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First Dance Songs | Inspiration

“Olivia, we are so excited!! Squeeeeee!! Where do we start? What do we do first?” Of course I say to these mutitudes of dear, newly engaged friends, “Find a photographer you LOVE and book them!!” Photography is my jam. It’s what I live and breathe. It’s what makes my heart skip a beat.

If I had to pick another topic that I have lots of unbridled passion for, it would have to be music. Music was always an important part of my childhood. I didn’t tour in a bus with my brothers and sisters and I didn’t wear curtain-dresses singing “do-re-mi”. No, my childhood music 101 was jamming with my father in the living room. He would play his Fender and I would belt out The Beatles, The Monkees, Cream and Iron Butterfly. My eclectic love for music has grown over the years as I made my way through art school, grad school and Europe. It’s blended itself through various friendships and love affairs. It has molded me into the woman I have become today.

I have a place in my heart for classic love songs like, At Last: Etta James or When I Fall In Love: Nat King Cole but sometimes you crave somethin’ a bit more modern. Something that speaks to you as a couple! There are no rules here. This could be a song that you heard when you were first dating…everytime you went to dinner…there it WAS again. Or maybe it was the first song you ever danced to as a couple. Maybe it was part of the soundtrack to the first movie you went to see together. If you are having trouble finding musical inspiration for your first dance, take a peek at my top 18. Why 18? I dunno, I’m quirky like that. (#11 has a special, special piece of my heart so don’t mind me if I start sobbing at your wedding.)

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1. Anyone Else But You: Moldy Peaches

2. I Will Love You: Fisher

3. The Scientist: Coldplay

4. Just Like Heaven: The Watson Twins

5. Hazy: Rosi Golan

6. Everlong: Foo Fighters

7. Sea of Love: Cat Power

8. She’s A Star: James

9. Only Love: Ben Howard

10. Just Like a Star: Corrine Bailey Rae

11. Kiss Me: Ed Sheeran

12. By Your SIde: Beachwood Sparks

13. Ooh oh: Keri Noble

14. Love Love Love: Of Monsters and Men

15. Lay Your Head Down: Keren Ann

16. Falling Slowly: Glen Hansard

17. Better Man: James Morrison

18. Banana Pancakes: Jack Johnson

Emerging Energy | Lifestyle

I adore working with small local businesses!! I just love it, truly. I’ve helped quite a few over the years to build a collection of lifestyle portraits. Often they are in the midst of a rebranding or giving their marketing and/or website a polish. Imagery can say so much in this kind of transformation.

Emerging Energy Acupuncture is owned by my dear friend Mary Claire who is a very talented herbologist and doctor of acupuncture. The office is located in the beautiful mill buildings of Imperial Place in Providence. If you are in need of a spring tune-up, Emerging Energy could be just what you need after a long winter.

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Qian and Lan | Maternity

It is a true honor to be invited into someones life again and again. I am blessed to connect with so many couples who invite me to share in their wedding day and then when they begin to grow their little family. I feel as if I’m always coming home.

I photographed Qian and Lan on their wedding day in 2011 and just last month as they await the birth of their son! I will again return to them when he arrives. I am beyond excited for such a sweet couple and to share in so much love.

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Josh and Sarah | Wedding

Pennsylvania always has a way of bringing people together. It is where I grew up and I still travel there often to visit and work. I met Josh and Sarah in downtown Lancaster, PA and they told me they were being married in Newport,RI. Perfect! These two are hilarious together and I knew when they told me about their New Year’s wedding that it was going to be a blast! Dawn and I had so much fun dancing and ringing in 2014 with Josh and Sarah. The party reached epic proportions when the guys broke out Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O Mine”. Amazing way to end the night!

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