Aryn and Jeremy | The Stageneck Inn | York, Maine

Aryn and Jeremy’s wedding had it all from the romantic first look on York’s Wiggly Bridge then the dramatic wedding ceremony over looking the Maine coast.  It was a gorgeous autumn evening and they planned the ceremony at the perfect time to hit sunset and then into the blue hour.  The views were stunning from the cliff side lawns of the Stageneck Inn in York.  From there Aryn and Jeremy settled into the ballroom for drinks, dancing and a party with all of their family and friends.  Here is their wedding day from start to finish.  Thank you for having me there Aryn and Jeremy!  What a pleasure to be part of this!

How did you meet?

We first met on an online dating website and our first date was at a local restaurant. Typically, first dates last about 1-3 hours but ours went for 6+ hours. We talked the night away and we both knew then that there was something special.

Describe the proposal:

We went to Pittsburgh, PA to visit my parents for Christmas. On Christmas Eve we went to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with my parents and walked around the indoor gardens which were decorated for the holiday. After walking around the complex, Jeremy asks me if I wanted to take a picture before we go, as I love taking photos. We walked to the center of the entrance way where there was a beautiful arrangement of flowers and a large Christmas tree. He hugged me, got on one knee, and asked me to marry him. Of course I said “YES”!

What makes you special as a couple?  What makes us work as a couple is that we support one another. He always wants me to be happy and reminds me to take self-care.  As he says, I get him out of his comfort zone and brighten up his day.

What are some unique aspects to your wedding day?

For our wedding my sister sang while my brother played guitar. In addition, we had an outdoor sunset ceremony at the end of November, so it was cold, but we had a beautiful sunset.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We are going to Reykjavik, Iceland; Paris, France; Venice, Italy; Rome, Italy; and ending at a friends wedding in Bulgaria.

Vendor List

Wedding Planner: Dawn Whittemore – Stage Neck Inn

Photography: Joshua Atticks Wedding Photography

Reception/Ceremony: Stage Neck Inn

Wedding Dress Designer/Shop: Brides of California

Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Rings: Jefferson Square Jewelers

Floral: Tiger Lilies Floral Boutique

Catering: Stage Neck Inn

Engagement Ring: Jefferson Square Jewelers

DJ/Band: Fred Pappalardo DJ’s

Hair/Make-up Artists: 5 Diamond Salon

Wedding Cake/Desserts: Simply Elegant Cakes by Maryann Kane

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Erin and Matt | Cliff House Wedding | Cape Neddick ME

When Erin asked me if I would photograph her wedding I was head over heels happy.  I have photographed her family every year and watched her children grow for almost a decade now.  I still can’t quite get over the fact that I met her son on his first birthday and now he is reading a poem he created for his mothers wedding.  Being part of something so special warms my heart from the inside out.  Erin and her husband Matthew were married at the gorgeous Cliff House in Ogunquit, Maine.  It was a crazy windy day with rain looming in the distance over the ocean.  Thankfully the rain held off just in time for the ceremony on the cliff and then the skies opened up to the most beautiful double rainbow over the ocean.  As if the heavens above was smiling over these two souls and the union of this family.  xoxo

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Love, Love, Love my Nikon Z6

We Nikon shooters have been waiting a long time for a full framed mirrorless option.  So long that I actually bought a Sony A7III last May with a 35mm 1.4 and the Sony 85mm 1.8.  The Sony system was great and I love the advantages that a mirrorless system could deliver but something about the Sony system didn’t click and rarely did I ever take my A7III to a professional shoot.  It’s not that it isn’t a capable camera but rather because my brain is wired for a Nikon DSLR and the Sony felt more like a computer rather than an extension of my eye and hand like my D750 did.  The eye AF was nice and I love the focus peeking option to help nail focus at f1.4.   It was a love-hate relationship.  I loved the rapid fire burst shooting, endless button customization, great focusing system and image quality but something about the whole package wasn’t quite right and I realized what that was when I picked up the new Nikon Z6.  A camera is all about feel and the Sony A7III just didn’t feel right in my hand, even after a year of casual use.  The complexity of the menu system and functions lead to lots of  “This operation or setting not available as follows” in my EVF and my hands didn’t quite grip the camera in a comfortable way.

The Z6 isn’t a perfect camera but it is pretty damn close and after having it for just a week, I felt confident enough in the system to use it on a paid shoot.  The FTZ adapter is fabulous and it really works exceptionally well.  Every F mount lens works as it should on my Z6 and for me this is huge as I have over 10K invested in Nikon (and Sigma) glass.  I absolutely love the fact that Nikon included the U1-U3 settings just like my D750 had.  This makes shooting so efficient when photographing in very dynamic situations as you can completely change how the camera works with a quick turn of the dial.  The Nikon Z6 is slightly larger than the A7III and fits my hand just like my D750 did.  The grip, button placement and general ergonomics are well thought out making the Nikon Z6 a pleasure to use.

Nikon Z6 with 24-70 f4 Lens

Nikon has something great here with the Z mount.  This camera mount was built from the ground up with the idea of taking lens technology to the next level.  This seems to be working as edge to edge sharpness on the new Z lenses is impressive as well as the distortion control.  Look how huge the Z mount is compared to Sony’s E mount in the picture below.  There is so much room around that camera sensor while the Sony E mount sensor looks a bit cramped.  I do believe that the Sony E mount was created for smaller APC sized sensors and then adapted to full frame later.  Nikon has some refinements to make in the future.  I heard that eye AF in just around the corner in a firmware update and I would love to have AF-C be a bit more accurate and responsive.  The single card slot isn’t a deal breaker for me and yes I am a wedding photographer (who can also remember shooting weddings with D700’s, each with one CF card).  Do we really need redundant card slots with these new XQD super cards?  Anyway, thanks for reading!  Here is my new Z6 with it’s 24-70 mounted on it.  Love!

Nikon Z6 vs Sony A7III mount size differance

Send me those Wedding Invitations

They are as much a part of your day as your cake and flowers

Show me your wedding invitation and I will show it some camera love!  These days wedding invitations are little works of graphic genius .  They are professionally designed, color coordinated and personal to the couple making them as much a part of the wedding day as the cake and flowers.  I don’t think many of my clients read my contract but there is a short sentence in there that asks that one of the wedding invitations be sent to me.  No, no, it’s not that I want to rsvp and reserve the fish plate; it’s because I want a gorgeous picture of it.  These invites aren’t cheap either with most couples spending $2-5 (yup, each!) and that isn’t including mailing them out…. twice (for that return rsvp!).  On the wedding day I will bring the invitation along and use elements of your day to feature along with it in creating the photo.  Then there it is, part of your day, part of the story and a perfect addition to your wedding album.  Any thoughts on getting a wedding album?  Here are a few of the lovely invites from 2018.

wedding invitations photography

My Gorgeous New USB Drives

Luxurious Wood and Clean Metal

I’m so excited to show off these beauties that just arrived on my doorstep just in time for my 2019 weddings.  They came from a company called USB Memory Direct whom of which were pleasure to work with.  They made it so simple; I simply sent them a digital version of my logo and in less than an hour I had a preview of what the drives would look like.  They showed me what the logo would look like on their various shades of wood and after some trial and error I came up with this design.  The finished product looks fantastic and the printing is crisp and contrasts nicely showing off my new (expanded) logo featuring Maine!  I have two options now, the brushed metal (shown in the bottom picture) and mahogany wood.  I can’t wait to send these out soon.  Love these!!