Ashley & Andy = Lila-bean

Since shooting weddings has slowed down a bit for me this winter I have had time to take on other photography adventures. I don’t discriminate when it comes to photographing, I just love doing it! The March-November months is mostly filled up with weddings and so I am so psyched about photographing people and their new children! Most of you who know me are like, wut?! Kids?! Well, since photographing Charley’s kids back in 2009 I’ve decided that I love other people’s kids! Especially photographing them.

This is Ashley, Andy and Lila (and Carra!). Ashley calls her “Lila-bean” which makes me happy because I love the word bean. It’s possibly my most favorite word. I went to high school with Ashley and I probably hadn’t seen her since graduation but I have to say, seeing people you went to high school with, with children is something else. They’re people that you were all angsty and teenagery with and it was great to see her in the beginnings of motherhood. She and her husband Andy are great parents and it was such a joy to watch them interact with Lila. This was my youngest shoot, which was followed by my even younger shoot the next day (a 1 mo. old!). I’m loving it! These are just a *few* of the images. I took sooo many and can’t even knock it down under 150 images! Too many cute faces. Plus we had a lot of nekkid bum time, which I have decided won’t go on the website.

Mother and daughter playing


Mother and daughter playing


mother and daughter nose to nose



dad is home!


baby room


Carra the sheeb has been an excellent big sister. She had a bit of a rough start with the new addition to the family, but I think that is definitely understandable.
big sister


baby playing

a photograph in a zine

It’s 27 degrees here in Boston and we’re getting about an inch of snow per hour and I am happy to report that me and the dog are warm and snuggly in our apartment. This blog hasn’t been updated in a couple weeks, I know…Truth is, there have been some hectic times over here in the Roberts-Robert household. Hectic in a good way though, dare I say *awesome* way. I can’t wait to share it with the world. While you’re all dying to hear what this news is (most of you probably know already ha ha!), I give you some other news: I had a photograph of mine in a magazine! I think that is pretty cool. Minus my stint in the LOLdogs book (can we never mention that again after today? Not my finest hour…) I’ve never seen any of my images published in a real, live, magazine! Whee!

seacoast bride magazine


See me there?! 😀
seacoast bride magazine headshot


My image is there on the right…the robot cake toppers! This also was taken at the very first wedding I ever shot on my own, also pretty cool.
seacoast bride magazine photograph by alexandra roberts


In other exiciting news, I am a new proud owner of Nikon’s newest prime lens! 35mm 1.4. I am super excited about this focal length. Why Nikon didn’t have one before now, I’ll never understand. I don’t like using zoom lenses too much and 50mm was as wide as I had. The 24mm was *too* wide for me and the 35mm is the sweet spot of perfectness. I am so excited to use it at my first wedding this year! I don’t think any lens could replace the love I feel for my 50mm 1.4, but she (her name is Jellybean) will certainly try! Here are a couple of photographs I took when I got it a couple of days ago. They are of Emma, of course 🙂
Emma on the 35mm 1.4


I hope everyone is staying warm today!

xoxo

Nick and Christina are getting married soon!

Meet Christina and Nick. I first met them at Ben & Scott’s wedding this past June. They’re the cutie couple reading during the ceremony, green feather in hair! I love ladies who wear feathers in their hair like I do. 🙂 These two balls of adorableness are getting married in March at the Charles River Museum of Industry, which is supposedly the first factory in the country! We met up for their engagement session and I picked out a couple of my favorites to blog right away because it has been a couple weeks since I shot a session and was feeling very antsy.

They are an MIT/Harvard duo, and we wandered around MIT for the afternoon. I love it when my couples tell me some super secret things that I don’t know because I am not in neurophysics (is that even a thing?). Did you know students at MIT *fight for* basement labs? You would think nobody wants to be stuck in the basement, but Christina informed me that is where the fewest vibrations are, making those the most desirable labs for all those crazy MIT experiments. Awe-sum!

engagement session n & c on couch


c & n crossing a snowy street


c & n walking down a snowy street


c & n against gnarly building by MIT


n & c crossing street in cambridge


c & n snuggling on snowy street


c & n by MIT Chapel


c & n in sol lewitt room at MIT


c & n cuddling on MIT steps


MIT dome kiss!


Thanks for stopping by, I am so looking forward to Nick and Christina’s wedding and I get to see Ben & Scott again, yay!

Snow day!

I rarely do personal posts anymore. I couldn’t decide to keep them here, or start a new blog for them. I decided to keep them here because I think above all, you want to make a connection with me, not just my photos. If you connect with something on the personal side, even better! That, and keeping two blogs sounds like a pain to me. 🙂

In Boston last night and today, we got something like a foot of snow. I have never seen it snow like this since moving from Maine to Boston 4 years ago! Being from Maine, I’m used to the 24″ here, 16″ there types of storms. There is something so cozy about busting out the bean boots, snowshoes, and a thermos of coffee + Allen’s coffee brandy and heading into the woods! A friend of mine from college who’s last name is Allen called it “allen’s allen’s coffee brandy coffee”, awesome, right? There isn’t really a place do go snowshoeing here, although I might wear mine on the trek into the office tomorrow.

I also got my 50mm back from repairs today..It’s been gone for 5 weeks! I don’t know how I survived, but I had to take it outside to test out the fixes. I think it’s sharper, is it sharper? It’s sharper…




Emma stares outside every minute that she is inside. She is seen here sporting her most favorite & Unlimited tote bag :-p


Do you think I should move my personal posts to a new blog?

xo

Erin & Elliott : Married on Spectacle Island

I shot this wedding back in September and it is making it’s way to the blog just now! Talk about busy.

Erin & Elliott had their wedding ceremony on Spectacle Island which is about a 20 minute ferry ride if I remember correctly, into the Boston Harbor. This day it was supposed to downpour and I remember looking back from Spectacle Island to Boston and seeing rainclouds dumping on the city, but not on us. After the ceremony there was a lobster/clam bake catered by Summer Shack on the island. Then off everyone went onto the James F. Doherty cruise boat for the reception. Having the reception on a boat was a fantastic idea, they had a live band and we cruised over by Castle Island, where the planes come in for landing. So fun.

Bride getting hair/makeup - millennium hotel boston


wedding party on boat


bridal party on beach


spectacle island gazebo


groom


view of boston


bride walking down aisle with father


wedding ceremony


bride and groom on hill


bride and groom on hill


I took most of these next shots in pure darkness. There was a string of twinkle lights on the boat, but that was it!
james doherty boat


dancing

Anna & Steve

Anna & Steve were married at Steve’s childhood church in Clinton, MA and the reception was held at Butternut Farms. You might remember them from their engagement session with their two adorable (and extremely well-behaved) goldens. I love Anna & Steve because they were my official first wedding booking and my last wedding of the year. I think I had zero portfolio to show them, maybe a couple from second shooting. I remember nervously walking into Starbucks on my lunch break to meet with them and as we were sitting there my boss walked in! I totally ignored him, I think he knew what was up. 🙂 I cannot thank my couples this year enough (especially these two!) for taking a chance on me!

I was totally in love with this couple’s family. Anna is from Russia and her parents had actually never been to an American wedding! Her mum was so concerned that she was doing everything correct, it was adorable. I told her she could fall on her face, her skirt flying over her head and everything would still be awesome. She laughed. I loved watching the way Steve’s dad played with the children, totally a kid at heart! Here are the photographs…

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xoxo

Rebecca & Tyler :: Engaged :)

Meet Rebecca and Tyler. They are getting married next year in Portland, Maine and having their reception at Grace Restaurant. I mention this because when I went to the website, I thought a church converted into a restaurant looked really awesome, so I wanted to share! He proposed to her on a scrabble board, I mean, how cute is that?!

We had a blast in Harvard Square, and then went to the river where I pointed out some of my favorite trees in Cambridge. My faves are the sycamores (I think?) that line Mem drive. We popped by Rebecca’s old apartment where they had their first kiss (so sweet!) and just meandered around on an overcast fall day.

Boston Engagement Session


Boston Engagement Session


Boston Engagement Session


Boston Engagement Session


This is where they had their first kiss!
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Boston Engagement Session


Boston Engagement Session


Boston Engagement Session

Father-daughter dance - Boston wedding

While I was running around catching up on all of my editing before heading out on a road trip tomorrow night to Indiana, I paused for a minute to enjoy this photo. I am in love with this moment between Anna and her father. I hope every bride gets to share a moment this precious with their dads. I know I do!

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to those traveling for the holiday!

Boston Wedding


xoxo

Caitlin & Ira are getting married! - Boston engagement photographer

Tonight I am sharing another one of my killer 2011 couples! This is Caitlin & Ira and they are getting married next year at the Willowdale. For our engagement shoot, we went down by the waterfront and to Quincy Market. It rained on and off during the shoot, but that did not change a thing. We started out at Houston’s for a beer and then made our way around, stopping at Christopher Columbus Park, and other little areas around there. 🙂


Caitlin was really craving a corn dog, so we went on a hunt for one. After all, the food court has everything! Success!



It’s impossible to walk by a carousel without getting on. Ira went in for a kiss during the ride and, well you see what happened. Apparently it’s also impossible to kiss on a merry-goround. Noted.






It’s also impossible to walk by the aquarium without hanging out with the penguins and seals for a bit.


I am looking forward to your wedding next July! 🙂

Cassie & Justin are Engaged! :: Boston Engagement Photographer

A word of advice to my couples: If you need to have a drink before our engagement shoot, I’m *more* than happy to meet you at the bar before hand 🙂 We met up at 21st Amendment before our shoot. It was a great idea because I had never been there before (that I can remember, nights out in Beacon Hill can get fuzzy!) and I loved it! Can’t wait to go back. I met Cassie and Justin a few years ago actually, through my friend Kirsten at the Belgian Beerfest. If you haven’t been to beerfests in boston, they’re the best around. Minus maybe the Great American Beerfest in Colorado, which I will make it to one of these years! They are getting married next September in Virginia, so I was happy to photograph them in Boston, where they currently live!

A lot of couples want the quintessential Boston experience (Beacon Hill, Public Garden, Esplanade), because let’s face it, none of us are actually *from* Boston proper. I’m totally cool with that because we find something different to do each time.

Boston Engagement session


Boston Engagement session


Boston Engagement session


Boston Engagement session


Boston Engagement session


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They brought a mini chalkboard to write their date on it perhaps for save the dates, so I asked them to each write their favorite thing about each other without the other looking and then show it off!
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<3 the Comm Ave. boulevard:
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Boston Engagement session


Boston Engagement session


Boston Engagement session


We finished up on the esplanade which was boasting an insane sunset. This shot is sooc.
Boston Engagement session