My 10 Favorite Engagement Locations Right Now

I shoot a ton of engagement sessions, and because I travel quite a bit for them, I wanted to share my Top 10 favorite spots right now.

Westport, MA
This gem is definitely worth checking out, especially Cherry and Webb beach.The dunes and the beach grass provide a nice little shade, and the beach itself is very pretty.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Newport Cliff Walk, Newport, RI
If you are looking for a little adventure, walk the cliff walk on your engagement shoot. At Ledge Road, you can access the cliffs, but there is no ‘legal’ parking right there. Gorgeous views from this area, to the right, the cliffs lead to a dirt walking path and down to Bailey’s beach.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Narragansett, RI
Another gorgeous area, with rocks on the beach.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

MIT, Cambridge, MA
The main building of MIT provides an incredible backdrop for engagement photos. The back of this building faces the Charles River. There is a gorgeous view of the Boston skyline.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Back Bay, Boston
What is not to love about the Back Bay neighborhood (aside from parking!). The brick sidewalks and gorgeous victorian brownstones all provide a beautiful city neighborhood feel.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
This lush park with an array of trees, shrubs, and flowers is one of my favorite ‘park style’ places to shoot. There are so many flowering trees and shrubs at different times of the year, a perfect place every time.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

South Boston
Lettered Streets and cool neighborhoods. Lots of hills, Boston Harbor, and Thomas Park. I love the view from South Boston.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

The Harborwalk, Boston
I love this area so much, the boats, the city skyline… From the North End to the South End, the Harborwalk is one of my favorite places to be, with or without a camera!
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Boston Public Garden
This place speaks for itself. The city does require a permit to shoot here, but it’s a gorgeous spot inside the city in Beacon Hill.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA
Park at the summit for a few bucks and walk some of the paths just before sunset. Then at sunset, grab your lover for a few romantic photos on top of the world.
Top 10 Engagement Locations | Michele Ashley

How Much Coverage Do You Need on Your Wedding Day?

6, 8, 10 hours… it can get quite confusing. So how much coverage do you need on your wedding day? This is by far one of the most frequently asked questions I get from couples. The answer? It depends. The biggest factor (for me) when determining the length of photography coverage for my clients is how many locations are involved and how far away each location is from the next.

 

Things to consider:

1. Travel
The biggest time consumer of them all. Try minimizing the number of locations. If your ceremony and reception are not at the same place, try getting ready very close to the ceremony.

2. Wedding Party & Family Portraits
Make sure everyone who is in a formal photo knows when and where to be. Time gets lost when people disappear during cocktail hour.

3. Don’t schedule your photographer to stay until the end of the reception.
This one is huge. There’s really no need to have your photographer at the reception for more than one hour of dancing. Plan to get the formal reception events done before the partying, and build a timeline with your photographer that works in about an hour of the PARTY dancing. Believe me, that will be more than enough!

4. The big exit
You wanted to do an exit out of the reception venue, but you just agreed above not to schedule your photographer until the end… what to do?!
Easy, plan a little faux exit 10 minutes before your photographer is scheduled to leave.

5. Customize a timeline with your photographer.
I always create a custom timeline with my couples based on need, and many times I’m willing to do this before booking. Why? I think it’s important to see what you actually need in terms of photography coverage based on your specific plans for the day.

Have more questions? Shoot me a message in the comments or reach out via email.
Happy planning!

How Much Coverage Do You Need | Michele Ashley

5 Reasons Why You Should Rent the Runway

Happy New Year!!!

Today we have Guest Blogger Michaela (seen in the photos below) giving us her Top 5 Reasons for using Rent the Runway.

In case you didn’t know: Rent the Runway is a service that offers high end designer clothing for rent, giving customers a gorgeous dress or outfit to wear without the high end price.

Michaela’s 5 Reasons To Rent The Runway

  1. You get to wear gorgeous, designer dresses for a fraction of the price. These are photos that you’ll have hanging on your wall and will be looking at for years to come, looking your best is crucial! You invest in high quality photos with an amazing photographer, why skimp on your attire?


    Why you should Rent the Runway | Michaela Moebius | Michele Ashley Photography
  2.  They send it to you with everything you need, and make it totally easy to return. If you’re getting married, you have enough to do. Rent the runway has super fast shipping, and makes it fool-proof to return.

    Why you should Rent the Runway | Michaela Moebius | Michele Ashley Photography
  3. You get a second size for free. If you’re worried you wont know which size to choose, don’t worry! Rent the runway let’s you choose two sizes so you will never end up in a too- tight dress on photoshoot day.

  4. You can order shoes and accessories to match your outfit. Rent the runway even offers multiple suggestions on what would be a great match, making a perfect photo – ready outfit effortless for even those who are not fashion savvy.

  5. Confidence is key: photo day is a major deal, and confidence and feeling great is going to impact the magic in your photos. What better way to amp up your smile by wearing a gorgeous, flattering designer dress without the price tag? Even if your shoot isn’t a black tie affair, Rent the Runway has other options like jackets, casual dresses, and tops to fit whatever vision you have for your shoot.

Still wondering how Rent The Runway works? Have additional questions for Michaela? Comment below and we’ll get them answered for you! All set? Do yourself a favor and check out Rent The Runway here!

Photographing Kids on the Wedding Day

Photographing kids..

It doesn’t take a wedding photographer to tell you that kids have their own agendas. Especially when it comes to group formals and portraits on the wedding day. Some times I photograph kids and they are completely on board with standing and having their photo taken. Other times, they throw tantrums, look the other way, run away, or need to sleep/eat/play.

Here’s a tip for brides and folks who have kids in the wedding party. Don’t worry about it.

As a parent and a photographer, I know firsthand that kids will have their picture taken when they are ready. They aren’t programmed to just hang out in wedding attire and cooperate (hell, sometimes the wedding party and families aren’t either!) Some of the absolute best photos of kids come naturally. When they are playing, talking to adults, and just being themselves.

Lots of times, the adults get distracted trying to be helpful with getting the kids to cooperate. They are talking, looking the other way, or missing in action. I always tell the adults to look at me, and not to worry about the kids. I know it might be hard to hear, but it’s the best advice you can get when it comes to kids and formal photos. Instead, focus on some of the cuteness that does come naturally when the kids are in photo-ready mode.

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How to include your dog in your Engagement session

We are a dog lovin’ family. When my couples include their pups in their engagement or family sessions, my heart bursts with happiness. I love the interactions that I capture of a couple with their dog.

If you are thinking about including your dog, here are a few things to consider.

1. Location of the shoot.

Will your dog be able to handle walking around a big city or busy park? Does the park allow dogs? Think about the location and how your pup might handle it. A stressed or anxious dog probably won’t cooperate when it comes to picture time.

2. Consider bringing a handler.

If you want to shoot on-location and want to capture moments without the dog, ask a friend or family member who knows your pooch to join you so that you can hand your little guy (or lady) off to do portraits alone.

3. Water, treats, and toys

From experience, our dogs are on their worst behavior when we want them on their best. Just like you would with a child, bring your patience and some treats and toys to occupy the dog or to interact with him for some cool lifestyle shots.

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