Avery & Tommy’s Falmouth Engagement Session ~ Cape Cod Wedding Photographers

“An aging glam rockstar and a ninja turtle walk into a bar…” It sounds like the start of a bad joke, right? Actually, it’s the start of a pretty sweet love story for a pair of Maine college students.

Avery & Tommy were studying at Bates College when a soccer connection first brought them together. Avery, a freshman, was on the girls’ soccer team and Tommy, a junior, was good friends with the team’s goalie.

“I spent a lot of time with (the goalie) and my other teammates and would often hear them refer to this ‘Tommy’ guy. He sounded like a lot of fun,” Avery told us. But, the two had yet to meet, until the soccer team hosted a Halloween party.

Avery & some friends dressed as the Ninja Turltes and Tommy came to the party rocking a rather impressive Elton John costume. “He was the life of the party and caught my eye immediately,” Avery said.

But, it was Avery’s dance moves across the room that caught Tommy’s eye. “She had an awkward turtle dance she was doing that I thought was hilarious,” he told us. “I don’t think we spoke much that night, but I knew she was special.”

Smitten by his sweet dancing turtle, Tommy used his soccer connections to get Avery’s class schedule and started doing a little “white collar stalking.”

“I knew when I would have a chance of seeing her between classes and would often post up outside of buildings where I thought she would be heading,” he said.

Their accidentally-on-purpose meetings resulted in mutually enjoyable chats that turned to text messaging and eventually, with the help of a friend, they ended up hanging out together one night. Nervous, but determined, Tommy asked Avery out on a date.

Fast forward five years, and a new date has been set ~  for Avery & Tommy’s wedding. The pair will say, “I do!”  this summer here on beautiful Cape Cod.

We got to spend some time with Avery & Tommy last weekend, sans costumes, while they were on the Cape doing some wedding planning. And, it is obvious these two were meant to be together. They are sweet, funny, kind, caring people who obviously adore one another and we couldn’t be happier to get to share in this exciting time in their lives.

Here are a few of our favorite moments together:

Tommy, like most of the guys we meet, was nervous about being photographed. And, he giggled his way through the better part of the session, which, I must admit…I loved! His giggles were infectious…and I may have accidentally snorted once or twice myself.

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Love Springs Eternal (I couldn’t resist)

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Love is…cuddling up with your bestest turtle surrounded by daffodils.

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you+ me = we

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good stuff…

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Swoon….

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Wanna know what a woman in love looks like….here it is.

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{i heart}

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Avery & Tom have a way of making each other laugh…a lot. And, it’s exactly how it should be for best friends. Yaay for love!

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hey fella…are you gonna kiss the girl? Mmmm, yup!

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We ended our session where it first began, at Avery’s Aunt’s house in Woods Hole, where we’ll take family photos on the day of the wedding. We fell in love with this swing…can’t wait to use that on the wedding day! Weeeeeeee…

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more giggles…

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Not too high now…

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Looks like turtles can fly….

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REFLECTING on their life together…cheesy, I know, but I couldn’t resist. Sorry!

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Awww….

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Some solo portraits of our lovebirds…

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And a final kiss at sunset….ain’t life grand?

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Avery & Tommy thank you for such a fun afternoon! You guys are wonderful and we’re so happy you chose to share this exciting and very special time in your lives with us. Can’t wait to document all of the love & goodness we just know will surround you as you say, “I do!” PS…is there any way we can see that Elton John & Ninja Turtle get up before then?

Big hugs to you both, Chris & Andy xo

Megan, Wade & Family ~ Falmouth Lifestyle Photographers

This has been a really busy summer for family portraits and we’ve been loving it, particularly since almost all of the families we’ve photographed have been folks we’ve photographed before, as wedding couples or families…or both. And, of the few new families we’ve had this year, most have been folks who’ve had a connection with one of our past families/couples.

Such was the case a couple of weeks ago, when we photographed a super sweet family who was vacationing here on the Cape.  Megan and her family had been referred to us by one of our past brides, another Meaghan, whose wedding we had photographed four years ago. The two Megs went to college together and when our Meg had heard our new Meg was looking for a photographer to document her family during a summer trip to the Cape our name came up. (Big big thanks, Meaghan, for sending your lovely friend our way. We miss you & Cracker and hope we get to see you guys and meet sweet baby Graeme soon! xo Click HERE for a look at Meaghan & Sean’s amazing Scituate wedding.)

It wasn’t until after our session, that Andy & I learned that Megan was friends with Meaghan and that that was how she & her husband, Wade, found us. But, we immediately liked them and their three lovebugs, Anna, Christopher and Jack, so it totally made sense that Megan & Meaghan were friends. Good people seem to have a way of finding each other.

Anyway, Megan had reached out to us at the start of the summer about scheduling a session with her family, plus Wade’s parents, Charlie & Renee, and his brother, Todd, and his wife, Vanessa, and their two sweet boos, Kiley & Jacob.

We arranged to meet in Falmouth a couple of weeks ago, at one of our favorite spots. And, as is often the case for us, we had a blast! The weather was perfect, the kids were up for some fun and everyone looked Cape Cod fabulous. Here are a few of our favorite moments from our time together with this sweet, loving and super warm family…

Where it all began for us, with Megan and her super sweet hubby, Wade, and their crazy cute kiddos, Anna, Christopher, & Jack…

Meet the whole gang (from left to right): Christopher, Megan, Jack, Anna, Wade, Charlie & Renee, Todd, Kiley, Jacob & Vanessa

Peek-a-boo, we see you!

Anna Banana, you, my sweet, are lovely in every way!

We asked Christopher what he loved to do and he said run…so we said, “Have at it little buddy!” Oh, the joy to be found in doing what you love (both for photographer & subject). And, for sweet Jack-O-Lantern…well, he doesn’t need to do much to be ridiculously delicious!

One of the things I really love about photographing larger families, is when we can break it down and pull folks away for a few moments of alone time…particularly for the heads of the family, because let’s face it, once kids come on the scene, it’s no longer about you, right? Parents pretty much dedicate their lives to making the lives of their children full of love & goodness. But, I LOOOVE giving mom & dad/grandma & grandpa some time to make it all about them. If you’ve spent 30+ years committed to your spouse & your family, you deserve a me, me, me moment or two. And, like a fine wine, love only gets better with time! So, let it shine….and steal a smooch to show the kids how it’s really done.

Vanessa & Jacob steal a little alone time…

Beautiful ladies and smooches that make you smile!

Poor Kiley wasn’t feeling very well, so she & Todd (aka Daddy) snuck off to chill on the rocks. Moments like these take my breath away, because when you’re 3 and not feeling well, the only thing that can make it better is some lovin’ & attention from Daddy…

Be still my heart!

After a while, they saw me skulking off in the distance and decided to give me a wave & a smile…aaaahhhh!

I’m pretty sure Jacob would have went all the way in were it not for a gentle catch by Momma! Beautiful….

This one on the left, as caught by my gorgeous & crazy-talented husband, makes me giddy. A good man playing with his beautiful children, while another good man recognizes the beauty in the moment and captures it perfectly….I mean really….does it get any sexier? I think not! Meanwhile, I was at a different angle, catching the perspective on the right. Fun, Fun, Fun!

Life and it’s in between moment…oh, how they bring such delight!

Love, Love, Love…

Time with Grandma & Grandpa….

The gang…

Pretty Anna…

I don’t know what it is about this next one I love so, but I remember the moment. We’d finished up the group shot above and as Wade was getting ready to bring Christopher down off the railing, something about their feet stopped me. Just love the contrast of their big/little feet and the lines of the railing. I was so excited when I caught the moment before it was gone.

These kids are so sweet and we had such fun together….

A little one on one time with a most adoring photographer….couldn’t you just eat up these sweet little faces.

Running in circles….life’s simple pleasures.

Taking it all in….LOOOOOVE these next moments!!!

“Hey you….guy with the camera, check me out!” (as seen from my perspective).

As seen from Andy’s….

A little waterside wrestling with Dad! Yup….love!

Sweetness highlighted by the setting sun…Be still my heart!

Cuties & crabs….Mmmmmm good!

Seaside stroll…

Digging for treasure…

Great big thanks to Meaghan C. for singing our praises and sending this lovely family our way! Much love Meg! And, big thanks to Megan, Wade and the rest of the gang for being so warm & welcoming and sharing your wonderful family with us in such a lovely way! We hope you had as much fun as we did and that these photos serve as happy reminders of your time together here on beautiful Cape Cod! We hope too you come back soon and see us again! Big love, Chris & Andy xoxo

Lauren, Garrison, Julia & Oliver ~ Chatham Family Photographers

Last night we had dinner with our friends, Mauri & Chris, who will say, “I do!” in Chatham next month. They were on the Cape for a very brief visit, to get their marriage license and follow up with a few of their other wedding vendors.

As always, our time with them was filled with happy chatter, laughter and lots of love. As we were saying goodbye, they were commenting on all the good stuff on our blog lately. They were struck by how many of our couples come back to us years later to document their next happy life milestones.

“You really ought to market yourselves as photographers for life,” they told us. I admit, Andy & I LOVE this idea!

Although most of our couples do not live on the Cape, and many are not even based in Massachusetts, we really hope our relationships with them do not end when the music stops playing. Sure, the wedding is over, but life as a married couple is just beginning and we hope they see this as the beginning of a new chapter, both in their lives and in their relationships with us. We hope they feel as Mauri & Chris do…that we are to be their photographers for life….documenting all of the wonderful milestones that make life worth living…babies, family, birthday & anniversary celebrations, etc.

We love our bello couples, families & babies and truly see this incredible network we have as much, much more than our clients. They are our bello family. And, we cherish them, the faith they put in us, and the richness their presence has brought to our lives. Even if several years pass between our reunions, the warmth & friendship remains and makes our work so much more rewarding!

Such was the case a couple of weeks ago when we got together with Lauren & Garrison, whose AMAZING Wequassett wedding we photographed five years ago (pre blog). A lot has changed for them over the years, namely that they now have two beautiful, sweet, happy children ~ Julia & Oliver. We had photographed them two summers ago, when Julia was just a tadpole and without her baby brother. But, earlier this year, they welcomed sweet Oliver to the family and asked us back to the family’s summer home in Chatham to document this next happy milestone.

We, of course, accepted….with pleasure! And, our time together was much like reuniting with family….hugs & hellos and even a few tears. Oliver took a while to warm up to us…to me in particular. I won’t lie…it hurt a little. Babies usually love me…that sounds braggish, I know, but it’s true. But, before long, I’d won him over….and in return he stole a little piece of my heart.

Here are some highlights from our super fun, super relaxing time together…

Clinging tightly to his Mr. Elmo, Oliver checks us out with a bit of wonder and, dare I say, trepidation. Can we talk about those big beautiful brown eyes? Mmmmm good!

Beautiful, happy, fun Julia. She’s a big girl now and though she didn’t remember us, we were instant friends! Yay!

Mr. Happy is all warmed up now….gummy deliciousness!

Julia playing with her daddy! fun, fun, fun!

Pig pile on mommy….be still my heart! I imagine these moments are the ones parents live for!

And these too….can we talk about that baby chub and those crazy beautiful eyelashes on happy Mr. Oliver.

Julia is lucky to have got her mom’s gorgeous curls and her beautiful smile…which she wears on her beautiful face often.

Happiness on the face of a child….does it get much better than that? I think not!

Higher Daddy!!! Weeeeeeeeee

Love the joy & feeling of motion in this next one! Those curls….aahhhhh!

Beautiful babes….

I love the serenity I feel coming from Julia in this next one as she sits on the beach grass and checks out her surroundings…such a lovely, quiet moment.

Telling us a story as she speaks with her sweet little hands. Too cute!

Our happy family…LOVEEEE!

Oliver was getting a bit hungry (translation…bored of photos) so Garrison took his little man up to Grandpa for a bit of a break.

While Lauren & Julia checked out the local fauna…including a sweet little grasshopper with whom Julia became smitten.

Without hesitation, she picked up him, studied him for a bit, then gave him a sweet (and completely unprompted) kiss and gentle stroke, before sending him on his way. Be still my fragile heart! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! these two pics of her.

Two more faves….

Little miss independent struts off to search out some more beach grass to snack on (i tried it too…salty, but not bad) while we had a minute with our very cute and very happy mommy & daddy….

We have a photo almost exactly like this of these two at their love session (pre wedding) nearly 6 years ago. You two look as fabulous as ever! xo

“I’mmmmm hungrrrryyyy noooowwwwww! This photo session is interrupting my dinner time and I’m not happy with you lady,” I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what Oliver was thinking in this moment.

“Okay, food’s here…we’re friends again.” Yup, I’m a funny lady…babies love me. lol!

And, I looove them and all their precious little bits. I mean, can we talk about Oliver’s eyelashes….to die for!

A momma’s loving look into the eyes of her sweet babe. Yup, that’s love in its finest form!

Grampa Tony…we love him.

So does Julia….swooooooooon.

Grampa you’re funny….

Hey momma…let’s play.

And, then I’ll eat your face off….Mmmmm delicious!

These photos really make me happy and we hope they do the same for you! Lauren & Garrison…thank you both again so much for once again entrusting your beautiful family to us. We adore all of you and had such a fun afternoon/evening reconnecting and playing with the kids. You really do make ’em sweet and oh so beautiful! We hope these photos serve as happy reminders of this exciting time in your life as your family grows and adds even more love & light to the world!

With big love & hugs, Christine & Andy xoxo