January 2008

Allegro Photography at the Baystate Bridal Expo

This weekend we had the distinct pleasure of meeting approximately 800 brides, several grooms, a few bridesmaids, supportive family members and esteemed vendor peers at the Baystate Bridal Expo. The event was a whirlwind. We arrived as early as possible on Friday to set up our booth. We had been working on the different elements for a month. And when it all came together, we were thrilled with the results.

baystate-bridal-exp- Allegro Photography- brown and blue booth at Baystate Bridal Expo

Allegro Photography- brown and blue booth at Baystate Bridal Expo

We had the opportunity to show several new albums which showcase some of our more recent work. And we debuted the silk album- a luxurious hand-crafted matted album with a raw silk cover, bound by satin ribbons (more on that later).

This year, we offered a different kind of drawing. Attendees had the opportunity to enter to win a limited edition print from the 2004 Red Sox World Series Celebration. It was quite a hit and we were able to meet many of our fellow Red Sox fans. It feels good to be among The Nation. Congrats to our winner Kellie Moore. We will be in touch soon to arrange a time when we can deliver the print.

Of course, an endeavor like this couldn’t be done without help from lots of amazing people. First I want to thank my family- my dad helped us build the structure and the tables, my mom helped set me up on the sewing machine so I could construct the curtains and tablecloths, and my sister welcomed us into her home so we could test the whole thing out. Thank you to the Codrington family for hosting us during our stay in Boston and for offering us storage space. It is always a pleasure to visit with you; we feel so welcome in your home. Thank you to Jeff and Lisa for helping us take down our booth and storing the furniture for us. And last but definitely not least, a HUGE thank you to our client and friend Karen Chung for helping us at the show. You did an amazing job and definitely helped tell the story of what we do. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Here’s a photo of Karen and I at the booth. It sure was nice to take a moment to sit down and catch up.
Allegro Photography- Karen Chung and Jo Kaplan Lee staff the booth

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Here’s a couple from the last snowfall. Of course, Dave and I enjoyed the beauty of it, but Max experienced pure unadulterated bliss as only a puppy can.

max-second-md-snow-Max enjoys the snow

Max chases a ball in the snow

I Love School!

Okay so it wasn’t your typical school. But the Tampa Photography Convention we attended was filled with education and inspiration. All schools should be this good. Some of the best and brightest in the Wedding and Portrait Photography business shared their knowledge throughout the event.

We were inspired by the amazing artistry of the Bebbs, David Williams, Jesh de Rox, and Jerry Ghionis, to name a few. Each had a style and perspective all their own and shared some of the ways in which they create their work. We even got to see the Bebbs in action during an improvised wedding.

Steve Bebb with Jeff Newcum, playing the funky minister

Steve Bebb shooting with Jeff Newcum playing the funky minister

crowd of photographers attending the wedding
the wedding “guests” and here comes the bride…

Dave and Jo Lee

Anything to get the perfect shot!- image of us (above) taken by Paul Johnson (below)
Jo's photo of Paul Johnson

At the convention luncheon, Denis Reggie shared his thoughts on wedding photojournalism, citing its organic appeal. He spoke about his particular segment of the market and what they are looking for in a photographer.

Convention Luncheon with Denis Reggae
Denis Reggie speaking to a packed house

Denis Reggie

We had the opportunity to learn more about business practices, particularly marketing and cultivating our clients, from other speakers. We are always glad to gather new ideas and ways to provide better service to our clients.

Perhaps the best part of the convention though was getting to know and talk with other photographers. We made tons of new friends, who are not only talented artists but wonderful people. Thank you to Melissa and Rene Tirado for mentoring us. You had so much to share about the New England market and ways to meet other vendors in Western Massachusetts. And a huge thank you to Critsey Rowe for organizing the fashion shoot. We loved working with you- your calm presence clearly put your model at ease. And the photos are fabulous!

The Scoop: Meredith & Bronson’s Winter Wonderland

When Meredith and Bronson, along with mom Ren, sister Lindsay and coordinator Grace, came in for a consultation, we knew we wanted to work with them. There was so much vibrancy in this group. We felt sure celebrating Meredith and Bronson’s union would be a wonderful experience not only for their friends and family but for us as well. Fortunately, the feeling was mutual.

Their engagement session proved that we were right about how much fun they were. Dave met them at Gloria Ferrer Winery in Sonoma where he captured Meredith and Bronson at their loving and silly best. My favorite image from the shoot is of Meredith and Bronson in this HUGE blue chair, similar to the one outside Ikea. After their shoot, I was able to join Meredith, Bronson, Ren, Lindsay, and Dave for a relaxing break.


Dave got to know both families even better at the rehearsal dinner. He enjoyed tales of Meredith and Bronson’s early years as well as their basketball first date and other escapades.

When the big day came, we were thoroughly excited. We had been a part of the journey throughout and the anticipation had been building.

We arrived at Stonetree Golf Club in Marin to begin coverage of Meredith, Lindsay and Ren getting ready. Lindsay and Ren helped Meredith get into her silky gown and tie her waste ribbons into two bows.

When she was all set, we witnessed Meredith and Bronson’s reveal. No wonder they were both so affected- they both looked fabulous.

We took them on a quick tour of the grounds for photos in the late afternoon light. We followed this with family photos on the patio. Everyone was great dealing with the cool weather and we moved swiftly through the groupings.

When we returned to the lobby, I saw the transformation that had occurred. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect execution of Meredith’s vision. When she got engaged, she knew she wanted candles. She chose a winter date so that the glow would have the perfect dark backdrop. The season provided additional inspiration and the look for her wedding took shape. What I saw when I walked into the completed lobby and reception hall was a dream- whites on whites in every texture, shape, and size with silver, mirrors and lights as accents. The flowers and cake were ideal touches to the theme. The care and attention to detail were apparent. It was truly magical.

When Meredith appeared at the end of the aisle, everything was complete. She glowed as she walked towards Bronson.

But it wouldn’t have been Meredith and Bronson if along with the elegance there hadn’t been lots of laughter. The reception complemented the ceremony perfectly with crazy dancers, humorous toasts, and lots of high fives.

To Meredith and Bronson, thank you so much for honoring us and including us in your day. We had a blast!

Huge thank yous and kudos to Grace from a Touch of Grace for keeping everything together. It was truly a pleasure to work with you.

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