So have you ever been to Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford during the busy spring, summer, and fall seasons? A full Farm Market, playgrounds, blueberry picking, ice cream and fresh baked snacks, sweet Jersey corn, hayrides, apple picking, and Christmas bonfires!
What do they do in the winter months, you might ask? Well, they completely transform the Farm Market into a warm country setting for a family wedding! Leah and Chris were married in February, and I have to say that I was completely shocked at the AMAZING way the Market was utterly redesigned into a stunningly beautiful venue! The attention to detail – family furniture was brought in, table skirts made from neckties, cozy lighting, a beer tap wall, food stations, games to play – it was an incredible setting for a memorable wedding! I was so proud and excited that Leah and Chris chose me to photograph their evening! Just a handful of my favorites are below…
First, a shout out to my dear friend Allison at Allison Anne Studios – she needed some second shooting help for a recent Cape May wedding and gave me a call. Sure! I love Cape May weddings! I had wanted to brush up on some FILM shooting techniques, so I asked her if it was alright if I brought a few rolls of film to shoot while photographing for her. Congress Hall would be a perfect film backdrop, with its pastel yellow color! I clearly remember the videographer snickering at me as I loaded a roll into my Nikon F5, “that’s not actually film, is it!!??”
Yup – FILM! Beautiful film! There is a softness and elegance to film. There’s a subtle tone to it. Plus, there’s the release from that nagging little screen on the back of digital cameras. I love shooting film – I see more and more rolls in my future!
Thank you to Allison for letting me fire off a few rolls during her wedding shoot!
All images – Nikon F5 – Kodak Portra FILM
Holly and Vincent had a chilly November day with our first snow flurries of the year. I love cooler weather! I haven’t been to The Mill at Spring Lake in a long time, and it didn’t disappoint. Holly and Vincent, their friends and their family, were all just great. A fun crowd, we fit right in as we got rolling with some beautiful photos. Holly and Vincent were such an attentive couple, they photographed just awesome together. Which is why I chose this group of photos – I just wanted to highlight the two of them together!
When I first talked to Ashley and Steven on the phone and they told me they were getting married in Cape May, I though “Awesome, I love Cape May!” But once we started to talk about what kind of wedding they were going to have, I got even more excited – this was going to be just an awesome event! Casual, laid-back, intimate, elegant – everything I love. But… once I arrived in Cape May on that crystal clear October Sunday, and then saw the Peter Shields Inn, well, I was just in heaven…!!
I am always very happy with the photographs I take, I always give 110%. But, the 2 things I need the most for great photos are TIME and LIGHT – 2 things I don’t always get in abundance. So what I’m going to do from now on is label some of my best Sessions with simply “Time and Light.”
Following our time at Batsto, we headed to Becky and Matt’s Hambone Farm for their intimate wedding ceremony. Family and close friends celebrated under an open-air tent as games were played, stories were shared, and the fresh scent of surrounding blueberry farms wafted through the summer air. What an awesome Wedding Session!
A huge thank you goes out to Wharton Sate Forest’s Batsto Historic Village for letting us use the grounds. Both Becky & Matt and my studio were happy to stop by the Visitor Center on our way out to leave a generous donation. I encourage all other couples and photographers to do the same.
I also had the time to shoot a few rolls of FILM for Becky and Matt – all of the square images in this post were photographed with my Hasselblad 501cm on Kodak Portra 400 FILM.
Malinda and Joe (that’s Malinda with an “a” – I still remember to this day!)
Malinda and Joe were married in 2003, my third year in business for myself. I can still remember their wedding day at The Ram’s Head Inn, as well as I can remember their fall engagement session AND the pre-bridal session I photographed with Malinda at Longwood Gardens. I can recall placing the white sheet down for every photo, and then carefully tucking it under the dress, so we wouldn’t get the dress dirty before the June 13th wedding date! We got a beautiful photo by the big gazebo on the pond that I made into a studio canvas that I still have to this day!
This is one of the things that I love about being a wedding photographer – the people that I meet over the years, and the fact that they choose me to be with them at the start of their new lives together! I love when I deliver their beautiful custom album that will forever bring back the memories of that day. And, I love that each couple has an impact on me personally and how I photograph as I grow over time, as well. Amazingly, I see and hear from a lot of my couples every now and then – even couples from way back when.
Just today, out of the blue, I received a message from Malinda that she and Joe were heading back to The Ram’s Head Inn soon to celebrate their anniversary, that they had been looking through their wedding album, and that they had thought enough of me to check out some of my most recent work. It was great to hear from you! It’s great that you are still flipping through your wedding photos! It’s great that you are still a happy couple celebrating that day back in June of 2003! A toast to many more years!!
wonderfully back in 2003, all of their images were photographed with my Hasselblad and Nikon F100 on Kodak FILM