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MODERN, FASHION FORWARD, TIMELESS

Now booking for 2023

 
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MEET STEVE

Steve is a Massachusetts native and New England based wedding & portrait photographer. Mostly, Steve likes staying local to the east coast due to his family oriented lifestyle but is always ready to pack up his gear for an occasional adventure to another beautiful destination, domestic or internationally.

 

When Steve's not working you can typically find him on the golf course, strumming a few guitar chords, staying active, or spending time with his wife Jes and two children, Shane and Aubrey.

 

Steve started doing manual labor as soon as he was old enough to work. Working summers doing electrical and eventually going on to become a licensed electrician. After 15 years as a commercial electrician - in 2017, Steve took his longtime hobby of photography and began turning it into his full time job. Now with over 125 weddings under his belt to date, Steve has truly poured his heart and soul into becoming one of New England's foremost wedding photographers.

Learn more about Steve and his philosophy in his artist's statement.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Like most, my gateway into photography was a bit of an unexpected one. Photography had always caught my attention. But my inspiration to take my photography more seriously came with the rise of social media and introduction to some of my favorite creators. Though the work I do is quite different than my original inspirations - my intention remains the same: use my lens, creative vision, and expertise as an outlet to bring stories to life.

There’s not much not to love about weddings: the curated fashion, stunning locations, families coming together, food, drinks, and dance - and so much more. Wedding photography means being a photojournalist, landscape, product, and portrait  photographer all wrapped up into one. There’s so much artistic variety and for me that’s something that always keeps the job fresh.

I can’t quite put a hard label on the way I shoot. To me, weddings require a balanced blend of photojournalism for all of those in between moments, quality directing for magazine worthy portraits, and fine art photography to mold an entire day into a story through photographs. And that’s exactly what I keep in my mind every time I show up to shoot a wedding.

I will take advantage of our surroundings no matter what your wedding day throws at us, there’s no situation I can’t quickly adapt to. I will encourage you to chase down a glorious sunset with your partner. I will find the most sublime light and the perfect backdrop at our disposal. I will make sure you feel natural, at ease, and look like your best possible self in front of my camera. I will NOT force you into poses that don’t feel like you - if something is off, I will make a subtle adjustment without pulling you out of the moment. I will direct and prompt you during portraits, striking a balance between candid and classic. I will not make a production out of your wedding day, overpowering scenes with artificial lighting setups. I will tactfully add in flash when necessary in those tricky lighting situations weddings often throw at us. I will not micromanage your day. I will make suggestions based on my professional experience and it will always be in your best interest. I will not over-process your images or give in to trendy filters. I will make sure you have a collection of enduring images that stand out from the crowd.

My singular goal is to focus on my craft and in turn, serving my clients to my highest potential. So personally, I’ve never been into superficial accolades or publications. As a matter of fact I’ve never submitted a single image into a contest or for publication. I’ll never say never, but up until now, it just hasn’t been a focus of mine. To be frank - if I was to get published in Martha Stewart tomorrow, nothing would change. I’d still be me and my philosophy and photography would still be the same.

 

I strive to create a cohesive collection of timeless, emotive images that are true to you and your wedding day. All the little details, to the big emotion-filled moments, and everything in between.

 

You realize the value of these memories and that is how I know you are in the right place.

 

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TESTIMONIALS

Steve is an amazing photographer and person! Took beautiful pictures of our wedding so impressed! Also knows how to mesh with any personality and always ready for a good laugh!! THANK YOU STEVE!!! Highly recommended!

Hillary

Where do I even begin?! Steve was behind our amazing engagement photos and will be shooting our upcoming fall wedding. His photography and editing skills are unreal, making the final product beautiful. Not only are the pictures great but Steve is great!! He is SO personable, not to mention down to earth and truly makes shooting fun. I don’t think we could have found a better photographer. EVERYONE has complemented his work that has seen our photos. I highly recommend Steve for all of your wedding and photography needs! Steve you are awesome!!!!! 

Molly

My fiancé and I just had our first shoot with Steve this past weekend and I could not be more pumped. He was really quick to reply to my email inquiry. He gave me some extremely well laid out options and left it up to me, no pressure at all. Our engagement shoot was a blast, lots of laughs, lots of mud, no awkward feelings. We really lucked out with weather, but just in case, Steve made sure to let me know that if it was crappy, we can shoot another day. I had faith he could make anything work. Our photos came out awesome and I cannot wait to see what our wedding will bring! Thanks Steve!

Julie

 

INVESTMENT


Wedding Photography: Collections start at $5900

ALL COLLECTIONS INCLUDE:

~ 7-10 Hours of Coverage

~ Engagement Session

~ Edited images to Online Albums

~ Travel to all New England Venues

~ Steve's Wedding & Engagement Session Guides

~ Prints Credits + more

*10% Discount for first responders & veterans

*Off-season, Micro-wedding, & Elopement Pricing also Available

 

TIMELESS, BOLD + REAL

I'm a firm believer your photos should stand out but also stand the test of time.

If you truly value your investment and want to make sure this marvelous party is captured to it's fullest potential, you're in the right place.

 

I'm excited to be considered for one of the most important roles of your wedding day. Fill out the contact form below and more information will be heading your way in no time.

 

CONTACT STEVE

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