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A Winter Vacation, Caribbean Style…

Lana and I are taking some rest & relaxation in Aruba this week.  We have a wedding down here, but the majority of the time will be spent on the beach!  Lana’s camera is never too far away, and we captured some great sunset photos this evening.  We also met a couple from the Boston area who are planning their daughter’s wedding in Gibbet Hill… small world!

During one of our beach walks, we ran into Marc Mangia “The Aruba Sandman” building one of his awesome castles!  We captured some great shots of Marc’s work.  What a super friendly guy too!  It’s amazing to watch Marc work on his creations.  Every single detail is just perfect!

Tomorrow we are spending the day driving around the island to explore new areas.   Aruba… what a great little island!  I would strongly recommend this location to for a get-away wedding or just for some beach time.  Put it on your bucket list!  We’ll post some additional photos from the wedding soon!

You can contact Marc at Arubasandman@gmail.com for more info on his amazing work too!

The Wedding Album, Making a Family Heirloom

I remember as a child flipping the pages of my parents wedding album.  It was fascinating to see them so young, standing there with all my family members who also looked oddly different!  To this day, I remember all of the pages in that album.  My favorite photo was of my dad “dipping” my mom and giving her a kiss.  My parents were not rich people, but every married couple had a wedding album.  Every time I saw my parents kiss, it reminded me of that photo!

Some would argue that photography was different back then.  Photographers sold wedding packages.  Couples would buy an album, order prints for the friends and family, while the negatives would sit in a cardboard box somewhere in the photographer’s basement until they were no longer useful.  Today, clients want the digital files.  Who wouldn’t?!?  Digital files are great to have and last forever.  Why get an expensive album when you have all the digital files?

I would argue that couples today get less value compared to my parents.  Here’s how the story goes… Couples get the digital images and print a few, maybe 5 or 10, and hang them on the walls.  Time passes, and you re-decorate and a few frames come down.  Photos of your children replace your wedding portraits.  You move to a new house and the photos disappear into storage.  That USB stick with your beloved wedding photos becomes that cardboard box.

A Wedding Album becomes a family heirloom for your children and generations to come.  Couples spend so much money on a marriage.  If you’re reading this, you probably agree!  A wedding album is a durable good, it is the only investment that lasts through the years. In fact, it becomes more valuable as time passes.  It’s also the #1 biggest regret when its overlooked.

Wedding albums are very expensive; because they are worth every penny!  Wedding Albums are a Storybook of Your Day!  Some brides choice the DIY path, but don’t understand the challenges.  Handmade albums, created by designers & photographers, on heavy archival paper that lasts a hundred years, is not something that’s easily assembled without experience.  When planning your wedding, do yourself a favor and consider skipping that Ice Sculpture or the Rolls Royce for an Album.

Photographs are meant to be experienced.  A wedding album captures that experience, your story, for generations to come.

“95% of couples that don’t get a Wedding Album within three months of their Wedding, never will.”
“The top five items men look for in their homes are clean socks, remote control, wedding album, car keys and driver’s license.” —IKEA

Our Old Truck Project

I am a tinkerer.  I always have been.  I love working with my hands and have always loved antique cars.  My love for cars was founded in necessity.  My first car was old 1972 Pontiac that didn’t like to stay running.  I did all the work on the car myself, because I was po’.  If I didn’t fix it, it just didn’t run.

As grew older, I started working on cars for a hobby.  I learned how to do bodywork and paint a car.  I restored a few old cars along the way.  Mainly old Corvettes.  My Uncle Tom, referred to as Big T since he was almost 7 ft tall, also love antique cars.  In 2004, he gave me his old truck.  A 1954 Ford.  It was a basket case.  It hadn’t run in 30 years and was no where close to trying.  I decided to make that my next project car, with the intent of giving it back to him completed one day, in perfect condition.  All of my Uncle’s have been like fathers to me, I wish I could give them everything they deserve.

Life is filled with twists & turns and I ended up separating from wife at the time.  The truck took a back burner.  A few years later everything calmed down and I met my beautiful wife Lana.  From running our photography business, to relaxing… we do absolutely everything together!  Every day I consider myself blessed for finding a person like her to share my life with in every aspect!

I’ll be honest, our lives our busy!  We are constantly working or spending time with all of our children.  Sometimes I wonder how we do it!  My boys in the picture are now teenagers in high school!  This old truck has been sitting in our garage for years now, maybe its time to sell this to somebody more interested in fixing it up.  Lana would not hear of it!  In fact, she became very motivated to finish this truck!

After some conversations about it, we decided to restore the truck and use it as part of our business!  So don’t be surprised if one day we cruise up to your wedding in an antique Ford Truck!  This will be a long project for sure.  We are off to a good start though.  One of our grooms this summer is a mechanic and installed a new front suspension!  Thank you Josh!  He is the owner of Windham Marine & Powersports.  One step done!  Thank you Lana for always being there.  Today you held on to my dream for me!

 

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The Victoria Inn

One of the most memorable venues of this past season is the Victoria Inn located in Hampton, New Hampshire.  This little Inn is such a gem!  Their grounds are immaculate and offer plenty of backdrops for amazing photographs.

The Victoria Inn has everything you can imagine for your gorgeous Wedding Portraits – A Lovely Gazebo and a pretty pavilion with chandeliers are just a few examples! A Wedding Photographer’s delight!

A Rockin’ New Years Eve Wedding

Sally & Dustin rang in 2016 with a New Years Eve Wedding Party at the Common Man in Plymouth New Hampshire.  This wedding certainly had a “party” feel to it!  All of the guests were excited and engaged, children in bowties, with all of their family present!

This was our first shoot at the Common Man in Plymouth, and we were very impressed with their venue!  The rooms are well decorated and spacious.  Just the right amount of holiday decoration made for some really nice portrait backdrops!  

Sally & Dustin, it was our pleasure to work with you!  You made our New Years Eve a blast!

Corey & Alison’s Engagement

Congratulations to Corey and Alison on their engagement! Lana & I had a great outing to capture some “Save The Date” portraits for them a few weeks ago. Alison and Corey met at Northeastern University in Boston, Ma. Alison had her heart set on Engagement photos at the university, so we headed into Boston for an afternoon shoot.

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Linnea & Rob’s Wedding

Congratulations to Rob & Linnea!  They had a beautiful wedding last weekend with some great winter venues.  Their ceremony took place at the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester, Mass.  Reverend Deirdre conducted a beautiful ceremony that engaged all of the guests, truly a unique ceremony!
From there, we headed to the coastline of Gloucester for some great ocean seacoast portraits with the bride and groom.  It was a bit chilly, but the pictures came out fantastic!
Rob & Linnea’s Reception took place at Cruiseport Gloucester.  Cruiseport is overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor… every detail is addressed at this venue and it continues to hold the top spot in the East Coast for the most desirable wedding venue.
Rob & Linnea’s entire day was unbelievably beautiful.  Thank you Rob & Linnea for selecting us as your photographers!

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