What to wear this Winter

I can’t believe we are getting ready to welcome a new year...2012 was a complete whirlwind and more than ever, I am SO excited for 2013! I have several portrait and engagement sessions coming up in this wonderful winter-wonderland that we are currently experiencing and I wanted to share some ideas on how to coordinate without being too matchy-matchy this winter. Colors are everywhere around us and bring things to life… why not bring your images to life as well!  Be sure the colors you use coordinate with each other and you don’t just end up looking like one big rainbow family! When picking patterns, choose smaller ones that won’t distract attention away from the main subject/s. Use patterns sparingly…if one person is wearing a print, try to avoid putting someone else in a competing pattern. When thinking about texture, choose different ones that will give photos some interest such as lace, corduroy, denim, etc. Avoid large logo’s, emblems and graphics like “GAP” and “Old Navy” because again, these will typically distract attention away from the subject. We want your faces and emotion to show, not promote the clothing company you purchased from! Thanks again to Corina Nielson for the guides!

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What to wear this Fall

October guides are in and I can’t wait to share them with you!  Fall is absolutely my favorite season to shoot portraits because there are so many options for clothing, so many opportunities to LAYER and maximize the variety in your images.  The more easily and readily you can “change” outfits, the better!  Take the opportunity to bring along a nice tailored jacket, bring a scarf, a pair of sexy high heels and for the kiddos, don’t be afraid to dress them in layers also!  Simply peel away the heavier clothing as the session goes on.  You will be thankful to have lots of images to choose from!  With that, here are my looks for October! Thanks to Corina Nielson for providing these inspiration boards!

For those of you preparing for your Christmas cards here are some inspiration for you...


What To Wear this Summer

Keep your location and season in mind and start with one person--typically mom or a little girl. Let her choose her outfit and then pull colors from the ensemble to coordinate the rest of the family. After settling on clothing for the family be sure to add accessories and props that will personalize the session. Thanks to Corina Nielson for providing these inspiration boards!


Carly's Senior Pictures

Four years ago I did a story on 14-year-old Carly and her love of horses and the sacrifices that come along with the responsibility of being a disciplined equestrian. I had a wonderful time getting to know Carly and her lovely family so when they invited me back to shoot Carly's senior portraits I was thrilled! Here are a few from 2007... And here is Carly today, a beautiful gal in her senior year at Cazenovia High School...

Leah and Michael's Wedding

Dress: From Madeleine's Daughter (Portsmouth, NH)
Hair & Makeup:  St. Cyr Salon and Spa (Worcester, MA)
Flowers: Perros Flowers (Worcester, MA)
Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Angels (Worcester, MA) Reception Location: Mechanics Hall (Worcester, MA) Cakes: Crumbs Cookies and Cakes (Barre, MA) Catering: Boynton Restaurant (Worcester, MA) Rentals: BBJ Linen Entertainment: Night Rhythm (Chelmsford, MA) Coordinator: Danielle Fleckenstein (Skaneateles, NY)