Give the gift of photographs for the holidays!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Did you know I've taken over quarter of a MILLION wedding pictures? 268,345 pictures in wedding galleries to be exact. I'd guess that less than 1% of those pictures have been printed, framed, hung on the wall or displayed on a mantel or desk.

Look around your home, do you have bare empty walls? Are your family members always bugging you for a picture from your wedding? Are you swamped at work with no time to shop for holiday gifts?

Let's fix that now, with the once-annual Leah Haydock Photography print sale. Your wedding and engagement and family pictures should be enjoyed and displayed in your home, in your families home - don't let them languish on a disc or computer or flash drive that can corrupt or become obsolete!

Here's the all-important details:

All wedding, engagement and family galleries are now active (if you can't find or remember your link then just email me

Go to your gallery, select your pictures and hit "buy". Choose prints (select your sizes) or specialty/showcase for canvas or metal prints

At checkout enter the code 50 (the numbers 5 and 0) and you'll get a whopping 50% off your order

For today only (Small Business Saturday), you'll also get free ground shipping

The print sale ends at midnight EST on Monday 11.30.15 (no exceptions!) 

As I'm thankful for yet another fabulous wedding season, 25% of the print sale profits will be donated to Boston Childrens Hospital as my way of saying thank you to all of my couples and their families who've trusted me with documenting their wedding day.

You might be wondering, "Hmmm, I have my images from our wedding, I'm just going to print them at the drug store, why bother getting professional prints?" and if so here are the answers:

1. Professional prints ordered through your gallery are printed on archival acid-free photographic paper on carefully calibrated printers for truer colors and less chance of fading. Here's the blurb:- [Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper is the most popular paper used by professional photographers. This paper boasts accurate color, realistic saturation, excellent neutral flesh reproduction, and great intensity and offers brighter blues, cyans, purples, and reds. Standard Archival Value of 100 years in home display; 200 years in dark storage.]

2. If you haven't made prints at the drug store yet, you're probably not going to do it anytime soon :)

3. Prints ordered in sizes 8x10 or larger will be subtly and perfectly retouched, sized and sharpened to look even more amazing close up on your wall!

Renaissance Golf Club Wedding Pictures, Haverhill, MA - Janelle + Rob

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello! Can you believe it's Thanksgiving one week from now? The turkey in the oven, the potatoes on the stove, the pies in the fridge, the cookies on the counter - can't wait. In the meantime, let's feast (do you see what I did there?) on Janelle & Rob's Renaissance Golf Club Wedding in Haverhill, MA.

I'm a big fan of Renaissance Golf Club for your wedding venue for a number of reasons, some selfish (it's really close to home and Paul plays golf there) and some less selfish (it's a beautiful setting, Holly, Molly and the whole team are fabulous to work with, the ballroom has lovely high ceilings).

Janelle and the girls were getting ready in the Bermuda room with Kristina of the Flawless Makeup Company and Talk of the Town Hair. Check out the beautiful flowers from Les Fleurs:

The diamond in the center of Janelle's used to belong to her grandmother and Rob designed the ring around the stone. Janelle also had her grandparent's wedding rings tied with a blue ribbon and pinned to the petticoat under her dress. 

Janelle's sister and MOH Nicole helped her into her wedding dress from Madeleine's Daughter, love the little lace cap sleeves. 

Proud parents Louise and John were so excited and emotional to see their daughter as a bride for the first time: 

Audrey was over with the guys and there was a big surprise waiting for Rob....

...the guitar that he really, really, really wanted: 

Meanwhile, back at Renaissance, Rob had arranged for the delivery of a letter and gift for Janelle and it all got pretty emotional: 

If you choose a wedding date in late fall or winter when it gets dark early, then you have a few different options:
- Do a first look and have all of your portraits and formals taken before the ceremony in the daylight (a good option especially if you have a pretty venue like Renaissance)
- Have an earlier ceremony with a break before the reception to take pictures
- Have all of your pictures taken indoors/in the dark

Janelle and Rob chose to do a first look and take all of the pictures prior to their ceremony so they'd also be able to thoroughly enjoy cocktail hour with their closest friends and family. I loved the nervous excitement and big hugs !

Cast your mind back to the TV show "Friends", now imagine this in Chandler's voice, "Janelle, could you BE any more beautiful?!?" 

We were joined by Janelle & Rob's wedding party:

Looking very stylish:

As guests made their way to their seats they were handed programs and ribbon-streamer wands to wave for the newlyweds:

Janelle walked down the aisle on the arm of her father John.

Rob was patiently waiting: 

I sprinted up the steps to the clubhouse to get this one: 

The wedding was officiated by Janelle's brother Dan so it was super personal.

Rob's grandfather did a beautiful reading: 

If I had to choose my favorite part of each wedding day, I think it would probably be the recessional. Couples are always just so happy and all "We did it!" 

This is Audrey's picture:

While guests made their way to cocktail hour we stole away in a golf cart for 5 minutes to take a couple of pictures before the sun completely disappeared. 

There's a rather fabulous little bridge out on the course where you get sunsets like this:

Signature cocktails, a raw bar and great conversation at cocktail hour:

The ballroom looked beautiful with both tall and low centerpieces by Les Fleurs: 

Janelle and Rob danced to "Close your eyes" by Michael Buble: 

Toasts by Nicole (Janelle's sister and MOH), Chris (Best Man) and John (Janelle's father) were funny and heartfelt: 

Janelle danced with her father John, and Rob danced with his mother Teri: 

And then Rob took the microphone and wowed everyone as he serenaded Janelle:

DJ Mike from C-Zone (always great to work with!) officially opened the dancefloor:

Rob & Janelle - what a wonderful day!!! From our initial shoot in Salem with the puppies to your most excellent wedding day, it's been such a pleasure getting to know you both! I hope you like this small selection, your gallery with hundreds of pictures is uploading as we speak!

Engagement Pictures in Central Park NYC :: Emily & Nick

Friday, November 13, 2015

We're still in NYC here on the blog today! Much as I love the Boston Public Gardens, Central Park might just have the edge as it's so huge with all sorts of interesting structures and bridges and rather fabulous light.

Emily and Nick both went to school at Boston College. Neither of them can really remember the very first time they met, they were in the same group of friends and would often find themselves at the same events.

After always just knowing each other, it was senior year when something changed. Nick embarked on a subtle campaign to woo Emily

The wooing mostly took the form of food. Emily had injured her foot and was on crutches for part of the school year. Nick would bring her breakfast to her dorm room every morning explaining, "She's awful when she's hungry."

Once they'd graduated from BC and it was all official, after a little time working in Boston they moved together to New York City where they enjoyed everything the city had to offer.

One cold, winter evening Emily walked through the door to their home with wet hair, her feet in ski boots and her arms full of dry cleaning for their upcoming ski trip out west.

Spelled out in candles by Nick was "Will you marry me?" The dry cleaning was thrown aside as Emily said yes.

Emily & Nick - after photographing you both in the wedding party of another BC couple (Hey Dani & Mark!) and also our random elevator meet up at another wedding, it was a pleasure to meet up with you both for real and to photograph you in your current hometown. I hope you like these favorites! Lot's more to come! I can't wait to photograph your wedding at the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, MA next year!