Ever since I picked up my first DSLR back in 2007 (a Nikon D80, if inquiring minds want to know), I was in love. Back then, I’d always wanted to learn how to take nice pictures, but the sad reality was that I knew absolutely nothing about photography; not the technical jargon, nor the artistry and years of hard work that went into creating beautiful imagery. In my mind, the first logical step in all of this was getting myself a “nice camera”. And by “nice”, it meant anything that wasn’t my iPhone. I mean, seriously – with a nice camera, beatufiul photos pretty much took themselves, right?

This little hobby of mine would soon take a life of its own, as many of my friends and clients would soon learn. I eventually graduated from my kit lenses and went on a shopping spree for the next 2 years. I soon found myself with a closet full of Nikkor lenses and Nikon camera bodies. Why? Because I unequivocally “knew”, better equipment = better photos. Who was the internet to tell me that I wasn’t a true artist, simply because I had all that fancy equipment?

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I was going to show them!

But as the years went by, there was always this nagging sensation in the back of my mind. What if I was wrong all this time and the internet was probably right (again)? I really needed to become a better artist, and to stop relying on all that fancy gear as my crutch. I felt like a fraud. I owed my clients so much more than that, but most of all – I owed it to myself.  The integrity of all my future work was counting on it. And just like that, my mission to prove my legitimacy in the world of photography had officially begun. I sold all of my Nikon gear and got me this sweet piece of hardware.

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Jealous? I thought so.

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With all that leftover money, I was able to buy my wife that kitchen she always wanted, AND fund both our sons’ college tuition. Winna, winna, chicken dinna!!!

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There was absolute beauty in its simplicity. I was in love, all over again.

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This past weekend, I took this bad boy out for a spin. And I totally rocked it (naturally).

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Here were the settings, for inquiring minds:

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Shortly after I posted this wedding last year, I received a phone call from Rosie. Rosie’s sister, a colleague of that previous bride, told her about all the amazing wedding photography work that we were doing all up and down the East Coast. No pressure or anything :). “This is exactly how I want my wedding documented!” Rosie told us that evening. There was only one stipulation: the wedding would take place in Boston, right on the cusp of winter. “You’d go to Boston, right?”

Um. Heck yeah we do!

Fast forward to their wedding day, there is a forecast of snow and freezing rain. This would be rather peculiar, as it had only been a few weeks since their sunny and warm engagement session in NYC. And this, my friends, is precisely why we have a love/hate relationship with the East Coast. And this is precisely why we always leave a spare pair of thermals in our trunk :).

Rosie & Oliver’s wedding took place at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston. Here’s a peek of their day:

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Venue/Catering: Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center // Hair & Make-up: Beauty Parlr // Dress: Monique Lhuillier & Lazaro // Shoes: Christian Louboutin & Michael Kors // Grooms Attire: Tom Ford // Jewelry: Kate Spade & Tacori // Floral: Winston Flowers // Decor: Party by Design // Entertainment: Marc N. The Arabic DJ // Favors: Green Mountain Chocolates // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios

Ahhh…Hamptons, otherwise known as the beach-y playground for the rich and famous. While we didn’t cross paths with any celebrities on the weekend of Laudine & Gavin’s wedding at Oceanbleu in Westhampton, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and luxurious backdrop to celebrate their nuptials. The bride’s day started quietly in the bridal suite of the Westhampton Bath & Tennis Club, with her groom busily gathering his things just a few doors down.

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Laudine and Gavin Wedding Highlight at the Westhampton Bath and Tennis Club, NY from Live Picture Studios.

Venue & Catering: Oceanbleu Beachfront Catering // Floral & Design: Ivie Joy // Cinematography: Live Picture Studios // Coordinator & Planning: Lovely Indeed Events

I first met Mike when I was shooting his sister’s engagement session a few years ago. At that point, I’d never been to Long Beach Island before (which seems to be the consensus on the bride’s side of the family as well), but I’ve since had the pleasure of coming back more times than I can feasibly count. During our many trips to Long Beach Island, we’d go over a long bridge and see this magnificent building sitting on the water. Karis and I both remarked how beautiful the Mallard Island Yacht Club was, and how awesome it would be to shoot there one day.

Well…that day had finally come.

Annika & Mike’s wedding at the Mallard Island Yacht Club was easily one of the most gorgeous weddings we’d ever had the pleasure of documenting. Throw in some beautiful details, delicious food and some familiar faces, and now we’ve got ourselves quite a celebration :). My only regret is that I didn’t get to document one of my favorite things about this wedding: the miniature Jamaican beef patties. SERIOUSLY…WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!!?

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Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club // Catering: Taste Catering // Hair: Roman Kusayev // Make-up: Stefanie Syat // Dress: Rivini // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Groom’s attire: Custom by La Rukico Tailors // Floral/Décor: Savannah’s Garden // Entertainment: Total Entertainment // Stationery: William Arthur // Favors: Donation to American Cancer Society // Cinematography: McKenzie Miller