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
Two years ago I photographed Jamie + Brian’s wedding at Misselwood in Beverly, Massachusetts. You might recognize one of their wedding portraits as the face of Juniper Studios! (Check it out as the cover photo on our Facebook Fan Page). Their wedding was held on a perfect fall evening with a light breeze and a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Just a couple of weeks ago we visited Lynch Park in Beverly and I had the pleasure of meeting their 6-month old son, Jax, and reuniting with Bear, their ring bearer pup. It truly doesn’t get much better than this in the world of family portrait photography. An adorable baby, a cooperative dog, gorgeous light, and one of the most photogenic couples on the planet. Thank you so much Jamie and Brian for entrusting me with your first professional family portrait! xoxo
A few years back I had the opportunity to travel to La Paz, Bolivia with LIMBS International to photograph their work in prosthetic clinics. LIMBS is an incredible organization that sends doctors and therapists to 9 developing countries, fitting amputees in need with low-cost limbs and educating local prosthetists on techniques and patient care. This was an eye-opening and life changing project for me. I met many people, doctors and patients and family members, who overflowed with compassion and shared both heartwarming and heartbreaking experiences. These photos are a part of their story.
Pictured above are two homemade limbs that patients came off the street with. Without access to medical care, some Bolivians are forced to craft their own prosthesis out of found items – in this case a pipe, some canvas straps, cardboard, and old socks.
Ricc Gonzales, a prosthetist from Texas standing at the entrance of the LIMBS clinic in La Paz.
Ricc showing a local prosthetist techniques on creating a knee joint.
La Paz, Bolivia.
This is Israel. A young and sprightly child, and a recurring patient at the clinic. He laughed at my Spanish and we played ball together in the courtyard.
Andrew, a prosthetist from Canada, Carlos, a prosthetist from southern Bolivia, and Ricc, a prosthetist from Texas.
Sweet, sweet Melanie. Full of curiosity and so excited to see pictures of herself on the back of my camera screen.
JP from Canada, helping at the clinic.
A soccer game in La Paz, with the town of El Alto in the background on the hill.
An early morning taping of three founders of LIMBS speaking on a talkshow – I’m told it’s like the “Bolivian Oprah.”
At the end of our time in La Paz, we organized a recreational soccer game. The best part? It was amputees versus staff.
Sylvia, a patient at the clinic, visits the local farmers market.
Traditional Bolivian dance.
When I arrived in La Paz, it happened to be a couple of days before Easter. I met Carlos – a Bolivian prosthetist who lived in Cochabamba, a city about 250 miles southeast of La Paz. He invited me to join his family for the holiday. So I flew from La Paz to Cochabamba with Ricc, the other Texan prosthetist. We stayed with Carlos for the weekend, ate a delicious Easter feast, and visited the second largest statue of Jesus in the world.
Carlos and his family, with myself included on the right.
Carlos in his home office.
And last but not least, it wouldn’t be a trip to Bolivia without hugging some colorfully decorated alpacas.
Last month I photographed Rutland High School senior Myles’s senior portrait session. A few weeks before his shoot I attended a wedding as a guest (a rarity these days!) at Wilson Castle in Proctor, Vermont. Sometimes it’s hard to turn off photographer-brain. At the wedding, every which way that I looked I saw great backdrops and potential for photo opportunities. The castle owner, Denise, was at the wedding so I approached her about doing some portrait shoots on her property. She was more than gracious and allowed us to wander around the castle for Myles’s senior session. The mix of textured backdrops, foliage, and beautiful light made it the perfect spot.
I’m still booking senior sessions for 2018 – we have a few slots available in the next month! Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Photography by Angela Stevens of Juniper Studios – Chittenden, Vermont based wedding photographer.
Kelsey and Phelan are co-owners of Pigasus Meats in South Hero, Vermont. South Hero is an island on Lake Champlain and they are blessed to be running a sustainable meat and egg production on arguably one of the most beautiful farms in Vermont. With stunning sunset views, sprawling grassy fields, and lots of (incredibly) friendly creatures, it would be truly difficult to take a bad photograph there.
Though, there were some unexpected challenges when I visited the farm for their hybrid engagement/business photo session. Upon entering the chicken field, I asked Phelan, “about how many birds do you have here?” His response was, “934.” I was surprised at his precise tally. When we hopped the electric fence, it was birds everywhere. Pecking our legs, boots, and when I knelt down to get some different angles they had no qualms about pecking my arms, camera bag, and camera. It didn’t hurt, but it certainly made me laugh and caught me off guard. I felt like the chicken whisperer. It was impossible to take 2 steps without tripping over chickens. Then there were Hank and Molly. Two beautiful, long haired sheepdogs that live with the chickens and protect them from predators. My, did they melt my heart! It took everything in me to stay focused and not turn the shoot into a dog portrait session. And finally, when we made it to the pigs I quickly learned how fast they are! Every time I knelt down to photograph a pig it would come excitedly charging over, so fast that I couldn’t snap a photo before it ran out of frame. So I would run ahead, camera bag bobbling at my side… turn around, and shoot photos rapid fire until the pigs quickly caught up and rubbed their muddy snouts on my pants.
We had such a joyful, fun shoot. I’ll take muddy snouts and abundant chickens over finding city parking and dealing with traffic any day. Kelsey and Phelan are such hard workers who care about the quality of life of their animals. I highly recommend Pigasus Meats for anyone looking for ethically-raised, delicious products. You can find them at the Burlington farmers market on Saturday mornings.
In just a couple of weeks I’ll be photographing Kelsey & Phelan’s wedding on the farm. I can’t wait!
Photography by Angela Stevens of Juniper Studios – Chittenden, Vermont based wedding photographer.