cutler park engagement session - ashley + ryan! (boston wedding photographer)

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Ashley + Ryan are super awesome, dog loving, adventurous music fans so naturally we hit it off right away! It was so good to see them again and meet their pups, Knuckles and Ryder last week at Cutler Park in Needham, MA. They make a pretty good looking family, don’t you think?? Here are my favorites from their session! Looking forward to September!

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the newest member of the family!

Meet the newest member of the Sara Smile Photography family!

He is 9 weeks old and two pounds of pure love and purrs. After going back and forth about names with my boyfriend, me always suggesting names from the Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones and my boyfriend suggesting names from various comic books, he came up with the perfect name: Stark! It is an homage to Tony Stark (my favorite superhero, Iron Man) and the Starks of Winterfell (my favorite family on Game of Thrones). Perfect compromise!

He’s loving his new home, his big brother Hunter and is currently keeping me company at my desk while I work. I’m so in love!

should you go unplugged for your wedding? - boston wedding photographer

I was having a conversation recently with one of my couples about how they wanted to have an unplugged wedding ceremony and I swear I did a little happy dance in my chair at the thought! This has been a big topic of discussion among wedding photographers in recent years and there are countless amazing articles written about the subject as google will attest, but even so I have only been to 2 unplugged weddings! 2! I thought maybe if I throw my 2 cents into the mix that I can help get my couples thinking about if this is right for them or not. 

I won’t get into showing you examples of guests at weddings staring into their phones instead of living in the moment because I’m not trying to make people feel guilty for this! We’ve all done it! However, I will show you an example from Maura + Mike’s unplugged wedding last Summer to show you how wonderful a world without cell phones and cameras can be! Look at all those happy faces, present and taking in the moment with their own eyes! When looking out at your wedding guests during your ceremony would you rather see their lovely faces or their iPad?

If you are sitting there thinking, “yes! this is perfect for us!”, and would like some ideas about how to communicate the idea to your guests please go check out this wonderful article on my favorite wedding blog, Offbeat Bride for some wording ideas. I urge you to have it written on a sign or in the program (or both!) and to also have it re-iterated by the officiant as well for maximum effectiveness. You can find tons of ideas for signs on Pinterest too!

Lastly, the most important part to having an unplugged wedding is to make sure you share, share, share your photo gallery with all your friends and family! Once they see all of those beautiful professional photos and moments captured they’ll be happy to have something a little nicer than that cell phone pic they were going to snap while you were walking down the aisle. 

I hope this has been helpful and I hope to see a lot more unplugged weddings this year! 

xo Sara

newport engagement session - helen + noah!

I consider myself lucky to have grown up so close to Newport RI. I have happy memories of so many sunny days spent there and I’m so excited whenever I get the opportunity to return. I was thrilled when Helen + Noah told me they were planning a weekend in Newport and wanted to have their engagament photos there. These two are so fun, stylish and BRAVE, especially Helen who gracefully overcame the wind and the cold to help make these beautiful photos. Their wedding at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is one I’m really looking forward to this Summer. Here are just a few favorites from their Bowen’s Wharf/Cliff Walk engagment session. Enjoy! 

carnival engagement session - christina + patrick!

I had sooooo much fun with these two at the carnival. They were just so relaxed and ready to be silly and have fun in front of the camera, I can’t even imagine how awesome their wedding is going to be! I’m so happy that they found this little travelling carnival this early in the year, I seriously felt like a kid again.

Cheers to being young at heart! 

xo Sara




Sara is a wedding and portrait photographer with roots in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and California and is available for worldwide travel.