Archive for November, 2008

hawaii AWAITS

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Hawaii awaits. Tomorrow we will be there. We’ll be keeping a website. Follow our adventures at refreshrenewexplore.com.

Bala Brass

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

portrait photographer in boston ma

Well Bala, I have some photos for you! These are my favorites.

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portrait photographer in boston ma

[ artist selects here ]

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

One of my favorites from a casual portrait session in Oahu last December.

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Ramsey and her Keepers

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Awhile back I had a quick mini-session with Kim, Doug, and mischievous little Ramsey in the little green space between the North End and the Boston’s financial district. Kim’s a fellow photographer, and we started off four years ago together trying to figure out what the heck to do with a speedlight.

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Whenever I am trying to relax a kid and lose the cheese factor, I ask everyone to make a “very serious face.” Ramsey’s reactions to Kim and Doug are hilarious, to say the least. As you can see from the last photo, that little technique works like a charm almost every time.

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I like this one best of the group shots, because it’s the perfect moment of Ramseyness. Let’s face it, the girl, like most her age, is a bit random. She alternates between playing shy and playing stage manager when someone new is around. I love the randomness of kids. They are always my favorite shots.

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What a pleasure it is to photograph for friends.

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[ more images here ]

(HIGHLIGHTS: crazy fisheye shot up into the sky, Doug’s faces,

and Ramsey’s little squishy smiley face when they lifted her up in the air.
Also, look at the way she looks at her daddy.)

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Monday, November 17th, 2008

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Holiday Family Sessions | Boston Family Portraits

Friday, November 14th, 2008

We were blessed with awesome weather two weekends ago for the family sessions we did all day out in Franklin Park. We spent 30 minutes with each family, and I was so pleased to get such charming images in such a short timeframe. Big thanks to everyone for showing up on time and to Grace Benson for her assistance all day long.

Aside from formal family portraits during weddings, I do not consider myself a family photographer – that takes special patience and a skill set I have not yet developed! That said, the holidays do present an excuse to do some extra portraits by request. I have a few families I love to work with every year who appreciate my quirky and fun family sessions.

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[ photos from family portrait sessions here ]

This is a great opportunity for me to remind you that TOMORROW is the cutoff date for most print orders for holiday 2008 delivery. Those families who are just receiving their proofs this week have until November 20 to make card and print purchases.

Wow! Feedback already:

Hey Rachel!
We LOVE our pictures…I have to tell you I wasn’t so sure how they would turn out based on Abby’s post Halloween sugar crash, but once again you captured the best parts of her, and our family. I love looking at the pictures of the 3 of us from the engagement session, the wedding, and now these…you caught our transition to a real life family on film, and I’ll forever treasure the images!

another fisheye lomo image

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

This is from the area in NYC around Canal and Broadway. I was in town for a photo conference and we had just met up with Sacramento wedding photographer Sarah Maren, who was buying “Prada.” They walked away with brightly colored soft leather bags, I walked away with this haunting image.

NYC fisheye image

camera: Lomo Fisheye (35mm)

Meg and Doug.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

This fall I’ve been really into the idea of photographing other photographers. I’ve been working with fellow photographer and friend Meg Belanger on weddings and bridals this year, and have been wanting to have the opportunity to photograph Meg and Doug together. I finally got to live out my dream!

Usually in a portrait session I go with how people are feeling at any given moment, and what’s happening in our immediate environment. Most of our session together was the combination of posed and spontaneous that I normally do for a portrait session. At one point, however, I had a very specific image in mind… both close, but still distinct personalities. I was absolutely delighted to see that with their cooperation I was able make exactly the image I had in mind (it involved legs sprawled around each other – top image).

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Boston MA wedding photographer

It is a mighty and powerful thing when two people find one another. May I never lose the wonder that my job is to explore the angles of the many expressions of love.

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By the way, they met doing a radio play of Alice in Wonderland in college. She was Alice. He was Narrator.

for Chris. Bala Brass Portraits.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

This post is dedicated to Chris, because he doesn’t get me.


Bala Brass, Boston MA
Bala Brass, Boston MA

Here’s a quote from Kristen:

We had such a good time working with you this weekend!! The guys were so, so pleased, and thought you were totally rad. Their word, not mine! Roger and I were at a gig that night and he couldn’t stop talking about it to whoever we happened to run into there. Seelan wants to do new pictures every 6 months. This kind of thing does a ton for a group’s immediate bonding, and I think it’s going to pull our whole image together. Very cool. I know we’re not your usual subjects, and the guys might even be a little belligerent, but I hope you had fun too!

More to come.

Wingaersheek Beach | MA Family Session | Portraits by Request

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Every year I photograph just a few families together for the holidays before it gets too cold outside. The B family is one of my favorite families to photograph, and I enjoyed doing a session with the newborn twins at their new house last October. This year, we got more of the family involved, and changed to a cool Massachusetts beach location. I was astounded by the pleasant weather we experienced at Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester. Of course it was windy by the water, and although we scheduled for the late morning to take advantage of the universally good hour for children (10-11am) we still only had a short window to photograph all four kids.

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I love the images from this two-family portrait session. Each one is like a little treasure, documenting the children on that particular day with their little matching sweaters.



MA family photographer
MA family photographer

I have several favorite images from the session as you can see, but the one of Bret and Anya together above ranks the highest. I love to see interaction between daddies and daughters.

[ gallery of images here ]