Will, Tracy and Family Play At Bourne Farm ~ Cape Cod Portrait Photographers

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On October 19, 2007,  Tracy & Will said, “I do!” at the stunning Ocean Cliff in Newport, Rhode Island. Andy & I were lucky enough to have been there with them…documenting all of the love & goodness. It was our fifth year photographing weddings and now, ten years later, theirs still remains one of our all time favorites.

Their wedding didn’t stand out because of the gorgeous setting and details, Tracy’s killer dress, Will’s awesome hot pink socks,  or even all of the beautiful fall colors in the changing leaves…though those things were all wonderful. It was because their wedding day was so full of love…Will & Tracy’s love for one another, but also the love directed at them from their amazing family & friends! We see a lot of love, but some just really stands out and theirs definitely did!

Although we’ve kept in touch via email and holiday cards, we only saw them a couple of times after their wedding…once to get some photos of them when Tracy was pregnant with Maggie, their oldest, and one more time while Andy & I were up in Boston for a dinner date night a year or two after their wedding. So, our reunion here on the Cape a couple of weeks ago was long over due and so very happily received!

Tracy had reached out to us about doing a family session in honor of her & Will’s ten-year anniversary. We were, of course, totally on board!! We wanted to do something nice for this wonderful family, who had been through more than anyone should have to go through…and all in less than a year!

It all started on October 6, 2016….and I only mentioned the date because as someone who has their own significant date, when life throws something really horrible at you, you remember the date. Don’t know why…you just do. Despite normal mammograms, Tracy had found a tiny nodule in her right breast. A biopsy determined that it was in fact cancer. More tests were done to determine the stage and grade and fortunately it was caught early, but to prevent metastasis elsewhere in the future, Tracy underwent chemotherapy and experienced all the awfulness that goes with that.

On November 11, 2016 Tracy & Will’s youngest daughter, Phoebe, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I can’t imagine anything worse than having your child diagnosed with a lifelong illness. Pheobe now depends on an insulin pump to control her blood glucose levels. I didn’t know her before her diagnosis, but I can tell you, diabetes does not slow this little love muffin down! And, while I’m not a fan of labels, she is the classic third child….precocious, super fun and spirited and definitely a shining star!

Here she is with her two equally as delicious, kind, sweet, bright, beautiful sisters, Nora and Maggie…

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On December 1, 2016, Tracy’s mom, Jane, had a seizure in the middle of the night and was hospitalized and unable to drive for six months. She was planning to move in with Tracy & Will to help out during Tracy’s chemo and had gone home after the first week of staying with them to take a little break. It was that night that she had her first seizure…no doubt a very upsetting and scary time for everyone!!

And, as if all of that wasn’t enough for any family to endure, Will’s mom, Kathy, got some freakish bacterial infection two months later that landed her in a coma. Doctors weren’t sure if she’d make it and told the family that even if she did survive, she would never walk again. This week, after months of fighting her way back to health, she walked with a walker.

“She can’t wait to walk into that doctor’s office and prove him wrong,” Tracy told us. We can’t wait either!!

Tracy finished her cancer treatment in March and now sees an oncologist every six months as part of Dana Faber’s Survivorship Program. And the family will no doubt celebrate tomorrow’s World Diabetes Day and the one-year anniversary of Phoebe being admitted to Children’s Hospital with her diagnosis with some yummy diabetic cupcakes….or brownies.

Despite all of these challenges and hardship, Tracy & Will wanted to celebrate…their marriage and their commitment to being there, lifting each other up no matter what life throws at them. And, they wanted to celebrate by preserving this moment in their lives and the happy memories they continue to make as a family. We could not have been happier or more honored to be a part of that!

And, just like their wedding…there was sooooooo much love!!! Like the love these two sweet girls wanted to give their momma. And, sweet Miss P…can we talk about her big personality and her tiny little crossed legs for a second??? This photo just sums her up for me.

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I come from a family of three girls and the bond of sisterhood is like no other. It runs deep and, at times, can cut just as deep. But, there are few others who know you as long as your sisters. They know when something is wrong and bothering you or when you’re on top of the world happy. They’ve been there for all the birthdays and holidays, cheering you on in your triumphs and picking you up when you fall apart. They love you and accept you, warts and all. And, when life throws unexpected things your way, they’re the first ones at your side to help you through. This photo sums that up for me. . . sisters and best friends.

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Happy, curious, adventurous, playful…

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…..loving, supportive, wonderful sisters!

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Phoebe was pretending she didn’t want to smile for us, but Andy jumping over me while I took the family group photo seemed to make her forget her no smile stance for a while. It had a pretty great reaction on the rest of the family too!

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Taking a break from all the fun for a minute, Maggie just sat on this cool granite bench with her dad. Soooo much love!

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Something tells me Phoebe is going to make great things of her life…whether that means climbing mountains, starring on Broadway or running the country. Just love this kiss for daddy moment, while he was helping her scale this rock wall.

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Nora….such a sweet soul, this one! And, that toothless grin….I just want to kiss her face off!

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These girls loved climbing the trees at Bourne Farm….nearly every single one! HA! They really are such cool kids…so playful and full of life. It’s amazing how resilient children are…how they have so much more awareness than we think to what’s going on around them, and yet, still they thrive. I think it helps when they know how very dearly they are loved and cared for. And, these girls definitely know that!

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More love for momma….love and toothless smiling faces. So yummy!! This photo of Phoebe makes me smile so much I want to blow it up and put it on my own wall, poster size. This little peanut, standing seemingly alone in a forest, defiantly sticking her tongue out like something out of Where the Wild Things Are. I just love it!

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And, this one…another brilliant shot by my brilliant husband…like a piece of art that just screams “childhood” to me…the good parts of childhood and the lonely, scary parts…but together they all make us who we eventually become….and with just one eye showing, it’s like giving us a small peek into who that will be and it’s just so beautiful.

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Happy gorgeous creatures climbing trees. Where cares and worries cannot reach!

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Family….it’s just the best!

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Because our sessions are longer than most, we like to incorporate some play time so kids don’t get bored and so they are more relaxed around us…which inevitably allows us to get better photos of them. For these three beauties, we played a few rounds of hide and seek. We were the seekers, they the hiders. It took us a while…but we eventually found them!

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Peek-a-boo, I see you!!!

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Then it was our turn to hide…. ONE.   TWO…. THREEE……….

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Ready or not, here we come….
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Three little monkeys sitting in a tree, hugging and playing with their sweet Dadddyyyyy. I think the biggest smile we got from Phoebe was when Andy let her and Nora climb our step ladder and then proceeded to shake it with them onboard….earthquake style. Whatever it takes….we have no shame when it comes to doing what’s necessary to get happy faces and make sure our kiddos have some fun!!

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As colorful as fall itself….Love these warm, wonderful people!!!

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Tracy & Will…thank you both sooooo much for keeping us in your lives all these years and for wanting to celebrate your 10 year anniversary with us in this way!! We know it’s been a really hard year for you both, and no doubt for your girls too. We hope these photos serve as happy reminders of happier days ahead! Thank you too for the amazing photo you took of us with the girls….it’s not often we get that and it’s just the best so thank you!!! We will treasure it!! Big hugs to both of your moms…wishing them speedy recoveries and maybe we can all get together for an extended family photo session next year!! We think the world of both of you and feel so honored to call you friends…friends we don’t see very often, but friends nonetheless! With lots of big love and hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo

Amanda & Kevin’s Sandwich Engagement Session ~ Cape Cod Photographers

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Getting engaged is a milestone moment…a happy commitment by two people to join their lives together, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do they part. We’ve photographed a few proposals for couples who got engaged and it was super fun…being in on the secret, documenting from afar, getting a front row seat to that happy milestone moment and being able to preserve the memories in photographs. Just so cool!

Equally as enjoyable for us is getting to photograph couples weeks or months after the proposal, when they’ve had some time to adjust to the idea of being engaged and our time together is for reflecting on where they have been in their relationship and where they are going.

Andy & I really enjoy these photography sessions and having the extra time to spend with our soon-to-be married couples before their wedding.  A couple of weeks ago we got together with Amanda & Kevin for their engagement session. Kevin had actually proposed to Amanda months earlier on the same Sandwich beach, so it was the perfect setting for us to get some photos of them together, enjoying one another.

As is the case with so many of our couples, Amanda & Kevin expressed concern prior to the session that they aren’t great at being photographed. And, as is always the case when we hear this, our cameras told a very different story!

Here’s just a sneak peek at the love & goodness we captured between these two super sweet, really lovely, totally smitten people…who, by the way….were a BLAST to photograph! Truly…we had so much fun photographing and just generally being around these two!

What made it so special is just how they are together…super comfortable, fun and lighthearted and so totally and obviously in love. That obvious love was showcased in their cuddliness and need to be touching one another, which from our standpoint is exactly what we’re looking for when we do these sessions!

One of the things Amanda & Kevin told us had influenced their decision to choose us as their photographers was that when they looked at our photos they “didn’t just see the joy & love (we) captured, (they) could feel it.” And, that’s exactly how we feel when we look at these photos of them! See for yourself…

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Amanda & Kevin’s clothing choices were soooo great for highlighting the beach colors, the breezes and the elegant, yet approachable drama that is Cape Cod’s shoreline.

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Normally for these sessions, we put our couples in different pretty locations for a cool shot, but every now and then just do something that is completely them, like turn around to see if we’re done, move the wind blown hair out of their face, and these are the photos that really sing…..I LOOOVE everything about this photo on the right! Andy you are a genius!!)

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More easy breezy beautiful moments with these two sweeties…

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A walk on the boardwalk and a pause for a quick kiss.

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Sitting on the boardwalk and talking about happy things awaiting them on their wedding day next summer.

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In your arms…it’s where I always want to be!! What I love so much about these two, is how even though we might have asked them to sit or stand in a certain place, how they held onto each other once there was all them and just so full of love.

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Andy & I have been married for over 16 years and I think being able to laugh together is one of the things that has seen us through the ups and downs. Love how these two laugh together.

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And so much love between them…

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A smile that says it all…

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As if the sun could feel how brightly these two and their love for one another burns, we were treated to the most beautiful sunset as the session wound to a close.

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Like a warm kiss from the sun, love burns in my heart for you.

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See what I mean about how these two touch each other…fingers intertwined like branches of two trees standing beside one another, making it hard to know where one begins and the other ends.

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Change the camera settings and everything changes…

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Wrapped in your arms and in your love . . .

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Perhaps my favorite moment from the day, where everything came together perfectly.

E0324_0293Amanda & Kevin . . . . thank you soooooooo much for inviting us to share in this exciting, love-filled time in your lives. You two are wonderful and we absolutely loved spending the afternoon with you and photographing you together. Can’t wait to do it all again next summer! Until then, we hope these photos serve to keep all the happy feelings flowing! Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy  (*A great big, heart-felt thank you to Annie & Brian for spreading the bello love and sending Amanda & Kevin our way! We just love when our special, totally smitten couples send other equally special and smitten couples our way! xoxo)