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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of photographing Monique & Jay’s wedding.  This was a very special wedding for me.  Why, you may ask?  Monique is the little sister of one of my best friends.  I’ve known Monique for almost 23 years.  Her family lived right across the street from me growing up.  We used to ride the school bus together, play dress-up together (and yes, sometimes with a little “persuading” on my part. lol)…aaaah, the memories.  So, here is a sneak peek of a few of my favorites from Monique & Jay’s wedding:

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And my wonderful assistant took some great portraits of the kids lounging around as I was taking the formals.  I thought I’d share a few of those too:

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Some of you may remember that last year I held a contest for wedding photography to spice things up a little bit.  The winners of the contest, Tiffany & Dulf,  are getting married on June 14th of this year and the weather FINALLY cooperated with us this past Monday to take their engagements.   Here’s a few of my faves from their session:

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I had the honor to photograph Amanda & Joe’s wedding last year and today….I had the absolute pleasure of photographing their first child, their daughter, Riley.  She was a gem to photograph and a spittin’ image of her daddy.  Here is a sneak peek:

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Yesterday, I photographed a photographer friend’s daughter’s wedding.  The ceremony was at the Temple of Music and the cocktail reception was at Cafe Romanzo in Coventry.  Nadine looked absolutely stunning and so did her new husband, Josh.  The wedding was a nice, close knit group. The maid of honor was a close friend of Nadine’s and the best man and ring bearer were Nadine’s brothers.  The groom is from North Carolina, where they will be living.  After the ceremony, everyone just met up for appetizers and cocktails at the Cafe to celebrate their marriage.  It was a ton of fun!  Here is a bunch of my faves from their wedding…

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A Sneak Peek for Christine….

We decided to try and dodge the rain today to get in a family session. I think we did pretty well, got about 35 minutes or so before the sky opened up on us. =) These kids were absolutely adorable and a joy to photograph!

Christine, here are a few to view. Hope you enjoy them!

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I had such a blast photographing Jeana & Mike’s engagement on Wednesday night at Roger Williams Park.  It was wonderful to meet your friend (and bridesmaid), Kristen, as well.  I can already tell that we’re gonna have one heck of a party on your wedding day! =)  Here are a few favorites from the engagement session:

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Hey everyone! If you are battling (or have battled) breast cancer (or know of anyone), spread the word of an organization called “Think Pink Photography”.

Think Pink Photography was founded in October 2007 to support individuals and their families who have been touched by breast cancer. They are a charitable organization that serves two main purposes – celebrating life and supporting the cause. Through their photography network, the photographers are helping breast cancer survivors and their supporters to celebrate life with charitable photography sessions. Sessions are available to document the fight before or during treatment or to celebrate the victory when treatment is completed. Please see the “Celebrating Life” section of this site for more details and information.

I recently joined this organization and hope that my photographer friends here online will think about joining as well to help support this wonderful cause to show how strong and inspiring these survivors are! Help spread the word!

http://www.thinkpinkphotography.org/

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So as some of you may know, I am working with a tattoo studio to barter services (I recently got a tattoo this part week and in return, took photos of the artists/clients and will help advertise their business for them).  A Newport Magazine was interested in running a bartering story and contacted me a while back.  They had to meet their deadline before the exchange took place, so I had a phone interview with them a couple of months ago. They have a website (http://newportmercury.ri.newsmemory.com/) but it’s a little confusing to find the article.

If you were interested in reading the snip-it of what they said, here it is:

“Building your own business clientele and networking is another great reason to barter. Warwick resident Teresa Sweet, of Teresa Sweet Photography, is a full-time photographer who’s always wanted a tattoo. And since she typically photographs weddings and children, she was ready to expand her portfolio and shoot something edgy. So she posted an ad on Craigslist asking to trade her photography skills for a tattoo. When she didn’t get a response, Sweet e­mailed the tattoo parlor, Sin on Skin in Tiverton to propose her trade. They took her up on it, as did Underground Tattoo in Bellingham, Mass., who later saw her ad on Craigslist.
Sweet plans to barter with both shops that are currently busy designing her perfect tattoo (her first) for her upper back that incorporates her children and love of photography. For the size she wants, the tattoo would normally cost around $200. She will choose the best design and let her husband receive the other bartered tattoo. For both shops, Sweet will take photos of their tattooed clients, including a photo shoot of a corset piercing — a series of piercings on the back that emulate a corset’s lac­ing.
Definitely a far cry from Sweet’s typical wedding shoots.
“It might help me with future clients,” said 29-year-old Sweet. “Obvi­ously, making money is a great thing for your business, but bartering is a great way to network.”

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Now, I’ll be writing up a nice article for Sin on Skin, who did my tattoo on Monday very shortly, so stay tuned for that!  If I hear back from Underground Tattoo, I’ll still be interested in the barter but will let my husband get the tattoo, as one is enough for me.  For now, at least.  😉  Here are a couple of photos that my hubby took of me getting the tattoo.  I’ll post some photos once it’s healed.  It’s a lot bigger than I planned on getting, but when the artist said it really wouldn’t look that good smaller, hubby and I completely agreed.  Now, I am really glad I didn’t get it smaller, I love it!!  If you can’t make it out, it’s a film reel with our sons’ names, Justin & Zachary inside of the film.  The colors will fade as it heals and the color of the film will be a vintage “cherry bomb” color. =)  It rocks!  Thank you, everyone, from Sin on Skin!
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Well, I have to say…we have been extremely lucky and VERY blessed.  Within a matter of a few weeks, we have sold our house and found a house that we HOPE to buy.  We placed a bid, filled out the paperwork and just hope it all goes through with the bank.  We should be finding out soon.  =)  So, because of everything happening, I haven’t been able to photograph many “interpretations” lately.  Here is one:

World Thru Our Lens (Top & Bottom):  Quick Explanation.  This is a collaboration of one of my photos and another photographer’s (an online photog friend from another forum.  She is located in MN and her website is http://www.capturedbymaggie.com/).  We had to collaborate a TOP view and a BOTTOM view of our worlds thru the lens.  Maggie took the TOP and I took the BOTTOM.

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Here’s some random photos of flowers & nature:

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