun an exciting day today was. It was the culmination of a lot of thought and some much needed motivation. A few weeks ago I was lamenting because I didn’t have studio space. Not that I do a lot of studio-style portraiture, as I much prefer location shooting, but there are just some things that work best under controlled conditions. After doing some research, I discovered the Waltham Mills Artist Association. An old factory in downtown Waltham had been converted to artist lofts and they look incredible. I met fellow photographer Jon Fischer, who gave me a tour of his spot. Alas, the studios were for full-time artists, not for short-term rentals.
The WMAA got my mind working though. I began looking for an alternative. If I couldn’t rent a studio, how could I make my own? I already had the lighting from my work as a wedding photographer. I just needed the space. Then, by coincidence, I found the perfect spot.
When I lived in Boston, I became a member of the Watertown VFW simply because it was easy to get to from my Concord office at the time. When I moved to Waltham, visits became less convenient. So last Sunday I made the switch, joining Post 10334 in North Waltham. Not only was I impressed by the folks I met, but the hall was ideal from a photographic perspective. Clean white walls, high ceilings, hardwood floors and a lot of natural light. It was perfect. A week later and a $1200 equipment purchase from Hunt’s we have a new pop-up studio set and a bunch of adorable munchkins on film.
What is better than hanging out with your family on the beach as the sun sets, watching your adorable child play in the sand? For a parent, I imagine it doesn’t get better.
Earlier in the year, I donated a photography session for a cystic fibrosis fundraiser. If you remember, I did a story about a man with cystic fibrosis and his mother’s efforts to raise money a few years ago in Not Without Hoop. It’s a cause worth supporting. The winners were the Last Family, who took the opportunity to shoot at Rexhame Beach in Marshfield, MA. It was a hot summer day, but we made the best of it and got some great shots!
Don’t forget to check out our last family photo session with the Goodwin Family!
We got these great shots at the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA. We couldn’t have asked for more quintessential fall weather – changing leaves, bright sun, and a light breeze. I love how the above shot looks like it belongs in a J.Crew catalog.
Wally, Victoria, and Joe were a photographer’s dream family to capture – photogenic, excited, and prepared for every shot. The above shot was another favorite of mine – makes for a picture-perfect ending!