Archive for 'family'

001since moving back to the shore, I have become increasingly close with my cousin, caitlin… I even wrote about it during her grey t-shirt session :)  she never ceases to inspire, delight, and impress me – and she can always get me laughing, regardless of what’s swirling around us. last week she became a mother for the second time and I knew that I wanted to document these first days – there will be a follow up session once they all get settled at home that will include her husband, jamie, their son, gray, and of course the family pup, diesel. but I wanted these early moments together to be saved forever. the day that I met her first child, gray, I wrote this for him and it’s just as applicable for kie – I love all of you so much!

‘dear Gray (and now Kie), I met you this morning and the first thing I noticed was just how perfect you are. the second thing was that your mom looks so different than she did 2 days ago.. in the most beautiful way. she is a mother and she is radiant. as the remaining representative of my small branch of your extensive family tree, I wanted to let you know a few things. first, you will be the most photographed child on the eastern shore. fact. also, as we get to know each other, I hope to share all I know about the family members who have come before: your great-uncle Paul’s kindness, your great-aunt Ethel’s grace and your cousin Cornelia’s strength. we are a big, beautiful, and kind of crazy family but we love each other with all of our hearts and are so happy that you’re finally here. welcome to the world little man.’  

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March 15, 2017
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1every moment I have spent working with and getting to know casie and frank has been so awesome! they are such a wonderful couple and have so much fun together that it’s impossible not to be drawn into their happiness. from their e-session to their wedding, and now to their daughter frances’ (aka frankie’s) first session, I have been honored to document portions of their story together as a couple and now as a family. because frankie came early, we couldn’t do a newborn session until a couple of weeks ago, but once I walked into their home and met this smiling and happy girl, I was smitten. she has such a vibrant personality already and was a joy to photograph. of course, me being me, I had to get the family pup, chester, in a few shots as well. thank you for a wonderful morning ~ it was so nice to see you and to meet your beautiful daughter xoxo

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January 25, 2017
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1my history with they myers family is a long one… not only have they been my friends and neighbors for the past 14 years, but mom, wendy, and I have known each other our whole lives. wendy grew up in the house next door to where I live now, and currently lives in the house across the street ~ while my grandparents lived in the house on the other side of mine. every christmas and most summers, I would travel down to the eastern shore from syracuse and spend months at a time here in snow hill. because wendy and I are close in age, we became fast friends when we were little and I always loved spending time with her during my visits. once I moved to colorado, I was rarely in snow hill for more than a day or two and wendy and I lost touch. but in 2002, I moved into my home and was pleasantly surprised that wendy was still here in town and we picked up where we left off. over the years, I have gotten to know her husband, jon, and I have watched her kids, reagan and riley, grow up in front of my eyes. they are such amazing kids… well not really kids anymore. in fact, reagan just left this week to study abroad ~ where does the time go? they have also welcomed david, a foreign exchange student from korea, into their family. his first round of study was last year and he fit into their life as though he had always been there. I remember wendy telling me that he was coming back for a second year and she was so happy! so while david was here and before reagan left, it was important to all of them to document this time together. we chose a beautiful but COLD afternoon to photograph a short but sweet session… according to riley, he couldn’t feel his legs :)  I love this wonderful family and am so grateful for each and every one of them xoxox

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January 05, 2017
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1when gillette portrait arts began in 2003, we were primarily a wedding photography studio. and while we loved photographing weddings here on the beaches of the eastern shore, we had no idea what would happen as we continued this journey. here’s what happened…. our business grew to photographing weddings in cities all over the east coast and we worked with so many amazing couples. then our couples started families and they contacted us to photograph their maternity sessions. thennnn the babies were born and we had the opportunity to capture some of their first newborn moments. THEN the babies turned into toddlers and then grew into kids and now some are almost teenagers (yikes!) and we have had the honor of documenting so many milestones along the way. we’ve said it before and we’ll keep on saying it.. forming a relationship that begins at the very first wedding photography consultation that continues for years as these former brides and grooms turn into parents and become dear friends to all of us is the biggest gift of what we do. some of our closest friendships grew out of what began as working relationships and we couldn’t be more grateful to have gotten to know so many wonderful people along the way. we are looking so forward to meeting new friends in 2017 and continuing to document the newest additions to our big and beautiful GPA family!

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December 29, 2016
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1since their maternity session, I had anxiously been awaiting THE call. susan and mike are two of my favorite people and when I felt their excitement during that session, I knew that once I was their son arrived, I was in for something special. just a couple of weeks later, their son carter was born and I headed to berlin. mike answered the door and was just beaming… a little tired maybe, but so happy. and then susan introduced me to carter who was curled up, asleep, and adorable ~ and susan had never looked more beautiful. we spent the next hour or so, just hanging out together and taking photographs – I loved seeing my friends so happy! I can’t wait to watch this little boy grow up and am looking forward to capturing every special moment ~ love you all!

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December 16, 2016
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1like so many other families that I had the pleasure of working with this year, deb and adam started out as wedding clients. their love story is one of inspiration, dedication, and true partnership and I have loved them since the day we met. one thing that makes them unlike any other clients is that every session that I have worked with them, including their wedding, has been photographed at their family vacation home in cambridge. so every year, as summer turns to fall, I have the pleasure of traveling up the peninsula to visit my dear friends at one of the most beautiful places on the shore. this year, I was amazed with their son, evan ~ he’s a little adult now.. seriously. he is such a friendly and funny little guy – I could talk with him for hours. and deb and aram.. well they are still deb and aram. completely smitten, hysterical, and absolutely lovely to capture. I decided to pull a few photos from every session I have done with them just to give you all a little peek of their family journey. I love you all so much and can’t wait until next year!

their engagement session:

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their wedding day:

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my first session with evan: 

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family session 2013:

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family session 2015:

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and this year…..

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December 12, 2016
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1it has been 11 years since I photographed liz and john’s december wedding ~ 11 years! since then, they have become dear friends as well as participating in every event and session the studio has offered. from family sessions, to santa paws and valentines day, it has been such a pleasure to watch their family grow and their journey as a couple unfold. I remember when both of their sons, mason and cooper, were infants.. so to see these two funny, smart, and kind young men before me kind of blows me away! they are growing up SO fast! liz and john, as has been the case since I first met them, are happiest when snuggled up together and with their boys. the love and friendship that they share only grows stronger with each passing year. I had such a lovely time with all of you and look so forward to the next time that we are together. xoxo

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November 22, 2016
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001I love it when clients introduce me to a new location here on the shore ~ it’s a pretty rare occurrence. after photographing sessions from lewes to cape charles, I assume that I know all of the spots.. even the ‘secret’ ones. but for adriane and nick’s maternity session, I met them at park that they suggested which is tucked back in the woods of west OC and it was so lovely. the leaves were still on fire in their brilliance and the late afternoon sun glowed as we walked the paths with their pup, frank, tagging along. adriane and nick have recently moved to the area after having lived in hawaii and are due any day now with their first child. I am looking so forward to our next session when you will be a family of 4 and I will have the honor of meeting your daughter. I had such a wonderful evening with you… and I will see you – soon!

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November 22, 2016
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1I spent a wonderful afternoon at pemberton park with the adorable zayne and his parents, erin and michael. they has scheduled the session to commemorate zayne’s first birthday and we lucked out with a gorgeous fall day. he only recently started walking and was on the move from the first photograph I snapped… climbing and even running a little bit. he is such as cute little boy and clearly at his happiest when he is playing with his mom and dad. I had such a great time and look forward to our next session ~ thanks for a such a fun day!

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November 16, 2016
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after photographing this session, kathleen and ray officially became my most photographed couple ~ ever. it’s hard to believe that we met 7 years ago when they hired me to photograph their wedding.. and from the very first moment, I loved them. they are funny, they are kind, they are silly, they are amazing parents, they are more in love today than they were last year, and the year before that. they are ravens fans.. but I can overlook that ~ I love them that much. so instead of posting a bunch of links to their previous sessions, I pulled some of my favorite photos from all of our sessions..

 

their engagement session:

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their wedding day:

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their first anniversary trash-the-dress session:

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our first session with their son, coleston:

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with coleston a year later:

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our first session with their daughter, alice:

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and last month’s session.. this year, they picked me up from assateague on their pontoon boat. I must say, I felt pretty fancy :) we went to a beach only accessible by boat and had such an awesome morning together. now that alice is a year older, she is on the move, inquisitive, and adorable. coleston, as usual, was so much fun and ever the attentive big brother. to watch all of them together is a such a joy and I am reminded once again how fortunate I am that I get to do this for a living. the friendships that I have made, the children that I watch grow up in front of my lens… I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love you guys so much and am forever grateful to have you in my life.. until next year! xoxo

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