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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 my portrait sessions last week was capturing images of Gisela, Pierre, and their grandchildren at their favorite Falmouth beach. Wood Neck Beach – one of Cape Cod’s scenic treasures – is an enjoyable place for children of all ages. On one side of the dunes its beach stretches out into Buzzard Bay. And on the other side, the shallow tidal pools of Little Sippewissett marsh entice children with squirming fiddler crabs and a natural “water park.”

Here we found a cozy spot overlooking the marsh.

Wading across the warm tidal waters to this tiny sand dune island was refreshing for all of us on this humid evening.

Gisela was interested in a photograph of her grandchildren jumping at the water’s edge. So when they didn’t jump high enough, she showed them how!


And after the sun disappeared over the horizon,  with an ethereal blue glow enveloping the marsh,  it was time to capture a few quiet images of Gisela and Pierre alone.

Well beyond sunset, I continued shooting as the sky came alive with color and drama – another glorious day on Cape Cod coming to a close.

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On Sunday I gave myself an assignment of playing with motion to create abstract photographs. Here are some favorites images I created at home and during a walk around the Falmouth village green on a beautiful, sunny Sunday.

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Winter is a great time to catch up on projects and goals. After several people asked me last year if I offered training for beginners, I’m thrilled to be able to finally say “yes!” I’ll be teaching a Basic Photography class on Thursdays, April 22 to May 27, from 6 to 8:30 PM in Woods Hole. The class is for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital SLR camera to capture well-exposed, artistic images more consistently.

Besides essential camera functions (aperture, shutter, etc.), we’ll cover creative photography concepts, including lighting, perspective, depth of field, and composition. Through weekly lectures, demonstrations, handouts, assignments, and photo critiques in a friendly and supportive setting, I’m sure students will have lots of fun learning how to confidently move beyond automatic mode. The current class schedule and training info is here.

 

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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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