Thank you, Friends!

At this time of year, we have an opportunity to reflect. I don’t do this terribly often, preferring to look ahead and move forward, but I find it really is nice to remind myself how lucky I am. With regards to our work, I can’t imagine being more fortunate. Dave and I both love what we do- we get to be creative in so many different ways.
We love our clients. Our brides and grooms are from so many different walks of life and have so many interesting stories, from all over the country (from San Francisco and Boston to Chicago, New York and Portland to Washington DC and Phoenix).
I love their heritage (Jewish, Chinese, Filipino, Catholic, Japanese),

bride and groom kiss during Jewish wedding, while guests dance the Horah around them- san jose city hall rotunda and fairmont fourth street summit center- california wedding

their romance (boy rescuing girl with a lost show (aka Cinderella) at a party to getting engaged on a mountain top)
bride and groom to be in marblehead mass - north of boston- for engagement session
and their personalities (fun, funny, thoughtful, intelligent, creative).

bride and her bridesmaids in Jail at the Mad Art Gallery- St. Louis, Mo

Our clients have become our friends. And we are thrilled that we have been able to keep in touch through the years to see their families grow. (A special thank you to Facebook for making that even easier!)
We have been able to work with some of the most creative professionals in the wedding industry. Our colleagues teach us and support us. We are all better for these relationships.

View of Plaza Ballroom- wedding reception design by David Tutera in Manhattan, New York

And Dave and I get to work together!
photo of Boston wedding photography husband and wife team in tampa fl by paul johnson
Like I said, we really are unimaginably lucky.
With that, I would like to thank all of our fabulous clients, our wonderful family, and our peers for helping us do what we do. We love you all. Here’s to a fabulous 2009!

Gallery Show Opening of ‘Love: Interpreted’

love interpreted- women's photography gallery show- middleton, ct (near hartford)

I am super excited to announce the gallery show I am taking part in. The theme for our work is love. The show came about from a desire to explore love in new context. All of the photographers in the show are women who primarily shoot weddings. You can check out some of their wedding work on their sites: Jacklyn Greenberg, Tina Parsadanov, Val McCormick, Mary Marantz, Jane Shauck, Krystal Prue, Carla Ten Eyck, and Nikki Nicole Rinaldi. I am honored to be among these women, who are not only fabulous photographers, but extraordinary individuals.

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Happy Turkey Day!

turkey in the oven for thanksgiving dinner- photography by Allegro Photography, Boston Wedding and Portrait Photographers

We hope everyone has a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We are so thankful for all of our family, friends, colleagues and clients who make our lives joyful in so many ways. We wish you all the very best.

Anniversary Found

So it has been a few days since last I wrote, but I did have good cause for the delay. Dave and I spent the last few days celebrating our third anniversary. And for this super special celebration, we did something I have been wanting to do since the fall after I met Dave. We backpacked on the Lost Coast in Northern California.

shadow of backpackers on the lost coast - north of shelter cove

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Happy Birthday to Dad and Scott!!!

In my family, we get a double-wammy, two for one special on birthdays. My Dad was born on July 13, 1940 and 62 years later, my nephew Scott was born. Scott is a super great kid. And my dad is wonderfully supportive. While I can’t be with them to celebrate their special day this year, I wanted to share a small reminder of my love. A little trip down memory lane- a few favorite images from when Scott was much younger.

Dad teaching Scott to blow bubbles…

dad and scott

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Happy Father’s Day, Dads!

This one goes out to my dad- a BIG HAPPY Dad’s Day to you! I just want you to know that I am working on the photos you want. Here’s one special fave!

Jo and Her Dad on her wedding day

I love you. Thank you for your support and your patience!

And here’s one for Dad Lee- Happy Father’s Day to you, too!

Dave and his dad walking down the aisle at our wedding

We love you. Thank you for your generosity and dreams.

Yankee Doodle Candle Company

The Yankee Candle Company flagship store is like a playround for adults and kids alike. Of course, there are candles- every shape, size, color and scent of candles. But there is also an array of other gifts- from food to toys to christmas ornaments. They even have a fabulous romantic award-winning restaurant, Chandler’s. I am fascinated by this place. There are so many things to see and hear and smell and touch. Of course, whenever visitors come, we now bring them here.

Here’s a few from our most recent visit with my parents…

Gotta love the pickle ornaments!

Yankee Candle Company

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Hmm, Hmm, Good!

Discovering New England has been a most pleasurable task. A couple of college friends introduced us to the delights of Maple Sugaring season by bringing us to our first Sugar Shack. What is a Sugar Shack? you might ask. This is where they turn maple sap into maple syrup. It takes something like 40 gallons of sugary watery sap to make 1 gallon of sweet maple syrup. And most of these places simply boil the water away, a process that takes quite a bit of time and some careful attention.

We have visited several maple syrup farms and hope to visit even a few more. We started with the North Hadley Sugar Shack. Not knowing what we were in for, my friends Peter and Surita brought us here for a delicious brunch. The pancakes were great and, of course, so was the syrup. The sugaring room wasn’t open when we visited there. We actually learned more about the sugaring process when we ventured out on our own to Steve’s Sugar Shack. Steve showed us the ins and outs of the process.

Hanging Mountain Farms Sugar Shack

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Signs of Spring at Smith

What a treat to visit the Smith College Conservatory last week. The bulb show certainly brought fabulous color. And I was equally astounded by the variety of tulips and other bulbs. On top of all of that, the smells were intoxicating. It has been a busy couple of weeks but this was certainly a welcome respite. Here’s a few images from our visit….

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Snow Day in Northampton, MA

It seems like every day is a snow day here in Northampton, MA. The kids have been getting off school left and right due to this winter’s multitude of storms. But there is one kid that couldn’t be happier, our puppy Max. He LOVES the snow. Here’s a few of him going nuts….

max-bridge-rd-snow-Max, giant schnauzer, going crazy in the snow in Northampton, Massachusetts

Family Portrait of Jo and Max in the snow at home in Northampton, Massachusetts

Max, giant schnauzer, going crazy in the snow in Northampton, Massachusetts

Max, giant schnauzer, going crazy in the snow in Northampton, Massachusetts

And for those who wanted to see where we are living here’s a few of our cute little rental. We live in Florence which is a village within Northampton.

Florence Massachusetts home

We live very close to the Norwottuck Rail Trail, which runs from Amherst to Northampton. We took a short walk along it on the one day above 50 degrees. It was so foggy it looked a lot like San Francisco in the summer.

Northamtpon, Massachusetts- Norwottuck Rail Trail

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