Portraits for a San Francisco based, but Vermont bred, musician

Early last month — you remember, then the temperatures were in the mid 90’s and the humidity matched — I connected up with Miranda Ferriss Jones to take some photos for her upcoming album. She was back in town visiting her family and had a vision for some photos contrasting the vintage dresses she performs in with the rustic farmhouse, barn, and tractor she grew up with. So, Tawny & I hopped in the car and drove down to Monkton from Burlington. It was a welcome road trip because it meant we had a brief reprieve from the heat in the car’s AC! We spent a couple of hours walking around using a few locations, one of which included the upper floor of the old barn which had to be well over 100° and filled with bat guano. Despite the heat, we had a lot of fun and came up with a variety of looks.

If you haven’t heard of Miranda before, I recommend visiting her site. She described herself as a singer-songwriter when she contacted me, but it’s a bit of a misnomer. While she writes and performs her own material, she’s got a heavy Jazz influence which is quite refreshing in today’s world of mediocre pop. Give her a listen!

It was nice to meet & work with you, Miranda.  Best of luck with the new album; I’m looking forward to hearing it!

A Burlington Engagement Session with Peter & Emily

I had the great honor of taking some engagement photos (I guess all the cool kids are calling them E-Sessions now) for a wonderful couple and some good friends of mine, Peter & Emily. We tromped around Burlington shooting in a couple of alleys on our way down to One Main St. and the Lake Champlain waterfront to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Peter is a musician and he’s a frequent guest in front of my camera, but most of the time that I’m taking photos of him, Emily is in the audience listening to his melodies. Not this time!  We had a great time laughing with each other while we made these photos.  Near the end of the night, Peter said, “This is great! How often do I get to spend a few hours focused on being in love with Emily?” I can’t wait for their wedding this fall!

Peter & Emily's Burlington Vermont Engagement (E-Session) photos
Peter & Emily's Burlington Vermont Engagement (E-Session) photos: Brick wall with glass reflection

Peter & Emily's Burlington Vermont Engagement (E-Session) photos: Silhouette at Sunset

Here’s a slideshow with some more photos from the day:

Music: “Emily” by Peter Day

You can find this song on iTunes and more songs like it on The Grift’s website. A huge thank you to Clint Bierman for providing acoustic version!

Quick portraits for a friend

We had houseguests this weekend. Some of my college friends were up for a weekend of sun, skiing, and catching up. Just before they were about to leave, we ran down to the studio to take a few quick portraits. He wanted some headshots for use on Facebook, Twitter, etc.