2015 – In Review

2015 marks our fifth year documenting weddings full time. We’ve always said that you can enter a career by way of education or experience – and our path has been experience. Of course we are constantly pushing ourselves to take classes and workshops to learn more, but there are no professional photography degrees behind our team of photographers. […]

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summerstreetphotography_686 summerstreetphotography_687 summerstreetphotography_688 summerstreetphotography_689 summerstreetphotography_690 summerstreetphotography_691 summerstreetphotography_692 summerstreetphotography_693 summerstreetphotography_694 summerstreetphotography_6952015 marks our fifth year documenting weddings full time. We’ve always said that you can enter a career by way of education or experience – and our path has been experience. Of course we are constantly pushing ourselves to take classes and workshops to learn more, but there are no professional photography degrees behind our team of photographers. In 1993, a professor at the University of Colorado – Anders Ericsson, wrote a paper about how 10,000 hours of experience will make someone an expert in their field. After five years, we’ve well passed the 10,000 mark, and while I wouldn’t say we are experts, I can say this business has taught us far more than we ever thought possible about entrepreneurship, hard work, setting boundaries, weddings in every shape and form and dreaming big.

This year brought us documenting weddings in 13 states, photographing past (and new!) clients growing families and a true welcome as Midwest Photographers in addition to our New England base. With over 300,000 images processed (I’m not exaggerating) by Matt, myself, Chuck and Abby not to mention our crew of phenomenal second photographers – Missy, Jenny, Devin and Mike – it was a year of living and loving big. With the volume of work it might seem like we’re a well oiled machine with lots of minions to keep things running. And while we have our workflow down, each and every wedding and portrait shoot is handled in our humble little studio without elaborate outsourcing. It’s a labor of love, and one we are honored to call our life’s work.

Thank you for joining us this year. From the highest points in Maine to the shores of the Mississippi River, we’ve been honored to tell these stories with our cameras. We are eternally grateful for your support and look forward to another year documenting love.

*Previous years in review: 2011, 2012 (part I, II, III), 2013, and 2014*

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Lovely Bride

Every now and again we get to work on non-wedding projects. Often we don’t blog these types of sessions since we primarily deal with weddings and we know you all come here to see those shoots, but this one was too good not to share, especially since many of your brides-to-be could benefit! The fabulous […]


Every now and again we get to work on non-wedding projects. Often we don’t blog these types of sessions since we primarily deal with weddings and we know you all come here to see those shoots, but this one was too good not to share, especially since many of your brides-to-be could benefit! The fabulous Lovely Bride (which is the “sweetest shop for bridal gowns and party dresses”) reached out to us to collaborate on an editorial shoot they had up their sleeve to release a new line of dresses for their site. Since we’re huge fans of their shop and had even recommended their site to past brides of ours for wedding and bridesmaid dress shopping – we were all over it. They brought along the talented figure skating model, Molly, who dazzled us all with her grace and poise. She even helped me up when I fell on the ice while photographing her. Yes, we were on ice skates with our gear for this shoot! We had a great time working with this crew and think the images turned out just lovely. Be sure to check out their site and blog for lots of wedding goodness!

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2013 in Review

In 2013, we took over 200,000 photos. Whittling it down to our favorites is NOT an easy task, so when we got to the 600 mark we just had to shrug our shoulders and show you them all. So if you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with us! This year brought many unique challenges. In fact, it was probably the most difficult year we’ve ever had. We experienced a lot of business and personal growing pains that we knew we’d need to figure out in order to become an even better version of ourselves. Early in the year we officially brought on an Associate Photographer, Chuck, whom you’ve all grown to love. He’s been an incredible asset in our brand and enabled us to expand from just a husband and wife duo to a true team mentality. We are stronger because of him and all of the second shooters we’ve worked with this year. Many folks think that all of the photos on our site are taken solely by Kendra and Matt but we owe a lot to Chuck as well as the amazing photographers who have worked with us as second shooters this year; Li, Briana, Deb, George, Erin and Doug….you are all incredible and our clients are lucky to have you join us.

In addition to adding Chuck into the mix we also learned that we’d be adding more to our team when we found ourselves expecting our first child due in October (aka peak wedding season). That quickly altered our bookings for the fall and we jumped into the world of unknowns also known as pregnancy. A healthy but challenging nine months restricted much of Kendras ability to shoot, which was very hard on us. We always want to be 110% for our clients and when a health restriction puts limitations on your abilities it can be very mentally difficult. Again we were assured of our decision to become more of a team as Chuck and Matt (and our awesome second shooters) stepped up to the plate while Kendra was on maternity leave. We welcomed our beautiful daughter Evelyn into the world in October just as we were wrapping up the bulk of the wedding season. She’s been an immense joy in our lives (not to mention the best photo subject yet) and we are so happy. Our clients have been so wonderful and supportive through this journey and we couldn’t be more thankful.

From reading our blog you wouldn’t know how challenging this year has been for us, and there is a reason for that. Our job is one of the happiest, most amazing things in our life. We are incredibly humbled and honored to get to share intimately joyful moments with our clients. From the anticipation of a bride and groom seeing each other for the first time to the celebratory tears during a wedding toast…we take so much happiness from the love we get to capture. It’s truly infectious. We are so excited for the 2014 Wedding season which will be filled with more beautiful New England weddings, more of Chuck’s awesomeness and more Midwest weddings. With great challenges come great blessings, and we can certainly say we’re feeling content with 2013 and ready for another year of joy, another year of love and another year with 200,000+ photos. Join us?

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Guest Post with Prairie Fair: Sweet Spring

Hi Friends! Today we have something fun lined up for you. Our dearest Emily from Prairie Fair in Minnesota is here to share a guest post with us about flowers! She’ll teach us through photos how to make a boutineer, a flower wreath and a bouquet! Perfect for those of you thinking about DIY-ing your […]

Hi Friends! Today we have something fun lined up for you. Our dearest Emily from Prairie Fair in Minnesota is here to share a guest post with us about flowers! She’ll teach us through photos how to make a boutineer, a flower wreath and a bouquet! Perfect for those of you thinking about DIY-ing your own flowers, and also just in time for Mother’s Day in case you’re feeling inspired to make mom a little floral present. Since Emily is based in Minnesota, she had the amazingly talented Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Eric Lundgren take photos for this – so these photos were not taken by us. We think the whole thing is just perfect, and we hope you do to! Take it away, Emily!

Hello Dear Readers of Summer Street. My name is Emily, and while I’ve been lucky enough to have my Prairie Fair flower arrangements and styling appear on this beautiful blog several times this is my first experience writing to all of you! I couldn’t be more thrilled. The rapturously amazing Kendra is my oldest friend in the world; we met when we were three, went to the same elementary school, graduated high school together, simultaneously received degrees in dance from the University of Minnesota, and both went into the wedding industry as a complimentary occupation to our dance careers. As you can see, we’re fated friends. I’ve also had the pleasure of knowing Matt for years, and eating some of his baked goods and talking over the day is one of my favorite things to do. I’m so in love with the both of them. One amazing part of our friendship is that Kendra, Matt, and I have been able to work together on several weddings and photoshoots over the years. Since we don’t live in the same city right now, we always try to find ways to continue our collaborations. With wedding season upon us and Mother’s Day fast approaching (I love you, Marmy!) it only seemed appropriate that Kendra and Matt would want me to share a little bit about those crowns to our wedding ensembles and heart-melters of moms everywhere…flowers.But before I go any further, can I let you in on a little secret?…I love muscari. Loooooooove. To the moon and back twice times a million do I love them. When I see their beautiful bells opening in my mother’s garden at the base of the lilac tree and scattered amongst the tulips and daffodils I feel like I’ve found a fairy in an enchanted forest. Every spring this happens, this wonder and thrill, and every year I fall in love with them all over again.

I must admit, I can say this for so many flowers, well any time of the year truthfully, but especially in Spring. There’s no greater joy than being overwhelmed by the smell of lilacs on the bush as you walk passed during your post dinner stroll; there is perfection in the long necks of the narcissus and the softness of the snow crabs. I’m in heaven right now soaking up every scent, color, and delicate bloom. If tiny fragile lilies of the valley can push up through the snow and cold only to fade and do it all over again next year then there most certainly is hope and promise for me and for you.

In celebration of the season I made three pieces: a boutonniere or corsage that is both sweet and dramatic, a simple graceful hair wreath, and a lush bouquet that celebrates all the glories of fading cold and early warmth. For the bout I used a ranunculus, a double tulip, a sprig of veronica, and a begonia leaf that I cut from my indoor garden. For some subtle drama I wrapped them in a simple and slightly sheer black ribbon. Tis the season for twitterpation after all.Hair wreaths are the epitome of beauty and femininity to me. I would wear one everyday if I could (made while wandering through a field of flowers ideally.) In fact after the shoot I wore this crown of my beloved muscari, ginestra, and veronica all day until my special boy kindly removed it from my sleeping head (in addition to the Pride & Prejudice playing computer perched on my lap.)As for the Big Mama…well she is Spring incarnated: ranunculus, muscari, begonia, anemone, double tulips, and two varieties of lilac. (Truth be told I never ended up using begonia in the arrangement but threw in some veronica instead!)Aside from perhaps the ranunculus and anemone, all of these flowers are abundant in gardens right now (even in your corner grocery store!) Gather some up and place them in a jar on the kitchen table for your mom, sister, friend, grandma, and especially for yourself! Or even better yet carry them, lyrical and radiant (just like you!), down your tulip lined wedding aisle.I tied my bouquet with a gorgeous vintage ribbon that I purchased two summers ago while wandering through antique stores in Concord, Mass with Kendra. Heavenly.So what is your secret? Do you love muscari too? Or the smell of freshly cut grass? Have you always dreamed of wearing a crown of flowers as you say “I do” or finishing your favorite book seated in the limbs of a blossoming cherry tree? Let’s share all the promise of dreams fulfilled, the inherent hope of budding branches and sweet smelling magnolia, because Spring is really here!

Love,

Emily

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2011 – In Review

2011 has been a truly amazing year. I think we will always remember this year with great fondness, as we ate, breathed and slept all things wedding. With the early part of the year leading me (Kendra) into the transition of being a full time wedding photographer, to the middle of the year when we […]