Every year there's one blog post that I look forward to more than any other - my annual "best of", sharing all of my favorite images from that year's wedding and engagement shoots. I took more than 150,000 photos in 2017, and these 197 are just a few of my favorites. 2017 led me to some amazing spots across New England, from the Berkshires to Maine to Provincetown, and 2018 is shaping up to be even better. Thank you to all the great couples I was fortunate enough to collaborate with this year at their special events, and I can't wait to see what this year's 200,000 images bring.
Nine years. Hundreds of weddings. But (there's always a but), I'd never photographed a proposal. I'd seen many of my local photographer friends have the opportunity, but a surprise proposal isn't exactly something you can market toward a target client (boyfriends?) Given that, I was incredibly excited when, in late October, I received an email from Joe, and he explained that he was going to be home for the holidays with his girlfriend Mallory, and was I interested in photographing him proposing to her? I'm not sure I've ever responded to an email so fast, I was way in. Way in. A few weeks later while Mallory was away at class, Joe and I FaceTimed to setup our plan. At that time, the long range Boston weather forecast called for a rainy day in the '40s, so we chatted about backup plans and what to do if it rained. What we didn't anticipate was...Antarctica. I'm still not sure what Joe said to convince Mallory that yes, they really should go for a walk along the Boston waterfront on the coldest day of the year.
Joe had texted me ahead of time that their train was on time, and I was waiting along the waterfront with gloves full of chemical handwarmers taking photos of the Boston skyline. A few minutes later Mallory and Joe came walking along and he asked if I wouldn't mind taking a photo of them (as we'd planned). What we hadn't planned on was Mallory then handing me her iPhone. At that moment I was praying Joe didn't propose while I was holding the iPhone and thinking, "I need to improvise here so I can get back to capturing this on my camera." After the iPhone photo, I said, "Let me get one of you guys with my camera, I'll e-mail it you." And then came the top photo from below. After she said yes, we spent a few minutes walking around South Boston, their old neighborhood, grabbing coffee to ensure no one went home with frostbite. After I left them, I made a quick sunset stop at one of my favorite Boston spots to snag a photo for Mallory and Joe's wall to remember our short adventure together.
Finally digging out of my blog backlog today with a bit of a throwback to a few weeks ago (before it was pre-winter) when I spent a gorgeous fall afternoon in Concord and bumming around Minuteman National Park with Laura and Alex. I'm looking forward to their Boston wedding next spring, but in the interim, check out a few favorites from this awesome New England fall day.