Erica and Paul Engaged! {Beavertail Lighthouse, Jamestown, Rhode Island Engagement Photos}

December 01, 2015  •  8 Comments

So excited to share my favorite images from Erica and Paul's Jamestown Rhode island engagement session from earlier this fall!  We met up at beavertail lighthouse for some photographs in front of the lighthouse and on the water.  I love the rugged and open feel of the cliffs and i usually love sun soaked photo sessions, but on this day the sky was beautifully overcast! 

On the way to the windmill Erica and Paul found the most adorable spot! Loved the cows and the view of the iconic Jamestown bridge in the background!  Finally we made it way to the windmill to finish out our Rhode Island engagement session.

Thanks for having me come along Erica and Paul!  Can't wait until their Aldrich Mansion wedding! 

Also stay tuned for Amber and Ernesto's engagement session in historic downtown New Bedford!  I photographed their engagement session on the same day and both have a very different feel!

Hope you have a great evening and thanks for visiting!

   
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Tirrell Room Wedding - Melissa and Jonathan {Boston Wedding Photographer}

November 23, 2015  •  7 Comments

Melissa and Jonathan were married at The Tirrell Room in Quincy overlooking the City with a very lively reception at Chau Chow City in Chinatown, Boston.  I got to know them a little bit during their late summer Assembly Row, Somerville engagement session.  The lion dance was spectacular!

Melissa was stunning in an Allure Bridal dress and she even had a shorter more informal second dress for later in the evening!   She chose a pretty pale pink for the bridesmaids and she had a beautiful pink bridal bouquet, and a family friend made her cake!

Congratulations on your wedding, Melissa and Jonathan! 

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Photographer: Andrea Jay Photography, LLC, Glocester, RI

Ceremony Location: The Tirrell Room, Quincy, MA

Catering/Wedding Reception Location: Chau Chow City, Boston, MA

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Self Portraits of Motherhood {Silhouette, Rhode Island Baby Photographer}

November 12, 2015  •  5 Comments

I wrote previously on my blog here how I became captivated by the self portraits shared by mothers on the Self Portraits of Motherhood facebook page.  I am so thankful for the inspiration that page provides.  The theme this month was {silhouette}, so I'm excited to share my contribution to the page here, as well as some extras in pursuit of the theme image!  

Photographed with a Nikon D600, Tamron 24-70, f/2.8, with a tripod and timer.   Thanks for visiting today, A
 

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Brittany and Thomas Engaged! {Chase Farm, Lincoln, Rhode Island Engagement Photos}

November 02, 2015  •  7 Comments

Brittany and Thomas's Chase Farm Engagement Session hits the blog this evening! It's a perfect rustic space, featuring iconic New England scenery.    It was a perfect evening and twe had a great time!  Looking forward to their 2016 Blissful Meadows wedding in Uxbridge, MA.
 

Hope you have a great evening and thanks for visiting!
 

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What's in my bag: Nikkor 105mm 2.8 micro AF-D {Gear for wedding photographers}

October 21, 2015  •  5 Comments

What's in my bag photography gear Nikkor 105 mm micro lens for wedding photographers I'm really excited to kick off my what's in my bag series!  I hope to do a collection of posts about my favorite gear that I use during the weddings that I photograph!  

First up is the Nikkor 105mm 2.8 micro AF-D.   What is a micro lens, you ask?  Its only Nikon's designation for macro lenses, meaning that you can focus very closely. Simple as that.

I use this lens several times during the day.  Usually starting off with bridal prep for some shoe, dress or bouquet details.  The macro capabilities allow me to get *thisclose* and the focal length means that I can use the compression to have a narrow field of vision so that I can photograph these beautiful details without some of the distracting elements in the background.  Because, major clutter happens in bridal suites.  It just does.  Here are some lovely examples of the details I photographed as part of Jenni and Keith's Wachusett Mountain Ski Area wedding and Melissa and Nick's Buttonwoods Casino Wedding earlier this summer.  

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This lens comes out again when I'm photographing the wedding reception details , so silverware, cake, flower arrangements, tablescapes, and other luscious wedding reception details.  I love Kay and Simon's simple and elegant decor at their Riverway Lobster House Wedding last summer.

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And of course, it comes out again for rings.  You can see some additional macro ring photographs on my blog (here), so I'll just post a few more recent ones :).  These are mostly either photographed during bridal prep if the bride has all the rings, or during the time that the couple is eating their meal.  These are all hand held and composed using auto focus.  I think the key to using this lens for the macro ring shots is that I stop down to f/11, and absolute minimum would be f/9.  

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But there's more!  I also use the macro for portraits if the fancy strikes me.  I find it to be very sharp, but also out of convenience, like the time I was photographing Laura and Tim's North End Boston engagement session and as we were walking back to the T, they walked through some smoking golden hour pockets of light.  Turned out to be some of my favorite images of the session :)

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Some comments on this lens - its not the newer VR version.  At the time that I purchased this lens, I viewed it as a niche lens, and only thought I'd be using it once per wedding for the ring photographs.   I thought wrong.  If I could do it again differently, I'd spend the extra cash for the VR version because you do have to stop down so far for those ring shots, so the VR would help me shoot at lower shutter speeds since I do the ring photographs hand held (without a tripod), and the AF-G lenses are optically better and focus fast.  That being said, my D-lens is built like a tank, and made in Japan.  Its all metal and feels very substantial.  I won't be upgrading it unless it breaks down.  

Are you a photographer that uses macro/micro lenses?  What's your macro lens of choice and how do you use it during the wedding day?  I always love to hear different perspectives, so feel free to comment below!

Also, check back for my other blog posts for my "what's in my bag series" (I'll be linking up as I go!)

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 AF-G

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF-D

Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC 

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC 

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