So today is the 27th of January and we are in the midst of a blizzard here in New England. We are getting hit pretty hard, but I guess we were due. A few small snow days here and there made us forget what we're known for, snow. So we are all just hanging out at home and either doing movie marathons or getting things done around the house. For me having free time is great because it lets me catch up on a lot of things. You know that long to do list that you sort of hide away so it doesn't creep up on you, but not too hidden where you might have to re-write your to dos from memory.
But, I find myself with cabin fever and wanting to be outside taking pics or something. Movies don't appeal me much and that wind outside plus the shoveling are making me lazy. I'm going to wait it out another hour or so and hopefully the snow dies down a little.
So, walking around my house I pass my wall of prints. I don't look at them as often as I used to, but I decided to stop and look:
This is the first image on my wall and I recall it fondly. This photo was taken in 2010 before I had a business, before I start doing weddings on my own and before I started using Fuji gear.
This was taken on Martha's Vineyard about 200 ft up from the beach. At that time I was doing macro photography and a few portraits here and there. I was part of a local photography group and I was busy learning as much as possible. One of the other photographers in the group had said he might need some help for this wedding and I told him I'd be interested in tagging along. He said I'd be able to take some photos, but mostly just to help when needed.
I was excited as I had never been to a wedding as a "photographer". At this time I was still shooting in aperture priority and shooting in full manual was fun, but challenging. I remember thinking to myself, " this is the real deal".
I had been curious for a while on whether I'd be able to handle the speed of a wedding, the stress, if my photography skills would translate and obvious not get in the way.
As the day progressed I saw that we weren't just hired help, but an integral part of the day. Being an assistant I felt almost no pressure at all and it was so much fun photographing everything that interested me. Who knew the lighting would change at every turn! In short, I learned a ton that day.
The one thing that really stood out to me was this: I want to photograph weddings!!
When I got home I was eager to review my photos and see how they came out. Of course a lot were average, some were great and others were blah, but it was exciting.
Shortly after helping with this wedding I searched out a wedding photographer looking for a second shooter. I was lucky enough to find someone local who ended up hiring me for 6 weddings. I learned so much from him and also about my own personal style.
I guess my point is that sometimes its nice to take a look back and appreciate how you started.
Please enjoy a few photos from this wedding.
If you live near Worcester or are planning to visit the area this is a place you need to visit. The Crompton Collective is a place where many local makers collaborate to showcase and sell their work. But, there is a waiting list and an approval process to be able to showcase your work. This means that you'll always have quality items to see and purchase, but you'll also be guaranteed a good variety of items. I've been there are a few times and its remarkable how many new things I see every time I go there. The Crompton Collective is located at 138 Green St in a classic mill building and is very easy to get to from the highway.
The Crompton Collective is great for:
Seeing local talent and a lot of unique pieces
Great place to showcase your work
Great for photographers looking for props and local items
Adding to your existing collection
Finding hard to find items
The Crompton Collective is not your average antique shop or collectors shop. You really have to go check it out for yourself to see that there is something in there for everyone.
As a photographer I could spend hours taking photos there. There is so much to see and at every turn you see something new.
To many Crompton Collective has quickly become a local landmark. Its easy to get to, looks amazing, has top notch items for sale and Amy, the owner, is super friendly and very passionate about what she does.
The second reason for my visit was to check out the White Room. As of 2015 the Crompton Collective will be hosting weddings in their White Room and I have the privilege to be one of the first photographers to cover a wedding there. I'll admit that I'm beyond a little excited about that. Amy was kind enough to show me around and also let me snap a few photos here and there.
Disclaimer: These are only a few quick photos I took today. You really have to visit to get the whole experience.
I can't wait to go back!!
Looking back at 2014 I recall several great moments, but one that really stands out to me is witnessing my good friend Eric get married.
We met playing soccer back in the day and remained friends ever since. . So when I heard he was getting married I was thrilled. Then, I was asked to photograph the wedding and I found out it would be in California. I'm ready!!
It was like a best case scenario and I was thrilled. It was so great seeing his parents and friends and getting to explore a part of California I'd never been to before.
The wedding was great and it was clear to me they were a perfect match. Of course I'm very proud of my friend and really happy for the two of them..
You guys are the best!!
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