Sharon T. Simpson: Blog https://sharontsimpson.com/blog en-us (C) Sharon T. Simpson inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Sat, 26 Sep 2020 15:16:00 GMT Sat, 26 Sep 2020 15:16:00 GMT https://sharontsimpson.com/img/s/v-12/u976448671-o914754351-50.jpg Sharon T. Simpson: Blog https://sharontsimpson.com/blog 120 120 Kristen & Steve - Chester, NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2020/9/wedding---chester-nh Fun, love and laughter radiated throughout this small-town wedding in Chester, NH. Labor day weekend gave way to a beautiful sunny day complementing the yellow and dusky lavender color scheme. Kristen, accompanied by her children arrived elegantly by horse and carriage to the Kent House of Chester.

Walked down the aisle by her two sons to meet Steve (who sported a  beaming smile!), Kristen glowed in a simple form fitting Maggie Sotterro gown with a train, holding a bouquet of lavender stock, sunflowers, Viking poms and baby’s breath.

Amidst a pandemic, guests were favored to wear a wrist band as a visual statement with their social distancing comfort level.  Their personalized hashtag blasted throughout the wedding from masks to the engraving inside the wedding bands.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of this beautiful day. Congratulations to you both. #sklovinglife

 

 



Horse and Carriage - Stoneboat Farm

Venue - Kent House of Chester

JP - Maria Veale

Floral Design - Lady Slipper Creations

DJ - Get Down Tonight

Macarons - Sugar Nerds

Hair & Make up by Mikayla -   5 Diamond Salon

Wedding Cake - Missy Deluca

Catering - Celebrations Catrering

 


 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2020/9/wedding---chester-nh Sat, 26 Sep 2020 14:01:53 GMT
Harry Potter Fan! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2020/3/harry-potter-fan I am a 'glass half full' kinda girl. I always try to see the positive or take advantage of a negative situation the best I can. As we are self-isolating against the COVID-19 I am making the most of it! Unfortunately, the images I take of my own children take a back burner, but this weekend I got to play with some images I took of my youngest daughter last year. As you can tell.....she is a huge Harry Potter fan. 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2020/3/harry-potter-fan Sun, 22 Mar 2020 14:34:18 GMT
Aurora - Cake Smash https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2020/3/aurora---cake-smash Rainbow sprinkles scatter the floor in an aftermath of cake smash. Tiny fingers grasping for the cherry on top, eyes wide in anticipation, taste buds tingle with every new experience and an innocent face full of expressions. From the first lick of sugary frosting to a full face plant; only that first birthday cake has that story to tell like none other to follow. Happy 1st birthday Aurora!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2020/3/aurora---cake-smash Sat, 21 Mar 2020 19:11:09 GMT
Abbi-Gayle & Samuel Wedding - Eastbourne, East Sussex https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/11/abbi-gayle-samuel-wedding---eastbourne-east-sussex  

          Pine cones accented throughout this wet autumnal day. Although rain symbolizes good luck on your wedding day, Samuel & Abbi-Gayle didn't need luck, their day went without a hitch. They were the only ones 'Getting Hitched!'

          A smile beamed across Abbi's face as she saw her groom waiting at the end of the aisle for her arrival. Nervous, excited giggles from the bride filled the intimate ceremony at Eastbourne Registry Office, where the couple tied the knot. She wore a classic A-line white dress with a bodice accented with lace, short train and encrusted with a crystal waistline. The bridesmaids emerald green and held bouquets of gypsophila.

          Hints and hues of green meets rustic elegance tied the celebration together. Personalized jigsaw pieces were sentimental mementoes of the day for their guests. In typical 'Abbi style', the bride opted for burger with ketchup for her wedding breakfast and they opted for a pint and short to honor their toast, placing their own personal stamp on the day.

Congratulations to you both!

Wishing you many years of health and happiness. Love you!

Ceremony Venue - Eastbourne Town Hall

Reception Venue - The Moorings

Evening Gatherning - The View Hotel

Floral Design - Deborah James

Cake - Deborah James

Hair - Josie Mead


 

          

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/11/abbi-gayle-samuel-wedding---eastbourne-east-sussex Sat, 30 Nov 2019 21:34:50 GMT
Emily & Brian - Durham NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/9/emily-brian---durham-nh-wedding A beautiful rose gold engagement ring set the tone for Emily's rose gold 'Adrianna Papell' wedding gown. Encrusted with sequins and beads it was enhanced by a beautiful abundance of berry colored accents. From the bridesmaid dresses, to the bouquets and the groom and groomsmen checkered shirts and claret ties. Every detail was tied beautifully together as Emily and Brian said "I do". The late afternon sunlight engulfed the ceremony performed by a close friend of the bride, beneath an adorned arbor in the gardens at the Three Chimneys Inn, Durham NH. The cutest ring 'Bear' dressed as a bear presented the rings in a crafted wooden box. The order of service and place cards exhibited beautifully drawn features from the Inn to the finest detail, by the bride's sister.

Multiple cupcake flavors overflowed the dessert table for guests to enjoy, after dances, tear-filled toasts and dinner. Elegance meets comfort, as the bride traded her ceremony heels for Kate Spade glitter Keds and danced the night away with her new husband, family and friends in celebration.

Congratulations to you both "Until the very end"!

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Hair & Make up - Wingate Salon & Spa

Floral Design - In Bloom Weddings & Events

DJ - The Music Man DJ Service

Cake & Cup Cakes - Sweetened Memories Bakery

Officiant - Carly Johnston

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/9/emily-brian---durham-nh-wedding Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:35:04 GMT
Kelsey & Josh - Wedding at Rivermill at Dover Landing https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/1/kelsey-josh---wedding-at-rivermill-at-dover-landing         On the cusp of 2020, Kelsey and Josh turned the clocks back a hundred years to the roaring 20's as their wedding was remanence of the era; ladies in flapper dresses, feathers, romance and elegance, as the Rivermill  at Dover Landing transformed into a speakeasy. Gold, glitz and glamour filled this celebration with every detail having an Art Deco feel of that time period.

        Kelsey radiated elegance and beauty in her Martina Liana figure-hugging lace-overlaid gown sporting a full train and crystal encrusted veil. Holding a bouquet of cream roses and walking on rose petals tosses by her flower girl, walking solo down the candle lit aisle, being met by her groom half way and walking in unison to say "I do". A air punch on the way back down the aisle set the party mood!

        The Rivermill was full of intricate themed details; quotes from The Great Gatsby, Art Deco style font, beautiful feather up-lit centerpieces, textured gold leaf on the cake accented with a floral fondant creation made for a stunning cake. Guests were invitied to have their caricature done by a live artist, in a unquie guest book idea, pulling all the pictures and well wishes together for the bride and groom keep.

        Table numbers could be found on bottles, and place settings identified with your name, all carved from wood and found on the charger.  Signature drinks of Josh Chardonnay or French 75, a champagne based cocktail. The sweetheart table was surrounded by candles (constantly being blown out by their son), in keeping with the romantic ambiance. Barefoot in her wedding dress Kelsey danced with her son, while Josh danced with Kelsey's daughter in celebration of their family.

        As the bride wished for snow on her wedding day, so heavy rain turned into a winter wonderland as the new year rang in. Heading outside with a fur shawl, whichdraped off Kelsey's shoulders in pure 20's style. Glasses of champagne were raised in celebration as the razzle-dazzle night came to an end, but that marked the beginning of a life together for the happy couple. 

Congratulations to you both! It was an honor and pleasure to be a part of your big day (and to photograph those shoes!!!) ~ Thank you!

In words taken from the classic, 'The Great Gatsby',

"I love her and that's the beginning and end of everything" ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald.

“He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.” 
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Venue - Rivermill at Dover Landing

Hair & Make up - Wingate Salon & Spa

Floral Design - In Bloom Weddings & Events

Limo - Feliciano Limousine Service

DJ - James McNally

Cake - Three Sisters Cake Shop

JP - John Scuto

Caricature artist  - S. Liane Brown

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/1/kelsey-josh---wedding-at-rivermill-at-dover-landing Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:11:39 GMT
Katie and Sam - Durham, NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/1/katie-and-sam---durham-nh-wedding         When the bride's underside of her dress is adorned with a heart created from her late father's flannel shirt and lace from her mother's wedding dress, you know this is a family full of love and closeness.

         A 'comfy cozy' seasonal winter theme spread throughout the day. Wearing red flannel shirts, Katie and her attendants prepared for the nuptuels. The bridal gown was classic, lace, pearl and crystal encrusted bodice with a simple satin full skirt and train. The girls wore an eclectic array of cranberry colored dresses, with seasonal bouquets of cranberry and white roses, holiday evergreen, berries and pine cones. Complimented by the groomsmen in holiday green ties. Red and green tartan pulled the new found family together, Sam in his tartan tie, the same fabric flowed in ribbon from Katie's bouquet, with a image of her father tucked in tight around the stems. Not forgeting their puppy Beau who sported a tartan bow tie for the big day.

          Wrapped in hand-knit shawl and mittens, knitted by the groom's mother, along with duck-boots the girls fought the New England winter weather. Guests were enveloped in the warmth and glow of the initimate venue and vows were exchanged in front of the warm hearth at the Three Chimneys Inn.  Nothing says 'comfy and cozy more than warm pie for dessert. In keeping with seasonal celebration of unity, the newlyweds 'cut the pie' in lieu of cake.

         Guests were requested to "Relish the day" and thanked in turn with homemade sweet tomato relish, with a label telling of their table number.

         This day was so perfectly put together and straight from the heart, it was honor to be a part of; full of love, sentiment and high fives!!!!! (a sporting crowd for sure)! Congratulations to you both!

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Floral design - Jess Cote

DJ - Talena Companion - Premier Entertainment and Events

Pies - Moulton Farm Bakery

Officiant/JP - Corbett O'Connell

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/1/katie-and-sam---durham-nh-wedding Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:22:46 GMT
Jennifer and Bryan - Copper Door Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/1/jennifer-and-brian---copper-door-wedding         "You can never fall in love with someone whom you never laugh with", if that is so, Jenny and Bryan's marriage is filled to brim with love. This fun-loving couple said 'I do' in an intimate ceremony surrounded by close family at the Coper Door in Salem, NH. Nestled in a floor-to-ceiling wine cabinet lined venue room.

        Jenny peaked out from behind the signature copper door in laughter as she saw Bryan. Adorned in a floor-length silver sparkling dress, holding a bouquet of pink mondial roses, hydrangea, alstromaria, waxflower, seeded eucalyptus and not forgetting the bride's favorite lilies. The simple ceremony was filled with their personalities, with Jenny's brother acting as the 'ring keeper' and many tears in eyes. 'I got you babe', filled the atmophere for their first dance before settling down for dinner, not before celebratory toasts were given by Jenny and Bryan's step fathers.

        As I look back over the images of their day, every one is filled with love and laughter. Congratulations to you both and continue to make each other laugh. Here are a few of my favorites.

Venue - Copper Door, Salem

Floral Design - Lady Slipper Creations 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2019/1/jennifer-and-brian---copper-door-wedding Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:58:59 GMT
Laura & Jack - NH wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2018/12/laura-jack---nh-wedding       If ever the constantly changing weather was typical for a New England wedding in the fall, this was it! Good luck rain gave way to a beatiful golden hour and the newlyweds spent their first hour as husband and wife enveloped in the glow and warmth of the late autumnal sun. An explosion of the season tied all the elements of this special day together.

     Dainty custom-made jewelry created from the bride's late grandmother's pearls kept her close at heart. Accenting Laura's lace overlaid mermaid-style gown. Surrounded in a rainbow of fall foilage Laura and Jack took a quiet moment together for a first look in the grounds of the Three Chimneys Inn, Durham NH. Jack tenderly wiped away an emotional tear in their final moments before their nuptuals in a ceremony filled with traditions from each family. The mother of the bride and groom participated in a candle lighting celebration and the ceremony ending with the Jewish tradition of breaking of the glass.

     An eclectic style of cranberry dresses adorned the bridesmaids, complemented by the groomsmen in grey suits and olive green accents. Bouquets and boutineres flourished in rich autumnal colors. Miniture pumpkins lined the reception tables enveloped in the aroma of seasonal desserts, as the couple opted for pie over the traditional cake.

Congratulations to you both!

 

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Hair & Make up - Brandy at Wingate Spa

Floral Arrangements -Jillian Arquette-Gallagher with Fruition Flowers

Desserts - Lara Vanasco at  My Friend Bakery

Bridal Gown from Tulle Bridal

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2018/12/laura-jack---nh-wedding Sat, 08 Dec 2018 00:49:36 GMT
Jackie & Casey - Backyard Wedding, Candia NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2018/7/jackie-casey---backyard-wedding-candia-nh              There is something so intimate and personal about a backyard wedding, Jackie and Casey's day was just that. Each element of the day was well thought out and planned. From the homemade bar, dance floor, chandeliers and beautiful doors that were crafted to accent the rustic feel of the day so well. When you throw so much love and creativity into making your day perfect, you know the marriage is off to a beautiful start.

            Jackie looked naturally beautiful in her lacey, bead encrusted Maggie Soretto gown and minimal make-up, with curled hair cascading down her back accented with baby's breath. She held a bouquet of mauve and white roses clustered together with calla lilies and baby's breath. Her radiance shone as those beautiful rustic doors were opened to reveal Casey's bride on the arm of her father before she walked down the aisle on this gorgeous sunny June day. Tears filled his eyes as he first caught sight of her. Heartfelt vows were exchanged in front of family and friends amidst the clucking of the family chickens. The ceremony was performed by Casey's childhood pastor who in turn had officiated each of his brother's weddings keeping the day personal in every way.

            Close friends and family filled the bridal party. Casual attire for the guys was a welcome relief in the heat of the day, accented with suspenders and complimented with the girls in mauve chiffon dresses. The couples' one-year old daughter was the cutest flower girl in her white dress, among other junior bridesmaids also wearing white.

            The love was felt throughout the room as guests crowded to watch the newlyweds dance their first dance to Chris Stapleton's Tennessee Whiskey, singing every word to each other. Toasts were given by their best friends, who acted as their best man and maid of honor. These best friends also had a 'treat' in store, as the bride and groom did not smooch cake into each other's faces, but in surprise into their friends' faces instead! One day, their daughter Arya with grow up and dance with her father on her wedding day, but on this day she also captured the spotlight as she danced with her Daddy. The evening reception was enjoyed by all, as they left their wishes on quilt squares and fireworks filled the sky in celebration as twilight rested on the day.

Such a beautiful day. Congratulations to you both!

Hair by Sarah-Beth White

Flowers by Jackie's Aunt - Nancy D'eon

DJ - Nazzy's Entertainment

Cake - Jacques Fine European Pastries

Officiant - Pastor David

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2018/7/jackie-casey---backyard-wedding-candia-nh Wed, 04 Jul 2018 15:43:34 GMT
Best Christmas Gift Ever! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2018/1/best-christmas-gift-ever Today I am excited to share a guest blogger. Nobody could have written this better than this Christmas buddle's Gram. Thank you Deb!

       She began as a dream. Over time the dream became a wish, a hope, a fervent prayer. Time passed, along with many struggles, but the dream remained strong. With the help of a little bit of science and a whole lot of love, she became "the little embryo that could"! That dream finally became a reality and a strong princess warrior entered the world. June Asquith Bowen is probably the single best Christmas gift her parents, Ali and Gregg, will ever receive! She was born on December 28th, 2017, weighing in at 4 lbs 12 oz and 18 inches long. A tiny dream fulfilled, a prayer answered, she is everything and more to those who love her, and I am certainly one of those! As her Gram, I am so happy to have her here with us. Her warrior spirit already in evidence, she has transformed our worlds and will continue the journey that began as a dream. I can't wait to see where her journey takes her!  

                                                          

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2018/1/best-christmas-gift-ever Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:39:08 GMT
The Spirit of a Warrior https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/12/the-spirit-of-a-warrior            It has not been an easy road to travel. Not everyone conceives easily and twelve short months have changed Ali from a strong woman into a strong mother. As the sun set of some of those dark days, so the stars shone through giving hope to these parents to be. Today eight months on the spirit of a warrior resides within waiting meet the world.

            Congratulations to you both. I loved capturing the tradition of your family, one you will share with your daughter next year, encompassed in the love you have for this precious new being.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/12/the-spirit-of-a-warrior Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:38:02 GMT
Bonnie & Mike - Stage Neck Inn, York, ME https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/bonnie-mike---stage-neck-inn-york-me       Beautiful shawls kissed the shoulders of the bride and her bridesmaids on the coldest November day on the coast of York, Maine, as they walked to an intimate ceremony filled with family and close friends at the Stage Neck Inn. Bonnie 'partied ' down the aisle escorted to her beau by her son and daughter. The nuptials were full of love and fun, as oceanfront views enveloped the outdoor patio as Bonnie and Mike exchanged personalized and sentimental vows. Even the grooms ring read "Love you more"! Cascading floral arrangements and bouquets perfectly accented the eggplant color scheme. The love and personalization was carried though onto the tablescapes; a pretty elegant tree held messages from their guests and a pillow held the words, "It started with a goodnight kiss".

Thank you for allowing me to capture your memories. Congratulations to you both!

Venue - Stage Neck Inn

Hair - Belinda Erskin - Cuttin Loose Hair Salon

Floral Arrangements - F as in Flowers

DJ - Fred Pappalardo Disc Jockeys

Cake - Simply Elegant Cakes by Maryann Kane

Officiant - Dean Fournier

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/bonnie-mike---stage-neck-inn-york-me Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:42:15 GMT
Jackie & Casey's Engagement - Wason Pond https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/jackie-caseys-engagement              Every photographer is looking for the ideal environment for images. Of course we learn to work with what we are given, but on a cold, windy and cloudy day when the forecast called for intermittent sun; patience was definitely a virtue. Catching the fleeting moments of stillness within the whirlwinds while the sun was shining was my victory today! Congratulations to Jackie and Casey. Today we did engagement portraits, a year from when they got engaged as this romantic guy got down on one knee at their baby shower to propose. I cannot wait to capture your wedding day! Here are a few of my favorites to share.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/jackie-caseys-engagement Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:14:41 GMT
Caitlin & Brian - Three Chimneys Inn, Durham, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/caitlin-brian---three-chimneys-inn-durham-nh             Love, laughter and emotion and my three words to sum up this wedding. Getting married on Friday 13th could not bring negative vibes for this couple; there are no two people so openly in love with each other. Seeing them together, you can see they have found soul mates in each other. In an emotional first look Caitlin and Brian remembered their dog who was intended to be there as they exchanged their vows, instead a memory of their faithful canine was tied to Caitlin's beautiful bouquet as they took a moment to remember.

            Tips of leaves were just starting to turn from rich greens to warm colors of fall keeping in tune with the autumnal palette of this wedding day. Caitlin looked radiant in a lace bodice and tulle trained dress, with her hair loosely braided to elegantly frame her face. She was escorted down the aisle in the late afternoon glow of the lowering sun by her father and brother to her tear filled groom. The bride's father brought more emotional tears as he serenaded to the couple before they exchanged their vows creating an unforgettable moment for them to treasure forever. 

           Once Caitlin and Brian were husband and wife, the party was in full swing in the Madbury room at the Three Chimneys Inn! Lots of dancing and celebrating! A toast by the best man brought lots of cringes from the groom, and a full on cake smash was exchanged between the newlyweds as the birch bark cake, keeping with the fall theme, was finally kissed off of each others faces. A fun-packed day full of emotional memories!

Congratulations to you both! 

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Hair - Amelia's Salon

Floral Design - In Bloom Wedding and Events

DJ - Gregg Gelinas - Get Down Tonight Entertainment

Musician - James Pentergast

Cake - Jacques Pastries

Officiant - Pastor Matt Willis-Goode

Singer - Father of the Bride

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/caitlin-brian---three-chimneys-inn-durham-nh Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:01:09 GMT
Surprise! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/surprise              This week I received two thank-you cards in the mail from clients. It is still the best recognition I can receive as a photographer to have a happy client and honestly I am a sucker for opening a real envelope. I get hundreds of emails a day, we are all wrapped up in technology, so when a hand written envelope arrives, I still get excited!

              Yesterday, however I received an email that took me by surprised and made me 'super' excited. Getting recognition for something you love to do is beyond awesome. You can see the article here. Check it out!

             

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/surprise Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:20:03 GMT
Rachel & Jeffrey - Three Chimneys Inn, Durham, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/rachel-jeffrey---three-chimneys-inn-durham-nh           An eclectic merging  of fall and artistry set the tone as musical notes adorned the paper flowers made from sheet music on the tables in the Madbury room of Rachel and Jeffrey's wedding venue. And this was only the beginning of the sentimental personalization this couple brought to their wedding day. Who would have thought that meeting your soul mate at a small Liberal Arts college would later determine the claret and leopard print color scheme of their wedding as they celebrate their school colors. Rachel looked elegant as she walked down the aisle in her leopard print shoes and lace over-laid strapless dress, to a recording of my late grandmother playing the cello. And what is fall without maple syrup? In keeping with the fall feel, the newlyweds left maple leaf shaped bottles of maple syrup for their guests. Rachel and Jeffrey's day was filled with love and happiness from beginning to end.

I wish you both all the best as you continue on this new journey together. Congratulations!

 

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Officiant - John Scuto

Floral Design - The Flower Room

Hair - Wingate Spa (Tony)

Make-up - Wingate Spa (Emily)

DJ - James McNally from Fred Pappalardo DJ

Cake - Jacques Pastries

Wedding Gown by Galina

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/11/rachel-jeffrey---three-chimneys-inn-durham-nh Wed, 08 Nov 2017 02:20:30 GMT
A change in trend https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/9/a-change-in-trend This year has definitely seen a change in trend from the round posy type bridal bouquets to the elegance of the cascade; the overflowing waterfall of floral array that reminds me of my parent's wedding photos from the 60's. Beautiful cascade by Lady Slipper Creations.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/9/a-change-in-trend Sun, 03 Sep 2017 18:24:53 GMT
Marion & Dana - Alpine Grove, Hollis, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/8/marion-dana---alpine-grove-hollis-nh It's hard to not have a tear spring to your eye when a friend flies all the way from Europe to sing as you walk down the aisle to meet your future husband. Marion and Dana's eyes locked as Marian was escorted across the spanning bridge on the arm of her mother with the familiar voice filling the ceremony site at Alpine Grove.

            In a ceremony of simplicity and elegance, cultures and families were unified as mothers of the bride and groom began the ceremony with the lighting of candles. The candles were then used by the couple to light a unity candle before they were pronounced husband and wife.  Radiant in her off-white dress accented with delicate crystals and pearls, nude shoes peaked out from beneath the full length, halter neck dress. Walking hand in hand as the newlyweds were enveloped in bubbles, they walked down the aisle.

            For Marian & Dana wedding pictures just aren't complete without the inclusion of their (his) Harley Davidson! BUT not driving off into the sunset before, 'Who let the dogs out', launched the night into party mode as the bridal party were announced to this well known tune, including dog masks!

            The couple's first dance, as a red shawl draped across the brides shoulders, Marion was transformed into "The Lady in Red", in keeping to the Chris De Burgh's lyrics,

"The lady in red is dancing with me, cheek to cheek
There's nobody here, it's just you and me
It's where I want to be
But I hardly know this beauty by my side
I'll never forget the way you look tonight"

 

Congratulations to you both. An honor and a pleasure to share and capture your day!

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Venue - Alpine Grove Banquet Facility

Hair & Make up - Jenna Osberg, Mari Lossi Hair Studio

Floral Design - Fortin Gage Flowers and Gifts

DJ - Chris Brunelle, Partytime Productions

Cake - Frederick´s Pastries 

Officiant - Roberta Wilkins

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/8/marion-dana---alpine-grove-hollis-nh Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:41:15 GMT
Maritime Marriage - Lisa & Ryan - Ipswich, MA https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/6/maritime-marriage---lisa-ryan---ipswich-ma              Surprised at the altar by her sailor who abandoned his tux for his Navel uniform, Lisa radiated in a fairy-tale gown as she walked to meet her beau on the arm of her father. Every detail of this wedding was carefully thought out to portray their maritime theme. The Bridesmaids wore elegant dresses in ocean hues, mixed with sunshine yellow bouquets. Small anchors adorned the boutonnieres, rope accented each layer of the cake and table names represented beach destinations.

           Lisa's layered train swept down the stairs of the Hellenic Center Mansion as she met her father for first look, giving him a gift with words conveying that she would always be her 'little girl'. 'Prepped to perfection'' by her "Glam Squad', and wearing shoes that were borrowed, that she had claimed to "wear on her wedding day" many years ago when a friend got married Lisa was ready to exchange vows with Ryan at Our Lady of Hope, Ipswich. Attended by six groomsmen, seven bridesmaids and flower girl who concentrated intently tossing petals in anticipation of the bride's arrival. Families united as the mother of the bride and groom lit candles during the ceremony as the couple came together as one, lighting the final candle as husband and wife.

         In a reception at the Hellenic Center, the couple celebrated with family and friends into the night. Ending their perfect day dancing under the stars.

Congratulations to you both. Happy honeymoon!

   Venue - Hellenic Center

Ceremony Location - Our Lady of Hope

Bridal Hair & Make-up - Krystal Hernandez (The Glam Squad)

Bridal Party Hair - Tiffani Solomini - Primp Salon & Darvin (Glam Squad)

Make up Artistry - Kelly - Primp Salon

Floral Design - Watertown Main Street Florist

Limousine - Russo Tux & Limo

DJ - DJ Anthony - All Star Entertainment

Videographer - Jeff Proia

Cake - Cakes For Occasions

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/6/maritime-marriage---lisa-ryan---ipswich-ma Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:49:10 GMT
Marion & Dana - Engagement Fun! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/6/marion-dana---engagement-fun             Engagement sessions are the BEST! Getting to know my clients a little better before the big day, seeing how they interact together and how comfortable they are (or not) in front of the camera. Anyone that knows me, knows what I love to photograph more than anything is the interactions of a relationship, capturing the connection between two people. Although Dana's favorite word of the evening was "awkward", and don't get me wrong, I did get a couple of awkward expressions from him that will never see the light of day, but these guys rocked it. There is noting as visceral as laughter that radiates love like noting else.

I cannot wait to capture your big day!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/6/marion-dana---engagement-fun Sun, 04 Jun 2017 16:27:21 GMT
Jamie & Jason - Castleton, Windham, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/6/jamie-jason---castleton-windham-nh          

           My ultimate goal as a wedding photographer is to capture the emotion of the day and if you love your images, then I feel like I have done my job. Somehow with this couple it turned into something more. As a little background, Jamie & I have known each other for about five years and it was with mixed feelings that I agreed to photograph her wedding. "Why?", you may be asking. Jamie doesn't like having her picture taken nor does she like herself in pictures. I hear this so much from brides, but this was different, and needless to say, I like a challenge :) Not only had I agreed to be her wedding photographer, but I was on a mission, and yes, I was escorting her to the gym to help inspire her to not only look good, but feel as beautiful as she truly is. This girl was going to be happy in her wedding dress and love her wedding pictures! That was nine months ago, since when we have shed some pounds and tears together and out of which developed a beautiful friendship. I wanted Jamie to feel special and I wanted her wedding imagery to allow her to recall the emotion that she felt on that day and not even think about how she 'looked'.

               This isn't about me, but of this beautiful couple who found in each other a special love. Jamie was escorted down the aisle by her father on the shore of Cobbett's Pond at the Castleton Banquet & Conference Center as Jason watched in adoration as she walked towards him to say "I do". Along the way the ring bearer gave warning that 'Auntie' was on her way! Radiating in her A-line strapless dress, accented with a purple sash and delicate lace and beaded bodice she held a bouquet of purple roses. Cascading curls were tamed by a delicate pearl and crystal hair band, but what made Jamie look the most beautiful was the genuine smile she wore that made her glow.

            Every detail of this wedding was enveloped in purple, from the ornate details on the cake, to the hand-make guest book, floral design and accents within the bridal party. Even the girls sported purple flip-flops and satin robes as they had their hair and make-up done prior to the nuptials. 

            In a day of joy and new beginnings, the couple honored those who could not be a part of their special day by having a memory table for the bride's grandparents. Jamie and her father both held them close as Jamie had rosary beads of her grandmother's ashes wrapped around her bouquet, and her father had a pendent holding his father close to his heart.

            The gorgeous cake was topped with a gift from the groom's sister. Jamie had mischievousness in her expression as she eyed the slice of cake she smashed into Jason's face.

             Towards the end of the event, in party tradition the bouquet was tossed and fell into the arms of the flower girl. The ring bearer caught the garter and danced the end of the day with it around his ankle in total 'cuteness', and Jason wrapped up the show by singing his heart out along-side his parents and sister to 'Get Low' - rapping moves included!

            Every guest left with a wedding cake cookie favor labeled perfectly.......'a sweet ending to a new beginning'. Jamie & Jason, I wish you every happiness as you start on this grand adventure together. 

Venue - Castleton Banquet & Conference Center

Floral Design - Lady Slipper Creations

Nails - Super Nails, Hooksett, NH

Hair (Melissa McNulty)& Make-up (Kriss Blevens) - Kriss Cosmetics

Officiant/JP - John Scuto

Ceremony Violinist - Allison Yankowskas

DJ - Get Down Tonight Entertainment (Chad)

Cake - Kathryn's Confections

Cake Topper - Etsy

Cookie Favors by Janice Wiles - torpedo4th@gmail.com 

Photo Booth  - The Main Event

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/6/jamie-jason---castleton-windham-nh Sat, 03 Jun 2017 01:17:15 GMT
Moving on to the Next Phase............Life without Jenn https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/5/moving-on-to-the-next-phase-life-without-jenn         It sounds like I'm going through a divorce by the title of the blog, and it some ways it feels like that (not that I have even been divorced), but its the end of an era, but as sad as I am, I am excited to move on. My main assistant Jenn is leaving me :( . Today was bittersweet as we worked our last wedding together. She has been with me since the beginning, so its tough loosing her. Being a photographer's assistant is far from glamorous. On a wedding day we work long hours, we are on our feet all day, lugging gear around and most of the time it is those unsociable weekend hours, yet through it all we have a smile on our face, we enjoy every moment. So many clients over the years have mentioned how well we work together, but more than that she is my rock, she finishes my sentences, she knows my vision before I tell her and the big one........she knows how to totally ignore my 'wedding day stress' (yeah its like no other!!!). We are a team and I will miss her tremendously, but on to new adventures. I have two other assistants who are awesome and I know will fill these big shoes. We have had so much fun together through the sweat and stress, today you fluffed you last dress and posed that last bride. Jenn, enjoy your family time and your weekends - see you soon! Thanks for a beautiful friendship.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/5/moving-on-to-the-next-phase-life-without-jenn Sun, 28 May 2017 08:30:07 GMT
Ungrateful Dad - Prince Albert Eastbourne https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/5/ungrateful-dad---prince-albert-eastbourne              Ungrateful Dad - Six guys having a mid-life crisis fulfilling their musical dreams branded by a morph suit, or in their own words 'A bunch of old farts who like to play music!' I know, I am not usually insulting in my blog posts, but when your brother-in-law is the lead singer, a little sarcasm just slips in :). But honestly sarcasm aside, these guys can bust out a ska'n'B tune and have you singing along with nostalgia. Thanks for a great night on Saturday boys! If you are in the Sussex, England area and want a good night of entertainment, look them up or follow on Facebook! Worth a night out. 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Eastbourne band photographer https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/5/ungrateful-dad---prince-albert-eastbourne Wed, 24 May 2017 08:03:33 GMT
1 + 1 = 5 - Katelyn & James - Stonebridge Country Club https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/5/1-1-5---katelyn-james---brookstone-country-club           As two hearts join in marriage, it is beautiful to see a joining of two families, brothers and sisters gaining siblings in the unity of family. Katelyn and James tied the knot in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family and close friends in the gorgeous expanse of Stongebridge Country Club.

             When a bride radiates in joy and calmness, you know she has found her 'Mr. Right'. The bridal party was brimming with family; Katelyn's daughters, dressed in colbolt blue, were her maid of honor and bridesmaid. The brides niece and nephew were her flower girl and ring bearer. Not only was he a ring bearer, but the bearer of a cheeky sign, that brought smiles to the guests faces as he walked down the aisle. James' eight year old son was proud to be his Dad's best man and each offspring gave heartfelt toasts to the newlyweds in celebration of a new beginning. 

            Congratulations to you both as 1+1 know equals 5!

Venue - Stonebridge Country Club

Hair by Taryn (Bride's Friend)

Make up by Nicole (Bride's cousin)

Flowers - Apotheca Flowers & Tea Chest

DJ - Unisa Bangura U&S Top Crown Entertainment

Video - Clearvision Videography

Justice of the Peace - John S. Scuto

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/5/1-1-5---katelyn-james---brookstone-country-club Fri, 19 May 2017 07:40:40 GMT
Waiting for Baby..........AnnMarie & Scott Maternity Session https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/5/waiting-for-baby-annmarie-scott-maternity-session As the final weeks approach to that one day that changes your life forever, AnnMarie and Scott patiently await the arrival of their son. Glowing in their love for each other, I have watched these two grow over the last few years; from their engagement session, to their wedding and only a few days after their first wedding anniversary we shot these images of the two (or three) of them. Good luck and I cannot wait to meet the little guy when he arrives.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH children family maternity photographer portraits https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/5/waiting-for-baby-annmarie-scott-maternity-session Wed, 10 May 2017 00:41:03 GMT
Regal Radiance https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/2/regal-radiance Jackie was radiantly breathtaking and confident enveloped in the colors of fall for her maternity session. Casey and Jackie will look back with fond memories and cherish these moments in those final week when they were still a couple waiting in anticipation of the day they become a family. They will be the best parents!

"A Grand Adventure Is About to Begin" - Winnie the Pooh.

Maternity gown by Sew Trendy 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH maternity photographer https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/2/regal-radiance Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:48:59 GMT
Evoking Sweet Memories https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/2/evoking-sweet-memories           The time I spend creating imagery, the entire time; my goal is to capture those moments - the moment you treasure forever. I want the viewer to get captivated again, engrossed in the moment, able to look back and relive the moment or live the moment if they were not there;  capturing a lifelong memory.

           As many of you know, Sunday I was at 2017 Annual Bridal Open House at the Three Chimneys Inn. It is great to be able to see and touch the vendors products in person, but there is nothing than evokes a memory like smell and taste. Of course when you meet a new vendor you have to experience their product to be able to recommend them. Oh yeah! I didn't need much convincing (well maybe a little)......Sweetened Memories located in Durham NH had the most delicate and moist mini cupcakes for us to savor. Not only did they taste deliciously, but they were works of art in themselves. Beautifully decorated and displayed inviting you in for a taste. Now if you know me, I don't have a sweet tooth, but I devoured a lemon cupcake with black raspberry frosting. Followed by a chaser of chocolate cupcake with Baileys frosting.....they were small - I promise!!! and absolutely delicious and rich in flavor.

               If you are still looking for a bakery to create your wedding cake, or any other occasion, go for a taste test here. It will be worth it! 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2017/2/evoking-sweet-memories Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:45:50 GMT
Sarah & Ricky - Durham, NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/10/sarah-ricky---durham-nh-wedding          It was a beautiful September day at the Three Chimneys Inn in Durham NH, but our groom was not excited about being in front of the camera, but it is always amazing how personalities shine when you allow situations to develop. I loved watching Ricky come alive having fun with 'his guys' and his face became a picture of adoration as he saw his bride. Sarah, nervous since the moment I saw her that day, looked radiant as she was escorted to her groom on her father's arm. Nervous excitement filled the ceremony as Sarah & Ricky exchanged vows. Ricky in his formal Naval attire and Sarah in her delicate bead-encrusted dress and that contagious laugh that lighted up the room. Holding a beautiful bouquet of dahlias and hydrangeas; Sarah also wore her grandmother's watch as her 'something old'. Colbolt blue, accented with silver ran throughout the day and gave a wonderful 'pop' to the images. Here are a few of my favorites to share.

This fun-loving couple knew how to celebrate and did exactly that. Congratulations to you both!

 

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Hair & Make-up - Wingate Spa

Florist - In Bloom Wedding & Events

Cake - Jacques Fine European Pastries

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/10/sarah-ricky---durham-nh-wedding Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:08:58 GMT
Jamie & Jason - Engagement at Mack's Apples https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/10/jamie-jason---engagement-at-macks-apples Crisp, freshly fallen apples lay covered in the morning dew as we headed out on this fresh October morning at Moose Hill Orchards in Londonderry, NH for Jamie & Jason's engagement session. Among the pumpkins, taking in the fall foliage and stealing a kiss beneath the apple trees, Jamie and Jason were playful and affectionate as they head into the final months before their big day. Congratulations to you both and I look forward to capturing your big day next year!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Apples Londonderry Macks NH couple engagement photographer portraits wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/10/jamie-jason---engagement-at-macks-apples Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:21:43 GMT
Danielle & James - Durham NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/9/danielle-james---durham-nh-wedding The Three Chimneys Inn in Durham NH was the perfect setting for Danielle and James' wedding with its elegant rustic theme flowing throughout. As the girls relaxed at the Wingate Spa having their hair and makeup done, the guys enjoyed the rustic ambiance of the ffrost Sawyer Tavern with its wood beams and romantic lighting. Not without raising a glass to health and happiness! Danielle with her infectious smile and James, as the guys proclaimed him 'Groomzilla' with his amazing attention to detail, decided to do a 'first look' to ease the nerves and have that private last moment before saying "I do". They met on the bank of Oyster River Falls and shared the solitude in each others arms, before sharing the rest of their day.

Danielle wore an elegant Vera Wang dress and carried a bouquet of cream roses. Her bridesmaids wore knee-length vibrant summer sangria-colored dresses in an eclectic array of styles complemented by cream and sangria rose bouquets. The wedding party was also filled with nieces and nephews of the couple, walking down the aisle sending a message to James that his bride was on her way! The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father and step-father to meet her beau. After exchanging vows the couple, hand-in-hand were enveloped in sea of bubbles in celebration in the gardens at the manicured gardens of the inn.

Evening celebrations began with the couples first dance to "White Dress" by Nemes, as celebrations, cake cutting, toast, bouquet and garter tossing filled the night, the two newlyweds enjoyed every moment and headed off soon after for a week long honeymoon.

Congratulations to you both! A few of my favorite memories to share.

 

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Hair & Make-up - Wingate Salon & Spa

Officient - Bob Bates

Violinist - Andrea von Oeyen

Flowers - In Bloom

Cake - Jacques Pastries

DJ - James McNally with Fred Pappalardo Disc Jockeys

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/9/danielle-james---durham-nh-wedding Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:38:29 GMT
Jessica & Brett - Manchester NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/9/jessica-brett---manchester-nh-wedding Love and family was the soul of this wedding. Jessica was determined to have her New Hampshire based grandparents witness her nuptials to Brett and if that meant travelling from their home in Utah to do it, then that is how it would be! Favors, reception decorations, sparkly light and outfits were all driven from Utah to New Hampshire to create the perfect celebration for Jessica and Brett. The day was filled with tender moments of love and adoration and as Jessica was getting ready to exchange vows she was surrounded by those she looks up to: her mother and her grandmother. Jessica was dressed in a beautiful ivory lace low back dress fitting through the hips designed by Justin Alexander. The underskirt sported a slit revealing her garter, and western boots, as the lace cascaded over creating a train. 

The groom's niece played the piano as the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. Vows were exchanged among thousands of twinkling fairy lights at the Stark Brewing Company, in Manchester NH. It was an emotional ceremony as the couple recited vows written from the heart bringing tears to many in the room. Jessica was escorted by her two sisters and Brett had his two brothers as groomsmen.

Everyone in the room watched on as the newlyweds danced their first dance to 'Die a Happy Man' -Thomas Rhett. The special relationship that Jessica has with her grandparents was witnessed again. Following the emotional father daughter dance and mother son dance; the bride requested a special song "Little things mean a lot" -Kity Caplin, for her grandparents, as they were asked to dance to their own wedding song.

This was a day filled with love and emotions from beginning to end. Congratulations to you both!

Venue - Stark Brewing Company (Formally Milly's Tavern)

JP - Danny Ladieu (family friend)

Hair and make up by Sadie Hilstead (Bride's sister)

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Flowers - Jacques Flowers

DJ - Doug Boucher - Sowa Entertainent

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Brewery Company Manchester Millys NH Stark Tavern photographer wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/9/jessica-brett---manchester-nh-wedding Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:43:49 GMT
New Ventures Begin at Field-to-Fork Farm https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/5/new-ventures-begin-at-field-to-fork-farm           There are not too many people I know who can pull off the rebellion of ripped jeans paired with the sophistication of pearls. Comfortable in her own skin with her 'chabby chic' style and calming demeanor Jen Bukowski; self-named the CLO (Chief Lifestyle Officer) as she, along with Jenny, Shane and Stephan open the doors with new ventures at Field-to-Fork Farm in Chester, NH.
 


 

               Jenny brings lively experience of event planning to the mix as she with anxiously excited trepidation takes on the role of running 'Farm Chic Boutique', being Jen's assistant in the numerous possibilities this new venture brings. Yesterday potatoes were planted as Stephan and Shane started growing produce. And so I feel it comes full circle, for Jen as a yoga teacher, letting go of fear, embracing the new. This talented foursome brings an eclectic pool of intent and realistic goals launching into this awesome venture together.
 

           As I walked through brush, a storage barn, un-manicured vegetable beds and an overgrown green house, Jen walked me through her plans of a new location for Just Be Yoga , for opening of the barn for the Farm Chic Boutique and as vegetables turn into produce there are mentions of a Farmers market. A flat area fit for a tent spawns ideas for small events; beautiful views for a romantic wedding location, picnic and a movie among ideas eager to be reality as a business plan evolves. A courtyard sits beneath overgrowth, but yet visions of a quaint tranquil spot for coffee materializes; a beautiful space to sit, reflect and people watch.
 

I had so much fun yesterday hearing the future happening at Field-to-Fork Farm. Thank you to Jen, Jenny, Shane & Stephan for allowing me to share your vision. A lot of work lies ahead; But as Beverly Sills once said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” Good luck on your new path together. I cannot wait to come back soon and see your dreams become reality, taste the wares, practice yoga in a new space and see the benefits it will add to our community.
 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) events farm headshots portraits weddings https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/5/new-ventures-begin-at-field-to-fork-farm Tue, 24 May 2016 16:07:24 GMT
AnnMarie & Scott - Manchester, NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/5/annmarie-scott---manchester-nh-wedding 'Once Upon A Time' seems like the only fitting way to begin as I got immersed in a Disney Princess themed wedding. From the moment I walked in the door and seeing the flower girl captivated watching 'Tangled' to the the sweetheart table and cake adorned with Rapunzel. AnnMarie has Cinderella’s unfailing belief that everything will work out, and this day her fairy tale dream came true.

A tear trickled down the grooms face as his radiant bride emerged, on the arm of her father, and made her way into Scott's arms. Sparkling in a rhinestone encrusted ball gown-style dress, accented with crystal necklace and earrings and wearing her sister's 'borrowed' veil AnnMarie walked down the aisle of the grand St. Joseph's Cathedral. Together she and Scott  united in faith, prayer and holy matrimony; surrounded by loving friends and family. 

Before heading to the reception venue to celebrate and dance the night away, we stopped at pituresque Stevens-Coolidge Place, to revisit the place where Scott proposed. The last hour on sunlight enveloped the couple as they enjoyed the new feeling of husband and wife.

Like a true Disney Princess, AnnMarie was whisked around the floor, dancing a Vienesse Waltz to Man and Wife by Michelle Featherstone under a sea of paper lanterns. Each table named after a Disney Princess Movie and the cake, make by the bride's sister was topped with princess wishes.

I cannot say it any better than Rapunzel, "You don't really need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely." Wishing you both 'Happiness Ever After!'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress designer: Justin Alexander

Alterations by: Laurie Buehler from the Straight Stitch in Merrimack, NH

Flowers by: Susanne's Weddings in Hampstead, NH

Hair by: Lorri Holland of Cassandra's Hair Salon in Nashua, NH

Make up by: Bridesmaid, Tracy Dijulia

Cake by: Sister & Maid of Honor, Mary McGrotty

First Dance choreographed by Raymond Huard of PaperMoon Dance

Video by: Jeff Proia

DJ: Rick Eccleston

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Disney Manchester NH Rapunzel Stevens-Coolidge bride. photographer wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/5/annmarie-scott---manchester-nh-wedding Fri, 06 May 2016 01:37:46 GMT
Maternity Session - Then there were Four https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/3/maternity-session---then-there-were-four                  As a wedding photographer you meet so many people from a wide variety of places; guests visiting from out of town, vendors from all diversity of the wedding industry and of course the bride and groom along with their parents and bridal party. I love getting to know many of these people, creating art for them, capturing their memories and working along side them. 

                One of the most beautiful things is when you get to see wedding couples grow into a family; wedding couples becoming parents. Many times I will have clients who I have seen and photographed through many life memories. I often feel like part of the family. It is great seeing the art I created adorning the walls of their homes. 

           Kelsey is a fellow vendor; I had the honor of photographing her sister's wedding last year, but this time it was her time to shine, sharing with you some memories from her maternity session I did a few weeks ago. In the fall I heard that Kelsey was pregnant and she was bursting with excitement when she asked if I would do a maternity session with her. From that day way back in the glow of autumn, she was determined that she wanted portraits in the snow. Well for those of you not experiencing the New England weather first hand..........our winter has been a roller coaster of dips and twists in the adventure of winter. And of course with a maternity session, its not like we can exactly wait around for the right moment. Mother nature was not cooperating, so we set a date and rolled with it.  Portraiture for me is not about the setting, the scene or the backdrop, its all about the relationship and emotion. Here are a few of my favorites to share - I cannot wait to meet baby Hayes. And from the words of one of the best childhood characters EVER! - "A Grand Adventure is about to begin" ~ Winnie the Pooh.

Kelsey Josh and Fallon

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/3/maternity-session---then-there-were-four Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:49:27 GMT
Melissa & Jon - New Year's Eve Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/1/melissa-jon---new-years-eve-wedding           On the cusp of our first winter's snow fall, New Year's Eve brought Melissa and Jon together to exchange their vows at Brookstone Event Center in Derry. Emotional tears set the scene as the final touches were applied to the bride's up-do,upon seeing herself, preparing to leave and meet her beau. Arriving to meet Jon for their 'first look', they shared a private moment to see each other before their ceremony was enveloped in the glow of a late winter twilit evening. Melissa glowed with beauty in a low back crystal encrusted trumpet-style sleeveless  gown, her red hair perfectly complimenting the blue sky at night. The anticipation was heightened as Jon swept around to meet eyes with his bride; momentarily holding her gaze before melting into each other's kiss. Bridesmaids looked on from a distance as Melissa wrapped in Jon's arms, barely needing her fur shawl that married perfectly with the dress. 
 

          Escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father Melissa captivated every eye in the room. In a touching moment Melissa also made a promise to Jon's son during the ceremony, as they come together as a family. The bride carried a bouquet of cream roses accented with diamante , attended by her sister, as her maid-of-honor, two sister-in-laws, and three close friends, all wearing knee-length black one-shoulder satin dresses, carrying roses and cala lilies with a splash of eggplant. Jon had his 'groom squad' in tow; with a close friend for his best man wearing eggplant splashed boutonnieres to compliment.
 

          The crystal theme spilled into the reception venue where floral arrangements draped in trains of crystals garnished the tables.   As the maid-of honor and best man recalled childhood stories(and adult ones too!) for all to enjoy, the elegant cake was wrapped in black and rhinestone ribbon nearby. A photo booth kept the fun of New Year's Eve alive along with an active dance floor throughout the night as the countdown to 2016 drew closer. Midnight brought an ocean of kissing couples and a newlywed couple ready to start the new year off on a high!
 

          A couple who once referred to each other as 'the neighbor' are now husband and wife ringing in 2016,  surrounded by family and friends, and heading to Costa Rico for their honeymoon. Congratulations to you both. As always it is was a pleasure and an honor to be your photographer and capture the special moments and memories.
 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2016/1/melissa-jon---new-years-eve-wedding Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:13:17 GMT
AnnMarie & Scott's Engagement https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/11/annmarie-scotts-engagement     Fall was kind to us this year with beautiful rich leaves on the trees into early November. On the cusp of change a few stray leaves linger with tenacity as autumn transitions into cooler days and darker evenings. The sunlight shone through on this early November afternoon to catch the vibrant red and golden yellow leaves, at Wason Pond, creating a kaleidoscope of a backdrop for AnnMarie and Scott's engagement portraits. Giddy in each other's presence, their images portray the joy, love, intimacy and respect they have for each other, as they begin on this journey together. As the sun set on this perfect November day, the light changed giving a romantic glow to envelop this special couple.  Often locked in each others gaze, moments of shared silence and shared hilarity filled this session. 

             Being a fellow photographer and having worked along side AnnMarie on many occasions, I am honored to be an important part in documenting their engagement. Congratulations to you both.........I cannot wait to capture your big day! For now; enjoy their happiness....I cannot look at these pictures without a smile coming over my face; infectious as their giggles the day we did the session. Here are a few of my favorites to share. Enjoy!

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/11/annmarie-scotts-engagement Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:25:03 GMT
Now Booking Holiday Mini Sessions https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/11/now-booking-holiday-mini-sessions This year I will have two opportunities for holiday Mini Sessions: Saturday, November 28th and Sunday, December 6th. This is a great session to get up-to-date portraits of you children and family. Check out the options below to see which one is the best fit for you. Each session is 20 minutes, chose the package that best suits your needs, with plenty of a la carte options with delivery just in time for Christmas. Call or email now to book your session.

Holiday Mini Session (Deluxe)

$275.00

This mini session package includes: 20 minute session, 6 digital images to download with print release, one 11 x14 canvas gallery wrap (ready to hang on your wall), 2 8x10 prints, 2 5x7 prints, set of 8 wallets and a metal ornament ready to hang on your tree.

Holiday Mini Session (Premium)

$150.00

This session package includes: 20 minute session, 3 digital images to download with Print Release, one 11x14 print, two 5x7 prints, a set of 8 wallets (3 image package)

Holiday Mini Session (Basic)

$75.00

This mini session package includes: 20 minute session, your choice of 1 digital downloads from online gallery with print release, one 8x10 print & one set of 8 wallets (all of the same image).

 

$50 deposit due to hold the session. Balance due before or on the day  of the session.

Call or email now to schedule your session.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/11/now-booking-holiday-mini-sessions Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:18:11 GMT
Becky & Julian's Wedding - Durham, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/10/becky-julians-wedding---durham-nh Surrounded by sales assistants featured on the popular TLC show, Becky was excited to say, "Yes To The Dress". She fell in love with the beautiful wedding gown designed by Pnina Tornai, with its full tulle skirt, short train, and crystal encrusted strapless bodice. Accented elegantly with a crystal headband upon a braided hair design by the bride. Becky's maid of honor and bridesmaids were three close girlfriends, who all flew in from Florida to be greeted with a crisp New Hampshire fall. They wore cranberry colored full length dresses that contrasted with the groomsmen's purple plaid shirts and grey suits. Fall foliage was just beginning to peak, and Becky and Julian's celebrations were also bursting with the colors of autumn. Bouquets were abundant with gold, orange and cranberry tones, each accented with yellow leaves. The rich fall tones were draw into the boutonnieres with orange roses and claret berries. The groom wore a plaid bow tie, with his grey suit, tenderly tied by the bride the night before their nuptials.

Ten years on from when the groom's aunt got married at the Three Chimneys Inn, Julian & Becky followed in their footsteps choosing this quaint venue for their wedding day. Nestled in the heart of Durham, NH they exchanged vows in the gardens of the Inn surrounded by family and friends. Officially Mr & Mrs, Julian & Becky walked down the aisle enveloped in bubbles, as they pumped the hands in successful joy. The reception was filled with more signs of fall. Guest were invited to leave a congratulatory message or words of wisdom for the newlyweds on fall leaves. The reception tables were abundant with autumnal arrangements and favors of strawberry preserve laid on cranberry napkins for each guest. Savage Garden's 'Truly, Madly, Deeply', set the atmosphere for their first dance as husband and wife. Edible leaves cascaded down the side of the birch bark cake made by Jacques Fine Pastries, personalized with the bride and groom's initials and a handmade cake topper, a nest of two owls, created by Julian's mother completed the design.

What a beautiful day - Congratulations to you both! 

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Officiant - John S. Scuto

Floral Design - In Bloom Weddings and Events

Cake - Jacques Fine Pastries

DJ - Fred Pappalardo Disc Jockeys

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/10/becky-julians-wedding---durham-nh Sun, 11 Oct 2015 16:59:09 GMT
Keri & Ryan - Granby CT Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/9/keri-ryan---granby-ct-wedding As the signs of fall tempt us into September, Ryan & Keri's wedding brings us to those beautiful rich autumnal colors. A pair of 'love birds' embellished the guests’ invitations and set the tone and theme of their day, brimming with personalized details. Pairs of love birds, mimicking the bride and grooms matching tattoos, were spotted throughout the day, perched on top of the ceremony welcome sign and scattered throughout the details of their reception venue at Holcomb Farm, West Granby, CT.
 

The bride, relaxed and radiant in a classic elegant empire-line dress with a lace encrusted bodice, accented with rhinestones and a delicate tulle over- skirt giving the dress a beautiful flowing train. Her hair was worn up with flowers complimenting her bouquet.  Keri's sister Kelsey was her maid of honor, dressed in navy blue alongside her five bridesmaids, who all held bouquets of gypsophila. The bride's niece, accompanied by her great grandmother, pulled the infant ring-bearer down the aisle in a wagon.  The groom's parents brought Keri & Ryan's dogs to witness the joining of marriage. The knot was tied beneath a white chiffon entwined with twig arbor, with guests circled all around.
 

Tender moments were exchanged between Keri and her mom, as she walked to her groom. Emotion filled Ryan's face as he saw his bride for the first time. Their vows, unwritten and spoken from the heart were complimented by their bridal party reciting in turn lines from the book 'I Like You', a simple silly timeless reminder of friendship on how their love grew. A perfect "love letter in its beautiful child-like simplicity, was the perfect compliment to their nuptials officiated by the groom's uncle.

The couple took their bridal party and closest family to the 'ancient oak of Granby' for pictures within the boughs and branches of this old white oak tree, believed to be one of the oldest trees in New England. As the reception celebrations began each guest received their own Mason jar drinking vessel, personalized in thanks from the newlyweds. The reception had a backyard grill vibe as BBQ food was served from an outside buffet. Inside the barn was decorated with autumnal floral center-pieces and even the cake sat on a pile of personalized crates in keeping with the elegant rustic theme.

What a fun wedding – thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day - Congratulations to you both.....Be "goofus of the roofus" together forever!

Venue - Holcomb Farm

Hair - Hair by Emilie

Make-up - Larrissa Lake

Floral Design - Park Hill Joyce Flower Shop

DJ - Elegant Occasions DJ

Cake - Modern Pastry

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/9/keri-ryan---granby-ct-wedding Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:45:05 GMT
Elizabeth & Ryan - NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/9/elizabeth-ryan---nh-wedding As Elizabeth and Ryan took a private moment during their first look to envelop the emotion of the pre-wedding wonders, they both got giddy in each other, Ryan excited like a small boy with a new toy, treasuring that personal moment together with his bride-to-be before heading to the sacred matrimonial ceremony.
 

In the beautiful expanse of St. Patrick's Church in Nashua, Elizabeth, on the arm of her father, walked down the aisle in a lace-encrusted Maggie Sottero dress, with a corset bodice. The ceremony was full of personal touches; the bride's sister captivated guests with a violin solo and a close friend of the family led the guests in a vocal psalm. Attended by two of her sisters and her flower girl niece, the girls wore knee length delicate mint green chiffon dresses. Their ensembles were completed by the sharp attire of Ryan and the groomsmen who sported grey suits, accented with mint green ties.
 

Sharing a love of science fiction, Ryan and Elizabeth designed each reception table to sport a different Sci-Fi movie or TV title. This motif was highlighted with a Dr. Who themed cake, designed and made by the bride's sister, Mary. It was topped with a Tardis and accented with Daleks, not to EXTERMINATE!

In a family full of musical talent, it's no wonder that ballroom dance classes brought this couple together. It was only fitting that they had a choreographed routine for their first dance together as husband and wife. Ryan & Elizabeth danced to "Thinking out Loud" by Ed Sheeran, with an dramatic Bolero which portrayed their own personalities. As the maid of honor toasted to a "perfectly matched couple", the night was full of ballroom dance friends and family who danced the night away.
 

Cermony Venue - St. Patrick's Church

Reception Venue - Elk's Lodge

Church Singer - Scott Bergendahl

Church Violinist - Mary McGrotty

Hair by Lori Holland

Floral Artistry by The Floral Outlet

First Dance Choreographed by Maria Huard of PaperMoon Dance

Cake by Mary McGrotty

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/9/elizabeth-ryan---nh-wedding Tue, 08 Sep 2015 16:40:47 GMT
Amy - Senior at Benson's Park, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/8/amy---senior-at-bensons-park-nh Your senior year completes a chapter of your life with your future in front of you. This milestone experience should be fun and unique–that’s my goal when I make your photographs! Amy is a fun-loving girl and it radiated in her portraits. Here are a few of my favorites in a slideshow.

Amy - Senior

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/8/amy---senior-at-bensons-park-nh Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:56:44 GMT
Castleton, NH Wedding - Linda & Patrick https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/8/castleton-nh-wedding---linda-patrick 'Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue', lay attached by pin beneath the brides dress as she was escorted on the arm of her son, Garrett, to meet her beau. Tender moments were exchanged between the two of them as the crowd turned to see Linda glowing in a long, romantic dress, with beautiful lace bodice detail. Love and devotion radiated from this intimate wedding held within the beautiful landscaped gardens at The Castleton Banquet & Conference Center in Windham, NH. Nestled on the shores of Cobbetts Pond, vows and rings were exchanged enveloped in gorgeous creative floral design. Linda held a bouquet of memory lane roses, antique hydrangeas and Paco Calla lilies, accented with seeded eucalyptus. Her matron of honor and best friend Lisa, along with her bridesmaid Terri Ann, who is now her daughter-in-law wore knee length eggplant colored chiffon dresses encrusted with beading were complimented by their calla lily and bear grass bouquets.

The groom's face held a constant smile for the entire day and the emotion was openly shown by so many friends and family. Unfortunately, one of Patrick's sons was unable to make the wedding, but Paddy, his other son and best man, congratulated the couple in a heart-felt toast escalating raw emotion between father and son. Glasses were raised in celebration not only for the newlywed couple, but also for Patrick's mom, Gladys as she celebrated her 85th birthday. 

According to Patrick's reaction, the cake was heavenly! And the guests got to experience the cake along side a ice-cram sundae bar. Appeciated by all on this hot August evening. Sharing a mutual pastime of line dancing, the bride and groom dancing the evening away adorned in cowboy boots, to their favorite tunes surrounded by fellow dancers.

Wishing you both all the health and happiness - Congratulations!

 

Venue - Castleton Banquet & Conference Center

Floral Design & Linen Accents - Lady Slipper Creations

Cake - Sweet Ideas by Vikki

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/8/castleton-nh-wedding---linda-patrick Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:22:56 GMT
Eleni is One https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/7/eleni-is-one One of the best post wedding treats for me is seeing and photographing the children of the wedding couples I had the honor of sharing in their big day. Sunday, in the heat of a NH July afternoon, I photographed Eleni. Over the last five years I have photographer her older brother, her parent wedding and engagement session. What fun I had photographing this strong-willed spirited soul!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/7/eleni-is-one Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:45:03 GMT
Family Portrait Session - Lake Massabesic, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/6/family-portrait-session---lake-massabesic-nh As much as we can plan for tomorrow, you never know what tomorrow will bring. That can be exhilaratingly exciting or worryingly apprehensive. The anticipation of what tomorrow brings can be the difference in attitude of your glass being half empty or half full. 

More importantly we cannot get back yesterday! Less than a year ago I spoke with a young mother who had recently lost her husband. She told me that she was planning on booking a family portrait session with me and was terribly distraught that those visual memories would now be lost forever.

If you are planning a portrait session, or if it’s on the back burner, constantly on your ‘to-do’ list – don’t wait! Pick up the phone or drop me an email. Book your session now, capture the moment and live every day to the max!

Mary was one of those people, you know the ones (I’m one too) – she said,  “as a plus size girl, I am more comfortable being behind the camera not in front of it”. I have heard many an excuse, (and I throw my hands up in guilt too!) - “I don’t like having my picture taken”, “I always look terrible in pictures”, among others. 

Mary, however, put her family first and realized that it was important to have family portraits, to capture the moments, the memories, the personalities and the relationships. As Mary's family received news of Steve's diagnosis it made her rethink that whole philosophy. Their family is all about love and there is no better time to capture it……… here are a few from the Pispitsos Family Session.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/6/family-portrait-session---lake-massabesic-nh Sun, 21 Jun 2015 14:58:17 GMT
"A World Of My Own" - A stylized Shoot https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/5/-a-world-of-my-own---a-stylized-shoot             Nestled in the lush vines at southern New Hampshire's Zorvino Vineyards was the beautiful setting for a stylized session I had the honor to be a part of. Last August I had the opportunity to create an 'Alice Though the Looking Glass' themed session working closely with owner and principle designer, Karen Flanders of Lady Slipper Creations. One of the best elements of being a part of this, is working closely with other great industry professionals who specialize in their own field, valuing their clients as much as I do, but also having the direct creativity that you don't always get on a day-to-day basis. Setting the scene for this whimsical storybook bridal session inspired by Lewis Carroll's children's book, we put our own twist on it incorporating peacock inspired colors and textures, along with elements pulled for the classic tale. From the elegance of a top hat and tea party to the intrigue of thru the looking glass in a world of my own.

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

"So she sat on with closed eyes, and, and half believed herself in Wonderland" 

― Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

 

A World Of My Own

 

Huge thanks to:

Lady Slipper Creations - Innovative Floral Design

Donna Cotnoir - Hair & Make-up Artist

Zorvino Vineyard - Venue

Sweet Ideas by Vikki - cup cakes

Everyday Details - Candy Buffet

VIVO Masks - Fascinator

Melissa Escobar - Attendents Tutu

Our amateur models Jennifer, Jessica & Tripp

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/5/-a-world-of-my-own---a-stylized-shoot Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:45 GMT
From Belly to Baby - NH Portrait Photographer https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/4/from-belly-to-baby---nh-portrait-photographer There is definately something exciting about having a newborn session in follow-up to a maternity session. Sue and Joe had their (and I say 'their' in a broad term) maternity session back in March, but I have been waiting until now to share some pictures of that session, so I could introduce you to baby Lucy as well. What a beautiful little baby, joining us on April 11th.

A mother's joy begins when new life is stirring inside.......when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone. - Author unknown

"Life reveals her beauty one precious miracle at a time" - Flavia Weedn. Sue was ceratinly glowing in pregnancy and showed off her 'bump' with pride. Joe kisses her belly and only a few weeks later he kisses his newborn daughter's head.

A grand adventure is about to begin - Winnie the Pooh

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/4/from-belly-to-baby---nh-portrait-photographer Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:56:57 GMT
Engagement Fun at Prescott Park - Southern NH Photographer https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/4/engagement-fun-at-prescott-park---southern-nh-photographer For a Massachusetts couple who love to explore new towns and hang out playing board games together, we had to introduce them to a new town and incorporate their passion along the way. Heading to Prescott Park in Portsmouth NH was the destination for Becky & Julian's engagement session on a windy spring morning. Here are a few of my favorites from the session.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/4/engagement-fun-at-prescott-park---southern-nh-photographer Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:38:53 GMT
Spring Pastels Kick off Wedding Season - NH Wedding Photographer https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/4/spring-pastels-kick-off-wedding-season---nh-wedding-photographer                 What a beautiful beginning to an exciting wedding season. After a roller-coaster of a week for the bride, with highs of an early arriving newborn niece, lows of an unexpected blanket of snow and deflated dreams of having her sister as her maid of honor sent Lora's plain-sailing wedding plans for a loop. Nothing however was stopping Lora & Jacob's wedding day being perfect. Jacob sat behind Lora in English class their junior year at high school, but it wasn’t until five years ago that Lora agreed to go on date with Jacob, only to discover that he was eyeing up the waitress! Friendship blossomed into love though when Lora finally gave into dating for real. Like Ed Sheeran sang during their first dance, "That maybe we found love right where we are". 
 

           Lora's beauty reflected back from the same mirror that her mother got ready in front of the day she got married. In a strapless champagne lace fit and flare design, lace down back and chapel train, the bride was just radiant. Tousled curls cascaded over her shoulders beneath her short veil on the arm of her father as she joyfully walked down the aisle of St. Peter's church, Auburn to meet her beau. The couples family values shone through as all of their nieces and nephews joined them in the bridal procession. 
 

                 The newlyweds arrived at Candia Woods for their reception in Jacob's black Chevy truck in keeping with their down-to-earth style and personality. Although winds blew away spring showers, Lora was ready for the greens at the links in her coordinating pink rain boots and umbrella, along with her pastel pink rose and calla lily bouquet. The day was filled with playful banter between the newlyweds, I cannot remember how many times I heard, "How can you not love him?", as Lora spoke lovingly of her groom, but her Italian fire ignited as she got revenge in the cake smash! Pintrest inspired wine glasses dipped in glitter adorned each table as a centerpiece in keeping with the gold/champagne and rose coloring.


              It was a celebration filled with fun, laughter, love and raw emotion. Congratulations to you both as you start this new journey together! It was an honor to be a part of your day. Have a great honeymoon in Puerto Rico! As I leave you with some of my favorite images from the day, I also want to leave you with the lyrics from their first dance..................... dreaming of a lifetime together as they get enveloped in bubbles.
 

Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud"

When your legs don't work like they used to before
And I can't sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love?
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?

And darling I will be loving you 'til we're 70
And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I'm thinking 'bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am
So honey now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I'm thinking out loud
That maybe we found love right where we are

When my hair's all but gone and my memory fades
And the crowds don't remember my name
When my hands don't play the strings the same way
I know you will still love me the same

 

Hair & Make-up Artist - Samantha Courtois of 5 Diamond Salon

Floral Designs by Jacques Flowers
 

Venue - Candia Woods

DJ

Cake by Frederick's Pastries

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Candia Woods NH photographer spring wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/4/spring-pastels-kick-off-wedding-season---nh-wedding-photographer Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:36:08 GMT
Kayla's Scholarship Banquet https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/3/kayla-scholarship-banquet                  When I first was approached to photograph this event I had no idea the depth at which Kayla had touched the community and so many of the lives of those around her. Personally I met her only once at the Chester Public Library last summer. Kayla passed away unexpectedly only two weeks after that day on July 29th, 2014 at the young age of 21. Her parents said, "She believed in helping people and we've created a scholarship fund in her name to help NH students". This event, held at the Castleton Banquet & Conference Center in Windham NH, was a huge success and the goal was reached to launch the scholarship fund and help NH Computer Science students. As the sun began to set on Friday March 13th, 2015 the venue was alive with over 300 guests from all walks of Kayla's life, drenched in a glow of green (Kayla's favorite color), and surrounded in an abundance of literature adorning the room. From the beautifully crafted cake by Sweet Ideas by Vikki, to the center pieces on each table; flowers by Lady Slipper Creations in the colors Kayla loved complimented by books and personal heart-felt thanks from Kayla's family. Wherever you looked literacy works were hand crafted into beautiful works of art portraying the love for knowledge and education this young girl had. Lori D. Entertainment along with prominent family members led the night's activities into its roaring success. It was an honor to be a part of this night and be able to donate to a cause along with many other local NH businesses and others closer to home, like the beautiful art work donated by her former Chester Academy art teacher that was auctioned off. A beautiful night in honor of a beautiful woman.
 

 

 

See the news coverage here by WMUR

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/3/kayla-scholarship-banquet Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:57:47 GMT
Keri & Ryan - Romance in the snow! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/2/keri-ryan---snowy-engagement                There's nothing like a little snow to add to the romance of an engagement session. Keri and Ryan had a romantic getaway planned at the Three Chimney's Inn in Durham NH. Being spoiled with champagne and decadent chocolate covered strawberries! Romance for me includes a little fun and laughter; this couple was no exception! A single solitaire that was once Ryan's mother's, now on the delicate hand of Keri; an indicator that they on the path to marriage. On this Valentin'e Day though, they were enjoying each other and celebrating their engagement. What a fun couple to photograph! Seeing them interact; it is great to see how they are totally in love with each other; being open and honest in their relationship. Here are a few of my favorites from the session.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Chimneys Durham February Inn Keri NH Ryan Three couple engagement photography portraits wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/2/keri-ryan---snowy-engagement Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:32:25 GMT
February is the Month of Love https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/2/february-is-the-month-of-love Romance is in the air as we celebrate the Feast of Saint Valentine, and whether you are feasting on love or sipping champagne over a candlelit dinner, gazing into each other's eyes. On Valentine's Day we appreciate the ones we love. All over the world many will get proposed to on this day and start along a path together. For those who have already found their one true love, then let the wedding plans begin! According to the National Association of Bridal Consultants this month is one of the busiest months for wedding planning for those up-coming summer and fall wedding. I am currently taking bookings for 2015 and 2016, so if you are still looking for a wedding photographer to capture your special day let's get together. Still haven't had your engagement session yet? Spring is a great season for it! Ready to propose and want to capture that moment?

Contact me now to book a complimentary consultation 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) February NH Valentine bride couples engagement groom love photographer portraits wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/2/february-is-the-month-of-love Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:42:41 GMT
Bridal Showcase at Three Chimneys Inn, Durham, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/1/bridal-showcase-at-three-chimneys-inn-durham-nh Join us for the Three Chimneys Inn Bridal Open House in conjunction with the WERZ Bridal Show at 17 Newmarket Road in beautiful Durham, NH! Hosted in the Madbury and Orchard rooms from 10:00am-3:30pm on Sunday, January 18th, 2015. Come see all that this beautiful venue have to offer! This is one of my favorite venues to photograph

Take a tour of Three Chimneys Inn and then experience the Bridal Expo at the Whittemore Center with free tickets! At the Three Chimneys bridal show:

~ Sample hors d'oeuvres
~ Tour the banquet room and overnight guest rooms
~ Meet us and some other of their preferred vendors
~ Enjoy live music
~ Sample some delicious wedding cake
~ Enter to win prizes including a romantic overnight stay for two at Three Chimneys! 

This is one of my favorite venues to photograph and if you stop by and enter to win our raffle you will have the chance to win a 60-minute On-location Engagement or Bridal session with a choice of 11x14 canvas wrap or a 10 spread (20-pg.) custom-designed 8x8 Legacy Album

worth $500!

See you there!

More details here

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/1/bridal-showcase-at-three-chimneys-inn-durham-nh Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:10:17 GMT
Charity Bridal Event https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/1/charity-bridal-event Did you get engaged over the holidays or starting to plan your wedding day? Then why not join me this weekend Jan 17 and 18 at Le Meridien Cambridge/MIT, MA for a Charity Bridal Event.

 

The revenue generated by the event with help those impacted by cancer. Gowns will be there to try on and take home. Say 'Yes' to the dress and I will personally take your portrait then and there!

Have the chance to get some exciting giveaways!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2015/1/charity-bridal-event Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:59:33 GMT
Hannah & Jeff - NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/11/hannah-jeff---nh-wedding Signs of fall tied all the elements of Hannah & Jeff's wedding together, tables were adorned with fall leaves strewn over burlap runners, single-serve bottles of apple cider complimented with a paper straw were favors for their guests which also served as place settings. The cranberry color scheme enveloped the concept of autumn throughout the day.

Hannah glowed as a bride, her hair piled in beautiful curls topped with a pearl encrusted hair piece, standing in an elegantly simple dress with a sweet heart neckline highlighted with a delicate pearl ruching at the waist. Spaghetti straps and a small train complimented Hannah perfectly. Her twin sister, the maid of honor along with her bridesmaids, were all dressed in beautiful mid-length cranberry chiffon dresses complimented with cranberry and orange rose bouquets.

Handsome in their formal suits and bow ties (and not forgetting the all-matching striped socks), the groom, best man and groomsmen watched on as an emotional bride entered the Durham Community Church on the arm of her father. The personal and intimate ceremony was performed by the bride's uncle. Tender moments between the couple filled the day as they exchanged vows and sealed their marriage, followed by celebrations of their nuptials at their reception at The Three Chimneys Inn.

A little rain stopped by to wish the beautiful couple  luck on their precious day. Hannah & Jeff left in the early hours the next day for a honeymoon in St.Martin. Congratulations to you both!

 

 

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Hair Stylist - Roxanne Johnson

Florist - Lyndsey Loring Design LLC

DJ - Steve Carrigan

Dress - Alexis Bridal

Cake - Jaques Pastries

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/11/hannah-jeff---nh-wedding Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:42:01 GMT
Holiday Mini Sessions https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/holiday-mini-sessions It's that time of year when we gather our family together, send out holiday cards and celebrate the season with smiles and love! Join me for a mini photo session Sunday November 23rd and Saturday December 6th. I welcome those of you who make this an annual event for your family and also new clients alike. These are my only indoor mini sessions throughout the year and whether you are looking for holiday themed pictures to adorn your holiday cards, a fun session with the children or a more formal sitting, this is a great opportunity to get a great deal!

Each session includes:

  • a 30 minute portrait session
  • pre-session consultation via email
  • professional capture of the images, photographers time and artistry in editing your final imagery
  • Online gallery consisting of 20 images
  • Two 8x10 prints with additional a la carte options available

$100

All images are submitted to a high-end, professional lab for printing.

BONUS DEAL

Book by November 7th and receive a digital copy of your favorite image to use for holiday cards and social media. 
Call or email now to reserve your session - limited spaces available.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/holiday-mini-sessions Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:19:48 GMT
First Family Portrait - Benson's Park NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/first-family-portrait---bensons-park-nh How exciting is it to have your first family pictures with a newborn? Three month old Penelope is just a bundle of preciousness dressed so cute in her fall outfit with matching suede boots! We were blessed with a warm October morning for the session, enveloped in the warm hues of autumn at Benson's Park in Hudson, NH. A few of my favorites from the session.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/first-family-portrait---bensons-park-nh Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:08:01 GMT
Family of Five - Hudson NH - Family Portraits https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/family-of-five---hudson-nh---family-portraits The dew was still on the ground, but the sun was dappled through the leaves as we headed to Benson's Park in Hudson for a family portrait session. The autumnal colors lit beautifully in the sun giving a vibrant background to some radiant smiles....somehow we managed to get those happy faces all synchronized for a few exposures.

A few of my favorites to share......

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/family-of-five---hudson-nh---family-portraits Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:34:21 GMT
Hannah & Jeff - Engagement - Brookdale Farm https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/hannah-jeff---engagement---brookdale-farm Growing up Jeff has memories of going to Brookdale Farm every year, picking apples in the orchards and having his Dad take lots of family pictures. Even before they are married Jeff and his bride-to-be, Hannah, head back to Brookdale to start their own family tradition of pictures at Brookdale Farm beginning with their engagement session. The rising sun enveloped us in gorgeous light as we walked threw the apple laden trees on this beautiful October morning. Dew was still glistening on the fruit while Hannah's ring sparkled in the sun. Young love radiated from them both as they enjoyed each other's company in preparation for their wedding day. I cannot wait to see you on your big day!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/hannah-jeff---engagement---brookdale-farm Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:40:08 GMT
Mary & Eoin - NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/mary-eoin---nh-wedding A nervous groom patiently waited for his bride in an abundance of fall color. Mary approached Eoin in her 'Fairy-tale' dress in anticipation of seeing each other for 'first look'. On the warm autumnal day the couple left for the ceremony at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford surrounded by family and close friends. The bride was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father carrying a bouquet of ivory roses. Expressions were filled with smiles, laughter and tears as vows and rings were exchanged. Mary knew exactly what she wanted for their day and pulled it together to every last detail. Even making her own wedding cake! The maid of honor and bridesmaid, both Mary's sisters, radiated in chiffon pink dresses. The bride's niece was the cutest flower girl, complimenting the bridesmaids and bride in a white dress accented with pink. Eoin's best man and groomsman were both brother's of the groom. With a dance floor surrounded by guests the American Irish couple performed an elegant foxtrot for their first dance. The first of many firsts in their married life together. A beautiful day for a beautiful couple.

Congratulations to you both.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Bedford NH church photographer photography wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/10/mary-eoin---nh-wedding Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:00:44 GMT
Family Portraits - Apple Hill Farm, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/9/family-portraits---apple-hill-farm-nh One of my favorite things to do outside in the fall is to go apple picking. The air is crisp (usually), the sweet smell of a ripe orchard fills the atmosphere and there are smiles on everyone's faces. Sunday I headed out for a family session at Apple Hill Farm in Concord, NH. Somehow the image of a cool September morning evaporated as the sun rose into an eighty five degree day and instead of apple trees, we dove for the shade of apple crates and two mischievous cute smiles filled my morning! Here are a few of my favorites to share.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/9/family-portraits---apple-hill-farm-nh Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:41:32 GMT
Shannon & Pete - NH Farm Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/9/shannon-pete---nh-farm-wedding Army & Marine veterans joined as a family in rustic elegance, along with the groom's two sons on a beautiful September day on the cusp of fall. Shannon & Pete knew ,before they even got engaged, that their love for the NH mountains was going to be the backdrop on their wedding day. Curtis Farm was that stunning venue with its breath taking views and beautiful grounds. The bride arrived in an antique car to the rich sounds of an Irish bagpiper. Shannon, named by her mother (remembering stories told by her grandfather of County Cork and the River Shannon), had a subtle undertone of Irish highlights. From the delicate clover cut-out on the invitation to the mirrored clover 'Philadelphia-style' LOVE cake-topper. Dressed in a lace and bead encrusted tulip-style dress Shannon radiated from head-to-toe with her perfectly coiffed hair created by Salon Thairapy and make-up artistry by Kriss Cosmetics. Her hair piece, delicately made by a friend from her mother's veil, complimented her Marilyn Monroe era hair-style. The gold theme was accented with purple; Shannon's niece and five close friends were her bridesmaids and all were dressed in an eclectic collection of gold dresses complimented by purple hydrangea bouquets. The bride's bouquet was wrapped in part of her mother's wedding dress and pinned with her grandmother's broach. The intimate ceremony was personalized to reflect the bride and groom's uniqueness and the beginning of their new life together, drinking from the bride's grandmother's glass and vows written from the heart. The sun poked through the clouds and teased with us throughout the evening, washing the tent in a glow of sunlight as the newlyweds took to the floor for a Viennese Waltz to "I Won't Give Up". The eclectic theme continued through the reception as stunning miss-matched centerpieces adorned each table. A simple cake, surrounded by cup cakes was cut with the grooms Marine sword with family and friends looking on. As the sun left for the day Shannon & Pete were blessed with a warm pastel glow in the sky.

It was an honor and a privilege to capture your day. Congratulations to you both and your new family.

 

 

Venue - Curtis Farm

Brides Hair by Chris Sheldon of Salon Thairapy

Hair by Salon Thairapy

Make-up by Kris of Kriss Cosmetics

Flowers by Paisley Floral Design Studio

Justice of the Peace - Sharon Curole

DJ - DJ Dave Lynch

Bagpiper - Arthur Graham

Cake - Houghton Farm Bakery

Dance Choreographed by Royal Palace Dance Studio

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Curtis Farm NH bride groom photographer wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/9/shannon-pete---nh-farm-wedding Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:52:40 GMT
Karen & Stephen - NH Wedding - Simple, Beautiful & Fun! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/9/karen-stephen---nh-wedding---simple-beautiful-fun From the day we first met, Karen & Stephen had three words for their wedding; Simple, Beautiful and Fun! And it was in every way. Last Saturday brought one excited bride! In a transformation from shorts and Keens into a beautiful bride that even brought disbelief to the bride herself as she looked back at herself in the mirror for the first time. In a bohemian-style dress and feeling, "like a Greek goddess", Karen was adorned in hand-made accessories made by herself and her maid-of-honor: a crystal encrusted comb, rhinestone highlighted veil and a hand-strung necklace. A down-to-earth girl who radiates from the inside out in her actions and gestures now glowed in bridal bliss.

The groom, along with his best man hit the ffrost Sawyer Tavern. Within the warm wood beams and open hearth of the bar area the two  enjoyed 'guy' time in anticipation of the events to follow. Glasses raised and times remembered. Sprinkles of rain teased with us as Stephen and Karen had their 'first look' moment on the banks of the Oyster river in Durham NH. A mischievous and excited bride crept up on her groom before tapping him on the shoulder. Love and adoration shined from both of their faces as they saw each other for the first time.

Traitorous rain threatened the day, but nothing was going to prevent Karen & Stephen from sealing their love and friendship  with an outdoor wedding. Karen arrived on the arm of her father to an array of colorful umbrellas. Stopping along the way to greet her mother before turning in excitement to face her groom. The intimate ceremony was rich with vibrant bouquets of autumnal reds, oranges and burgundy. Orange lilies complimented the guys in their grey suits and dark red ties. Birch wood pots held more floral abundance and color at the end of the seating rows. Sounds from the Schaff Brothers led the way as Karen & Stephen became husband and wife. 

An evening of fun jovialities was had by all. Emotions heightened as Karen's father toasted the happy couple. Tears of joy crested her fathers eyes as he shared his words of love for the special bond they have and the special person Karen is to him and everyone she meets. Faces were riveted to the dance floor as Karen and Stephen danced together for the first time as Mr & Mrs.

So many tender moments.......it is hard for me to choose just a few to share. Congratulations to you both!

 


 

Venue - The Three Chimneys Inn

Hair by John Tilton - Troupe Studio

Make-up by Samantha Wilcox - Troupe Studio

Ceremony conducted by Chris Jablonski

Flowers - Lyndsey Loring - Lyndsey Loring Design LLC

Band - The Scharff Brothers

DJ - Tom 'Koz' Kozikowski - Koz'n a Commotion

Dress - Madeleine's Daughter

Cake - Jacques Pastries

 

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/9/karen-stephen---nh-wedding---simple-beautiful-fun Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:53:38 GMT
Natalie & Terrence - NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/9/natalie-terrance---nh-wedding Natalie radiated in an A-line halter dress with a cascading drape embellished with an encrusted pearl and rhinestone design, complimented by the pearls her groom gifted to her. Accompanied by her sister and close friend; both glowed in sapphire blue dresses and help bouquets of white hydrangeas. A bouquet of blue hydrangeas, complimented by orange roses highlighted the brides auburn hair as it caught the sunlight on this extremely warm September evening. The brides stems were wrapped in fabric from her mothers wedding dress and two charms hung from the bouquet in remembrance of her grandmother.

Terrence sported the Scottish theme with a tartan tie accenting his grey suit. His close friend was his best man and the bride's younger brother, a groomsmen. Not forgetting Terrence's ring bearer, Kenny, his childhood companion and family dog. He was on his best behavior, but was definitely a little camera-shy.

Tender moments between the bride and her mother brought tears to Natalie's eyes minutes before the ceremony. Nervous anticipation enveloped Natalie on the arm of her father as she was escorted down the aisle to her groom to the beautiful sounds of the Scottish bagpipes on the grounds at The Three Chimneys Inn, in Durham, NH. 

Following the exchanging of vows and rings Natalie & Terrance exited in a sea of magical bubbles; blown by all their friends and family. Guests were directed to their seats at the reception by hand-made origami birds. Simplistic elegance was the theme for the evening. Emotions ran high again when Terrence danced with his mother to a Disney movie theme tune. The cake made by Jacques Pastries was delicately cut, with the bride and groom feeding each other. Layers of cappuccino and lemon cake complimented the delicious buffet spread put on by the venue.

Congratulations to Natalie & Terrence. I wish you a life of love and happiness together.

 

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn, Durham, NH

Hair by Ciccolini - Hair & Day Spa

Celebrant - John Scuto of Blue Sky Wedding Service

Flowers - Flower Kiosk

DJ - Luke Lanigan - The Music Man!

Bridal Dress - Davids Bridal

Cake - Jacques Pastries

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/9/natalie-terrance---nh-wedding Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:28:45 GMT
Karen & Steve - Engagement Session in Exeter NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/8/karen-steve---engagement-session-in-exeter-nh I first met Karen & Steve at a Bridal Expo in January; excited about planning their day. They are getting married in less than a month now, and they decided last minute to have an engagement session. To this wedding couple it was more like a practice run, a rehearsal; and in all honesty this is one of the best things you can do before your wedding day. Get comfortable in front of the camera and practice for the big day! This is a great time for me, as your photographer, to get to know you better and nurture the relationship we have.

The Swansey Parkway in Exeter, NH is a place special to the couple and it was certainly beautiful as we captured them in the low evening sun. I cannot wait to capture the big day on September 6th! - Fun, beautiful and simple - the couple's key words for their planning and events. This was a beautiful, simple session and we had a little fun along the way. Here are a few favorites from the session.

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Exeter NH creative engagement photographer photography wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/8/karen-steve---engagement-session-in-exeter-nh Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:13:17 GMT
Nerdy NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/8/nerdy-nh-wedding It's not every day I see a bride in a red dress, its not every day I photograph a wedding without a cake and its not every day that the couple have flours in-lieu of flowers as center pieces, nor do they have a bride's 'dude' in the wedding party, but the wedding of Sarah & Matthew was no ordinary wedding. They knew what they wanted for their big day and had no problem executing it.

I met Sarah & Matthew back in January of this year and since then, along side our consultations and engagement session, I have been following their wedding take shape on their blog http://weddingofsarahandmatt.blogspot.com/. Getting to know the wedding couple is a very important part of creating great imagery that they will love, and these guys made that part easy. And as a side note in this process I have discovered that they are much better blog writers than me!

For a couple so shy and self-conscious in front of the camera they radiated with love for each other as BU & UNH graduates honred their respective colleges in their wedding color scheme. The ceremony was conducted by the groom's sister in an intimate garden setting at The Three Chimney's Inn.

In their own words from their blog 'they have an overall 'nerdy' theme to their wedding'. I mean really.....I have to share this with you......thoughout the wedding there is this weird symbol - on the save the date, on their blog, on the invitation...........In the Doctor Who language of Gallifreyan, with each circle representing a word, the 'funky' symbol means "The Wedding of Sarah & Matthew" - how creative! From a wedding where Dr. Who meets Harry Potter; here are a few of my favorites to share.

Venue - Three Chimneys Inn

Hair & Make-up - Emily Chapdelaine - Mode Salon

Floral Arrangements - Grenon Trading Company

DJ - Doug O'Rouke - Super Sound Production

Dress - Marry & Tux

Rings - Stonebrook Jewelry

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Chimneys Harry Inn Matthew NH Pedone Potter Sarah Three creative fun wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/8/nerdy-nh-wedding Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:41:03 GMT
Sarah & Matthew - Engagement Session - Downtown Manchester, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/5/sarah-matthew---engagement-session---downtown-manchester-nh "We're shy in front of the camera", was Sarah & Matthews words to me when we first met....now there is a challenge if ever I heard one! When it came time to execute their engagement session I knew emersion was the key.

On starting the session Sarah was full of nervous giggles (and it was so romantic!), soon relaxing into creating a delicious meal together; a pastime they both love! The wine flowed, ingredients prepared and the flour flew in the culinary creation.

Heading to Downtown Manchester, NH following the footsteps of that first 'date' took us to The Currier Museum and along Merrimack River at Arms Park where that first date ended.

Vesting hockey shirts in their respective alumni (UNH & BU) colors set the color scheme; I cannot wait to see how the color theme continues into their wedding plans.

Click play to see a few more from the session.

Sarah Matthew Engagement

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/5/sarah-matthew---engagement-session---downtown-manchester-nh Fri, 30 May 2014 10:17:14 GMT
Kerrie & Scott - NH Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/5/kerrie-scott---nh-wedding As Scott patiently waits in preparation of meeting his bride, re-creating a childhood image steadies any nerves. His best man along with the groom get ready at their newly built home. Praying that the rain will continue to hold off.

Love and happiness radiated from every face at the nuptials of Kerrie & Scott as they said, "I do", at St. Thomas More Church in Durham, NH. The intimate ceremony unified their love and blended their families in celebration of a lifelong journey. Childhood friendships supported the couple as groomsmen and maid-of-honor, accented by the grooms daughters and the bride's son. The cutest smiles from the ring bearer and flower girl completed the bridal party. The 'girls' had their hair and make up perfectly done by Heather of Industry in Dover, NH.

Proud Dad escorted Kerrie to meet her groom in an elegant gown, wrapped in a midnight blue sash, holding an abundant bouquet of calla lilies created by Ladybug Flower Shop. Midnight blue dresses adorned the brides attendants, silver accents complimented the theme throughout, from necklaces, ties and waistcoats to the monogram M atop of the wedding cake made by Jacques Fine European Pastries.

The newlyweds left the church in a Belgian Meadows Farm horse and carriage enveloped in a 'good luck' shower of rain! And in lieu of a number plate is left a message; 'Just Hitched'!

The reception was held in the Madbury Room at The Three Chimneys Inn surrounded by tables laden with flourishing fresh potted herbs, as living favors for the guests. Joy and tears filled the toasts shared by those closest to the special couple. The mother-of-the groom shared a prayer of grace before the couple shared in their first meal together as husband and wife. 

Here are a few of my favorites from the day...........

Scott Kerrie Weddig

 

 

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/5/kerrie-scott---nh-wedding Wed, 28 May 2014 02:19:52 GMT
Christmas Wedding in Barrington NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/1/christmas-wedding-in-barrington-nh Days before exchanging vows Holly & Nelson flew in from their London home; the warmth from the hearth filled the bride’s parents NH residence as global celebrations began in snow covered New England. The air was filled with Christmas frivolities and joyousness as preparations began. A cozy fireside room was filled with commotion as it transformed into a quaint wedding venue.

Guests arrived to a romantic wonderland of lights and atmosphere while the bride and groom prepared for their nuptials. Holly radiated in a vintage, crystal encrusted tulip style dress; a short train followed as she was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. Adoration enveloped Nelson’s face as he saw his bride dressed in champagne; joined by her mother to be ‘given away’ on that crisp winter’s eve.  

As close friends and family looked on for the intimate ceremony in front of the log cabin’s stone fireplace. Dad motions “I’m watching you!”, to the groom in a humorous warning as the formalities began. Matching wedding bands were exchanged, completing the circle of love.

The event was kissed in ruby highlights; from the polished red nails of the bride to the pristine tie complementing the grooms gold waistcoat giving a feel of regality. The bride held a cream and champagne colored rose bouquet, accented with red carnations representing admiration, deep love and affection. Chosen as a symbolism of the groom’s native country of Portugal. Red carnations also decorated the beautiful cake made by Jacques Pastries.

Emotions of happiness overflowed as Holly and Nelson walked arm in arm back down the aisle as husband and wife. Toasts were plentiful, full of stories, love and admiration; sharing times past and recalling wonderful memories, raising glasses to life long happiness. A delicious buffet followed the ceremony; catered by The White Apron.

Much laughter radiated throughout the room as friends presented a 'Holly and Nelson' version of 'Twas A Night Before Christmas'. Traditions of the residence were upheld to all newcomers kissing the moose head!

Celebrations planned to continue on the west coast, Portugal and London, along with a honeymoon in Mexico. Congratualtions to you both!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Christmas NH bride groom photographer wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2014/1/christmas-wedding-in-barrington-nh Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:17:01 GMT
Anniversary Celebrations benefit NH Food Bank https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/12/anniversary-celebrations There is nothing like a party to kick the holiday season off to a great start! Chris Sheldon & Julie Johnson of Salon Thairapy did it in 'style' as they celebrate their 5th year having their doors open for business. All the staff at Salon Thairapy go above and beyond to make your appointment the best! It is not just a hair appointment at Salon Thairapy; it is an experience. Being an Aveda Concept Salon, they embrace the concept of respecting the earth and giving back. The party was no exception; in celebration they rolled out the red carpet; friends, family and clients joined dressed to impress! Guests were invited to bring canned or dried goods to benefit the NH Food Bank and everyone went home with an Aveda goodie bag! Julie rocked the microphone with Jazzmin, cranking out great music throughout the night; the room was full of a celebratory atmosphere as the night danced away!

Julie John & Christine Sheldon

Salon Tharapy Staff

 

Jazzmin vocalists!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/12/anniversary-celebrations Sun, 01 Dec 2013 13:59:21 GMT
New Hampshire Balloon Ride https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/11/new-hampshire-balloon-ride As the dried leaves whipped around our yard on a the first morning of November the outlook of being in a hot air balloon 24 hours later was grim, but the calm after the storm took us to breathtaking views of our 'backyard'. What better way to start the weekend than drifting a thousand feet above the vibrant foilage of southern New Hampshire. Although, I have to admit, that was not how I felt at 5am this morning, as I rolled out of bed. Testing the burners

Assisting the crew to set up the balloon and working as a team to make it all happen was an unbelievable experience. As it  filled with air the expanse of the balloon became apparent as it dwarfed us in its presence. 

Flying with Andre Boucher and his crew at A&A Balloon Rides LLC took us on a tranquil flight in a basket (as I write this I have visions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in my head); as the hot air filled the balloon we hung on the sides of the basket to keep it on the ground before jumping in and allowing the hot air to lift us off the ground. When I said, "we jumped in", it really was climb in. The basket was up to my armpits! Getting out after was even funnier! The heat and noise of the burner was like being very close to the campfire on a chilly night accompanied by lots of white noise! Like the air conditioning unit in the summer the apparent noise fades away as we took in the scenery.

The sun rose giving us contrasting backdrops from misty sun-bathed woodlands to vibrant trees lines abutting reflective lakes. The cotton candy clouds lined the sky as the sun began to poke its face through the blinds of the horizon. As we drifted along with the pilot, the crew chased along on the ground below. Watching fellow passengers put into perspective the greatness of being suspended in air by a balloon.

A gentle landing brought us back down to earth in a corn field less than three miles from where we took off. It is a fine balance of getting the balloon and basket on its side and off-loading all the passengers without lift-off again. As we disembark and hang on the side of the basket, the pilot and last passenger aboard jumped out as the basket takes its resting place on its side. Pushing all that hot air out was a lot of work. We worked like a well oiled machine pushing out the air, strapping up each section and moving along. Memories of Girl Scout camp (rolling up sleeping bags) entered my head as the balloon got rolled into its carry bag. Amazed that this vast balloon that carried ten of us in a basket over the skies of NH was now packed up in a bag.

The history of ballooning, a glass of champagne and the 'Balloonists Prayer' adorned us as we reflected on the perfect start to a weekend.

The winds have welcomed you with softness

The sun has blessed you with its warm hands

You have flown so high and so well

That God has joined you in your laughter

and set you gently back into the loving arms of mother earth.

See all the rest of our adventure here.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/11/new-hampshire-balloon-ride Sun, 03 Nov 2013 00:13:56 GMT
Holiday Mini Sessions https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/11/holiday-mini-sessions Its that time of year....

When we start to think about the holidays, sending well wishes, purchasing and making gifts and spending time with family; for many of you having portraits taken is an annual event not to be missed.  Even if having family portraits is not a tradition for you, now is a great time to start! I am excited to announce two dates for in-studio mini sessions.

Each session includes:

  • a 30 minute portrait session
  • pre-session consultation via email
  • professional capture of the images, photographers time and artistry in editing your final imagery
  • Online gallery consisting of 20 images
  • matted 11x14 image with additional a la carte options available

$100

All images are submitted to a high-end, professional lab for printing and matting.

BONUS DEAL

Book by November 4th and receive a digital copy of your 11x14 image to use for holiday cards and social media holiday wishes.

Call or email now to reserve your session - limited spaces available.

inquiries@sharontsimpson.com
(603)674-6798

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Manchester NH children family holiday portraits https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/11/holiday-mini-sessions Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:06:23 GMT
Fall Wedding at The Three Chimneys Inn https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/10/fall-wedding-at-the-three-chimneys-inn The richness of autumn color enveloped the foliage in Durham at The Three Chimney's Inn as Andrea & Kevin said 'I do', in a way that so fit their undeniable love and admiration for each other. Every detail had been well thought out, so precisely radiating their personalities. Childhood companions and close family (groomsmen (the 'dudes) and bridesmaids (the 'gals)), stood by as they took each other's hand. Andrea was escorted down the aisle by her mother, a tear crests at the corner of Andrea's eye and Mom bites her lip as those no longer with us are remembered. Mom high fives the groomsmen along the way until proudly looking on as her daughter said her vows.

 

Simple, yet beautiful homemade details adorned the entire day from the mason jars lining the aisle to the personalized chalk dipped glasses made as keepsakes for every guest to take home.

 

Emotions were high as the bride and groom exchanged their personal vows to each other. Andrea & Kevin took every chance they could to make every moment special and unforgettable. The ceremony was officiated by Glenn Levesque, the husband of Andrea's work colleague. The bride wore a lace encrusted cream dress from David's Bridal, accented with a veil that she borrowed from a friend and unforgettable blue polka dot shoes. I am not sure if she is superstitious or not, but she definitely had something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue! Deb and Becky, friends of the bride, did hair and make-up for the bride and bridal party in preparation for the big event. The bride kept the memory of her father close as his wedding ring hung from her bouquet. Made up of Gerber daisies created with care by work colleagues of Kevin; Vivian and Rhonda, the florists at Stop and Shop in Lexington, MA. Not forgetting the proud ring bearer, Rosie, the couple's pet dog, nearly dragging Diana down the aisle in excitement as she sees Kevin waiting anxiously for Andea to appear. Laughter and tears filled the short ceremony and the party had only just started! Once vows and rings had been exchanged the frivolities started as Andrea & Kevin danced down the aisle to 'Celebration'; setting the level of fun they wanted everyone to have.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day. Photographing an avid photographer and a photography teacher was nerve racking and exciting. We collaborated on ideas and shared a vision. Thanks to my second shooter Jim Doak for getting awesome images of the guys. Working with DJ Stephen Carrigan was a pleasure. He blended some awesome medleys together as requested by the couple. First dance to 'Overwhelmed' by Tim McMorris turned into wild light shows, sunglasses and funky choreographed dancing! Scroll down to the end of post to see the beginning and end of the show. So many of the bridal party had special words for the 'Love Birds' as they start their new life together as husband and wife. It was a great day all pulled together fantasically by the staff at The Three Chimney's Inn and complemented as always by a cake from Jacques Fine European Pastries. Each element tied together by an inscribed heart etched with A + K.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Chimneys Durham Inn NH Three fall photographer wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/10/fall-wedding-at-the-three-chimneys-inn Sat, 12 Oct 2013 17:56:19 GMT
Getting out from behind the camera https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/10/getting-out-from-behind-the-camera I love taking imagery of people, the weight of the camera in my hand, catching that perfect moment. It is a great proverb "Practice What You Preach", but as I have past 40 I find myself wanting less and less to have my picture taken. I don't make a big deal of avoiding the camera; it just usually happens that way. We all have those insecurities from those extra few pounds you put on, to the blemish that appeared in the mirror this morning or the acne scars that have been with you since childhood. We all have something! You are loved for who you are and that's what we want to see in an image; you and your great beauty and personality! BUT, being the other side certainly puts a spin on how I feel about heading to a photo session.

Tomorrow my actions will speak louder than my words........along with my family I will be heading out on a crisp Septmeber morning to have pictures taken. We have been in our house now for over a year and I was determined that in 2013 we would have a portrait session together and get some great portraits on the wall.

Jim and I work together frequently. We are each others side kick at weddings, my assistant, my second shooter and tomorrow my photographer allowing the lens to be between us. I have to say that I am kind of excited. Is this how my clients feel? My goal is obviously to have fun and get some great 'pics for the wall', but also I want to take a moment and savor the experience. I want to feel what you feel being the other side of the camera.

I want my clients to have great imagery adorning their walls. Why shouldn't I want that for myself too? Well actually I do.........so I have to have the pictures taken. The experience has to be enjoyable. If any of you reading have experiences or opinions you would like to share please feel free to comment. Don't forget to stop back soon to see some pictures from tomorrow.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/10/getting-out-from-behind-the-camera Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:31:46 GMT
Shannon & Pete - Engagement Session at Mack's Apples https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/10/shannon-pete---engagement-session-at-macks-apples A customed designed engagement ring sat upon an apple nestled within the affluent branches of the trees at Mack's Apples in Londonderry, NH on a crisp September morning. The sun rose filling the orchard with a delicate and romantic light; perfect to start Shannon & Pete's engagement session. The early light enveloped the couple walking hand-in-hand, kissing and embracing, as their personalities came alive in each other's presence. The love they share radiated between them throughout their session. Congratulations to them both as they head along the busy path of wedding planning. Here are a few of my favorites to share with you.

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Mack's NH couple engagement orchard portrait sunrise https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/10/shannon-pete---engagement-session-at-macks-apples Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:00:28 GMT
Rebecca & Daniel at Madame Sherri's Castle https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/8/rebecca-daniel-at-madame-sherris-castle When Rebecca told me she was selling her wedding dress I was a little astonished to say the least. You may think that sounds crazy, but I have a little more insite knowing that three years prior I had shot her and Daniel's wedding. It was a quiet affair, infact including me there were less than 10 guests, (so I feel very honored) and Rebecca, as beautiful as she looked, wore a white summer dress. Here she was with a beautiful wedding gown she had bought, but never worn. As you can imagine, I was all over this......"We HAVE to take pictures" was probably what shot out of my mouth before I could think and I had the perfect spot in mind. With the beautiful dress from David's Bridal and a bouquet from Chalifours we headed to the castle ruins.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH wedding photographer after shoot bride castle ruins groom madame sherri castle wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/8/rebecca-daniel-at-madame-sherris-castle Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:41:13 GMT
Summer Fun https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/7/summer-fun Summer is a great time for children and family portraiture. When you can capture that moment when the little ones are unaware it just makes the shot. When I see an image like this it brings a true smile to my face. Skylar is full of character and wonderment of the toddler years........

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH children portraiture summer toddler https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/7/summer-fun Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:08:08 GMT
NH Family Portraits - Portraits In The Park https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/6/nh-family-portraits---portraits-in-the-park Benson's Park in Hudson, NH is one of my 'new' favorite places to create family portraiture. There are so many varying oppotunities there, from the romantic trails to the fun play area and lots of variation in between.

 

Each season brings new backdrops and moods; the bright vibrant colors of spring, the autumnal richness of fall and with the addition of snow takes on a whole new element to create portraiture with. Benson's is the perfect backdrop for any occassion. Whether you are looking for a formal group portrait, a session to show off all your families personalities, in celebration of a child's milestone, senior pictures or just a romatic session for two......this is a great location!

A custom portrait session allows time to capture your families needs. Why not gather your family together this summer? Allow me to creat imagery that will last a lifetime.

Call now to reserve your custom portrait session in a location that will reflect your personalities!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/6/nh-family-portraits---portraits-in-the-park Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:04:35 GMT
Happy Camera Day - Tips for Photographing Children https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/6/happy-camera-day---tips-for-photographing-children Happy Camera Day! - There is only one way to celebrate camera day; create some memories and snap some pictures! Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

Tips for photographing children

With children around there are so many photo opportunities.  It used to be that camera's would only come out on special occasions, but now with so many of us having digital cameras there is no reason why  we shouldn't be snapping away frequently.  Some people have an eye for taking a good picture, getting the composition right, but even if you are not one of those people, practice will certainly make you a better a photographer and here are some handy hints for getting better images of your children.

  1. Always have your camera ready - You never know what may arise.  In the minute it takes to go and get your camera a moment can be lost. Capturing that special instant when your child's face is full of emotion is what makes a picture. Remember that it is not what they are doing when you take the picture, but more how they are reacting to it. The elation on their face when they achieve something, realization when they figure out how their new toy operates, so remember emotion makes the picture, not the action. Emotion usually happens early on in an activity with children, especially toddlers, so keep the camera at the ready.

 

  1. Be spontaneous.......Some of the  best pictures of children are when they don't realize they are being photographed.  Let them settle in, let them play then take a step back and watch them. I love those times when I am watching my children and they don't even know I am there. When I pick them up from day care/school, I see them interacting with their friends.  This is the time for me when I see them in a different perspective, I see another facet of their personality. A quality moment I want to capture. This is the time you want to stand back and use your zoom to get in on the action.

  1. Find the light. Children move fast - take it from me; it's hard to keep up sometimes, but don't let the environment hold you back. The more light you have the better equipped you are to take a good picture.  Even if you have a  point and shoot  or your camera phone, having the knowledge that light is a camera's friend is very advantageous in achieving a great picture. All of those fast action shots need good light for your camera to stop the motion.  In the picture above a fast shutter speed was used to capture a crisp trampoline jump. With any camera, being outside in daylight will allow you to stop the action. Your camera will automatically use a fast shutter speed.

 

  1. Say goodbye to 'cheese' - Cheese and smile are two words that left my vocabulary a long time ago. I can instantly tell those children who have been 'prepped' by Mom the night before pictures. I take out my camera and the child will give me a false grin and say cheese without any prompting from me. Don't get me wrong, it is good to prepare your child for pictures, but practicing smiles is not such a good idea. It is a guarantee for a fake smile. The same goes for those snap shot pictures you are taking at home or on vacation. Tell them a joke, play peek-a-boo with them, make a funny face or even ask them to say something funny. You'll get a genuine smile and be happy with the result.

 

  1. Know when to throw in the towel!  I never give up on getting a picture, that is until it comes to my own children. I spend much more time with them, than I do with my clients, so when it comes to photographing your own children know when to quit. If they are not co-operating...put down the camera...interact with them, play with them and try again later.

 

Remember to always have fun with it....until next time.....happy clicking!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH children custom portratur family https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/6/happy-camera-day---tips-for-photographing-children Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:22:13 GMT
Spring Mini Sessions - NH Portrait Photographer https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/5/sprint-mini-sessions---nh-portrait-photographer Spring is here!

The time for outdoor photography sessions

'April Showers bring May Flowers', and whether you are looking for fun or formal portraits the park is a great place for outdoor portraits. I will be holding mini portrait sessions Sunday May 19th at the park. This is a great opportunity to get the family together for portraits, get senior pictures done before the busy season kicks in, engagement pictures or just beacause.........why do we need a reason to have beautiful memories made?

Mini sessions are 30 minutes and includes an 11x14 print of your favorite image matted ready to frame and hang, along with 20% off any additional prints.
 

Only $100
Availability is limited, so call or email to reserve your portrait session today!

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH engagement family in park portraits senior the https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/5/sprint-mini-sessions---nh-portrait-photographer Tue, 07 May 2013 11:42:29 GMT
Mother Daughter Portraits - Manchester, NH https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/5/mother-daughter-portraits---manchester-nh It has been way too long since I blogged, but today I did a photo session that struck me so profoundly that I wanted to share it with you. The images from today are not striking or are they portraits that will wow you. They are a memory; a memory catured forever. On her 90th birthday as her health is failing a loving daughter calls me to set up a family portrait session knowing that it could be the last portrait she has of her mother. Today I was touched so deeply by the obvious love this daughter has for her mother and as we near mother's day I just want to share with you this one picture. And one thought.........celebrate with your mother, rejoice in your family and capture those memories forever.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/5/mother-daughter-portraits---manchester-nh Tue, 07 May 2013 01:39:39 GMT
Portraits in the snow - NH Portrait Photographer https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/2/portraits-in-the-snow---nh-portrait-photographer

 

Join me this Saturday (Feb 16, 2013) for a mini portrait session.

Grab some warm winter clothing and your loved ones. Let's have some fun in the snow! Do your children like to make snow angels? Perhaps a family snowball fight? Or a romantic surpise for your valentine? I cannot wait to capture some warm winter momories that will last a lifetime. More details on my mini sessions here.

Only 6 sessions available. Contact me now to schedule your session!

Note: Sessions are all weather dependent.

 

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH Valentine couples engagement mini photographer portrait portraits session snow https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/2/portraits-in-the-snow---nh-portrait-photographer Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:22:59 GMT
NH Custom Portrait Photographer - 2012 Favorites https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/1/nh-custom-portrait-photographer---2012-favorites  

It's funny how at the end of each year you reflect on the past. I am not usually one for looking back and thinking "What if", but when it comes to photography I do it a lot. For me it is a way to move forward and make myself better.  Please join me as I look back over 2012 to my favorite top ten images. This was such a hard task and if I look again tomorrow, I'm sure my choices would be different. These may not be the best pictures, but they certainly evoke a memory. A moment captured in time.

Heading to the beach for portrait sessions has to be one of my favorite places to be. This is a sibling shot that I just love. Taken at Ordione Point, along the NH coast. These two were such a joy to create imagery with; they had a special chemistry that not many siblings have at such a young age.

This is definately one of my favorites images of 2012, but it holds memories too! The morning of this wedding we set off in stormy, heavy rain in southern NH discussing our back-up stratergy for a beach wedding in this awful weather. Yes, we were heading to York, ME for a beach wedding! Amazingly the sky cleared up and we got some amazing imagery. The ceremony was outside and the weather was on our side that day!

Senior portraiture is always such fun. I'm usually balancing what Mom wants vs. what the senior wants. This image is just classic. It is a close up composition that I use a lot. Her eyes are so striking, as if she is reading your soul.

When a bride comes with ideas.......I'm like......"bring it on!". Captivating their own twist and personality is what really gets me excited about a wedding. This was one of those moments when the bride said to me, "I want to do a picture of my matron-of-honor and me jumping on the bed". My first thought, 'Great.....what fun...I love it!'. I hate to say it was quickly followed by "oh jees what will the hotel think". We did it anyway. They had a blast!

This is a friend of ours, but I had to share this. When you stop the action on a captivating laugh like that you know you've got the shot.

There is nothing like a sport's kit to bring out the best of a personality. Look in those eyes.......he is ready for game night!

This is one of my favorites because it just captures a moment that I will treasure forever. My close friend and photographic assistant Jenn took this. That is me with my Dad on his 70th birthday.

This little one has such a great spirit and such a beautiful smile. We got some great shots during this session, but that pout is pretty cute too! This just totally captured her personality.

 My last wedding of 2012 took me to the top of Loon Mountain and there is nothing better than getting an unexpected shot that you just love. This image was taken at the top of the mountain beside a quaint little artisian shack.

Portraits in the fall. This little one worked me hard, but boy was she cute. She just loved 'peek-a-boo'!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH Rye beach children engagement family photographer portraiture senior wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2013/1/nh-custom-portrait-photographer---2012-favorites Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:57:13 GMT
Silver & Light https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/11/silver-light I saw this online and wanted to share it with you. The digital world is great, but there really are many things about film that I miss. One of the best is being locked in the darkroom. A time to be creative and reflective. This such an amazing project.....its worth watching.

http://vimeo.com/39578584

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/11/silver-light Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:33:02 GMT
Fall Senior Portrait https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/11/fall-senior-portrait I think after the 'Frankenstorm' this past week I am pretty sure this senior session was the last fall portrait session of 2012 with the trees now looking pretty bare. The storm had started to move in and it was raining, but we managed to pull of a full session without it being washed out or blown off. Kimberly was a trooper and what a beauty. As usual here are a few favorites. I just love fall sessions. Love those colors!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/11/fall-senior-portrait Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:38:26 GMT
Wedding on Loon Mountain https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/10/weeding-on-loon-mountain After a very cold, blustery and snowy rehearsal ontop of Loon Mountain, a beautiful wedding between Laura and Nick got blessed with a gorgeous autumnal day. Such a great location to say 'I do'. Congratulations to the bride and groom. Here are a few of my favorites from the day. Actually there are more than a few. I couldn't decide which ones to share......

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Bowen Jackson Loon NH bride groom mountain wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/10/weeding-on-loon-mountain Tue, 16 Oct 2012 01:54:11 GMT
Think Pink https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/think-pink Join me in supporting a cause close to my heart. It seems we all know someone who has, is fighting or is a suvivor of breast cancer. This year I am offering calendars super cheap and giving half of the proceeds to Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness. Email or call me now to order your 2013 calendar.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) 2013 NH awareness breat calendar cancer portraits https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/think-pink Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:30:38 GMT
Siblings at the Beach https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/siblings-at-the-beach Its great when you have a photo session and the connection is there. These siblings had a cute connection that just came out in the portraiture. They both had fun with it too. The glow of the evening light had just started to join us. Here are a few of my favorites to share.

What a great end to a great day of images.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH Rye children family portraits siblings https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/siblings-at-the-beach Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:33:04 GMT
Five at the Beach https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/five-at-the-beach I want to share with you a family of personalities. These three girls are so different.....I even see a little of my own daughter in one of them - it could be the age! Joking aside they were so much fun to work with. By chance at the beach we had some butterflies join us for the session too.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH Rye beach children family portraits https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/five-at-the-beach Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:32:48 GMT
A Day at The Beach https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/a-day-at-the-beach This portrait session was a little different. Mom had a vision....I love that in a client! Then its my job to make it happen. We fought with the mid-day sun, but managed to capture the images she wanted (plus a few more!). Here are a few to share.........love those cute smiles.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH Rye beach children family portrait https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/a-day-at-the-beach Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:11:44 GMT
Portraits at the Beach https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/portraits-at-the-beach This little one is sooooooo cute. Just love that hair and when he smiles he speads joy all around. Adding the fascination of stones and rocks to the equation was a challenge of course they want to put them in their mouth. Mom & Dad were great distractions though. I love those early years when their faces just light up when they see their parents.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH Rye beach children family portraits https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/portraits-at-the-beach Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:58:22 GMT
Senior Year for Kirsten https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/senior-year-for-kirsten The beach is the perfect place for senior portraits and Kirsten joined me at Rye, NH this past weekend as she prepares herself for her final year of high school. She was radiant and had a smile at the ready ALWAYS! Here are a few I wanted to share. The first one here is my favorite. Out of focus showing quiet cotemplation. A representation of childhood innocence maturing into adulthood.

Such a great smile and the breeze was just playful in her hair (above) and this one below I caught her off guard, but love how she is letting her hair down and having fun with it.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH Rye beach portrait senior https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/senior-year-for-kirsten Sat, 22 Sep 2012 01:25:52 GMT
Family Portraits at the Beach https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/family-portraits-at-the-beach Last weekend I was at the beach doing family portrait sessions (for the most part) and here are some of my favorite shots from the tender glow of the earlier morning sun.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH beach children family portraits rye https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/family-portraits-at-the-beach Sat, 22 Sep 2012 01:16:56 GMT
25 Years On https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/25-years-on You are never too old for engagement pictures. Debbie and Bill are not getting engaged, but celebrating 25 years of marriage. Congratulations to you both...........what a fun photo session. Enjoy each other and the images we shared. Here are my favorites from the session.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) 25 NH Rye anniversary couples engagement portrait years https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/25-years-on Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:20:07 GMT
My Right Hand Woman https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/my-right-hand-woman Many of you compliment me on my images and I thank you for that, but many of you do not know that it is assistants who help behind and on the scenes that help make the imagy look like they do. Saturday I spent the day at the beach capturing smiles, laughter and beautiful expressions. None of these would be possible without my trusty right-hand-woman! Meet Jenn.....here she is in action Saturday. This particular day she was my sun blocking rock climber. Thanks Jenn.......it is always twice as fun with two.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/my-right-hand-woman Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:45:52 GMT
My Office for a Day https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/my-office-for-a-day How can a day at work be bad when you have this view? Yesterday was a great day at the beach doing portrait sessions with some awesome families. Thank-you to all who joined me. My office for the day..............

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) NH Rye beach family portraits https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/my-office-for-a-day Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:22:35 GMT
Emma's Senior Pictures https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/senior-pictures This years season for senior portraits is nearly at an end. This past Wednesday took me to Tower Hill Botanical Garndens in Boylston MA for a senior session. What a beautiful location. The last time I photographed Emma was when she was 8 and I used her as a model for one of by college assignments. How time flies! This session was so much fun. I'm not sure what Mom was doing in the background, but it certainly bought out some beautiful expressions.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Boylston Emma MA Manchester NH botanical gardens portrait senior https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/senior-pictures Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:55:25 GMT
Challenges of Family Portraiture https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/challenges-of-family-portraiture Family portraits are always an unknown entity. Saturday of course I knew held challenges........anything is possible with a 4 year old and 1 year old. Mom is organised; made sure the session was scheduled at the best time of day for the children, but like everychild there is always an exception to the rule. Our one-year old decides to wake up early. The best laid plans and all that..........I learnt early on in both photography and parenting that plans don't always turn out as expected. That's what makes it so fun! Always expect the unexpected! Here are a few of my favorites from that session.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Murch baby children family portrait toddler https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/9/challenges-of-family-portraiture Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:42:21 GMT
Year in the Life..... https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/8/year-in-the-life Signature Year in the Life
"Tiny Toes" sessions


They grow so fast! Before you know it, they are crawling, walking and off to school. My signature year in the life "Tiny Toes" program includes four individual sessions and a cute gallery collage highlighting a picture from each session. Add a leather bound fine art album for something truly special.

Welcoming a new baby into the family is an exciting and emotional time. A baby’s first year is full of rapid changes that mark the milestones in her/his growth. I created The Tiny Toes Baby Program to capture these moments in time and provide heirloom treasures that will be a joy to view for many years to come. From the first time she lifts her head or sits up alone to those first real steps, I have designed the perfect collection of sessions and images that will capture those remarkable moments.

This is a perfect baby shower gift. Maternity and family sessions available to add on to the program. Call or email for more details.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) baby first newborn tiny toes year https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/8/year-in-the-life Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:23:57 GMT
Wedded Bliss starts at The Three Chimneys Inn https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/7/wedded-bliss-starts-at-the-three-chimneys-inn Weddings are always special to share in. Being a wedding photographer exposes me to some of the most precious of memories. Of course this one was no different. Ali & Gregg tied the know at The Three Chinmey's Inn in Durham, NH. What a beautiful setting. I wish them both well as they start their married life together. It was such a fun wedding, full of life and spirit. Here are a few of my favorite images from the day.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) Bowen Three Chimneys Inn ali gregg wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/7/wedded-bliss-starts-at-the-three-chimneys-inn Sun, 08 Jul 2012 00:04:00 GMT
Pictures at the Beach https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/7/pictures-at-the-beach It seems everyone loves pictures at the beach. There is something about the ocean that is so tranquil and picturesque. I lived at the ocean for the first 30 years of my life, so I am drawn there. Here are a few favorites from a recent session.

In September I am doing a 'special' package, so if you are interested in having a beach session let me know. The beach is the perfect location for senior pictures too!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/7/pictures-at-the-beach Tue, 03 Jul 2012 19:54:02 GMT
Challenges of new locations. https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/6/challendges-of-new-locations One of the great things about photographing in the same location again and again is that you know the environment inside out. You know how the light is at each time of day. How the early morning light envelopes the sujbect in a warm fresh glow, where to find those spots of shade in the harsh sunlight of midday and how sunset brings out the beauty and adds such vibrant colors to an image. In a familiar location you know where the places are that add interest and character to an image. Are you always drawn to a specific place to take a picture? That probably means you like the images you create when you are there and that's a good thing, but why not challendge yourself once in a while. Try looking for another place of interest. After all you don't want all your pictures looking too similar.

Today I am heading out to meet a wedding client. She is getting married in July at a location I have never shot at. I love the challenge of a new location. Finding those sweet spots that'll really work to get those great shots. I am excited to see what today brings.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/6/challendges-of-new-locations Sat, 09 Jun 2012 13:38:55 GMT
Tiny Tots Dance Recital https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/6/tinny-tots-dance-recital It is that time of year when your date book gets filled with recitals and graduations. Senoir picture season is just starting, so don't forget to book a session if your child is in graduationg class of 2013. This past week I did a session with five adorable tiny tot dancers getting ready for their performance. Here are a few of my favorites to share. Even if your child has had their perfomance I can still do pictures. Let them dress up in their outfits and remember that day with images to treasure forever. 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/6/tinny-tots-dance-recital Sun, 03 Jun 2012 14:14:21 GMT
Erika Maria https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/erika-maria One of my very favorite things to photograph is newborns, especially when they are just a few days old. Meet Erika Maria........so precious. Thanks to Becky for the beautiful hat. I can wait to see the others you are making for me.

And one of her with her Grandmother.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/erika-maria Mon, 28 May 2012 12:00:00 GMT
30 years on (give or take :)) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/30-years-on-give-or-take Here we are many years ago - my Sisiter (youngest), our cousins and me.

And re-created April 2012......the craziness of our family!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/30-years-on-give-or-take Mon, 28 May 2012 00:45:00 GMT
Friends Reunited https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/friends-reunited Do you have those friends that you can just pick up where you left off? Or are always there however long its been since you spoke last? I have a few friends like that and are scattered around the world. Since my Mum past away I have realised that life is too short to waste. I hooked up with my best friend from high school when I was in England. Here we are..........

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/friends-reunited Sun, 27 May 2012 00:30:00 GMT
Photo booth Fun! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/photo-booth-fun What is more fun that a photo booth? A way to express your inner self, convey a message or show off your secret identity. This is a fun addition to any wedding, party or celebration. Call or email if you have questions.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/photo-booth-fun Sat, 26 May 2012 10:13:43 GMT
Share in my vacation https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/share-in-my-vacation It was so great to get back to England and see my family and friends again. Here are a few of my favorite moments to share with you.

Below: My sisiter, Dad and me - dinner out with the family at a restaurant on the beach before we headed back to the US.

Below: My Dad having fun at the park, oh yeh and we took the girls too!

Below: Lucy enjoying Eastbourne beach. My home town........she is on the sand there as the tide is out, but most of the beach is shingle.

Below: Not the greatest picture, but I just had to share. My husband eating scones, jam and clotted cream....a traditional accomplament to a cuppa tea.

Below: Kai having fun at the sheep farm.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/share-in-my-vacation Sat, 26 May 2012 00:15:00 GMT
52 of 2012 - April images https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/52-of-2012---april-images Week 13 - the theme was Mechanical, Machinary or Technical. I went with technical and tried to creat a city scape using a computer chipbaord.

Week 14 - HOT!.......this one was a tough one, ,but I went abstract and produced imagery from the hot stove.

Week 15 - Old, decayed. There is a car I pass every day on my way to work and I have been dying to photograph it. It has so much texture and detail that you want to keep coming back to take another look.

Week 16 - Glass - I had limited time this week, but on a photo 'play date' at the park I came across this broken bottle, that made for some interest for this shot.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/52-of-2012---april-images Fri, 25 May 2012 01:36:54 GMT
Easter and Turning One https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/easter-and-turning-one ANy celebration is a time for pictures. Here is Ethan, Olivia and Macie enjoying their Easter goodies. Followed by the girls celebrating their first birthdays with my new prop.....a fake birthday cake!

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/easter-and-turning-one Thu, 24 May 2012 23:53:23 GMT
Ethan & Olivia https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/easter-and-birthday-fun It has been so long since I touched base with you. It has been a busy time for me. I went back to visit family in England, Been busy taking pictures (as always) and also been looking for a new place to live, which is pretty exhausting! Before I went away I did a photo session within Ethan and Olivia and their cousin macie. I love how Mom co-ordinates their outfits. Ethan is so full of such great expressions.............here are a few of my favorites.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/5/easter-and-birthday-fun Thu, 24 May 2012 23:28:22 GMT
52 of 2012 March images https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/4/52-of-2012-march-images Here we are again! Another month has past in the blink of an eye. Here are my March images for the 52 of 2012 challenge.

Week 9 - emulation of an album cover.

Week 10 - Reflection. I wanted to create something a little different that the usual water reflections, as beautiful as they can be. Reflection of me in the kitchen, reflecting off a wine bottle.

Week 11 - Green - I'm always trying to think outside the box. This week I took some asparagus spears and placed them on my flatbed scanner. This images was created without the use of my camera!

Week 12 - I spy with my little eye something beginning with L - the lumber spine. Simplicity on imagery.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/4/52-of-2012-march-images Sun, 08 Apr 2012 15:59:50 GMT
A New Vision - Modernist Photography https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/a-new-vision---modernist-photography If you are in the Manchester, NH area and want to visit a great exhibit, head to the Currier Museum of Art to their lastest sow features awesome pecies of artwork (mainly photographs) who had the contemporary vision of today. Not to me missed. February 4 - May 13, 2012.

A New Vision - Modernist Photography.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/a-new-vision---modernist-photography Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:01:38 GMT
Baptism Pictures https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/baptism-pictures It is that time of year when confirmations are being prepared for. Having photographs of that special day to treasure is priceless. Here are a couple of baptism pictures from last week. So precious!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/baptism-pictures Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:25:59 GMT
I hope someone would do this for me......... https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/i-hope-someone-would-do-this-for-me This is an amazing story that I just had to share with you. I hope my memory cards are this resiliant. Check out the story here. A digital DSLR camera has spent a year in the ocean. See how it looks and discover how it got returned to its owner.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/i-hope-someone-would-do-this-for-me Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:15:38 GMT
Newborn and Family = 5! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/newborn-and-family-5 I couldn't imagine having three children. Two is plenty for me, but this little newborn was such a cutie. He was a trooper at sleeping when we wanted him to. His big brother and big sister came along to join in on the fun too!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/newborn-and-family-5 Sat, 17 Mar 2012 23:34:52 GMT
52 0f 2012 February Images https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/52-0f-2012-february-images Any of you who follow my blog know that I am among a group of photographers who post images on flickr each week. We all have to take a picture that falls into that particular theme for that week. Here are my February images. If you would like to see some great pictures check out the group pool.

week 5 - Monochrome.......you've seen this picture before, but so georgeous I couldn't resisit submitting this one.

week 6 - leap

week 7 - Road, path or trail.....where paths cross.

week 8 - Circle........I used a ring flash to capture the circulare catch light in the model's eyes.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/52-0f-2012-february-images Mon, 12 Mar 2012 01:41:31 GMT
Hollywood Night Glamour! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/hollywood-night-glamour Tonight I'll be capturing red carpet couture as the gowns and tuxedos arrive at Paper Moon Dance Center's Hollywood Night. I can't wait to see those dazzling outfits and see those amazing ballroom dances grace the dance floor. Here is one of my favorite pictures I took of Paper Moon Dance Center's Balllroom Dance instructors Maria Brown & Raymond Huard. These were taken from a showcase they performed at The BALSAMS, September, 2010.

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/hollywood-night-glamour Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:30:07 GMT
Model Portraits https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/model-portraits Erica 'Rose' had some some vintage/retro attire that she wahted to use in photo session, adding some options to her modelling portfolio. Each outfit had such a different feel to it and I tried to portray that in each setting and pose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/model-portraits Wed, 07 Mar 2012 01:01:20 GMT
Jerry Uelsmann Exhibit https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/jerry-uelsmann-exhibit Jerry Uelsmann has always been one of my favorite photographers. His images are created using two negatives to create one vision. He currently has an exhibit in MA at the Peabody Essex Museum. This has to be one that captures me. CHeck out the exhibit for more great work - The Mind's Eye: 50 Years of Jerry Uelsmann. Amazing!!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/jerry-uelsmann-exhibit Tue, 06 Mar 2012 02:07:15 GMT
Newborn Heaven https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/newborn-heaven One of my favorite portraits to shoot are newborns. Getting them during those first ten days are the best, so they are sleepy and still have that woom memory. Here is one of Karly and her sister who sneeked in on the shoot too!

 

What a newborn shoot be without those delightful birth announcements. I love pulling those together.......each one individual to each child.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/newborn-heaven Mon, 05 Mar 2012 01:38:59 GMT
Valentine Wedding https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/valentine-wedding I am just coming to the end of an edit from a valentine wedding I photographed. There is something about wedding when the bride and groom are more mature. There is so much emotion, people are more conficent in who they are and it shines through. Sharron and Jack have so much to give each other and you can see it radiate from them. This wedding was so much fun and in a beautiful church in Epping, NH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/3/valentine-wedding Fri, 02 Mar 2012 02:52:53 GMT
Fine Garden Art https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/2/fine-garden-art A couple of years ago I photographed a wedding at Fine Art Garden in Lee, NH. It was in November and I promised myself I would go back at check it out in the spring or summertime. It is filled with metal and other sculpture. If you are looking for a place to visit then check this out. I just got their postcard in the mail. Open Houses are May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18 & Septemberr 15. www.finegarden.com . Here is one of my favorites from that wedding day.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/2/fine-garden-art Thu, 01 Mar 2012 03:04:57 GMT
Two cute siblings! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/2/two-cute-siblings- I love these moments that I get to share and capture, when you can see the love, fun and mischievousness between siblings. There is something special in the sibling bond. "I smile because you are my sister. I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it!" Here are a few more images from the shoot. Enjoy!

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/2/two-cute-siblings- Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:45:23 GMT
Emme turns One! https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/2/emme-turns-one- I have watch Emme grow over the last year. It seems like yesterday when she was born. Anyone who is a parent knows how quick time flies by with children around. This year mine two girls will be 5 and 8. How did that happen? Each day is a new adventure, as a Mom and as a photographer. Here are a few of favorites from Emma's one year shoot.

 

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inquiries@sharontsimpson.com (Sharon T. Simpson) https://sharontsimpson.com/blog/2012/2/emme-turns-one- Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:50:51 GMT