marriage at the villa

raquel and tyreak got married at the villa in east bridgewater, ma. it was a cool venue that i’ve never been to before. i liked the room that the reception was in for its high ceilings made from wood beams. the lighting was more interesting than usual, with colored up lighting all along the perimeter of the room.

the ceremony was held outdoors on a perfect cloudless sky in front of a gazebo. i saw the gazebo and was dreading the idea of raquel, tyreak, and the officiant (tyreak’s grandmother) inside the gazebo rather than in front of it. shadows are horrific when people are under a gazebo on a bright sunny day. thankfully they stood in front of it and all was well.

the villa had some cool spots for some formal shots. i think i used some areas that no one else really bothered to use. there was an entrance hall to the building that i stuffed everyone into, in front of a non-descript wall, and a little patio area right outside a preperation room.

the coordinator was very nice and had good intentions, but i felt bad when she kept suggesting the typical spots on the premises for photos and i kept saying no thanks. apparently there was a golf course that is very popular for photos, but i tend to think golf courses are better suited for golf. i mean, golfers don’t call me up asking for studio time so they can practice their putting, so why should i go into their territory to take photos? yeah that’s a stretch, i know.

anyways, i had met raquel and tyreak a while back for an engagement session at roger william’s park and have been looking forward to their wedding for some time now. best of luck in your marriage and thanks for having me at your wedding!

one guy in a roomful of girls

i had the opportunity to shoot nicole’s shower one sunday afternoon and trying to preserve some memories for her. the shower was at the crowne plaza in warwick, ri.

when i showed up i was very pleased to find a naturally brightly lit room thanks to the translucent ceiling and strong outdoor sun. it was perfect, diffused, bright light and it was a pleasant surprise to not have to throw on my flash all day.

nicole is having a baby boy sometime before christmas rolls around. we’ve got some maternity shots scheduled for later in september down in the narragansett area that i’m looking forward to.

it was a bit strange to be at a one-hundred percent female event and being the only guy but everyone was very nice, including the grandma who encouraged me time and time again to have something to eat. i asked her if she was italian because that’s what all the italian females in my family do – tell you to eat. then eat some more. then just have a little more. you don’t want to offend them, do you?

stay tuned for the maternity shots popping up on the blog at the beginning of october. thanks for letting me a part of your event…

cara and chris and extreme heat

not too long ago i had an engagement session with cara and chris out in smithfield, ri. we had plans to meet at the smith appleby house which is 1) a historical home in smithfield with some nice grounds, and 2) the place where my wife and i got married a couple years back. upon pulling into the parking lot i discovered way more cars than just our two and a nice sinking feeling set in my stomach. i jumped out of the car and immediately investigated the situation with my stealth recon moves and found a group of people down by the dock area with a whole slew of kayaks on the ground.

we were in a race against the sun setting, so i decided to just make a go of it and take our chances at someone throwing us off the property. it ended up working out; the kayakers either barely noticed us or didn’t care about us and eventually they disappeared down the river.

it was probably the world’s hottest evening. i have to admit i was sweating like an animal (do animals sweat?). we actually only ended up shooting for an hour but we got plenty of shots. none of us could really take the heat for more than that so we made a collective decision to quit.

check out more shots from their shoot on the facebook page. best of luck to cara and chris as they get married in the next couple of months. thanks for hangin’ out…

seven months of raph cooking

my wife and i went apple picking at jaswell’s farm on a recent saturday for two things – 1) her seven month maternity shoot and 2) to pick apples. we ended up getting to the farm early in the morning and it turned out to be the first day they opened the apple picking area. i’ve never seen so many apples on the trees. usually we end up going in the middle to end of the season and you need a bucket truck and an oxygen mask to get the one apple left at the top of the tree. it was actually overwhelming to have so many apples to choose from. we could’ve done it with our eyes closed.

we took some shots while we were there and then we went to crescent park in east providence to hang out in the nice weather and so tara could ride the carousel (i wasn’t allowed to because i had to take pictures). i liked a lot of the shots we got, i think this was our best little photoshoot yet.

i took this one and i love it. it’s the background on my photo editing computer. tara doesn’t like it too much. we don’t usually like the same things for some reason. anyways, i like the shadow on the ground of the belly and how raph is written in the sand right near it. i wrote raph. i wish that was his name.

here’s a few more shots. he’s almost here, we’re getting really excited.

bluecube bustin’ at the seams

kerry and mike got married this past weekend in rehobeth, ma. there’ll be more about the specifics of it in a future blog post. for now i just wanted to share a select few of the shots from the bluecube. they had both the bluecube at their wedding and blueflash shoot their wedding (a highly recommended combo). here’s me and the happy bride and groom:

people seemed to love having the bluecube there, almost every time i looked over at it there was a line of people waiting to get in there! i thought it was awesome. here’s some shots… to see’em all go to the bluecube page by clicking right here

the hurricane that wasn’t

hurricane shmurricane… earl rolled in last week and gave us a little bit of rain here in rhode island. i set up my camera for some stop motion action. this video was shot once per minute and then run back at eleven shots per second (the equivalent of seeing eleven minutes per second). it was shot over a seven hour period.

photos taken at constant exposure, so the darkening and lightening is actually what the weather was doing throughout the day.

i found it to be mildly entertaining so i thought i’d share

tara is prego

these shots are a combination of two shoots that me and my wife did with a few weeks in between each one. i guess technically they would be a five month shoot and a six month shoot. people always ask why i don’t take more pictures of tara. the truth is, she never really wants me to. she gets mad at me for making her move her arm or look toward a certain place so she usually doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.

having raph in her belly changed her mind. now it’s maternity shoots once a month starting at month five. it’s cool, taking pictures of raph before he comes out.

we went to woonsocket for month five. kind of a strange destination, but i wanted to try somewhere i wouldn’t normally go with a client. it turned out ok, i wasn’t thrilled with the backdrops though.

for month six we went to newport for night. we took shots until the sun went down and then tara got lured into the black pearl, a restaurant that feels the need to charge about thirteen bucks for a hamurger. don’t they sell these for eighty-nine cents at mcdonalds? at least the film was free.

so raph is almost here as of this writing – a little less than two months. i built the crib last night. so strange. we’ve got plans for a seven month shoot this saturday, so long as hurricane earl doesn’t disrupt them. make sure you all go buy your bread and milk before it hits.

the bluecube invades ed and laura’s wedding

you may remember ed and laura from awhile back when i did their engagement pictures. you might not. it really doesn’t matter either way. the point is, they had the bluecube at their wedding. ed is a good buddy of mine so i was a groomsman in the wedding, not a photographer. it was interesting being on the other side of the camera for the wedding photos. if you see me in the bluecube shots, that’s why. i don’t want you all to think that i would jump in the bluecube at your wedding if you rented it. here’s me and my buddy matt and our new bridesmaid friends.

people seemed to have a really good time taking goofy pictures all day. the bride, laura, brought some colorful props which worked out awesome.

i’ve got to figure out a way to keep the ‘walls’ of the bluecube from getting moved when people enter and exit from the wrong sides.

i love how all the colors pop like crazy. i definitely recommend taking a stroll over to the bluecube gallery page and checking out all the shots. even if you don’t know the people i think they’re still funny to look at.

there’s the bride with some of her bridesmaids (bride in white for those of you not familiar with wedding attire)

proud parents of the groom

listen, go check out the album and go rent the bluecube. that’s all i have to say.

‘i do’, wiffle ball, ice cream bars and zombies

julie and mike got married at the quidnessett country club on a recent friday night. there were some special guests. they were green. they were the zombies from thrill me llc, a group out in connecticut who will teach you the dance to thriller and then come crash your wedding. it was pretty cool when they made their entrance on the unknowing guests after mike and julie had their first dance. the bridal party and some family members including the mother of the bride flooded the dance floor with the zombies and danced to thriller for all of the guests.

that was a first for me. check out the thrill me llc website if you have any events coming up that you need a green friend at. i also dined with them at the vendor table. have you had dinner with zombies? i have.

we got to take formal shots before the ceremony which let us have enough time to get a lot of shots. when i pulled into the parking lot of the place i spotted a wooden bridge out in the distance a bit and decided that’s where i wanted to go for photos. i asked the lady in charge at the country club if we could go down there and she said no. i asked again. she said no. i asked again. she said no. i kindly insinuated that we were going to head down there and take some pictures real quickly. she said no. i hinted once more that we were going to head down and be right back. she finally caved and told us it was at our own risk if we got hit with a golf ball. a quick check of the bridal party told me everyone was willing to take a golf ball to the head. it only stings for a minute. we used the bridge for a good twenty minutes or so and headed back for some shots elsewhere. i thought all was well until i got escorted into the manager’s office and scolded for going down to the bridge. turns out the lady told on me. oh well, we had already gotten the shots so the mission was accomplished. i thanked the nice man for my scolding and went back to the wedding.

mike and his groomsman were apparently big wiffle ball fanatics. how fanatical? umm, one of them brought a bat and ball to the wedding. salad was served and i felt a tap on my shoulder. it was a groomsman asking me to go outside, the wiffle ball game was about to start. i took some pictures of mike taking some swings and then he put the bat down and asked who was next. i threw my camera to a groomsman and grabbed the bat. let’s just say i played a couple wiffle ball games back in my day. so i had another wedding first – playing wiffle ball with the groom and groomsman during dinner.

dessert was an ice cream bar which i thought was a cool idea. the dj’s kept the music going all night long and had some neat laser light things shooting around the dance floor. besides feeling like i kept getting shot in laser tag i thought it looked pretty awesome. g&m music provided the tunes for the night.

these guys had a unique and fun wedding. it was awesome to see how good of friends mike and julie were in addition to now being husband and wife. all the best to you guys with your future, and like everyone else at the wedding said – may you soon have short little kids. thanks for letting me be a part of your wedding…

here’s a video (not taken by me) of the zombie dance

closet cleaning

i’ve been meaning to tackle the portfolio section on the blueflash site for quite some time now. every time i had a new shoot i’d tell myself i was going to update the portfolio with all the recent shots, take out the old ones and make a third category (weddings, life, and fashion). well i didn’t. i didn’t for so long that i felt like i was walking into this kind of a mess when i started it the other day…

image courtesy of digg.com
i vow to never let it go for as long as i have this time. i need to stay on top of it with each shoot, otherwise it becomes nightmarish to try to remember what shoots i’ve already pulled from and all that stuff. what a pain. does anyone want a job as a secretary? all i can pay you in is laughs and fun. i’m currently taking applications.
anywho, since i went through all the effort of reorganizing, updating, reordering, removing, adding, etc… it’d be nice if you could take a couple minutes and check it all out. go to blueflashphotography.com and click on ‘portfolio’ at the top. you’ll see that in addition to just weddings and life for categories that i’ve added bluefashion. it was time to split it off due to the amount of shots i had that fell into the fashion category.
i feel a lot better now. it’s the little things in life, ya know? i also had a great weekend in new hampshire with some crazy people doing a lot of outdoor stuff, so that could be it too.
what do you think of the new and improved portfolios? too many pictures in each category? not enough? just right? how do you like your porridge?
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