Calm

While attending Inspire Boston (a wedding photography conference put on by the Boston Photographer’s Guild) I met a woman named Lara who I know will become one of my best friends. I’m so lucky to meet people who I click so well with, and I think it’s pretty rare. We gave each other photo assignments (you can see hers here) for the weekend and hers was to photograph something that represents “calm” to me. Of course I found that opportunity this weekend in our doggeh, Emma. Here is my first photo assignment and the second photo is just because. 🙂

I want to make these photo assignments a regular thing. As the wedding season gets into full swing, I think I will stop shooting for myself, and I think that shooting for myself is very important. If you can think of an assignment to give me, please head over to my contact page and submit and assignment for me! I made a drop down option for “photo assignments” so choose that one and then I plan to post one once a week! I’ll say in the post who sent me the assignment and then my inspiration for the image. Please please! Thank you Lara for giving me my first assignment!
xoxo

Couple shots using my new friend

I picked up a nikon 105mm 2.8 for macro shots a couple of weeks ago. I decided to take it out this weekend to the fells reservation, where we take Emma on the weekends for some rompin around. I have to say, I like it a lot even for bringing to the park.

I’m sure every photographer who has a dog says this but, I think Emma is the most photographed dog on the planet!

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unique wedding photographer alexandra roberts

✈ Janice + Chris = lovers of each other and travel ✈ - Boston Engagement Photographer

I am so excited to share this shoot with you today! This duo, Janice and Chris are the most fun people I’ve ever worked with. This is the couple who has hired me to shoot their destination wedding in Bagne De Lucca this May.

Since they both love to travel and I am usually a “go big or go home” kind of person, I had arranged for us to shoot at a small airfield in Norwood, MA for a portion of the day. I have a lot of people to thank for helping me make this happen. I knew that I wanted to try to get a prop plane for the shoot, but how? TSA people are jerks most of the time and I knew that if I just called the airport, it wouldn’t work out. I called on to my friend Nathan, who is in the Air Force and asked him, “what do you think the odds are of me finding a plane for a photo shoot?”. With no hesitation he replied, “Just call a flight school, they are so proud of their aircraft that I can bet you they will 100% say yes.” That is what I did! Actually, I emailed the people over at Horizon Aviation basically a novel about who I was and why I wanted to use a prop plane for a photo shoot and being really nice. I got a reply in about 10 minutes from Chris, who apparently specializes in flying upside down, with an “absolutely!” response. No way! Ok, so he said yes, now it’s time for the scheduling nightmare with my couple! Janice and Chris were completely open and willing to work it into their day and so was Horizon, double no way! – Thank you Nathan, Thank you Chris P, Thank you Janice and Chris.

Enough story, on to the images!

Here are a select few from the airfield:

After we were done playing in the airfield we went to the couple’s apartment where we were able to incorporate a few objects that are special to them. Along with that, we did a little story board that illustrates how they met, fell in love, all of that beautiful stuff.

I am so so excited and honored to me shooting their wedding in May!

∞ Family Shoot up in Manchester by the Sea ∞

I don’t spend too much time around babies. I am, after all, in my late 20’s and live in a city so there aren’t too many babies to be seen. A lot of my friends from back home (Maine) are starting to have children and the thought of me having kids is the furthest thing from my mind at this time in my life. I’m too young! I have so much more of the world to see! Wow, I’m almost 30.

I’ve decided I really like 1 year olds. Their cheeks are so. darn. pinchable! And those little shirts and cargo pants, I eat it up! This shoot is so special to me. This is the woman who gave me a chance in the wedding biz. After months and months of trying to get something, *anything* to get my foot in the door and a portfolio going Audrey needed a second shooter. I sent her my flickr page with zero portraiture but she saw potential in me. When we met the day of the wedding, I felt like I had known her for years and we got along so great. It’s because of her that I am where I am less than 6 months later! Thank you Audrey! xoxo

Here is her son, Dante, with *insane* cheeks! ( SIDENOTE: my boyfriend, Danny, wants me to find him this shirt in his size. 🙂 )

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

♥ Valentine's Schmalentine's ♥

I’ve thought long and hard about what I was going to write to accompany these photos because I really don’t want you to get the wrong idea. Being in the wedding photography business, it can feel like everyone is over the top in love with Valentine’s Day. I see blog posts covered in pink and red, couples giving each other shiny presents and being “in love” in front of the camera in tribute to this “holiday”.

But I don’t like Valentine’s Day. There. I said it. And that’s what this shoot is about.

While I was telling someone about my idea for this shoot, they asked me if I was doing this just because I didn’t have anyone to celebrate the holiday with. I thought to myself that people must think they’re supposed to buy expensive gifts for their special someone because someone told them to. We celebrate Valentine’s Day every year by going to Bukowski’s annual “F*** Valentine’s Day” bash in Back Bay. If you haven’t been, you should totally check it out, regardless of how you feel about Valentine’s Day.

I hate how the holiday makes my single friends feel. Nobody likes to feel left out. Yes, everything is what you make of it, but I don’t like seeing how it makes my single friends in their late 20’s feel. And my friends who are in a relationship get stressed out about what they’re going to get their significant other for the holiday. That’s no fun to watch either.

Luckily for me, I found someone who feels the same way I do about V-Day. Just how nice is it really when you wait until some holiday tells you to do something nice? If you do random nice things throughout the year, there’s no reason to have to go all out for V-Day or any other holiday! Maybe I’m just a simple person that enjoys the simpler things in life.  We sprinkle our own special days with love throughout the year and they mean more to me than some day that people are forced to see as “special”. So, Danny, this is my public Valentines Day card to you! xoxo.

I know half of you probably didn’t read the text above. This is after all a photo blog. So on to the photos!

Meet Kate and Sean – they hate Valentine’s Day, too :-p

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

So relieved that Kate too hates Valentine’s Day, the two enjoy a drink together. This is what love actually looks like, without all the frills of forced holidays. Much nicer 🙂

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

I had such a blast doing this shoot. I had my awesome assistant, Rob, to help me make pompoms the night before and he helped with lighting/prop recovery during the shoot. Thanks Rob!

I’ll leave you with one last shot of this gorgeous couple:

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

However you celebrate, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

xoxo

❉ Emma + Nick = qts! ❉ - Boston Portrait Photographer

Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks! I have been working on a couple of wicked awesome projects that will surely bring some exciting new posts. I can’t wait for you to see!

Meanwhile, here are a few photos from a recent shoot on the esplanade that I love.

I love trees. If I am in a hurry and sprinting to make it somewhere on time and I happen to pass an cool gnarled tree, I will most likely stop to gaze at it.

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Boston Wedding Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Thank you so much for checking out my images. If you like me, you should tell me so in a comment. If you hate me, you should also tell me in a comment! I love to hear from my readers, it makes my day!

In the next few weeks expect to see an insane photo shoot involving fire and the setting of things on it =) Doesn’t that sound fun? I am also going to have a giveaway, but the details of that are a secret right now! I am going somewhere fantastic to shoot my first destination wedding in just a few months, and I am so excited about it! I can’t wait to share the details of that, either!

Until then, enjoy these pretty people and trees!

xo

family time!

It’s been a while since I’ve had a free weekend with no photo shoots and decided to take it easy, it is *freezing* here after all! We have dog walkers who take Emma to “the fells” every mon/weds/fri and when we asked where it is that they go, the directions seemed so simple yet we would always get lost. The place we would end up stopping was beautiful for sure, but we never saw other dogs around. After reading the boston dog blog Fidoloves.com that had a specific map with directions to the spot where people take their dogs, we headed out! There were so many dogs and Emma had a freakin’ blast! Isn’t she the cutest?!

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Emma

South Shore Holiday Portrait Session :: Boston Family Portrait Photographer

Today on the blog I have for you two adorable parents and their equally adorable twins! Meet Eva and David, a 1 year old brother/sister combo and their parents, Julie and Charley, of the South Shore of MA. We were going to have a mostly outdoor shoot in front of their beautiful new house but it was about zero degrees out. Luckily though, Eva and David have matching Irish sweaters/hats and we managed to get outside for a couple snaps. I played with the little ones a bit before taking my camera out and they were both happy and playful, but when I pulled the cam out, Eva froze and stared at me just like this for about one full minute! Isn’t she adorable?

Boston Children Photographer Alexandra Roberts

Once Julie mentioned those matching sweaters and hats I knew they were going to be insanely cute. As they bundled the kids up, I snapped this series of David. I laugh out loud every time I look at it!

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They were so easy to work with, too! They didn’t fuss about anything and it was as though they were meant to be in front of the camera because they had what seemed to be an unlimited bank of cute faces.

I know what you’re thinking, “wow these chillins couldn’t be any cuter!” Think again! Here are a few other shots from our shoot.

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