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Susan and Joe asked me to photograph their wedding in Harwich Port on Cape Cod. The celebration took place a few weeks ago at her parents’ home followed by a reception at the nearby Wychmere Harbor Club. A second marriage for each, they wanted this day to be a glorious celebration of family.  So family portraits was what was most important to them as well as having candids to capture memories. Here are a few of their favorite images from this memorable day.

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After creating a family portrait at an extended family reunion this weekend, it dawned on me why I especially love doing these.

First, families that hold reunions are the nicest people. Here are a few images of Linda and Art’s lovely 3-generation family of 17 that celebrated grandmother’s birthday at their Marstons Mills, Cape Cod waterfront home this Saturday.

Besides the entire family, I capture images of smaller family groupings, whatever is most important to each client. During our portrait planning session, Art let me know that a portrait of their ten grandchildren was a top priority.

But more than nice people… creating portraits that clients will be thrilled with demands skills that I really like to do. Abilities I’ve developed in a variety of professional roles over the years. Camera and equipment skills.  Digital darkroom and retouching.  Artistry. Management and planning (my MBA came in handy after all).  People and communication.  And a sense of humor.

When it all comes together, artistic portraits with natural smiles and everyone looking their best is the result.

Here’s the beautiful 4-generation family of 29 that came together from all parts of the country to celebrate great-grandmother’s 90th birthday a few weeks ago at the Yarmouth Port Inn on Cape Cod – the first of many images I captured that day for their family.

Of course, the ultimate goal is happy clients who can’t wait to decorate their walls with their commissioned portrait art… to cherish forever!

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A few days ago I thoroughly enjoyed capturing photographs of Amy and David’s newborn baby boy in the comfort of their Falmouth, Cape Cod home.  I applied a warm black-and-white tone in my digital darkroom, giving a soft, impressionistic look to these precious pictures.  Here are a few personal favorites…

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One of the many challenges in photography is capturing an image of an all black subject. For example, black cats often appear as a Rorschach ink blot, with no detail and eyeballs flashed beyond recognition. So when Mindy walked into my life one week ago – a sweet 9 month old kitty that I found on petfinder.com and adopted from Cause for Paws – I welcomed the opportunity to create her first portraits. Mindy was ever so patient, and here’s the result from our “carpet series.” What’s your favorite?

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Largely thanks to Demi Moore posing for the cover of Vanity Fair while seven months pregnant in 1991, the beauty of a pregnant woman is now being celebrated, not covered up. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to capture maternity images yesterday of a lovely mother-to-be, with her child and husband, in my natural light studio in Falmouth. The diffused window light studio setup, together with my amazing Canon 5D Mark II portrait camera plus retouching techniques, enabled me to create a variety of soft, intimate images to document this special time – artistic portraits that I’m sure my client and her husband will cherish forever.

To build my portfolio, I’m offering complimentary Pregnancy as Art portrait sessions in my Falmouth studio through December 2009 to mothers-to-be who would like artistic portraits to recall and cherish this special time in their lives.

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