I met Aaron a few years back when I was shooting at the photobooth for the Rock & Roll Rumble. I liked him immediately, you know how sometimes you meet people and without even really knowing them, you know they're just good people ? He's one of those. Genuine, unpretentious, and talented as all getout. He came to my studio last year, along with his friend Emma and we spent a few hours making pictures, We had some laughs, hauled my little red couch all over the building (to be honest he and Emma bore the brunt of that since at the time i was still sporting an aortic aneurism you could run a train through) It was definitely a fun day and I was pleased with the resulting images.
Im always delighted when Karen from Corinha Design contacts me to photograph one of her projects, she's great to work with and she creates such comfortably elegant spaces. I always particularly enjoy her choices in lighting fixtures.
Its a cold and gloomy January day and I'm thinking about the beach. It will be a while before swimsuit season is upon us, but I realized I never blogged Beth and Steve's Wequassett Resort beach wedding! If you're having a summer wedding in Massachusetts, the Cape is a great choice, ocean, sun, beach - all the necessary components for a spectacular wedding, Wequassett Resort offered all this and more for Beth and Steve on their big day! The sun was out and it was HOT! But the day went off without a hitch and a good time was had by all.
After a long day of love and laughs - the Bride and her friends were ready for a much welcome dip in the pool!
I'm hoping I can get him to dash down a few words about his experience here as I just showed up and took pictures and he is a far more eloquent writer than I am.
Ask and ye shall receive:
"Firstly I need to mention that these photographs were taken at the John Stevens Shop in Newport, Rhode Island, where I was fortunate to have trained briefly in 2012. A glimpse of my lowly apprentice work can be had in photos one and nine, otherwise the photos depict the work, tools and domain of three generations of the Benson family: John Howard, John Everett, and Nick, who get and deserve all the glory. I had to laugh at the sight of my name and the word "genius" in the same sentence, as they don't belong even in the same book. But Nick's genius has been certified by no less an authority than the MacArthur Foundation, which honored him with one of its famous grants in 2010. He's a great guy, supremely gifted and able to move pretty much at the speed of sound. These pictures were taken on my 32nd birthday, by happy coincidence shared by Lis's father Tony. Beautiful shots of a happy memory. Thanks for shooting and posting, Lis! Anyone remotely curious about this whole experience is welcome to check out the blog I kept whilst installed in Newport
Jesse is of course being way too modest. I knew he was brilliant when he was a wee lad and decided that I, his 10 years older angsty punk rock cousin was cool. Anyway, he really is a great talent and you can see more of his work on his Facebook Page which you should go like.
It's currently 17 degrees here in Massachusetts and we still have a couple feet of snow on the ground. I'm cautiously optimistic, given that March begins this weekend, that perhaps the worst of this winter is behind us...nonetheless - right now it's pretty frosty out and I can't help but continue to daydream about warmer places...While I travel frequently to Chicago and Baltimore, and love these two cities truly, madly, deeply, neither are renowned for being a place of warm solace, in the dead of winter. My favorite warm travel destination in the US is without a doubt, New Orleans.
New Orleans has it all - amazing food, music and architecture, coupled with an eclectic history and amazing people, if you like good food, sultry weather, interesting scenery, and day drinking, this is the place for you!
Here are my top five things to do in New Orleans
1. The last time I went we did the swamp tour - if you have an irrational fear of alligators or pontoon boats, this might not be for you. We were picked up at our hotel (there was a group of about 10 of us and I'm not sure if there's a minimum requirement for shuttle service) and driven to the departure point. The tour guide was engaging and knowledgeable about both crocodiles and life on the bayou, and I got tons of amazing pictures of both crocodiles as well as homes and boats along the river. I took the tour in October, according to the guide in the spring the flora and fauna is spectacular. We took our tour with Honey Island Swamp Tours and I would absolutely recommend them. Also, if you ask the driver nicely, on the way back he will take you through the Daquiri drive through. The Daquiris aren't the best, like a boozy slush puppy, but that's not the point. DRIVE. THRU. DAQUIRI.
2. There's a ton of good food to be had in NOLA, no doubt. I've been 3 times and every time I have eaten at Coops. Best fried chicken I ever ate. Go there, eat chicken. You're welcome. I'm posting a picture that by no means conveys the experience of eating it, which if I were to imagine is rather like being snuggled by baby unicorns and getting a high-five from Jesus.
3. If you're like me and you like to embellish yourself, and you happen to find yourself desiring souvenir embellishment, get thee to Electric Ladyland Tattoo. I'm not suggesting you get hammered and stagger in demanding a fleur-de-lis on your backside, these guys are professionals and I'm pretty sure if you're visibly intoxicated they will show you the door. However, if you're in the market for some (previously carefully considered) holiday ink, these folks are friendly, talented, professional, and clean. (full disclosure, since these tattoos were done I think both artists have moved on to different shops, but if Electric Ladyland is good enough for a comic genius like Craig Ferguson, it's good enough for you)
4. As I mentioned, food is a big part of the NOLA experience. I'm an admitted food nerd, and it was exciting to go to August (owned by John Besh! I've seen him on the tee-vee!). Im a shoestring budget traveller however, so a big dinner there wasn't in the cards, but this is the beauty of the Prixe Fixe Lunch - for a scant 20 spot (plus wine, if you want wine (you want wine), you get the fanciest lunch you will ever eat - food so fancy in fact, I got my camera out rather than settling for phone pix. The food was delicious, and it was nice to have a slightly more luxurious dining experience than I am generally accustomed to.
5. If you are offered the opportunity to see Miss Sophie Lee sing, you absolutely must go. That's all you need to know about that.
6. In New Orleans you will find, after you've been walking around a bit, you're probably getting a bit warm, and perhaps wishing to enjoy a refreshing beverage and a sit down. Now is the time (assuming it's after 11am, when they open) for a delicious Pimm's Cup from the Napoleon House (I told you before, my New Orleans experience involves day drinking, but these are *suggestions*, not orders) This guy made my Pimm's Cup and it was delicious.
So, yeah, New Orleans, you should go! Laissez les bons temps rouler!
It's mid-February and I've looked at nothing but snow since what feels like forever and while I try to work out an escape plan, from these crushing winter blahs, my compulsion is to tidy my desk, but then as I organize the one big pile into smaller piles I come across this postcard, and then all I can think about is Barcelona and how it was warm and sunny and everything I saw and ate was amazing.
The postcard is from a place called Palau Dalmases, my companions and I happened upon it by accident after a day fraught with both drama and wonder and at that point, lots of wine. When we got there it was pretty empty and there was no performance but the space itself was just so incredible, If you are in Barcelona you must go here. Don't argue with me.
Since I can't quite make a European getaway happen right now, I think it's time for me to round up some of my ladies and head over to Bocado in Worcester for some incredible tapas and sangria.
While you wait for the snow to thaw, here are some pictures from my visit to Barcelona.
Proving that a rainy day can't dampen the spirit of two people who are in love - This wedding at The Overlook at Geer Tree Farm went off without a hitch! While the sky was grey, the mood was bright and the rain held off until the ceremony was over, and the formal pictures were taken. Guests were bussed up to the Overlook from the parking lot at the opening of the property via school bus, treated to delicious nibbles from Gourmet Galley, and danced the night away to tunes provided by Rollin E. Sealey. A wonderful day for a great couple, I'm so happy I got to be a part of it.
A while back I had the pleasure of photographing some lovely rooms for Corinha Design at a beautiful home in Sudbury MA. Karen combines affordable luxury and unique style to create an environment that is both welcoming and functional. Here are a few samples. On a side note, one of my new goals in life is to have a tub room, doesn't that look divine?
Oh it's cold and we're all so tired of snow aren't we? Unless you're one of those lucky folks who live in warmer climates, this winter has probably got you feeling....cold? Crabby? Just a little bit HEEEEERE'S JOHNNY!
I'm right there with you. Its a slow time of year for me and it's so easy to get into a sort of grey funk, as I nest on the couch watching Law and Order SVU re-runs and dreaming of spring...
So when my friend Elita suggested a day trip to Brooklyn to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Brooklyn museum I leaped at the chance. I've been a fan of Gaultier since high school, when I aspired to be a fashion designer, and I drooled over his wardrobing in "The Cook the Thief his Wife and her Lover" I adored his punk influences and styling. So the exhibit celebrating his career was a real treat. His work is so incredible, the level of attention to detail, from tucks and pleats to construction and fabric choices and mood...the addition of video and photography really rounded out the exhibit. I left feeling so inspired.
So if you're feeling a little housebound and glum, I suggest getting out and seeing some art, go to the theater! even local creative markets like Crompton Collective in Worcester MA - you don't need to travel far, there are tons of galleries and small museums dotted all over the suburbs - get yourself on Google and see what your community has to offer!
One of my spookier images for the occasion! This was shot in Paris a few years ago at the world famous Les Puces Fleamarket . Wherever I travel I always love to find flea markets, I think you get far more of a feel for a culture in a flea market than in an expensive shopping district. Les Puces runs the gamut from high end antiques and designer couture to a blanket on the ground piled in old junk. It's a fascinating place and I can't wait to return!
Been keeping busy lately with some family portrait sessions. Rather than shooting in the studio I've instead been making the most of the spectacular colors that fall in New England brings. In addition to a more unique setting, i feel like subjects (particularly children) are more relaxed than they are in a studio scenario, family members can interact and goof around a bit, and you get some great shots when that happens!
Glenn and I were supposed to shoot back in July but had to reschedule. He's a Boston Musician working on his solo album and needed some new promo shots. We had a great session a few weeks ago, I love that the building that houses my studio offers several different options for setting.
What a wonderful day it was when Meg and Jesse said their "I Do's"
The wedding was held at the Bride's parents home in East Harwich MA. I have to say I was a little concerned, weather-wise, the day did NOT start well, with pouring rain. Fortunately the tents were erected several days earlier, so the lawn wasn't swampy and even with the cloudy skies early on in the day, the abundant Sunflowers brought the sunshine!
What I loved most about this celebration, above and beyond just how awesome the couple was, was the painstaking lengths they went to to personalize the wedding, As I mentioned, the wedding was at the Bride's family home, The favors included Red Pepper Jelly, made by the groom's mother, owner of Heather's Hearth LLC, the Cider came from Carlson Orchards in Harvard MA, where the father of the groom works. The groom, who also happens to be the man behind Marsolais Press and Lettercarving crafted all of the paper ephemera, from the invitations, to the place cards, to the labels on the jelly and cider. The bride painstakingly created the cute little place card boxes, after making the paper they were made with - that's a lot of origami! Everything reflected how incredibly creative these two people are, and it was such a lovely event!
Despite a rainy morning the sun came out in time for the ceremony, and a great time was had by all, of the many pictures I took, I think 75% involved hugs - that's a good wedding!
Can't wait to share this weekend's wedding shoot! What a beautiful day!
Really looking forward to Meg and Jesse's Cape Cod wedding next weekend!
So I was supposed to shoot today with a rather fabulous Boston musician today, sadly he contacted me yesterday to reschedule. All things happen for a reason. Last night on the book of faces, a friend tagged me in a comment on the wall of a friend of hers who was offering up a free (FREE!!!) mannequin. Knowing me to be EXACTLY the kind of person who would be all *OH HELL YES I WILL TAKE A MANNEQUIN*, she got us in touch, and I headed out to Cambridge this morning to pick her up.
I haven't decided what to name her yet, but she will be great company for Venus, who I snagged at Brimfield back in May.