Jasmin Hunter | Fine Art Portrait Photographer: Blog https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog en-us (C)2017 Jasmin Hunter Photography jasminhunter@gmail.com (Jasmin Hunter | Fine Art Portrait Photographer) Tue, 24 May 2016 19:38:00 GMT Tue, 24 May 2016 19:38:00 GMT https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u162228176-o469455201-50.jpg Jasmin Hunter | Fine Art Portrait Photographer: Blog https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog 85 120 Proposal Photographer | Patrick and Jennifer at Sheafe Street Books https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/5/proposal-photographer-patrick-and-jennifer-at-sheafe-street-books Have you ever thought about having a private, candle-lit dinner for two in a bookstore? The thought had not crossed my mind until Partick called me about photography services when he was planning to propose to Jennifer at Sheafe Street Books. I absolutely love bookstores and am no stranger to Sheafe Street Books. I thought it was a fabulous idea. Then he told me that he had placed her engagement ring in a book that was to be hidden among the others on the shelf. This, my friends, was one of the most romantic proposals I have ever witnessed. Ken, the owner of the bookstore, and I set about the final prep for the occasion. Dinner was prepared and delivered by Cure. Then we waited. I pretended to browse books, while Ken pretended to work. The events of the evening unfold in the photos below. Enjoy!

 

A big thanks to the Portsmouth businesses that helped make this evening possible.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Commercial Photographer - Titanic at Seacoast Repertory Theatre https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/4/commercial-photographer---titanic-at-seacoast-repertory-theatre It has been 104 years since the RMS Titanic, once billed as “unsinkable”, was lost to the depths of the North Atlantic. The ship took with it 1500 passengers and crew, some frequent travelers between Europe and the United States, others making the voyage for the first time while hoping for a new life. There are many lessons to be taken from the fate of the Titanic, the most important being how dangerous hubris can be. It is a story I have gone back to frequently, as a descendant of Irish immigrants that came over for a new life in 1905. Less than ten years later, more Irish immigrants tried to make a new start in the third class compartments of the Titanic. They did not fare as well as my family did.

I was honored when Seacoast Repertory Theatre reached out to me to do promotional photos for Titanic: The Musical. I met with the Director, Dani Howard, and talked about the themes she wanted to explore in the piece. Both of us wanted to capture the excitement that comes with taking such a bold step towards a new life. We also decided to do a series with the crew at various points in their journey. I mixed realism and expressionism to convey the emotions that one would expect when seeing the show.

I got to see early sketches of the set and it looked incredible on paper. Having seen the show last week, it’s even better in person. The costumes are gorgeous and the performances will bring tears to your eyes. I highly recommend buying your tickets early as they are close to selling out, if they haven’t already.

Here is the entire photo series for Titanic: The Musical.

 

 
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Surprise Wedding Photographer - Norman and Jo https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/4/surprise-wedding-photographer---norman-and-jo Surprises aren’t easy to plan, especially when most of the people attending an event are going to be surprised. Norman and Jo wanted to get married where they met, singing karaoke at Stacey Jane’s in Hampton. They also wanted people to just have fun, much like they would have on any other night that Norman and Jo hung out at Stacey Jane’s. So, they arranged to have a taco and tequila night and invited their friends and family to join them. No doubt, most people came with their own suspicions. If you asked around, people would tell you they thought they were about to witness a marriage proposal. That was the genius of Norman and Jo’s plan. The night went along with people singing and enjoying themselves all with an air of excitement as to what was to come. The small group that knew were often busy plotting the final event. Finally, Norman stepped up to the microphone and asked everyone if they had any suspicions as to why they were there, hands went up. He proposed to Jo as she stood in the audience and then she came up with a list of demands. She would only get married if they did it right then and there. They needed a few things like decorations, a best man, rings, a dress, and many other things. Conveniently, Norman’s son was dressed in a blue tuxedo T-shirt and top hat at that very moment and was ushered up to the stage. Jo rushed off to put on the dress she had hidden in the back, while their friend, an ordained minister with credentials hidden in an envelope, also prepared.

As you can imagine, a small room with a surprise wedding can be quite boisterous. There were cheers, tears, laughs and plenty of dancing. None of that stopped Norman and Jo from stealing quiet moments together savoring the very romantic beginning of their marriage. I was honored to have been at such a special occasion, allowing for those little moments to last forever in these photos. Here is a small sample of the wedding gallery.

Congratulations Norman and Jo!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Surprise Beach Proposal Photographer | Lana and Jared https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/4/surprise-beach-proposal-photographer-lana-and-jared Imagine your boyfriend asks you to go for a walk on the beach after breakfast. He tells you that after, he’d like to do a little shopping and wander around town. So, you both dress nice. It’s a windy 35 degree day in Maine, so you bundle up in the most stylish way possible. Surprisingly, the beach isn’t empty, it has been a warmish winter, so plenty of people are out for a walk on this sunny, brisk day.

As you walk along the beach, you come across a bottle, halfway buried in the sand and it looks like it contains some sort of message. You pick it up and open it, to discover it’s a message to you and when you turn around your boyfriend is down on one knee. That’s exactly how Jared’s proposal to Lana went last month on Ogunquit Beach. In case you are wondering, I am the one that placed the bottle. I also waited on a balcony just out of sight for the duration, camera in hand.

You can see it all here:

 

 
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Commercial Photographer | The Flick at The Players' Ring Theatre https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/3/commercial-photographer-the-flick-at-the-players-ring-theatre A photographer's job is to freeze memories in time and convey emotion in a single image. This is true of all types of photography, including commercial. The message differs depending on the industry and vision of the business you are working for, that's why it's important to discuss what the motivation and theme is behind a particular campaign.

Theater is more an experience than product, though in today's market "experience" has become a popular item for many industries. I love the challenge of coming up with a series of images that capture the emotion and experience a theater goer can expect when they see a show. They have to be eye catching images to stand out in the saturated social media feeds and be considered for front page material for local periodicals. To do this, I sit down with the director and creative team and discuss the themes they are going for in their production. Then I come up with a shot list and location suggestions that will help bring the theme to life one image at a time.

Over the past 4-months, I have done promotions for a few theater productions, and thus have a backlog of blogs. I figured it was best to start with The Flick, a production going up at The Players' Ring, starting tonight, March 25th. The Flick is a smart, bittersweet comedy that simultaneously celebrates the love of movies while presenting the struggles of the working class. I was thrilled when Coolidge Corner Theater agreed to let us do the photo shoot there, one unexpectedly snowy evening in February. My main goal was to get a photo of the theater from the front for the poster design. When we arrived there were many cars parked in front, making the shot more difficult. To my surprise, by the time I went outside to take the photo, most of the cars moved out of the way. A big thank you to the actors, lighting assistants and theater staff for making this shoot possible. Here is the series. Be sure to see the show if you are in the Portsmouth area!

 

 

 

 

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Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Inside Look at Capturing Candid Moments https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/3/wedding-and-portrait-photographer-inside-look-at-capturing-candid-moments I see life as a string of individual moments that tell a story. Every glance and movement has a story to tell and it’s important to me that you tell it naturally. To give you an idea of how I work, I put together this short slideshow of photos of Yvette getting ready for her wedding day with her mom. I told them where to get ready, where to stand initially, but then I told them to interact with each other. Fix her train, put her necklace on, just keep getting her ready while I take photos, don’t worry about me. I stayed across the hotel room while they got ready in the bathroom. The end result is a very sweet set of photographs that capture the emotional pride and excitement that carried throughout the day.

 

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The Players' Ring Pitch 2016 https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/2/the-players-ring-pitch-2016 Monday night was a big night for the Seacoast theater scene. The Players’ Ring had their annual pitch night. Unlike most theaters, The Ring (as we affectionately call it) allows actors, writers and directors to pitch the shows that should be considered for the season. They can be original pieces that have never been on stage before or established shows. This little black box theater nestled on the corner of Prescott Park, puts on 14 mainstage and 6 Late Night productions keeping the theater running year round. It is a breeding ground for talent to take root. If you don’t have experience but want to get involved, this is the place to be nurtured.

The Players’ Ring has been a second home for me since I moved to Portsmouth in 2002. It’s where I started photographing people. I’m an introvert, but you wouldn’t know it, because after acting and directing, I have by far more confidence than I would have otherwise. I didn’t pitch anything this year, I am laser focused on my business, but I went to watch and make a record of the night. It was one of the most exhilarating pitch nights I have seen. The amount of talent in this area is staggering. Over 46 new productions were pitched and it will be tough to narrow it down to the 20 final pieces that make it into the 25th season. I can’t wait to see which one’s they are!

In order to challenge myself, and to keep from distracting the packed room, I only used light that was available. I did not use a flash. Being that I was in a dark theater, it limited my options if someone wasn’t standing on the stage, but I found other light sources, like electronic devices that audience members were using. I also used my 50 mm 1.8 lens to allow in as much light as possible. Take a look through some of my favorites from the night. 

 

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Portsmouth Commercial Photographer | Inner Truth Massage https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/2/portsmouth-commercial-photographer-inner-truth-massage Over the years that I have known Tamar, I have recommended numerous people to her massage therapy service, Inner Truth Massage. I rely on her and her team to put me back together again after months of carrying around heavy equipment while running from one exciting moment to the next without missing a beat. I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her office and her work with a client. I wanted to capture the tranquil energy that makes it very difficult to leave the massage table once your session is over.

Inner Truth Massage is located in the old Post Office and Custom House. Built in 1858, it is in stark contrast to the majority of Portsmouth architecture that retains its colonial roots. Step into the office for your massage, and you will be greeted by high ceilings, chandeliers, sunny windows, and fireplaces. This gorgeous environment is soon forgotten once you lay down on the table and and lose yourself in a massage that takes care of problems you didn’t even know you had.

Capturing all of this took some time and consideration, but I think you can get a feel for just how wonderful the experience is. Have a look:

 

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Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Best of 2015 https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/2/wedding-and-portrait-photographer-best-of-2015 I have noticed a trend already for 2016, it is taking until at least February for photographers to get their ‘year in review’ blogs out. I breathed a sigh of relief, that I wasn’t too late, when several others recently posted. The story for me is the same. Wedding season has gotten much longer. I started my 2015 wedding season at the end of January and it didn’t end until the end of November!

My season was much different this year. I took on less weddings and did more portrait and commercial sessions. It is great to have such variety. The weddings were beautiful intimate affairs. Cozy ceremonies by a fireplace, breezy sun glistened weddings on the beach, a chapel wedding complete with a pig roast, grande ballroom weddings and local park weddings. Each story was different and uniquely beautiful. I was able to start photographing surprise wedding proposals last year. This year, there will be even more surprises!

I focused a lot on storytelling. I want each wedding and portrait session I do to have a narrative flow that tells the story of you. I incorporated these techniques into commercial photography, creating a single image to tell the story of an event or product. I will also be working on this with some fine art pieces I started last year.

2016 will have even more changes, including a logo update, website upgrade and more blogs than ever before. I may have been quiet the past two months, but I have been very busy! ;-)

Have a look at my favorites from 2015 and stay tuned for the year to come!

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Nicole & Peter at the Hawthorne Hotel https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2016/1/salem-wedding-photographer-nicole-peter-at-the-hawthorne-hotel I love it when people reach out to me after they see me working. Nicole and Peter reached out shortly after they were guests at Meghan and Dylan’s epic wedding last year. We photographed their engagement session on the Esplanade, where Peter proposed.

 

In short, I’ve had an absolute blast with these two for a year now. There wedding was, no surprise, beautiful. The ambiance of the Hawthorne Hotel just can’t be beat. Being able to do formal portraits on the Salem Common took my breath away. I had driven by that park for years, always wanting to do a photoshoot there. Well, that’s now off my bucket list. Here are a few highlights from the day. Congratulations to Nicole and Peter!

 

Photos from my lovely second photographer, Allegra have also been included. 

 

 
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Personal Blog - New addition to the family https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/12/personal-blog---new-addition-to-the-family I’ve been wanting to write this blog for months. I thought it would be easier, but I had forgotten how much work is involved when you adopt a puppy. I wasn’t planning on adding a new member to our family this year. My husband and I mentioned getting a second dog every time we looked at our loving, quiet, well-behaved rescue mutt Sundance, who is now 7-years-old.As they say, the first one always convinces you that a second is a brilliant idea.

 

We went to a friends house for dinner on June 6th. It wasn’t just us. There were four dogs in attendance, and Sundance had the time of his life. He didn’t stop smiling the entire time. We decided on the way home that when one of our other furry babies passed on, we would rescue another dog. Ripley, our 13-year-old bunny, must have heard that conversation because he went into seizure as I was feeding him is late night carrot and celery snack. He died on the way to the emergency vet. It was not at all how we were expecting to end that wonderful evening.

 

I miss him everyday, particularly when I am cooking. I have all these vegetable scraps and no one to give them to. I have no one to share a late night veggie snack with. The loss of Ripley took it’s toll. Within a few weeks I was cruising Petfinder looking for puppies. A little over a month later we passed all the criteria required to rescue from For the Love of Dog. A few weeks after that, we were going to pick up our “Shepherd Mix” named Thumper. She came up on a truck with several other dogs from a rescue in Alabama. Most of these dogs had been in shelters that typically euthanize 500 unwanted dogs a month. A sharp contrast to New England, where puppies in need of rescue are few and far between. The truck pulled in and they called her name. I stepped forward and they put her in my arms. She was a cuddler right off the bat.

 

We put her in a pen with the other pups to wait for additional paperwork. A crowd of people were around this pen. Thumper, who we had already decided to rename Dakota, stayed in the center, away from the people, unless I bent down to talk to her. Somehow we bonded right away. Sundance was thrilled to have her at home as well. She’s a silly little girl that makes us laugh more than we ever thought possible. Now at 10-months, she is Sundance’s pesky little sister. As evidenced by our holiday photoshoot, when she stole Sundance’s hat. She still needs a few more months of training, but she did a good job for her first shoot.

 

Here are a few photos from our family photo shoot. We’re thinking of using the last one for our holiday card. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Origins and Risks https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/10/origins-and-risks The origin of my photography career is different than most. It wasn’t a camera that I made images on the first time, it was an electron microscope. The images were captured on film. I processed the negatives, used an enlarger to transfer the negative image to photographic paper, and developed that image using chemicals in a dark room. This was in 1995. Eventually I went on to image DNA, using dyes. The technology went digital a few years later, and I was still creating images of the world you cannot see.

In 2004, I got married to a man that spent a great deal of time directing theater productions. I would sit-in during rehearsals, in-part because this was one of the few ways to actually see him. In the process, I discovered the very interesting world of actors and started creating images of this new world. This brought my head up from my microscope, out into the world where everyday things became interesting and worthy of exploration through imagery.

Your wedding, your family, your anniversary, birthday, adventures in auditioning, pregnancy, birth, you name it - all fascinating. As are you, as a person. Your life is a story and photography is the perfect medium in which to tell it. I now spend my time learning new ways to tell stories, either by using new lighting, photography, or editing techniques. Much of each year is dedicated to learning new things.

There was a time, when I was creating artwork and displaying it. I had an exhibit in New York and a few throughout Boston and New Hampshire. The part I disliked the most about exhibiting art, was framing the images. I have always felt it creates a barrier between the viewer and the artwork. In addition, in many cases the images can be seen online, how much difference is there seeing the work in person? Of course, it’s different when it’s wedding or family photos. You want those printed and readily available for viewing all the time.

When my husband asked me to take the promotional shots for the latest show he is directing, I happily came up with a concept and location. At the shoot, I spent time constructing every image from lighting, posing and settings on the camera. After hours of careful editing the images were posted online. I was then asked if I wanted to display them during the run of the show. Sure, but I would love for it to be a different experience than what people have already seen. This presented a challenge.

In searching for new ways to experience photographic art, I came across the concept of a “chlorophyll print”. Using light to etch an image onto a leaf. You bet, both halves of my science-artist brain went crazy over this. Unfortunately, I do not have a means to do this at this time. Doesn’t mean I won’t be exploring it. What it lead me to are ways to transfer photos onto wood.

I read many blogs, watched many videos and learned what are the best materials to use for the process. I also thought about how I wanted the finished product to look. The images were created for a production of Killer Joe. A story about a family - already tattered - being torn to pieces by a visit from a guy named Joe. The images I captured convey the mood of each character. The way they are captured and edited adds to that imagery. Transferring the images to wood gives me the opportunity to make my carefully constructed images look tattered. This can be done in any number of ways that would allow me control of the process, but I had already had so much control. What would happen if I just left it to chance?

I used a gel medium that tends to give bubbles during the transfer process. Instead of using foam brushes, the way everyone recommended, I used one with Taklon bristles. I was mostly careful to cover the wood evenly with gel medium, but I left some areas with excess. The result are images with portions not completely transferred, or buried under paper. Pretty tattered, pretty messy, just like the set you will see for this production of Killer Joe.

Giving up control bothered me. I almost canned the whole project, but then I remembered what the overall goal was and let it go. I think this entire process has been hugely beneficial for my growth as an artist. I will continue to use this method, with plans to make it more interactive in the future.

Here are a few photos of my work along the way. Check out the finished product during the run of Killer Joe at The Players’ Ring, October 16th through November 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It begins. A pile of wood, 12" by 17" purchased from Home Depot. It was originally one board that they cut down to size for me. I went with light colored wood that still had enough character to boldly show rings and natural marks. These darken and show more after being processed. The photos were printed using a laser printer on cheap 11" x 17" paper. That size paper tends to run heavier than what you can find for 8.5" x 11". It is probably about 20lbs. Smaller sizes can be as low as 18lbs, which will come off better in processing. The image on the board in front was an experiment using only Mod Podge for the entire process. It has an interesting look, but I went with the suggested process in the video linked above.

 

 

 

 

The materials you will need. To do this with less bubbles you will need to use foam brushes instead of the ones shown here. You should also shy away from the matte version of this particular brand of gel medium. It causes lots of bubbles. For instructions on how to do wood transfers, watch this video. This blog will only provide additional tips and deviations.

 

 

Then comes the sanding. I could have sanded more, but left it a bit rough, especially on the sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This particular board, was baked at 175 degrees for 20 minutes. This board did not warp and the paper came off much easier. The other boards were allowed to dry overnight. I will stick with baking in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The remainder of the boards, after 2 rounds of Mod Podge, baking for 15 minutes at 175 for each round, have a little bit of a warp to them. 

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Plum Island Wedding Photographer | Rachel & Jim https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/9/plum-island-wedding-photographer-rachel-jim There is nothing quite like walking into the center of town in Newburyport and seeing the bride and groom you are about to work with waiting for you, flowers in hand, tie done up, and all. That is exactly how my time with Rachel and Jim began on August 29th. We wandered around Newburyport for a bit taking portraits, before jumping in the car to drive to Plum Island where the ceremony was to take place. It was wonderful to get to spend that time, focusing on just them.

As we wrapped our portrait session the family and bridal party started to bring chairs and a flower archway onto the beach for the ceremony. Then came the procession - extended family and close friends - making their way across the sand to the beautiful couple that waited, smiles spread wide.

The celebration started soon after and I got to wish the couple well with a gorgeous sunset as a backdrop to their perfect day. Here are just some of the highlights from Rachel and Jim’s wedding, including photos from second photographer extraordinaire Allegra Boverman. Enjoy!

 

 

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New Hampshire Wedding Photographer - Nadia and Craig https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/9/new-hampshire-wedding-photographer---nadia-and-craig My life got a little crazy after Nadia and Craig’s wedding. There will be a blog about that later, but I will just say now, that it set me back on my blogging. Though I had in mind exactly what I wanted to say about Nadia and Craig’s beautiful day, I felt it was more important to focus on delivering their photos. I am happy to finally be able to write about it now!

They were married on July 5th, on a very sunny and warm day at the gorgeous Alvirne Chapel in Hudson. Photographing both the bride and groom separately I could see the normal nervousness on both sides, but they brightened so much when they were finally together. It was a beautiful melding of two families. After the ceremony there was a relaxed celebration at Craig’s parent's house, that included a pig roast. Nadia was tasked with ceremoniously removing the pig’s head, which she did with one strong swing of the blade.

Congratulations Nadia and Craig! I hope that you have had a wonderful few months as husband and wife! Here are a few highlights of the day!

 

 
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Maine Surprise Proposal Photographer -Anna and Steve https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/9/maine-surprise-proposal-photographer--anna-and-steve Surprise proposals are so much fun. From the secret planning of locations and times, to the hiding and occasionally asking strangers to leave an area clear because something wonderful is about to happen and I need to photograph it. When Steve and Anna talked about getting engaged she said that the one thing she wanted was for the proposal to be documented and it was. :-)

They met at a Santa-themed pub crawl in Connecticut and got engaged on vacation in Ogunquit, Maine. Steve proposed on the bridge that they had spent all week swimming under, Anna having no idea what was going to happen. I watched them arrive, smiling and talking. As they got to the bridge Steve stopped, just where I asked him to, took Anna’s purse and shoes and set them on the ground. At this point, she must have known something was going on. I changed my position from behind a fence to the beach just below them. I watched her level of joy increase with every word out of his mouth until he eventually got down on one knee.

The proposal was so moving, it stopped people on the bridge, who congratulated them. It also attracted the attention of a seagull, that insisted on flying near the couple the entire time. We took a little walk after for some couple photos as well. Here are some of the photos, enjoy!

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Maine Engagement Photographer-Surprise Proposal https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/8/maine-engagement-photographer-surprise-proposal A few weeks ago, I had the honor of being present during the surprise engagement of Nate and Kat in Portland, Maine. There is a lot to think about when you are planning to ask the woman of your dreams to spend the rest of her life with you. Nate, knowing Kat would want to see photos of the event later, put having a photographer present on his planning list. I am tremendously grateful that he did.

It was a simple plan, I would wait for them to arrive and he would pop the question. They spent the day doing all the things they liked to do together on a regular basis. One of those things happened to be swinging on swings - something they had been doing since the early days of dating. The park they typically hung out in was part of a school yard. It had a garden on one side and two sets of swings, small climbing walls, and a jungle gym on the other. I spent my time waiting crouched behind a small climbing wall.

My hiding spotI hid behind a climbing wall waiting for them to arrive. Once I knew Kat was preoccupied I moved in closer.
My hiding spot behind a climbing wall. I moved in closer once I knew Kat was preoccupied. :-)
 

Not long after I arrived Nate and Kat came jogging into the park, fully focused on those swings. Well, Kat was. Nate took the time to shoot me a beaming smile over his shoulder as he followed her.

 

 

 

I watched as they both got on the swings, Kat working to make her swing go higher than Nate’s. I could tell he wasn’t going to last long in this competition. He couldn’t wait to ask her. In fact, he stopped after only two or three swings. Kat looked around wondering what he was doing. He stood beside her as she swung and grabbed the chain, bringing her to a stop, then he got down on one knee. If this story doesn’t make you swoon, the photos of the love and joy that followed certainly will. Enjoy!

 

 

 
 
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New Hampshire Wedding Photographer- 30th Anniversary at The Oaks Grandview Ballroom https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/5/new-hampshire-wedding-photographer--30th-anniversary-at-the-oaks-grandview-ballroom Sharon and Joel found me online about a year ago. We met to discuss their anniversary plans and they were already giddy with excitement. I knew right away, this was going to be a great event. They didn't disappoint. The day was filled with very special moments. As I prepared my equipment just outside The Oaks Grandview Ballroom, Joel snuck out, careful to check over his shoulder before opening the door, and let me in on a little secret. They weren't just going to renew their vows. Joel was going to surprise Sharon with a gorgeous diamond ring. Before then, there was much to prepare. Leslie, the wedding planner for The Oaks, had to organize and explain ceremony duties to a team of eager grandchildren. Each of them would stand along the aisle holding a rose that would eventually be part of their grandmother's bouquet. The night ended with a game in which Joel and Sharon had to correctly answer questions, recalling moments from their 30-years together. One had a dog toy buzzer the other a whistle. Everyone celebrated by dancing. 

 

Here are some photo highlights from this wonderful evening.

 

 

 

 

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Travel photographer - exploring Tulum, Mexico https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/3/travel-photographer---exploring-tulum-mexico I have had a serious case of wanderlust for most of my life. When I was six-years-old, my family packed me in the car in the middle of the night. I was sleepy and unsure of what was going on, but fell back to sleep. The next morning, I woke up somewhere new. It continued like this for six-weeks as we traveled across country from New York to California and back, just seeing the sights. Having been so young, I can’t tell you the first place we stopped. I can tell you what it was like to wake-up and take a brief walk through the woods to the edge of the Grand Canyon or to wake-up in the back of a car in the middle of the night to see a wild horse peering in at me through the car window. I was the zoo, while he roamed free. These experiences were magical and shaped my imagination for years to come. There are many other little moments stuck in my head like photographs in a scrapbook, but I have no physical photos of that trip. Nor do I have photos of the month I spent in Ireland when I was ten. There are plenty stored in my brain that I may ask someone to draw for me someday, because part of me feels that I may lose them, the mind being so fragile.

 

 

Those early experiences created a travel obsession and I did quite a bit through 2008, before I ran into health issues with my neck and back. Last year, my husband and I took a trip to Costa Rica. It was the first time I had been out of the country in six-years. I was starving for it at that point. My mind craves to be some place where I don’t speak the language. I love to fully immerse myself in the daily life of wherever I happen to be in that moment. It washes away any stress I might have had in the comfort of my home environment. There is no room for it, when you are trying to make your way through a foreign land. Of course, after struggling with my health, I wasn’t sure I had the energy for all that, so we booked a resort. I had stayed at resorts twice before in Mexico and Morocco and didn’t really like them. The food is not local and everyone speaks English. Costa Rica, was perfect for us at the time though, and the resort we stayed in was gorgeous.

 

This year, I needed to get back to a more adventurous travel plan, so we went to Tulum, Mexico and rented a room downtown at The Palms Luxury Hotel, which was more like an apartment than a hotel. The hotel staff spoke fluent English, but it was common to find someone in town that spoke as much English as I spoke Spanish. We made it work, even when asking for directions. We went to a grocery store and bought food and supplies for our room. We wandered the town on bikes, we explored, we soaked in all that Tulum had to offer and still wanted more.

 

Tulum is a mix of Mexicans, Europeans, Canadians, and a few Americans. Many of the foreigners live there through the colder months of the year up north. A string of beaches and resorts lie just a fifteen minute bike ride away from downtown. The sand is white, the water is warm and clear. The first day we rode our bikes along the coast and jumped in the water to cool off. When the sun got to be too much there were caves filled with water from an underground river to swim in, they call them cenotes. There are six cenotes around Tulum, we visited only one, Gran Cenote.

 

Each cenote can be found in what appears to be someone’s yard as you drive down the road. You pay to get in and can rent snorkel equipment should you need to. You can also scuba dive, if you are so inclined. Busy though they may be, they are still tranquil. The water is crystal clear with a blue tint. You can see every rock and every little fish swim by. Once inside the cave it becomes very dark, but the light from the opening illuminates the water beneath you, creating an otherworldly experience like no other. The best view is from the very back of the cave, underwater looking back at the opening. Look up into the rock and you will find little bats trying to sleep. Some are rocking as they switch out their little feet. I learned that it is impossible to take a photograph of these sweet little guys while treading water with an underwater camera. I did try repeatedly, all the while knowing it was a useless effort. Below me, I could see the flashlights from the scuba divers exploring the floor of the cave. We ran our hands along the cave walls and looked closely, parts of the walls looked like an animal jaw, or a head. This might sound terrifying, and well, I was scared and made my husband hold my hand, but it was also mesmerizing.

 

Many of my vacation destinations are picked based on archaeological sites, Tulum was no different. Less than a ten minute bike ride from our hotel was Ruinas Arqueologicas de Tulum, a Mayan archaeological site. This site served as a Mayan port during the 13th and 14th centuries. Now it is home to gorgeous architecture and spectacular views from the cliff. The ruins themselves are inhabited by Iguanas that sun themselves like majestic statues throughout the landmark. It is clear they now own the place. A modern wooden staircase takes you down the cliff face to the ocean. Depending on the tide, you may have enough beach to rest your belongings so you can swim in the waves and take in the ruins from a different vantage point.

 

When we weren’t swimming or exploring ancient ruins, we were walking through town to find food. Our favorite place ended up being Los Aquaschiles, located just on the far edge of town. This place had the best tacos and hot sauce selection. Every order came with four different hot sauces to try and I tried them all. During our walks through town we noticed that there was an abundance of dogs that hung around and didn’t really seem to bother anyone. Each dog had their own station. One slept seemingly all day at the bank. Others visited shops and restaurants looking for handouts in the most adorable of ways. As dog parents, it was nice to see human and animal co-existing so peacefully. One evening, I brought my camera along to capture the dogs (and cat) of Tulum.

 

Unlike the trips of my youth, this trip was well documented. I will have these memories for the rest of my life. I share them with you now, as I daydream about our next adventure. If you would like to order prints, calendars, cards, or gallery wraps, visit the gallery here and select an item from the menu on the right side.

 

 

 

 
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New Hampshire Wedding Photographer - Jen and Jessie preview https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/2/new-hampshire-wedding-photographer---jen-and-jessie-preview My wedding season started at the end of January with a gorgeous ceremony and reception at the Tewksbury Country Club. The sun was just setting as we pulled in and the moon was shining brightly just above the venue. So, naturally I started taking photos as soon as I got out of the car. The bride, Jennifer, is a wedding planner and it shows in all the fabulous details she incorporated into this wedding. There are many photos still to edit, but here is a selection of my favorites from the evening. Enjoy!

 

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New Hampshire Wedding Photographer - Cathedral Ledge First Look https://www.jasminhunterphotography.com/blog/2015/1/new-hampshire-wedding-photographer---cathedral-ledge-first-look My 2015 wedding season begins on Saturday. I am looking forward to some gorgeous snowy photos! For now, I am taking some time to blog about some wedding moments from the end of 2014. I loved this First Look with Olga and Jeff, but never got a chance to get it up on the blog. It was a chilly day at the end of October at The White Mountain Hotel and Resort. Olga wanted her First Look to have a view of Cathedral Ledge and there is a wonderful view of it from the golf course on the grounds of the hotel. The trick was getting them both there, without Jeff seeing his bride along the way. We managed to hide Olga in my car behind a soft box. We then had Jeff wait near a gazebo facing the ledge while Olga tip-toed over to him. It is one of my favorite moments of 2014! 

 

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