Archive for April, 2010

April 21, 2010


I literally met sarah & james 3 days before their wedding – but even in the limited amount of time I had with them, I knew they’d be great to work with. for one, they were getting married at one of my favorite venues ever - newton white mansion. plus just by the way they acted with each other – playful and fun – I could just tell that their wedding day would be the same. I met up with sarah at the mansion and she had all of my “favorite things” when it comes to my brides. a classic gown, flawless makeup & hair and a birdcage veil with one of the prettiest hairpieces I’ve ever seen – I couldn’t stop shooting. seriously… I tried, but I couldn’t help myself!







the thing I love most about newton white mansion is that there is a variety of places to shoot – not only is there the mansion itself, but there are cool rustic outbuildings and fields….. with horses! :)  


this frisky horse even took his opportunity to “kiss the bride” by nibbling on sarah’s neck – it was hysterical!






LOVE this shot!



did I mention that it was FREEZING! with wind gusts… chilly chilly – but they were such troopers



thank you thank you sarah & james for sharing your wedding day with me – I loved it!  you guys were beyond amazing & easy to work with and I wish you a life full of happiness!

April 14, 2010


the first time that raye and I met rebecca & shaun it was smack dab in the middle of one of our record snowfalls this winter. we were amazed that they were making the trip to the studio and were so excited to meet them once they got there! they were so enthusiastic about their upcoming wedding and I couldn’t wait to work with them. for the beginning of the session they wanted to do some family photos with their son – little shaun :) - and I thought the pier would be a fun location for all of us. with grandparents along for the ride, the three of them walked and played in the sand. little shaun was so fascinated by the ocean and I loved capturing his many expressions. then it was off to bishopville with just shaun & rebecca which is a location I’ve wanted to use for a long time.












I had so much fun spending the afternoon with you and your family and I am looking so forward to your wedding day! see you soon!

April 13, 2010

so the crazy warm weather last week got me thinking – or should I say reminiscing about the weddings that I have going on this summer. the first year gillette portrait arts was officially in business I had just moved back from colorado – a very landlocked state – and I was so excited that every wedding that I had that year was either by the ocean or bay. 7 years later my business has changed and with it, the locations of the weddings have changed. at least 80% of my 2010 weddings are at least 50 miles from the studio and under half of those are by water. now while I am VERY excited to shoot new locations and welcome the creative challenge that these weddings bring, I want a reason to get my tail to the beach occasionally – so my brain said CONTEST! I don’t necessarily have a title for these shoots - they’re known by several names “trash the dress”  “rock the frock”, etc. the session involves an editorial fashion shoot involving your previously worn wedding dress and obviously you! I want to hear what you think your perfect “trash the dress” session would look like. it may not even involve the beach  or water – just a creative and funky fun shoot where you’re not afraid to get the dress a little messed up. shoot me an email  to and give me your thoughts – kristie & I will choose a winner by may 1st and they will receive a FREE session plus 1 8×10!


and here’s a sneak peek of james & shelly’s wedding at the newton white mansion – I am in love with this wedding! more photos soon!


April 08, 2010


shelley & dennis had an amazing day for a wedding! they got married at the awesome quiet waters park in annapolis and spring had definitely sprung with all of the flowers blooming and bright cheery sunshine. now keep in mind that it was at this same location where we did they’re e-session and there was literally 3 feet of snow covering the park – gorgeous in it’s own right, but I preferred this beautiful spring day. I met up with shelley at her parent’s home and was immediately in love – her father is an artists and his work was displayed everywhere in the house – amazing. her mother is a poet and paintings including her poems were also hung – I read several and was blown away! I love creative homes filled with creative people – so much fun! shelley’s dress, hair and accessories were perfect for her and for the day – perfect!


warning… stunning bride ahead!



we arrived to the ceremony and it was such an intimate & special gathering of friends and family – and gorgeous!



loved the afternoon light!





as I mentioned in their e-session blogpost, shelley & dennis met when her sister married his brother (also his best man) so when it was toast time, it was hysterical to hear his advice to his brother when it came to his now in-laws


shelley’s mother wrote and read a poem just for their wedding and I knew I wanted to use it somewhere – where better than with the rings!


thank you so much for sharing your day with me – it was beautiful and fun. thank you for the centerpiece! (a first for me) it had a beautiful spot at home and I loved it!