Today was a little rainy, but I decided to head out to one of my favorite spots in central MA. It is the Grist Mill at the Way Side Inn in Sudbury.
It is a great little area to visit year round to enjoy some local history and for the beauty of the location.
You will often find photographers there capturing family portraits, engagement sessions and even wedding parties. It is centrally located and offers a wide range of photo opportunities.
It is also a great place to wander around and capture nature as well. There is a stream, a bridge, a couple paths and a lake on the back side.
They also open the mill to the public where you can see how it once operated.
So if you find yourself in Massachusetts take a ride over to Sudbury and you'll find the Grist Mill at the Wayside Inn.
I've been going to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden for several years now. I found it when I started really getting into my first "better than the average point and shoot" a few years ago. If you've never been, you have to check it out.
There are gardens all over the place and often have flower shows that bring people from all over the Northeast.
It is a great place for kids as well as they can run around or partake in a scavenger hunt or some arts and crafts.
They also offer a variety of classes from gardening, to painting and even photography.
It is a highly sought out location for engagement sessions and weddings a like.
If you visited a few years ago it has changed a lot. They added another hall and a water fountain area as well.
There is usually some sort of exhibit to enjoy indoors as well as trails around the perimeter.
During the summer there are craft fairs, petting zoos and plenty of exhibits.
And, if you decide to stay they have a fantastic in-house restaurant. Menus are always delicious and very relaxing with indoors and outdoor seating.
I wanted to post some information on some of my products.
These are 4.5x8 books that unfold to showcase 7 customizable panels. These are hardcover and made with high quality materials.
The whole book design is custom. You can put wording on the binding or anywhere you please.
Photo sessions - flaunt your favorite photos in a super portable sized book
Engagement sessions - remember those emotions leading up to your wedding
Weddings - don't need a 20 page parent album? Look no further than the Accordion Book to highlight your favorite wedding moments
- newborn, 6 month, 12 month, 18 month and 2 yr photo sessions
An accompany Accordion Book with each of your child's milestone moments really keeps those memories fresh
Accordion Minis are becoming more and more popular for their pocket size and exceptional quality. These are built with the same material as the Accordion Book, but in a smaller size. In addition, these Minis have 11 panels to customize!
Photo sessions - these are a must for newborn and child portraits. With all of those cute photos having 11 panels and a front and back cover to fill up you can't go wrong. Also, these make for fantastic gifts for the grandparents!
Engagement sessions and Weddings - look at the new brag book!
Another option as the perfect milestone book!
I truly enjoy taking photos. With my first couple cameras I would take photos anything. I'd find landscapes, birds, trees, bees and even my dog and just keep snapping away.
Over time you start leaning towards certain kinds of photos. And even start following some rules.
Landscapes : Horizontal photos
Portraits: Vertical photos
I would say that these are great starting points, but don't hesitate to mix things up. Think of what you are photographing and also how you'd like people to see them.
When I take photos at weddings and portrait sessions I make sure to take both horizontal and vertical shots.
The horizontal photos can end up being used for a two page spread. This is for both scenes and portraits.
Even if you're thinking to yourself "I don't know if there is a photo there if I change perspectives" give it a chance. Possibly you see a whole new photo or get an idea for something new.
In some lifestyle portraits the background is just as important as your subject. So you might want to step back and capture the scene as well.
Or maybe you are trying to get a nice detail shot to accompany a portrait or scene. These smaller photos can help with the story you're trying to tell.
So give it a try. Please look at the two photos below and you'll see that it's the same subject, but they both have a slightly different message.
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