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I bit the bullet and upgraded to Canon’s 70-200 f/2.8L IS II professional zoom lens. From everything I have read, this new-and-improved Mark II lens is not only Canon’s finest zoom lens ever, it’s perhaps THE highest quality zoom lens ever made by any manufacturer. Tack sharp. Vibrant color. Improved image stabilization enabling hand holding at slow shutter speeds.

So as soon as it arrived today, I grabbed some shots outside of my home for 30 minutes or so before it began to rain. (Why is it that it always seems to rain on days when I receive new camera equipment?). I am blown away by the lens and image quality which more than justifies its 3+ lb. weight and $2,000+ price tag.

Here are some of my favorite test images – straight from the camera with the exception of basic post processing of RAW files in Adobe Lightroom (similar to what cameras do for JPEG files automatically).

I can’t wait to use it for portraits of individuals, children, and small families. The lens will also be great for covering concerts and events. What do you think? A keeper?

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It seems that some of the best photographs are taken while travelling. New places. New people. New inspirations. But when you’re fortunate enough to live on Oyster Pond in Falmouth, Massachusetts – or anywhere on Cape Cod for that matter  – there’s truly no place like home.

I captured a series of images on a lazy, hazy day at home last week simply by looking out the window, grabbing my camera and wide angle lens, and stepping outside. Minutes later would have been too late.

Afternoon Dream

Afternoon Dream 2

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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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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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