Tony and Cleo – Medfield Gazebo Players – August 2012

“Of all the gin joints in all the world” … Tony had to walk into Cleo’s! 

Yes Anthony and Cleopatra … Greece and Rome came together in this romantic romp as told by the bard William Shakespeare and performed by the Medfield Gazebo Players. 

 

I was just there to see the show, but I knew that this performance was going to be interesting so I brought my camera.

This group does such a good job, the sound, costumes and performances were really nice.  I knew a number of the actors and I know how hard they worked on this performance.

 

The weather report was for rain – but not until later – so the performance was held outside.  

 

Well they almost got the whole thing in, but just before Cleo has her great dying scene the thunder sounded, the skies opened up and I made a beeline, with camera safely inside my shirt,  for the dryness of my car.

So I guess that I’ll never know if Cleo and this play have a tragic end.  … oh she does?  (HA!)

The Signature Drink at the Wedding Reception {Wedding}

“The First Drink” refers to that “first drink” that everyone orders during the cocktail hour at the  Wedding reception (while the Bride and Groom are having their formal pictures taken).
It is a term that strikes terror into the hearts of bartenders everywhere.  Because it takes forever for the bartenders to prepare and serve all of those custom drinks (“I’ll have a Louisiana Shooter, two Spider’s Kiss and a Nightmare .. Please”) … there has to be a better way!
The best solution to this dilemma that I’ve seen is the “Signature Drink”.  It’s a fun & fruity, very colorful, kind of bubbly, not too sweet, not too high in alcohol drink which can be premade by the venue and served in a nice glass.
Now the title “signature drink” has nothing to do who made it or what’s in it!  It can be a fruit juice/ginger ale base, it can have orange slices and cherries in it, gin, vodka, served in a martini glass, plastic fluke whatever. It just has to be the only drink that is available when the guests arrive. Everyone will grab one and be very happy.
It’s the perfect drink for the cocktail hour because it can be made with and without alcohol, looks totally classy so girls and guys can feel good holding it (think school uniforms … no one looks any different than anyone else), kids can have the same (looking) drink as the adults and it’s inexpensive for the venue to produce.
I can’t take credit for this idea though. I recently attended an event hosted by The Knot for their “Best of Weddings 2012” (me!)  and when we arrived at the reception, there lined up on the bar were 100 (this is a guess, I’m not a savant …HA!) glasses of “signature drinks”. As I picked up my own “signature drink” I thought to myself “and the solution to a bartender’s terror is resolved”.
Bartenders rejoice – guests will no longer be able to play “stump the bartender” to impress your friends by ordering a fancy drink which has 150 year old tequila and some eye of newt in it while 150 other guests are standing behind them … and all they wanted was a nice cold bottle of Rolling Rock ! 

So, You’re welcome.   HA!

Bethany Merlin – 2013 Senior Medfield High School

I’ve been looking forward to posting some of the images from Bethany’s session since we shot them. 

 

We got such a mix of looks and the time flew by.  Which keeps the energy level high and the smiles fresh. 

 I do love it when I can grab a pair of sunglasses out and the image just pops!  I think that blue is Bethany’s color.

 She really is a classic.

Travis Roy Foundation Spring Fling {Event}

It was such a gala atmosphere the evening of the recent Travis Roy Foundation Spring Fling which was held on April 21st at the beautiful Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston MA.
 

Everyone was in a party mood from the moment they arrived.  I started photographing the people just enjoying the night and Everyone wanted a picture with Travis.  I kept going up to Travis after a few shots and saying “have you had enough?” … but he just said “let’s keep going”.  I think it must be tough to be that popular.

Then it was time to head into the main ballroom for some serious celebrating!
 But first Travis took a moment to thank his Foundation’s supporters for all of their help.  His mission and that of the Travis Roy Foundation is a personal crusade for Travis and he made it clear that what they have accomplished with their help has changed so many lives.

The band for the evening was MIdnight Goggles  and the crowd loved them. ( As you can plainly see from the images) .

 

Now I will typically take some photos of the food … but I have to say that I simply forgot.  You see, I was too busy enjoying the super – fabulous – incredible desserts !  That and trying to capture images of the crowd who were having a great time!


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Britta & James { Engagement }

Britta and James Love Story had a “rocky start” – you see they are both attending a prestigious Dental school and their teacher made them sit together … in alphabetical order. Oh yea, really! And they really didn’t like each other at first. But as fate [and all great – epic Love stories go] they soon found that they had a lot in common and they fell in love! … I know – I sort of compacted the story! HA!

The day of their Engagement session we met in Boston with plans of walking over to Marlborough street to the exact spot where Jimmy proposed to Britta on the sidewalk, under the light of a lamp post which is right outside her apartment. 

The closer we got to Marlborough Street the more they talked about just how special this spot was to them.
We stayed there for a little while – taking a few photographs and talking about that night when Jimmy asked one of the most important questions of their lives … and how Britta said YES!
It was a perfect day

Rich Morton Brings his Class on A Field Trip to the Studio

Rich Morton, a good friend and fellow photographer brought his photography class by the studio to learn more about posing and lighting.  So of course we started outside with sunlight – an excellent light source … and wicked bright!

Then it was time to ride “the tower of terror” freight elevator up to my studio, which I guess by the look on their faces was fairly exciting ! We used strobes and constant light sources and I got to get some awesome shots of the class for my portfolio. ( now where did I put all of their signed client releases … hmmmm )

With classes like this one, I like to show them that “light is light” and that it’s how you light the subject and not what light you use that can make a great image possible.

Rich (by the way) is an awesome character actor … he’s the one making the faces in the video.

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Grease – Walpole High School – Walpole MA {Performance}

I love shooting high school shows. They’re fun for both the actors and the audience.  It’s kind of like a big “group hug”.

Walpole High School – in Walpole MA recently did Grease – The Musical. All the Greasers and Pink Ladies were there at Rydell High for a journey back to a time when you could get wicked “greased back” and kick some serious boooo-tay! Although I don’t think that the word ” boooo-tay” came along for a few years.

I got the chance to realize that even those sweet Pink Ladies were tough … so you had better be careful what you say or you’ll be eating all your meals through a straw … Hey … I’m talkin’ at “chew” knucklehead ? Got it! HA! 

Everyone was either a nerd, a jock or a greaser . Oh yea, these were good times … good times!

 

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