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You may have already seen their epic canoe engagement session.  From those pictures maybe you can tell how lovely and kind and fun Sharon and Angelo are!  Their wedding was absolutely more of the same!  Such a great group of friends and family, from Grandma taking photos while Sharon got ready to the Priest making them laugh at the ceremony, to Dad making them cry at the speeches, to the huge dance (which the bridesmaids practiced while getting ready!) at the end of the night, everything was perfectly perfect!!




2015-11-12_0002I’ve had the joy and luck of photographing this family since they were married!  Pat’s two children and now two more make the family six and I can’t say enough how much I love them and how amazing it is to see them grow!!!  There were so many images from our morning a few weeks ago but I tried to narrow it down to a few favorites!!


  • Joann Shecter - Magnificent pictures of a wonderful family.November 14, 2015 – 2:15 pm


I like weddings because you get to do three different types of photography, photo journalism, portraiture and fine art … in the best family sessions, even if they are only an hour long, you get all three types as well!  These are my favorites because I love seeing all sides to the family, getting something to put on the wall and send the grandparents, but then also getting something to put in an album, a small time capsule of what she loves to do (trains), climbing up the outside of the stairs, stories!  Just good stuff.  Here are a few from Nora’s family session :)2015-11-10_00012015-11-10_00022015-11-10_00032015-11-10_00042015-11-10_00052015-11-10_00062015-11-10_00072015-11-10_00082015-11-10_00092015-11-10_00102015-11-10_00112015-11-10_00122015-11-10_00132015-11-10_00142015-11-10_00152015-11-10_00162015-11-10_0018


We weren’t sure where to go for Anne and Kips engagement, and it was set for the week before their wedding. Engagements are just as much a time capsule of who you are before you get married as they are a chance for us to get to know each other and be relaxed the day of the wedding.  Knowing what to expect works both ways!  Anne suggested Greenfield village and we happily explored for an hour or so, snapping some images along the way and really having a great time.  Here are a few from this awesome fall day!



Miquelle and Tony’s wedding was all that a wedding should be.  Glamorous and intimate, exciting sometimes but also chill.  It was a really good day.  I got a note from Miquelle yesterday :

“Wow,  Melissa, the pictures are beautiful!  We are so pleased!!!! We only got to go through them once before we got on the road (we are road tripping ) so we can’t wait to go through them again with our fam!  Thank you so much for the excellent work you have produced for us.  You are a joy to work with and an expert at capturing the true essence of a special moment.”

It means so much to me to hear back from clients, thank you Miquelle! Here is a little bit of  Miquelle and Tony’s day!

(I don’t do a good enough job of sharing my clients words on the blog and I’m going to work on that this new year!)





I’ve known her since she was maybe 2 or 3 and I’m so so so excited to share her senior photos!!! She is pestering me via text right now to post so I won’t write as much as I want to  about how amazing it has been to watch her grow up from a sweet, mischievous kitten obsessed little girl – to a smart, strong, intelligent young woman!! But it has been my honor to be a little part of her life!  Yay Julia!2015-10-27_00022015-10-27_00032015-10-27_00042015-10-27_00072015-10-27_00052015-10-27_00062015-10-27_00082015-10-27_00102015-10-27_00122015-10-27_0013

  • Nicki - Love these so much!!October 28, 2015 – 10:22 am