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A vacation in Maine is a prime time for lots of family photographs. And family photographs taken while on vacation often become favorite milestone markers of all the great memories we collect over the years while relaxing with our loved ones in our favorite vacation spots. As you’ll see in this post, vacations are a great time to commission a family “lifestyle” photo session. Beautiful surroundings, everyone relaxed and in a good mood…the perfect recipe for wall-worthy, professional family photos. We had a great time recently capturing a few of Adam, Melissa, and John’s vacation memories in Lovell, Maine, at the Pleasant Point Inn, which is also where Melissa and Adam were married. So don’t forget to capture the “real” memories of your family’s good times and don’t miss out by always being the one behind the camera…let Birch Blaze Studios photograph the whole gang!

 

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It’s always fun getting the opportunity to photograph friends. We’ve known Sara and her family for a few years now and it was wonderful to see them all so happy and gussied up for this joyful Massachusetts wedding! We were not only wedding photographers but also guests, which meant we didn’t have to feel guilty eating cake ;) …and we may or may not have danced a little (more than usual). Sara & Antonio, you make a beautiful couple and we wish you more happiness than all the snow in Boston last winter!

 

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As we head into the summer wedding season we wanted to share a couple of weddings from last season that we didn’t get to here on the Birch Blaze Blog. You may remember our San Francisco engagement session from last summer. Wes and Tory met us on the California coast for a super fun engagement photo shoot in and around San Francisco, one of our favorite Cities! Here are some of our Favorites from their gorgeous Castle in the Clouds wedding later in the year, planned and brilliantly executed by Mindy & crew from Private Weddings and Events. Tory summered on the big Lake (Winnipesaukee) here in New Hampshire as a child and couldn’t imagine being married anywhere else. The Castle is a breathtaking venue with a grand and charactered history along with unbelievable mountain views (with Lake Winnipesaukee spread out before you). We loved the beautiful personal touches like Tory’s remembrances of her Father on her bouquet and with an empty front row seat at the ceremony. They also received a video congratulatory message from one of Wes’s Brothers serving overseas, unable to attend the wedding. Be sure to check out Wes & Tory’s lovely wedding film created by our friends over at Hindsight Wedding Films. Wes & Tory, you Guys were a complete pleasure to work with. We had such a blast photographing your engagement in San Francisco and your wedding was a highlight of our season. Thanks so much for your kindness and friendship and for choosing Birch Blaze! (scroll [slowly ;)] to the bottom of this post for a vendor list…)

 

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Vendors: Photography – Birch Blaze Studios (us!). Planning, Design, Specialty Decor and Linens – Private Weddings & Events. Sailcloth Tent – Sperry Tents. Flowers/Floral Arrangements – Lotus Floral Design. Tableware, furniture and Misc accessories – New England Country Rentals. Wedding film/cinematography – Hindsight wedding films. Catering – The Red Blazer. DJ and photo booth – Main Event Entertainment. Cake/Desserts – Ooo La La Creative Cakes. Hair & Makeup Services – Cascade Spa. Ceremony Music – George Parker (guitar).

 

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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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