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A Personal Photography Project: “RI@Work”

I’m embarking on a personal photography project that I’d like to tell you a little bit about… but first, a little back story.

George Weir is a fantastic photographer that I had the pleasure of seeing speak a few years ago at a conference. I continue to follow his work and am inspired by his photography. He had this to say about fellow wedding photographer with regards to shooting for himself:

“I recall very clearly a conversation I had with an established wedding photographer in 1997. He stated that he never, ever, picked up a camera unless he was photographing a wedding. He had no desire to. He was technically very proficient. His work was solid, albeit somewhat boring and, you guessed it – predictable. He left photography behind a few years ago.”

It’s one of the reasons why I started and eventually completed a picture-a-day blog in 2010, to keep my head in the game during the off season and down time. All the images were posted because I wanted to post them, not because the client dictated it. It was all about being creative every day, and not just when there was a job to shoot. Weir then shared the following perspective on embarking on a personal photography project:

“Personal projects are difficult and easy at the same time.
It is often difficult to know what to do.
They are easy because there are no expectations, of others, to satisfy.
They are easy because we get to choose what exactly to do, we can decide how much time and energy to devote to it, as well as deciding when.
They are hard because they can reveal our weaknesses.
That being said, they can be incredibly satisfying and even rewarding.”

I’ve been tossing an idea around in my head for a over a year now about starting a personal project of my own. I’d love your help in getting it off the ground. The idea is simple, it’s called: Rhode Island at Work. There is so much chatter right now about how so many folks are without work, I thought it’d be interesting to profile the people in Rhode Island that are working. And even better if they’re doing something unique, interesting and rewarding!  I’ll be focusing my energy more towards the self employed or small business folks versus big business, because I feel like the small businesses are the ones that I really want to see thrive. I’m hoping that maybe I can have a small hand in that by providing them some kick-butt images and a little free publicity by posting the images online and sharing them with the people that follow my work. That’s not to say I wouldn’t love to profile someone who fits that criteria in a larger local business. Are you someone that does any of those things for work on a day to day basis? I’d love to hear from you!

I’ve already begun to photograph some people for the project, and it’s been fun creating some really amazing images for people. I’m really excited to start reaching out to some more folks over the coming weeks and months. Each Friday for the next few weeks I will be rolling out a new profile of someone who’s making it work here in RI. Stay tuned, and please let me know if you or someone you know should be featured in this project!

Michelle & Dave: Engaged

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I photographed a great engagement session the other day down in Narragansett. David is my cousin, but I had yet to meet Michelle before the session. After just a few minutes, we were getting some great images of the two of them. We darted in and out of the car between quick rainstorms, and managed to hit a handful of really great spots in Narragansett before we finished. Thanks, Michelle and David for making the trip to RI for your engagement session! Welcome to the family, Michelle!

Samantha & Erik: Married








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Samantha & Erik, high school sweethearts, were married at the Harris Pelham Inn just over the border the NH border. Samantha and Erik held their ceremony outside on the grounds of the Harris Pelham Inn, and then headed inside for an evening of dancing. I had a such a great time photographing this wedding!

Archived Blog Posts: Here

If you’ve ever wanted to look back in time, here’s your chance. Visit this link to see all the blog posts made before March of 2013. It might be helpful if, say, you’re looking at a venue that I’ve shot at in the past. Enjoy!


Meghan & Patrick: Married, New Haven Lawn Club

I traveled down to New Haven, Connecticut a couple of weeks back for Meghan & Patrick’s wedding day. I started my day at the gorgeous Omni New Haven Hotel in downtown where Meghan and Patrick were getting ready. Once everyone was ready, we headed over to Dwight Hall on the Yale University campus for the ceremony – which was performed by Meghan’s cousin. I love weddings where a family member or close friend performs the ceremony – it always adds a nice personal touch to the wedding ceremony! After the ceremony, we took some family pictures outside, before walking the streets of New Haven a bit with just Meghan and Patrick, stopping at a few spots for pictures. Once at the New Haven Lawn Club, the bridal party relaxed with some snacks before jumping back into pictures. I got a chance to peek inside the ballroom before all the guests entered – and it looked great! I love uplighting in rooms like this one, it really adds a level of atmosphere that just elevates the whole mood!

Meghan and Patrick were introduced and went right into their first dance before sitting down for dinner. I pulled them out for 5 minutes as the sun was setting to get a handful of portraits outside the club now that the light had dropped in the sky a little bit. Back inside, Meghan surprised Patrick with a grooms cake that kicked off the dancing for the night. The dance floor was full until the last song was played! It was a great day, for sure, and a good (unofficial) start to my season!

Thanks, Meghan and Patrick! I was so happy to spend the day with you both.

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