Becca | Family Photos

We had the opportunity to photograph multiple generations of Becca’s family. They flew in from different parts of the country and their family photo session was one of the first times in a long time they were all together. There was a cool energy as all the cousins got together and played in the field in between (and during) some of the photos.

 
It was great meeting them all and I hope they can look back on these photos many years into the future and relive their reunion. Take a look at some of the highlights from the session below.

 


Shannon and Mike | Blithewold Wedding

You may remember Shannon and Mike from their engagement session that got rained out at the Scituate Reservoir last year. I knew from that day that they were going to be good sports about whatever popped up. We did the engagement session as soon as the torrential rains let up and we ended up trekking into the forest on the side of the road to get shots. Good stuff.

 

Fast forward to their Blithewold wedding over the summer and we found ourselves next to some woods again. And bamboo forests. And other such areas not normally navigable by a bride. Didn’t matter to these two. I mentioned we could probably get a cool shot and the next thing I knew we were hiking through who knows what to get the shot set up. The bridal party was in for anything, too.

 

They had a great wedding that all went really smoothly. Yet another awesome couple whose wedding we got to be a part of. We’re actually in process right now of creating their album so I’m excited to get that designed and in their hands soon!
All the best to both of you in your new marriage adventure!

 


Katie and Ben | Little Compton Engagement

Any early morning engagement session is a good one in my book. When it ends with going out to breakfast with the couple, it turns into an awesome one. I have to fully disclose up front that I love Katie and Ben. They are right at the top of the list of nicest people on earth.

 

We met up early at Sakonnett Vineyard and shot around the property under a grey misty sky. It was a little damp and we even had some raindrops falling on us but we used it to our advantage. We had the vineyard all to ourselves which was pretty cool. After that we went to some private property owned by Ben’s family. There were some old barn structures that had great textures that we used for some pictures. There was also an area in the yard that was really meaningful to Ben that we shot at.

 

I wish I had a picture of it but there was the most serious tree house I’ve ever seen on the property, too. It made me want to go home and start building one. We lit some shots inside a nearly pitch black barn and I love how they came out.

 
The last stop was down by the water where their actual proposal happened. The wind was picking up so we did our thing and then packed up. From there we headed over to a local breakfast spot to eat and shoot the breeze. All in all it was a great session. Definitely looking forward to their wedding this year! Some highlights below:



RI Monthly Best Of 2014

Better late than never, right? In our effort to catch up on the blog, some of these things are just a bit dated. This is one that kind of shows its age.

 

RI Monthly ran their annual Best Of event at the Providence Performing Arts Center when the weather was a bit warmer than it is right now. The event was huge and it was sold out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Performing Arts Center more busy.

 

Dan, Emily, and I covered the event for both photo and video. You can see the recap video below as well as a promo piece we did with RI Monthly and Svedka Vodka. Stars of the film were Will and Michaela from the Rhode Show and Heather Gersten from Lite105. They played that video to the audience as a way to introduce the contestants for the mixed drink contest.

 

The night started off with some general mingling around with food trucks, the Cranston West marching band, and Paws (the Pawsox mascot). From there people moved into the auditorium and up on stage to sample the drinks that were entered into the contest. Everyone was seated after that and our video was shown. Awards were then given out and the winner of the contest announced.

 

Once that was over it was a party, with a bunch of vendors out in the lobby area with food and drinks (Dave’s Coffee killed it with their drinkable frozen coffee milk concoction). People also flooded through an area we had set up so they could take a photo with their award. That was insane.

 

There were a bunch of local VIPs in attendance. Mayors, governors, etc… It was a big ordeal and pretty cool to be a part of. Looking forward to this year’s event again.

 


 



 

Kristen and Anthony | Jamestown Engagement

It’s nice to shoot in a different spot than Newport from time to time. Nothing against Newport, it’s just so nice that it’s extremely popular for engagement sessions. Kristen and Anthony agreed to meet up in Jamestown on the water. There were docks, a view of the Newport Bridge (Senator Pell Bridge if you want to be technical about it), a little beach area, and a small town right behind it all.

 

We met up in the morning to get a good angle of light from the sun and started out in the water and beach area before the sun got too high. Once we made the most of that we hit the docks and took some shots there. We saved the little town area for last since the sun position wasn’t as critical because we had some buildings around us to cast some shade.

 

We found a bunch of good spots on the street that were public. Toward the end of the session we walked by a restaurant that had an open dining area on the side of the building. I looked at Kristen and Anthony and looked back at the restaurant. “Do you want to run in there and take some shots?” I asked them. “Let’s do it” they responded. My kind of couple. I did a little quick recon work to see if there was anyone in the restaurant (they were closed, after all). I heard the clinking of glasses and dishes in the kitchen area. They must have been prepping for lunch opening. I reported back and we decided to see how much we could get done before we got discovered and kicked out.

 

We ended up getting a bunch of cool shots. When we were satisfied we took off. Success. It really isn’t a shoot unless you do a little trespassing. Looking forward to hanging out with these guys some more in June for their wedding!
Check out some highlights from their Jamestown engagement session below:

 


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Sabrina and Cody | Newport Engagement Session

I met up with Sabrina and Cody down by the water for their Newport engagement session. We started a little ways off Thames Street to grab some photos that were more of a beach and water theme. We caught a grey day but used it to our advantage and tried taking some dramatic type shots.

 

Once we had enough of the beach area we took a walk through the streets near the wharfs and found some cool backdrops. We stumbled into an old shipyard and found some sweet colorful boats and some other really nice locations. After that we headed back to the place they were staying at to get their dog do a few shots with the three of them to finish off the session.

 

Sabrina and Cody are super easygoing and really great people. For the millionth time, we’re so lucky that when we do engagement sessions with our clients it’s like hanging out with friends with a camera in our hands. Looking forward to their wedding coming up soon in April!

 


Courtney and Ted | Little Compton Engagement

Courtney and Ted had asked if we could do their engagement session on some property in Little Compton. I agreed and we made plans to meet up super early. I think it was sometime before 6AM. I love when people want to do that. It shows me that they mean business when it comes to getting awesome pictures!

 

Anyways, I drove down there on a nearly empty tank of gas because no gas stations were open when I left my house (something like 4:45AM or a little after). I figured I could make it – no big deal. GPS took me to a closed gate at the end of the road with a sign that said all sorts of things about not trespassing. I looked at my gas tank. Dead empty. I looked at my cell phone. No service. It was just about 6AM and I wanted to call Courtney and Ted to see where exactly to meet as I wasn’t familiar with the area. Well, we’re survivors and half our job is figuring things out, so I ended up climbing a stone wall and holding my phone as high in the air as I could. Low and behold a bar of service appeared. I dialed their number and got in touch. Ted said it was fine to move the gate and drive through. I crossed my fingers and turned my key. My car turned on and I was able to get down the road to where they were. It was a little beach area off the beaten path. It was pretty sweet.

 

We shot all around the beach and rocks and then I was told about a diving board fixed to the top of a stone wall. Ted jokingly said he wanted to jump it (it’s something they have done in the past) and I quickly replied that I would if he did. Yes, I know, just like middle school. After the two of us went back and forth like 12 year olds, we decided to both jump it. We climbed the rock and I took some shots of Courtney pushing Ted off the ‘cliff’. We got some cool pictures. Then I set my camera up and had Courtney press the shutter button while I jumped into the water… wearing jeans. Hey, sometimes in life you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and something like having pants on shouldn’t stop you.

Ted proposed to Courtney over a game of backgammon with custom die. That’s what those pictures are all about in case you were wondering. To make this session even more awesome, we got back in the cars and drove to Tiverton Four Corners to get ice cream (yes, at 7:30 in the morning) and take more pictures! Courtney and Ted followed me to the nearest gas station to make sure I didn’t break down and then patiently waited while I pumped gas. They’re a class act.

 

We already did their Hope Club wedding and that’ll be showing up on the blog in the near future. For now, some highlights from their engagement session!


Samantha and Tim | Barrington Engagement

Samantha and Tim were looking to do their engagement session down in Barrington which is a meaningful spot to them because of growing up there. Blue skies and white clouds greeted me and Emily when we showed up. We photographed around the water and on some docks and then felt like we used those spots for all they were worth.

 

There weren’t a lot of other spots in the area since the surrounding streets at the lake were all residential. In true Blueflash fashion we decided to walk the streets and find yards that had good things to shoot. A little bit of trespassing later and we had ourselves a well rounded engagement session. Nobody came out and kicked us off their lawn so we counted that as a plus.

 

We’re looking forward to these two fine people’s wedding in July. Can’t wait to watch them get married and document their day for them! See you guys soon!

 


Vac | Providence Headshots

In between the weddings and engagement sessions we sneak in a few other things. One of them is headshots. Whether people are putting together a look book for acting, needing some formal corporate type of photo to promote themselves in the workplace, or just need a professional photo for the hundreds of different places online that you need a photo of yourself for, we’re happy to do these types of sessions.

 

Vac falls into the first category. He’s appeared in some TV shows and is continuing to pursue his acting career. He wanted some photos of himself to send to casting directors so he can land his next big role. Vac and I met in Providence and took his headshots in a few different locations.

 

All the best to you Vac, hope to see you on screen soon!

 



Gabrielle and Paul | Galilee Beach Club Wedding

We had the pleasure of capturing Gabrielle and Paul’s wedding at the Galilee Beach Club. They were coming in from out of state so we took a ride down beforehand to do some scouting for them. On our trip (Emily and I went to check it out) we stumbled upon an ice cream shop and a few other good spots. When the wedding day arrived, the skies were dark grey and looking pretty menacing.

 

Like we do with anything like that, we just rolled with it. It helped that Gabrielle looks like she fell out of a magazine. The rain held out for awhile. During the getting ready things were dry and it even held out for first look and some creative shots afterwards. Since it was so grey we busted out some lights and made some pretty cool shots with the Newport Bridge behind them and the bay. Then it came down. Hard. We jumped in the cars and headed to our indoor location – the ice cream shop.
We bought a cone and set up a light and we were back to taking photos. We grabbed a few shots inside the shop and then packed up and headed back to the Galilee Beach Club. Miraculously by the time we got back the rain had subsided. Gabrielle and Paul decided to stick with their outdoor ceremony plan so we soon found ourselves on the beach witnessing their marriage.

 

The rest of the night went as smoothly as you could hope for. They had cool little details everywhere and all their guests had a great time celebrating with them. Thanks so much for having us and all the best to your married lives together!

 



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