My husband's Aunt and Uncle came to visit Labor Day Weekend. While they were here they wanted to have a portrait session at one of their favorite places.The iconic Nantucket Brant Point Lighthouse. I was thrilled of course to do this for them. The weather was kind of gloomy but it didn't stop us and we really had a great time during our session. We captured some great classic Nantucket portraits. We finished the night off with a delicious dinner at Backyard BBQ. We always enjoy seeing them and It was wonderful to catch up. We had such an awesome weekend with them!
Diane Torres and her family came to Nantucket to have a wonderful family summer vacation. While she was here she wanted to have a nice family portrait with her husband, their two sons, and their son's significant others. They chose to have their family session in downtown Sconset and finish up the session at Sconset Beach. I love shooting in Sconset because it seems like its separate from the rest of the island. It has a special uniqueness about it and it's so charming. There are so many great things about Sconset such as the quaint little rose covered cottages, beautiful gardens, a cute little market, lots of history, a gorgeous beach and so much more. So many great backdrops for any occasion. I just knew that it would be a great location for their family session. We strolled through downtown stopping at the beautiful cottages and gardens. Followed by more pictures at the iconic Sconset bridge that lead the way to the beach where we finished the session. They were such a blast to work with and I love that we were such a great fit. They were spontaneous and had were willing to try anything to get great images that they would enjoy. This family was full of jokes and that kept us all laughing throughout the session. I am so happy to have been able to photograph and to meet such a wonderful and fun family.
The Brindley family came to Nantucket to have a wonderful summer vacation and wanted to have a family portrait. They were staying in beautiful downtown Sconset and so they decided to have their family portrait at Sconset beach. The evening on the beach was so beautiful with the beach grass and the soft pastel skies. It made for a great backdrop for such a sweet little family. I love how close this family is and loved how they called themselves a team. They shared some funny jokes which made for some great laughs. They also had snuggles, walked the beach and ran from the waves. I enjoy being able to capture the in between moments such as these. It really shows you how much fun the family has with each other and a glimpse of what makes their family special. This shoot had an additional surprise that we weren't expecting. We saw a whale off in the distance to take a breath. Such a cool and rare experience to be able to have and especially during their family session. Once their session was over they decided they wanted to play a little racket ball and we said our goodbyes. We really had a great time and I am happy to have been able to meet such a great family.
Frank and Carol Ann celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary on August 15th. They celebrated by renewing their wedding vows at the Nantucket White Elephant. Joining them in the celebration was their family and closest friends. This is something that they have wanted to do for a very long time and Frank made it happen. Before the ceremony Frank surprised her with not only a beautiful bouquet from Flowers on Chestnut but bringing James Lisante the priest that married them 25 years ago! She was so surprised when she saw him and it brought her to tears of happiness. Their children had major rolls in this special day. Their Daughter Casey as Maid of Honor and Sean and Timmy as Best Men. The Nantucket White Elephant is special to them as they come here when they visit Nantucket. It is such a classic Nantucket location for such a special event. The landscape and the boats made a wonderful backdrop during their ceremony and family photos. The children read passages from the bible to bless their Mother and Father during the Procession. I love how they made this day so personal for themselves and their family. After the ceremony they gathered around for a toast and celebration before we took the formals. It was such a great time photographing this wonderful family. We shared lots of laughs and special moments. After the family formals they went inside to finish the evening off with a delicious dinner. It was such an honor to be the one to capture such a beautiful moment in their lives. This family has so much love for one another and it radiated throughout their time together. I wish them a life time of happiness and love. Cheers to the Manzella Family!
I had such a blast photographing this little family not to long ago. They had told me they have had many photos of themselves between their engagement session, their wedding and some yearly photos. This session was going to be little extra special. They wanted to focus their attention on their handsome pup. They wanted to have more of a playful session and capture more of a candid style. I was so excited when I found this out and knew that we were going to have a great time. They chose to have their session starting at Bartlett's Farm with the beautiful flowering landscapes and finished up their session at Ladies beach. One of their favorite beaches they love to go to during their Nantucket summer visits. It was an overcast day which was just perfect as it made everything pop. Especially her beautiful bright and summery dress!!! These two were such a blast to work with. There were lots of laughs, running, playing catch, belly rubs, wave chasing and snuggles. You could really see the love they have for their pup. Even though the session was about him I couldn't help but capture some in between moments of the two of them. It really was a great evening and was a pleasure to have met such a great couple and their dog.
When I got my head shots done with Rebecca Love Photography I had the pleasure of having Lydia do my hair and make up. She made me feel so beautiful, confident and sassy for my pictures. She is one very talented lady and I am so happy to know her. I knew that I had to pay it forward by photographing her beautiful little family. We kept things simple with some photos at ladies beach. It was such a gorgeous Nantucket day. Their little daughter is just the cutest! They shared many laughs, snuggles and kisses on the beach.
My friend Taylor came to Nantucket during the summer as a kid with his family for years. Then during his adult years he moved here for about 5 years. Where me and my husband became such great friends with him. He decided that he needed to leave the island to start another life and career in Colorado. He manages and books amazing shows for E- Town. How awesome is that! Just about 3 years ago he met his wonderful wife Elizabeth. They together bought a home and have created a beautiful life together. They also brought into this world a handsome little boy named Dakota who is just full of life and a bundle of happiness. Just this past month they decided that they were going on a massive road trip to visit family and friends. Me and my husband were so excited that they had Nantucket on their list of places to visit. We hadn't seen Taylor in so long and couldn't wait to meet Liz and Dakota. Meeting Liz was like meeting with an old friend who we hadn't seen in awhile. Was such a pleasure to have met her and oh man Dakota is just the cutest with the best smiles and giggles. While they were here they wanted to have a family portrait to be framed and mounted in their home. I of course was happy about this and told them that I would be honored to do this for them as a gift. They were so excited and appreciative! We decided to do the session at the iconic Nantucket Brant Point Lighthouse. Where Taylor once had a family session done here as a child. Was a windy and dark day but that didn't stop us from venturing out. There was even a large mass of rain on the radar that was headed are way.Their bond and love as a family made as if it wasn't terrible out. I loved that they wore bright warm clothing to match their personality as a family. They shared lots of laughs, smiles and there were definitely lots of snuggles and kisses to keep warm. We even had my husband asset in being the bunny holder aka "The Bunny Man". When our session was through we headed out to Millie's Restaurant for dinner. Was a great way to end the night.
Fernanda is a great co-work of mine at Bartlett's Farm. She is hard working, talented and a beautiful women inside and out. She is a fun person to know and to work with. Fernanda has always wanted professional pictures of her baby girl Lily who she adopted from Nantucket Island Safe Harbor For Animals. A local rescue and adoption center here on the island. She reached out to me asking if I would be able to photograph her and Lily to share with her friends and family. Of course I said yes! We decided to do the session at Brant Point Lighthouse. An icon lighthouse here on the island. She brought her friend Rafaela to be the treat and attention assistant. Well needed for a happy, wild and crazy puppy. Of course a quick photo of her and her friend together as well. There was lots of laughs, smiles, and happy tales wagging throughout the evening. We had such a great time!
On March Megan had contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in collaborating for a styled photo shoot. She told me she had a vision for a fun and colorful Bridal editorial shoot. I was over the moon excited that she asked me and of course I said YES! We had scheduled our session for May 20th and had kept our fingers crossed for great weather. The weather on Nantucket had been shall I say very cold and wet. When the time came for our shoot the sun was shining. We started our session at Squam Farm followed by various spots on Quidnet Road and a final spot off of Polpis Road. Every spot was just perfect and really helped create that fairy tail classic look we were going for. The lighting was great where ever we were and the best part was at sunset with golden light and the cloud formations. There were so many different details of the shoot that came together perfectly. The model Alei was stunning and such a pleasant person to have worked with. She was adorned with a stunning dress that was out of this world amazing. Such intricate detailing of embroidered flowers and sunbursts. Upon her gorgeous locks of curly hair she was wearing a vintage crown from GOSSAMER. Hair and makeup was done by the very talented Lydia Polka. Her special touch for this shoot was just perfect and natural. The gorgeous bouquet was made by Megan Soverino was just exquisite. This shoot was assisted by Petra who was so incredibly helpful with everything. The team that I was apart of was truly a talented group of women. Such a a wonderful experience to be apart of. It was such a spectacular evening and truly was incredible.
As 2016 has come to a close I would love to take the time to show you my top favorite images which wasn't an easy task. I have met many wonderful people this year and truly had a great time with them all. I am honored to have been able to capture these moments for my clients to enjoy for years to come. I am really looking forward to 2017 and I wish you all a Happy New Year!!!
I've been looking back on my sessions of 2016. I was going to do an end of the year wrap up but remembered that I had this amazing session with this particular family that I hadn't shared. With family sessions I try to pick a location that is true to them. We started our session at Gardiner's Corner which is a place that visitors and islanders love. But for this family it was something special to them. They always take their picture every year here so we kept the tradition going. We then decided to wrap up our session at the Nantucket Brant Point Lighthouse. This is where Nick proposed to Desirae and so it made this place so much more special. Their little girls are so sweet and had a blast running about the beach. They all shared lots of laughter, smiles, hugs and kisses which made it so easy to capture this loving beautiful family. The evening was just so perfect and wonderful.
I had the pleasure of photographing Sean & Gina's Wedding on September 10th. They chose to have their ceremony at the Nantucket Brant Point Lighthouse followed by a reception at their home. It was a small intimate wedding surrounded by their friends and family. Sean and Gina are also expecting a little one on the way which made this day so much more special. I do have to admit that these are my favorite weddings to photograph. I was so happy that the rain held out out for the day. But we were greeted by the Gray Lady instead. In away the fog made it more intimate as well as making all of the colors vibrant. Gina was walked towards Sean with her Mother on her left and her Father on her Right where she was greeted by Tania and Billy. Tania and Billy were the officiants as well as their amazing friends. They had a wonderful ceremony filled with laughter and tears of happiness. After they exchanged their vows and said their I do's we then took the time to photograph the family and the newly weds. Did I mention how beautiful and handsome they looked. I loved the simplicity of their attire. Gina's gorgeous bouquet that she held was also made by her friend Orla. After that I then arrived to their home where the reception took place. The details of the reception was just perfect. As you walked towards the home there were a trail of candles lighting your way to the backyard full of laughter under a big tree filled with lights. Under the tree they also honored those close to them that had passed. They had a great big straw couch surrounded by torches, fire pits and blankets to keep them warm during the evening. The small details on the tables were just beautiful as well. Food was a collective effort, Chowder and meatballs made by family and friends as well has a food cart from Roman Pizza how fun!!! As the evening went on you could really tell how much this amazing couple was loved! It truly was a great celebration for Sean and Gina. We then finished the night off with an amazing cake!!
It's always so special when I get to photograph a local family on the island. The Walker family wanted to have a Fall family photo and chose a wonderful location. They chose to have it at the Masquetuck Reservation which is part of the Conservation Land here on Nantucket. This place is just so beautiful and peaceful. Such a great location for a beautiful little family. The colors of the leaves were starting to change and it truly felt like fall was upon us. Even though the day was a bit dark and the weather was all over the place you couldn't even tell. This family was a joy to have photographed. The little kids kept me on my toes and kept me laughing throughout the session. Their was laughing, running and smiles throughout our time together made for a great Nantucket evening.
I got an email from the Glazier family inquiring about a family session. They hadn't had one in about 8 years and wanted a special session on Nantucket. It was a surprise family portrait for their in laws 50th wedding anniversary!!! They decided they wanted to have it at the White Elephant where they were staying. The evening couldn't have been prettier. And I just love the all the soft pastel colors. This family was just the greatest so full of laughter. Wonderful people to have gotten to know and spend my time with.
When I got the phone call from the Sowa family for their family session and they told me they had never been to Nantucket before I just knew I had to take them to the Brant Point Nantucket Lighthouse for their session. The Lighthouse is an attraction to visitors and locals alike. It's a beautiful backdrop for any occasion. There is everything from textured buildings, flowing beach grass, the harbor filled with boats and of course the lighthouse. It was nice to talk to them a little about Nantucket and show them a little taste of a Nantucket summer. When they said they were going to bring their dog Cash a Portuguese Water dog I couldn't have been happier. He made us all laugh and loved chasing the seagulls! We really had a great time together. Such a nice loving and close family to have gotten to know. Made for wonderful family photos for them to remember.
Bill and Kathy had contacted me to photograph their family while they were all here on Nantucket. Some were from here and some lived else where. What a great opportunity to do a family session! When I asked Kathy where she wanted her session she told me right here at our home. While it's nice to photograph families all over this gorgeous island there is just something special about photographing at someones home. It was so beautiful where they were with the creeks in the backyard. Such a gorgeous backdrop to a fun and loving family. Near by there was a dock where we decided it would be fun idea to feed the ducks! The little boy was thrilled about this and was having the time of his life! It made for a fun experience for the whole family. It's moments like these that I love to capture. We really had a fun time and shared laughs a beautiful sunny Nantucket morning.
Amy and Charles met in the summer of 2010 in Charleston, SC. Charles was at a block party of a mutual friend and Amy was wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress per usual, and he was wearing a Greek life shirt from the college she went to. They instantly connected since they had many friends in common. She was a charismatic, confident, fun and a stunning young lady who he simply loved to see. Whenever they would bump into each other around town, she would always stop to say hi and catch up. Since she was in medical school at the time, her course load and work schedule was quite tough, but in her last year they started to hang out significantly more. As they began to see each other often, he noticed how much they shared in common and how great she really was. Charles fell for her over the course of a few months and they started dating in early 2013. Unfortunately, his timing was poor due to the fact that she had matched into a residency program in Boston and was moving in less than six months. They knew it would be tough, but everything was going perfect. Charles and Amy knew they had to give the relationship a go, even with the distance. They did and less than a year later, Charles landed a job and moved up to Boston to be closer to Amy. What a great decision that was for them. Charles loves everything about Amy and Boston and he honestly felt it was one of the best and smartest decisions of his life.
Fast forward to the proposal (3 ½ years later…) Charles knew he wanted to do something special. Something different that he knew would be special to them for the rest of our lives. Nantucket was the obvious choice since they had always planned to visit, but were never able to make it happen with crazy work, training and school schedules. To make it all a surprise, Charles planned an elaborate day that Amy would remember forever…
It was Saturday, June 30th, 2016 and the day started for Charles at 5:30am. He mentioned to Amy the night before that he had to work early, but what she didn’t know was this would be a special day. He left the house by 6:30am and on his way out, he gave her a card and told her not to open it till 8am. He immediately walked out the door, got in the car and drove to Hyannis port to catch the ferry to Nantucket. In the meantime, Amy was certainly suspicious but went back to sleep. At 8am she opened the first card; it was long and sappy, but in short it mentioned that it would be a special day and that she should get ready, call her mom to figure out what to wear, and be at her favorite nail salon by 9:30am. Charles knew at that point she knew what was going on. When she arrived at the nail salon she was met by her best friend in Boston. They had their nails done and hung out for a few hours until her friend (who played dumb the whole time) said it was time for them to go separate ways. She put her in a car with the destination pre-determined and with two more cards which he had pre-written. She opened the next card that included a boarding pass to go to Nantucket and yet another long and sappy message. When she arrived at Logan she later mentioned to Charles that she was a wreck. She ordered a shake from Johnny Rockets, but never picked it up because she was so flustered. Eventually she boarded a Cape Air flight and flew over to Nantucket. When she landed, she was instructed to open the next card. That card was short and sweet. It gave her an address and told her to enjoy the scenery of the beautiful island. Charles told her in the card that he would see her soon and couldn’t wait to see her. All during this time, he was at the Wauwinet hotel setting a few things up, meeting with me to plan the engagement, and having a drink or two to calm his nerves. Luckily everything was falling perfectly into place.
When Amy arrived, she was greeted by two young men that worked for the hotel. Charles showed them pictures of her ahead of time and told them what she would be wearing. They immediately took her purse and escorted her to the beach. As she walked up, she saw me taking pictures of her and knew the big moment was approaching. As she walked over the dune, I could see her face and how happy she was. She was of course surprised and they were both nearly in tears. He gave her a big hug and they walked down the beach just talking casually. After walking for a few moments, he stopped and looked at her. He got down on one knee and shared to her that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her and asked her to marry him. After all that SHE SAID YES!! They then toasted their engagement on the beach and shared their favorite food together oysters. The champagne that they shared together was extra special to them. They had bought it in Napa on their first real vacation together in 2014 that they specifically saved for a special occasion. Who knew they would be drinking on the day and night of their engagement? Then we took some amazing pictures. Charles and Amy were so over the moon excited and they were glowing. These two couldn't stop smiling and laughing the whole time. The day was just absolutely perfect. It as their fairy tale come true!
The Everson family came to Nantucket to have a wonderful vacation with extended family and friends. While on their stay they wanted to have a nice dinner on MiaComet Beach where they smiled, laughed and told stories. They wanted me there to capture it all from the dinner to some nice family photos. This family new how to have fun! They did everything from jumping off the lifeguard stand, running around on the beach, balancing acts, and of course hugs and kisses. It was truly a wonderful evening on Nantucket and one they will never forget.
These families came together to have a wonderful vacation here on Nantucket and to celebrate 60 years of Marriage for the Grandparents! WOW! But we also had a couple that just got newly engaged! There was a lot to celebrate. They had a beautiful home out in Pocomo where they spent their time. It is just so beautiful and stunning out there! This family is one big happy family and you can see the love that they have for each other. We really had a blast and shared lots of laughs.
It was such a pleasure photographing the Gazda Family. A wonderful and fun group of people to have gotten to know and to have the honor of photographing. To keep me on my toes they had a 2 year old who was just the cutest. So full of energy and love. He ran the show! They came all the way from Texas to escape the heat and to experience a place that they have never been before. East Creek Road was where they called home for a short while. Such a stunning property off of the Creeks. The "Gray Lady" as we call it, came to join our session. Even though the sun wasn't out the fog made all the colors pop from their outfits to the beautiful surroundings. There were so many amazing backdrops to place this beautiful family. Such as large Shasta daises, rows of Lavender, Roses to die for, the cutest little shed and of course the creeks. We truly had a blast capturing true, authentic moments for this family to look back on and enjoy for years to come.