Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We've Moved!

Blueflash has a new website, and with that website comes an integrated blog. This whole blog has been migrated over to the new website. You can check it all out here: http://www.blueflashphotography.com.

Here's a direct link to the new blog: http://www.blueflashphotography.com/blog

Thanks for checking us out, hope you love the new website!

Farewell, Blogger...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Alissa and Brian [Rhode Island Engagement Photography]


I met Alissa and Brian at Sakonnet Vineyards in Little Compton. It was their idea to shoot their engagement photos at a winery. I have to hand it to them, it was a really cool idea.

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When I woke up on the day of the shoot, big and fat snowflakes were falling from the sky. I was so pumped, I thought we were going to have the rare snowy engagement shoot. Unfortunately, on my drive to the vineyards, the snow turned to rain. What was originally really awesome weather for a cool shoot quickly turned into a nasty wet mess.

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On the bright side, the rain let up by the time I arrived. That at least let us shoot outside without getting soaked. Well, the ground was pretty wet so I ended up leaving with shoes and socks that looked like they were submerged, but it could've been much worse.

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Grey dreary skies are always a challenge, especially when you're shooting something like an engagement which is supposed to be a pretty happy looking thing. You can either fight it or go with it. I chose to go with it on a lot of the shots, stopping down on the sky and getting it to look really dramatic. We came away with some pretty cool silhouette shots, too.

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Alissa and Brian brought some pumpkins they had carved with their wedding date on it for props. They also brought some wine glasses that were important to them and used them for a few photos.

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We roamed around outdoors and used some different parts of the property. When we were cold and wet enough, we headed back inside and found our way to the barrel storage room. We shot in there as well as the lobby of the winery. I think we made use of every area on the property. It was a really great place to photograph.

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Thanks for having me do your engagement photos. Hope you guys enjoy them!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Massage Envy VIP Party [Rhode Island Event Photography]


Massage Envy had a VIP party for their best clients to show their appreciation. I am not one of their best clients. I am, however, a photographer who happens to shoot corporate events. That's how I got my invite.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

The party was held at the East Greenwich location. There were caterers, free massages, and the Bluecube. It was a packed house. We were unsure how the Bluecube would do at an event where a lot of the people didn't know each other. I'm happy to report that it still was a huge hit.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Amanda came with me as a second photographer to help out. Andrew was also there running the Bluecube and making sure things ran smoothly. I love taking a crew with me. They both were a huge help.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

If you do venture out to Massage Envy, don't trust your GPS. You'll end up in the woods about two miles down the road. If not there, you'll be on the 95 on-ramp and your calm voiced GPS lady will be telling you you're at your destination. I don't think an on-ramp is where people feel like getting a massage.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Thanks so much for having Blueflash and the Bluecube be a part of your VIP night. Check out the full gallery of event photos right here and the whole gallery of the Bluecube images right here.

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Corporate VIP party for Massage Envy in East Greenwich, RI

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Massage Envy Christmas Party [Rhode Island Photobooth]


Massage Envy. These guys know how to do at least two things really well - give massages and use the Bluecube. They had their company Christmas party at the 1149 Restaurant in East Greenwich and decided to invite the Bluecube along.

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There are two Massage Envy branches in Rhode Island - one in Chapel Hill in Cranston, and the other near the Showcase Cinema in East Greenwich/Warwick. They are both owned by the same super nice guy Mike.

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The East Greenwich branch is managed by Kayla, a girl I went to middle school with a hundred years ago, and the Cranston location is managed by Chip. You can tell they're good managers by the way all of their employees treat them and interact with them. The company culture was great.

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The Christmas party was a combination of the two locations. I brought the Bluecube to the restaurant, set it up, and hung around while people discovered what this thing was in the corner with a bright light shooting out of it. It took about 45 minutes or so, but once everyone started to realize there was a photobooth in their midst, things started getting a little crazier.

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This might've been the most energetic and creative crowd yet. I never saw so much pink boa wearing. As is usually typical, I couldn't resist jumping in the photos at the end of the night. Second from the last shot is me, Chip, and Kayla. The last one at the bottom is me with the last photo session of the night. I was ready to pack up and the girls came over, made a puppy face, and asked if they could do one more round. I said yes with the stipulation that I would be in the photos. They agreed, and that's how I ended up with a pink boa on.

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It was a great party with a lot of great people. Thanks so much for having the Bluecube come along. The full album can be seen here. Stay tuned, the next blog post will be the Massage Envy VIP party. They had the Bluecube and Blueflash there shooting candids throughout the night.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Converses [Rhode Island Family Photography]


I go way back with the Converse family. We had gone to the same church when I was growing up, Christa and I were in the same grade (and consequently in the same class of youth group), and her mom was a teacher in my class for awhile. Christa and I were also kindred spirit band geeks.

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We hadn't spoken for quite a few years, and then out of nowhere I got an email from Christa asking if her and her family could take some family photos. It was a pleasant surprise and of course I said yes, so we decided on a location and set a date.

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They wanted to shoot in Lippit Park on Blackstone Boulevard. We met there on a (cold) Saturday morning. It was cool to see them all again, the three sisters and the mom and dad.

Newport Wedding Photography

We headed into Swan Point Cemetery across the street and took the bulk of the photos there. A cemetery might not seem like a decent place to take family photos, but if you frame out the gravestones then the rest of the property works pretty well. It was all pretty smooth except for when the security guard came and picked me up in his car and took me to the main office of the cemetery because I didn't have a permit. Did you know you needed a permit to take pictures in a cemetery? Consider yourself warned.

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Five minutes later I had the paperwork filled out for the permit and I was able to go back and continue shooting. Minor hiccup.

Newport Wedding Photography

Everybody seemed to have a good time and I think they all look great. It was awesome hanging out with the Converse crew again after all that time. Enjoy the photos! Facebook album here.

Newport Wedding Photography

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Coming Down the Pike [Talking]


Generally winter is a slower time for photography compared to summer, but this December has proven to be otherwise. On top of photographing, we're nearing the completion/launch of a bunch of exciting new developments.

I alluded to some new things coming down the pike in a blog post a few weeks ago. While still not ready to reveal all, I can tell you that one thing that will hit in January is a brand new website. It is overdue to give a facelift to the site and I can't wait to show you all the new and improved one. It's a ground-up redo.

We also have the Southern New England Bridal Expo on January 6th (notice the correlation?). It's at the Rhode Island Convention Center and we're really looking forward to meeting a bunch of brides and showing off our newest imagery, among other things. The Bluecube will be there for everyone to use. If you're interested in coming, I have special tickets available that get you in the door for less than the regular price. Just send me an email or comment and I can get them to you.

There is so much more going on right now that I feel like I'm going to blow up, but we'll wait for the new year to lay it on heavy.

It is going to be awesome. Blueflash 2.0 is on its way. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jessica and John [Rhode Island Wedding Photography]


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Have you ever pulled up to a building and felt like you just rolled onto some movie set that you didn't think existed in real life? That's the feeling I had when I got within viewing distance of The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Check this place out:

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Jaclyn and I (and the Bluecube) drove together to this wedding for Jess and John in the southwestern most tip of little Rhode Island. I began to go out of my mind with anticipation for how cool this place would be while Jaclyn remained calm and collected. It was a good balance, if you could call it that.

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Let's just say that neither Jaclyn nor myself should be appointed leaders of an expedition to an unknown land. I'd be embarrassed to admit how many times we got lost in the hallways of The Ocean House trying to go from location to location. Move fast, move a lot, eventually you find where you're going.

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Anyways, more importantly, Jess and John were great people and a pleasure to work with. Jess had some of the most serious shoes I've seen yet. Check these things out:

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John had a great sense of humor and a plethora of jokes to tell while we were hanging out before the ceremony. The bridal party consisted of John's two kids, Jack and Violet. I hope we delivered for Jack - he was very concerned about getting a good profile picture for Facebook.

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It was a little cool outside but we braved the cold to get some photos. The band was awesome - Nancy Paolino and The Black Tie Band. I love bands at weddings. Flowers were done by one of the best florists out there - Stoneblossom. I should know, we had these guys do the flowers for our own wedding. They never disappoint.

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I also feel compelled to point out that there were some great toasts at the wedding, including one of the most heartfelt I've heard coming from Jack. Unfortunately photos fall short when it comes to conveying speeches, but here's the little guy delivering:

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They also had the Bluecube (and Andrew, of course) at the wedding which was awesome to keep a lot of the little kids occupied. I started noticing guests wearing the Bluecube props on the dance floor after a little while. Full Bluecube album here.

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Great wedding. thanks so much for having us all be a part of your day. For more photos, head over to the Blueflash Facebook page. Direct album link - here. If you haven't "liked" the Blueflash page yet, click "like" while you're over there. Thanks!