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  • Hey there! I'm Carrie and I'm so happy you found me!
    I'm the world's luckiest mom to the most beautiful little girl.
    I have a hard working husband that I'm thankful for every single day.
    I've been a professional photographer for 10 years.
    I love where I live and what I do!

Wednesday
A few years ago, I decided that we had more than enough space to put in some raised garden beds to start our own garden in our backyard. I think that part of me was hesitant to grow anything back there after tropical storm Irene made my backyard look like a swimming pool.  What if all of my hard work was instantly wiped out?  Me and my husband typically eat a salad for lunch during the week and while I love (and still shop at) our local farm stand during the summer, I really wanted to be able to grow as much as I could on our own.  As we all know, filling your cart with veggies, quickly adds up, so I knew it was worth it to put one in and just hope that Irene was that one in a hundred year flooding event and wouldn’t happen again while we’re alive (one can hope, right)!!

I decided to support another Vermont based business and buy our seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds.  It’s just nice to be able to purchase something that I know is good for my family and also keep my money right here in Vermont (and yes that’s a vote for always buying local when given the chance)!  

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If I had to pick a few favorites, it would be their Gourmet Lettuce Blend, spinach and the Mammoth Melting Snow Pea.  This year I decided to step up my gardening game and buy some lights as well as heating pads to be able to grow bigger and stronger plants rather than just placing them in the window.  Between the lights, heating pads and trays, everything was under $50 total which I think is a decent investment since everything can be reused.  Plus I might try growing our own lettuce in the colder months since we go through so much of it!

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This is what last year’s garden looked like early in the season.  I have the four raised beds which are closest to the house which has our most used items- lettuce, spinach, peas, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and few others.  I’m considering putting in two more, but I think I might wait to see how this year’s garden turns out since I have to rearrange the placement of some of the veggies.  I so can’t wait to get out there to get my lettuce and spinach planted.  I always get so happy when I see the little leaves peaking through the dirt.  It’s crazy, I know.

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Then this is the back garden closer to the river which now has a fence around it.  Some pesky little critter got to my broccoli and brussel sprouts last year and I was SO upset.  I ended up neglecting this garden towards the end because I was a little defeated and it was quite filled with weeds by the end of the season, but I hope to do a better job this year.

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Do you grow a garden in your yard (or even in pots in your window or on your balcony)?  If you don’t, you should try it!

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Tuesday

Last year when I got the renewal notice for my website, I realized that an important milestone in my business was about to hit.  Ten years- ten whole years that I’ve been behind the camera.  I didn’t start out shooting weddings, but these days, it’s just about the only thing I capture besides the occasional portrait session.  The anniversary prompted an idea- an offering to show my thanks.  Every wedding that I booked starting in November through the end of this year, will receive a free engagement session.  I so love capturing them that I thought that it was the least I could do to show my appreciation.  It’s often hard for so many of my couples to schedule an engagement session with me since more often than not, they’re living across the country (and even the world) and won’t have the opportunity to meet in person until the big day.  This is why I’m forever grateful for Skype and Facetime.  It makes things so much nicer to have a way to connect before the big day so that I’m not just a stranger behind the camera capturing what is such an important day in a couple’s lives together.  While I try to give a sense of who I am with my wedding magazine, it’s always nice to talk and hear each couple’s personal story since they’ve already read about mine.

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So you may be asking what my Tuesday tip is by this point.  It’s simply that if  you have an opportunity to schedule an engagement session with your photographer, I highly recommend that you do it.  I think that one of the most important reasons to have one, is to make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible in front of the camera before your wedding day.  If we’re all being completely honest, other than selfies with your phone, not everyone loves being in front of the camera.  We can often be super critical of the final product- wishing that we had stood another way, had our hand in a different position or wishing some other aspect of the photo were different.  Having the opportunity to be in front of the camera with your photographer can often make many of those jitters go away so that you can truly take in each and every moment on your wedding day.

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One of the great things about capturing photos before the wedding day, is having the opportunity to capture the two of you doing everyday things in places that you love.  Maybe a local spot that you often go to to relax.  Engagement sessions are about capturing your everyday love and what you mean to each other in that very moment in time.  Maybe we can head to a local coffee shop where you love taking a break, maybe your favorite hiking trail or maybe even bring along your favorite four-legged friend.

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Engagement sessions are also a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better.  When a photographer gets to know your story and thus gets to know you on a more personal level, you build a much deeper level of trust with each other.  In return, you’ll know that any recommendations I may give on your wedding day on things like location, etc are given with only the best result in mind.  I want the best for you, and knowing that you trust me allows me to give you my best because at the end of the day, we both want the same thing- beautiful and effortless photos!

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Monday
I think I’ll always be partial to October weddings.  Maybe it’s because it’s the month that I was married, but more likely it’s because of my love of layering clothes and being able to keep the door off of our bedroom open at night.  The cool days, the smell of the falling leaves and splendor that mother nature provides.  The leaves were just starting to turn for Sarah and Todd’s day- a day that had the possibility of rain as you can tell by the clouds.  Mother nature decided to cut them a break though and I’m oh so happy she did!
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I just love being surrounded by these mountains.  I live right below the mountain you see in the middle of the below photo.  You just can’t beat this scenery I tell ya!  The Hill Farm Inn is a great property for all of your family and brid

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Typically, I’ll start each wedding with the ladies and capture the details and the getting ready process before I head off to the guys for a little bit.  Since the guys typically don’t take too long, I’ll head back to the ladies for the dress being put on before they either have their ceremony or head off to a first look.  Since I capture 98% of my weddings on my own without a second photographer or assistant, I’ve found this to be the best way to capture everything I need too without any stress!

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Don’t the ladies look absolutely stunning in their floral robes and fantastic hair by Niki of N. Coolidge Hair Design.

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So many lovely details!

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Such a breathtaking spot to say “I do”, don’t you agree?

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Lovely flowers by the always fabulous Nancy Bishop!

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There are so many wonderful opportunities for photos on the property.  Between the views, the barns and the sheep, you’re guaranteed to have no shortage of options.

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Simply stunning….

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Thank you so much Sarah and Todd for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day!

Wedding Day Vendors

Venue | Hill Farm Inn                             Catering | The Perfect Wife                        Hair | N. Coolidge  Hair Design                       Flowers | Nancy Bishop Floral Design                Cake | The Perfect Wife

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