My Own Love Story
Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, LOVE gives us a fairy tale...
Mine began when I met my future wife Betty on a bicycle ride "Up North" and fell in love. We both knew that we had found our life partner and got married 3 years later in 2012. Our intimate ceremony and reception with family and close friends was held at a small inn in Franconia NH, and we danced our first dance as husband and wife under a brilliant and majestic star-filled night sky. Our wedding and ceremony, just like our relationship, was magical and felt as though it had been orchestrated by a higher-power.
We are best friends and enjoy a very active yet balanced lifestyle together.
Friends and family are really important to us. Our time spent with them is valued and we are richer because of it.
We enjoy and support the Arts in a variety of ways, and especially love attending live performances of our favorite singer songwriters whenever possible.
We support the local food movement and believe in the message "No Farms, No Food".
We both feel strongly about "giving back", and are active volunteers with Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.
We now live full time "Up North" in Franconia NH, where we enjoy our morning coffees with mountain views, in a small house we affectionately call the "Dream Cottage".
My style is documentary wedding photography with an artistic flair. I use my creative eye and artistic skills to create beautiful images that tell the story of your wedding day.
I document your wedding day as it uniquely unfolds. The details... the moments... and the emotions. I focus on capturing actual moments and real emotions - as they happen.
I am not a director. I am just an observer. It is YOUR day... Not mine.
Your Wedding Day
You have dreamed about this day for a long time. You have invited only your closest family members and dearest friends, and have spent countless hours planning and organizing all the details to create a magical wedding day that is uniquely yours. One that will be full of love and laughter and heartfelt emotions.
I will capture and document your special day and will turn all those emotions and magical moments into memories that will last a lifetime. That is the power and beauty of photography - it can freeze a specific moment in time, along with all the emotions of it. Moments such as...
The laughs and tears as your closest and most trusted friend helps you get ready, or when your Mom gives you a loving smile, followed by the best hug ever - one that only Moms can give.
Your Dad's proud and reflective look as he walks you down the aisle. A moment that every Dad reluctantly anticipates, yet will happily perform as he reminisces about a lifetime of cherished memories while looking ahead to your future life filled with love and happiness.
The look in your partner's eyes as you walk down the aisle towards his or her waiting heart.
Each of you as you both publicly & officially join your hearts and souls together as one, while only your closest family and dearest friends bear witness with their presence, their love, and their support.
Your grandmother as she proudly watches with knowing and caring eyes, as a new branch is added to her family tree.
The look on your face as your favorite uncle gives an impromptu toast, one which makes you laugh but also feel slightly embarrassed. Probably about something you did when you were 8 years old.
And of course, I will capture the wonderful and thoughtful details that reflect your personality and make the wedding uniquely yours, as well as many of the candid and spontaneous moments - ones that only come from the kindred spirit of family and from the heartfelt camaraderie of close friends.
I firmly believe that you can tell a fake smile from a real one. So much so, that my shooting style is based on this very premise. I prefer to capture real smiles and real emotions in naturally occurring candid moments, rather than the forced smiles you see in posed shots.
So when I do the portraits of the married couple, I prefer to do "set up" shots rather than posed ones. By a "set up" shot, I mean that I may have you sit together on a stone wall, or walk hand in hand down a wooded road, but I want you to just be yourselves truly enjoying each other's company. It may be MY setup scene, but it has to be YOUR moment. YOU have to own it - it has to be REAL. I prefer to be more of an observer rather than a director.
I use only high-end Nikon professional digital camera bodies, lenses, and flashes, and have duplicate components of everything to ensure peace of mind on your wedding day. Even my cameras automatically make backup copies of each image I take - just in case the primary storage card fails. In addition, I am a member of Nikon Professional Services, which offers me high-priority last minute equipment repairs or loaners if needed.
I use the latest industry-leading "digital darkroom" tools and photo editing software, all running on high-performance desktops & laptops, with color-calibrated high-end monitors.
All images are backed up and stored on multiple on-site and off-site backup hard drives, and all final images are stored on a secure, fully redundant cloud-based storage service.