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Pokey LaFarge, the man, the legend. Ok, maybe a little over the top but what can I say? We love us some Pokey LaFarge! We saw Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three a few years back at the Newport Folk Festival and have been hooked ever since. The closest thing you’ll ever get to jumping in a time machine, dialing in 1940’s St. Louis and two-stepping into a downtown dance hall. Country jump blues and mid-western swing…a mash-up of mid-century American good time music really, Pokey and his smokin’ band are the real deal and they put on a show that’s not to be missed. Recent additions to the original South City Three include a crazy-good horn section and for this tour, a drummer. These guys (and gal) are jumpin! We caught Pokey & Co. last night at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Cambridge is right across the Charles River from Boston for you out-of-towners), a great, intimate venue. Caroline Rose opened and her and her new Band were also really, really good. I only wish there was a little more room for doing some Lindy Hop swing dancing in front of the stage…I know, I know, it’s a concert not a dance hall but Man! How cool would it be to see Pokey & the Band in a dance hall? Can we make that happen someone?
As this wasn’t a photo assignment for us we left the big guns at home and only brought our grab-n-go camera, a Fujifilm X-T1…with only the 18-55mm kit zoom. Rubbing elbows with fellas sporting giant Canon pro tele lenses, I have to say I’m more than pleased with the results. I also didn’t move around, but had a great vantage point. So there’s not a ton of variety with the angles but I tried to be as creative as I could and catch some great moments. Pokey is such a dynamic performer, there were plenty of great moments and expressions. I know Tay and I could do some great things if we could ever finagle an actual shoot with Pokey LaFarge (are ya listenin’ Pokey?), his style and vibe is right up our alley. We’ll see…

 

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Just one more thing, Pokey LaFarge’s brand new album, “Something in the Water,” is now available from Rounder Records on vinyl as well as digital media. It’s a great listen! Support real music, go grab it!

 

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Life is art. That’s how we see it. Your life is art. Art of emotion, art that moves. The enjoyment of the art of life, the appreciation of each beautiful moment…is fleeting. Fortunately, it happens everyday. But every moment is different. And once it’s gone, it’s gone….forever. That’s where we come in. We’ve learned how to capture the art of the moment, the art of emotion. Let us capture the art of your life…

 

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Spring is in the air (sort of) and we can’t wait for warm breezes and spring greenery to arrive so we can get outside and shoot some creative family photography sessions! To that end we are introducing our first ever Seacoast Mini Sessions by Birch Blaze Studios! The mini sessions will take place Saturday, May 30th, 2015 from 8am to 6pm. You can book your time slot here. Here’s how it works: For $195 you get 20-30 minute lifestyle photography session. You will receive one 8×12 print (or 8×10 on request) and 2 5×7’s along with corresponding digital files. 10-15 images will be available to you in a private, online gallery for choosing included prints as well as purchasing additional prints if you’d like. Family groups are limited to 6 individuals (if you are more than 6, get in touch and we’d be happy to work out details for a different day). Please plan to arrive in town one hour prior to timeslot and at the specified shoot location at least 20 minutes prior. We will be in touch with location details well in advance.

 

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“How should we dress?” We want you to be comfortable (especially the little’ns) and feel good about how you look. We don’t recommend matchy-matchy as this—in our minds, anyway—harkens back to the overly-posed and slightly cheesy family photos of yesteryear. These are not your grandparents’ studio sessions! Hip, fresh, funky, urban and even vintage, if you’re feelin’ it, works well with our style of photography. Too much white, too much black or too much bright would be better avoided as well as crazy loud patterns. Ladies, use this as an excuse to get your hair and make-up done! Guys too (makeup optional). Let us know if you’d like a recommendation for hair & makeup. Speaking of the little’ns…we recommend having them fed and well rested. Bring along a favorite treat or two for bribery purposes :) Also, depending upon their age(s) bring along an extra outfit just in case as well as a supply of your preferred cleanup wipey. Here are a few of our favorite lifestyle portraits that we’ve taken to give you a general idea of the kind of imagery you can look forward to for your family…we look forward to meeting you!

 

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to drop a word or two about gear rental. As with most industries, there are times when either you need a specialized piece of camera gear that you don’t have, but don’t really need on a regular basis, or have an essential piece of gear go down right before a big shoot. The latter is a situation that we were recently faced with. We’d been having an issue with one of our camera bodies but because of scheduling we didn’t have time to send it in for service. When you have a main camera body that you’re comfortable with using under the gun on a wedding day it’s important to use the same body you’re used to. Relying on just one backup body is not an option. This scenario happened right before our recent Arizona wedding photography shoot. We were traveling in Arizona and so had to have a body sent to a nearby Fedex location in time for the wedding. A little nerve-racking, but everything worked out just fine. In the past we’ve had good success with Borrowlenses.com and lensrentals.com. Recently, ATS Rentals contacted us to introduce their services. We had never heard of ATS before and they made us a sweet introductory offer so we were on board. We needed a body for that weekend for a Boston wedding photographers shoot and after placing the order on Tuesday, the body was delivered just 2 days later! It was very well packaged…with candy! That was a first (Skittles, my favorite)! A return shipping label and everything else we needed were included. Kim and all the folks at ATS were a pleasure to deal with and we’ll surely be calling them for our gear rental needs in the future. Thanks Guys! Here’s a shot taken with the ATSRentals.com-rented Canon 5D MkIII body…

 

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When a request comes in for southern Arizona wedding photography…in February…and you happen to be wedding photographers based in New Hampshire…well, let’s just say we may or may not have held our breath waiting for it all to come together. And guess what? It did! Having spent time in Arizona with family as a small kid and then having my Daughter marry a fellow from the Grand Canyon State, I’ve (and Taylor more recently) really enjoyed spending time here over the years. AZ is such a cool state filled with mountains and canyons and deserts and roadrunners and saguaro cactus and tumbleweeds and….all things Southwest. We LOVE it! We’ve been wanting to photograph a wedding in the Southwest with it’s completely different feel from anything in the Northeast and we’re so glad it did finally happen with such a sweet couple, Jud & Kate. Since Jud happens to be a close friend of my Son-n-Law we’ve gotten to know them both over the past few years. Awesome couple and great fun to hang out with!
With a close friend of Jud’s being a classic car buff it was pretty much a given that there would be some classic cars showing up at this wedding. Three to be exact. Our collection of images presented in this post begins with friends surprising Jud with a classic Triumph TR6 soft top, a car that Jud was especially fond of but one that required a major restoration fast-tracked to be ready for the big day.
The reception took place at Phoenix’s The Farm at South Mountain. A great venue with gorgeous succulent gardens, walnut groves and an amazing stone grotto with cafe lights overhead and its own wood-fired pizza oven! SO romantic and with such a laid back, organic vibe. We hope to get a chance to shoot another wedding there (hint, hint…Arizona brides, are you listening?) in the near future. It was a such a perfect day and beautiful night and we wish J&K a forever of equally joyous and spectacular days! We’re looking forward to hanging out in Boston with y’all soon!

 

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We’ll be back soon with a post detailing the rest of our time in Arizona including day trips to the Lost Dutchman State Park at the Superstition Mountains, Sedona, Tucson, Bisby, Tombstone, Jerome and our stay in Prescott. At home we’re beginning work restoring our 1965 Airstream and thinking an extended wintertime stay in Arizona may very well be in our future…! If you or someone you know is planning an Arizona wedding, possibly an elopement, definitely keep Birch Blaze Studios in mind. If you have some unique plans that incorporate some of AZ’s other-worldly geography by all means drop us a line! We’d love to hear about your plans and work with you to create the perfect day captured by Birch Blaze Studios wedding photography!

 

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Hey, Kerry here, hope you survived #Juno and are having a great winter wherever you are. Here’s a wedding I shot last month solo, and I wanted to take the opportunity to reminds folks that we shoot elopements (in the mountains or wherever you might be eloping to…) and I also do smaller weddings as a solo photographer at reduced rates. I LOVE cool and unique locations so get in touch for a custom quote on your destination elopement! It was great getting to spend a few hours with Jeff & Michaela for their intimate winter wedding at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH. As is usually the case up there this time of year the weather pitched in and did it’s best to make things feel as wintery as possible.

 

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