Fort Adam's and Her Siren

Inspiration and Initiative

This shoot was inspired by Ben Sasso's work! if you don't know who he is make sure you check out his stuff. I love his style, the type of models he chooses, his often odd prop choices, simple wardrobe choices, and his willingness to help other artists like myself, as I attribute 95% of my photography knowledge from pestering other photographers.

Fort Adam's and Her Siren

Fort Adam's was built in 1798 and named after President John Adam's and was active in five major wars. Today it's a State Park, has a great vibe and is a great place to shoot (no pun intended). The inner rooms are covered in old shiplap and there are antique couches floating around that are great for creative shoots, wedding shoots and engagement photos!

I'd been wanting to shoot at Fort Adam's ever since we helped load film for John Abbott as he photographed up and coming Jazz artist's at the Newport's Jazz Festival or maybe it's been since my best friend got married there back in 2015 (truly a unique wedding venue!)

Since we are mostly in the wedding photography game it's rare that we get a chance to get to work on purely creative projects but it's always a joy when we are able to. This was the first time I had shot Briana and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. She was perfect for the fort and brought the exact energy to the shoot that I hoped she would, although as hard as I persisted she would not play that trumpet (or bugle, not pictured).

Frequency Separation

For photographers...

For the editing I used Ben Sasso's Heck Yeah Presets (The Bright Pack) with Lightroom/Photoshop and a method of photo retouching called frequency separation. It was my second time working with this method. I originally went with using the first tutorial I found on Youtube here, but wasn't getting the results I wanted. I emailed Ben and he sent over the video that he learned from which seems like an even more time consuming method but I think the results are better (however, at that point I was about 75% through the photos and couldn't start over). That video can be found here

If you look at the results of the process, it is definitely worth the time invested.

Canon 5D Mark III / Canon 24-70 II / Heck Yeah Presets / Adobe Creative Suite

 

 

Evan + Daniela

Belle Mer

Newport, RI

Over looking the Newport bridge, Belle Mer a Longwoods Venue, is one of our favorite places to shoot. Perfect for brides looking for simplicity and elegance in their space.

Evan + Daniela have known each other for 17 years, growing up together. They are some of the kindest people we have ever met! It was such a joyous day and we are so happy to have been able to share it with them and capture it.

Doug + Brittany

CASTLE HILL INN

Newport, RI

10/8/16

We were shooting video for this one but growing up I loved Mustangs so I had to snag some photos in-between shooting video. Castle Hill Inn, in Newport, RI is always a beautiful spot to have your wedding.

St. Joseph's Parish

Jeff + Sam

CARL SCHULTZ PARK, NYC

ENGAGEMENT SESSION

10/7/16

I had never been to Carl Schultz Park in NYC, but it's awesome. It was a perfect day for shooting and Jeff + Sam made it easy, what a fun couple! We can't wait to shoot their wedding next year at The Blithewold Mansion!

Usually the first thing that couples say to me at an engagement shoot (and it never fails) is, and I'm paraphrasing... "we are awkward!" followed by some nervous laughter -haha, but I always tell them the same thing, "thats fine." I can be quite awkward my self, we all can be, but an engagement session is all about being yourselves and having fun. I tell the couple to forget I'm there, and send out small directions like "just be together, talk to each other, make her laugh, ok now look here!" and it usually works. 

Hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do!

Canon 5D Mark III / 24-70II

Chuck + Lindsay

We had the whole team on for this one shooting photo and video. We started at The Hampton Inn in Providence,  RI, venturing over to Waterplace Park for the first look, formals at Rhode Island's State House and partying at The Dorrance in Downtown Providence. Here are some of our favorites along with a highlight video we shot.

Photos shot by Chris, Kearsten and Sean. Video shot by Sean and Shayna. Editing by Kearsten and Sean.

Kegan + Sade Engagement Session

These two are the most adorable couple I have ever met! I can't wait to shoot their wedding in September! Kegan owns and operates his own landscaping company and Sade does the books. Kegan used to work at this farm and so we used it to shoot their engagement photos.

Location: Cucumber Hill Farm, Foster, RI