State Room Wedding – Boston

It was a great pleasure to photograph Lindsay and Joe’s State Room wedding as a 2nd with the fabulous Denny Kwan. We hopped across Boston from The Ames Hotel, to Boston Common, to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Boston, and finally to the spectacular Great Room at the State Room Boston. Wait for the views. They will knock your socks off. I started with Joe at the Ames. He and his groomsmen were infectious with their laughter. We made a pit stop at the bar on our way to meet Lindsay, who was back at the Ames Hotel waiting with her bridesmaids.  The two had a joyous first look in the brick plaza across from The Old State House. Then we headed to the Commons for formals. I had never been to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. There is so much beauty inside that building from mosaics, to paintings, to stained glass. As I photographed the two during the ceremony, I watched their faces cycle from awe to, humor, to joy, and back again. Eventually we ended up at the State Room, where we had the pleasure of watching as the sun set, the lights of the harbor sparkled on, Wilson Stevens’ Beantown Band played, and Joe and Lindsay danced into the night.

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State Room wedding Boston Ames Hotel

State Room wedding Boston Ames Hotel

State Room wedding Boston Ames Hotel

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State Room wedding Boston Ames Hotel

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State Room wedding Boston Ames Hotel

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State Room wedding Boston Ames Hotel groomsmen huddle

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State Room wedding Boston Ames Hotel Blackstone bar

State Room wedding Boston Ames Hotel Blackstone bar

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State Room wedding Old State House historic Boston Ames Hotel

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State Room wedding Old State House historic Boston Ames Hotel First Look

State Room wedding Old State House historic Boston Ames Hotel First Look

State Room wedding Old State House historic Boston Ames Hotel

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State Room wedding Old State House historic Boston Limo

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State Room wedding Boston Common Formals

State Room wedding Boston Common Formals

State Room wedding Boston Common Formals

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

State Room wedding Boston Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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State Room wedding Historic Boston

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State Room wedding Boston cocktail hour

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State Room wedding Boston cocktail hour black tie

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State Room wedding Boston Beantown Wedding Band

State Room wedding Boston Beantown Wedding Band

State Room wedding Boston Beantown Wedding Band

State Room wedding Boston Beantown Wedding Band

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Why You Don’t Need A Wedding Photographer

Why You Don’t Need

A Wedding Photographer

Welcome to my blog post about why you don’t need a wedding photographer. You are probably thinking, “Wait a minute, Paul! You are a wedding photographer. You run a wedding photography business called Hazel Photo. Why would you tell anybody why they don’t need you?” There are a few good reasons for this:

A)

Nobody needs a wedding photographer. We need food, shelter, water, healthcare, human contact. We want weddings, because we like beautiful and meaningful events that honor our love and our families!

Why you don't need a wedding photographer

B)

I truly believe there is no one right way to make family with other people. Weddings aren’t for everybody, and when people do decide to get married, there are thousands of ways to do it. I have photographed city hall weddings where I signed official documents as a lone witness. I have photographed 300 person balls at swank rooftop clubs. I have photographed thirty person farm weddings complete with tutu clad sheep. You name it! Some people are happy to have a few snapshots from friends, others hire a team of five photographers.

Why you don't need a wedding photographer

C)

I don’t want to work with anybody who doesn’t really want a wedding photographer. I want to work with people who appreciate my photographic style, documentary wedding photography, and my approach to weddings, all warmth and good communication. I want to work with people who are seriously excited to work with me. That’s the recipe for incredible photographs, and good feelings.

Why you don't need a wedding photographer

…So… Here are some reasons why you don’t need a wedding photographer?

  1. Everybody has a camera on their telephone, and newer smartphones are actually capable of taking some pretty good pictures! Maybe you have seen the billboards advertising the new iphone featuring a gorgeous sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge. My iphone did beautifully while my wife and I traveled in Turkey.
    Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 3: Smartphone cameras are getting really good.

    Why you don’t need a wedding photographer reason 1: Smartphone cameras are getting really good.

  2. Sometimes the quality of the camera isn’t the most important thing. The joy on my wife’s face when we discovered this litter of puppies shines through any nitpicking issues with camera or technique. As Chase Jarvis says: “The best camera is the one that’s with you.”
    Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 2: The best camera is the one you have with you.

    Why you don’t need a wedding photographer reason 2: The best camera is the one you have with you.

  3. The proliferation of cameras is not limited to telephones. There are watch cameras, and eyeglass cameras, and video cameras that mount to your bike helmet.
    Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 75 DOGGIECAM!

    Why you don’t need a wedding photographer reason 75: DOGGIECAM!Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 110: Snapchat Spectacles! Why you don’t need a wedding photographer reason 110: Snapchat Spectacles!

  4. You probably also have friends and aunts and cousins who are photography enthusiasts. They will bring their fancy cameras and snap away. They may even be talented photographers!
    Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 101: Kids love cameras.

    Why you don’t need a wedding photographer reason 101: Kids really really really love cameras.

  5. There are some awesome filters on instagram.
    Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 33 1/3: There are lovely filters on Instagram

    Why you don’t need a wedding photographer reason 33 1/3: There are lovely filters on Instagram

    Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 33 1/3: There are lovely? filters on Instagram.

    Why you don’t need a wedding photographer reason 33 1/3: There are lovely? filters on Instagram.

    Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 33 1/3: You can Instagram the kid with an 80s era film point-and-shoot and score a zillion likes.

    Why you don’t need a wedding photographer reason 33 1/3: You can Instagram the kid with an 80s era film point-and-shoot and score a zillion likes.

  6. Wedding hashtags allow your guests to make photos from your wedding easy to find. There are even apps that makes an online gallery that everybody can post to for viewing and sharing.
So… given all this, are there reasons why you would still want to hire a professional wedding photographer to take pictures at your wedding?
 
Indeed. There are.

 

You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer because…

  1. You want your wedding guests to be fully present at your wedding rather than running around and taking photographs the whole time.
  2. As you walk down the aisle to meet the love of your life at the altar, you want your guests to look at your glowing beautiful face, not at a row of tiny digital screens. Consider a tech-free ceremony if you want to see your guests faces, not their phone cases.
    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 36: This is not a tech-free ceremony, but she has the most beautiful smile ever.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 36: This is not a tech-free ceremony, but she has the most beautiful smile ever.

  3. You know your uncle has a fancy camera, but you aren’t certain he knows how to use it perfectly, and you have never seen his portfolio, so you don’t know if his style is to your liking.
  4. The idea of seeking out an artist whose work you admire, and commissioning them to make artwork about your love, is appealing to you. Have you ever commissioned an artist to make a work of art? You may never have the chance again. Who knows, maybe you will really like it.
    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 37: Artiste at work!

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 37: Artiste at work!

  5. You want an album, like your parents have, a solid thing that sits on the shelf, or the coffee table, that has weight to it, that always opens to memories from your wedding day, that your children, and their children will be able to look back on.
  6. You spent $$$$ on floral arrangements, and you wouldn’t mind a few artful photos of them before they wilt.
    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 38: Artful photo of a floral arrangement.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 38: Artful photo of a floral arrangement.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 39: Artful photo of a bouquet resting by Buddha.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 39: Artful photo of a bouquet resting by Buddha.

  7. You spent $$$$ on catering, and alcohol, and cake, and we all know where that will end up soon enough, so you want a few photos to remember what all that was about.
    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 39: Artful photo of glazed lemon trout.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 39: Artful photo of glazed lemon trout.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 39: Artful photo of gratuitous fresh figs resting among laurels.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 39: Artful photo of gratuitous fresh figs resting among laurels.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 40: Artful photo of one of the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen. Can you tell I like fresh figs?

  8. Your fancy-camera-cousin might come down with the flu, and she may not be able to provide another fancy-camera-cousin to take her place.
  9. Your fancy-camera-friend has been to “a lot” of weddings, but does not have the experience that comes with being the official photographer at dozens of weddings.
    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 47: An experienced photographer knows where to stand to get the best angle.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 47: An experienced photographer knows where to stand to get the best angle.

  10. You think it could be useful to have an experienced wedding photographer to help plan out the timing of photography during your wedding day so that you can be certain to make time for all of the family and bridal portraits that you want.
  11. You want to work with a photographer who is skilled at finding the most flattering angles for your face, and who is able to comfortably coach you into effortlessly beautiful poses/non-poses.
  12. Your fancy-camera-aunt might get a bit too tipsy, and forget to take a single photograph after cocktail hour ends. Your fancy-camera-friend might dance his heart out, and drop his camera. A professional will have backup equipment at the ready.
    Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 86: You want your friends to do the worm, not spend all night behind a camera.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 86: You want your friends to do the worm, not spend all night behind a camera.

  13. Sure, your cousin’s camera has a pop-up flash, but you don’t want picture A. You want picture B. There are different types of flash photography.

    A.Why you don't need a wedding photographer reason 12: Flash technique matters.

    B.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 13: This is what strong flash technique can look like.

    You might want to hire a professional wedding photographer reason 13: This is what strong flash technique can look like.

    So… in summation, even if reading this blog post has been informative, and you find that in the end you really would like to hire a professional wedding photographer, the truth is there are many reasons why you don’t need a wedding photographer. Click here if you are excited about my documentary style wedding photography and you want to see more images! Click here if you want to send me a message!


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!

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

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Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

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Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

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Seacoast Wedding New England Fuller Gardens

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Seacoast Wedding New England seacoast science center

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Seacoast Wedding New England seacoast science center

Seacoast Wedding New England seacoast science center

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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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ICA Boston Engagement

ICA Boston Engagement-Emily & Steve

Emily and Steve wanted good photos to use for their save the dates, but they did not want standard romantic engagement photos. So we talked for a bit about possible locations around Boston and Cambridge that would fit their personalities and their vision. Steve suggested the ICA Boston because they both love the building. I jumped at the chance to make non-standard engagement photos. It was challenging to make photographs with all the lines of the ICA’s architecture, but it was a challenge that I enjoyed! We spent the entire session on the grounds looking for interesting angles and nooks. There was more than enough variety in the scenery to find dynamic photos. The wind was blowing, and it was a bit cold. I think all of that added to excitement. We were all happy with the results.

ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo

ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo

ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo

ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo

ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo

ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo

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ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo

ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo

ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo

ICA Boston Engagement photos Hazel Photo


Boston Public Garden Proposal

Boston Public Garden Proposal – Peter & Caitlin

What can I say? I was moved to tears while photographing Peter’s Proposal to Caitlin at Boston Public Garden. She was surprised, overjoyed, in disbelief. It was over the top incredible.

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