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The town of Falmouth, Cape Cod has been named one of the top ten dog-friendly communities in the United States! The contest was sponsored by Dog Fancy Magazine, with results in their September 2012.

With many dog friendly amenities, it’s no wonder an increasing number of tourists come to Cape Cod with their canine friends in tow according to Stanton Terrell, publisher of Falmouthvisitor.com. Our new Falmouth Dog Park on Brick Kiln Road, their recent Pool Party complete with kiddie pools, walking paths, and shops such as Uptown Dog on Main Street are a few examples.

While most Cape Cod beaches are closed from May to September, there are a few beaches off the beaten track in Falmouth that are accessible to dogs year round. I recommend these to clients whose family beach portraits would not be complete without their beloved 4-legged furry ones.

Family Beach Portrait with 3 dogs

An added benefit:  it sure brings about real smiles and makes for an especially fun portrait session, as five cousins and their 3 pups discovered during their recent family portrait!

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I am thrilled to have earned the designation of Certified Professional Photographer! This is quite an honor. In fact, there are only three other Certified Professional Photographers located across all of Cape Cod.

I earned CPP credentials by first passing a comprehensive CPP exam designed to measure expertise in general photography and portraiture – technical and artistic.

I then submitted a selection of 15 required images that were reviewed and approved by a panel of judges appointed by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. Six were compulsory, such as images to demonstrate knowledge of flattering short lighting, broad lighting, and high key portraits.

Many photographers offer services on Cape Cod – from true professionals to amateurs wielding big cameras who sometimes get a neat shot. But what many folks don’t realize is this. A key distinction between pro photographers and “faux photographers” is the ability to consistently produce top quality results. From image capture through delivering the final retouched portraits. Who wants to entrust their 50th anniversary or 75th birthday family reunion photographs to a faux photographer who may or may not have a lucky day?

I’m proud to be a Certified Professional Photographer– credentials that do indeed represent a high level of professionalism and expertise. If you’d like to find out more,visit the Professional Photographers of America page and find out why certification makes a difference.

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Smartphone cameras have sure come a long way!  My iPhone 4S (always with me) has enabled me to capture some pretty good pictures I would otherwise have missed. But anyone with more than a mild interest in photography knows that taking WOW pictures more consistently means having a real camera, and knowing how to use it.

If you want to move off Auto mode and start taking control of exposure, depth of field, and motion, sign up for my next Basic Photography class  at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth beginning Saturday, February 4th. After 6 weeks, you will be amazed at how much more artistic control you have over tricky situations… learned in a fun and supportive environment. Take a look here for more info on my Basic and Intermediate classes.

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A favorite portrait “pose” is the beach jump… for kids of all ages!  We all had fun this morning at a large family reunion portrait session at Nobska Beach in Woods Hole. I captured close to 20 wonderful poses, with many variation of each to choose from – from the whole family of 29 to smaller family groups. I couldn’t wait to share this jumping series as Debbie, Mike and their family had a ball!  Which jump do you like best?

JUMP #1


JUMP #2

JUMP #3

Recovering…

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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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My husband and I enjoyed a one-day vacation exploring Orleans, Truro and Wellfleet yesterday during the best month on Cape Cod. One of our discoveries was a hidden architectural treasure right at Rock Harbor in Orleans – the Church of the Transfiguration.  Built just ten years ago, the sanctuary is an amazing artistic achievement. Here are some images taken during a brief public tour.

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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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