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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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Peter + Kensie – Engagement Session – Sudbury, MA

We knew Peter and Kensie a little bit already when they approached us to shoot their wedding in May 2013. Right from the start we liked these two as individuals, and loved hearing how they fell in love as we shot engagement photos in the snow.

We met at the beautiful Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA – not too far from home for these two. This also happens to be where we met each other back in 2008 at a wedding and hadn’t been back since then. Rhiannon was a bridesmaid and David a friend of the groom (his brother Dan was the best man at the wedding). Neither of them expected to meet anyone that day – and in fact, when they found out their differences, they wrote each other off as potentials. Rhiannon had just turned 30 and lived and worked in southern PA, while David was 23 and entering his senior year of college in Worcester, MA in the fall. As fate would have it, Rhiannon moved to MA a year later, living with the groom’s family, where David and his family had lived years before! We soon reconnected at a party in Dorchester thrown by the groom’s sister . . . and well, the rest is history 😉 Back to the two we’re here to talk about 🙂

We met Peter and Kensie early on this snowy Saturday and wandered the grounds together. They came prepared with coffee in hand – and blankets to wrap up in. We heard stories of their relationship, how Peter “knew” she was the one, and the story of their engagement (which included her whole family – how sweet is that?!).

It was great to get to know these two better and we look forward to having more fun on their wedding day!

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Nate + Eileen Love Birds – Winter Wedding in Houghton, NY

Eileen and Rhiannon have been friends since college. Technically they met freshman year where they attended college in western NY state, and technically they were the same major and had lots of classes together, and technically they worked together in the summers in a wilderness program; but they didn’t technically become friends (if you ask them) until after graduation when they took a 3 week road trip across the states together. Nothing bonds people like cramped spaces for an extended period of time! Because of these strong ties, Rhiannon was one of the bridesmaids in Eileen’s wedding (as Eileen had been for Rhiannon) this December.

We’ve been hearing about Nate from Eileen for years – and by the time we met him we already knew he was a great match for our friend. The longer we’ve known him, the more sure we are in that opinion! Weso excited about this new life they’ve started together and are thrilled to see where God is taking them next – and so glad we get to witness it all!

We started our day together at Eileen’s house where the girls were together getting ready for the day – all of them knowing each other from their college days. David got to split his time in the morning as he eventually made his way to Houghton Wesleyan Church in Houghton, NY where the ceremony was being held – and also where the guys had gathered to get ready. Rhiannon stayed with the ladies and in between getting ready and helping the other girls, was also able to capture some more photos.

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The ceremony was wonderful – being performed by a great and longtime friend and mentor to Eileen. Houghton Wesleyan is also a beautiful church – and being so close to Christmas, was decorated just beautifully for their ceremony!

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After the ceremony, we went to Letchworth State Park in Perry, NY for some photos in the cold, wind, and snow – then onto the reception at Anastassia Events in Portageville, NY. It’s a beautiful old catholic church converted to an event hall.

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Such a fun and lovely day! So thrilled for these two, thanks for letting us be a part of your day in two special ways!

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Peirce Family – Lexington, MA

It’s getting closer to Christmas and families are still getting in to have photos taken for their cards! One of these is the Peirce family. Actually, it’s just the kids and grandkids – mom and dad chose not to join us since they wanted to just show off their amazing kids and cuties this year!

The day was cold  with lots of wind, but thankfully sunny. All of these guys were such troopers, especially the kids who were both recovering from colds! We spent our time at Minute Man National Historic Park in Lexington, MA and we worked fast to try to keep warm!

The oldest in the family is married with her own family, so we spent some time capturing just them – as well as just the kiddos.

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We were sure to get all of the adult kids together.

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And some of the whole family.

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Don’t forget individual photos for mom either.

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We had a great time in a beautiful place and hope to see these folks again soon! Merry Christmas to all!

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