2014 – IN REVIEW

For those of you still hanging around at the end, let’s start with a high-five for being able to process all those images. We are well aware that this little annual tradition of our images in a yearly review format is entirely too big. Believe it or not, this is a highly edited version of […]

For those of you still hanging around at the end, let’s start with a high-five for being able to process all those images. We are well aware that this little annual tradition of our images in a yearly review format is entirely too big. Believe it or not, this is a highly edited version of some of our favorite images for the year. I suppose that’s what happens when we shoot more than 50 weddings in a year, not to mention even more portrait sessions. There is just so much LIFE and LOVE that we get to witness! It’s such an honor, guys.

Now you get to read our little acceptance speech of gratitude. First of all, none of these photos would be possible without the beautiful clients we get to have in our Summer Street family. Their lives and love are our constant inspiration, and without that we’d just be taking photos of pretty things with no substance. Next up, our team of dedicated photographers. Of course Matt and I started this whole crazy business, but we’ve picked up Chuck and Abby along the way as our sensationally talented Associate Photographers, and much of what you see above is their talented work as well. Next up we have the privilege of working with some of the finest in the industry as our second shooters and assistants for some weddings; Ashley, Katie, Deb, Bella, Dan, Olivia, Ellie, Jean and Vina – your talent behind the lens is clearly phenomenal and we’re honored to call you peers. We are hybrid shooters (film and digital) so we have to thank our talented film lab, Richard Photo Lab, for their expert work in the dark room. This year we hand-trained a new talented digital editor as well. With the influx of a new market in the Midwest, Matt and I needed back-end support to help us deliver beautiful, consistent images to our clients in a timely manner, and we knew bringing an in-house editor to help us would be just the thing. Laura is now part of our team and has been an integral part of our back-end this year and helps all our images become what you see on our site. Talk about a talented group!

We have captured love in many places this year. From sandy beaches to historic estates. Ornate houses of worship and cathedrals in the woods. Childhood homes and mountain tops. All across New England and the prairies of the Midwest, we’ve gotten to step back and capture lives full of love. We’ve been able to tell their stories through photos that they will cherish for years to come. We are completely honored to call this work, and we toast to you all for supporting us along the way. Here’s to 2015!

*In the mood for more photos? Previous years in review: 2011, 2012 (part I, II, III), 2013*

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The English Countryside

If you live anywhere above Pennsylvania you are DONE with winter. It doesn’t’ matter that it’s technically spring, ole Mother Nature is insisting that it’s still winter. We’re done with that idea, instead of looking at the forecast we’ve decided to put our fingers in our ears and say ‘la la la la’ and feast […]

If you live anywhere above Pennsylvania you are DONE with winter. It doesn’t’ matter that it’s technically spring, ole Mother Nature is insisting that it’s still winter. We’re done with that idea, instead of looking at the forecast we’ve decided to put our fingers in our ears and say ‘la la la la’ and feast our eyes upon these images of England that Matt and I took last spring while on vacation. It comes as no surprise that photographers spend most of their vacation taking photos – so the location of said holiday needs to inspire us in more ways than one. We absolutely love taking wedding photos, but sometimes it’s really refreshing to get inspiration in the everyday. It’s especially fun to be an observer of someone else’s “normal” so we were in seventh heaven when we spent a week recharging our batteries in the south and southwest of the United Kingdom. Hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do! Isn’t England beautiful?

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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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Favorite Photos from 2012 – Lifestyle

Gathering photos for our end of the year recap is not an easy task. It involves searching through each and every shoot, wedding and personal folder to gather some of our favorite images. When I first started, I had gathered over 700 images. Narrowing down from there was not an easy task, so rather than […]

Gathering photos for our end of the year recap is not an easy task. It involves searching through each and every shoot, wedding and personal folder to gather some of our favorite images. When I first started, I had gathered over 700 images. Narrowing down from there was not an easy task, so rather than relentlessly selecting *just the right photos* I decided to adopt the mantra “done is better than perfect.” So, you’ll be getting not one, not two but THREE separate blog posts today categorized into three types: Lifestyle (see above), Engagement and Wedding. We’ll post all three today – so get ready for a lot of photos! It’s been an incredible year filled with photography, so we hope you enjoy a small recap of the hundreds of thousands of times we clicked our shutter this year. The above photos include many personal projects (from Paris to Guatemala to the Badlands of South Dakota) and also a few snippets from the senior, family, baby and head shot clients we get the honor of photographing each year. The majority of these photos were taken on film, which is our preferred method of taking personal photos since it forces you to slow down and think carefully before you take the photo – something you don’t always get the luxury of on a wedding day. We hope these photos make you as happy as they make us!

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Six One Seven Dance Collective

There are some days that I feel the need to pinch myself. From as long as I can remember,  my dream in life has been fill my days with good things: family, good food, beautiful friends and lots of art. These are the things that light me on fire and ignite the best parts of […]