For you, your children and your grandchildren

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For you, your children and your grandchildren

As a professional wedding and portrait photographer it is my goal and task to create beautiful images that enrich people's lives. Any photograph I make is unique. In particular because they capture fleeting moments and emotions. We all love looking back at images from the past as they help us to relive those moments and connect with the people that matter most to us.

Today we not only have amazing cameras and software that allow us to create stunning portraits, we also have a growing number of exquisite art work products that these photos can be transformed into.

When you see an article or anything that has both text and images in it, even if it's just one, don't you feel attracted by the image(s) first? That's the power photographs have! And wouldn't you agree that printed images, in any form, standout from the countless numbers of photos we have on our hard drives and smartphones in this digital age? There are just waaaay too many, they will all lose relevance at some point and will be forgotten. Not only that, but maybe all you received from your photographer after your wedding or a family portrait session was a disc with digital files on it. What do you do with them currently? How do you access them on a regular basis? How much do they impact your life in this way? How much joy do they bring you? What if that CD gets lost, or your hard drive crashes?

We have seen floppy discs come and go. We are experiencing the disappearance of CDs and DVDs right now. Stop and consider for a moment that very soon you won't be able to view your wedding images on your disc anymore! Some of the newest computers don't even have a regular USB-port anymore! This is to be taken seriously. Digital mediums come and go.

It is becoming clearer and clearer to me how valuable and important tangible photo products are. Heirloom albums, canvases, framed prints and many other forms of art work not only allow you to experience and access your precious images in the absolute best way, but also your children and their children. One day that's all they'll have to cherish when it comes to viewing images of their dearest family members and loved ones.

Being a full service photographer I believe in offering my clients the best and long lasting solutions, so they can actually enjoy their portraits and images in the form of high-quality art work that will beautify their homes and lives on a daily basis.

Below you can see an example of a heirloom album from a wedding in Rockport, MA. It's 12x12", lay flat and flush mount, with thick pages. You can choose from different cover materials and colors, embossed with your personal information. A very high-quality feel. Guaranteed wow-factor!

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Topsfield Engagement Session - Elizabeth and David

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Topsfield Engagement Session - Elizabeth and David

Photographing an engagement session in New England mid-January can mean dealing with frosty temperatures. Fortunately Elizabeth and David are avid gym-goers and had the idea to use their local Crossfit in Topsfield, MA for the shoot. Without anybody else around we were able to implement some cool ideas they had come up with. Shortly after our arrival the two lovebirds were hanging up in the air. To symbolize their wedding at Gloucester's fabulous Bass Rocks Golf Club was soon to come, they literally tied a knot with the ropes. They also pulled off a 'Spiderman kiss', another great idea I loved.

After creating more fun shots to celebrate their engagement, me moved on to the rustic Gould Barn, located in Topsfield as well. The sun was out and it was surprisingly mild, and we all enjoyed the warm afternoon together. Elizabeth and David continued to show their affection for each other while bathing in the sunlight. Eventually we captured even their sweet dog Kona in a number of photos. 

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Boston Athenaeum Engagement Session

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Boston Athenaeum Engagement Session

It was a very cold day but that was not why I was happy to be in the warm Athenaeum in Boston. I was thrilled to be there photographing Samantha and Brian’s engagement session, who dressed to the nines beautifully complimented the rich interior of the Athenaeum. As a librarian on Cape Ann, the location was perfectly chosen by Samantha to capture them and their love. The glamorous location felt like a teaser for their upcoming wedding this year at the elegant Castle Hill in Ipswich. A special thanks to Deborah at the Athenaeum for showing us all the best corners.

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Malia's High School Senior Portraits

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Malia's High School Senior Portraits

Just to make it clear, Malia is not a model. She currently visits the High School in Gloucester, MA. She did need some time to warm up and relax, like everybody else in front of the camera. But she started to work the camera quickly and I'd say Mary Kay should hire her sooner than later. Enjoy her High School Senior photos which come from two sessions: The first session took place in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, mainly at Singing Beach. The Fall portraits were created at the Halibut Point State Park in Rockport, MA. And the red make-up from her summer session was applied by Caitlin Pszenny (Kreitman), a Mary Kay beauty consultant. 

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Corryn's High School Senior Portraits

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Corryn's High School Senior Portraits

I had the great pleasure to create Corryn's portraits for her last high school year as a senior. Creating the right environment for someone, especially a young person, to feel comfortable in front of the camera is likely the best compliment for me. And I feel this is reflected in her senior portraits. They were taken in downtown Gloucester, MA and at the harbor. Enjoy!

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Who needs LA if you can live in Gloucester

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Who needs LA if you can live in Gloucester

Ashley and Jeff are likely among the most awesome people in Gloucester, MA. While Jeff is a local, Ashley had to live in Miami, move to and work in LA before she realized Cape Ann is where she belongs. Who could blame her?! Jeff has been a long term member of the Bass Rocks Golf Club, so it was only fitting to use this great venue with its fantastic location as the place where they would tie the knot. Fun was in the air from the very beginning of the day. And after documenting their engagement last Fall at Good Harbor Beach (check out their engagement images here), I knew their wedding was going to be a wicked blast. And they didn't disappoint. These two love birds and their many guests had positivity radiating from them the whole day long. And I don't recall many wedding shoots where I found so many people giving 110% on the dance floor for hours on end. I wish you all the best throughout your marriage. You guys kick ass! Here's the video slideshow of their highlights.

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Shining Souls Within

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Shining Souls Within

The weather was starting to get warmer, and Rachel and Mark and myself decided it was finally time to visit the beautiful Castle Hill on Crane Estate in Essex, MA to document their engagement with some special portraits of the two of them. In the early morning of a Monday we had the place just for ourselves. I personally love Castle Hill anyway, but I feel it was such a good location for Rachel and Mark. I had come to know that they are far more interested in the humanities and how life works, than in spending lots of time online or social media. Crane Estate, with its vastness and old building construction, wonderfully reflects and accommodates this. And as our engagement session went on, they were able to express their love for each other more and more in front of the camera while they were discovering the beauty and new renovations of this classic venue. Additionally, Rachel had expressed her concern for not being photogenic during our first consulation meeting for their wedding, but I have to say I cannot confirm this whatsoever! Find out for yourself in the images below. Click here to see the video slideshow of their highlights. Enjoy!

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Keep on shining in the free world

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Keep on shining in the free world

At Look of Joy Photography our motto is to "capture joyful moments of joyful people". The Girards are a perfect example of a joyful family.

We love being out there, scouting beautiful locations to create these special portraits of families that will be cherished for many years to come. Coolidge Reservation in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA is a wonderful place for this. Here are some impressions from our session in Fall 2015. May they warm your heart and bring some sparkle into your eyes.

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California Love - An Engagement in Ventura

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California Love - An Engagement in Ventura

I love this story: One week before an upcoming trip to California I received a phone call from Ellyse. She was inquiring into my services for her upcoming wedding in Gloucester. She comes from the Boston North Shore area but lives in Los Angeles together with her fiancé Robert. During our talk we realized that we would be able to meet up in person and also do their engagement images during my trip to Ventura county. We eventually found a day for our get-together. They were traveling south back home to LA and wanted to meet earlier than my preferred time for the right lighting. Due to my duties it got later though, and after having gotten to know each other briefly we headed off for some portrait action. We went to Downtown Ventura and made use of the last rays of light from the winter sun hitting the streets. Then we jumped into our cars and drove to the close-by State Beach and its beautiful pier. The sun was about to set, and we spent some time on and around the pier for some really gorgeous images of these two love birds. What a fun and relaxed couple! We all were so glad that we were able to meet and create their engagement photos, something they didn't think was possible due the different locations. I'm already looking forward to document their wedding on Cape Ann next year.

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Good Harbor Beach - A Love Story featuring Ashley & Jeff

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Good Harbor Beach - A Love Story featuring Ashley & Jeff

I met Ashley the first time in Gloucester's awesome restaurant Short and Main. Before even discussing their ideas for their 2016 wedding at the Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester, MA, we talked about various topics including Ashley’s film studies in LA. I quickly felt we were on the same wavelength. Soon after they booked Look of Joy Photography we met at Good Harbor Beach for their engagement images. They told me at the beginning they were nervous but I barely noticed it. It only took them minutes and they seemed as if they had forgotten about me and were able to truly display their love for one another. We explored various spots on the beach and ended the session in the industrial area of the Gloucester harbor with its special raw energy.

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Lobsterboy found his Mermaid‬ - Getting married in Rockport

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Lobsterboy found his Mermaid‬ - Getting married in Rockport

Leah and Ryan live in Rockport, MA, and if you have this gorgeous town at your door step, there is no need to drive anywhere else to tie the knot! Ryan is one of Rockport's finest lobstermen, and after the two of them had seen each other in their wedding attire for the first time, the whole bridal party hopped onto his new boat and we went out to enjoy the beautiful day and grab some nice images. Such fun! We took some creative portraits right in front of the Motif No.1 as well as later on at the Headlands, where the ceremony took place. An unusual amount of birds appeared while Ryan and Leah got married. A trolly brought them to the Rockport Golf Club afterwards. A couple of touching speeches were followed by a delicious dinner, and later that night the newly weds went to town with the tunes of Cape Ann's Groove Therapy, rocking until the Super Moon that day was high up in the sky. What a special day! And I'm glad I was there to photograph it all. Thanks to Makeup by Shannon NicoleTimothy S. Hopkins CateringAlessia Connolly for the hair dressing and Fascia Murray, the officiant. 

Enjoy this slideshow video of some of the highlights from Leah and Ryan's wonderful wedding in Rockport, MA.

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Two Less Fish in the Lake - An Island Wedding

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Two Less Fish in the Lake - An Island Wedding

What can I say? Traveling to a private island in a lake in New Hampshire to photograph a wedding can hardly be trumped, can it? Yes it can. When two people as fun and cool as Melissa and Danny are the ones who get married.

The chances for rain were decent that day but in the end the weather and the light helped making this great day even better. Caswell Island on Bow Lake has been owned by the family for decades, and Melissa and Danny flew in all the way from San Francisco to celebrate their marriage on this hidden gem of an island. With fun guests and a lot of rustic DIY elements it was truly an awesome wedding.

'You can lead a horse to the water but you cannot make it drink.' As a wedding photographer one has only a certain amount of control about how direct a couple and capture their way of being. Melissa and Danny were rockstars and seemed to have so much fun in front the camera. They goofed around on a regular basis but also knew how to forget about themselves (and me) and become intimate with each other. 

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Castle Hill - A Return to the Classic

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Castle Hill - A Return to the Classic

Leanne and Dave's job has to do with modern machinery. For their wedding at the stunning Castle Hill at Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA, they wanted to travel back in time a bit though. The venue is an example of classic beauty and surely helps accomplishing this. Leanne and her bridesmaids got ready at the Double Tree Hotel in Danvers, MA first and then made their way in a limo over to Castle Hill. The rain set in just when the ceremony was taking place on the amazing big lawn of the Crane Estate, but it was only afterwards when everybody needed to seek shelter inside. Leanne and Dave are great, authentic people that know how to celebrate and dance!    Check out Leanne's hairdo (it's out of this world!) and her equally gorgeous dress.

Hair by Carl Michael Salon | Flowers by Audrey's Flower Shop | Videography by McElroy Films | Catering by Vinwood Catering | Music by DJ Raffi 

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A Summer Dream in Newport

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A Summer Dream in Newport

They had to travel. I had to travel. But our final destination was so worth it. Joelle and Dan got married at the amazing Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island. I'm a big fan of farm and backyard weddings with a lot of DIY ingredients. Joelle and Dan's wedding at Belle Mer was quite different in this regard. The venue and its location are so stunning, and when a wedding day is blessed by such perfect summer weather, you cannot ask for more. It's located on Goat Island at the beautiful Narragansett Bay, just off Newport, and there was glass and light everywhere. Their families are a pretty varied mix of ethnicities, and as someone who's spent a lot of time in different countries I was looking forward to documenting their special day very much. Joelle and Dan are sweethearts, and here are their images. Enjoy.

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From New York to Gloucester

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From New York to Gloucester

Katlin and Nate's wedding took place on a beautiful summer day in Gloucester, MA, which is part of Cape Ann in the very east of the Boston North Shore. Both live in upstate New York but have family connections in Gloucester. It was an amazing day and the weather was truly on our side. Katlin arrived at the St. Anthony Chapel, where they would get married, in a gorgeous old Rolls Royce limousine. The reception then took place at The Elks at Bass Rocks, just a few minutes away at the East Gloucester back shore. What a wonderful location! Lots of laughter, touching moments and hard partying made it such a great occasion. 
While a wedding day is a day of celebrations, it can be stressful as well. Katlin and Nate handled it like pros, yet they were really relaxed and fully enjoyed their special day. 

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