Goodbye to Weddings

This isn't an easy post to write, for so many reasons, but mostly because it hurts to kill something that's working, something I'm good at and love doing. However, do you hear that? Probably not, but I do. It's the buzzing in my left ear that will never go away. Despite wearing the best custom earplugs money can buy at every wedding I've photographed, my tinnitus isn't getting any better. As much as I love a good party, I love being able to have conversations more, and want to be able to continue to do that for the next 60 (70?) years. I love listening to the Red Sox on the radio, to Bruce and Jason Isbell and to my son singing along to Queen and so, so many other things that I don't want to give up.

In 2009 when I left baseball to pursue photography full-time, weddings were my on-ramp to this crazy world of self-employment, and in the ensuing years I've been fortunate to develop relationships with some of the city's best vendors and I'll miss working with them all.

If you've landed on this page in search of a photographer for your own upcoming wedding, please check out the work of any of these amazing Boston professionals (in no particular order): Nicole Chan, Eric McCallister, Zev Fisher, Leah Haydock, Channing Johnson and Mark Davidson. I would hire any of them in a second for my own wedding (and Eric actually was one of the photographers at my wedding), and you'll be in good hands with any of those folks.

Frequent followers know I've long maintained two photography businesses, my wedding business and my commerical/editorial/portrait business, which is where I'll be focusing 100 percent of my efforts from here out. Now - I do have some remaining weddings in 2021 and beyond, and to those clients if you're reading this, you don't have anything to worry about - I wouldn't dream of not honoring those commitments (though I may be wearing the most ridiculous over-the-ear protection I can find on top of my in-ear plugs).

So, while this post was difficult to write, today isn't a sad day, it's an exciting new day. If you happen to work in marketing or own your own business, I'd love to work with you, please check out my commercial, editorial and corporate work at http://www.douglaslevy.com And, AND if you're planning a small covid-style wedding, that's maybe just a dinner and a ceremony please email me, doug@douglaslevyphotography.com and I'd really love to photograph your event.

 

New Custom USB Drives

When I started photographing weddings in 2007, I delivered images via CDs, and eventually DVDs when CDs' maximum capacities no longer was enough for the images we were delivering. Then in 2013, I came across the folks at USB Memory Direct and started delivering custom flash drives with all of my weddings. This coincided well with Apple's removing DVD drives from their iMac's, so I was already searching for a new solution. Fast forward to 2018, and many photographers have started delivering weddings via digital download - which seems like an obvious next step right? Wrong. I never want a couple's first experience seeing their images to be dependent upon the speed of their internet connection or the cloud, and in an age when people are printing less and less, I still find value in the tangible deliverable.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when the USB Memory Direct team reached out to see if I might be interested in testing my logo on some new drive types. Check out the below to see what they came up with. For the present I'll be sticking with my previous design as inventory lasts, but I'm also excited to explore some new paths for deliverables in the near future.

 

custom USB drives

 

 

Disclaimer: While I've been a paying USB Memory customer for years, and will continue to be, they supplied these new test drives at no charge.

Meredith & Eric: Married – Birch Wood Vineyard

It's always fun to kick off the wedding season with friends, and this year that meant spending a (slightly) gray Saturday with Meredith and Eric. Frequent blog readers will remember these two from their ski resort engagment shoot and their wedding was no less fun (though definitely less snowy). We started the day at Meredith's parents' house before a short church ceremony left us heading toward Birch Wood Vineyards. A few favorites:

 

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