Archive for the ‘inspiration’ Category

Carol & Jeremy

Monday, November 1st, 2010

film portrait session oregon

film portrait session oregon

film portrait session oregon

A mother and son. Portraits in Concord, MA. Inspired by the work of Rebecca Westby / Tais Kulish. 100% film. Delicious.

a highly unusual family grouping

Monday, October 25th, 2010

family portraits in Boston MA

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Amy Alvarez, Poet

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

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Artist headshots, October 2010.

Jared Sims, saxophone

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

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Artist headshots, October 2010.

notes from the field

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Rachel Hadiashar

Many of you know that I have spent the past couple of years finding my voice in the portrait world. I was a full time wedding photographer for five solid years, and enjoyed meeting talented and creative people from the Boston area (and reaching as far away as Bulgaria, England, Ireland, and Kenya for some incredible wedding commissions). For the record, I still consider international commissions and will photograph for good friends getting married, but I have shifted my daily focus to photographing families and creative individuals in an artful style.

I rented out a studio in Massachusetts last year and enjoyed having a place to shoot during the cold New England winter months — but I found that the consistency of the venue was leading to a routine type of photography that did not fire up my neurons and inspire my soul. I’m not the kind of person who enjoys putting different people into the same configuration year in and year out.

After some months away from the camera, I find I am better able to articulate my vision for photography. In a time when it is easier than ever for individuals to start a side business and try out their amateur skills on friends and family, we also see a proliferation of mall studios doing the “kid on a backdrop” thing. You can get your cute monthly portrait there, and it will please the grandparents and fill out the photo album. No arguments here.

What I argue for, and aim to provide, is the investment in a yearly or biannual family portrait session with an experienced photographer who can document your family in a way that is real and beautiful. Someone to make images that inspire you. A portrait session where you walk away with 2 images framed large and ready to pass down instead of a disc full of digital files that may never make it off your computer. And I don’t mean “inspiring” in the hackneyed sense, but creative photos that fire up your neurons — images you want to frame and display on your walls. The type of photography that makes you sigh and tear up, because you know the images will withstand the test of time and technology.

I’m still on the cusp of deciding whether to move toward only classic black and white image production (we currently offer this for our artist headshots and boudoir), but… I have to admit, the color of life remains a strong pull. I still have a few nuances to work out now that my husband and I have relocated to Portland, Oregon.

As my sabbatical draws to a close, I am looking forward to the final months of 2010 as a time to reflect on things that matter and enjoy time with loved ones.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you on my upcoming trip to Boston where I’ll be doing family portraits and artisan headshots.

Gisele, by Patrick Demarchelier

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Did anyone see Boston’s Gisele Bündchen in Vogue?

The April 2010 VOGUE had a story on Boston’s local fashion celebrity Gisele Bündchen (married to the Patriots’ Tom Brady). She was photographed by celebrated fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier. GORGEOUS photos. I am particularly stunned by his maternity portrait:

Gisele Bündchen by Patrick Demarchelier

I’m also loving the baby portrait of Gisele with her son Benjamin Rein Brady:

Gisele Bündchen and Benjamin Rein Brady by Patrick Demarchelier

“Where [Gisele] is going now is towards the reality of life and not its appearance.” – interviewer Joan Juliet Buck

I love this supermodel.

Check out the story and check out some photo shoot footage here:

casting call | little redhead girl in white dress

Monday, June 28th, 2010

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for redheads, so when Boston-area artist Julia Denos made my sweet little girl illustration exactly to my specifications, I was thrilled.

I’m putting out a general casting call for another poster girl with curly red hair like this, between the ages of 4 and 9 years old in the San Francisco Bay area. Ideally she would also have access to a little white dress for the photo shoot. Portraits from the session would be used for marketing materials for my business, and my model would get a framed fine art print of her choice from the portrait session.

If you know someone with a daughter who fits the bill, please have them get in contact with me. I can’t wait to find my next poster child! :)



Thursday, June 24th, 2010

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Svetli is a 7-year old boy who lives in Bulgaria. He was my little buddy when we went to Bulgaria to photograph Anna and Ali’s wedding last year. His grin makes me feel like a million bucks!

photographer Miriam Meerfeld

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

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November 11, 2007.
I am absolutely delighted with many of my international friends. German photographer Miriam Meerfeld is one of those persons whose sparkling personality wins over even the coldest of hearts. Back in 2007 she was living in NYC, and came to visit me in Boston to help out with some weddings. I am so glad we spent this cold Sunday morning together making portraits.

I had forgotten the photo shoot I did with Miriam, but when I looked back into my photo archives these images bring back the warmth of her smile and her mischievous but loving personality. Portraits have such an important function: to help us remember the good times and special people in our life. It makes me happy that my job is to help document personalities.

holiday card designs…

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

We’ve been working hard to get through all the holiday projects for clients, and I have to say it’s been kind of fun to see which images everyone chooses for their holiday cards.

Check out the look on this one’s face. I call it “wonder.”