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Walk the Walk

December 2nd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style

One thing I almost invariably do at a wedding is to get a shot of the couple walking. At most weddings there’s a bunch of time spent getting from here to there: from the house to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, from the reception to the spot where we’re going to be taking photos, etc. These could easily be wasted moments photographically. I have this constant desire for just another minute to fiddle with my equipment or set up a shot, so it would be easy for me to focus on getting to the destination ahead of the couple. But I slow down and stay with the couple as they’re walking, because I love the photos I can get from these moments.

Most people aren’t used to having a camera pointed at them but they are used to putting one foot in front of another over and over.  When people are walking, muscle memory takes over and they stop posing. They become more aware of their environment and less aware of me. The couple gets a chance to take a break from their guests and be together for a moment which also helps them act and interact more naturally.

The simple fact that my subjects are in motion makes the photos a little more interesting. These photos also help tell the story of the day by providing transitions from one scene to the next, which can be useful in a slideshow or an album. Taking these photos is a challenge because I have to frame and shoot quickly, then move along and do it again, but the effort pays off in images I love.

Boston Wedding Photographer

Boston Wedding Photographer


Happy Thanksgiving!!

November 24th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style

Go stuff yourself until you can’t move! We want to thank each and everyone one of you for reading our blog and making this our best year ever! We love you!!!

psst… we’d love to hear what you are thankful for this year, in your business or personal life!


It’s a nice day for a white wedding!

November 11th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style


The white gown.

For some, the dream starts when they are young, pulling dresses from their mom’s closet, spinning and twirling in front of the mirror, imagining themselves one day far far away.

I remember dressing my Barbies up in their ‘fancy’ dresses & using bits of fabric to create a veil. Then Ken would ask Barbie to marry her & she’d say yes, and then they’d smooch and drive away in her brand spanking new hot pink Corvette. Obviously a wedding gift from Ken ;)

When you think of weddings, most people immediately picture that white dress, whatever the shape or style, white seems synonymous when one thinks of a bride’s wedding attire.

So, why is it, when it comes to wedding gowns, most women aim for white?
Personally, I love seeing ladies branching out and donning gowns from the whole color wheel. I think the color of the gown can really represent your personality, add your own unique flair.

Where did this tradition start? Does it really mean purity & virtue?

Well, actually, it started with a Queen.
Queen Victoria to be exact. Back in 1840, she decided to wow the masses and get the gossip mill buzzing by pulling on what some back then would consider an extravagant gown, meant to inform all those viewing that you had enough cash to bling it out. White was not an easy color to clean back then, so most would never consider the stain prone hue since they’d probably never wear it again.

From then on the white gown signified that you were wealthy enough, and therefore many clamored to show off their high class status. Coco Chanel introduce the knee-lengthed white wedding gown during the Edwardian times, and many fashion conscious women never looked back. I mean, come on. It’s Chanel. Who could blame them?

While the depression certainly took it’s toll and many had to make due with what they had at their disposal, some women decided on a short informal white dress, which they would later dye so they could use the dress again for more everday day affairs.

Once Hollywood stars started showing off their weddings and their elaborate designer white wedding duds, the masses were sold. More affordable options became available, and a tradition was made.

Married in white, you have chosen all right. Married in green, ashamed to be seen. Married in red, you will wish yourself dead. Married in blue, you will always be true. Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow. Married in black, you will wish yourself back. Married in pink, your spirits will sink.

Some think this little ditty sums up the superstitions of wearing something other than white. Personally, I think it’s silly. You make your own luck!
Not to mention, pink never made my spirits sink and ashamed of green, my favorite color?! Watch your tongue!

I would love the trend to bend and start to see more women adding color to their days in the form of brightly hued gowns. Who said that the bridemaids & flowers were the ones to have all the color fun!? I love it when gals bring in a shot of color when it comes to their shoes, but I really get excited when I see ladies bringing out the big guns, with bright vibrant gowns and a shock of color for their veil.
I can imagine a bride in a bright poppy gown or dreamy yellow, and her gals wearing the white dresses.

What it comes down to is, if white just isn’t your thing, change it up! No one said you had to wear white. Okay, maybe your mom did. But it’s your wedding! Wear what you want. And if what you want is that gorgeous white gown you’ve dreamed of since you were little, then go for it.
If you dream of a silky flowy gown of light green silk, then wear it.

It’s your day, color it your way!


New England Backyard Wedding Style

October 26th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style

Nothing expresses the individual style of a wedding couple like a backyard wedding!  All you need is a backyard big enough to contain all of your friends, an internet ordained Uncle, and a membership to a BJ’s with an attached liquor store, and you are in business!


Backyard weddings are particularly fun to photograph because folks tend to be completely relaxed in the back yard where they played as kids.  Also, they are usually a family affair from planning to execution, with homemade touches aplenty.  They usually have a more casual dress code.  And who doesn’t love lawn games at a wedding!



What the bouquet!?!

August 25th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style


A bit ago, Andree & I were driving to a wedding we were shooting together, discussing some of the traditions we tend to see at our weddings. The white gown, the cake, the first dance, where did they originate, why do they continue to exist & stand the test of time?
One of the traditions we spoke about were the flowers, more specifically, the bouquet.

Why the bundles of colorful flowers for the bride & her gals, what’s the reasoning behind it?
Well, I did a little reading to find out the why.

The history of the bouquet began many moons ago, like set your way back machine to way way way back.

In ancient Greece & Rome, the couple would wear a garland about their necks as a symbol of new life, fertility and hope. Celtic tradition (rah rah!) found use of thistle, ivy & heather in their arrangements. The garlands were a combination of strong smelling herbs & spices, meant to ward off evil spirits & thought to contain mystical powers.

Eventually the tradition of using only herbs & spices transitioned into incorporating other flowers, especially those of the edible variety. Dill, known as the herb of lust, was to be eaten by the couple and their wedding guests at the reception, the herb was meant to increase sexual desire. Me-yow.

Around the Victorian time, flowers were being used based on their significant meanings, creating bouquets of secret messages. Back in the day, it wasn’t proper to blurt out how you felt about Candy, the lovely lass that volunteered at your local library. Sure, you might want to say ‘Candy, you look so sweet you’re giving me a toothache!‘, yet in those days, that would be frowned upon.

In come the flowers, let them do the flirting .. I mean, talking!

Roses are quite well known to be a great symbol for love, it was said that Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, presented a rose to Eros, the god of love. Roses aren’t the only flowers infused with that lovin’ feelin’. Sunflowers (one of my favorites) their faces always to the sun, symbolize longevity and pure love. Where as the Daisy is seen by Roman Catholics as a symbol for the Virgin Mary and a love that conquers all. Sprigs of ivy can be translated as a lifetime of wedded love ahead. The four leaf clover, the elusive little flower, represents faith, hope, love and luck. Passing it onto a beloved tells them that good luck abounds and if accepted, means you belong together. (Silly side note about me: I have found handfuls of four leaf clovers since childhood. I have a knack for finding them.)

Current trends now lean more towards flower combinations that fit within a couple’s theme, using flowers to bring that pop of bright color into the wedding. Some couples may have given their own personal meaning to a particular flower, maybe it was the one presented on the first date, maybe it was in the garden where they first kissed. I adore knowing the meanings behind traditions, yet I also love infusing traditions with your own unique personal spin.

Whatever your choice, it’s fun knowing where & how some of these traditions came about. Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment away!

Flower on

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you” ~ Richard Brinsely Sheridan


City Wedding Style

August 3rd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style


No words, just a collection of photographs that convey the style of a city wedding to me.



Twitter me this

July 14th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style


What is this Twitter thing all about? Some people are still asking that question, and with good reason.
On the surface, it just looks like another computerized internet time suck. And it can be, if you aren’t careful.

Much like any of the other networking-type sites out there, from Facebook to profession specific forums, you’ve got to be sure that you are using the site as a tool to help streamline or bring in business, not just flush productive time down the intra-webs commode.

I am not claiming to be a Twitter expert, not by a long shot. Therefore, I will not write about how one can gain more followers, how you can create business from Twitter. Sure, I have had my fair share of great connections and jobs that have come from Twitter and therefore do not see it as a waste or a novelty. But others have written far superior pieces on the techniques you can take to gain biz & influence those in your Twitter Stream.

Examples of these would be Twitter tips for bloggers by @ProBlogger and Twitterquette via TwitterTips.org

I will say, it’s an honest to goodness great way to connect with others in your professional circle and in turn connect with their circle. Quickly and easily, literally with the click of the ‘follow’ button.

But following a whole bunch of folks does not a true and lucrative connection make. Twitter is more than just a ticker of info, sports updates and embarrassing quotes from the wee hours of your party night. Twitter is meant to be interactive, if you truly want to expand your network.

You have the opportunity to showcase your talents, your thoughts, your offerings to the Twitterverse. However, to be the one that constantly says ‘Look what I can do’ will annoy your fellow Twits.

How to combat that? Aim to share.

In the Twitter world, that means RT (ReTweet). If someone you follow tweets about an exciting new workshop or informative blog post, RT it! Retweeting goes a long way in forging solid connections within Twitter.

Find interesting articles based on your profession of choice, inspirational posts, fun quotes, and link to them.
While some accounts are based strictly on talking business, the way I use my account is to post a bit of everything. I love to share great blog posts by other photographers & artists, as well as links to YouTube videos & other creative sites that may add a spark of inspiration to some one’s day.

If you come from a place of sharing, others in turn will share for you. It’s the whole ‘if you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours’ approach.

And in this world of high tech connections & Twitter terminology, it’s nice to be a part of that sharing circle.

You could make it all about your celebrity obsessions or you could follow those that you admire in your field or those that inspire you and create your own custom community. It’s a very quick way to compile a network of folks from far or near, whose advice & expertise you may admire, possibly aspiring to one day emulate.

Those you may not have fathomed would ever speak to you through average communication avenues may now tweet you back and say ‘hi.’ A personal example, one of my most favorite artists, @BrianAndreas of @StoryPeople ‘spoke’ to me one day after I RT one of his posts. It sent my heart a twitter (ahem) and most certainly made me an even bigger fan just because he took a few seconds to ‘tweet me’ back.

You have no idea who is following you, you have no idea who is reading what you tweet. This may sound like a precursor to a scary stalker film. Alas no, nothing so sinister. I like to view Twitter as a place of possibility, of potential, and of sharing. In 140 characters or less.

RT @ShootStyle: If you follow me on Twitter, b sure 2 say ‘HI’. Would luv 2 know u r out there! @staceydoyle


Light me Up!

June 23rd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style

If there’s one thing that we have in abundance here in New England, it’s lighthouses!  And as wedding photographers from Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island, we’ve had the opportunity to take advantage of these unique backdrops!

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New England Destination Weddings Tips

May 6th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style

Many New England couples are thinking locally when choosing a destination for their wedding away from home. Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as coastal Maine, Newport, and the green mountains of Vermont are great getaways that are close enough to visit in the planning stages of your wedding, yet offer a unique and special twist to your destination wedding.

To ensure your wedding day is just as you dreamt, here are some suggestions from Nicole Whelden, Owner of Unique Nantucket Events.

Planning destination weddings are often stressful, so to make sure it all turns out the way you hoped, remember to establish a budget and what you would like to see at your wedding first. Once that is done it will be easier to choose locations, caterers, photographers and florists. If you do not have a wedding coordinator you should visit the destination and scout out venues for your wedding, the biggest mistake couples make is booking a location sight unseen. If you cannot make it to the location, having someone you trust to look at sites is the best way to get what you want for your destination wedding. Also meeting with your vendors is important, you want their personalities and visions to match yours for the big day, be sure to put your own style into the event. Nicole recommends a visit to the destination at least 4 to 7 days in advance so that you can get comfortable with your surroundings and enjoy your time locally. It is important to remember that all destination weddings should be planned 6 months to a year in advance to ensure your guests get the best accommodations and travel to the location is established. The biggest advice Nicole can give is “Don’t stress if you’re not having fun seek the help of a friend, family member or wedding planner to ensure that the entire event runs smoothly; Remember it is your day!”


~ Zofia


Album Detail Grids

April 28th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style

We all shoot photos of details at weddings, but what do you do with them?

My albums open with a page of details in a grid near the start of the album. These nifty visual souvenirs tell a story of the day without using people. It is a great way to get many of those detail shots into the album on one page where they can be lingered over by the couple, triggering memories of the day.

My album designer, Tim Gormley of Gormley Design, lays these pages down into a grid of squares, so they are graphically set apart from the rest of the album. The page stands out visually and indicates that this page is different from the rest of the album and won’t be following a chronological progression.

These grids can tell you so much about the feel of the day and the personality of the couple, often without the presence of any people.

My Sunday River bride, Sue, sums it up succinctly:

“The detail grid gives a personal touch to each couple . . . it captures the mood of the day.”

Many of the details at a wedding are intricate hand crafted items, which have been painstakingly agonized over. These grids give you a chance to honor the time and expense of these details.

Kim and Mike, a couple who got married at the Glen House in Newry, Maine last fall, said, “We spent a lot of time selecting a venue and creating handmade accents to set the atmosphere of our wedding. In the celebratory blur of our wedding day, we didn’t get a chance to notice how all the individual details combined.  (The) detail grid provides a concise, artfully presented, memory-inducing, quiet record of an often-overlooked portion of the wedding.”

I try and shoot an entire scene when I shoot details. I position the meaningful object in the front of the scene and then pick up other information about the day in the background to give more texture to the photo.

Jill says about her Bethel Inn wedding album: “(The detail grid) shows the impressions of the wedding that I’ll want to remember, plus, Colby’s nose is pictured right in the middle and that’s something I always love!”

I asked Tim Gormley what he looks for in the detail shots for the albums he designs:

“The perfect detail shot is something that shows part of the location, a personal possession and the weather. It sounds like a lot, but it can be seamless if you see the right thing. In Heather and Tyler’s album, there was a shot that looked through the wrought iron gate, and showed the empty chairs all set up for the ceremony. You see the beautiful day.”

This particular detail is used as the entire page preceding the detail grid. My second photographer at this wedding, and fellow ShootStyler Earl Christie, shot this image and many of the detail photos in the facing grid.

To see the entire album design of each wedding, click on each bride’s name in the above article.


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