Snapshots vs Photographs

So, I’m posting this photo so that I get more chances to win a camera, but it does have some relevance.

I can’t tell you how many times someone pulls out their phone and says to me something like “Sorry, it’s just a camera phone but it’s all I have…” Sure, an SLR would take a better photo and there are other even bigger, more expensive cameras that have advantages over SLRs… but if you’ve got a camera in your pocket and you’re taking a photo, it’s something important to you and worth capturing with whatever you have! I believe it’s Chase Jarvis that says “The best camera is the one you have with you” and he’s right. So… keep taking snapshots. They’re worth remembering.

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Reasons to be thankful

So this post is coming on the week following Thanksgiving. I was traveling during the holiday and that’s some of what sparked this post. On Thanksgiving eve, Tawny and I hopped in the car and drove to Northampton, MA for a show (and some other festivities) at the Iron Horse Music Hall. Normally this would be about a 3 hour trip, but with the snow storm that was pummeling the east coast, it took us more than 5 hours. Apparently this storm caused the 4th largest ever power outage in New Hampshire.  We started keeping count of the number of cars off the road and got to 18 before we arrived. There were signs of many others off the road, too. So, I’m thankful for is that we made it to Massachusetts safely.

I’m also thankful for the number of amazing musicians in my life. About 15 years ago, I was introduced to a few members of The Grift. Eventually, Tawny and I made it to a show and discovered that our friends with a band were actually amazing musicians! (You never know in Burlington. It seems like everyone has a friend in a band.) Not only are they musically talented, but they’re also some of the nicest people around. Through them, I’m happy to have met many other people in the Burlington music scene that I can also call friends.

On this night, The Sweet Remains were on the schedule to play, but there was an ulterior motive. It was also Clint’s birthday. Little did he know that he’d be playing a gig with so many friends to celebrate!

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Meet Kelly

Meet Kelly

Senior photo season is almost over but we had one last hurrah in Waterbury. Kelly and I met up on a day that was originally forecast to be rainy and cold. Instead, we got nice high clouds mixed with sun and comfortable temps with a warm wind.

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We walked around some of the roads that she runs, meandering through farmer’s fields and down past a small river. Every time I visit the Mad River Valley I’m reminded that it’s one of the most beautiful places in Vermont.

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It was a lovely day with great company. You’re going to go places, Kelly! Best of luck on the rest of your senior year and in college.

Blueberry Picking at Adam’s Berry Farm

Blueberry Picking at Adam’s Berry Farm

A few weeks ago my family and I went blueberry picking at Adam’s Berry Farm in their new Charlotte location. With the crazy weather we’ve had in Vermont over the last few years, they were forced to leave their 11 year home in the Burlington Intervale. Well, they found a beautiful spot on a hill in Charlotte. The barn looks gorgeous, and the berries are as delicious as always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along the ridge of the hill is a band of wildflowers that are a perfect addition to the farm.

 

 

 

What do you think, do you like the photo with or without the motion blur?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont wedding at Stowe Mountain Resort: Amanda & Chris

I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda and Chris last summer when we connected up for some engagement photos. It was an unusually warm summer day but we had a great time walking around Stowe and the Trapp Family Lodge. Their wedding day was similar – warm temperatures, bright sunshine, and relaxed attitudes. In Amanda’s final email to me before her wedding she said “As crazy as it sounds, despite the fact it’s my wedding day… My plans are pretty low key and it’s just a day of relaxing!”

I thought that was a lofty goal given how most wedding days run, but they pulled it off.  When I arrived, Chris was relaxing in a room with the other guys.

 

Before they headed down to the ceremony, all of the guys toasted Chris, and maybe helped take that last little bit of nervousness away, too.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Amanda was getting ready in a gorgeous suite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After some final touches of hairspray, we headed down to get the two of them married!

 

 

I love her father’s expression here. It screams “proud daddy” to me.

 

They guys appreciated the moment as well.

 

With Mount Mansfield in the background and the trails of Stowe punctuating the hillside, vows were read, rings exchanged, and two became one.

 

 

 

 

 

This couple looks ready to take on the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On out way home, I had to stop to take a photo of the big dipper over Mt. Mansfield. That little glow just below the ridge line? That’s the party at Stowe Mountain Resort.