From Joanne: Every bride’s nightmare is having awful weather on her wedding day. Normally in late October / early November we need to worry about hurricanes in New England. We would never think we need to worry about not just snow, but a full out blizzard! Storm Alfred had his own agenda and made quite the appearance!
The storm hit a week before Katie and Bryant’s November wedding. Streets were covered in feet of fallen sow, snow covered tree branches were snapping and falling all over the place, taking power lines down with them. Enfield, CT was in the dark for over a week. Last minute back up plans were being made for the wedding. Then, as if almost on cue, the lights came on 24 hours before the time Katie was to walk down the aisle. Miraculously, the wedding went on as planned!
Katie and Bryant’s laid back , fun loving attitude made everyone at ease. After all, if this doesn’t rattle the bride, then why should the guests be stressed? It was time to party!
Ceremony: St. Bernard’s Church in Enfield, CT | Reception: The Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA | Hair & Makeup: Naomi’s Studio & Salon | Floral Design: Durocher Florist | Gown Boutique: Mariella’s Creations
An absolutely amazing experience for us is to receive a wedding back from Joanne, our associate wedding photographer, and get to review the images from an event that we did not shoot – but we get to see a unique story unfold each and every time. Joanne, along with Bart killing it as 2nd shooter captured some amazing shots and intense moments on Brittany & Derek’s wedding at The Hotel Northhampton in Massachusetts.
I could not resist starting this wedding post with the crazy, intensely fun bouquet toss! Great job to Joanne and Bart for not missing a second of the fun, even with beer flying, and still getting right in on the action, that’s how we get it done.
And a great night portrait of Brittany & Derek.
Credit to the following vendors.Ceremony: St. Stanislaus Basilica | Reception: The Hotel Northampton in Massachusetts | DJ: Marx Entertainment | Hair & Makeup: Salon Karma | Floral Design: Durocher Florist | Gown Boutique: Bridal Heirlooms | Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Tom’s Bridal White Glitters
The getting ready.
Totally cute and totally functional, if you have been under a rock, TOMS One for One movement means that for every shoe purchased TOMS Shoes matches it with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. Now, clearly we think that’s just awesome and we just love Brittany’s Bridal White Glitters.
Did you know? (you can read more at TOMS site and on the TOMS blog)
Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.
Love these next two shots that Bart grabbed, this little guy is the CUTE-EST.
From our fantastical Associate Photographer Joanne Vandal: Maggie and Colgan married on a gorgeous September day in CT. The setting was the beautiful 200 year old Burr Homestead, an estate tucked away in the heart of Fairfield’s historic district. Colgan is an officer in the United States Marine Corps, so it seemed perfect to celebrate their marriage at a place so rich in history. You see…its the very same place that has hosted George Washington, Samuel Adams, John Adams and was even the setting for the wedding of John Hancock and his wife, Dorothy Quincy.
The lush gardens provided the backdrop for their first look and ceremony and the home was perfect for their reception. Their first look was one of the sweetest. Colgan couldn’t wait to see his bride and never stopped smiling as her took in the sight of his wife to be. It was a day focused on celebration, love and family and a day that they had been looking forward to for some time. Congratulations guys!
This is Maggies and Colgan’s wedding day. Enjoy!
Killer shot by our kick-a** 2nd shooter Janet Taub!
Ceremony & Reception: The Burr House | Floral Design: Hansen’s Flower Shop | Gown Designer & Boutique: Cymbeline | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | DJ: Sound Investment | Hair & Makeup: Silvanda at Jose’ Henrique Salon | Groom got ready at: The Doral Arrowwood |
Thanks again to Janet Taub for second shooting!
Dana and Mikey opened my eyes to a new part of the state to me. Greenwich Point in Old Greenwich, CT was like walking into a photographers wonderland! Mikey has grown up around that park and pretty much knows every nook and cranny of it, which made for an amazing day. From secret gardens, to boat docks, to views on the NYC skyline and even an old foundation from a castle, this place had everything. Dana told me she is a frequent blog reader and had been brushing up on some of the poses she had seen on there. Obviously, that paid off! Mikey just played cool and let it happen naturally, and together they made for an awesome couple. When I though it couldn’t get any better, they introduced me to their pup, Otis. Gotta admit, I have a little crush on this guy, he is one of the coolest pups I’ve ever met. Just look at him, how do you not want to snuggle him?! Thank you for such a great day guys!
from Joanne…Take a wicked cool couple, bring them to a park that offers so much and the result is an awesome engagement shoot. Krystie and George rocked it and I cant wait for more awesomeness at their wedding!
You can plan and plan some more but you can’t control the weather. What was supposed to be a late afternoon beach shoot in Westport turned into a day with some of the hardest rain I’ve seen in a long time. It was the kind of rain that doesn’t just fall, it came down sideways! Rather than stressing out about the pretty outdoor shoot they had envisioned, Kim and Rob came up with a plan b…and it was pretty amazing! Right then, I knew this couple was pretty awesome! Going with the flow and trusting the photographer…that gets you really high marks in my book!
Luckily Kim and Rob have an awesome home that offered lots of cool areas to shoot. Who needs the beach when you have really cool barn doors in your house?
Their sense of relaxation and chill attitude made a dreary day so much fun. I cannot wait for their wedding and hopefully we got all of the rain out of the way for their big day!
Can I just say that Joanne Vandal completely rocked her first wedding as our Associate Photographer! It just so happened to be the wedding of Jill Brown (Our ridiculously awesome Studio Manager)’s little sister Tracey! Let’s see…beautiful weather: check, seaside ceremony: check, most adorable ring bearer and flower girls ever: check…random pool party during the reception: check! What more could you ask for?!
Tracey and Joey were complete rockstars the entire day. They did their first look at Harbour Village in Branford, with a beautiful seaside backdrop. You know you’re in for a super fun wedding when you have to slow the bride down during the first look from nearly sprinting to meet her groom! They were so excited to see each other, and it completely shines through in their photos.
Their reception was a nonstop party, with a dance floor that was never empty! Some of the bridal party decided to surprise Tracey & Joey with some pool toys and a Beach Boys song to spice up the night.
Joanne totally killed it as usual! Can’t wait to see what else Joanne has in store for us this wedding season!
Congratulations Tracey and Joe, you guys were a blast to work with.
Thanks to Jenn Dougan for 2nd shooting!
Makeup: Stacey Palancia of Blush CoutureFloral Design: Shelley’s Garden Center
First Look: Harbour Village Condos in Branford
Gown Boutique: White Dress by the Shore
Videographer: Michael Sorbo
DJ: Rich Gumpert of Powerstation
This sucks….I’m sick! I woke up this morning with a fever, cold sweats, and a sore throat….aaahhhhh!!! But, I’m sucking it up, dragging my butt out of bed, overdosing on meds, and heading out to Bally’s to check out the album competition. Hopefully I won’t pass out or infect too many people along the way.
On Thursday I decided that I was going to do an “Adventure Tour” and rent an ATV to go check out Red Rock Canyon just outside of Vegas. I was hoping that it would be a lot of fun and I’d get some cool shots. Well, the brochure made it look a lot more rugged and crazy then it was, with sand flying in the air and huge mountains and hills to ride over. I guess they know how to market themselves, huh? It was still a lot of fun and beat hanging out in the casino losing my money. I really wanted to get a self-portrait of me riding on the ATV but I wasn’t even allowed to take pictures while we were riding! I never do think about safety when it comes to taking pictures, but I guess it was a good thing they didn’t let us.
Here are some shots of well…..red rocks!
Here’s a shot of Naomi….a fellow off-roader from Chicago.
Like a true genius tourist from the East Coast, I decided to wear flip-flops on our off-roading adventure. And just when I couldn’t appear any more intelligent, I accidently kicked this cactus while I was walking. I tried to play it off like a tough guy while I spent the next 10 minutes pulling a few needles out of my toe.
Yeah, so….this is what happens when someone offers to take your picture with your Canon 5D. I should’ve checked the LCD, huh? At least he captured that beautiful sky!!! And to those family members out there that know what my dad looks like: I know, I’m freaked out too.
Now, it’s off to the pharmacy!
That was the message of today’s Business Institute at WPPI. I heard multiple successful photographers from 7:30am to 9:30pm and not a single one of them talked about aperture, ISO, shutter speed, lighting, or albums. The entire day was focused on how to be a successful business person that takes pictures….interesting thought, isn’t it? Any photog that is interested in some of my cliffs notes, leave a comment and I can send you a copy when I get home. Don’t worry….it won’t be my chicken scratch, I’ll type it out.
I can’t wait for tomorrow’s “Young Guns” presentation….all the hot, young, photogs in the industry!
Adios for now!
Hey look! I’m on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Langlois
ps – it’s not really me….although I am Canadian.
hello to all my fine lookin’ friends out there. I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank my beautiful, glamorous, awesome, fantastic, “always right” wife for surprising me with plane tickets and 6-night hotel accommodations in Vegas for the annual WPPI convention. When I talked to her about it months before the convention I told her “I’ll just go next year.” Well, she decided I was going this year….gotta love that in a woman. I made the flight out yesterday in one piece but apparently my luggage enjoyed Philly way more then I did and decided to stay a few hours longer than my scheduled stop-over. So, after waiting in the Vegas airport a couple extra hours for the next flight from Philly I was sitting by the pool in beautiful 70 degree weather! Today I went riding in the desert to Red Rock Canyon and got some great shots of well…..red rocks. I’ll post some tomorrow. For now, here are some shots of the Strip from last night.
Apparently they deliver more then just pizza in Vegas… Something tells me they picked this phone number on purpose….what do you think?
Look…..it’s me! This was a reflection off some glass ornaments on the ceiling of Harrah’s.
Well, it’s 1am Vegas time which is actually 4am Eastern time……know what that means? Bedtime!
Hello my beautiful friends. Those of you that have kids may relate to this post. Almost every little kid I know has a “thing.” Some are obsessed with binkies, others blankies, and some (like mine) are obsessed with taggies. Right around the time my daughter was born four years ago, some genius invented “The Taggie.” It basically consisted of a small blanket covered in tags. Now, they pretty much sell anything and everything with tags on it, including clothing. My daughter is a bit of a traditionalist and sticks with the classic taggie blanket. My son, however, can’t be without his taggie ball. It’s about the size of a bowling ball and is, you guessed it, covered in tags. Both my daughter and son have very different taggie techniques. My daughter prefers to rub a single tag between two fingers in a back and forth motion while my son favors placing one finger (or toe) inside the loop each tag forms when sewed to the ball. The images below are examples of my son’s finger and toe technique…which he typically performs during the evening while watching Sesame Street on TIVO.
This little piggy went to the Taggie…
I love that I get more comments on pictures of my kids then my actual work….makes me want to post more pictures of my kids. BUT, before I do that – here are some more boring shots of random junk I’ve photographed! This was a shoot for….can you guess? I wish I got to keep this wake board but they wouldn’t let me. It would give me a better excuse to get a boat.
Hello beautiful people. I want to tell you about an up & coming star in the photography world: Danielle Fuller of Beyond the Lens Photography. I’ll be working with her a lot this year and I see big things for this little lady and I’m really excited to be a part of it. She just set up her blog: http://beyondthelensphotography.blogspot.com/ and here’s her site: http://www.beyondthelensphotography.com/On a side note, my wife has been criticizing me for my not-so-personal approach to this blog…no pictures the family or anything. So, in light of our little discussion here’s a shot of my daughter and son giving each other a little lovin’. First and last time that has ever happened :-)
Had to steal a quote from one of my heroes: homer simpson. Hope you guys aren’t getting too bored with all these random product shots but it’s about all I can offer these days. I’m working on scheduling a shoot at the end of March so you’ll be able to see some actual people in a few weeks. These shots were for promotional products for…well….you can guess.
Believe it or not, but when I first got started in photography this is what I wanted to focus on…….taking pictures of…..stuff. Working with real-live people is so much more interesting!
The first portfolio I made is pages and pages of products with only two pictures of brides! Things change really quickly…
I’ve been sitting on this shoot for a ridiculously long time. I think I shot this back in October – talk about procrastination! Megan has been instrumental in the success of this little photography business I got going and I really would not have had such a great year if it wasn’t for her help and guidance. So, this was my idea of how to pay her back (besides paying it forward, of course). A little pro-bono photoshoot for her and her beautiful family. Her & her hubby’s pip squeaks are too friggin’ cute, I can eat them for breakfast. Thanks again Meg, hope you like your pictures!
This is probably my fave. She’s so cute with her little blanky.
Love this one too – they look so carefree.
One big, happy, family. Click on the image below for their slideshow. Music copyright: Dawn Landes.
Volume 2 of our series of offseason shoots includes some product/advertising shots I did for a company that designs promotional merchandise for Newman’s Own. I’m by no means an advertising photographer but at least it pays some bills!
A little lava lamp and pepper mill action:
Awww…aren’t they cute?
Ok, you slackers. There’s only 3 days left to purchase prints of your 2007 shoot from the print room. Time to clear things out to make way for a (hopefully) busy 2008. Out with the old, in with the new – know what I’m sayin’? All of the 2007 shoots will be cleared out on March 1st to free-up precious server space…..unless…..I was a total slacker and you just got your pictures from 2007. But I don’t think that’s the case with most of you. That’s it for now.
Oh, and since I hate a post without any pictures, videos, or something remotely entertaining here’s a pic from a shoot I’m editing right now. Can anyone guess who this is? The first person to guess gets $1,000,000.
It’s no secret that people like to get married when it’s warm. Being a wedding photographer in Connecticut means a lot of cold months during the winter….so…..no weddings for me. Until couples start flying me around the world to document their destination weddings (a man can dream, can’t he?) there’s going to be an offseason for me. So, to keep people interested in this blog I’m going to have a series of posts related to the work I do in the offseason. I’ll also post some shoots I did before I started this blog. So….keep visiting!
Volume 1 of the offseason is a cool little studio shoot I did for a singer/song-writer duo named “Ashes of Draught.” They’re currently finishing up their new album and I was lucky enough to hear some pre-release tracks…..it’s incredible. I’ll keep you guys updated on the release date. In the meantime, here are some pics.
Meet Tom – lead vocals and guitarist extraordinaire (lit by my off-camera strobe set-up):
Some detail shots of JC’s sweet studio in Mahopac, NY:
Surprisingly, recording an album is painstaking work. They worked on one verse the whole 3 hours I was there.
That’s it for now. Cheers.
Finally….part II of my senior/graduate shoot with Grace. Megan of Creative Image Collections put together a graduate shoot with two lovely ladies back in August and graciously invited me along to snap portraits of Grace. If you didn’t catch Megan’s pics of the day click here to check ‘em out. Grace was a total rock star in front of the camera and has some of the most fabulicious eyes evah! Graduate portraits are a blast and I’m looking forward to shooting a lot more of these in the future. Keep your eyes peeled for my next super star graduate: Allison.
We had some crazy locations including an abandoned building and a parking garage. Here are some of my faves of the hip and glamorous Grace:
Click on the image below for her slide show. Music copyright: the Duchess.
Megan LaBarbera of Creative Image Collections was very generous and invited me along to help shoot a super-rad, high school senior, tag-team duo back in August. That’s right….it’s taken me that long to edit these pictures. Sorry Grace….I’ll make it up to you, I swear. I’m not quite finished with the slide show but I still wanted to post some images as a little preview of what’s to come. Make sure you check back tomorrow for the full slide show.
Woohoo! The New York football Giants pull the hugest upset in Super Bowl history. This has been an absolutely amazing season and I’ve been able to keep my blue blood from spilling onto this blog but I’ve waited long enough and this victory feels way too good to keep it a secret any longer. Congratulations to all you fellow Giants fans out there and enjoy the feeling while it lasts!
Hello beautiful people. A lot of you probably already know that I’m obsessed with music almost as much as photography. There’s a cool website that generates a playlist of your favorite songs for you to post on your blog. Here are a few tracks that have been playing non-stop on my iPod lately. I have to figure out how to embed it on my site…. peace.