Creative Step and Repeat Posing

Last night The Vineyard Gazette Media Group and  The Martha’s Vineyard Magazine hosted their annual BEST OF THE VINEYARD awards ceremony.  This is where its readership votes for the best and brightest in local food, shopping, entertainment, outdoor adventures, and more and winners are announced. This was my second year capturing the winners in a step and repeat model and approached it a bit differently. A cup of documentation, a dash of interesting, 2T of creative freedom and I mixed in a whole lot of FUN.

 

Best Florist – MORRICE FLORIST

 

Best Yoga Studio ~ THE YOGA BARN            Best Dentist ~  ISLAND DENTISTRY

 

Best Hair Salon ~ MAGGIE”S SALON

 

Best Package Store ~  OUR MARKET

 

Best Pizza ~ GIORDANO’S RESTAURANT                     Best Sandwich | Breakfast Sandwich | Picnic Food ~ 7A   

Best Grocery Store ~ CRONIGS MARKET

Best Women’s Clothing | Best Shoes  ~ THE GREEN ROOM

 

Best Fine Dinning ~ STATE ROAD RESTAURANT

 

Best Garden Center/Nursery ~ DONAROMA’S

The BEST BEST BEST of the Vineyard.

An Intimate Wedding on Chappaquiddick

Lora and Marc were married on Chappaquiddick Island at Mytoi gardens surrounded by their parents on a glorious sunny day last week.

The newlyweds met on Martha’s Vineyard through mutual friends a few years back and during their recent trip to Italy, Marc proposed on a gondola in Venice. He had the ring made for Lora by a jewelry maker he knew, trained in Florence, with an Italian style filigree.

After the ceremony and pictures with their parents, we took a four wheeler onto the dunes and headed East to Cape Poge for some off road fun and visitas.

I was so honored to join them, to capture THEIR day as they planned, hoped and dreamed it would be.

Lora + Marc ~ Complimenti a tutti e due. Molte benedizioni negli anni a venire.  ~ xox Randi

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Green Suppers is on its way!

I’m excited to announce my first cookbook, Simple Green Suppers written by three time cookbook author and farmer Susie Middleton, will be released next Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Susie and her genius strategy for turning seasonal vegetables into flavorful, inventive, one dish dinners—is the solution to the perennial question: what should I cook for supper tonight?

Each recipe is crafted to bring the best qualities of seasonal vegetables forward and to amp up their flavor with sauces, seasonings, and herbs. Chock full of tips for making the most of the food you have in your larder, pantry and fridge.

Please join us at our launch party this Sunday, April 9, 4 pm, at Morrice Florist in Vineyard Haven. Join us for an informal discussion led by Edible Vineyard Publisher and Author Ali Berlow. Q & A to follow and refreshments and nibbles, of course. We will be signing books after the discussion, thanks to our friends from Bunch of Grapes bookstore.

Photographing Kids ~ Leave the Cheese Home

Kids Portraits:

Photographing kids can be a real adventure! They’re busy, they’re squirmy, they’re fast, sometimes they’re cranky, but guess what? Comparatively, all of that stuff is a total piece of cake.

 

The real challenge? The cheeeeeeeeeese.

Never have I photographed a child who didn’t do exactly one of two things when I first pulled out my camera. 1. Put on their “camera face”—you know, the one that Mom has programmed into their psyche since infancy, or 2. immediately ran in the opposite direction.

I have exactly one rigid, non-negotiable rule for myself as a photographer: I don’t shoot fake smiles. Period. I want to photograph what’s real, authentic, alive. Not only is approaching sessions from this space a million times more satisfying for me, but it completely enhances my subject’s experience as well.

Given a choice, I’d take the latter, any.day.of.the.week. I want you to “just be you“!

I am looking to capture your families authentic connections. Leave the perfect hair and clothes at home. I would much prefer to see you just as you are—beautiful! Show up in your favorite jeans and tousled hair, your child with a lolipop-stained mouth from the ride in the car. Relax. Have fun. Be real. Be alive. Be in love, and loving each other. Perfectly imperfect.

Here are a few tips I use when photographing kids.

1: REMOVE THE “CHEESE” from your vocabulary. If you’re looking to create real, timeless images, avoid that word like a swimming pool during a thunderstorm.

2: CHILL AND BE PLAYFUL: Just relax. Kids respond authentically to normalcy. Have Fun, play a game, run around, have a pig pile on top of Dad. The possibilities are endless.

3: DISENGAGE MOM and DAD: Mom + Dad – I have your back – relax!

4: LET THEM GO: Instead of trying to contain children to a specific backdrop, allow them to explore. Remember, your subject doesn’t have to be looking directly at the camera in order for you image to tell a powerfully authentic story.

5: BE YOURSELF: The best thing you can do to create beautiful art with a child is simply relax and be yourself. That’s what I am after with your kids;  A play date.

Baby Moon Portraits on Martha’s Vineyard

Baby Moon Portraits:

Randi Baird Photography is proud to offer Baby Moon Portraits, beautiful and memorable photographs of expecting parents. This is a sweet time for couples to spend together before the next stage of their life, time to focus on one another.

Here at Randi Baird Photography, we love watching your family grow! The glamorous Stephen and Josie allowed me to photograph their beautiful Baby Moon on Martha’s Vineyard coastline. Six months later, they invited me to photograph their son’s naming ceremony in Connecticut.

With over twenty years of experience working and living on the Vineyard, we’re happy to share our favorite beaches and venues with you. Brooklynites Robin and Bob met RBP associate Arletta Charter on Lucy Vincent Beach, the perfect location for the couple’s twin Baby Moon!

I first met Jennifer and Brad when I photographed their engagement, then their wedding, and now their Baby Moon! I’m forward to their family portrait session this summer.

Is your family expecting? Let us help you create your Baby Moon Portrait! Randi Baird Photography is now booking photography sessions for this upcoming Spring.