The Emily and Peter Sessions | Styled Shoot

 

There’s so much I can say about Emily and Peter’s styled shoot I don’t even know where to start. From conception to execution to post-production, this whole thing was so cool to be a part of. The goal was to pull the whole Blueflash team together, bring a hair and makeup team on board, find an awesome location, and make some awesome images.

 

I think it was a success in every aspect. Emily and Peter were the perfect couple for the shoot. They had just the right look for the location, which was Watson Farm in Jamestown, RI. We couldn’t have hit it any better with the light that day. I’m pretty sure we caught the only good day sandwiched between weeks of rain on either side.

 

The girls from Glamma, Inc. provided their expertise with the hair and makeup (Peter even got a little treatment, which I don’t think he was expecting). They did an awesome job and stuck around to see the whole thing through as well. Having them there let us really maximize our time by getting different looks throughout the shoot. The whole thing probably lasted a little over four hours from start to finish.

 

It was a team effort, for sure. Big thanks to Glamma Inc. for the hair and makeup, my wife Tara for helping through the planning process and getting/making props, Rachel and Nathan for the extra hands throughout the night, Watson Farm and the use of their awesome location, the Blueflash team, and of course Ezra for being a pretty cool two-year-old.

 

Enough from me. To start us off there is the way cool film that Dan put together of the night. It’s only a minute and a half. Check us out, in full motion glory. Right below that is a mix of mostly behind the scenes (I’m a sucker for behind the scenes stuff) and a few final photos mixed in from the shoot. Be sure to check out the whole gallery to see a lot of the final images when you’re done here – Full gallery here. Enjoy!

 
 



 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

Emily & Peter Sessions - Styled Shoot - Blueflash Photography

 

As a side plug, definitely go check out Peter’s band (and his brother Nathan) at their Facebook page “The Brighter Field“.

 

Don’t forget to check out the full gallery here!

Introducing Blueflash Cinema!

This day has been in the works for a long, long time. We have been doing lots of stuff in the background over the last few months to get to this point. We are so excited to announce this new chapter in the Blueflash adventure – we are expanding out from the world of stills and now offering world-class wedding cinematography!

 

This service addition comes with the growth of our team. I love when we get to add people to the team. Meet Dan, our cinematographer. You can check out his bio on the about page to learn more about him. He will be the man behind the camera and producing cinematic films that are the perfect complement to your Blueflash wedding photography.

 

Dan Bio

 

Since the inception of Blueflash, I’ve always had the plan in the back of my mind to expand to offer cinema. I had to find the right person with the right style that would fit Blueflash. It was a hard position to fill because we wanted to maintain certain levels of quality that brides and grooms have come to expect from us, so I’m really excited that we found Dan and that he joined forces with us. We did our first wedding together not too long ago. He came along with myself and Amanda to Kat and Zach’s wedding (you’ll see that one on the blog soon). Check out the result (definitely recommend blowing it up to full screen and putting it on 1080P):

 

 




 

 

Hope you love it as much as we do! For all the brides and grooms that are already booked with us, get in touch if you’re interested in adding cinema to your package – we have a special introductory rate for you. We’ll have a page on the website dedicated to it pretty soon with some more details on everything.

 

Pretty awesome, huh?

 

Rebecca and Joe | Casino Wedding Photography

Rebecca and Joe got married at the end of May on a Sunday afternoon at the Roger Williams Casino. Their wedding ceremony was on the first floor of the casino and the reception was held upstairs.

 

Amanda came along as second shooter to this wedding and gave me a lesson on what orientation pear shaped diamonds are supposed to be in. Without her, I have to admit the ring photos would’ve had an upside down ring. Good call, Amanda.

 

The flowers at this wedding were outrageously awesome. One of the bridesmaids is the owner of Studio 539 on Wickenden Street in Providence. She poured her guts into creating everything for the wedding. The colors were rich and the bouquets were dense. I actually really enjoyed taking photos of all the flowers.

 

We went to a few spots around Roger Williams with the bridal party. When we got to the Temple to Music, the sky turned from sunny and blue to dark grey and menacing. The next thing we knew it was torrential downpours and it felt like hurricane winds were kicking up. Thankfully, as quickly as it came, it left. Other than that freak localized storm, we ended up getting great weather.

 

One other little tip you might like to stick in your Rolodex: the carousel at Roger Williams is apparently not fair game to take photos in. After I took a few pictures, the guy running the place kindly (read: miserably) informed me that it costs $50 to take photos there. We left.

 

Jack Hanna from Luke Renchan Entertainment kept the guests on the dance floor all night long. They also did an awesome job lighting the space with lots of uplighting. Russel Morin kept the masses fed with their always top-notch food.

 

We had our first “first viewing party” with Rebecca, her parents, Joe, his mother, and his sister. It was awesome! So much better to sit down together and look at the photos for the first time rather than just mailing out a USB drive.

 

Congratulations to Rebecca and Joe and thanks so much for having us be a part of your wedding!

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

 

Rebecca and Joe - Providence Rhode Island Wedding - Blueflash

Nicole and Jon | Boston Engagement Photography

Jess met up with Nicole and Jon in their hometown of Boston a couple weekends ago to do their engagement shoot. They ended up spending almost five hours roaming around the city and finding spots to use. They found some pretty awesome ones and everyone seemed to have a great time. Jess took advantage of the library architecture and the city streets of the town to get some photos with some Boston flavor.

 

Nicole was kind enough to add a few words for our blog post. Thanks Nicole! Looking forward to the wedding!

 

“Our engagement session with Jess last Sunday was a great experience! She was very receptive to travel up to Boston and go to numerous parts of the city for our photo shoot! She was open to our thoughts and ideas and had great spontaneous ideas of her own! The photos came out fantastic and truly capture our personalities and life here in Boston! This experience has made us even more excided for our wedding – exactly one year from this weekend!” -Nicole

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

 

Nicole and Jon - Blueflash Engagement Session - Boston

Teacher of the Year Laura | RI Studio Headshots

Laura is a good friend of mine who works as an art teacher in North Providence. She just happened to win teacher of the year at her school and is now prepping to enter into the citywide contest. From there she’ll go to regionals, then nationals, then wear the teacher of the year crown until next year.

 

Part of her application packet was a headshot requirement. This is where I come in. She said a black background was fine so Saturday afternoon I started setting up some lighting in the basement with a black backdrop. I then proceeded to annoy Tara by making her sit there while I adjusted everything. She lost interest after awhile and I resorted to the self-timer and running into the scene to try a self-portrait. She then came back and helped me out a little more.

 

When Laura showed up, the whole setup was ready to go. The photo session took literally four minutes. We dumped the photos to my computer, picked the one she liked most, and then we sat together while I edited. It was kind of fun to edit while the person was sitting right there. Her shirt was actually hot pink in real life, but we changed it to blue because we both thought it looked better. Scroll down for some behind the scenes info.

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura

 

A little behind the scenes for you photographer nerds out there (and you strobists) – All the lighting was done with speedlights. Below you can see the setup. #1 is an SB600 on a boom with a shoot through umbrella, #2 is a bare optically triggered YN560, #3 is a junky bare Sunpak, #4 is a bare SB600 behind Laura’s head pointing back at the camera, and #5 is a piece of white foam board carefully balanced on our laundry basket and our deep freezer basket to fill in some shadows from below. As for the rest of the stuff in the picture, well, I’d like to see how clean your basement is. Please notice the professional seating device – an old CRT TV. I would have liked to have her stand, but the ceilings are too low to set the lights up for a standing adult. Three lights were triggered with wireless triggers and #2 was optically slaved (I ran out of triggers).

 

As you can see, we don’t have a real studio space, but this should serve as an example of how you can make do with what you’ve got to get pretty good results. Speedlights used correctly can look like you’re using much larger studio strobes. Experiment!

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura

 

Rhode Island Studio Headshots - Laura

 

Alissa and Brian [Rhode Island Engagement Photography]

 

I met Alissa and Brian at Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton. It was their idea to shoot their engagement photos at a winery. I have to hand it to them, it was a really cool idea.
 
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When I woke up on the day of the shoot, big and fat snowflakes were falling from the sky. I was so pumped, I thought we were going to have the rare snowy engagement shoot. Unfortunately, on my drive to the vineyards, the snow turned to rain. What was originally really awesome weather for a cool shoot quickly turned into a nasty wet mess.
 
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On the bright side, the rain let up by the time I arrived. That at least let us shoot outside without getting soaked. Well, the ground was pretty wet so I ended up leaving with shoes and socks that looked like they were submerged, but it could’ve been much worse.
 
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Grey dreary skies are always a challenge, especially when you’re shooting something like an engagement which is supposed to be a pretty happy looking thing. You can either fight it or go with it. I chose to go with it on a lot of the shots, stopping down on the sky and getting it to look really dramatic. We came away with some pretty cool silhouette shots, too.
 
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Alissa and Brian brought some pumpkins they had carved with their wedding date on it for props. They also brought some wine glasses that were important to them and used them for a few photos.
 
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We roamed around outdoors and used some different parts of the property. When we were cold and wet enough, we headed back inside and found our way to the barrel storage room. We shot in there as well as the lobby of the winery. I think we made use of every area on the property. It was a really great place to photograph.
 
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Thanks for having me do your engagement photos. Hope you guys enjoy them!
 
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Massage Envy VIP Party [Rhode Island Event Photography]

Massage Envy had a VIP party for their best clients to show their appreciation. I am not one of their best clients. I am, however, a photographer who happens to shoot corporate events. That’s how I got my invite.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

The party was held at the East Greenwich location. There were caterers, free massages, and the Bluecube. It was a packed house. We were unsure how the Bluecube would do at an event where a lot of the people didn’t know each other. I’m happy to report that it still was a huge hit.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Amanda came with me as a second photographer to help out. Andrew was also there running the Bluecube and making sure things ran smoothly. I love taking a crew with me. They both were a huge help.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

If you do venture out to Massage Envy, don’t trust your GPS. You’ll end up in the woods about two miles down the road. If not there, you’ll be on the 95 on-ramp and your calm voiced GPS lady will be telling you you’re at your destination. I don’t think an on-ramp is where people feel like getting a massage.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Thanks so much for having Blueflash and the Bluecube be a part of your VIP night. Check out the full gallery of event photos right here and the whole gallery of the Bluecube images right here.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

The Converses [Rhode Island Family Photography]

I go way back with the Converse family. We had gone to the same church when I was growing up, Christa and I were in the same grade (and consequently in the same class of youth group), and her mom was a teacher in my class for awhile. Christa and I were also kindred spirit band geeks.


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We hadn’t spoken for quite a few years, and then out of nowhere I got an email from Christa asking if her and her family could take some family photos. It was a pleasant surprise and of course I said yes, so we decided on a location and set a date.

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They wanted to shoot in Lippit Park on Blackstone Boulevard. We met there on a (cold) Saturday morning. It was cool to see them all again, the three sisters and the mom and dad.

Newport Wedding Photography

We headed into Swan Point Cemetery across the street and took the bulk of the photos there. A cemetery might not seem like a decent place to take family photos, but if you frame out the gravestones then the rest of the property works pretty well. It was all pretty smooth except for when the security guard came and picked me up in his car and took me to the main office of the cemetery because I didn’t have a permit. Did you know you needed a permit to take pictures in a cemetery? Consider yourself warned.

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Five minutes later I had the paperwork filled out for the permit and I was able to go back and continue shooting. Minor hiccup.

Newport Wedding Photography

Everybody seemed to have a good time and I think they all look great. It was awesome hanging out with the Converse crew again after all that time. Enjoy the photos! Facebook album here.

Newport Wedding Photography

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Jessica and John [Rhode Island Wedding Photography]

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Have you ever pulled up to a building and felt like you just rolled onto some movie set that you didn’t think existed in real life? That’s the feeling I had when I got within viewing distance of The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Check this place out:


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Jaclyn and I (and the Bluecube) drove together to this wedding for Jess and John in the southwestern most tip of little Rhode Island. I began to go out of my mind with anticipation for how cool this place would be while Jaclyn remained calm and collected. It was a good balance, if you could call it that.

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Let’s just say that neither Jaclyn nor myself should be appointed leaders of an expedition to an unknown land. I’d be embarrassed to admit how many times we got lost in the hallways of The Ocean House trying to go from location to location. Move fast, move a lot, eventually you find where you’re going.

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Anyways, more importantly, Jess and John were great people and a pleasure to work with. Jess had some of the most serious shoes I’ve seen yet. Check these things out:

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John had a great sense of humor and a plethora of jokes to tell while we were hanging out before the ceremony. The bridal party consisted of John’s two kids, Jack and Violet. I hope we delivered for Jack – he was very concerned about getting a good profile picture for Facebook.

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It was a little cool outside but we braved the cold to get some photos. The band was awesome – Nancy Paolino and The Black Tie Band. I love bands at weddings. Flowers were done by one of the best florists out there – Stoneblossom. I should know, we had these guys do the flowers for our own wedding. They never disappoint.

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I also feel compelled to point out that there were some great toasts at the wedding, including one of the most heartfelt I’ve heard coming from Jack. Unfortunately photos fall short when it comes to conveying speeches, but here’s the little guy delivering:

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They also had the Bluecube (and Andrew, of course) at the wedding which was awesome to keep a lot of the little kids occupied. I started noticing guests wearing the Bluecube props on the dance floor after a little while. Full Bluecube album here.

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Great wedding. thanks so much for having us all be a part of your day. For more photos, head over to the Blueflash Facebook page. Direct album link – here. If you haven’t “liked” the Blueflash page yet, click “like” while you’re over there. Thanks!

Anna and Nate [Rhode Island Couples Photography]

Anna and Nate wanted to have some photos taken for their ten year dating anniversary. They chose Roger Williams Park for a location. The date we settled on happened to be the same day Hurricane Sandy decided to visit the East Coast.


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At the time, I didn’t have a smart phone, so I went directly from church to Roger Williams Park not knowing that Anna had sent me a Facebook message earlier that morning suggesting we wait until another day when the winds weren’t strong enough to rip roofs off of buildings.

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At no fault to Anna, I sat there and waited for fifteen minutes for them to show up, but it never happened. I decided it was best I went home to take cover. That incident, among other similar ones, has prompted me to finally get a smart phone. I am now a part of the 2000’s.

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Anyways… We set a date for a week later and met up at the park on a much nicer, much calmer, much less hurricane-y day. We drove around Roger Williams and took photos along the way.

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I’ve been there a bunch of times whether it be for family photos, weddings at the casino, weddings at the botanical gardens, or engagement shoots. Every time it’s a challenge for me to try to take some pictures of an area that isn’t totally overused and abused. At very least, try to shoot the location in a little bit of a unique way.

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I was happy with what we walked away with. Hope you guys love the pictures, and thanks for helping me move into this century of cell phone technology. I think I might’ve been the last person on earth without texting.

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