Miss Elle and I did a shoot a couple of months ago as a gift for her long distance boyfriend. I usually don’t post boudoir given its private nature (and the fact that everyone in this state is connected by one degree of separation), but Miss Elle had so much fun and was happy to share a few images.
From a recent email: “The album arrived and he absolutely loved it. We talked about the awesome experience. You made it so perfect. Your work is amazing. We can’t get over how you made me look so good. You were able to capture my fun and sensual side. SIGH… it has been amazing to work with you and I hope this isn’t the last time.”
Thank YOU Miss Elle for your generous compliments. The pleasure was all mine.
I had the pleasure of doing a trade with a dear friend who is an Ayurvedic practitioner and massage therapist. I photographed her in her studio as she worked on a few clients and in return she gave me two hours of bodywork. My session was a blend of deep tissue and Thai massage. Thai massage is one of my favorite treats ever because it allows your entire body to be stretched and stretched as you are being massaged. This was two of the most relaxing hours of my life so if you live in the Boston area and are looking for a bit of rejuvenation at the end of winter, check out Samadhi in Newton and book an appointment with Natalie. Your body will thank you.
It’s always a treat to finish up the year with fun news. I opened my mail box yesterday and was delighted to find copies of the most recent Woman Inc Magazine with my photos published. Woman Inc is based in Minnesota and highlights notable women entrepreneurs throughout the country. A while back I featured Apotheca Flower Shoppe on Apartment Therapy since it is such a rare, creative gem especially in these parts. With that, the magazine asked me to photograph the owner, Alyssa, to feature in their publication.
And here it is, live! Congratulations to you Alyssa- you have an amazing aesthetic and fabulous shop. I wish you all the success in the world.
Meet Michele. She needed a professional portrait for work so she had her hair and makeup done by the fabulous Morgan and brought three different looks to play with. Her first option was a gorgeous, peachy-taupe cowl neck shirt which complimented her skin color nicely. She also brought a dressy black velvet blazer. Blazers can often be bulky and difficult to photograph but this one was well tailored and very slimming. As with every portrait shoot, we tried several angles– from the left, from the right, from above, straight on etc.
What worked best were the ones where she was facing slightly toward the natural light (her right). Her expression is slightly varied from image to image. We tried many smiling showing her teeth and some more serious. I really like these three where she is somewhere in between. Her expression is confident and pleasant without being overly sweet or forcing a smile. I really love the neutral palette too.
This past weekend I had my first ever mini holiday portrait session and it was so much fun! First off, the kids were dressed impeccably. (Thank you moms and dads! I aspire to be as stylish.) Secondly, I got to set up shop in a gorgeous studio in downtown Manchester which had plenty of natural light. (I usually shoot out of my smaller home studio or on-location, so this was quite a treat.) We had a ball tossing around over-sized plastic ornaments, playing with colorful lights, and running around wearing angel halos.
I set up a few colorful holiday scenes but also a crisp white backdrop so the children could move around more freely. A serene white backdrop is such a beautiful thing. It really showcases children, or any subject, in a clean, ‘this is me’ way.
Thank you to all the families who made this possible. I hope to make the mini holiday portrait session an annual tradition.
Packing up and getting ready to attend a massive photo trade show in NYC this week where I am going to meet a ton of lovely vendors and learn from a bunch of talented people. Before I go, here is a portrait of Raven Skye who is an artist living in Florida.
Naomi visited the studio recently for an updated corporate head shot. She came prepared with an older head shot in hand saying she wasn’t crazy about the angle as in, “I like this side of my face better.” (I think we all have a preference.) A slight change in camera position, neck, chin and shoulders can accentuate certain planes of your face and bring out your best features.
With that, we tilted her head and chin and positioned her hair in various ways to best frame her face. In the end, we achieved a polished but friendly professional photo.
Congratulations, Naomi, for being selected as one of the top Realtors in New Hampshire!
I received an email from a client asking if I would photograph her son who recently graduated from Columbia. She explained she wanted to capture him as he is today before his life moves on in new ways. At 22 you feel grown up and ready for the world. That optimism, energy, and willingness to have new experiences is a gift. I moved to NYC in my twenties and regard it as one of the most special places and times in my life.
Alex, best wishes to you as you go on your way. The world is your oyster. I’m pretty sure you know that.
I don’t want to say it, but Winter will be here too soon, so if you’ve been meaning to update that photo on your website or business card, now is the perfect time! The Summer and Fall foliage in New Hampshire makes the loveliest backdrop for portraits and the natural light sure does leave you glowing.
All portrait sessions are on location and include:
* 3 outfit changes (with style consultation)
* 25 final images presented via private web gallery
* Your selection of 5 retouched images for print and web
* 1 week turnaround so you can use your new photos immediately