Samantha and Greg are getting married at Killington Resort this summer and they come up from Connecticut to snowboard often, so naturally we decided that a winter mountain engagement session was the perfect fit! We met up on a chilly February day to adventure around the base of the mountain. I spied the wooden bridge across the pond and asked if they’d be willing to trek over to do a few photos on it. They said yes, despite the face that there was no shoveled path and we had recently gotten some fresh snow. We had some laughs as the snow was well above our knees in some places, but still we hiked on.
We followed our noses over to the waffle cabin (which is about 25% of why I enjoy skiing) and watched the mid-afternoon sun start to dip behind the slopes. Sam and Greg had never been to the Inn at Long Trail which is one of my favorite après ski spots, so we ventured over for a Guinness and some tasty Irish apps. It was a wonderful afternoon and I’m looking forward to celebrating with you on your wedding day! xo
“Give me your best ‘I love waffles’ face!” Clearly, Sam loves waffles more than Greg. 🙂
I just returned from a long weekend in Mexico with my sister. It’s hard to come back to the cold after soaking in the 80-degree sunshine, but the silver lining is that snow globe life is pretty doggone beautiful! The Mountain Top Inn and Resort is a picturesque wedding venue in my town and has one of the best views around. Jayde and Glen adventured with me for an afternoon in February and we took advantage of Mountain Top’s free sleds in the back yard!
We hiked up to the arbor where the summer weddings are held. I sat them down on the wooden fence for a photo, just as the horse-drawn sleigh was going by the in background! I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried. The second photo down is one of my favorites from engagement season. Thanks you two for a fun and snowy afternoon! Sled wipeouts and all. 🙂 xoxo
Earlier this month I met up with Michelle and Dave at the Farmhouse Inn at Robinson Farm in Woodstock, Vermont for their winter engagement session. I have driven by this inn so many times on my way into Woodstock, and my husband always comments on how beautiful their giant red barn is. There are many beautiful red barns in Vermont, but this one is an unmistakable 5-story tower of rustic magnificence! On the bottom floor are stables for horses, and up above it turns into a spacious and charming reception room, and above that, a separate open-air space for cocktail hour.
I had only met Michelle and Dave via FaceTime up until this point, so we decided to have our initial meeting and engagement session at their wedding venue, the Farmhouse Inn. We were greeted by kindhearted innkeepers Tory and Barry, and their giant curly-haired bear of a dog named Ben (see the last photo in this post!). We got the full tour of the inn, barn, and grounds, then had an absolute blast playing and jumping around in the snow. Thanks for a fun time you two… I cannot wait for your October festivities! xo
Last weekend I had the privilege of photographing Jessica + Mike’s engagement session at Stratton Mountain in Southern Vermont. Mike’s family owns a house just off the slopes and we had so much fun exploring together! We checked out the picturesque covered bridge in town, as well as Stratton Village and the nearby golf course. Freezing temps and a little light drizzly fog had nothing on us! We even found a little color in an otherwise gray winter setting. “Go sit on that guard rail in front of that dying bush…” sometimes the smallest pop of color makes a huge difference photographically, even when it may not look the best to the eye! Thanks, Jessica and Mike for trusting me with your winter engagement photos.
Taylor and Joey were married in Tinmouth, Vermont last month. The day started out hot and humid, and as getting ready photos were underway we watched the dark clouds roll in. They had planned to have their ceremony in a field, but after the thunder and lightning began they made the call to have the ceremony under the reception tent. 200+ people huddled in as it started pouring rain, and the ground got soaked, even under the tent! Fortunately, some forward-thinking men grabbed some plywood boards to put down on the soggy grass so that the bride and bridesmaids wouldn’t get their gowns all muddy.
The weather cleared after the ceremony and we were able to do some portraits in the gorgeous field on Taylor’s family property. During the reception Taylor and Joey received a unique, surprise wedding gift… GOATS! Her reaction was over-the-top excited, in the best way! Joey’s reaction, though a little uncertain, was pretty incredible too. Family and friends danced the night away, and the evening concluded with some fireworks! Thank you so much for choosing me to document your special day. Congrats T + J! <3
Last weekend I had the honor of traveling up to Jericho, Vermont to shoot family portraits for the Pratt family. They’ve spent the last few years working through the ups and downs of the adoption process. This past August Jaclyn and I were on a girls vacation in Mexico. The day after we arrived, Jaclyn received a phone call from their adoption coordinator saying the process was ready to move forward and they were able to pick up their daughter. It’s the moment they had been waiting years for! And… we were in Mexico. A couple thousand miles away.
After a few moments of sheer excitement mixed with utter panic, a plan began to formulate. I had been the one to book our plane tickets to Mexico, and just happened to choose a flight with a layover in Philadelphia. And where was Justin and Jaclyn’s beautiful adopted daughter located? Philadelphia. In an amazing twist of divine intervention, Jaclyn and I proceeded to have a couple of relaxing days on the beach before boarding the plane to Philadelphia. As we were landing, a giant rainbow displayed itself in the sky (see photo at the bottom of this post). Never have I experienced so clearly and intricately answers to long-awaited prayers. God’s goodness and faithfulness radiated through this whole experience.
Jaclyn and I parted ways in the airport, and her husband Justin drove down from Vermont with their older daughter Annabelle to rendezvous and meet their new daughter, Ellie. They stayed a few days in Pennsylvania and then returned home to Vermont as a family of four. Thank you for allowing me the honor to capture your family portraits, beautiful friends. <3
Below: iPhone photo of the rainbow that appeared in the sky as Jaclyn and I landed in Philadelphia, hours before meeting her new daughter.
Alexa, Jake, and Adra moved to Vermont this past summer. We met in November and became close friends quickly. Whenever you see new people around the same age in rural Vermont… you make friends. They moved here on a whim because of their love for the outdoors and desire for a change, and I’m so, so glad that they did! With another daughter on the way (2 more weeks!), I was honored when they asked me to photograph their family portraits. Alexa said that she wanted snow, so we trekked out to one of my favorite places on the planet, the Chittenden reservoir. It wasn’t the warmest day in the history of Vermont, but had fun, frozen fingers and toes and all!
I capture the “real life” moments, too. 🤣
I recently met up with plant-based personal chef, Roxane Johnson De Lear, to make portraits of her cooking in her Vermont home. Founder of Vege Joy, she is a passionate culinary nutrition expert who works with individuals and families to plan and cook healthy meals. She is amazing at creating tasty vegan and veggie-based dishes for all palates. Roxane a blast to be around, and her colorful personality shines through in her creative cooking. We spent an afternoon in her home kitchen as her 3-legged dog Lulu watched on and she whipped up some delicious dishes. I wasn’t upset that she made way too much food and sent me home with a doggie bag.
Check out a sneak peek from our afternoon in the Vege Joy kitchen below!
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing for Oregon Tilth Magazine. They wrote a wonderful feature article about The Food Project – a nonprofit farming organization in the Boston area that empowers local youth by teaching them through sustainable farming and social justice workshops. I also had the privilege of being The Food Project’s CSA Manager for 2 years when I was living in Massachusetts, so this was a wonderful experience to come full circle, telling the organization’s inspiring story visually. One of my favorite portraits from the day even made it on the magazine cover!
Each year The Food Project works with over 120 teens and thousands of volunteers to farm on 70 acres in and around Boston. Over 60% of produce grown at The Food Project is donated to hunger relief. This article features stories of teens whose lives have been impacted by the program. The hard copy is photographed below, but you can read the online version here. I’m so thankful to Oregon Tilth for featuring so many of my photos in this beautiful 12-page spread.
This is the third year that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Yen, Lang, Mason and Avery for their annual family portrait session. It was a chilly fall day but they were good sports as we braved the temps and wandered around the beautiful Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Emotions ranged from silly to serious but we had a blast together! I appreciate families who are willing to wander around scouting out the good light while catching up on life. Thank you for entrusting me with your family portraits. 🙂 xo