This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing a terrific family on one of those perfect warm “feels like summer” afternoons, even though it was only mid-May.  I couldn’t have asked for better light, or more importantly, a nicer and more friendly family.  I think the kids were a bit apprehensive at first, but got very comfortable in front of the camera in no time.

Here are a few favorites from the session.  Please click on any of the images for a larger view.

Thanks Heather, Lila and Nick for a fun afternoon.














 Almost Peak

Back to some fall foliage images today.  While we’re not quite at peak color in Massachusetts, most of the area is pretty full with incredible yellows, reds, and oranges to photograph.   It’s hard to not pull the car over every few minutes when you come across trees like this everywhere you turn.  So needless to say, I pulled over.


I love unexpectedly stumbling upon a fall scene like this at a local farm.  Especially when I have my camera with me.  No tripod, but I was able to capture this one shot handheld.  I boosted the saturation a bit, added some selective focus in FocalPoint from OnOne, and there we have it.

Have a great weekend.

Fools and Tools

Today’s post takes us back to the Bradstreet School which I originally shared a few months ago.  The school has only been abandoned for about 8 years, but there are some interesting remnants there if you look closely throughout the building.

In addition to the colorful remarks about a certain Mr./Ms. Localla and Mr./Ms. Crane, I was also drawn to the distorted reflections of the stairs behind me in the glass.  I chose to desaturate this image a fair amount, as the actual colors of the paint in the school are still quite bright.



This past weekend I had the opportunity to join a good friend who had won an afternoon rental of a 2013 Corvette 60th Anniversary Gran Sport Convertible at a fundraiser.  We had the car for several hours of top down fun, and of course I had to bring my camera.

In addition to being an unbelievably fast car, it is also a fantastic photo subject.  Our trip took us down some rural roads, and when I saw this barn I knew it would make a good back drop.  It was the middle of the day with some pretty harsh sun, so I tried to wait for a little cloud cover to grab these shots.  I’ve never really been that interested in photographing cars, but this one may have converted me.

Red Elevator

This is one of the images I made while at the abandoned Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory in Gloucester a few weeks back.  I probably wouldn’t have found this composition myself, but my kind tourguide from Ocean Alliance mentioned that he really liked this view through the open doorway and how the red elevator door (yes, that’s an elevator in there) stood out among the walls and floors.  And I’m glad he suggested it, because this turned out to be one of my favorites from my brief, but memorable, shoot there.

Have a great weekend.


A few weeks ago I posted several shots of this beautiful 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane, and I now realize that I never actually posted a wide view of it, having instead focused on detail shots like thisthis and this.  So just in case you’ve been patiently waiting for the full monty, here it is.

Night Light

One more Marblehead image for today.  This was the last shot I took the other night as the mosquitos had pretty much gotten the best of me once the sun went down.  Yes, that building is the public restrooms, but I still really liked the glow of the lights coming from inside.  It seemed to work well with the green light from the lighthouse and the fading twilight.

Marblehead Light

Marblehead Light is a great destination for lighthouse devotees due to it’s beautiful setting on Marblehead Neck, and the fact that it’s the only cast iron skeleton lighthouse in New England.  The views of the harbor and ocean attract visitors year round to watch sailboats go by or to catch a sunset.  I’ve photographed this lighthouse several times in the past, but found this new composition the other night with the trees framing the lighthouse in the distance.