It always makes me blush when I find out that a friend, acquaintance or coworker says they found my site and really like my photos. It takes me a bit to process compliments. My coworker and friend Christine had asked all the way back in the beginning of the year if we could do a photoshoot. Cut to October (yeah, I know…) we finally had some time.
We didn’t have a real big theme, just a fun time walking around the South End and seeing what we liked. I really want to thank Christine for trusting me with her portraits and rolling with it whenever I had a silly idea on how to pose. It was so much fun, and I cannot wait to do it again!
Seriously Christine is the best, if you ever need someone for any of your digital media needs she is the one to go too! You should also check out Christine’s amazing photos and food related stories on her Instagram!
I truly do not see myself as a “professional” photographer. However I have been trying to accept the compliments when people enjoy my work. Over the summer, my friend Lindsay truly honored me by asking if I could do the photos for her wedding. I’ve done wedding photography before, and it is DAUNTING to say the least. However, Lindsay assured me all she wanted was candid photos throughout the day and a couple family shots.
Lindsay and Matt’s wedding was gorgeous, touching, personal and you could really feel the love in it. Now, truthfully, this wedding was back in July and it’s now….October, but I really worked hard on making sure these photos would be everything they could want. The notion that they or their family members might be framing these photos that will stay with them forever blows my mind, but it makes me incredibly happy!
My friend Kiki and I have been wanting to collaborate on a photo project for months. She always likes doing shoots in abandoned areas and I had been itching to want to do something involving smoke bombs. We put our two ideas together and did some very fun smoke portraits in an abandoned railroad tunnel all the way out in Clinton. I want to thank Kiki, Kate and Meg for such a fun time. I really enjoy doing smoke shoots, and will probably do another one soon!
In the past few years, Pride Month has become increasingly important to me. I’ve gone through an effort to embrace my queer identity and not let my earlier and younger self-censoring and fear slow me down. I live bolder more colorfully, and with an eye toward trying new things. When June began, it hit me like a bolt that I know many wonderful, talented, and cute queer people, and I had the idea to create a Pride-themed photo series. That’s what inspired my “Gotta Make Way for the Homo Superior” project. I want to thank my friends Beca, JB, Paul, Noah, Becca S, and my husband Adam for participating. I also want to give my friend and colleague Steve a shout out for shooting the photos of me for the project. This was a magical Pride Month for me, and I hope it’ll become a yearly tradition. So look out–the future is unabashedly queer.
I was really honored with the chance to give back to my local community recently: a local JP resident–Ture Turnbull–is running for State Representative here in MA. Ture contacted me through this website to see if I would do some publicity photos for his campaign. I can’t tell you all how excited I was that someone thought my photos were good enough to be used for a political campaign. All of the best to Ture and his race to make Boston a better place.
One of my goals for 2018 is to try to do even more photos, and with as many friends as possible. I have big lofty ideas, but I also just want to go out and just take photos whenever I can. My buddy Thom has been a really good friend to me over the past few years. I used to have that dumb school-age mentality that "this guy is way to cool for me to be friends with", but as we became neighbors, I realize how dumb of a thought that was. Thom is always there to listen to me geek out over dumb TV and comics, talk about different types of art (also shameless plug: he is a fantastic writer), or just have a beer, talk about nothing and have a fantastic time. When I asked him if he would be cool with us going to our local bar—the Brendan Behan Pub—and just snap some photos using my new Ice Light, he had no hesitation. Thom is super fun to hang out with, he has a very infectious nature and laugh, and a smile that can just melt your trouble away. I'm hoping I can do more of an "artsy" type of shoot with him in the future, but for now, Thom, thanks for letting me be a weirdo and snap some photos of you while you drank beer.
This was such a simple idea, but it had an amazing result. I have an external flash and I wanted to see what I could get for portraits if had used that as the only light source. So I picked up a c-stand and placed it directly overhead.
At Thanksgiving, I forced my friends to participate in an impromptu photo shoot, and the results took my breath away. My whole goal with my newfound love of portraiture is to show the world how beautiful my friends are, and I like to think I did. I mean look how cute they all are?!? I'm very lucky to have them all in my life.
Over time, I want to eventually take photos of all of my friends. Yes, pretty much everyone I know, even if I only know them online. Enter my friend Kirby. We got to know each other through Twitter (I know; Twitter can be...good?) and they expressed interest in me doing some photos. The NYC Botanical Garden had this exhibit going on by the famous artist Chihuly, these beautiful glass sculptures that made it look like we were on another planet. Kirby had an awesome idea and we ran with it.
I got to take my first photo field trip down to NYC and we had a fantastic time! I got to meet and hang out with a great new (in meatspace, anyway) friend, and take some wonderful "dreamscape"/"out of this world" photos. I hope I can go back down to NYC and see what else I can do.
When David Bowie passed away I was hit very hard by it. His passing kind of inspired me to learn to embrace more of my passion and more of my weird/queer/wild tendencies. I also started following an incredible photographer (Liam Wong) who does these absolutely incredible landscapes at night capturing brilliant hues and colors. I was inspired by these two and decided to try a concept capturing the feel of Bowie and the look of Liam.
I asked my incredible friend Chelsea and my SIL Kathlynn to dress up in what they thought meant "Bowie". We went to Chinatown in Boston and these were the results. This was the first photoshoot where the result was exactly what I had pictured in my head. I am so very proud of these photos and how much it taught me. Thank you David and thank you Liam 💜
This came from an impromptu long weekend in Vermont to go to a cider festival/concert. Vermont is very pretty especially in the early fall, I have to thank my friend Kiki and my husband Adam for indulging me in forcing them to stop at various spots so I can take photos of them and the scenery.
For our wedding anniversary, my husband and I disappeared for a long weekend on Cape Cod. While it was mostly about relaxing, it also gave me a chance to try out my new 5D on the beach.
For my birthday, I bought my own Canon 5D Mark III, and I was very excited to try it out. My friends (who are all amazing humans) joined me for a fantastic summer beach day, and then a wonderful evening on a rooftop just being silly and having fun. It felt like something out of a commercial of how "summer is supposed to look". I loved that day, I love my friends, and I love these photos.
When I realized that I really enjoyed taking portraits of my friends, I decided to start taking photos whenever I could. My friends Lauren and Terry have a beautiful house in the suburbs with a giant backyard. So we decided to just goof about and get some good photos of Terry, Lauren and all of the dogs. It was a fantastic summer afternoon.
Because 2017 was so scary and distressing for so many people, whenever there was something good happening, I clung to it. My two good friends Rosalie and Edison were getting married and asked if I could take photos for them - nothing really formal, just some good candids of how the day went down.
Their wedding remains one of my happiest memories of 2017. It was just so full of joy, bright positive energy, and lots and lots of dancing. I am so honored to have been a part of it and I am so happy for the two of them.
My friend Lucy asked if we could do a photoshoot at the Arnold Arboretum, which looks gorgeous in the spring and summer. It was the first time I think I really started developing an eye on how to place people in different settings and trying out new things. It was a lovely afternoon that I will cherish.
This all started because I had an outfit that I thought was cute and asked my friend Chelsea to take a few photos for me. It turned into a impromptu shoot with her. As I was editing the photos, something clicked and I realized how much fun I had shooting with her, and how great she looked.
I had been doing photography on and off for two years at this point, but it was looking at these photos of Chelsea that made me realize that it was portraits that made me happy. And just like that I started getting ideas and inspirations, thanks to this impromptu shoot.