Photographing Twins

For the last three years, we have been photographing these beautiful twins. Now I can identify them more and more by their personalities. Even though, sometimes it is hard to tell them apart . They are both very cute. They love playing with each other. One of them seems to be more adventurous than the other.  I bet, she gets more in trouble. The other one is more introvertive.   I love to see how much children change from one year to the next. How their faces change. And how their personalities start to shape. 

Family Photography

This is one of my favorites photos of one of our recent family photo sessions. I loved working with the Parson's family. Their baby was really cute. His blue and smile were beautiful. When Rachel contacted me, I got very excited when she mentioned that they wanted to include their dog in the session. Growing up, my family always had dogs. They were very important in my life. So, I can really appreciate how important it was for them to include their dog in the picture. 

Cheese And Wine

This is one of our latest work. There are many differences between photographing people and products. People can communicate their emotions and how they are feeling with their facial and body expressions. Products don't. So, we need to set them up in a way that  we can communicate the emotions and mood we want them to represent. We love doing product photography. It is challenging. 

Memories From Last Winter

Last week we decided to make our family photo book of 2015. When we were going through our pictures and selecting what we wanted for the book, we came across this picture. It is one of our favorites images from last winter. It not only brought memories of how much snow we had in February but most importantly, memories of how much our kids enjoyed playing in the snow. We certainly are not looking forward to getting that much snow, but it would be nice to have just a little bit for us to play outside.

Dreams

This is one of our favorites photos from a recent family photo sessions. I love how serene and beautiful Bella looks laying on the ground as if dreaming and enjoying the sun and the outdoors. She was great to work with. She was very sweet and had a very positive attitude towards the photo session. 

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Product Photography - Smoothies for SooGood

We have a  passion for photography and a passion for good and beautiful food. Put those two together and this is what we get. We love to make food photography. We enjoy working with different textures, shapes and colors of food.  We are very detail oriented. That is key to do any kind of food photography. We are currently working on taking photos for SooGood. A smoothie and coffee place that recently opened its doors in Natick, next to Planet Fitness. 

Swimming New Season

With the start of the sports' season, there are many opportunities to take pictures of our children. Ours, in particular, like to swim, play soccer and ride bikes more than anything else. We are very involved on their sports and enjoy watching them get better every time. Three months ago, our son wanted to improve his butterfly stroke. Over the summer, he worked very hard on it. He is happy with his late results. Being able to capture him doing his new improved stroke was very satisfying for us. To him, it was important to be able to see how it looks when he does it well. When we took this photo and showed it to him, he had a huge smile in his face. It made him very proud!

Commercial Shoot For Marissa Farrell

We recently were approached by Marissa Farrell to take pictures for her business' website www.marissafarrellyoga.com which highlights her work as a yoga teacher, doula, and massage therapist.  Her goal was that people would be able to see her working at her new massage studio and to give people an idea of the mood and feel for the experience they would get with her. Marissa offers her massage services at Boston Personal Training in South Natick, Stepping Stone Acupuncture and Wellness in Wellesley, and yoga services at Laughing Dog Yoga Studio in Wellesley. 

Matt & Christine's Wedding

This past Sunday we had the honor to photograph Matt and Christine Leathers' wedding. When I arrived at Christine's house to start with the pictures, she opened the door with a big smile in her face. I knew that it was going to be one of the happiest days in her life. She looked beautiful and glamorous. We were ready to start capturing this meaningful day. 

A wedding is a once in a lifetime event. There is no room for error. That makes wedding photography challenging and rewarding. We get a chance to be part of one of the most important moments in someone’s life. The day of the wedding we can spend around eight hours with the couple. From the time they start getting ready, until the end of the reception.  A wedding is full of special and emotional moments. In most cases, the conditions to take pictures are challenging. There is little control of the light and the background. Also, the angle from where a picture can be taken is limited.

At the end of a long day, we get home and download the pictures to the computer. And there is a period of anxiety just waiting to see how the pictures look like. These pictures came out beautiful. We know they are anxious to see them too.

Luis and I were honored to be part of this beautiful day. We wish them happiness in their life together.

Why Black and White

When photographing black and white photos, textures, light and shadows take over the photo, and all of a sudden you see things you didn't see before. Composition elements and leading lines become more prominent in the picture. In this case, the direction of the tree branch and the fence leading to my son's body. We get to appreciate the tree texture even more. And,  more importantly, once the distraction of color is gone, it is about the story, the experience and the moment that is being photographed.  

Vacation Relaxation

A picture is a frozen moment in time. Pictures have to tell a story. So it's important to capture the mood of the time that is being frozen in time. The way she was dressed up, what she was doing, the chairs in the background, the location by the water. Everything tells us that she could be on vacation or on a enjoying a long weekend. The sunglasses, the dress and the way she is sitting tell us that it was bright day and the temperature was very comfortable.

When I look at this picture, I travel to a place of relaxation and tranquility. 

Pears

This morning I decided to work on some personal projects. A while ago a friend of mine gave me a sample of  a cement counter top she didn't need. I thought that it could be fantastic to use it to place some subjects in my photography. I picked up some pears to photograph this morning and I immediately remembered that I had this block. It's colors and texture were a perfect complement for my pears.  I set the pears on the cement. Using natural light, I turned the camera on and selected live view. I started placing reflectors, one at a time where I though some fill light was needed until I saw the result I wanted on my camera. When I was happy with the lighting, I took the photo. At the end, I used three white boards for fill light. One to reflect the pears on the back. The other two were used to reflect each of the pear slices.  

Giving Back Through Our Photography

We feel very fortunate to be part of a swim team were parents are very involved in making the team a successful entity. There is an active group of people that work on communication, fundraising, meets' logistics, etc. It is a great community where you see parents  and swimmers cheering and caring for each other. As part of the team, we volunteered this season to take pictures of the swimmers during meets and offered parents the opportunity to purchase prints of their kids swimming in order to raise money for the team. We are very thankful and happy to see how the team appreciate our work and the end results. With this project we got to know a great group of parents and swimmers a little bit more.

This was a very nice experience for us. Since sport photography is not part of our everyday business, having the opportunity to do this project taught us a lot.  When it came to taking the pictures, there were some challenges we found on the way, The first one was the quality of light at the pools. All of them have very poor light conditions for photography. It's not only difficult to get a good bright picture in low light without using flashes. It's also difficult for the camera to focus fast on the swimmer. Specially when the swimmer only gets his head of the water for a fraction of a second. And in freestyle, some swimmers only breath once or twice on a pool length and it may not be necessarily on the direction of the camera. Another challenge is to try to capture all the kids in the swim team. It's difficult to identify some of the kids when they are wearing goggles and a swim cap. Events run fast and sometimes there were three or more swimmers from the team swimming at the same time.

The swimmer bellow is CJ. one of the swimmers of the team. It has been great to see him grow and improve his stroke and times through out the last two seasons.

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Daily Picture - Boston Gourmet Chefs Photo

 

We truly enjoyed this assignment for Boston Gourmet Chefs. Jacques wanted a cool and informal photo for their Holliday card. This picture was taken in their kitchen. We used three lights. A key light with a soft box, a fill light on camera right with an umbrella and one hair light. Every assignment has its own sets of challenges. In this case, the kitchen had a lot of reflecting surfaces. which was crucial when choosing the location of the lights and the angle from where we took the picture. Time was also key. The photo included food. And it was really important that it looked fresh and beautiful. 

 

Daily Picture - Astonishing Eyes

This is one my favorite pictures of a family photo session we did recently. We fell in love with the intensity of the girl's beautiful eyes that are well complemented by the green background. It was taken outdoors, using only natural light and a reflector. This was a very rewarding experience. Her brother was very sweet and excited about the photo session. Emilie was sweet and friendly but she wasn't as interested about the pictures as her brother was, but she was intrigued. So, we spent some time walking around with her and her brother before we took pictures. We even saw them sharing some time with some of their friends playing outside. That helped them to feel more comfortable with us. They talked to us about their interests, their cat and details about the backyard. It also gave us an opportunity to scout the area, and to see the direction of the sun and the quality of the light. Taking that time with them was key. It was very important for us that this was a positive experience for the family. That ultimately is reflected in the results of the photo session.

Daily Picture - Headshot Photo Session

It is amazing how Linkedin has changed the professional market place. The way we project ourselves in our profile picture invites people to either click on our page or pass on it. This photo session was very exciting for us because our client had a specific idea of what he wanted to project with his photo. His ideas lead us to do a creative headshot session where we explored different backgrounds to achieve what he wanted to portrait. The location chosen to take the pictures was challenging. We had never taken pictures in the Boston Financial District area.  And that came with its own challenges. We had to pack light because we were going to have to walk long distances with our gear. That means that we couldn't bring everything we usually bring to a photo session. But at the end it was a rewarding and successful session.

At the end this is the photo that we liked the most. The funny thing about it is that we decided to take it when we were done with the session and we were already packing. We saw an additional opportunity for a picture with a nice background that presented a very even light. We couldn't pass on it. So we said, why not? let's take one more picture. 

What helped made this picture successful? At the end of a photo session the person being photographed is usually more relaxed in front of the camera and acts more naturally. And the photographer has a better connection with that person and knows what angles work best for him or her.

The photo session was great. We had a lot of fun. Our client was terrific. He was ready to try every idea we had, always with a great attitude.

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Daily Picture - Playing at the Beach

 

There is nothing better for a child than having water, sand and a bucket. It is just hours of fun when you combine the three together. To compose this picture, I wanted to have the reflection of my son in the water. I also wanted to include the different layers of colors and feel of the ocean. 

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Daily Picture - Grandma

We are very lucky to have my mom in town to visit us and to spend some time with our kids. They are spending precious moments with her. This picture was taken the day after she arrived when we went outside to watch the kids playing.

When editing the picture I decided not to soften any of the wrinkles in her face. I thing she still looks amazing the way she is. 

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Daily Picture - Sunset in Provincetown

It had been a while since the last time we went to Provincetown, MA. We spent a day in town over the weekend. We witnessed a breath taken sunset that we needed to photograph and share with you. I don't think it need words to describe it... Simply spectacular!

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