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AnamCara

Katrina and Collin are the couple who make up the acoustic duo AnamCara. They are based out of Newport, RI and let me just say first hand...these two are just amazing, fun, incredible people and musicians. We had such a blast shooting with them and can't even get over how amazing, daring, and badass they were in front of the camera. 

You can check their website out here.

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Cassie and Ryan

Cassie and Ryan were just simply a joy. We ran through fields, spun, danced, watched the waves, and so much more. This family has been quite an enormous part of our Dual Edge family and we are so grateful to have them in our lives!

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PETER PAN: Joe Catanzaro
WENDY: Haley Bourne
JOHN: Mac Ash
MICHAEL: Gabriel Ruxton
MR. DARLING: RJ Lima
MRS. DARLING: Brianna Geyer
CAPTAIN HOOK: Zach Searle
TINKERBELL: Kaylee Perry
TIGER LILY: Makena Petsch

MRS. SMEE: Olivia Soares 

PIRATES: Cheryl Lavallee, Sam Lima, Cate Bartlett, Matt Bartlett, Victoria Morris 

MERMAIDS: Ellie Ash, Cassie Travis, Allison Lipka, Alyssa Hosford, Andrea Fandetti, Jaclyn Pringle

LOST BOYS/GIRLS: Gracie Andreozzi, Carmela Andreozzi, Amelia Andreozzi, Luke Petsch, Gianella Henry

Costumes and Makeup: Fantasy Factory Costumes & Johnny Cagno

Hair: Suzanne Soares of Impressions Salon

Photography: Chelsea Morgan, Adam Morgan, Dual Edge Photography

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"All children, except one, grow up."

 
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Heather & Adam

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Roger Williams Park, Botanical Center

Heather and Adam make one of the most adorable, caring, loving, supportive couple's we've ever worked with. In fact, during the ceremony, the Rabbi stated just that. They bring out wonderful things in each other. He stated that Adam sees Heather as the person who grounds him and helps him stop and appreciate everything around him. Heather sees Adam as motivated, the one who is able to make tough decisions, and the one she can trust and depend on to walk through life with through thick and thin.

The day was gorgeous - between an incredible outdoor ceremony with beautiful weather to the amazingly unique reception inside a botanical center full of so many different flowers and plants and life. This was quite the wonderful day!

 

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Harley Quinn

Is there a more perfect cosplay of Harley Quinn than Andrea's? To me, NO. She completely rocked this shoot and cosplay! We had an incredible time together shooting until we just couldn't any more. Bubble gum, weapons, and pink and blue. It's all there, it's all fierce, and it's all fantastic. 

Check it out the full gallery below!

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Best Friends For Life

I'm always down for new ideas. When Alex messaged me asking if I would do a best friends shoot with her and her BFF Lindsay, I was so excited. When they showed up with a whole wardrobe of amazing clothes and an incredible dual-theme, I screamed internally (in a VERY happy way). These two were so much fun that we literally shot until we could not any more. We did not want to stop! There was a whole lot of laughter, happiness, and a little bit of wine (ONLY A LITTLE) involved and we couldn't have picked a better theme - editorial and Disney.

We had such a blast, that we want to shoot more BFF shoots like this. Who's in? Be sure to tag you BFF, your squad, or even your bridal party and then hop on over and email us to book! We've already booked some cool BFF shoots this summer and we just can't WAIT.

 

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Kick-Butt Reasons To Try Boudoir

Ever wanted to try boudoir but you're a little nervous? We've got your back! Check out all the reasons below why trying boudoir rocks and why you should consider booking a boudoir session! We have a mini marathon coming up and we are pairing with the UH-MAY-ZING Secret Beauty Spa for a full blown day of "Sexy As Hell"! Boudoir minis are a PERFECT place to start to try out boudoir because you get to experience what it's like to be a part of a boudoir session, without the commitment (and price) of a full-blown, 2 hour session.

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1. You WILL Have A Blast.

I know you are a little nervous, and you don't expect to have a blast. You expect to come then leave hoping that when the photos come back, you don't hate yourself. You could NOT be more wrong. We have had ALL of our boudoir clients (YES...100% of them) wrap up their session and exclaim that it was the most fun they've ever had in a session. Some have even said that they've felt more comfortable in lingerie with us than they have in fully clothed sessions elsewhere. We make it an absolute PRIORITY to make sure you feel comfortable and have a great time. Why? Your photos will be better, you will leave feeling happier, and we know how vulnerable being in front of the camera is in the first place (never mind half-naked). You will feel incredible and you will love every minute.

 

2. GLAM With Benefits

Secret Beauty Spa rocks and Britt and Erin will make you feel GORGEOUS for your session! They are experts at matching looks to your facial structure, skin tone, hair color and style, and overall personality. The added bonus? You can plan a date night or a night out with friends after the shoot and you will already be PROFESSIONALLY made up! You're basically Kendall Jenner. LIVE IT UP and love your glam for the day! Carpe Diem.

 

3. You Will Leave Feeling Empowered and Confident

This goes a little bit with reason #1, but it is a little different. You will leave the session feeling like a badass. You will gain confidence and you WILL feel empowered. There is no better feeling and there is no better session to give you a faster confidence boost than a boudoir session. Many are afraid to try boudoir because they think it will make them feel negative about themselves. So, when they leave their session, they are pleasantly proven wrong because they feel AWESOME. Also, there's something exciting about being a little bit more scandalous than the "norm" to get you to feel like wonder woman. Hell yes.

 

4. "Life Begins Where Your Comfort Zone Ends"

You HAVE to do things you're a little afraid of in order to live the life you've always wanted. Boudoir is a bucket list item for SO many women (and men!), but so many keep putting this item off. Start now. Cross this item OFF your bucket list, and accomplish the thrill of trying something new and out of the box. You will be so incredibly happy you did!

 

5. Rockstar Perks

There's nothing better than being treated like royalty. Boudoir sessions with us will help you feel this way. Enjoy complimentary Hor D'Oeuvres and mimosas, rockin' music, and a whole lot of glitz and glamour. Hell, that's enough for me. Let's get fancy. You deserve it.

 

6. The Perfect Gift

One of the biggest reasons why many girls choose a boudoir session with us is as a gift to their significant other or spouse-to-be. It is a GREAT option to book a session and turn the photos into a beautifully designed, top-of-the-line album for your SO's birthday, wedding day gift, or just because. Although our upcoming minis include a smaller number of images than a full session would, we do have pocket-albums and smaller options available so you can still provide a beautiful gift!

 

7. For Your Damn Self

You can do this for YOU. Why the hell NOT? You can do it for the Instagram fame. If you don't want the photos public, you can keep them in your phone or hung up in your bedroom so you can look at them and say "DAMN I am TOO cool". Treat yo self. It's ok and it's encouraged. I actually have a session planned with Adam for about a month from now for myself...why? Because I want to. Feel the power of loving yourself and your body.

 

8. NO Rules

You don't need to be a model to book a boudoir session. You do not need the perfect body and you do not have to look like you work for Victoria's Secret. I think that's the biggest thing holding people back. GUESS WHAT? You can do this, each and every one of you, and there is no rule on body type, look, or appearance. This is not Vogue. This is Dual Edge Photography and YOU are the stars. On the flip side, if you are pursuing a modeling career, or are thinking about trying it out for some extra cash for a while, boudoir is incredible for your portfolio. Agencies love seeing diversity and how you handle ALL modeling situations. Boudoir screams confidence and it shows them that you handle these types of shoots with ease. We've had multiple clients book contracts with modeling agencies, which is oh so cool. There's also the fact that you can wear as much or as little cover as possible. There is no rulebook for how your session is designed. That's what's so great about it!

Ready to book? Start off with our Sexy As Hell mini marathon June 10th, 2017!

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Let's get sexy as hell.

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You.

 

Who even are you? What makes your heart beat fast and your joy radiate off of your skin? What makes you complete? What makes you proud of your work? Let's talk a little about this because as easy as it sounds to simply just "be you"...in an artist's world, it's also very brave.

No. I'm not talking about finding your voice. We touched upon that last time.

We're talking about plainly, simply, freely being you. without regret.

Let's talk about all the ways I wasn't me in the past. 

 

At one point...

I tried to make hardly edited, grainy, "artsy" polaroid-camera-ish photographs. 

I over-edited everyone's skin. Like...I mean...they looked like creepy as fuck cyborgs. 

I refused to clean up a single picture. Had a pimple? It fucking stayed. On your face. .

I gave 3 photos per session. Because, well, "Don't waste your time. Your time is so valuable. My gosh don't people know that you are an almighty photographer person artist extraordinaire?"

I didn't swear publicly, wrote in language with the best grammar and vocabulary I could muster all over my website.

I used cursive fonts with all matte everything and made everything light and pretty.

I advertised portrait sessions at $750.

I advertised portrait sessions at $30.

I refused to pose people - and only captured "genuine" moments. Genuine or bust.

I wouldn't push the boundaries.

I would push them too hard.

I would put out work that wasn't me.

Because someone, somewhere, at some point, told me that was what real photographers do.

Let's discuss how stupid this is.

It's the most stupid thing you can do.

End of discussion.

This was not just other photographers saying this. It was...get this...NON PHOTOGRAPHERS as well.

I'm not saying don't take advice. My gosh. If it's legitimate, please go out there and SEEK constructive critique, lessons, workshops, classes, and more. You should constantly be learning and enhancing your craft. Adam and I spend just as much time taking classes as we do shooting and editing. Why wouldn't you want to be you?

But, why wouldn't you want your art to be inspired by and created by and crafted by YOU?

Why listen to other people? Why make art the way they think it should be made? Why not make art the way YOU think it should be made? As with everything else in life, photography comes with rules. With technique. With certain standards and outlines. But once you learn them all (please begin by learning them all)...break them. All of them. Be you.

Do you like taking simple smiling portraits? TAKE THEM. Do you like making edgy, dark, dramatic photographs? MAKE THEM. Do you want to photograph newborns only? Or lifestyle photos with minimal editing, or under-sea photographs of pregnant ladies suspended in water? DO IT. And don't let someone tell you it's wrong or stupid, or make you feel like you're not doing something right.The same applies to dancers, designers, costumers, singers, architects, painters, and everyone in between.

Be no one else.

Be you. Be crazily, radically, wholly you.

 

 

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Finding It

I've been constructing this post in my head for about 5 days now. It's a strange one to post. And, it's very real.

It's an enormously present topic - I see it everywhere, on every forum, on every Facebook group, at every conference. Every single person in the creative industry struggles with this. Every single person who has ever been an artist goes through these waves. And, to write about it welcomes the risk of looking all sorts of ways. Let's just wrap all those "ways" up into one simple concept - "pity party". (I don't want a pity party.) I am part of about 15 different small business/photography groups and forums where countless people, on EACH and every one, are posting, looking for guidance. They are saying things like: "I feel some days like I suck. Like I should give up. Like I have no confidence." I have written countless drafts on what I would say to them, and then deleted them because I'm just not that type of person to comment on random stuff. This is not just in social media groups. Oh no. This is at every conference, in every workshop, everywhere I turn.

Every single person has been to this place. If you're reading this and you're saying to yourself "wherever this is going, I might feel this way a lot of the time", then allow me to introduce myself - I'm Chelsea. And, I've been there. I've cried on my kitchen floor. I've hugged my dogs alone in my hallway and asked them if they think I'm doing well. I've stared at my computer screen, gotten up, flicked it off, and made a mixed drink. I've been there. The most talented and experienced people in the world have been there. The following is, I suppose, what I would say to all those people had I not deleted all the drafts.

*THIS IS NOT MY IMAGE OBVIOUSLY - FOUND ON GOOGLE.*

Someone posted this today...and I finally knew how to write this post. If you've ever seen "Parks and Rec", you'll know who Leslie Knope is. She works for her city's government and she is walked on, stepped on, trampled over, shut down, put down, and (at times) invisible. But, the thing I love about her is that she is her own biggest fucking advocate. No matter the situation she is in, she is always there for herself. Pulling her damn self through. I look up to Leslie Knope. She's a warrior. 

As a creative, you can lose it. You can just lose it. You will sit there crying to "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, wondering how you even got there and for the love of God, wtf is happening to you. You will wake up one day to a gold mine of inquiries and feel like a queen. And then the next day you wake up, look at your work, your business, your pricing, your website, and say "God damn. I feel like this is all not right." Hey! I get it! I've been there. I go back to that place every once in a while.

Most of the time, creatives don't have a boss. They don't have someone telling them they're doing things right or wrong. They don't have someone breathing on their shoulder, looking at your edit, and say "that looks great, keep going" or "this, that, and that needs to be changed". You have NO ONE saying "uh oh...looks like this office is losing it's passion and drive a little bit. Let's pick it up here." There's no conference meetings. There's no company retreats. Artists have themselves. I have myself. I am my boss. And, you know what? That's some crazy shit right there. You've got to be tough as nails...for your own sake. 

 

Confession: Want to know what's both tough as hell but also absolutely incredible?

You've got to find it in you...and you've got to find it YOURSELF.

You. Just you.

No one's going to do it for you.

You've got to roll out of bed on those days you feel like every single person around you is better than you and you've got to punch that day in the face. You've got to put on some pants, make like 6 cups of coffee, then run to your workspace and get that shit done. You don't like something? Change it. Not getting as much business as you hoped? Try everything. Wish you were more experienced? Take a workshop, go out and practice. I'm not saying don't get discouraged. That's like telling water not to flow. Get discouraged. Kick a trash can. Then march to the bathroom, look in the mirror, and tell yourself that this too shall pass. Tell yourself to be a mother fucking warrior.

You have to find that drive, that passion, that confidence, that creativity, and that kick in the pants. You have to be the one to pull yourself through every day. You.

Find. It.

Find that passion. Find that drive. Find that goal. Find the path that leads to it.

And for God's sake, be Leslie Knope.

Hey you? It's me. Hang in there. I love you. Bye.

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Sea Legs

This week's topic: setting ya bad self free.

If you're a creative, you'll hear the phrase "find your voice" every day. My gosh that phrase is being spoken everywhere I turn. Essentially, it means that although there may be hundreds...thousands...millions of people pursuing your same field (either professionally or as a hobby) it's important to be "you". It's important not to fall into the habit of trying to become like someone or blend in with what's trending. 

I mean...I absolutely agree with it. It's 2017. The internet is crazily available. Pinterest and Facebook have exploded. It is all too easy to join online groups, pin things, and follow pages full of trends and successful people in your field. Before you know it, you're steering yourself right towards what's "in", what "works", and what is "trending". It is so easy. I've done it, you've done it, everybody's done it. If they say they haven't, then I don't believe them.

Finding your way/voice is a little like walking around with sea legs. You've just gotten off of your ship after days, weeks, months, or years of your body accepting and adapting to the movement of the sea. You step on solid ground and the sheer strength of it's immobility confuses your body. You have to learn to walk according to the land again.

The land is where you belong and the ship is where you thought you did. The land is where you feel most natural and most in control. The sea seems like a wonderful place full of magic...but no matter how you try, you don't belong there.

Here's the story of how I lost my sea legs.

Photography Nation: the land of cursive fonts, pastel colors, newborns wrapped in little blankies, and light and airy eveything. It's the land that is shiny and beautiful and you can't help it - you look at it and say "I want to go to there" (in the words of Liz Lemon). I did. I went to there. My logo was cursive and elegant. Everything I edited was bright and lovely and fresh and airy. Everything was clean. Everything was pure, like the world was on a bed of clouds and lived there forever. I was doing it. I was "being a photographer".

One problem: I'm nothing like that. My personality did not mesh with that style. Many people have a bubbly, glowy, positive, radiant energy and personality and really truly mesh with that airy land of unicorns and rainbows and pure loveliness. Sometimes I envy those people. But I do not fit there. I felt so distant from my brand. I was showing brochures and pamphlets with my name on them all in curly beautiful letters with color palettes like "pastel neutrals". I showed albums and canvases that were bright and soft.

And I felt strange. I felt like it wasn't mine or me. I felt embarrassed to ask people to pay for my services. I let a lot of sessions go for free. I did not connect at all with my own work, my own brand, and my own business. I thought it was what I wanted to portray. I thought it was what my clients wanted to see.

And then...I woke up.

I realized the "me" I wanted on display was...well...me. Work that screamed who I was. Work that I was proud of. Work I could relate to. Work I would be able to pull up on my phone when people ask me about my business and proudly show them and say "here's some examples of the work I do". I started shooting projects that meant the world to me. I had a call for models for a series called "The Supernatural Series". And I made dark and contrasty photos of kid zombies and witches and villains. I would then later hold many more themed portrait series. I started taking engaged couples and new brides and grooms and instead of featuring them in light and airy Pinteresty love scenes, I put them in the city. I shot them like they were going to be the cover photo for "Mr. & Mrs. Smith". Everything became bold and everything became badass. And I was home. And I was finally sure of myself.

We changed our name to Dual Edge Photography - a name that much better fit not only Adam and I as a photography duo, but also a brand I wanted to stand behind. I hated telling people my old business name: Chelsea Ann Photography. I don't like using my middle name. I don't like saying my name aloud so much. (I like my name...I just didn't like it being both my name and my business's name). So...why did I choose it in the first place? I don't know. But it happened. Mistakes were made. Regrets were had.

Now, I'm not saying to go out and avoid the mistakes I made. Actually, quite the opposite. Make those mistakes. Go off, sail on your ship of mystic and wonder that many people in your field live in (whatever field that may be). How can you not! It looks like a party over there! Why? Because while you're there you will be able to see who you are and who you aren't. Once you see it, you're going to sail back to your home land, and learn to walk on it again.

You have to make mistakes of all sizes - big AND small - to make you stronger, better, and more you. Whether it's the mistake of trying to blend in, or any other mistakes you may come by that you look back on and go "oh god WHY". It's all important. It all leads you where you need to be. You're a lot more badass as the ultimate version of you than you are as the un-relatable and distant version of you trying to fit in with the crowd.

Losing my sea legs was my most rewarding, incredible, and pivotal part of my career.

I am grateful for my sea legs.

They walked me to the land I belonged in.

 

 

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Doing More.

 

I never understood the people who thought they were finished - finished learning, finished practicing, finished experimenting. How can this be?

I'll never be finished. I don't think anyone ever will be.

I took a 2 week stay-cation. I did do some work...but more or less, I spent time on hobbies outside of photography. It was just in time for the holidays as well as the emptiest 2 weeks of off season of the year. I needed that small break. Ever since I went full time, I've felt like I need to be "doing more". It's a weird type of pressure to work for yourself. Working for someone else, there's a lot at stake. Your employer is watching you, monitoring your progress, evaluating if you are continuing to benefit the company or if you are hurting it. Working for yourself is oh so different. There's a whole group of different things at stake. You are now in charge of making yourself the person, artist, and business you want to be. And, to both yourself and everyone watching, you either guide yourself to success or to failure in the end. But it boils down to being your fault either way. And that's a hard thing to swallow.

So I marched on. Doing more. 

More classes. More marketing. More ideas and concepts. More angles. More opinions. More eye opening. I would start at 7:00am and go until midnight learning. Doing. I needed to prove to myself I could do this. I needed to do everything I could in all the time I was awake for to build my success. I couldn't watch myself fail. That would suck.

I met up for a couple of hours with a photographer friend during my stay-cation. We talked all about making photos - what we do that we feel helps us, different techniques we've learned, ways each other looks at the world around us, and more. They ended up asking me something along the lines of "What's your secret?". Let's begin with the fact that at first I answered with a stunned look...because no matter how experienced I am or will be, I am too shy to feel like I deserve such a complimentary question as that. But, then I did answer. 

"I keep doing more." 

I got a little bit tired and took a stay-cation. and that's ok. But the truth is: doing more is the secret. I will never stop doing more. I will never stop learning and studying and going.

Why?

Here's some reasons to KEEP doing more:

-KEEP LEARNING: You will never be done. Annie Leibovitz is not done. Tom Brady is not done. Bill Nye is not done. Steve Jobs was not done. Walt Disney was not done. These people keep/kept learning. Practicing. Being open to different perspectives. Steve Jobs is the perfect example. If he stopped improving after his first great success, we wouldn't be holding our iPhones right now. We'd have ugly beige rectangle computers with an apple on them. Maybe something a little more progressed. But not our iPhone. If Walt Disney stopped perfecting and learning after his wild success with Snow White, movies would not be what they are today. I truly believe today's CGI where actors are fighting realistic dragons and aliens began with Disney's combining animation with film actors in Mary Poppins. Would these things eventually happen without Steve Jobs and Walt Disney? Of course...differently..and at a much slower pace. I'm not saying you're going to shape the world like these people just by continuing to learn. But you can shape YOUR world in that way. And that's so important.

-KEEP STUDYING: This is different than learning. Learning is hands on. Studying is quietly observing and making note to better yourself based on what you see. You bet your ass that not only do I soak in and take some type of knowledge away from every single photo I see posted (professional...or snapchat...I'll come back to this later). But, even though I'm a photographer...you know what else I study? Video. Movies. Paintings. Cartoons. Video games. People eating sandwiches at a cafe. I literally take every single visual around me and analyze it. I do it so often that it is second nature to me. I don't have to look at a couple on a date and tell myself "observe how they act with each other". My brain quickly...I mean QUICKLY...notices and takes note without me needing to stop and concentrate on it. If you're a visual artist, everything around you is fair game. If it's art it can teach you mood, a new angle, or new perspective. If it's a movie or a video game it can teach you lighting. If it's people, they can teach you human interaction and behavior. It's free knowledge and it's e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

-KEEP EXPERIMENTING: How...no really...HOW...can you know what you're great at and what you suck at if you don't try new things? NO REALLY. (It's ok to be real.) Before I started shooting weddings I told myself it "wasn't my thing and that I'm a portrait photographer and I'm good at that so let's work with what we're good at". Wrong. Weddings are my world. I don't know where I'd be without them. Try new angles. Try new edits. Try new everything. If you hate it...if you actually end up being the worst at it...WHO cares. No. I mean I really want you to tell me right now who would actually care? (This is before you take it to the "client level"...your clients might be mad if you suck at it...but I'm talking about before all that). Who would care? You. Just you. And you'll get over it. 

-KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN: Nothing is beneath you. I'm about to bring it back around to the whole "I observe every thing from professional photography to snap chat and I learn something from it all" statement I made. Ok. Clarification: there is a major MAJOR difference in quality and substance between a professionally made photograph and a snap chat. I know this. Please don't message me outraged about this. But what I'm saying is - no matter the quality - learn from that shit. From a professional photo you learn more artistic and technical stuff. From social media, you learn how people view themselves and how they view the world around them. That's important - especially if your work is based on people. Humans come with emotion, interaction, and expression...why not learn from them and observe them when it's all at your fingertips? I'm not saying be a creep...please don't go be a creep...but I've learned so much about what different people view as important just from seeing it laid out for me on social media. It helps with marketing, it helps with posing, and it helps with understanding genuine emotions and how people PORTRAY them.

So let's bring it all together. Shall we?

I don't understand the people that think they are finished.

Because the truth is - they aren't.

Thinking you are will KEEP YOU from moving forward, improving, and succeeding more.

Never. Ever. Stop. Doing. More.

 

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Hallelujah http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/hallelujah

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"And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah"

I didn't know what I was getting into. I didn't know that this would all mean everything. To me. To you. To us.

I didn't know that I'd lie awake every night wishing I were doing more. Making more. Creating more.

I didn't know that I'd feel that way even after a 12 hour work day. 

I didn't know this would bring me family. I didn't know that this would bring me a future.

I didn't know.

I was going to be a theatrical stage manager. I was going to tour with companies and live my life on the road. Many of my friends did.

I am incredibly proud of them.

I fell in love and wanted to stay home when the time came to pursue that dream.

I'm a free bird. I'm an adventurer. I didn't think I'd settle down so young. But...I did.

I don't regret that at all. Not one bit. I love seeing the person I love every day. But, I wouldn't have been in an office building if I had gone. I spent my entire childhood - my entire life - saying I'm not a desk person. I'm not an office person. When I was 14 I knew this. When I was 16, I blurted it to whoever would listen. When I was 18, I went off to major and minor in things that had no office in their future.

When I was 22 I became an administrative assistant. At a desk. In an office.

I cried every morning and I cried every night that I wasn't doing the thing that I loved - photographing. Some of my best memories were in that office building with those people. People I've shared a million laughs with. People I was grateful to see every day. People I still see every now and then today...and I embrace and I laugh and we exchange stories. But every day I cried. "It's not that stable. You have a career here. A paycheck here. A treasure chest of benefits here." It's what many told me and it's what I told myself.

"Baby I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor (you know)
I used to live alone before I knew you"

I don't ever want to seem ungrateful. Having a job (and a good one) is something people dream of, pray for, and need. I don't want anyone to think that my life there did not matter to me. It did. I'm a person who (although I mostly internalize this, never to see the light of day) is incredibly and overly appreciative for the people in my life. I miss my friends there. I miss joking with them, giggling with them, and the conversations I had with them. I miss THEM. I make sure to tell them that when I see them, too. But I cried every day.

I need a reason to be here. On earth. It is very first-world of me. But I need that (and crave that) satisfaction of knowing I'm doing what I meant to. I don't need to leave any type of legacy behind. I just need to know that I feel like I am making a difference in this world...to myself and the people I come across.

I needed to take photographs.

I needed to know I was doing something that would make me proud. I needed to know I wasn't afraid to accomplish it. 

"I thought you just...you know...took pictures every once in a while." I'll never forget who said that to me and the impact it had on me. It hit me in the chest and made me realize that I have to do this. I have to go out and pour my heart into this and let the photos scream from the rooftops themselves that this is more than "just" taking pictures. I needed to go out and follow my dream.

I blasted "Hallelujah" on repeat that day. There's a lot to that song. Let's be real and lay it out there - it is truly and plainly about sex. 

But, take that away...it's also a little bit about trying to find your way.

A small part of it.

Sometimes a small take-away from a song is all i need. That one little part. 

I needed to find my way.

As I said in my last blog post, I ended up doing that.

Paying for your own benefits sucks. And sometimes, I get lonely when I edit for days without seeing another human face besides Adam's when he comes home at night. But, everything else is beautiful. Everything else...it's worth it.

It doesn't come without a hustle. I spend all day working and I spend all night working. When I'm not shooting, I'm editing. When I'm not editing, I'm doing any of the never ending list of things a business owner does. I just spent 48 hours doing end of the year financial things and let me tell you...a creative mind doing accounting-type things...it's not a beautiful sight. 

But I want to.

I was just playing video games with Adam and couldn't concentrate because I just wanted to work a little more. I WANT to.

And I struggle with being that type of person to act "inspirational" in any way. It's a very exposing thing to me to be nurturing like that. Especially because I am very against the whole "everyone gets a trophy" mentality the world has seemed to fall into. I'm a realist. Things do not and can not get handed to you for you to see success. You absolutely must put blood, sweat, tears, and broken hearts into it. So I remain more quiet and reserved about it.

But you can do it.

What I WANT is to be able to run up to people and exclaim (quite loudly) "you can do this too." You can follow your dreams. You have to...HAVE TO...work tremendously hard. But, you need to know that there's someone out there who believes in you. Even if I don't know you. I believe if you've got that fight and that fire inside of you, you can follow your dream.

If you do what you love, and love what you do...my oh my...you are an unstoppable force. 

Do it. Dream it. Consume every part of it.

It's going to suck some days. One day you will wake up with the confidence of a god. The next, you'll wake up mysteriously doubtful of everything about you. The next day...you'll cry your eyes out. The day after that you will feel so friggin fabulous no one can stop you. Then, the day after that, you'll not want to get out of bed. It's a never ending cycle. But it all leads to your dream. Someone has been where you are. I have been where you are. Many people you know have. It does not signify a need to quit. It signifies a need to conquer.

I'm going to try a little bit harder to leave my shell and be able to tell people that. About being a warrior. About finding their Hallelujah.

Because you deserve to spend every day doing what makes you passionate.

Taking photos light my soul on fire. Each moment spent with the people I've met...they're astoundingly precious to me. I don't know where I'd be without all of you. I don't know what else could bring me this much happiness than to see you live your greatest minutes, laugh your biggest laughs, and cry your biggest tears. I want nothing else than to document it all for you. Your moments mean everything to me.

I didn't know what I was getting into. I didn't know that this would all mean everything. To me. To you. To us.

But, oh my, it does.

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The Thing I Learned Most http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/the-thing-i-learned-most

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2016 was huge. I mean...it took my breath away. I made friendships and I laughed and I cried and I laughed UNTIL I cried. I held people close. I watched incredible things happen before my eyes. I grew. I fell. I grew even taller. I quit my job. I pursued photography full time. I learned. I adventured. I made mistakes. I did things right.

I laughed. I cried. I laughed until I cried.

And I saw what I did as a means to capture the things people would never want to forget. Then I attended a Fearless Photographers conference. And I learned, in a way, things I already knew but were hesitant to say out loud. Things like the fact that our job is to capture the real, the raw, the genuine. Those are the moments that people want and NEED to remember. Ok. Great. Makes perfect sense to me.

I continued my quest to make the most badass, unique, off the charts type photographs I possibly could. I took more classes, attended more seminars, invested in more gear. More education. More techniques. More workshops. More.

Every day that I went out to make more photographs, I was more and more proud of them. Every day that I sat at my computer until my legs fell asleep and the screen seemed blurry, I had more and more ideas brainstormed, brochures made, offerings offered, and edits edited.

I laughed. I cried. I laughed until I cried.

And then I was smacked across the face.

As a "fine art photographer", I love the epically posed, unique, wow-factor shot. Those types of shots truly give me life and make me feel so proud of my work. But by constantly shooting the fine art Vogue-like shoots, I (once in a while) put the importance of a photo on the back burner. I'm working, learning, educating myself on the perfect shot, the perfect technique, making the perfect photo. Perfect skin tones. Perfect light flare. Perfect camera settings. Perfect. I joined way too many Facebook groups for photographers. Everyone and their brother posts photos on there with the caption "Constructive Criticism please!". Then, hundreds of other photographers comment with things like "her skin has a slight hint of magenta...perhaps add a tiny touch of green" and "you should brighten up his face by the slightest bit". ...Really?...I became a machine. I soaked up everyones constructive criticism on everyones photo and I became a perfection machine. 

Be perfect. Take perfect photos. Edit perfectly. Color perfectly. Make sure everything is perfectly sharp OR ELSE I AM DOOMED, SO HELP ME GOD I SWEAR.

I laughed. I cried. I laughed until I cried.

A couple of weeks ago I discovered a giant storage bucket of 4x6 and 5x7 prints from my entire life in my garage. I always claimed to be that photographer that never knew I would grow up and love this art. That it just fell on my head one day - I picked up a camera and loved it and never looked back. Why, then, were there thousands...THOUSANDS of photos in this box, taken by me, from about 5 years old through college. Interesting. I put them in albums. I observed each photo. My childhood friends I would never talk to again. People I loved that have passed on. The bad clothes I used to wear. How happy my father has always been while decorating the Christmas tree with a house full of children. How inseparable I used to be from my brother.

Not long after, someone I know lost someone they love. I had taken photographs of that person not too long ago.

Those photos became wildly important.

Wildly.

I am so proud of my "try-to-be-perfect" photos. But, I learned that i also felt so much pride looking at my mountain of 5x7s from 20 years ago...the crap, disposable camera, grainy mess of photos in my storage bucket. It was a different type of pride. But pride nonetheless. Why? Because those moments mattered. They mattered a lot. I was watching my entire life in a box. Memories I forgot existed. I went back and looked at all my photos taken this year and my favorite shots of each album became the ones where I could see the story. I could see the relationship. The family. The importance. The moment.

This job is so important. It is larger than me. It is larger than perfect. It is the "so what" to the little grain and the "HOLY CRAP" to the look in their eyes when their grandfather sees them in their wedding dress. The tears in mom's eyes when her son has his first dance to his new wife. The silly things the flower girl does while she's still small. That's more important than perfect.

That's the thing I learned the most.

Thank you, 2016. Thank you all for an incredible year. You all make my dreams come true. 

2017 is going to be OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!

Below is a re-cap of some moments from 2016 that I hold near and dear to my heart. I hope you love them as much as I do.

 

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Robby and Emilee http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/robby-and-emilee Robby and Emilee

Our amazing friends (part of our "squad"...to be exact) Robby and Emilee are engaged! They just started planning and are looking at spring of 2018 for their wedding. We had an amazing sunset engagement session with them in Easton, MA and I always love photographing friends because it means we get to hang out the whole night after the shoot!

We won't be photographing their wedding since Adam is in the wedding party, but we were so excited when they asked us to do an engagement session with them. Robby and Emilee - we can't wait to party with you guys all of 2017 and 2018!

Check out a few sneak peeks from their gallery below!

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dualedgephotography@gmail.com (Dual Edge Photography) RI boudoir bride children couple couples engagement family groom photographer photography portrait portraits wedding weddings http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/robby-and-emilee Wed, 09 Nov 2016 19:31:55 GMT
Liam Turns 1 http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/liam-turns-1 Liam Turns 1

Liam is such a joy!! He loves to giggle, dance, walk, and of course...his mom and dad! Check out his 1 year shoot below!

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The Mythical Creatures Series http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-mythical-creatures-series Mythical Creatures

We had an AMAZING mini series this fall called The Mythical Creatures Series.  We always have the best time dressing up as cool characters, jumping in the woods, throwing leaves, and entering a new world of imagination and whimsy. Together, we laugh and talk about our favorite things all while shooting. Themed series will always have a place in my heart - and, if I dare say, in the hearts of those who join in on the fun!

Olivia - Mermaid

Ellie - Phoenix 

Brian, Luke, & Makena - Fawns and a Fairy

Carmela, Amelia, & Gracie - Angels

Jaclyn - Mermaid

Allie - Sehkmet the Egyptian Goddess


Want to schedule a full shoot with us or participate in a themed series? It's EASY!

"Like" us on Facebook and check out what mini series we have open for registration!

Visit our website to purchase gift cards and inquire for full sessions and wedding collections!

We can't wait to shoot with you :).

 

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dualedgephotography@gmail.com (Dual Edge Photography) RI boudoir children family photographer photography portrait wedding http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-mythical-creatures-series Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:36:26 GMT
Kelsey and Chuck http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/kelsey-and-chuck Kelsey and Chuck

September 17th, 2016

We are truly and honestly grateful to have met Kelsey and Chuck. Everything about their wedding and the planning process of it was just so much fun and so full of insane happiness. They are funny, adventurous, and a brilliant match for each other. They belong together. On top of all the love and bliss they share with each other, there's contentment. There's comfort. There's the single fact that whether you have known these two their whole lives or just for a moment - you can see how they are each puzzle pieces designed to fit together. That fact simply radiates off of them, without even being told. It's awesome.

 

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Giggles and Laughter...Portraits at Learning Lane! http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/giggles-and-laughter-portraits-at-learning-lane Learning Lane Early Learning Program

Exeter, RI

We ADORE photo day at Learning Lane every spring and fall! We've gotten to laugh, giggle, dance, and pet puppies with these amazing kids throughout the past few years...what more could we possibly ask for??

This time, photo day was a little different...in the BEST way possible. All 8 kids were pairs of siblings!! This made for some awesome individual as well as sibling shots. Take a look below at just a few hi-lights from our morning there.

To contact Learning Lane and learn more about their services, email Brenda at childcare1155@aol.com!

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Michele and Gordon http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/michele-and-gordon Michele and Gordon

September 10th, 2016

Greenvale Vineyard, Newport, RI

 

Sometimes you come across a wedding and a couple that is just...special. As a wedding photographer, you get to know different couples and you experience many different weddings. Each is drastically different and each leaves a very vivid memory and feeling in our souls. I'm not really sure how else to put it. Michele and Gordon are special. I'm not sure what it is about this day and these two that make our souls sing with happiness. Maybe it's the beauty of the day as a whole that was experienced. Maybe it's how incredibly welcoming and loving they are..to not only their friends and family, but to us the moment we knocked on their hotel doors for "getting ready". Maybe it's the way Gordon cherishes Michele. I mean, he wants every moment to be for and about her. He'll have it no other way. Maybe it's the way Michele looks at Gordon...like every moment with him is memory-worthy. Maybe it was the pride radiating off their family members as if each of them were waiting for this day as much as Gordon and Michele. You learn a lot from a wedding...no matter how long or well you know the couple. Those are the things I learned on September 10th. And they certainly left an imprint on our hearts.

Michele and Gordon are just perfect.

So, their wedding day could only be just as perfect.

 

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dualedgephotography@gmail.com (Dual Edge Photography) CT MA Photographer RI boudoir bridal bride children family groom knot photographer photography the tie wedding weddings http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/michele-and-gordon Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:45:46 GMT
Allison http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/allison Allison

We had a badass day at Rocky Point Park with Allison! At sunset...we conquered. ...3 different looks, that is. We started off with a basic black tee and jeans, followed by a classy, more elegant white dress, and finished the day off with some fitness. We always LOVE shooting with Allison as she is is simply a natural in front of the camera (and fun too!). We had a great time talking about the new Suicide Squad movie, dogs, and more while snapping away. Check out her new modeling and fitness portfolio below!

GORGEOUS...right??

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Hair and Makeup by Britt Botelho at Secret Beauty Spa (Cumberland, RI).

www.secretbeautyri.com

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dualedgephotography@gmail.com (Dual Edge Photography) Photographer RI boudoir children family photographer photography portrait senior session wedding http://dualedgephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/allison Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:57:19 GMT