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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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Busy times, but we’re hoping to send 2014 off with a diminutive flurry of our favorite weddings and other occurrences from this past year. To get things started, here’s a perfectly charming woodland wedding set deep in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, not far from the Appalachian Trail. Rebecca & Greg call Sitka Alaska their home (our second Alaskan couple/wedding connection of 2014, the first taking place in Alaska!), but chose the Mossy Glen to join their lives together. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more beautiful and magical wedding ceremony location. It was perfection! This wedding was especially special to me (Kerry) as it was my very first wedding shot solo, without my beautiful partner-in-crime, Taylor. (Drop us a line to inquire about our special rates for smaller weddings and elopements) I definitely missed my other half, but this was a small affair and a fun challenge for me. I had a lovely time hiking through the White Mountain forests, photographing Greg & Rebecca as they made their way from the Mossy Glen wedding spot to their adorable, mountain view, backyard reception. On to Greg & Rebecca’s mountain wedding…

 

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  • December 31, 2014 - 11:22 pm

    jessica - Awesome job Kerry! And you are right, that does look magical!!

    Rebecca and Greg- i really liked your style, the hiking boots, your baby wearing friends…what a great day :)ReplyCancel

Earlier this year, as you may have seen in our last post, we shot an engagement session in San Francisco. We decided that while visiting the West Coast we would make the most of our trip, photographically speaking. So we held a little San Francisco/Yosemite engagement photography giveaway. Our winners: Sarah & Kyle! (check out Sarah’s running blog here) on previous trips to the Bay area we discovered the Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and thought it the perfect place to contrast with the charm and character of San Francisco for our second shoot on the California Coast. We had a great time hanging out with, and photographing Kyle & Sarah in these gorgeous mountains overlooking San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. We wish them all the best as they look ahead to their 2015 wedding back East. We hope to make it back to the City by the Bay real soon, and are hoping beyond hope that we can cross another photoshoot dream off our wishlist by catching someone’s eye to photograph their Yosemite wedding! If you know someone who fits the bill, or you are that couple, get it touch! Let’s create some real life art together!

 

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