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Rebecca Arthurs Photography

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Rebecca Arthurs, known for her editorial style photography, is a true visionary. From lifestyle to details her photography is an art form. Her work speaks for itself, but we had her dish a little more for us so everyone can get to know the woman behind the camera.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your photography style.

I am a hopeless romantic, dreamer and tea drinker (I had my first cup of coffee this year!). I love hunting for antiques, deep conversations, hiking with my dog Rowan, and traveling for work and adventure. I’m a Fine Art Wedding Photographer. The majority of my current weddings are shot on film (think old school), developed in a darkroom, and then the negatives are beautifully scanned into digital files! I love weddings that are authentic & romantic, with lots of happiness and laughter. My couples also have a wild side. They are wild about each other, wild about pursuing their hopes and dreams, and wildly passionate about creating a beautiful life together.

2. What type of photography services do you offer?

Portrait and Lifestyle sessions are shot 100% on film. I shoot weddings hybrid, some digital some film.

3. What is the one thing you tell anyone you’re photographing?

I tell my clients not to worry about what to do! I’m here to help them relax and move naturally in front of the camera. One of the most common comments I hear is how pretty my “candid” photos are. And while that’s wonderful to hear, most people aren’t comfortable enough to really let loose and relax with a giant camera in their face. So the images that look so natural are often a product of my direction. I am an artist and visionary. I observe the mannerisms, emotions and relationships of the people I’m photographing, then intuitively direct them into authentic motions and poses that allow me to capture their true personalities.

4. How far do you travel to provide your services?

I’m based in Hawaii 6-7 months out of the year (living in Kailua Kona and shooting on all the Islands) I head back to New England during the Summer/Fall for those gorgeous North Eastern weddings. But I’m always happy to hop on plane to capture a celebration in a new location. Your imagination is the only limit!

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Rebecca Arthurs Photography

Rebecca Arthurs, known for her editorial style photography, is a true visionary. From lifestyle to details her photography is an art form. Her work speaks for itself, but we had her dish a little more for us so everyone can get to know the woman behind the camera. 1. Tell us a bit about yourself […]

Photography Spotlight – M.Studios

Photography Spotlight is on M.Studios this week — Learn more about this talented duo as well as their best advice!

1. How did M.Studios come to be?

Marisa and I have been friends for almost 20 years.  One thing that we’ve always had in common is a love of photography.  We were both doing photography professionally but separately.  I was working for Snap! Photography as a lead photographer.  Marisa was shooting portraits and doing freelance work for companies like Alex and Ani.  We started hiring each other to assist on jobs we had when we finally had that “aha” moment!  We saw the opportunity of not only doing what we love but being able to do it with your best friend.  Could it get anymore perfect than that?!  So, in 2011 M.Studios was born and it has been the greatest thing for both of us. 

2. What types of photography services do you offer?

While we mostly focus on weddings we also do portraits, head shots, and event photography.  We also have a super swanky photo booth that is always the life of the party! 

3. What is the best advice you can give to anyone being photographed?

Trust your photographer!  You hired them because you saw something in their work that spoke to you.  If you trust in their vision it allows your photographer to work their magic.  Also don’t be afraid to ham it up!  Laugh a little too much, flip your hair, be overly romantic, and just have fun with it! 

4. How far are you willing to travel?

We will travel anywhere and everywhere!  We have shot weddings in New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Maine, New Hampshire as well as many other places in New England.  We even traveled to Philadelphia for an engagement session.  This year we are going to the Adirondacks in upstate New York and we can’t wait!  We love to travel so destination weddings are our favorite!

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Photography Spotlight – M.Studios

Photography Spotlight is on M.Studios this week — Learn more about this talented duo as well as their best advice! 1. How did M.Studios come to be? Marisa and I have been friends for almost 20 years.  One thing that we’ve always had in common is a love of photography.  We were both doing photography […]

4 Ways To Get the Most From Your Hair and Makeup Trial

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Wedding prep almost always includes scheduling a hair and makeup trial. (You don’t want to wing it on your big day, do you?) Here are 4 ways to make sure you get exactly the look you’re going for when you say “I do.”

Browse Pinterest. The best way to communicate the look you’d like on your wedding to your hair stylist and makeup artist is to bring inspiration. Find a bride with the updo or tousled curls you’d like and save it to your phone (or tear sheet it from a magazine). This will give the people helping you go glam a starting point. You can modify your look from there.

Ask questions. Find out exactly what you should plan to do if you need to touchup your makeup post-ceremony (hello, there will probably be tears!). For example, she may tell you to carry loose powder–or purchase the lip color she used to create your look. You’ll want to write those products down so you’re totally prepared come the big day.

Replicate your wedding day look. If you can, try to wear a white tee-shirt or button-down to the trial that mirrors the neckline of your wedding gown. This will help you get a sense of the full picture–even if you’re not wearing your dress.

Take tons of pics. You want to capture every angle possible–not just so that you can show your friends, but so your hair stylist and makeup artist can recreate the exact same look on your wedding day.

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4 Ways To Get the Most From Your Hair and Makeup Trial

Wedding prep almost always includes scheduling a hair and makeup trial. (You don’t want to wing it on your big day, do you?) Here are 4 ways to make sure you get exactly the look you’re going for when you say “I do.” Browse Pinterest. The best way to communicate the look you’d like on your wedding to your hair stylist […]

8 Extra Items To Pack For Your Honeymoon

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You’ve been so caught up with the wedding, you almost forgot: Immediately afterward, you leave for your honeymoon — and you have no idea what to pack. Here, to make it a much easier task, we’ve pulled together a packing checklist with the “extras” — the special must-have items you want to have, but might forget. Our advice? Pack the weekend before the big day.

1. AN OUTFIT FOR YOUR FIRST NIGHT OUT. It’s your first meal as dinner out as a married couple and you’ll want to commemorate it right.

2. PRETTY LINGERIE. Even if it’s just a comfy new bathrobe, you’ll be glad you splurged on something pretty and romantic just for you.

3. A PORTABLE SPEAKER. Depending on where you’re traveling, you may have Wifi, but no easy way to listen to music. A portable speaker makes it a breeze to amplify the playlist from your wedding as you reminisce. Pack a cheap one in your bag.

4. BOOKS. You won’t be mooning over each other the whole time. Pack a couple of “his” and “her” riveting reads for when you’re lounging beside the pool.

5. LUGGAGE TAGS. Seriously, nothing is worse than losing your bags en route to Paris–and trying to locate them so your travels can begin.

6. PHONE CHARGERS. And international power adapters depending on where your honeymoon travels may take you.

7. WORK OUT CLOTHES. If it’s part of your regular routine, you don’t have to make an exception just because you’re supposed to be totally relaxed on this trip.

8. A PAIR OF SHOES YOU LOVE. Practicality rules, but you should also splurge on something that’s fun and unique for this trip (just be sure to stash some extra band-aids, too).

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8 Extra Items To Pack For Your Honeymoon

You’ve been so caught up with the wedding, you almost forgot: Immediately afterward, you leave for your honeymoon — and you have no idea what to pack. Here, to make it a much easier task, we’ve pulled together a packing checklist with the “extras” — the special must-have items you want to have, but might […]

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