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!!

Traci and Marc
Rustic Autumn Wedding | Newcastle, ME

Meet Traci and Marc.  I’ve been waiting for this wedding for quite a while now in anticipation for what the day would bring.  I knew it was going to the most amazing wedding as this one is a bit different then most for me.  This time the bride is my step sister and I met her way back when she was just 6 years old.  Her father passed away as did my mother and our parents found each other and got married.  Our parents eventually moved away from Connecticut and found their home in Maine.  Maine is home and I love that Traci chose our parents house for her wedding and reception.  What a gorgeous spot it is!!  (there have been many fun times had on that dock you see below).  So this wedding is different; this is my sister getting married and my daughter was the flower girl.  What an honor to memorialize this day and it would have been absolute torture if I wasn’t the photographer.  Funny… I shoot every wedding as if the people I was photographing were my own family and this time they actually were!  It seems surreal seeing my children, wife, sisters, and parents in the photos.  Love 🙂

Describe the proposal:

Marc took me to Estes Park, Colorado to celebrate our birthdays which are a couple days apart. On the day between our birthdays he surprised me with a private horseback trail ride through the woods. We got to a beautiful spot overlooking the Rockies and our guide suggested we get off the horses and take a photo. Next thing I knew he was down on one knee 🙂

What makes you special as a couple?

Marc and I are both very independent head strong individuals. We both have big dreams and we are always pushing each other to pursue them. We push each other to be better each day and support one another 100% with whatever we want to accomplish in life.

What are some unique aspects to your wedding day?

It was in my mom and step fathers backyard so that alone added a very unique charm to it. Everything had an extra personal touch. The plates were all vintage China from my mom and grandmother, the blueberries in the dessert pies were from my mom’s garden, the caterer was a restaurant my family loves and we’ve been going to for years. Everything was so personal.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Naples, Florida

How did you meet?

We met at a college bar called Elmers in hard hit’in New Britain! Marc creepily stared at me for hours from the other side of the room. Finally he got up the courage to come talk to me and ask me to shoot a game of pool with him.

Vendor List

Wedding Planner

My mom and I

Reception Venue

Mom and step dads backyard

Ceremony Venue

Sheepscot community church

Wedding Dress Designer/Shop

The shop was called Tulle in Andover, MA

Grooms Attire

Black suit from Express, grey shirt, purple tie

Wedding Rings

Zales

Catering

Sarah’s cafe, Wiscasset ME

DJ/Band

8th Street DJ

Hair/Make-up Artists

Megan Aloisi

Wedding Cake/Desserts

Birch bark look. Kahrens Kitchen