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Event Photography….Jenny’s Graduation Party!

Jenny’s Grad Party ’17

Event photography is a blast. You never quite know what to expect, and the energy is fabulous. Although I started my photography business doing only portrait sessions, after photographing my first event, I was hooked!

A bit of a back story on why this may be so….I spent nine years in capital equipment sales and those nine years were filled with a lot of “firsts.” First sales call, first sales meeting, first lost sale, first won sale, first equipment failure in front of a chief decision maker…you get the picture. A LOT of firsts. The night before every sales call was filled with a mix of preparation and anxiety, and each day was filled with knowing new people and new environments, and I loved the energy it filled me with. Connection became my calling and fed my heart and soul as I sold hematology equipment throughout New England. I saw myself as a problem solver and I prided myself on making people’s lives easier because of my equipment.  What to some might have looked like ‘just a sales job’, was something entirely different to me, because I loved connecting with my customers. Finding out what they loved and what mattered most to them was my joy and lead to many wonderful friendships and sales. Sales was not my focus, connection was.

Flash forward to my photography business and what has driven my energy….yes, I love the technology and the light, but what truly drives me is the people. Connecting with people because of my photography has been such a joy. And through an event, you come to meet so many people doing what they love to do while they are connecting with those they love doing it with. It’s like speed dating 20-100 people at a time, and it’s a perfect match for my personality.  The added bonus is solving the event-giver’s ‘problem’ of how to capture the memories and yet still enjoy the party…click!  I completely love my portrait business and getting to know the families, teens and adults who I have the privilege of photographing, and I am happy to say, that I also love my event photography and being a part of the memories, joy and connection that is the wonderful by-product of  group gatherings.

So, there you have it, I’ve once again found a career for myself that thrives on firsts, and I’ll be the first to say…I absolutely love it! 💕

Jenny’s Graduation Party

These photos are all from a recent event I photographed for the Spear family at Woodland Golf Club. I so enjoyed capturing their ebullient and beautiful daughter, Jenny, at her high school graduation party. Her gorgeous and fun-loving friends surrounded her in celebrating this important milestone, and their willingness to ham it up for the camera was a pleasure. It was a non-stop 3 hour event full of gathering and re-arranging the guests in multiple poses and settings, and we all had a great time doing it.

“We contracted Beth to take informal and formal pictures at our daughter’s graduation party.  The girls loved having their pictures taken and Beth made them feel so comfortable and captured unposed moments that ended up being all of our favorites.  Beth was able to gather groups together without being intrusive or taking too much time.  I would highly recommend Beth for any occasion!”   

Linda Spear, Wellesley, MA

Jenny’s Grad Party ’17

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High School Senior Parents…take note!✏️

If you are a parent of a High School Senior, I can only imagine the number of items on your fall “to-do” list! My head spins as I remember the lists I made in 2013 and 2016 when my daughters were seniors at Wellesley High School! I’m writing today’s blog to help you check off a few of those items (and maybe make your life a little less stressful in the process).

For 2 years I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Wellesley High School (and other nearby towns) seniors for their yearbook portraits. What fun I’ve had getting to know them as we chat together during their 30-45 minute session. I learn all kinds of wonderful things about them…their hobbies, pets, siblings, college dreams, best friends and even what side of their face they like best. What results from these casual and open conversations is a natural, happy and authentic portrait of your senior, one that can sometimes be difficult to get during those standard ‘big-box’ school photo sessions. My favorite portrait location is outdoors (my back yard, Wellesley Town Hall, Wellesley College, or your yard) with lovely late afternoon/early evening light. I also love soft window lighting and am adding an indoor studio to my options this fall. Continue reading


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🎓WHS ’17 Pillow – Order Now!

Dear Wellesley High School Class of 2017 Parents….

It’s not too late to order this soft and sentimental Raider-Pride pillow for your graduate! Each 16×16″ all cotton pillow features 50 phrases and words that are unique to the Class of 2017 and will fondly remind them of their years at Wellesley High School. Designed by Wellesley parent, Beth Shedd, these pillows will be ready for pick up the week before graduation. Order yours today – deadline is April 30th!  Please specify backing color – black or white (shown below, ideal for autographs). $60 each.

White backing is great for autographs!

Raider Pride! Perfect for dorm or bedroom!

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WHS Class ’17 – Souvenir Pillow

Raider Pride for dorm or bedroom!

🎓 WHS Parents! If you’ve been looking for a unique gift for your graduate, look no further!!!  These one-of-a-kind, all cotton, 16×16″pillows feature 50 words and phrases that are unique to the Class of ’17.  Perfect for bedroom, dorm room or family room.

Choice of backing: black or white (great for autographing). $60/each.

Order & payment deadline: April 30, 2017. Delivery will be the week before graduation.  How easy is that?

To place your order, please click here.

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WHS Class of ’17 – Souvenir Pillow

If you’ve been looking for a totally unique graduation gift for your senior, then look no further!!!  These one-of-a-kind 16×16″ souvenir pillows feature 50+ words and phrases that are unique to Wellesley High School’s Class of 2017.  Choice of backing: black or white (perfect for autographing).  $60/each.

Order & payment deadline: April 30, 2017. Delivery will be the week before graduation.  How easy is that?

To place your order, please click here.

 

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Senior Yearbook Ads and Commemorative Pillows

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“Beth is a dream to work with–she is creative, efficient, impressive, professional and truly saved me a ton of time and money during this very busy 2015-16 senior year. Beth created my daughter’s senior yearbook spread, and provided me with delightful, well crafted one-of-a-kind WHS graduation presents for 4 graduating seniors. (I was only going to buy one keepsake pillow for my daughter but when I saw how awesome they were, I quickly purchased 3 more!). When I contacted Beth about the senior yearbook piece, I was desperate–the due date was near, and although I had selected my daughter’s photos and some captions for the yearbook, there was no way I was going to be able to put these together in any dignified way. I contacted Beth and within hours–HOURS–I had the most gorgeous photo spread for the yearbook. Beth, thank you for your talents and for your time! I feel so lucky to have found you!”

R. Elwy, Wellesley, MA ~ June 2016

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