Wedding Day at the Red Jacket Resort

One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is being able to play with my client’s friends and families. They aren’t clients anymore, they are my friends. We laugh, we cry and we dance with you.
Allie and Ryan are so adorable, with one just look you start grinning so big, your cheeks start to hurt!
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October 7th, 2017 was a wicked cool day at the Red Jacket Resort in South Yarmouth, MA. The perfect kinda of day for a Cape Cod Wedding. It started off really foggy, I hoped it would burn off but I really wasn’t sure. If you know Cape Cod, you know that the weather can change on a moments notice. As I tell my kids, even in summer, be ready with layers.

Allie’s bridesmaids were adorably giddy and welcomed me into their cottage smiling and chatting away like we were old friends. I can’t say enough warm things about Allie and her Mom Katy. I am truly lucky to have met them.

Allie is a girl after my own heart. She’s pulled to the beach like the tide with the ocean. When she mentioned she wanted to get into the water, I think I actually did a little yelp of glee! It definitely wasn’t the perfect beach weather for families, but it didn’t stop one beachgoer from admiring our couple and helping out by holding the Bouquet. (never a shortage of awesome people coming to the cape!)

After a full day of vows, amazing speeches, pictures on the beach, we were blessed with an amazing sunset.

Congratulations Allie and Ryan. We couldn’t have asked for better friends… er I mean clients. ❤

Ceremony Location: Our Lady of the Cape
Reception Location: Red Jacket Resorts
Hair and Makeup: Salon Justine
Wedding Dress: Brides by Natalie, Alexandria, VA

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Walsh Family

Another family is up on the blog! This time it’s the Walsh Family!
Gorgeous and stylish are two perfect words to describe them.

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We were lucky enough to have low tide at Bayview Beach, in Dennis MA.
Cape Cod Ma has many great beaches for photos but I think Mayflower Beach and Bayview Beach in Dennis are the most beautiful. Yes, I’m a little bias being from Dennis but at low tide the kids have the best little pools to play in and the view is gorgeous!

The sky didn’t disappoint either. Their theme of blue and white is a classic for cape cod and their little girl’s stripes were so adorable. As we played, they gave me the best giggles and smiles.
I also think there might be a little photographer in their future! She took a few photos of her parents and her grandma. Not bad little one!

The clouds were amazing and the rays of sun shining through felt like little blessings for our photos. Enough about our shoot… time for the photos!

McCarthy Family

Next up is the fantastic McCarthy Family.

As I drove into the parking lot, I spotted the numerous group of family members all dressed to the nines in white and navy, and a little bit of Red, White and Blue.
See if you can spot the red Cowgirl boots! Love them.

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I met up with them at Seagull Beach at West Yarmouth, MA and the weather was perfect for photo-taking. A gentle breeze rustled the tall beach grass with soft puffy clouds floated over the water. The sun set behind the grass, gently brushing the sky with amazing pinks, purples and blues.  While the weather was fine, it was the McCarthy family that made this shoot such a treat.

The kids ages range from 2 years old all the way to 13 years  old. They even brought adorable Scally Caps from the grandparents trip to Ireland in April.

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This is their 11th year for their family reunion on Cape Cod and I could tell they are a close-knit group who clearly love spending time together. I enjoyed being included in their play time.

 

Maldoon pups

I had the pleasure of capturing a friend’s four legged kids a few weeks ago. The weather was extremely hot and we were able to play and get great photos before it started to rain.

In a small location in Onset, MA, we walked all four legged kids to an overgrown dirt road. It was a great setting for these cute pups. They play there all the time and knew it well.

Sweet and beautiful German Shepards.

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(left to right) Rookie II, Chloe, Roary, Jet

These puppies have such a strong bond with each other and with their dad, John. I adored watching him play and seeing them run and listen.

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Kelly Family

Welcome guys and gals!

The fourth of July, holiday weekend brought with it many splendid events, including an amazing  session with the Kelly family. Large family portraits sometimes bring with it a need for being loud and trying to get everyone to listen. That did not happen with this incredible family. The kids were well behaved and adorable as ever! Playing with them was one of the highlights of my holiday.

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Due to high winds we needed to change plans from the open beach to the Harwich Overlook, at Whychmere Harbor . I love shooting at the Harwich Overlook  because the clouds never disappoint and it’s a classic cape cod landscape. Beautiful boats and the gorgeous ocean.

For our shoot, the Kelly’s wore a mix of blues, whites and coral. Such a great choice even for a change in our location. I love how the coral pops but it all mixes together so nicely. A great choice.

It truly was an amazing photo shoot. And if any of you are considering a family session or are prepping for an upcoming session, consider contacting me today to get your family session booked before we fill up!

Okay, on to pictures of the Kelly family!

Rennie Family

Hi Everyone! How was your Fourth of July? A great weekend was had by all on my small sandy spot on Cape Cod.

I recently had a super fun session with the Rennie family. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I truly have the best clients ever! This family was no exception, either. This family played around and joked, with me and around me, making me feel like I was with my own sisters.

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We met at Grays Beach in Yarmouth Port. We had to move the date because mother nature had made other plans on us. It was meant to be, however, as the sky was gorgeous for our shoot night.

I loved shooting at Grays Beach because there are rocks on the side, a great spot for kids or adults to sit/stand on. Gorgeous green marsh to one side with the ocean on the other. Sand and a long boardwalk make this spot a great location with various looks.

For our shoot, the Rennie’s brought a couple college t-shirts, where the daughter’s were attending.  I thought it was a cute touch and a really great way to keep a moment in history. When they look back they’ll be able to have a beautiful visual of where they were at that time in their history.

It truly was an amazing photo shoot.

Okay, on to pictures of the Rennie family!

Gorgeous Proposal in Wellfleet

Hi everyone!

Let’s all give it up for one of the cutest couples on earth: Nabil and Ashley.

Ashley and Nabil told me they first met when Nabil, after being stationed on Cape Cod for the Coast Guard, moved in Next Door! Their first meeting actually happened at a nearby Cape Cod Landmark, Ocean Edge. Love happened to be a stones throw away!

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The Proposal was EPIC. She had no idea. Nabil and Ashley had their first date at Duck Harbor Beach in Wellfleet. Nabil wanted to bring her back to that first moment and so he made sure Ashley’s parents would be able to help get her to their favorite spot. A little nervous, Nabil waited at the end of a very long path that opened up on the beach. He texted to Ashley’s mom to let her know he was ready and then… waited for her to come over the hill. As soon as she saw him, she grinned from ear to ear. Holding a huge bouquet of flowers that included her favorites, blue hydrangea, they embraced, just before he knelt down on one knee to ask her the big question.  Of course, she said Y-E-S!

Their wedding date is set for September 9th, 2017. They will be getting married at the beautiful Ocean Edge in Brewster. Ashley’s very excited about the flowers at the wedding and they both can’t wait to have their families together to celebrate.  They’re also excited to spend the rest of their lives together. It’s so clear that this couple is head-over-heels for each other!

You’ll see what I mean when you see the photos.

SO special. Thank you Nabil and Ashley for sharing this moment of pure Bliss!

ALL Photographs by Michelle Kaye Photography

 

Why you should hire a professional photographer to do your events

Should I Hire a Professional Photographer to Document My Event?

 If you’re on the fence about whether or not to hire someone to photograph your event, consider these reasons:2 upCrossetti3

Let’s say the event is a family reunion and you want to get a group photo of the whole family. You could do it yourself, but one of two things could happen then. A) You have someone take the photo for you, leaving a family member out of the photo because they had to take it. This could possibly offend that person or make them feel awkward for being excluded. Or B) You set a timer on your camera. This can be problematic because there are so many people in the photo that you will need to take several images to make sure everyone is looking and has their eyes open. You will have to take two to three times as long to get the photos done because you’ll have to keep resetting the timer, and you still might not have gotten the shot. Hiring a professional will eliminate all of this stress.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go around all night taking selfies with my phone or camera with all of my friends and family members. I would much prefer to relax and enjoy the moment instead of trying to capture it. The quality of the photos will be much better than the selfies. Also, trying to take a selfie with a group of people is next to impossible when trying to get everyone inside the frame.

If the event is a birthday party, you don’t want to miss out on visiting with guests or helping your child open presents or cut the cake because you are too busy 2 upVincellotrying to take the photos. You want to be part of the action, not stuck behind the camera.

Another great thing about hiring a professional is that you don’t have to worry about editing and distributing the photos after the event is over. You just have to wait to receive them from your photographer.

Finally, it’s really a gift to have well lit photographs taking by a professional who preserve the memory of your event. Those images are going to be cherished by everyone for a very long time to come.

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Love Yourself in Pictures

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If you can’t remember the last time you loved photos of yourself… then now is the time to book a new session. I am your personal cheerleader and I will show you all the beauty of you in our session. We’ll laugh, we’ll play and in the end you’ll ooh and ahhh at your photos.

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Let me show you how you can make your home a self empowering castle for your every day life. Contact me today!

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March and More…. Thank You

Wow, January 8th was the last time I posted? been a long time. Lots of things have happened and more growing still is happening…

First and foremost I need to thank everyone that made the Boudoir Marathon a success!
The location was a stunning Mansion in Falmouth and I owe the biggest Thank you to Judy Shaw for lending it to me.
The lighting was perfect, the rooms were amazing and the photos came out stunning!

I had a great time, learned a lot about what I would do differently next time, and enjoyed each and every beautiful woman!!

Next, I am getting ready to teach a photography class to Realtors TOMORROW! Can you believe it? It’s been over a year since I taught photography to anyone, and I’m refreshing my memory with staging and using point and shoot cameras but I’m really excited. I can’t wait!

Also, I have two new assistants, ready and excited to start working with all of 2013 clients. They are great and will be introduced at a later date. Combining minds around photography has always been one of the best parts about the business. The creativity that comes out of talking, playing and working together is amazing and always helps me to continue to do more. Offer more. and just laugh more.

Bookings into the 2013 season for Weddings and Portraits are well on their way. One of my most recent bookings is for June with Abby and Jason. Just listening to their wedding plans has me SO excited for summer. A combination of Old cars, yard games, and a beautiful location… It’s going to be so much fun. They always have me smiling when I leave a meeting with them!

Let’s see… anything else? Oh Yes! The Flash Drives are ordered! No more Cd’s (unless you’re buying only a few digital files). But Weddings are all Flash drives now. Safer, cleaner, and easier to use on most computers and devices. I’ll post photos once they arrive.

I am also a new member to PPOCC Professional Photographers of Cape Cod. http://www.ppocc.org/ppocc/index.php
This is a big deal for me because it’s getting to be around more like-minded professionals that put their clients first! I can’t wait to attend the first meeting.

I truly feel blessed to be back home on Cape Cod and working in the best profession.
I will attempt to blog a little bit more… but wedding season is starting in March for Michelle Kaye Photography which usually makes it a busy time…

So Don’t miss a moment, call me today to make sure we have your photography investment on the calendar.

All The Best!
Michelle