Comment

John and Melissa's Museum of Science Wedding | Boston Wedding Photographer

When John and Melissa's parents started the toasts of the evening, I couldn't help but get teary. It reminds me of my own family, my own children. This is me at most weddings. These celebrations of love are not just about the couple, their adventures and their love. It's also about their families, their adventures and their stories. The love that unfolds and grows, the coming together of two families is a beautiful thing to witness. I adore hearing all the stories of John being an adventurous little boy and Melissa's dreams of becoming a dentist! Just a day before the wedding, Melissa's childhood dreams came true and she passed her final tests to become a dentist. 

Their wedding at the Museum of Science in Boston was so unique and fun! I've always wondered what being in a museum at night would be like! Ya know, exhibits open without lines or crowds and looking up at a T-Rex with a cocktail in hand and watching a lighting show with some of your closest friends. 

Venue Reception: Museum of Science

Venue Ceremony: Royal Sonesta

Hair: Faking It By Regina

Make-Up: Our Beauty By Kelly

Music: Pure Energy Entertainment

Videography: JV Films

Comment

Comment

Volpe Family Portraits | Boston Newborn Lifestyle Photography

Some of my favorite emails are pre-baby when a family is expecting and asking me for a session in the weeks that follow their little ones arrival. These sessions are so close to my heart. I remember being torn about whether to choose a studio newborn session or a newborn lifestyle session for my daughter. In the end, I chose BOTH! I love them both for different reasons but the lifestyle sessions are so filled to the brim with emotion. Those first weeks of welcoming a baby into your home is a time of chaos, exhaustion, joy and laughter. There are many visitors, notes of congratulations, gifts and new schedules. Sometimes a family needs some quiet time to really enjoy. This is where I come in. I watch and document quietly all of these precious first moments. 

Comment

Comment

Mother's Day Mini Sessions | Rhode Island Family Photographer

Hold onto these moments. 

I've heard at all, "I'm too busy, I need to save up for this, I need to lose 10 lbs." Giiiiirl, I hear you. I get it. I have these same thoughts sometimes. I'm here to tell you; your kids won't stay little, they don't care that your thighs touch, they won't remember most of their toys and they don't understand your google calender. Photographs help to trigger memories. Get in the photos with your babies!

I'm here to help. The ENTIRE month of May, I am offering Mother's Day mini's to celebrate all the wonderful mamas. Collections start at $175. Email me for more info: olivia@oliviagird.com

Comment

Comment

Eric and Mel's W Hotel Wedding | Boston Wedding Photographer

In the midst of a cold New England winter, Eric and Mel planned a small gathering of close friends and family in downtown Boston. It had snowed and rained and snowed again and rained again that day. The warmth from this gathering spilled out onto the streets of Boston. Mel and Eric's simple, chic styles shone in the perfect urban setting. They had beautiful, personal touches throughout the day like Eric's daughters helping each other during the getting ready time and champagne toasts incorporated into the ceremony.

We even made the climb all the way up to the W's rooftop for photos overlooking the Boston skyline. It was raining, the rooftop was slick so we couldn't walk far and Mel had to ditch her heels for slippers! You would never know any of that the way they rocked their ten minute rooftop session. 

Wedding Gown: BHLDN

Reception Venue: Grill 23

Ceremony Venue: W Boston

Comment

Comment

Spencer and Victoria's Cliffside Inn Wedding | Newport Wedding Photographer

Tiny, little moments all add up. I spent an afternoon with Victoria and Spencer watching their Newport elopement. I even signed their marriage license as a witness! It was just the three of us and sometimes the innkeepers. I watched them get ready and talked to Victoria about books while she sipped tea in the window seat. We walked around the property and talked. They enjoyed all of it, every moment, every kiss. That day stood still for awhile, everything moved in slow motion like a dream. It was beautiful to witness and document! As I left that day, they had a car waiting for them to take them to a quiet dinner down the street. I will never forget the magic and the feeling I left with that day. Pure perfection. 

Venue:  The Cliffside Inn

Floral Design: Flowers by Semia

Comment

Comment

Baby Ava | Family Lifestyle Session | Warwick RI

My new favorite has quickly become family lifestyle sessions. While I have always shot these and have truly understood the impact they have on a family, over the past two years this part of my business has grown. Maybe it's because I gave birth to my second child and am giving off all the "mommy vibes", maybe it's the hormones. It gives me so much joy to get invited back to a work with a client and their families again and again. Seriously, so humbling. 

I photographed Jackie and Ryan's wintery wedding in Narragansett and am now meeting their litte peanut, Ava! Isn't she just the sweetest?! You can see how much she is loved. We had such a great afternoon hanging out and talking parent-talk. 

Comment

Comment

Greg and Ashley's Narragansett Towers Wedding | Narragansett, RI | Narragansett Wedding Photographer

My boyfriend laughs everytime I tell him about my newest clients. He says, "Wait, lemme guess...aw, they are the sweetest people??" Haha. I guess I say that often. The truth is, I attract the sweetest and most genuine couples. The energy you focus on the most, you create more of. Soooo bring on the SWEETEST couples on earth! It's like Hershey Park over here! 

Greg and Ashley are part of my sweetest couples on earth club. Their day was laid back, fun and totally perfect. I knew all the best spots in and around Narragansett for photos and they trusted me to schedule those moments into the day. I knew Ashley was ready to hike out to some fabulous ocean cliffs when I saw her sneakers! Hehe. Adventure Ahoy! I'm wishing that their marriage maintains this same energy for years and years to come :)

Venues: Aqua Blue and Narragansett Towers

 

Comment

Comment

What's in Your Bag?

DSC_9790.jpg

I've been asked many times while shooting at an event or wedding what kind of equipment I use. Most of the time, just the camera itself sparks questions like, "I love photography!! What kind of camera do you recommend for photos of my kids at home?" or "What kind of lens do you recommend for portraits?" or "Wow, that camera must take great photos!" I always get a chuckle out of that last one. Hehe. Yes, the type of camera can really help but in all honesty, it is the artist behind the lens that makes the difference. I love my digital equipment. I have chosen a very efficient set of tools for what I do best (wedding/lifestyle/editorial/boudoir). 

I started in film using an old 35mm, a 645, a large field camera, a plastic holga and even an oatmeal box pinhole camera. I was so comfortable using film that it became second nature. I was shooting beautiful imagery with a pinhole camera! For those of you who aren't familiar with this term it is essentially an old fashion oatmeal box spray painted black inside and out. A small pinhole is placed in the box with a piece of black tape or paper fashioned over the hole. Sheets of film or photographic paper is placed inside and the shutter becomes that little piece of paper or tape. How fast you release it and cover it back up is your shutter speed. 

When I was studying photography in Italy, the first thing I wanted to do (after trying the local gelato) was make a pinhole camera. I gathered my supplies and ended up causing a massive explosion of black spray paint off the balcony of my apartment. Another story for another time. The point is, whether you are using a pinhole camera, your smart phone or pro digital equipment, your artistry behind the tools is really what makes an outstanding image. 

So, what's inside my camera bag you ask? I am a Nikon girl but of course choose what works for you. These are some of my must-have's:

Nikon D3S - Camera body workhorse. I'm not a photographer that changes out my equipment every year, so I'm sure there are bodies newer, bigger and shinier.

Nikon 50mm 1.4- I use this lens quite often. While it isn't as useful indoors to me, I still love it! 

Nikon 20mm 2.8- This has become such a favorite little bugger for me! It's super wide view allows me to capture a view room at a reception and a full view of a ceremony. I have also used this many times for large groups during a reception of an impromptu mass of say, Brown University Alumni. 

Nikon 35mm 2- My go-to lens. I really do love this lens for documentary work. It's beautiful, light and always seems to be on my camera body.

Nikon 70-200 2.8- This is a beast for ceremony shots, portrait work, toast giving, hardly-anyone-is-on-the-dance-floor-so-I-want-to-stay-against-the-wall type shots. This has been a workhorse since day one for me. I do have to say, it is HEAVY and my wrists can prove it. 

Nikon 85mm 1.8 - I don't use this lens as much as my others. I like having it in my bag as a back-up and also a great portrait lens. 

Speedlight Sb-800 - I have a couple of these, a couple of the Yongnuo brand and a Polaroid video light. These are a must for indoor lighting situations. Can't work without 'em. 

I've listed my most used items below. 

Comment

Comment

Joe and Christie's Wedding at Belle Mer | Newport RI Wedding Photographer

Winter weddings are quickly becoming a favorite! I love the idea of falling snow. Christie and Joe's wedding happened to be on the coldest day of the year! New Year's Eve 2018! We literally were outside at the seawall and within minutes none of us could feel our fingers. Not to fear, between ultra cool The Dean Hotel, St. Sebastian's church and Belle Mer, we had plenty of beautiful interiors to choose from. 

Christie included so many wonderful, touching moments into her wedding day. She and Joe opted to see each other coming down the aisle so we created a first look with her dad and bridemaids. I completely love these ideas! She also read a letter from Joe right next to the beautiful bouquet he sent to her that morning. (Gah! How romantic?!)

Getting Ready Venue: The Dean Hotel

Ceremony Venue: St. Sebastian's Church

Reception Venue: Belle Mer

Floral Design: Flowers by Semia

Music: C-Zone Entertainment

Transportation: Rockstar Limo

Videography: City Point Films

Comment

Comment

Tim and Stacie's Wedding at The Dorrance | Providence, RI Wedding Photographer

I'm really not sure if sweeter humans exist on this earth? More caring? More generous? More fun? More engineer-y? Nah, there's no other couple quite as special as Tim and Stacie. If known these two for a long while. In the days when they were dating and modeling for local photography workshops, advertising campaigns, styled shoots, etc. They were my muse couple always willing to throw on a suit and a gown for whatever whimsy I could think up. 

Last month, it was their turn. It was THEIR big day. They had had tons of practice photos with different wardrobes, hairstyles, make-up and faux ceremonies. This time it was real. This time each moment was building a memory. I cannot begin to describe how much joy I felt to take part in their celebration. I am honored and humbled. What a gift to see two amazing people joined together and begin a new journey together. Love you both! 

MUA: Brandon Ward Makeup

Hair Stylist: Salon Bella

Dessert: PVDonuts

Floral Design: Rustic Roots

Getting Ready: The Providence Biltmore

Reception: The Dorrance

Comment

Comment

Back by popular demand! Holiday Card Minis in PA!

Back by popular demand, Holiday Card Minis are back this year! As some of you know, I am originally from Pennsylvania. I travel back often to visit family and friends. The weekend after Thanksgiving has been a time to catch up in PA and shoot some on location family sessions. I'm asked every year when I am coming home and if I'll be shooting while I'm there. It's so sweet to be remembered.

It is amazing to watch families grow! New babies being added into the group, older babies now toddling around, pre-schoolers turned into elementary kids. Just wow! Time flies and it's an honor to watch it all unfold. I remind all my clients that childhood goes by before you can blink. As a mother of a 19 yr old and an 8 month old I know that really is the TRUTH. It's so important to have family photos taken, even just once a year. Photos not on a smart phone and photos where parents are actually able to be seen! I promise you when your kiddos are grown, they will not care about the wind making your hair imperfect or the 10 lbs. you are still trying to lose. They will care about seeing (and then remembering) their parents hugging them, holding hands and being silly with them. 

If you are in the Reading/Allentown areas this Saturday Nov. 25th hop on over to my booking site and grab a session. There are only a few spots left! https://oliviagird.youcanbook.me/

 

Comment

Comment

Santa Minis are here!!

The big man himself is coming for a visit in November! For three magical nights, Santa will be visiting my studio ready to listen to every Christmas wish. November 9, 10 and 19th. Your child will have individual time to make their Christmas wishes known, to check his naughty & nice list and of course lots of photos! This is the first annual Santa visit for my studio and I am over the moon excited! 

These sessions are perfect for Christmas cards and early enough to be the first off your "holiday to-do-list" this year. Ditch the mall lines and make your reservation for a magical childhood experience they will never forget! 

Meet Santa Session. This is a fifteen minute individual session with Santa. Sessions range from $50-$250. For a full price list email me: olivia@oliviagird.com or to book go here: https://oliviagird.youcanbook.me

Comment

Comment

Jason and Robin's Wedding at Salem Cross Inn | MA Wedding Photographer

Jason and Robin met while guiding tourists and school groups in period clothing. They both loved it so much that they incorporated it into their themed wedding! Guests and bridal party were all encouraged to dress in colonial attire. What better place to celebrate Halloween then the Salem Cross Inn? This venue held a perfect atmosphere for their wedding and seriously has some of the sweetest event coordinators and servers to top it all! Guests were lavished all day in refreshments, cocktails, dinner and multiple desserts. Jack o' Lanterns and baskets of ornage mums at every turn. The bride and groom's favorite holiday came to life. What a way to get in the spirit of Halloween! 

Comment

2 Comments

Brian and Reagan's Tyrone Farm Wedding | CT Wedding Photographer

Brian and Reagan are some of the most gracious people I know! From their guests to their vendors, they always made sure to tell us how grateful and happy they were that we were celebrating with them. Even when it came to the getting ready time of day, they each spent a good portion opening thoughtful gifts to one another. Reagan gave Brian a mix of tunes that would play during the wedding day to listen to later. Brian gave Reagan a large wooden wall piece that he had printed with the words of the their first dance song. Even Bear and I were given Fruity Pebble handmade cookies and a hand written note of thanks. Guests were hugging and laughing all day long! Themes of joy and gratitute swam around their entire wedding day and you couldn't help but smile. 

Bar: Two Pour Guys

Music: Pro Sound Weddings

JP: Paul Aldrich

Floral Design: The Flower Pot

Caterer: Sir Loin Catering

Venue: Tyrone Farm

2 Comments

Comment

Nick and Pinar's Blithewold Mansion Wedding | Bristol RI Wedding Photographer

Nick and Pinar's wedding was non-stop fun and excitement! We started at the Providence Biltmore for getting ready. I love when brides include first looks for their parents and/or bridal party. It creates such anticipation in the early part of the day. Pinar's bridemaids seeing her for the first time was so incredibly sweet! The couple decided they also wanted photos with their pup, Oliver. He was such a trooper, loves his tux, treats and chicken noises. I am a pro at goofy noises, ya know one of my many skills. Ha! We ended the day at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol with dancing, an amazing Photo Booth and cigar smoking. Congratulations Nick and Pinar! 

Photo Booth: Stop Go Snap

Caterer: Russell Morin Catering

Videographer: City Point Films

Music: DJ Valentina

Florist: Toni Chandler Flower and Events

Venue: Blithewold Mansion

Comment

Comment

Jake and Helen's Private Estate Wedding | MA Wedding Photographer

What a sweet couple! Jake and Helen made every aspect of their planning and vision of their wedding to be easy-breezy and fun. I completely enjoyed sharing in their celebration and I even learned something new about wedding traditions. (I love learning new things, especially about weddings, parties and love stories!!)

Helen told me the story of the bridal veil as I was shooting her getting ready photos. While there are many tales of how the custom of the veil originated, Helen told me the bible story of Rachel and Jacob. It seems Rachel's father tricked Jacob and substituted his oldest daughter on the wedding day for Rachel. Jacob had no idea that his beloved, Rachel, was not standing before him. Her sister Leah stood before him covered by a heavy veil. The old switch-a-roo. The tradition of lifting the veil off the bride's face started as a way for the groom to check he was marrying the right woman! 

Caterer: Smoke and Pickles

Wedding Planner: Without A Hitch

 

Comment

Comment

Mike and Laura's Tyrone Farm Wedding | CT Wedding Photographer

Always a favorite, Tyrone Farm is stunning every season of the year! I loved all of Laura and Mike's details and color palette. These two were so super stylish and classy. Being a talented stylist herself, Laura's eye for fashion and color were so well played throughout the day. It's always such an honor when fellow creatives choose to work with me. Congratulations Laura and Mike!!

Caterer: G Seven

Desserts: Dee's One Smart Cookie

Venue: Tyrone Farm

Comment

Comment

Greg and Jenny's Bristol Yacht Club Wedding | Bristol RI Wedding Photographer

These two are conservationists so it was appropriate that their love of the sea be entwined throughout their wedding day. Subtle themes of the ocean were found everywhere! While they make their home in Florida, Jenny's love of little rhody could be found in Bristol Harbor and Del's Lemonade. They cruised the harbor and made a grand entrance at the Bristol Yacht Club where their guests were waiting dockside with champagne and cheers!

Band: Kimberly McHale Band

Caterer: Simply Devine

Food Truck: Del's Lemonade

Reception Venue: Bristol Yacht Club

Ceremony Venue: Colt State Park

Comment

Comment

Kevin and Erin's Oceancliff Wedding | Newport RI Wedding Photographer

Kevin and Erin are one of the warmest and stylish couples I know! I could tell they would be awesome when they started telling me they had ties to Philadelphia. If you know me at all then you know my uncanny way of attracting Philly and Jersey clients in New England. It always makes me smile when I hear those first, we met at Penn or our first apartment was in Chestnut Hill. Too funny! 

Their wedding was incredibly fun and chic. I adored Erin's pretty pastel color palette! It was such a pleasure to photograph their day but even more amazing when Im able to work with vendors I know and love. One of my all time favorites is MAW Beauty. Melissa and her team are a powerhouse when it comes to making all the ladies feel completely and totally gorgeous! 

Cake: Pink Box Desserts

Music: Ripcord

Getting Ready Bridemaids Short Set: Pretty Plum Sugar

Floral Design: Toni Chandler Flowers & Events

Hair & Make Up: MAW Beauty

Venue: Oceancliff

Comment

Comment

John and Ellen's Oceancliff Wedding | Newport RI Wedding Photographer

John and Ellen's beautiful Newport wedding was made completely perfect surrounded by loving friends and family. The weather was stunning and the ocean was filled with sailboats!

I always say that each couple sets the tone for their big day. Ellen and John were glowing and laughing from the getting ready moments to the first dance. It was an amazing thing to witness through them but also through their guests! Happy vibes get passed around an event like a wildfire. I have such gratitude to share and be showered in all of these happy moments. 

One of my other favorite parts of my job is connecting with a new vendor and making friends! Yay new friends! JV Films did an OUTSTANDING job filming video for John and Ellen's wedding. I highly recommend him if you are in the wedding planning phase. 

Videographer: JV Films

Hair & Make Up: Studio B

Venue: Oceancliff

Music: Groove Authority

Cake: Sweet Cakes of Peacedale

Comment