On cloudy winter days like today, I often find myself feeling nostalgic for the colorful days of fall. Who cares if I can’t feel my fingers when I walk outside?! Instead, I get my warm, fuzzy feelings from photos, like this particularly gorgeous session I found in my archives from back in November. I had a blast playing in the leaves with this sweet angel, and she really helped me appreciate the simple beauty of the season.
This has been a long time coming, so I’m very excited to finally share an article of mine that was just published in the Flutist Quarterly, the official magazine of the National Flute Association. When the editor contacted me back in 2013, I was really excited for the opportunity to draw parallels between my two passions: flute and photography. It was a difficult but fulfilling project for me, and I’m so excited to be able to hold the printed issue in my hands. If you’d like to read the article, you can find the magazine excerpt here.
Thanks so much to editor Anne Welsbacher for her help with this project, and to my flute mentor Paula Robison for her constant inspiration and guidance!
I feel so lucky that Katya and Vasily contacted me to be their post-wedding photographer! Although I no longer photograph wedding ceremonies, I really enjoy the chance to get to know couples in a more intimate setting.
Vasily and Katya had been together over six years when they spontaneously decided to tie the knot a few weeks ago. Their wedding day was particularly special because Katya’s father flew all the way from Russia to be there for the ceremony! As a couple, Katya and Vasily have such a special connection, and it was amazing to witness their first moments as husband and wife.
Together November 24, 2007 • Married February 21, 2014
:: Occupation: Graphic Designer/Visual Artist
:: Hometown: Astrakhan, Russia
:: According to Vasily, she is: beautiful, smart, creative, smiling, The Best One in the World!
:: Occupation: Athlete/Goalkeeper/Soccer Coach
:: Hometown: Astrakhan, Russia
:: According to Katya, he is: strong, mystic, romantic, wise, irresistibly attractive
How they met: ”We met six and a half years ago, when she worked as a teacher of German, and I saw her when I came to visit my teammate at his college. I wanted to get her phone number the first time I saw her, but I thought it would be too boring. So, I asked her email address and sent her an email the same evening. We started talking via email, then phone and later found out that we had been living one block from each other.” -Vasily
“At our first date, there was a feeling that we had been knowing each other all our lives, we were so alike. I felt like I was missing him all my life, that he was the one, the one for me in the whole universe.” -Katya
These four awesome guys drove all the way from Hartford, Connecticut to meet me for a session, and we spent an afternoon hopping around Boston. We spent a large part of the photo shoot at a subway station and definitely got quite a few stares and confused looks from strangers! After all, it’s not every day you see four guys wielding saxophones while waiting for the train! Another photographer even stopped to photograph us in action, and I got to steal a bit of the quartet’s fame for an afternoon ;)
If you have a minute, be sure to check out the Asylum Quartet’s website– it’s one of the best music websites I’ve seen! It’s beautifully simple, organized, and their new (huge!) images are all over the site. You can also find them on Facebook.
I’d like you to picture the audition weekend from hell: Your originally scheduled flight is cancelled, your rescheduled flight lands right before your audition time, you miss your seven-hour entrance exam, and you have to reschedule it for the day after your audition.
WELL, that happened to Nave, and not only did she handle the whole situation like a CHAMP, she also decided to be a total badass and have her headshots taken immediately after the audition. We had been trying to coordinate a session for the last few months even though we live in different cities, and since I was available in Boston, we made it happen!
A friend told me it was a nice warm day outside, but she may have been just a little incorrect. By the time Nave and I walked to the park, we were already shivering, and she hadn’t even taken off her coat yet! Looking back on it, our 20-minute mini-session was quite comical…my fingers were so frozen I could hardly press the shutter, and Nave, in between making “I’m freezing!” faces, looked like an absolute supermodel.
In the end, we got great photos AND a great story, and that’s my favorite kind of session. ;)
PS: Click here to see another favorite from Nave’s session on Facebook.