Archive for September, 2008

The Hotel Marlowe is one of my new favorite places to shoot! It was absolutely beautiful which is why I’m making them my vendor of the month. The decor was colorful and sophisticated with beautiful locations for indoor photographs. They have a park next door for a more natural backdrop as well as a short walk to an amazing skyline shot. [from their website] “Set on the Charles River across from downtown Boston, the Hotel Marlowe is an eclectic, vibrant luxury hotel in Cambridge. The hotel’s focus on “discovery” sparks creativity and celebrates forward thinkers.” Also….the food was gourmet and the staff was on top of their game. For more information click here.

Here’s to you Mrs. Robinson

September 25, 2008

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, such a good song and a must-play at any wedding for this family. This wedding had a beautiful blue theme and was perfectly set against the big blue Atlantic. Here are a few favorites.

Are you still looking for a venue to host your wedding reception and/or ceremony? The Henderson House in Weston, MA and The Warren Conference Center in Ashland, MA are beautiful possibilities. Dias Photography is also one of their new preferred vendors. Our photos were used in their new brochure on the front cover, back cover and inside. Here is what the spreads look like.

Interested in family portraits? These few photos were taken last week at the client’s home. Mom and Dad have a beautifully manicured garden in the backyard which made it such an easy place to shoot. At Dias Photography we have a simple, portable lighting kit that allows us to get such perfect photos wherever we go. Our fall schedule is booking up quickly so if you’re looking for holiday cards…. the sooner the better : )

Published: New England Bride

September 20, 2008

Pick up this month’s latest issue of New England Bride magazine and you’ll see our work as the featured wedding. Denise and Christian had a really beautiful wedding at The Chanler in Newport, RI. This month has been especially wonderful for us. You can also see us featured on the cover of the Henderson House and Warren Conference Center brochures!

Our Own Baby Story

September 19, 2008

Teresa and I had a birth plan but were ready to throw it out the window… you know what they say about the best laid plans. It’s 10 am on a warm September, Monday morning as we drive down Storrow Dr. towards Mt. Auburn hospital. No traffic, no rush, no panic but a calm ride to the birthing center.

The sun was climbing as we noticed the minute details of the day. The green trees that were just beginning to turn, the confident wind that blew against us…. this day will be lived and re-lived. We planned on having a natural child birth, meaning no pain killers, no labor inducing hormones, just a healthy respect for mother nature. Her contractions were increasingly close together so it was clear the baby Aviva was on her way…. soon! My mother and Father-in-law showed up around noon. They’re some pretty amazing folks themselves, a strong intelligent woman paired with a caring and sensitive man. Just about 2pm her best friend arrives, another independent, free willed woman. Just the kind of energy we would like our baby to be surrounded by as she enters the world.

The pain appeared to be intense, but Teresa did an amazing job relaxing, breathing and allowing her body to do the work. I have always had a great respect and admiration for strong women. What I experienced has blown me away. Teresa my fiance and new mother has shown me what strength really means. 5:30 pm and 7 hours after our arrival, Aviva Luna Dias arrives in her fullest glory.

I wept, I sobbed, I felt like I was on a first date with a new love at Grand Central Station, in a football stadium. The air was electric and full. It was dreamy, and surreal like time didn’t exist and all of Aviva’s experiences, moments, highlights have all been created at once. It was like she just learned to walk or read, or her 8th birthday party just happened, or the elusive moment when she just found her passion. All of time condensed into this moment. This is what life is all about.

Shorty after that Aviva meets the three women of greatest influence in my life. My loving mother and two sisters. If love, wisdom and health were a measure of wealth, we had nearly an embarrassment of riches. Aviva and Mom were healthy and lucid, high on the Love Drug and not any other. I looked clear into my baby’s eyes as she looked back. Again, I cried. The most beautiful, most amazing intelligent baby ever…. our baby!

We’re Having a Baby….

September 15, 2008

….Today! It appears that all systems are go. Teresa and I are on our way to the hospital. Hopefully all will go well and we’ll return with our beautiful baby. Check back later for Aviva’s first photo shoot… at the hospital! All phone calls and email we’ll be returned as soon as possible : )

Yoga and Healing Arts

September 12, 2008

I just finished editing a photo session I had with Samantha. She is a Thai Yoga Practitioner, Kripalu Yoga Instructor and a Reiki Practitioner and needed some photos for her website and promotional materials. She was charming, easy to be around and absolutely a pleasure to photograph. If you are looking for any of these services, send me an email and I’ll get you in touch. We photographed at Piers Park, in East Boston. The late summer sun was setting and created a beautiful side light. Here are a few of my favorites.

American Gothic Wedding

September 7, 2008

I’ve been enjoying re-creating classic artworks. I love this adaptation of the American Gothic painting. This was a great wedding. The couple was comfortable, genuine and planned flawless event. A wedding full of joy, love and good times! The event took place at The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset, MA. The stationary was beautiful, and all of the other details were tended to. Here is a small sample of my favorites. The last two photos are credited to our excellent new associate photographer James Lindley. He combines his technical and architectural experience, bringing a fresh eye to wedding photography. I especially love the slow shutter in the last photo!

The mailman brought some good news to Dias Photography yesterday. The new issue of Bride & Groom magazine has just hit the stands. We were featured 4 different times throughout the magazine! That’s a total of 20 photographs. This issue is jam packed with diasphoto! We’re really happy because we’ve been working very hard submitting photos for publication consideration. Also look for us coming up in New England Bride Magazine, and Gala, New England Magazine. Cover art credit goes to Pick up Bride & Groom Magazine at the following locations, click here.