April 29, 2011

Meet: Lara & Peter

Good morning! Happy Saturday! And happy very last day of April!

I hope you all have something really wonderful planned to soak in every minute. We definitely do, and it starts with finally revealing to you the “Get to Know You” shoot we just did up in Cape Cod that matches up to that design board I showed you on Thursday. So sit down, brace yourselves for their awesomeness, and….

Meet: Lara & Peter

First let me start off by saying this: I LOVE Lara & Peter. Love, love, love them. They are sweet and funny and just generally love being around each other. And that makes our job as photographers a breeze. But when you add in the fact that Lara is also a photographer, I knew we were going to have one incredible shoot on our hands. And it also made me realize that these guys would be the perfect candidates for two new things I’ve been wanting to try.

The first is that we want to start working really closely with our couples on styling the shoots. We know that coming up with ideas when you don’t eat, sleep & breathe this stuff can be really hard. But we also know that the shoots where the couples have really infused their personalities and the things they love into the day are SO much better. And personally they get us so fired up, so I just think we get better pictures. So we wanted to start helping each and every one of our couples do that by working with them on creating a design board for their shoot (you can see Lara & Peter’s design board by clicking HERE).

We knew that Lara & Peter would have no trouble coming up with awesome ideas on their own since Lara is a photographer herself, but we picked them to start doing the design boards with because we knew they would really run with it. And we love that about them! So how does it work? We start by asking what kinds of ideas they have for the shoot and what they love to do together, and from there we turn it into a theme and ultimately a design board. And the hope is that design board will act like a packing list of what they need to bring, and just get us all on the same page for the vibe. And hopefully in the process take our shoots to the next level. We’ve only done one so far, but so far…I’d say it’s working! As expected, these guys rocked. it. OUT!

The second thing that we wanted to start trying is blogging our shoots in grids. We’ve been leaning this way for a while now, because it’s much closer to how we design our albums and also has more of that design board feel. Since Lara & Peter’s shoot had so many phenomenal details and different looks, we knew they would be the perfect ones to try it out on. And I’m really psyched with how it turned out… I hope you guys like it too!


PS: Lara & Peter, seriously there are no words! Thank you for everything…..for the Cape, for showing us around, for the fish & chips. But mostly for being who you are. We are so, so lucky to call you friends….and I fully expect many trips to the Cape together in our future! :) We can’t wait for the big day in September!!

  1. Lesley

    Beautiful, such a fantastic concept shoot! And Laura looks a little bit like Rachel McAdams, she’s adorable! :)

  2. Lara

    I woke up this morning…decided to check in…just to see. You didn’t disappoint! Thank YOU so much!! These are perfect, perfect, perfect. These feel so much like us…exactly what we wanted.

  3. Graham

    These photos are as beautiful as Lara and Peter are together — that’s a pretty hard thing to emulate. I am more than looking forward to seeing the photos from the wedding of my sister, Peter, and maybe a little of myself.

  4. Alex

    I TOO woke up and checked in immediately! First I just want to say is that I love that the images are all SO L & P. These are things they actually DO and wear! It has all the look of something that was professionally styled but what is different is a level of comfort they feel with their surroundings. LOVE EVERY IMAGE! Esp love the saucy back seat one..xxxx

  5. suzanna march

    These are lovely!! Beautiful job J&M and congrats Lara & Peter!

  6. Spring

    I love the design board idea!!! And these photos are stunning :) can’t wait to see their wedding pics.

  7. Emily

    J&M, just when I think you can’t get any better you go ahead and blow me away all over again. These are INSANE!!

  8. Meredith

    They’re perfect! So very perfect!

  9. Jen

    Very "Notebook"-esque. She even looks like Rachel McAdams!

  10. Maggie

    Once again, you did not disappoint! This is brilliant! I love your idea of doing a design board with your couples to really capture who they are. It makes for some amazing photos! I might have to steal this tip :)

  11. Deborah Zoe

    these are perfect guys:)

  12. Krista

    Lara! You guys are so cute! Love these!! :)

  13. Susan Wacht

    Awesome photos! Awesome couple! Great captures! The car shots are great…you really know how to work it!!
    And I loved the Victorian book on Antique Photography!! Very cool!

  14. Jennifer @EsqEvents

    WOW! Lara looks amazing. Great background on how you two help plan shoots!!

  15. Jeanette

    I love when you are actually able to capture not just the physical love but when it jumps out of the pictures. This couple looks like a blast and I cant wait to see what they have in store for their wedding! Great job as always, J&M!

  16. Peter

    SO good. Thanks for the great day and the great great photographs!

  17. Brigid

    Holy smokes that was a good shoot!!! I love love love it!!! WOW ;)

  18. Kate@MagnoliaRouge

    Gorgeous shoot… love all the outfits and the colour of the car coming through. Also love the way you’ve set it out.

  19. Jil

    ok, i think everyone will understand the enormity of this statement … this is my favorite shoot of yours ever. AMAZING

  20. Ravyn

    LOVE! The light, the couple, the settings … My goodness. What a beautiful shoot. You guys rock.

  21. Alicia Candelora

    I absolutely love everything about this shoot! Not sure if you have seen Blogstomp’s new app but it may save you time with doing the gris thing. I downloaded it last week and have been giving it some test runs. I will use it to blog when I launch the rebrand. It kinda arranges the photos for you in a grid pattern and then puts you logo on the bottom. Not sure if you would love it but it may be worth checking out. :)

  22. maggieb

    …such a happy relaxed couple…their love spills out easily here…the mood is captured and delivered! LOVE her dress!

  23. Tiffany

    Design boards for engagement shoots? Such a good idea! Judging by all the comments, you can deem this experiment a smashing success!

  24. Ray

    Such a cute couple and shoot. Love the photos in the car. ;o)

  25. eli

    so stylin’! that car looks so just right for you i think you may want to think about acquiring one. :)

  26. casey

    this is gorgeous. love the color palette and style of it all. peter, lara – you look so completely yourselves, happy and grounded. go!

  27. Trisha

    Wow! These look amazing! I love the ones where you two are in the car. It reminds me of your high school stories of driving around discovering Hopatchung when you were dating.

  28. Doug

    These look great! Now if only that car had Jersey plates…

  29. Sarah

    These photographs have captured the playful and refreshing nature of Lara and Pete’s love for one another! I am a great fan of the design board. What wonderful photographs to treasure!

  30. Josh

    Those photos look like something straight out of a catalog! Great job!

  31. nicholas pasquali

    These two have to be models! Beautiful. Pictures!

  32. Doug

    They all look amazing! I love the one with yOu two in the back of that car.
    Can’t wait to see you.

  33. Doug

    They all look amazing! I love the one with yOu two in the back of that car.
    Can’t wait to see you.

  34. Whitney

    Best photo shoot ever! That car rocks!

  35. Teresina Cardamone

    Love the back seat car shots and Lara in that green dress!! I love these photos :)

  36. Heather Swartz

    Love the photos, they are beautiful!!

  37. Cathy Tingle

    so sweet & fun

  38. Kelsie

    Lara and Peter – you both look fantastic! The pictures are great and it looks like you had so much fun at the shoot!

  39. Marcus

    Annnnd, this is one of the many reasons we love you :) Such beautiful love, and OH do you two capture it well.

  40. Pan & John Carlomano

    Wow what great shots! These pictures really reflect your personalities. And Lara, the pictures really showcase those million dollar dimples!
    Pete – the offers to do Polo commercials will be coming in soon!

  41. ashley

    these photos are about as warm and loving as the two of them. the location, the decor, the outfits…could not be more perfect! gah! can’t wait to see what you guys do for their wedding! its going to be a beautiful day :)

  42. Jen Russell

    Love it love it love it!!! These photos represent and exemplify exactly who Pete and Lara are– loving, warm, old fashioned, nostalgic stylish, and sincere!

  43. Beth Winfield

    These are so much fun! What a great shoot. Congratulations to the both of you xo

  44. Odette

    Lare & Peter, The pictures are great and fun to look at.
    I hope you continue to have such lovely days.

  45. Lydia

    Amazing shoot! I’ve been wanting to do this with my couples, now I think I have to!

  46. Scott McCaffery

    Great Pics! Love the car… Looking forward to September!

  47. Kevin Russell

    Very nice photos. Also like Peter’s beard….

  48. Stephanie Stewart

    YESSSS! Love this shoot! I have to show my hubby…we have a project 1969 BMW 2002 that we’re restoring, and I cannot wait to be able to cruise around in it and take some photos with it! Love, love, love this session, the couple is insanely adorable, and the locations rock. Amazing work, you guys!!!

  49. Carolyn Russell

    Nice pictures. I loved the picture with Lara and Peter standing in front of the car!

  50. Jim Russell

    The pictures are fun. Looks like you were made for each other. Best wishes.

  51. Stephanie Stewart

    Just showed my husband…he works on cars like this for a living. Is this a 1971? Does it belong to Lara and Peter? My hubby likes the e30 wheels!

  52. Grace

    What completely unique pictures–really shows the kind of couple you are!

  53. Mary Ellen

    Stunning- absolutely stunning!!! The pictures are wonderful. You can tell that Peter and Lara belong together.

  54. Bonnie Bastien

    These photos are fantastic! I love the colors against the grey day! And who’s car is that???? Let’s take a cruise Lara! :) I am very excited for you 2. Onward to September! Beautiful photos.

  55. Tara

    True artistry all around! Oh and a great showing of love!’nn

  56. Gabriel Hmieleski

    Amazing photos. But they always look great!

  57. Lisa Robinson

    What a GORGEOUS couple. I love these photos!! They are timeless and will make your children smile 20 years from now. : )

  58. Kristin Hmieleski

    Such a wonderful couple. I love the photo’s, but of course I wouldn’t expect anything less than fantastic from Justin & Mary.

  59. Brooke McNamara

    Absolutely LOVE these images!

  60. Brooke McNamara

    Absolutely LOVE these images!

  61. Burton LeGeyt

    I assumed you meant Cape Cod as in the one in Massachusetts but I didn’t realize you had gone to Cap Cod in Denmark! Ok that was cheesy but the photos look so great! Peter’s beard is a personal highlight for me.

  62. kevin Pi

    Classic! Absoutly classic!

  63. Kelsey

    I love the cheek kiss photo. You guys are adorable. :)

  64. Justin

    These pictures are great. If I had a mantle one of them would certainly be on it.

  65. Melissa

    This are so totaly awesome pictures you see and feel the love generating from them

  66. Andi

    These are so classic! I LOVE the car (and the story about getting the car). Every detail is so well placed and perfectly complementary to their beautiful look, and beautiful partnership. Go Lara and Peter!

  67. Sue Cavanaugh

    Lara & Peter,
    Absolutely beautiful, loving photographs…of a beautiful, loving couple who are true soulmates. I am over the moon with anticipation of September 18. Love you, Philly Sue

  68. Scott

    Well done. Random car guy really came through.

  69. Nora

    one beautiful couple and one beautiful shoot!

  70. Cassandra

    These are so creative! The last one is one of my favorites!!

  71. Jessica R.

    Great photos! I enjoyed looking at them!

  72. Lacy Crews Stoneburner

    This is what I think of whenever you two talk about spending the weekend on the Cape. Beautiful pictures!

  73. Sadie

    Really adore these! My fav is of you two in the front seats with Pete driving. He’s looking at you like he’s got major plans for your life together. Things that you are going to adore, and Lara, you as always, look terribly relaxed and excited to see what unfolds. Thanks for sharing them :)

  74. Jean

    What wonderful pictures! And, what a wonderful couple!

  75. Geoff B

    Pete, that sweater is a handsome shade of fallow

  76. Eva

    These photos are perfect, very beautiful and expressive. I love the one of you both in the car!

  77. Heidi

    These pictures make me think of a real-life "The Notebook" couple. :) Congratulations!

  78. Kara

    My favorite are the ones outside the car!!! (or in the car….it’s hard to chose!)
    love love love them!

  79. Bryan

    nice pics you guys look happy. like the one with with the blanket and inside the car

  80. Karin

    Is it just me or do they remind anyone else of the couple from the Notebook? SUPER cute photos!! Congrats <3

  81. Barbara

    Love all the pictures. Lara and Peter you make a wonderful couple.

  82. Dad

    I love it

  83. Seryna

    Amazing photos! I love everything about them. So classic :-) You two are wonderful and I’m so happy for you.

  84. terrie & ray

    love the pix, cant wait for the wedding, call me to book your honeymoon!!!

  85. kate o'connor

    These photos brought tears to my eyes. The love that Peter and Lara have is screaming out of these photos. Perfectly captured. I loved each and every photo.

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