San Francisco City Hall Wedding – Briitta & Mathijs

San Francisco City Hall Wedding – Briitaa and Mathijs

Briitta and Mathijs had such a lovely city hall wedding. It was just the three of us, and the justice of the peace. We built time in before and after the ceremony to explore the city and make portraits. They were so very happy, and easy in front of the camera. They took me to a super fun hotel with a great view of the city.

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

 

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

San Francisco City Hall Wedding

Low-Light Wedding Photography San Francisco – Emma and Max

Emma and Max

Emma and Max had a delightful low key wedding on a lovely May day. They told me they wanted lots of fun candid photographs, so I did just that. Their guests were good dancers, which made everything easy.

The wedding reception was held in a white tent, so bouncing my flash off the ceiling was always a good option, but I like to mix it up. There are five different flash setups here. Let’s start with simple, and proceed from there:

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#1 Bounce flash. This is a very simple technique. My flash is set to ettl and pointed up and behind me. The camera is on manual exposure with a high enough iso to let ambient light in.

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#2 Shutter Drag. This is also just one flash. Here the flash is pointed directly at my subject, and zoomed in a bit at 1/4 power. The camera is in manual iso 100 f18 1.6 sec shutter.

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#3 Backlight. This is two flashes on light stands at 1/128 with a trigger on camera. Almost all of the light is coming from behind. All settings are manual here. Sets the mood, doesn’t it?

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#4 key light plus hair light. This is the same setup as the last, but I am standing in position for one of the two flashes to act as a key light.

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#5 Two kickers plus fill. Here I have the two flashes on stands, but I have added bounce flash at 1/4 power on camera as a fill for a more balanced look at a delightfully chaotic scene.

Charles River Museum of Industry Wedding – Joanna and Diana

Charles River Museum of Industry Wedding – Joanna and Diana

Joanna and Diana were married in a sweet wee park in Waltham, MA on a sunny September day. A family heirloom served as their chuppah roof. I adored their vows; each wrote their own history of their love, and their dreams for their collective future. Joanna and Diana were particularly attentive to the way that a wedding is a gathering of community. It is not only the couple who make a vow to nurture and protect the partnership, it is also their extended community who make that vow. Family and chosen family eagerly hoisted the two on chairs for the hora, which made for fun photographs. Thank you, Joanna and Diana for your thoughtfulness, exuberance and kindness.

The reception was held at the delightfully antediluvian Charles River Museum of Industry.

Shot for Grasi Favoreto of Rocker in Love.

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Kaaterskill Inn Wedding – NYC – Rachael & Neal

Kaaterskill Inn Wedding – NYC – Rachael & Neal

Rachael and Neal caught a spectacular, toasty June day for their wedding.  They chose the eclectic and lovely Kaaterskill Inn, in Catskill, New York for their wedding venue. The house, the barn, the farm, were all a dream to explore. I thought on it this morning, the two things that defined their wedding for me are a freeness and lightness of spirit, and a pair of extraordinary close-knit families. It’s always an honor to photograph a wedding, but, these two, and all their people were remarkably relaxed around me, and this helped me to create just the type of photographs I like best, natural, unposed, emotional, gestural, and joyous portraits. Thank you, Rachael and Neal for trusting me, inviting me in, and being such easy, fun, and loveful people.

              

Seacoast Wedding New England

Seacoast Wedding New England

I had the great pleasure of joining Sarah Bastille to document Lindsay and Chris’s wedding day. The wedding ceremony was held on simple wooden benches with the Atlantic Ocean for a dramatic backdrop. A string quartet provided the processionals and recessionals from under a nearby tree. Lindsay wore a modern white gown, and Chris a deep blue suit. They were flanked by four sweet children dressed in blue and white finery. The cocktail hour was held at the stunning Fuller Gardens replete with topiary tunnels, and manicured pathways of rose bushes. The reception was held up the coast at the Seacoast Science Center under a topsail tent, with the Atlantic for a backdrop again, but this time with a majestic sailboat in the distance as well. The tablescapes were meticulously decorated in blue and white. The Veronica Martell band was excellent. Such a classic wedding!

Vogue Magazine ran a story about the wedding here!

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Marthas Vineyard Wedding – Aquinnah

Marthas Vineyard Wedding – Xaviera & Dejahn

2nd for Yuri Vaysgant

This was my first venture out to Martha’s  Vineyard, and let’s just say I was impressed. What a place to get married! The details were on point at this wedding all the way through. Most of the day was overcast, but there were a few key moments when that glorious cape light pierced through the clouds. The joy was everywhere on the guests’ faces. It takes work to get a kid into formalwear, but they sure are cute, in suspenders or tulle or what have you. I think my favorite image from the day might be the one from up in the Aquinnah lighthouse during the ceremony. I stitched five verticals together, and removed an unsightly fence. I don’t always spend all that time in post, but the final result was worth it in this case. I love a sailcloth tent, and Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect spot for that elegant solution to a wedding reception. The dance party was clearly lively late into the night, and there was a sparkler send off to cap off the night. Incredible through and through.

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Engagement Photos Dogs – Boston Arnold Arboretum

Engagement Photos with Dogs – Boston, Arnold Arboretum

Danny and Diana met me with their two dogs at Arnold Arboretum in Boston for their engagement photos. It was early fall, but we were able to find a few places where the fall foliage had begun to blossom (blossom? do we say that about fall foliage?) They met in San Diego, California while Danny was stationed there with the Navy, but now they have returned to Danny’s childhood home, Boston. Their energy was electric, and it was delightful to find all the hidden gems amongst the forests, and gardens, and hills of Arnold Arboretum. They were smart to bring Danny’s dad along so that there was somebody to watch after the dogs while we made some photos of the two of them alone. Their dogs were remarkably well behaved, and were even willing to sit for a portrait, just the two of them. Doggie treats were, of course, our good friends when we were attempting to get them to sit still for a portrait. The light was incredible, the temperature was temperate, and we all had a lovely little romp through the arboretum.

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