Laura & Erick | Zukas Hilltop Barn

Laura & Erick had a beautiful wedding yesterday held at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA. Before their wedding ceremony we headed over to Notre Dame Academy for a first look session. This is where the bride and groom get to see each other before their actual ceremony and share an intimate moment. Check out the amazing images from their first look below.

Erick is nervous he tells me but looks cool as a cucumber.

I tell him not to cry and he laughs.

Here comes his beautiful bride. She sees him for the first time.

He can see her out of his peripheral.

He turns to see her for the first time.

Their eyes meet each other with love.

They kiss.

They share an intimate moment. They are so in love.

Full of joy and love.

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L Bailey - August 28, 2010 - 7:54 pm


Patty - August 29, 2010 - 2:04 pm

Simply breathtaking pictures!!! Can’t wait to see more!

Audrey Brigham - August 31, 2010 - 6:19 am

What beautiful pictures. I am so happy for you.

Auntie Amy - September 1, 2010 - 12:33 pm

Beautiful pictures, I’m very happy for both of you. I hope to see more pictures soon.

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Featured on Gibson’s Website ~ Aaron Lewis Gibson Guitar Collection

Hey folks. I hope everyone is having a blast of a summer. I can smell the fall weather in the air, it’s almost here. I wanted to let you all know that our photos were recently featured on Gibson’s website. A few months ago I got a phone call from a woman named Jenny. She said she worked for Gibson and asked me if I’ve ever heard of them. I said yes. This is Gibson guitars we’re talking here, of course I’ve heard of them. Gibson is the largest manufacturer of guitars in the United States. Jenny told me there was a man in Massachusetts by the name of Aaron who had a huge Gibson guitar collection and they’d like to feature him and his collection on their website. A few months passed and I did not hear back from Jenny. Then one day I got an e-mail from her asking if I was available to shoot the photos that week. In the subject of her e-mail it read Aaron Lewis photos. That’s when it occurred to me that I was going to be photographing a ROCKSTAR!!! When Jenny first contacted me and said I would be photographing Aaron’s guitar collection, I did not think it was Aaron Lewis of Staind. I thought it was just some guy named Aaron who collected a lot of Gibson guitars.

The photo shoot went awesome! Aaron Lewis is a really great guy. I will talk more about the shoot in a later post. for now, hop on over to Gibson’s website and check out the amazing post and guitars. Click here to get there.

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Jennifer & Robert | Springfield Marriott

Jennifer and Robert’s beautiful wedding was held at the Springfield Marriott. Their ceremony was at the gorgeous ST. Mary’s Church in Ware. Check out some of these amazing moments captured at their fabulous wedding.

The Happy Couple looking amazing.

Here comes the beautiful bride. Father of the bride looking sharp.

Love these moments.

Check out this gorgeous church.

Robert making Jennifer laugh.

The ring exchange.

The Kiss.

Robert helping Jennifer over the bridge. So cute.

The cake was so delicious and beautiful at the same time. I love wedding cake.

Close up of the rings. Got to love the macro lens.

Their first dance together as husband and wife and they’ve got some moves.

They are so in love.

Check out more amazing moments from this outstanding wedding over at their wedding gallery here.

Lynn Quinlivan - June 9, 2010 - 11:17 pm

Beautiful images as usual! Gotta love that macro lens 🙂 The church is gorgeous!

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The Perfect Wedding Take

During every wedding I take a few thousand images. Between 3-4 usually, depending on the amount of time I’m hired for. Out of those images there are always a few I consider the perfect wedding take. Here are some perfect wedding takes I’ve captured over the years.

You never know who will show up to the wedding, so be prepared to take a lot of takes.

Steven Spielberg surprises the bride at her own wedding while filming Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull in New Haven CT. The expression on the brides and bridesmaids face makes this perfect wedding take priceless.

The bride and groom fight for a kiss as their wedding party tries desperately to pull them apart. The expressions on the bridesmaid’s and groomsmen’s faces make this wedding take perfect. This photo was taken in front of the beautiful Chez Josef in Agawam.

This photo was taken at the Amherst Women’s Club and is a classic example of a perfect wedding take, as you notice the joyous expressions on the guests and bride’s face.

The groom dips his bride under a beautiful oak tree as they share a romantic kiss. Showing how big, grand, and beautiful nature is in wedding images makes for some great wedding takes.

Sometimes the perfect wedding take happens in a split second, when the groom glances over at his beautiful bride.

How to capture the perfect wedding take.

1) Be equipped with a fast camera. Something in the range of a Canon or Nikon SLR.

2) Fast glass, meaning a lens that has an f-stop of 2.8 or higher. You’ll get a faster shutter speed at f2.8.

3) Bring plenty of compact flash cards with you so you can take lots of images and won’t run out when the perfect wedding take arises. Note: The higher the cameras megapixels, the more gigs you’ll need your compact flash cards to be. I recommend 2 to 8 gig cards.

4) External flash. Not the pop up flash that comes with the camera, but one that sits in the cameras hot shoe. This will allow you to use a faster shutter speed and produce more light in those dark reception halls.

5) When the bride smiles, you smile, by taking as many wedding takes that you can. You can never take too many wedding takes.

Check out some more examples of perfect wedding takes over at our website

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MA Portrait Photographer | Photoshop Expert

With the release of Iron Man 2 about a week away, what better way to celebrate it than to create a concept portrait of me as Peter Parker revealing myself to be Spider-Man.

Here’s how I pulled it off.

First – I hired the fabulous Massachusetts Portrait Photographer Lynn Quinlivan from Lynn Quinlivan Photography to take the portraits.

Second – I posed for the image wearing a red Batman t-shirt underneath my button up. I did this so the red would reflect a bit on my blue dress shirt.

Third – I took a picture of Spider-Man in the train scene of Spider-Man 2. Ironically the part where Peter Parker’s identity is revealed.

Fourth – I used photoshop to outline my shirt being revealed and replaced it with Spider-man’s suit on a separate layer. This took some stretching of the suit to match up with my body.

Fifth – I added shading around the outside of the suit to illustrate the shadows the dress shirt would of made, and to add realism to the image.

Lastly – I bumped the contrast of the suit to heighten the red color.

Before and After

Tell me what you think and let me know who your favorite super hero is and if you will be attending the Iron Man 2 premiere. I’ll chat with you all later, my spidey senses are tingling.


Bev - May 1, 2010 - 5:46 am

Well, this is great! I didn’t really follow how it is done but not important. The image is wonderful! My favorite is, sorry to say, not Spiderman, as he uses all those webs. I like Superman because he is the first one in my book that was a super hero. My real super hero is J. C. for He made me new without any strings attached.

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