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Jeff Bridges

Almost a year ago I went to Little Rock for No Kid Hungry to document Jeff Bridge’s visit to Arkansas. Jeff visited Stephens Elementary School to thank a staff that is providing breakfast in the classroom for kids whose last meal may have been their school lunch the previous day. Getting a call from NKH is always an honor, and spending the day with Jeff Bridges was a lot of fun.

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Bottles

There was a time when we feared Ellis would have a hard time nursing. Then there were weeks we worried he would never drink from a bottle. Now Brooke and I are concerned he won’t ever give up the bottle. Ellis’ parents worry a lot. Luckily he doesn’t seem to stress about his constant state of transition. He knows quite a bit of child-rearing tends to sort itself out regardless how much you worry. Brooke and I are still learning.

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Best of 2014

In 2014 I traveled to Louisiana, Florida and all over New England spending time with families helping to record a part of their history. Here’s a painfully tight edit of great moments and scenes from 2014. I feel like so much is missing from this, but here’s a little taste of why I love my job. Looking at all these is getting me excited for the 2015 wedding season. I’m so grateful for all the wonderful couples and families I work with.

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KLC - Your timing is INSANE. Totally and utterly insane. These images rock.February 17, 2015 – 3:44 pm

Masao Okano - Beautiful and thoughtful selection. I would feel happy to have captured even one of these, and yet there are so many. Thanks for sharing, Channing!February 13, 2015 – 11:49 pm

Ashley O'Dell - Light, composition, emotion, it’s all here!January 9, 2015 – 4:08 pm

One Year

A lot changes in a year. In the course of 12 months we’ve transitioned from worrying about keeping Ellis alive to worrying about him eating too many pancakes. Each phase is better than the last (so far). We have a sweet little boy who has a sense of humor and much love to give. His stuffed animals can attest to this. Few things in life exceed expectations, but seeing him see the world has been more fun than I thought possible 52 weeks ago. I’ll tell you that I miss him as a new little baby, but in reality I only miss the idea of it. This memory is better served as context, a starting point, for what Ellis has become and what he will become. We feel so lucky. Also, thanks to Brooke for contributing a picture to this post. You can probably guess which one.

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Ashley O'Dell - Alright, he’s the perfect size. Let practice the tradition of Chinese binding now.January 9, 2015 – 4:11 pm

Rachel - Love this post :)December 16, 2014 – 4:27 pm

Jesse Osbourne - Beautiful. What a great family.
Cheers!December 12, 2014 – 1:20 pm

Jill and Stu

Jill and Stu got married in Cocoa, Florida, not far from where they live. The ceremony at the Derby Street Chapel and the reception on the Indian River Queen met all my expectations for a charming Old Florida experience. Heading south as winter closes its grasp on New England was a bonus, but regardless of where Jill and Stu got married it would have been a good time. Their friends and families were a lot of fun and a pleasure to hangout with for the weekend. Congratulations, Jill and Stu!

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Nilton Baumgratz - God bless this wonderful couple! You deserve all the best!December 15, 2014 – 11:45 am

Penny Flaherty - AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing.
It was so fun assisting you two with your wedding on the Queen.
May all your children have teeth!!
Penny
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Kate and Patrick

Kate and Patrick got married at St. Mary of the Assumption and Le Méridien. I discovered they both are hilarious, and I caught myself laughing out-loud multiple times throughout the day. Doing my job became particularly difficult when a pumpkin started flying back and forth over the dance floor. I couldn’t stop laughing, and I was trying to make sure I went home without any pumpkin-related injuries. That was a fun one. Congratulations, Kate and Patrick!le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-01le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-02le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-03le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-04le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-05le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-06le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-07le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-08le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-09le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-10le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-11le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-12le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-13le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-14le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-15le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-16le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-17le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-18le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-19le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-20le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-21le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-22le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-23le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-24le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-25le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-26le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-27le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-28le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-29le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-30le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-31le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-32le-meridien-cambridge-wedding-33

Nikki - Those pumpkin photos definitely made me smile as well–congrats!!!December 4, 2014 – 8:50 pm

Laura and Dustin

If Laura and Dustin lived in Boston we probably would have rescheduled their engagement session. The snow, rain and strong winds seemed inconvenient, but we were going to make it work. And I’m glad we did. The wintery mix dried up, the sun came out, and the wind, well, was still really strong. But we had a great time exploring the city and were rewarded with some beautiful light as the sun went down. It was great to finally meet Laura and Dustin (and Russell!), and I can’t wait for their wedding next year.

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Nikki - What a fun looking couple, I can’t even pick a favorite photo of the bunch!November 13, 2014 – 9:03 pm

Liz and Eric

You know how much I love backyard weddings. Liz and Eric’s ceremony at her parents’ home had that same warmth and familiarity only found in a place with personal history. And with the leaves starting to change color it was the best time of year to celebrate at home. Congratulations, Liz and Eric!

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Nikki - These pictures are awesome–what a fun looking fall wedding!October 29, 2014 – 6:04 pm

Deborah Matoba - Wonderful!October 28, 2014 – 4:49 pm

Records

I’ve always had a personal relationship with photography. Some periods of the past 15 years that relationship has been stronger than others. Maybe it’s because my mental space is clogged with parenting logistics, but since Ellis has arrived I’ve taken fewer pictures at home. As sand slips through my fingers with unprecedented clarity, I do less to record it.

I think the “enjoy every minute” cliché is more than a little misguided. Some parenting experiences were meant to be endured, not enjoyed. But I do love being Ellis’ dad, and I want to start doing a better job of capturing these small moments as much, if not more, than the milestones. I think I can both be present and document this special time better for all the future selves in this family. 20141013-Ellis-Allen-0067

mike a - Channing, i have 2 kids, one 16 and the other is a freshman in college. I was going through my collection of family photos the other day and realized I haven’t taken nearly enough. My father, passed away a few days ago and I only had a handful of him. Make the time, believe me I understand how hard time is to find, but you will be glad when you see those images.November 19, 2014 – 8:29 am

melissa - Norah, and us, miss you guys soooo much!!October 24, 2014 – 11:10 am

Kelly and Mike

I wasn’t the one who pulled the fire alarm at Kelly and Mike’s wedding, but photographically it sure was a treat to document firefighters crashing the party. Most of the day and evening was delightfully low-key, although after the Boston Fire Department confirmed we were all safe the dance floor opened up, and the energy elevated a notch. My personal favorite was the impromptu high-kick contest. I can’t believe no one hurt themselves. It was wonderful.

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