Archive for December, 2008

seeking: Hipster Family as Muse… Lowell MA

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

So, some of you know that in the next few months I am debuting my official child and family portrait business based out of my new studio location in Lowell, Massachusetts. Watch this blog for casting call opportunities for specific timeslots I will want to photograph your child… and for the unveiling of the still-TBD name and separate blog for this business.

In the meantime I am putting out the holler to hipster families specifically located in our new hometown of Lowell, MA. I’m looking for a muse! Here’s the kind of collaboration I am looking for… check out this amazing video/photo montage by one of my photographer crushes, Austin-based Sarah Q.

So, for those of you who know people who know people… send them this way! rachel@mergeweddings.com

Emma + Noah

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

I had a fun and funny time in Honolulu with my new buddies Emma and Noah. We did a casual photo session to help build up their comp cards, and also did a few family shots. Check these out!

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Check out this shot when I told everyone to make squishy faces… Noah looks unimpressed.

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Susan Johnston, the Urban Muse

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

I’m always happy to have another opportunity to photograph fellow artists, and I love to meet up with freelance writer Susan Johnston. She’s intelligent, ambitious, and always full of interesting stories. Check her out over at The Urban Muse!

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Grub Street Writing Center Boston
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We did Susan’s headshots over at a nonprofit writing center called Grub Street, located in an old historic building the overlooks Boston Common. Pretty cool and interesting space – I bet you didn’t even know that it exists!

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ew… DIY family portraits?

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Let’s talk about family portraits for a minute, and the rush for creating the perfect holiday card.

Ok, I know that everyone who has a nicer camera fancies themselves a photographer these days. I’ve heard from enough brides who decide to take up the relative’s offer to do their wedding photos for free (and seen the gory aftermath of that decision) and I’ve even seen some examples of a girl who tried to do her own boudoir photos (shudder). But family portraits? With several kids?  I can’t believe the TODAY Show was naieve enough to suggest that you should just do the photos yourself (or hire some random student from craigslist) — and then go get the same wal-mart kiosk templates for artless, shiny photo print. There’s clearly a commodification of portrait work going on out there, and I’m just confused why someone would settle for amateur portraits and cards. If you’re going to invest in sending out a photo, at least do it right.  Does that make me snobby? I know I am biased due to my profession, but I get so angry when people act like having a friend or student do photos is the same thing as hiring an experienced professional. It isn’t.

Why? WHY?

refresh renew explore…

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Aloha, all. I’ve been here for a few days now and busy adjusting to the six hour time difference between Hawaii and Massachusetts. Weirdly enough, I find that I am tired and hungry all the time… I suspect that being outside and exploring new places, not having access to snacks all the time is having more impact than I can believe.

This morning I am at Marina‘s house preparing to get on a plane with Amy to head over to the Big Island and meet James over in Hilo. For the next two days we’ll be spending a lot of time driving around the Big Island, through a volcano, and enjoying the serendipity of stopping in random places along the way. Personally, I hope the Hilo Farmer’s Market is still available when we get there later – that place is legendary.

We’re jumping around to different locations and won’t have consistent access to the internet, but you can follow our adventures on our hawaii blog….