Alex and Kate, My Current Favorite for Spring Garden Portrait Session

Most of you who know me, or my business, know I am not a wedding photographer. It’s not that I hate shooting weddings, believe me, I love love as much as the next romantic. It’s that I hate shooting the WHOLE wedding. That sounds bad, but I cherish my weekends dearly, and while I love a good Saturday portrait session, I am not as interested in making a 12 hour day of it, only to end it by being stepped on by your drunk friends and family on the dance floor. Yup, that’s harsh, but that’s how it always ends up, as graceful as you’d like to think you all are.

What I love about weddings are the moments of LOVE- the walk down the isle, the exchange of vows, the portrait session, I SWOON over the portrait session of newlyweds! I am in love with all of this, which is why I shoot a few weddings a year where the couple really wants to focus on the portrait session.

Alex and Kate were the perfect match for me. PERFECT. They were having a small wedding with immediate family, and a sit-down dinner at the Four Seasons. They wanted their portrait session, just the two of them, to be a walk through the Public Garden. Swoon. They found me through our common interest- Baptiste Yoga, so obviously we hit it off right away, and I really wanted to do right by them.

Their ceremony was sweet and I captured some really great moments between them.

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We arrived at the Boston Public Garden just as the sun was going down, and clearly the photo gods were smiling at me because the swan boat pond that had been ugly and empty the previous day, had just been filled.

I stood them in front of the skyline and set up my shot, just as a group of kids, one covered in some type of food, start running straight for her white dress! What the?! Mom? Hello? Someone grab your kid before he ruins Kate’s wedding dress or runs into the freshly filled pond please. Apparently everyone thought Kate was a movie star (and who could blame them for this assumption), and I wasn’t the only one trying to photograph her.

Alex and Kate right after we managed to escape some 3 foot tall paparazzi

Alex and Kate right after we managed to escape some 3 foot tall paparazzi

Once we did some paparazzi control and shook the crowd, the walk was a quiet time for them to enjoy each other, minus a few waves of "oohs and ahhs". While we stopped to pose for a few shots, there were so many fun and genuine moments I was lucky to be able to document for them. With twilight setting in, just a little off camera light (thanks to my wonderful assistant Gretchen), made them glow.

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The "GQ" shot. No posing necessary folks, they are naturally this good looking.

The "GQ" shot. No posing necessary folks, they are naturally this good looking.

After our walk, we moved inside, because the Boston Four Seasons interior is GORGEOUS! That staircase... the vintage couch... I could have continued with this session for days. But we had let Alex and Kate return to their family, so we snapped a few candids before dinner, and called it a day. Perfect.

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Our last shot before I left them to enjoy the evening. I had to get this couch in there, that loving gaze is au' naturale, no posing here.

Our last shot before I left them to enjoy the evening. I had to get this couch in there, that loving gaze is au' naturale, no posing here.

I truly had such a great time with them. And what made them even better as a couple? They nailed the art of compromise and our viewing session was a breeze! Alex and Kate you can call me anytime.