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  • WELCOME!

    Thanks for stopping by! I'm Betsy, and I like taking pictures-- of people, most of all. I'm wife to Paul and mother to Joel, Nora and Connor. They are my favorite subjects. I'm a Special Care nurse by day, a knitter and reader by night. I love New England, and Cape Cod most of all.

    I am available for some limited travel, especially if it's to Ireland or some other lovely clime.

    Wanna' get in front of my camera? Get in touch and we'll set up a session!

2015.

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There’s something sobering about sunsets. They close a door. Silent the page. Finish a chapter. They herald the ending of something, the no-going-back of full day. But still we seek them out, chase them, revel in their beauty, attempt to capture them on camera. We try to give them words, and mirror them through all forms of artistry. And yet, we never really do them justice in our descriptive attempts. The last sunset of 2014 has just ended on the East Coast. It was a good one, a slow sinking of a winter sun in a nearly-cloudless, frozen sky.

I love the ending of a year, the looking ahead at the new. The goals and the unspoken, firmly-held dreams. The unburdened and unbridled hope of it all. A hope that is raw and pure and completely untouched. I like that unknown hope, the looking ahead at the murkiness of what might be, the wondering, the seeing dimly. The soft, muted outlines and shapes and unknown futures. There’s beauty in that unknown, the unsettledness, the open journal, awaiting the pen to set alight a record of what can be. The crispness and clarity of last year has come, and it’s gone again. We know what already was, can look back on it with clear vision. But there’s a muddled and filmy view ahead, a wonderful look at what might be, soft and murky shapes and pretty visions. There’s an untold story just waiting to be recorded, and although we’re seeing through a glass darkly, we are still seeing. And through that clouded vision, there are beautiful things to behold.

Happy New Year.

 

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Jen & Steve. Connecticut Wedding.

It was a late, late October day. The sun shone like it meant it, the air was scented with the crispness of a beautiful New England autumn; the sky was as blue as it could get. It was the kind of day that stays in your mind, the kind of day where parachutes are dotted against a blue sky, where the light turns more golden by the moment, cementing in the mind the complete privilege of living in Connecticut. And these two got married on this, the best of days. The gathering was small, and classic, and happy. There is so much love for these two from family and friends, such obvious hope for what good things are ahead.
Jen and Steve, thank you for letting me be there, to watch as more memories were made, to photograph you as you began your first day of marriage. Love you.

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December 17, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Jody - Beautiful pictures, wishing you both Gods Blessings!

It’s that time of year.

Dear, oh, dear. This was terribly fun. For full disclosure, I will admit to a few things-

1. I am wicked biased when it comes to my own nieces & nephews.

2. The scent of this photo session was the best one yet.

3. Hot chocolate and candy canes and the happiest of kids? Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning.

I just really love the people in these photos.

 

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December 4, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Jess - Betz, these are really beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

It’s a Big World.

It’s something to see your surroundings through the eyes of a two-year-old boy. Curious and smart and soaking in every adventure through the newness of a child’s eyes.

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December 1, 2014 - 9:00 am

Krystle Stevenson - Betsy- these look amazing!! Thank you so much. I can’t wait to share these with our family. :)

-Krystle

Stephanie & Bruce. Wed.

Their day was something. The kind of day you keep thinking about after it’s over, little things you smile about and review in your mind with a sense of contentment. It wasn’t storybook perfect, you know. But it seemed like it. Because in a storybook, it would have been 75 and sunny, and there would have been sparklers and fireworks and a saturated sunset sky. It actually rained for much of the day, but that detail wasn’t the main theme at all. Oh, not at all. Their storybook wedding took on a different look. It was the little things that won’t be long forgotten- the preparation, the conversations. The smile on Steph’s face as she prepared, the kindness of heart she felt from those who surrounded her. How her Mom rejoiced with her, her friends helped her. Her half-moon crinkling eyes as she beamed. The words spoken, the service they had. The blessings they felt. The song they chose. The prayers that were prayed by father and grandfather. The quiet kindness shown. The look on Bruce’s face as he waited for her. The obvious joy she brings him, the blessing he knows he has in her as his wife. It was the people who came together from all over, their work friends, their long-held and dearly-loved community, the obvious love of their families, so many memories over so many years. It was better than any storybook wedding they could have planned for, and they felt it all day long.

 

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November 28, 2014 - 1:53 am

Kris - Beautiful! You captured the joy and fun of the day so well!

December 19, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Bruce & Steph - Betsy – you captured the day perfectly; thanks to you for another job well done!! :)