Holiday Mini Sessions ~ Cape Cod photographers

I got a call yesterday morning from one of our sweet brides turned new momma, Aimee. We had photographed Aimee and her hubby Rick and their sweet little love munchkin, Tess, earlier this year at their Wellesley home.

As is generally the case with new babies…they grow and change super fast, and so Aimee was hoping to get some newer photos for this year’s holiday card. Aimee asked if we ever did mini sessions. She was looking for just one recent awesome photo of her family for her cards.

This is something Andy & I have talked about a lot…like every year for the past few years. But, the holidays always seem to come & go in a blur and we’re always so busy, we haven’t had/made the time to put anything together.

This year we’re determined to try and make it happen and we’re considering holding mini sessions next weekend, on either Saturday Nov. 10 or Sunday, Nov. 11th here on Cape Cod. We realize this is last minute, but we’re hoping we can make it work. We’d like to pick one day, based on which day gets the most interest. So, if you’re interested, please let us know which day works best for you.

Generally, our sessions last about 1.5 to 2 hours and involve more creative play mixed with the traditional family group shots. But, these mini sessions would be just 20-30 minutes long, with the focus on getting a couple of great family photos for use on a holiday card…more tradition or more playful based on your taste.

The sessions would be $300 and would include one-week of online proofing & up to 3 high res files (depending on the card design) for use in a holiday card.

We’re just wondering if this is something that is of interest to folks. And, if it is, we ask that you please contact us at bello@bellophoto.com to schedule a time for the session. We need at least five bookings to make it work for us.

Thank you! Chris & Andy xo

 

Cape Cod Photographers ~ Cocktails & Connections with The Casual Gourmet

On Wednesday night, nearly 200 Cape Cod wedding professionals gathered for the second annual Cocktails & Connections event sponsored by The Casual Gourmet and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at the beautiful The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis.

Andy & I were there to support these organizations and their efforts to further promote Cape Cod as the Northeast’s most prestigious destination wedding location. The evening was a huge success, with lots of fabulous food, wine by Truro Vineyards, and music by CapeTunes.

Other sponsors included: AFR Furniture, Geek Girls, Desiree Spinner Events, Rentals Unlimited, Prestige Valet, Be Our Guest, Undercover Tent & Party, Ormonde Productions, Patrice Milley Floral Design, Lilac Flowers, Designers Touch, All About Flowers for Weddings, Lady Slipper Stationary, Treats Catering & The Dennis Inn, and Sysco Boston.

We volunteered to take a few photos of the bash, along with fellow Mashpee photographer, the very talented Dan Cutrona.

Here are a few of our highlights from the night…

Awesome lighting provided by Ormonde productions set the stage for a festive evening, as staff from The Casual Gourmet prepares for guests to arrive.

Olive Chase, owner of The Casual Gourmet (far left) makes some final preparations as guests begin arriving.

Delicious snacks sent from the angels at Sysco Boston….

mmmmm good…

The evening’s sponsors…

Beautiful arrangements were everywhere, provided by Patrice Milley, Designers Touch, All About Flowers for Weddings and Lilacs. And the super fun linens were provided by the fabulous Be Our Guest.

A tasty treat from Brad & Kathy of Treats Catering & The Dennis Inn.

Olive Chase of The Casual Gourmet (far left) welcomes some of the Cape’s wedding professionals…

Attendees could tweet live, with a large projector screen showing the latest news. So totally cool.

Some of the fabulous ladies of Wychmere Harbor Club & Longwood Events. Hey ladies, lookin’ good!

Short rib sliders provided by The Casual Gourmet. Yes, please!

Some of the Cape’s warm & wonderful ministers, Lucinda Graham & Nancy Wurlitzer, along with Cape Cod Museum of Art Executive Director, Elizabeth Hunter, enjoying the evening’s festivities.

Olive looks on as Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Board member Bill Catania, of the Catania Hospitality Group, addresses the group about investing more chamber funds into building Cape Cod’s already stellar reputation as a destination wedding location.

Having fun with Prestige Valet…

The fabulous Desiree Spinner of DSEvents…

Courtney Dunbury of Courtney’s Floral Creations in Falmouth and the fabulous guys from Sperry Tents….

Brad Boyd from the Dennis Inn…

Music Maker Scott Rosenthal of Cape Tunes…

Big thanks to Olive Chase for inviting us to be a part of such a fun night of networking. Thanks too to all of the fabulous vendors here on the Cape that make this such a special place to say, “I do!” Andy & I are super excited to be a part of this incredible industry and we look forward, with much excitement, to another stellar wedding season here on beautiful Cape Cod, our special little corner of the world, where wedding dreams come true. Christine & Andy xo

Lovin’ Levain Cookies ~ New York Photographers

….almost as much as we love Paul & Rachel!

Mondays aren’t typically my favorite day of the week. But, yesterday got a whole lot sweeter when a most unexpected box full of love arrived on our doorstep.

I had gone out to check the mail after a long day in front of the computer. As I walked back from the mailbox, I spotted a small package on the porch. I wondered to myself if Andy was ordering more toys for his guitar…he’s started taking lessons and is quite excited about it, so packages filled with books, picks, a music stand, guitar stand and some other things I don’t know the names of have steadily been showing up on our front porch.

This package, however, wasn’t for him….well, not only him. It was for both of us, and the return address was one I didn’t recognize…Levain Cookies. The packaging tape had LOVE written on it. I immediately liked the look of this!

Like a kid at Christmas, I ran in the house and searched the junk draw for scissors. No luck. So, I grabbed a knife…I mean there were potentially cookies in this package, right? I didn’t want to waste a second. And, here is what I pulled out…

Now, I was dying to know who could have sent this little treasure box, so I checked the postcard…

And here’s what it said, “If your photos were cookies….this is what they’d be. They’re THAT good. Thanks, Rachel & Paul.”

I heard myself say, “Awwww,” outloud after I finished reading the note. We truly do have THE best clients….wonderful couples and families who not only welcome us into their lives with open arms & open hearts, sharing with us one of the most special days in their lives, but they treat us like this and make us fall even deeper in love with this incredible job we have. And, not because the work is glamorous, because it’s really not…we spend way more time in front of our computers than we do behind our cameras. What we love most about our work is getting to meet and document the lives of wonderful people like Rachel & Paul.

Ironically, I’d checked the mail earlier that day because we’d forgotten to get Saturday’s mail. And, Paul & Rachel had already sent an incredibly sweet note that read, ” Christine & Andy, We just wanted to say thank you for the incredible job you did photographing our wedding. We know that you realize how important these memories are to us and to all of your clients, it clearly shows in all of your work. From day one it felt like we were with old friends and we feel so lucky to have found you. We truly appreciate all of the care and attention that went into the beautiful photos you took. We hope our paths cross again and please let us know if you’re in NY. We’d love to say hi. Yours, Paul & Rachel.”

Honestly, the sentiment in that note was more than the thanks we needed. So, to find the cookies later that day was just over-the-top sweet!

Here’s a closer look at just how sweet….

I have to admit, that I took these photos after tearing into the package and checking out the bootie. And soon thereafter…devoured half of the chocolate chip cookie. (Had to share with Andy, it seemed only fair.) Let me just say, however…. if he wasn’t home, I might not have been so generous. It was crazy good!!! I’m talking, Mmmmmm-I-don’t-care-if-this-ends-up-on-my-thighs-pass-me-another-GOOD!

Tomorrow, I have my sights set on that chocolate peanut butter little mound of love!

Are you drooling yet?

Each cookies weighs 6oz….crazy good!!!

Pass the milk….here I come!!

Paul & Rachel, you guys are wonderful! We feel exactly the same as you…that right from the start it felt like you were both old friends. Being there with you at your wedding was so wonderful. I’ll never forget your special dance, dedicated to your dad, Rachel. When those stormy skies opened, the clouds parted and the sun shone through, I lost it. I knew it meant your dad was surely there, smiling down and giving his blessing to both of you and your incredible wedding day. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for allowing us to bear witness to that and thank you too for being as sweet as those crazy good cookies!

Big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo