Best of 2018

Wedding

Jan 4, 2019

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2018 was awesome! This is my third year doing a year-end slideshow and each year I say the same thing. But the truth is that each year since I’ve started this business has been better than the last. Another year full of amazing couples who entrusted me to capture their big day and allow me to do what I love most for a living. Building this business has been harder than I ever imagined when I photographed my first wedding in 2015, but also more rewarding than I ever thought possible.

This year in my work just as every year my primary focus is capturing genuine moments, whether they be a reaction to a hilarious toast, a spur of the moment dance-off, an emotional father seeing his daughter for the first time, or a flower girl who couldn’t sit still at dinner. I’m always working on improving my ability to anticipate these moments before they even happen. This year as I continue to see and understand light I started embracing shadows and dark in my photos. In my first few years as a photographer I decided that the style that felt natural to me was very bright and light photos. It still is for the most part but I’ve started realizing the importance of capturing the mood of a scene, and if that room wasn’t bright and light I’m not going to try to make it look like that in my photo.

I have a note in my phone that lists yearly business goals since the start of 2016 and what I did and did not accomplish each year. Some of my goals for 2016 were “photograph a wedding in Florida” and “hire a second photographer” which seem silly in comparison to what I’m working on now! A few of the goals for 2018 that I accomplished this year- the knot best of weddings 2019, win a WPJA award, get a brand new website up and running.

I photographed 17 incredible weddings this year in 3 different states ranging in guests from 8-200. From a tented wedding on the coast of York Maine, to a destination wedding in Islamorada Florida, to an elopement at Cambridge city hall, to a city wedding at the Westin Copley Place, to an intimate ceremony on the beach on Cape Cod. The common denominator was awesome couples in love who just wanted to have a beautiful fun day with their family and friends and photographs that would take them back to how they felt on the best day of their lives.

Be sure to turn up your volume before starting the video , and then all of the individual photos are listed below that. If you enjoy the video I would love if you could share it with friends!

Cheers to an even better 2019

Morgan

 

bride and groom dance surrounded by friends at Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation wedding

The DJ had everyone gather round the dance floor in a huge circle for Tom and Briana’s last dance at their Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation wedding

Industrial wedding ceremony at charles river museum in waltham ma

Tom and Briana exit their industrial Charles River Museum wedding ceremony

The bride dancing with her sister at the Lake Pavilion in West Palm Beach. I turned off my main flash (on camera) for this shot and waited for Marie to turn towards my off camera flash (set up by the DJ speaker) for a more dramatic look.

bride and bridesmaids champagne toast in robes before charles river museum of industry and innovation wedding

Briana sharing a champagne toast with her bridesmaids in the bridal suite before her Waltham wedding.

Bride popping champagne in bridal suite

The bride popping a bottle of champagne with her bridesmaids while getting ready.

 

 

last dance bride and groom lake pavilion wedding west palm beach

Marie and Todd share their final dance of the evening at their Lake Pavilion wedding

bride and groom portraits in west palm beach despite a looming thunderstorm

There were looming thunderstorms all day but we were able to sneak out during a break in the storm for some bride and groom portraits in downtown West Palm Beach.

guests lifting groom at lake pavilion wedding west palm beach

Some wedding guests attempting to lift the groom at a Lake Pavilion wedding

guests lifting groom at lake pavilion wedding west palm beach

Some wedding guests attempting to lift the groom at a Lake Pavilion wedding

Kids eating wedding cake at a lake pavilion wedding in west palm beach florida

Young guests enjoying wedding cake at a Lake Pavilion wedding

Kid dancing at lake pavilion wedding

This kid had some of the best dance moves I’ve seen in years!

Kid dancing at lake pavilion wedding

A young wedding guest enjoying himself on the dance floor

bride and groom first dance at lake pavilion wedding in west palm beach florida

Marie and Todd share their first dance at the Lake Pavilion in West Palm Beach

bride and groom portraits on a pier in downtown west palm beach

We took bride and groom portraits at the end of a pier in downtown West Palm Beach

 

Bride and groom st. edward church wedding ceremony palm beach

Marie and Todd steal a glance at their St. Edward’s Church wedding ceremony in Palm Beach.

bride given away st edward church wedding ceremony

Marie’s brother gives her away at her St. Edward wedding ceremony in Palm Beach.

no look first look before wedding ceremony at the worth ave clock tower in palm beach

A “no-look first look” at the Worth Ave clock tower in Palm Beach

bridal portrait palm beach

A bridal portrait of Marie right before she leaves the bridal suite to go to the church in Palm Beach

Dance floor at TJ Smith's Victorian House

Having a great time on the dance floor at a TJ Smith’s Victorian House wedding.

 

industrial wedding ceremony charles river museum of industry and innovation

In order to capture the moody feel of this industrial brick wedding ceremony at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, I set my camera to capture as much of the limited ambient bistro lighting as I could, and then relied on my off camera flash at the front of the ceremony and off to the right to light just the bride and groom while leaving the guests in shadow.

Emotional toast reaction at TJ Smith's Victorian House

The sister of the groom reacts to an emotional toast at the TJ Smith Victorian House.

first dance bride and groom joking at tj smith's victorian house

Marissa and Dave having fun during their first dance

first dance bride and groom at tj smith's victorian house in east bridgewater MA

Marissa and Dave sharing a beautiful first dance at the TJ Smith Victorian House

 

Bride and groom portrait at TJ Smith's victorian house

Right as we were finishing bride and groom portraits I asked Marissa and Dave walk away from me down the path to show off Marissa’s stunning train

 

Reactions to a wedding toast at Charles river museum wedding in Waltham MA

Reactions to a particularly hilarious speech at the Charles River Museum. I lit this shot with my main on camera flash, and another off camera flash off to the side for a little extra dimension. I used my 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm to be able to crouch where the wedding guests were and capture this close up shot without intruding in a large industrial space.

 

Islamorada destination wedding first look at amara cay

Carolyn and Rick walking back to the resort after their first look at the end of a dock at Amara Cay.

First look at an islamorada destination wedding at Amara Cay resort

Despite a looming tropical storm, Carolyn and Rick had the most perfect first look at the end of a pier at Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada, Florida.

Father daughter first look with a french bulldog at an islamorada destination wedding

Carolyn had just shared a lovely first look with her father, when they both looked down and saw Louise the frenchie staring out the window and completely oblivious to the fact that she was sitting on Carolyn’s wedding gown.

Bride and bridesmaids in robes along with a french bulldog at an Islamorada destination wedding

A bride and her bridesmaids pose in their robes at Amara Cay before her Islamorada destination wedding.

Wedding dress shot at a Florida keys destination wedding in Islamorada

Carolyn’s dress was so stunning against the backdrop of the ocean at her destination wedding at Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada, Florida.

A groom and groomsmen toast at a destination wedding in Islamorada, Florida.

A groom and his groomsmen share some whiskey and a toast before heading to his destination wedding ceremony in Islamorada, Florida.

Wedding couple share unplanned first dance at the tuscan kitchen in Burlington, MA

Wences and Emily had not originally planned on doing a first dance at their Tuscan Kitchen wedding, but at their guests behest they decided to give it a go.

Mother of the groom moment with the bride at a Tuscan Kitchen wedding.

A mother of the groom shares a heartwarming moment and glance with her new daughter-in-law.

A portrait of two grooms on a rainy day in Beacon hill.

Portrait of two grooms in Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, MA after Cambridge City Hall elopement

We were in the middle of taking portraits in Beacon Hill after Matthew and Lyndon’s Cambridge city hall elopement when a group of school children on a field trip came by and start cheering for the newly married couple!

a wedding portrait of two grooms in beacon hill neighborhood of boston, MA

We took portraits of Matthew and Lyndon in Beacon Hill following their Cambridge City Hall elopement. They braved the rain for some great shots on Acorn St.

Two grooms getting ready for their elopement at Cambridge City Hall in Cambridge, MA

I love this shot of Matthew and Lyndon after having just signed the paperwork at city hall and heading back toward where me and their family wait for their Cambridge city hall ceremony.

A wedding portrait of a couple under an elaborate floral installation at Curtiss Mansion in Miami Springs, florida

We took this portrait of Logan and Karem under a gorgeous and elaborate floral installation at their Curtiss Mansion wedding in Miami Springs, Florida

Wedding guests dancing at an outdoor reception at a palm beach zoo wedding in west palm beach, florida

Wedding guests dancing under the veranda at a Palm Beach Zoo wedding.

A wedding couple takes portraits at their palm beach zoo wedding.

One of my favorite portraits of Rebecca and Brad on the bridge at the Palm Beach zoo.

A young wedding guest meeting an armadillo during the animal encounter cocktail hour at the Palm Beach zoo.

A young wedding guest meeting an armadillo during the animal encounter cocktail hour at the Palm Beach zoo.

The bride meeting an owl at her Palm Beach zoo wedding.

The bride meeting an owl at her Palm Beach zoo wedding.

A bride and groom have an animal encounter with an owl at their Palm Beach zoo wedding

This wedding was so fun! The couple enjoyed an animal encounter with an owl during cocktail hour at their Palm Beach zoo wedding.

A bride and her french bulldog dog, before her wedding in Islamorada florida

Carolyn and her french bulldog and flower girl, Louise, share a moment before her Islamorada beach ceremony.

 

 

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in Boston or Palm Beach I’d love to chat about how I might be able to help! Contact me here.

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