I’ve realized this year that I haven’t been taking enough time to post personal blog posts. In general, I tend to be a very reserved person – If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter,  I bet you’ve noticed I’m not a social media butterfly. I mostly consume (dare I say, lurk?) and on once in a blue moon, if I ever think up something I feel is clever enough to share with my little world, I post it. More and more, though, I’ve found even my occasional Facebook update or Instagram photo has become increasingly rare.

But in 2015 I’m going to work towards changing that. I think it will be a rewarding challenge to increasingly put myself out there and share some more of my life (however mundane or simple it may seem to me or anyone) with this blog. So I’ll start with some news and some pretty photos from our most recent (and first ever!) trip to Italy.

This trip signifies a great deal to us. For starters, it was Toby and I’s first-ever trip to Europe; something that had been on our bucket list for quite some time now. Secondly, it was the start of an exciting business partnership and friendship (more on that another time) and lastly, but not least-ly: Toby and I got engaged. We haven’t settled on a date, just yet. Nor have we picked a photographer (we get asked that a lot!). We just know that we want a very small and intimate celebration with the people we love most in this world and we’re so excited about our new future together.

So I leave you with some of my favorite photos from our trip to Italy. These were all shot on a medium format film camera using a combination of Fuji 400H and Portra. Makes me want to shoot everything on film.

 

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I’d be lying if I said that one of my favorite parts of the job is editing thousands of photos from a shoot. It’s truly fun to get to relive the all the amazing wedding days I’ve been a part of through loads of photographs but editing each image individually takes a lot of time, a lot of focus and a lot of discipline. It might not be my favorite part of the job (I’d much rather be interacting with couples from behind the camera and getting to know them and the people and things they love) but it’s been one that has helped me grow and fine tune my shooting skills. You see, when you’re forced to look at your own photos for hours on end on a given day you really start to meticulously point out every mistake you’ve made find ways improve your work.

I’d also be lying if I said I totally hated it. I don’t hate it; far from it! I love seeing a photo transform from a RAW image that comes straight from my camera, to a final, creatively-edited photograph that I’m proud to call my own.

Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun editing with a new set of Film-Emulation presets by Totally Rad actions called Replichrome. They’ve given my digital images the wonderfully rich characteristics of film that I so craved and wished for.

This is an image of Beth, one of our beautiful brides from this season. I had the opportunity to photograph her and Matt days before their wedding in Burlington and this is one of my favorite portraits of her, edited with Replichrome.

Love this portrait of Beth on a rainy afternoon at the Burlington Waterfront in Vermont

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