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Alaska or Bust! {…but first, nyc for the other extreme}

So, a couple weeks back we shot our first wedding of the 2014 season in Long Island, NY. This trip was the first leg of 3 trips in 3 months to 3 very diverse locations. To kick things off, we thought we’d share some imagery we captured in and around New York City including the borough of Brooklyn. These images might be of interest to some because they are all (GEARHEAD ALERT! Not a gearhead? Skip down to the next paragraph), 1. Taken with a Fujifilm X-E2 paired with Fuji’s X mount 18mm f/2.8 lens (Fujifilm’s X Series cameras crop factor of 1.5 makes this essentially a 27mm focal length), and 2. processed with Visual Supply Co’s brand new #05 Archetype Films Collection for Fuji. We use VSCO Film presets for most of our post processing and love this newest Archetype set. Anyway…

Next month, we’re off to Alaska to shoot Rob & Amanda’s Alaskan wedding in Girdwood, AK! (view their New England engagement session) And yes we are positively GIDDY WITH EXCITEMENT about this one folks, not gonna lie!! Alaska has been on both our “bucket lists” for a long time and to shoot a wedding in Alaska, well that’s just off the charts! In July, we head back out to the West Coast and one of our favorite hangouts, San Francisco to shoot Tory & Wes’s engagment session. Hoping to score a couple days in Yosemite, but we shall see.

A super exciting and busy summer in store for Birch Blaze, to be sure! We do want to make the most of our travels, so besides drinking in the breathtaking beauty of our surrounds we are hoping to photograph some amazing folks along the way. If you or someone you know will be in the area of Anchorage, Girdwood, Homer or Paxson, Alaska, or the Bay area, California, please let us know and we can create some amazing images to document a slice of your life!

Below are some “street shots” of our recent visit to NYC and included are photographs from Central Park, the East Village, Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Little Italy. Our little Fujifilm X-E2 rental helped us capture the bright lights, big city vibe. It’s a great little street photography camera with beautiful color rendering. I think we may jump up to the X-E2′s big(ger) brother, the X-T1 as our stealthy walk-around camera for it’s added features. See you on the road (we hope!)…


New York City to Alaska wedding photographers


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Spirit Family Reunion {prescott park :: warmer days}

Well, since I had to shovel 8 inches of spring this morning I thought it might be nice to share some images from one of our favorite summertime activities: live outdoor music! This particular show was a great Americana folk band, Spirit Family Reunion, performing at a great outdoor, summer concert series at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH. This concert series takes place every summer right on Portsmouth Harbor. Hopefully, if you live in chilly climes, this will hearten you to what lies just around the corner…it will get warmer, it will get warmer, it will get warmer…!




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Engaged! Jason + Lisa {kennebunkport engagement photos}

A trip to the beach in January? Of course! Jason & Lisa’s wedding is in the mountains next October, so they wanted to switch it up a bit for their esession and with a family beach house in Kennebunkport, Maine, the beach was the obvious choice…dead of winter or not! It was quite breezy as Jason & Lisa will demonstrate, but I think we successfully established that the ocean is gorgeous any time of year. Guys, we enjoyed our shoot—and the cookies, nice touch!—and can’t wait for your autumn nuptials!




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Nate {real life baby photography}

Hey everybody, meet Nate (and his Mom). Nate’s a little older now, but we were revisiting these images and realized we hadn’t shared them with you yet. It was a warm and sunny summer day, so yeah, nice imagery right about now.




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  • February 1, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Judy Bodwell - Thanks Kerry…I haven’t seen these since you showed them to us at the house…and yes he has changed quite a bit since then, but his still has that great smile.ReplyCancel


For a while now Taylor and I have been tossing around some ideas to help us refocus, artistically. When you make a creative pursuit into a job, after a while there are times when it can be challenging to fuel yourself creatively. If you fail to broaden your horizons artistically and never create imagery for yourself, your creative spark can wane and at the same time you can get pigeon-holed. How so? Well, when a photographer is commissioned—including wedding photography, maybe especially wedding photography—it’s often hard for folks to separate a photographer’s style from the subject matter. For example, someone may see some work for hire (not personal projects) that we’ve posted but because the personal style of the subjects are not like their own, they can’t really picture how our style would translate to theirs. So for that reason we feel it’s time to stir things up a bit. Read on (below)…

Birch Blaze creative photography

As we finish up work on last season and think about the upcoming one, we’ve been getting ready to try some different photographic formats, such tintype or wet plate photography. But we’ve also decided to share an idea, an opportunity, really, based on an article we recently read that got us thinking…

The Wishlist

Since the time we realized we might have a future in photography we’ve often discussed what kinds of things we’d like to shoot. Styles, locations, subjects. We plan to put together some of our own ideas and shoot them, but it’s hard to take time away from our clients to do that. We’ve decided to put some of these ideas out there under the public eye and see what kind of interest we might generate. What follows is our wishlist. If any of these ideas strikes your fancy or you have friends or family that you think might fit into one of these “genres,” by all means please let us know. We are offering a significant discount on our rates if your plans match up with any of our wishlist items. Many of these are wedding-related, but we’re definitely interested in creative portraiture and other ideas as well. Also included in this is a call out for unique and creative elopements, for which we also have special rates for the right fit. As you’ll see, this is not limited to our backyard. We’d love to travel to yours!

#1 Mountain top wedding (we’re not talking about chairlifts & gondolas. Nope. Hiking! Amazing views, nature, friends/family and lots of love)

#2 European wedding …UK, Ireland, Norway, Italy and beyond…get in touch!

#3 Alaskan wedding …Ok, some of you may know we’re actually shooting our first Alaskan wedding this June, but one is not enough!

#4 Vintage wedding …20′s, 30′s, 40′s…60′s, 70′s. Authenticity & attention to detail, hit us up!

#5 Central/South American wedding

#6 South western US/Northern Pacific US weddings, etc. …

#7 Your call! What ‘cha got? A wedding with an unusual theme/location? An elopement in an exotic locale or lots of style? A crazy idea for a family or portraiture shoot? Get in touch!

If anything on our list perks your interest, if you have an even better idea or if someone pops into your head and you think, “I need to tell so-and-so about this!” (please do, and…), drop us a line! Please provide the following info: Name(s), date of proposed event/wedding, location, detailed description (as many details as you can provide), Also, tell us about yourselves and please include a photo(s) or a link to one. We’ll be in touch and let you know if it’s something we’d like to learn more about/discuss further or perhaps if it’s something we wouldn’t be able to take on.

We look forward to hearing from you and perhaps creating a grand adventure along with some amazing imagery together! -K&Tay


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  • February 9, 2014 - 7:07 pm

    meg - I love your wish list and wish you guys all the best! I love photography – my bfa is in studio art/photography – and wet plate photography is so cool!!

    I think it’s great to offer other options – when we hired our photographer I actually requested some film + had her use my holga too!

    Don’t be afraid – the clients that you want to work with will find you!ReplyCancel

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