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Contest Rules

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The rules for the contest are super easy! Email your favorite photo of the two of you to Rhiannon at rhiannon@doulosphoto.com by 9pm on January 17. No late entries will be accepted. Don’t fret about the photo- even in the mirror cell phone “selfies” are just fine! Sorry, no professional photos will be accepted. All entries must be submitted by the contestant themselves.
Then the real fun begins! Entries will be posted to the Doulos Photography Facebook page and voting will open at noon on January 18th and ends at 7:00 a.m. on January 22 . Let your friends and family know to vote for your photo because the couple with the most “likes” wins!
To win, you have to like the Doulos Photography Facebook page. The prize is a complimentary engagement photo session including (1) 11×14 gallery wrap canvas.  Additional print products or digital images may be purchased at a discounted price.
Prize is not transferable, and cannot be redeemed for cash. If for some reason the winner is unable to use the prize during their engagement the prize is forfeited. No substitutions can be made. Winner must be willing to travel to Boylston, MA for the session and viewing appointment to choose image for the canvas.
Voting begins at noon on January 16th, and ends at 7:00 am on January 22. The winner will be announced later that day and will also be contacted via e-mail.

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Mike + Andrea | Higgins House WPI Wedding | Worcester, MA | Doulos Photography | Central MA Wedding Photographer

If you have not been to Higgins House at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI): you need to go. This place is amazing – the house is a tudor style mansion built between 1920-23. The design of the house is based on the Compton Wyngates Castle in Warwickshire, England (built in 1525), so as you can imagine – it’s beautiful! And that’s just the building – there are also several amazing gardens surrounding it. What a gem in the middle of Worcester!

Sadly, if I understand correctly, in order to reserve the house for your wedding, you must be a WPI grad. Wish I would have known about it when we got married – David is an alumnus! I suppose January wouldn’t have been the best time to be married here though.

Anyway, back to this wedding – I can no longer say that I have never been a part of a wedding – as a guest, participant, or photographer – that has been AHEAD of schedule! Andrea was amazing at planning and organizing to be sure things happened on time – and eventually we got ahead!

Here’s the day in pictures:

We started at their house where the bride and bridesmaids were getting ready. Then, quickly went to where the groom and groomsmen were. Apparently I’m multitalented – I also tied the groomsmen’s ties while we were there!

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Then we made it to the Higgins House and met up with the bridesmaids and bride again. We got some more shots of the dress, some of the gorgeous flowers (by A Beautiful Bouquet) and also some bridal portraits before the ceremony.

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The ceremony was lovely – and short! I heard from someone that it was a mere 7 minutes – you’d never know by the number of images we got!

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Following the ceremony we took the formal portraits with family and bridal party, but then we got to my favorite part of any wedding day – the portraits alone with the bride and groom.

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The reception was so fun! The food was amazing (by Chartwell’s at WPI), the cake was beautiful and so suited the feel of the wedding – it was funfetti cake (by Evie’s Cake Crafts)! The DJ did an amazing job of getting everyone out and dancing as well. What a night! We had an amazing time and are so thankful that we were able to be a part of this celebration!

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Matt + Jocelyn | The Codman Estate Wedding | Lincoln, MA | Doulos Photography | Central MA Wedding Photographer

I met Matt 10 years ago (!) in West Virginia working at Camp Sandy Cove. That summer, I also met Matt’s sister and we became quick friends (and roommates) – a friendship that still continues to this day! (You’ve seen her here before, as well as Matt and their sister Liz too)

I also met Jocelyn 5 years ago (how has it been that long already?!) when we both worked as leaders to middle school girls groups at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA. Now Jocelyn is the one in charge of the middle school program!

So, when I heard that Matt and Jocelyn were dating, I knew that Matt would be wise to hang on to her – and I’m so glad he realized it too! David and I were super-excited when they asked us to be a part of their big day; we knew it would be a blast with these two!

We started the day at Jocelyn’s parents house where she got ready. We arrived a bit early (and beat the bride, sisters and mom there!) and dad was able to get the dress and shoes for us to photograph while we waited. It was so nice to have some leisurely time to be creative and try new things. What a beautiful place to capture these images! I fell in love with this chair too (really, if it disappears, I know nothing about it!), you’ll see it in several of the photographs here.

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When Jocelyn and the rest of the girls arrived from getting their hair and makeup done, she quickly got in her dress and we were able to capture some images of this beauty!

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Then, we rushed over to Matt’s parents’ house in Lincoln where we were able to get some images of the guys in their new(ish) library on the upper floor. This is absolutely my favorite room in any house that I know – it is beautiful and full of glorious light.

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On to The Codman Estate in Lincoln, MA for the ceremony and reception. It was a brisk, windy spring day, so both of these were at the carriage house instead of in the garden on the property, which given the temperature, I’m certain all the guests were happy about. Everything about this location is lovely and I’m so glad we were able to capture just a glimpse of the beauty! The ceremony was such an intimate experience and seemed so ethereal in this quaint space.

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After the beautiful ceremony (performed by Jocelyn’s mother and father), we snuck away into the cold, windy yard for a few group shots while they cleared out the carriage house for the reception. The reception was right up our alley with a burger bar (catered by Boston Cafe and Catering) and delicious chocolate cake and an ice cream bar to boot.

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And, since the wedding day was so cold and windy, we didn’t get any alone time with the new couple outside – so we all met again at the Estate a few weeks later to capture some more shots.

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All in all a beautiful and fun day – thanks for including us guys!



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Hippity Hoppity Spring Is Here!

Easter is on the way – at least it must be since today is the first day of Spring. Despite the thin layer of fresh ice on the trees this morning, the cool temps, and the snow still on the ground, new life and warmth are on the way! And, to help us all remember the promise of things to come, I’m here to share some adorable photos taken just yesterday of some of the cutest girls around (I’m not biased at all . . .)

You’ll remember the cutie Annabeth from her previous sessions – I swear she just gets cuter by the minute! We actually took her photos second, while Ellie napped. I’m so glad we thought to add a carrot – it was the perfect prop – something for her to chew on and hold and it fit the theme. I also love that her cheeks are so big that they cast their own shadow!

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Ellie has also had some previous photos taken – and I’m sure they’re not the last! The life of being a photographer’s kid I guess 🙂

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And, how do you top the cuteness you’ve already seen?! Put them together of course!!! We had way too much fun with these two 🙂

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New equipment excitement!

We finally did it. We bought some new camera equipment – it’ll arrive later this week! We are so excited! I’m pretty sure the day it arrives David won’t get any more work done . . . he’ll just be playing with the new stuff. 🙂 I love him and his nerdyness 🙂

For all you nerds out there that want to know what we got. We bought a new camera – a Canon 6D. This is their newest camera and it upgrades us to a full-frame sensor! Woot! And, bonus, it has video capabilities (which will likely only be used to video Ellie). We also got a new lens with it (hey, it was a package deal): EF24-105mm. A new flash: Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite. And, some extra batteries and memory cards and a monopod to boot. What a day!

Here’s the camera – isn’t it pretty?

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Christmas 2013

Well, I think we’re finally recovered from our Christmas season – our wonderful, crazy, Christmas season 🙂 It was full of family and laughter and lots and lots of love. Not to mention it was Ellie’s first Christmas too! (I love these photos we managed to get of her and her friend just before we left for NY)

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We started in Western NY visiting my family – we had many parties to attend and lots of family to see. (And another photo session) We celebrated our own Christmas on Sunday, December 15 with my brothers, nephews, their mom, and my parents. And we managed to wrangle everyone together for a family photo 🙂 And got some of Ellie with her oldest uncle – I love these!

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There was also a larger family party while we were there – and Santa even visited (as he does every year!).

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We thankfully had about a week to recover when we got home – especially since David and I both got the stomach flu . . . yuck! All of David’s siblings and their families arrived on December 24 – and we had conspired with them to do some family sessions as a present for his mom for Christmas. So, we met each family individually on Christmas Eve (one couple Christmas morning!) and were able to show a slideshow for his mom as we opened presents. Here’s the images she chose to put on her wall

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We had Ellie dedicated while everyone was in town and that’s when we were able to get a shot of the whole family – including grandma and grandpa.

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What a fantastic few weeks – we love our families and wish everyone lived close to us so we could see them all way more often! How was your Christmas this year?

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Hoffman Family Farm

If you remember, we donated a family mini photo session for a benefit in honor of my cousin back in November. The lucky winner really wanted photos of her son and grandson. So, just before Christmas while we were in Canaseraga visiting my side of the family, we were able to meet them at the family farm. What a beautiful place! I asked to move it – and I wasn’t kidding 🙂

It was a wonderful snowy day – almost too snowy as they live on a hill and we don’t have 4 wheel drive in our Yaris 😉 We managed to make it up the hill and started in the house. Mom (grandma) is an artist (or at least was in high school when she painted the trees on the wall in the this photo) – I also volunteered to take that off their hands if they ever need to get rid of it (I found all sort of things I fell in love with there!) Isn’t it amazing?!

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After our beginning inside, we managed to talk them into venturing out into the snow and I’m glad we did. We had a blast (I hope they did too)!

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A Very Barry Christmas

We met Lauren through some friends (Lars and Beth – you’ve seen them before) a year or two ago. She’s such a fun girl – always happy – and a beauty to boot! She contacted us in November to take some photos of her, her brother Matt, and their dogs (Cody and Dexter) for their mom’s Christmas present this year. They have both graduated from High School and college, so they thought it was high-time for some new, updated photos of all the kiddos (plus, Dexter is just 5 1/2 months old!).

Returning to Bower Springs again, we wandered with them for a bit, stopping at the many picturesque places along the way. The puppies (is it wrong to want to steal a client’s dogs?! SO CUTE!) and I had lots of fun – even playing with the little bit of snow there was. Cody especially loves the snow – here he is mid-jump!

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It was so fun to spend some time with Lauren and to meet her brother and the dogs – hope we can do it again (even without a camera)! And, we hope mom loves the photos!

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Byler Family Mini Session – West Boylston, MA

We love spending time with the Byler family. And that’s just what we got to do once again on a lovely Saturday recently at the Old Stone Church in West Boylston, Massachusetts. We’ve been here before, and we’ll probably be back — this is a favorite location of ours.  The church is beautiful and so are the rest of the grounds.  We love watching their boys grow and change each year – they are so darn cute! Last year we went to them; this year they decided to come to us.

We caught the peak of fall foliage . . . as did many other photographers. We were just one of at least four photo sessions happening that morning at this location. We’re so glad we have such fun, cute, and flexible clients 🙂
If you’ve never been a part of one of our sessions, we love to vary the speed. We will often start by walking around a bit to help the kids (and parents) get used to us and the camera and loosen up a little bit. Throughout the session we also stop at various locations for some posed shots, but we love to capture the in-between. Kids love to run and play, obviously, so we try to get some of those shots as well. Mom and dad came prepared this year with gummy bears as incentive for the boys to cooperate and smile for the camera. It worked great. And don’t forget monkey, you’ll see him in several of the pictures if you look for him.
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Thank you Bylers!  We’re so thankful for you and for spreading the word about us!
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Baby Ryckie Benefit – Canaseraga NY

Rhiannon’s cousin Amy passed away early last year from pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed the spring before – it moved so fast! To make it extra devastating, her partner had their first baby girl less than two weeks prior to her passing.

I had the privilege of working with Amy last year (the year she got sick) at Lincoln-Sudbury High School. It is a true testament of how good she was at her job to see how much her students and coworkers loved her!

Baby Ryckie (who’s first name is actually Amy – after her mother) is a beautiful, smart, fun girl, just like Amy and Lindsey. As a memorial to Amy, her family decided to host a benefit and give all the proceeds to baby Ryckie. It will be held in Canaseraga where we grew up – at the American Legion, on November 10. If you’re close by, be sure to stop in!

And, if you do go, you can have a chance to win a mini session from us! We’re donating a 30 minute family session to be held on December 14 at 9am – we’ll be in NY that weekend to celebrate Christmas with my side of the family. Be sure to have fun at the benefit for us – we can’t make it 🙁

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