Baby Evan and His Bow Tie

Nothing like a newborn baby to snuggle in the cold winter months. Even better if the newborn baby’s momma is down-to-earth and as relaxed as any first time mom can be. Evan was wide-eyed for much of our shoot -huge blue eyes!

I loved hearing the story of Evan’s birth as every birth is interesting. And then we talked about this and that, parenting, world problems, and family dynamics. I cover these discussion topics over and over with clients and I love hearing different perspectives. Shoots end up being part shoot-part therapy with the result being some incredible images of a beautiful new person and a beautiful new friendship just begun.

To up the adorable ante, Kaylee made sure to have the perfect bow-tie on hand! It was a little tricky getting it on and off, but oh.so.worth it, right Evan?

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Kyla and Andy :: Vermont Engagement

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Kyla and Andy have a love of Vermont that can be matched by ours. Kyla has a family connection – in fact, we met at Kyla’s aunt’s perfectly wonderfully renovated Vermont home for our Vermont-themed-engagement-shoot. Andy is a St. Mike’s grad – which is always a fun connection for Josh and me. The couple now lives in Boston and meeting half way made the Vermont-shoot happen. Kyla and Andy are both easy going and totally happily adorably in love. We’re so excited about their wedding – not in Vermont – but in Maine!

We always tell people that there are many many many talented photographers, and what’s key is finding a photography team that you click with for your day. We’ll see you more than anyone else on your wedding day! I’m so excited about our Vermont connection with Kyla and Andy, our St. Mike’s connection, and even our Southern-New-England connection.
Like many couples planning their wedding, Kyla and Andy were looking for the perfect photographer. This is the one aspect of their wedding that will last a lifetime and beyond. They looked through countless sites, and the images were all merging together.

And then they saw it.

An ad on facebook that we target specifically to St. Mike’s alum. Curious, they clicked. And they saw what they were looking for. So excited about their Maine wedding!

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Ellie and Andrew tie the knot in Vermont!

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Our last wedding of October was an excellent high to end our season on. Ellie, said she wanted to do something a little different: a first look and all the formal pictures taken before the ceremony.
“Oh, we’ve done first looks before,” I assured her. “They are so much fun!”
“Not just the first look,” she explained, “We want to do all of our formals before the ceremony – so we go from ceremony to receiving line to reception.”
“Oh!” I said surprised, “we can do that!”.

This was the smartest wedding decision we’ve encountered yet. Seriously.
This allowed for a very unhurried formal picture time with lots of room for creative-spur-of-the-moment ideas from the wedding party, Ellie and Andrew, and of course – Brown Eyed Photography!
So thanks to Ellie and Andrew’s experience I just might be mentioning this option to every wedding client since!

Ellie is like a sister I never knew I had. She was just so authentic and enthusiastic about the photography aspect of her wedding. Andrew is a quiet gentle soul …. or so he wants you to think. He’s also super silly and a lot of fun to be with. The two together – it couldn’t be more fun. I discovered this during their engagement shoot where we had fun walking around the farm Andrew works at. I could.not.wait for their wedding day!

Here are a whole bunch of images so you can see for yourself how incredible this day was!

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At the SAME Time!!

There are countless reasons why we’ve always team-shot weddings. One fun reason is seeing two shots taken AT THE SAME TIME from different locations, angles, perspectives, etc. And often those images paired together make me want to tear up. This is exactly what happened at Ellie and Andrew’s wedding at 1:13pm. Ellie’s sister was putting on Ellie’s veil … and Andrew was walking down the road to meet at the per-arranged first look location in the woods (yes, we were running a little behind and Andrew may have waited in the woods a little longer than expected). This wedding was perfectly wonderful for many reasons, and discovering these two shots, taken at the same time, was the icing on the cake!

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Erin and Stetson Married :: The Barn at Boyden Farm

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When Josh’s cousin, Erin, announced her engagement to Stetson – we were excited! A family wedding!! We sent a quick message to beg her to let us be her photographer. Here’s why: 1) She’s super nice 2) She’s super cool and 3) we love photographing weddings. She’s also close in age to Josh so they had spent plenty of family time together as kids.
But then Erin and Stetson had a l-o-n-g engagement (okay, I know there are longer engagements in the history of engagements – but this one was long enough!) so by the time it was THE day, we were SO ready! Erin and Stetson’s engagement shoot sealed the deal for us and for them. Stetson was just as down to earth as Erin and was super enthusiastic about their wedding and all the details planned.

Here’s what we expected: A rousing wedding on a mild fall day at a beautiful Vermont location.

Here’s what we got: A HOT HOT fall day surrounded by familiar faces full of love, hope, and pride for this beautiful couple. There’s more – I’ll show you in pictures!

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Erin’s dress was stunning – stunning because it suited her perfectly and came from a fun adventure to Montreal.

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You might think these shoes are for the bridesmaids. You wouldn’t be crazy. Other people asked the same thing. But, nope. Erin is a BIG believer in LOTS of shoe options. She couldn’t decide on the perfect wedding shoe – so she kept several pairs available for switching out throughout her wedding.

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Getting spiffy for the first look.

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Oh! The first look. It was absolutely perfect. Here Stetson is waiting …

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Here comes Erin!!!

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One tractor plus one funny, enthusiastic, dramatic wedding party and you get images like this!
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And this!
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We love capturing the unique ness of each wedding – and this one was like no other. It included quotes from “The Book of Stetson” as well as Erin’s very sweet (and abridged) reply. Definitely a memorable ceremony.
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Josh has a big family and Erin is part of it … but Josh isn’t even in this picture! His parents aren’t either so siblings … this is Erin’s immediate family. Yeah. It’s that big. Parents, Grandmother, siblings, inlaws, nieces, nephews. That’s “it”.

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And then the intros start … we were blown away! Stetson is a.m.a.z.i.n.g with a creative flare and the drama had everyone laughing – including Erin!

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When Erin and her dad danced … we’ve never seen a dad more happy or proud of his daughter. Erin’s dad glowed.

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Speeches were also amazing. We were laughing and crying along with the rest of Erin and Stetson’s wedding guests.
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Remember that awesome big family Erin has? Well, many many many of them came together to make this incredible dessert table for Erin and Stetson … with an unexpected wedding cake. Not only was the cake a surprise (that the photographer may have unknowingly disclosed pre-wedding day) – it was Erin’s absolutely favorite-but-never-used-as-a-wedding-cake flavor!

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Of course, it wouldn’t be Erin and Stetson if it wasn’t a perfectly beautifully choreographed first dance.

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An invitation for everyone to join in the dancing!

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Josh is saying this is too many pictures to blog. Is he right?

It was so hard to limit this wedding. Erin and Stetson are so incredibly awesome to work with and as ever, we were honored to document their day – a day that in every way was SO them! We love what we do and every wedding is a high, reminding us of the awesomeness of our job. Thanks Erin and Stetson!

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Awesome 2013!

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Another awesome awesome year in the Adirondacks for Brown Eyed Photography. We had snowy shoots and sweaty-hot shoots. We’ve photographed a farm wedding, a farm wedding, and a farm wedding. We might have a thing for farms. We’ve photographed seniors in urban settings and seniors in small Vermont hometowns. We’ve met up with couples for engagement shoots at decommissioned military forts and right here on our farm. We’ve even had the honor of photographing a birth.

We love our job as photographers and we’re honored to be invited to so many amazing moments in a family’s life – a wedding, anticipating a new baby, welcoming a new family addition, a family, a child at the moment where they will step out on their own. We love capturing memories and creating beautiful art pieces featuring the people you love most during the moments that will forever be essential in the fabric of your family.

Thank you all for a great year. 2014 is shaping up to be quite exciting! Can’t wait for the chance to continue to be part of your life through photography!

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The B-Family at THEIR Farm this year

I love any excuse to hang out with Ken, Rachel and their family. This works out well because in between homeschooling meetups, camping trips, and family dinners with them – they also are addicted to value having family portraits done regularly. Last year Rachel and Ken were expecting their fourth baby, Ken had one more year before he had his PharmD, and they were talking about looking for a house.

Now, the fourth baby is closer to a year than a newborn, Ken earned his degree, and we had their fun family shoot at their farm. It was super overcast and there was as many family members as Rachel could gather, especially grandparents. She realized that although her kids’ grandparents are young and their great-grandparents are quite spry for great-grandparents … you never know. Rachel really wanted pictures of her kids with their grandparents and great grandparents. So often we put off capturing these images and then it’s too late. I’m honored to once again create images for Rachel and Ken and their family – especially those images with grandparents.

It was especially exciting to meet at Ken and Rachel’s new home, take a peak at their pigs and smile at their turkeys that had escaped their coop (again). The kids are bigger and more mature and so obviously loved fiercely by so many wonderful adults.

Thanks again, Ken and Rachel, for some much-appreciated B-Family time! They are already plotting their next photo shoot – I can’t wait! Rachel says she’s addicted … so am I – it’s perfect :)

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Family Photography captures Leaf-Fight

As I was going through the pictures from the B Family’s latest shoot and contemplating which images to blog, I couldn’t resist sharing these. As the oldest of four, I remember always having a playmate (even when I didn’t want one!) and leaf fights are more fun than you can shake a stick (or a leaf) at! Rachel and Ken invited their parents and grandparents to be included in their shoot this year and as we made our way from one location on their farm to another, Ken’s mom started a leaf fight with the younger boys … and then backed out of the frame while the kids continued. We captured some sweet moments with a grandmother and her grandchildren in the leaves …. but we also got these fun action shots with big sister Grace showing her brothers how leaves will gently fall when you throw them in the air – and perhaps more importantly – how fun it is to throw leaves at each other!

I love being able to live in the moment with families and catch these spontaneous moments. The plan did not include a leaf fight when we made our way to a giant maple tree. The plan was to sit different combinations of family members under the tree. But who can resist loose leaves in the fall? And while the older three kids were really getting into the spirit of the leaf throwing, Rachel decided Baby J. shouldn’t miss out on the fun – even if he is more apt to stuff leaves into his mouth, rather than toss them with his siblings, he became the centerpiece for the leaf fight – big grin, concentrating on the leaves up to his belly, or looking to his parents to double check that everyone was still safe.

I don’t know if there’s any greater honor than to be invited back in to a family’s life year after year to capture their ever-evolving life. More from their photo shoot will follow – but first this treat of a moment!

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Jess and Holly Elope to Vermont!

The initial contact from someone looking for Brown Eyed Photography wedding services is always exciting. When Holly and Jess’s email came asking about photography for their elopement to Vermont I was so excited. What an honor to be included in someone’s very very small ceremony. Holly and Jess were taking a week-long RV trip through Vermont and starting off their trip with their ceremony. They asked for recommendations on where to get married and in the end decided on Oakledge Park in Burlington.
I’ve lived in the Burlington area but not as a “real” person – just a student at St. Mike’s … so I’d never been to Oakledge. What a fun secret! Or at least to college students :) There is a small beach, an Earth Clock, and a bike path that connects several rock outcroppings right on to Lake Champlain … and those were just the treasures we found as we meandered around on a beautiful fall day. As anyone knows who has had the pleasure of having a photoshoot with me, at times I find myself explaining the pros and cons of epidurals, the choice of college, the importance of a couple’s relationship over their actual wedding day, etc. I often apologize and hear: “no! keep talking!” so I do. On and on and on. Funny how like-minded people find each other.
It was no different with Holly and Jess – from that first email to the hug and congratulations before leaving them to enjoy the rest of their journey.

Their day was beautiful and the park was quiet. We found a rock – now “their” spot – to say their vows. Oh. And what perfectly honest and heartfelt vows they were. All while sharing their six month old chunk of adorable. Again, what a great honor to be invited to document such a commitment in such a private and beautiful location. Thank you both!

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