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Lisa and Brian

Lisa and Brian got married at The Holy Redeemer in Chatham before celebrating at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich. Everything went so well and felt so effortless. This may have had something to do with Lisa and Brian. If they were every worried or distracted about the details of the wedding I never picked upon it. I was inspired by their kindness towards each other and the people around them. Congratulations, Lisa and Brian!


Liza and Brian

Liza and Brian got married at the Beach Plum Inn. Anytime you travel by boat your destination becomes a hint more romantic. Although Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t really need much help feeling timeless and beautiful. Regardless, Liza and Brian’s wedding met all my island expectations and surpassed them with an abundance of warm-hearted and kind people. The logistics were simple and despite the threat of rain (that became a brief reality as Liza and Brian kissed and “Here Comes the Sun” played to close the ceremony), everything went smoothly. This was such a wonderful trip. Congratulations, Liza and Brian!

Amanda and Chris

Amanda and Chris got married in the beautiful Mystic Seaport. This wedding was particularly fun to photograph because of the presence of pirates and an abundance of fire. I love weddings with sea shanties and a hint of danger. Amanda and Chris and their families were so wonderful to be around. But I knew that. I worked with them at Allison and Steve’s wedding a couple of years ago. Allison is Chris’ sister. Thanks for having me back and congratulations!


It’s time for another seasonal blog post of Ellis pictures! Although these seem to stretch over the past 6 months somehow. Not quite sure how that happened. But here’s some moments ranging from the end of last summer to a recent trip to see Brooke’s dad and step-mom in Florida. Thank you for indulging me!


Last July I went to Miami with No Kid Hungry. We worked a lot in the middle of the day with little or no shade. I think it was one of the more difficult photographic situations I’ve found myself in recently. Although this took a back seat to what my New England hypothalamus was going through as it tried to maintain a healthy body temperature. I always love working with No Kid Hungry. It’s an honor to see the best of humanity in action.


I started surfing just over three years ago. Since then almost everything takes a back seat to bumps in the surf forecast. I would say my wife and son are more important than my new surfing interest, but Brooke sometimes looks unconvinced when I try to stress this. My friend, and chief enabler, Ben, is the one who made me stop talking about learning to surf “one day” and actually made it happen. This year we made a pilgrimage to Surf Simply, a surf coaching resort whose online tutorials had helped us learn the little we do know. The teaching methodology there is perfect and shy of necessary for progressing your surfing when you aren’t 16, you have a job, a family, and live in a place where you expect to only have enough wave energy to surf once a month. Maybe twice. And the idea of surfing twice a day for a week in 80 degree waters and 80 degree air was enough to abandon my wife and 3-year-old in February for two weeks. Although, you have to know I cut the trip short. It never occurred to me I could get tired of surfing. Maybe it was the homesickness, but even paradise gets old after a week when you don’t have your family with you. I came back after a modest 12 days and found no divorce papers, and my things weren’t on the lawn. Brooke even said I could go again next year. But now she gets to plan her own getaway. Although I told her we can’t afford it. I already spent that money. I didn’t take many pictures in Costa Rica, but here’s the few that I did.

Katie - Beautiful slice of (honest) life… ❤March 4, 2017 – 9:30 am

Amanda and Curtis

I don’t get a chance to do a lot of winter weddings, but Amanda and Curtis’ Harrington Farm celebration reminded me why I love them so much. When it’s cold outside it seems the warmth and intimacy is heightened as everybody gets cozy inside. People warmed up by the fireplace after the ceremony and scorched the dance floor after dinner. Amanda and Curtis’ first dance was to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”.  After stopping and listening to the lyrics I realized it might be the most perfect wedding song I’ve ever heard. Thank you, Amanda and Curtis, for the pleasant surprises and most comfortable way to spend a January evening. Congratulation, guys!

Best of 2016

My year started off in February with an elopement in Hawaii. Less than a week later I was photographing a wedding in Michigan. The rest of the year I made my way through New England, but I love the beginning contrasts. From warm weather paradise to Grand Rapids. I was excited for both, and I approached the two weddings the way I approach them all: looking for interactions and emotions between loved ones. No matter where I am or what I’m photographing that’s always my first interest and priority. I am so grateful to all the couples and families who let me accompany them on their wedding day. Here are a few favorite images from 2016. I love going back and looking at a year’s work as the weekends start to fill up with a whole new calendar of special moments. Thank you to all the amazing people I worked with this past year!

Janice Bissex - Amazing photos!January 11, 2017 – 7:50 am