Day 4- Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Mom Part II

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Welcome back to our little adventure! Last we left off Mom and I were in Massachusetts wandering around looking for some bomb-ass red leaves. We found some plants, about 20 kinds of mushrooms we’d never seen before, some cool shops, the Norman Rockwell museum and this cool cat who I thought might not be alive, but actually is just a really heavy sleeper. (And not bothered by humans).

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No luck with the leaves. So, being the miraculous beings of intellect that we are- we went south to Rhode Island. (We did realize the error of our ways). Here we spent some time finding some fine seafood, shopping for mom’s favorite color blue, and walking a whole lot!

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 Sunrise is my favorite time of day. If you’ve shot with me, I’ve likely tried to convince you to wake up long before the crack of dawn for your shoot. If you’ve hiked with me, we’ve certainly started our adventure before sunrise. Unlike sunsets, the light doesn’t stop after the pretty part. It’s peaceful because it gracefully transitions to day, leaving you the joy of its beauty and the promise of an exciting adventure.

Sunrise is my favorite time of day. If you’ve shot with me, I’ve likely tried to convince you to wake up long before the crack of dawn for your shoot. If you’ve hiked with me, we’ve certainly started our adventure before sunrise. Unlike sunsets, the light doesn’t stop after the pretty part. It’s peaceful because it gracefully transitions to day, leaving you the joy of its beauty and the promise of an exciting adventure.

We had this stunning morning, spent the rest of the day driving around checking out different sorts of farms- founds some alpacas and chickens- lots of pumpkins, and then the weather took a huge turn. Which, being from the Pacific Northwest, I was super in to. Mom was less thrilled but we don’t let anything stop us.

This next shot with the crab hands- “Hand touching hand, touching me, TOUCHING YOU!!!! SWEETTT CAROLINE….” I mean… I’m a wedding photographer after all. ;)

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A note on photography- it’s wild how photos taken years apart from a memory can trigger such strong memories. And photos that have virtually nothing to do with said memory. One really beautiful and sad thing I have seen- past couples have used photos I took at their weddings to memorialize important people who have passed in their lives. It breaks my heart, but also helps me realize the value in what I do. It’s so much more than documenting a wedding, but the state of each individual there and the importance they hold to the couple.

It’s powerful stuff.

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We took our time getting back to Boston where we would fly out from the next day. We were driving across the bridge to get out of Newport, Rhode Island (where I somehow managed to lose a very important piece of jewelry) when across the way we found a windmill. Naturally, we had to go find it. It sat alone in the middle of a field.

The bridge reminded me of my brother Alex so we took photos of that too.

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Back to Massachusetts we trotted. Checked out Salem because why not. Went into a haunted house where I screamed a lot and Mom laughed at me- rightfully so. Checked out a graveyard where the witches were hung and ate some diner food.

Our last day we decided to check out the places that inspired writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. (gotta have three names to be a good writer)

Again, lack luster colors but we had a good walk.

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I mentioned earlier about losing a very special piece of jewelry in Rhode Island- this was a sapphire tennis bracelet that Jon gave to me on our first Valentine’s together. It was at the very beginning of our relationship and I had worn it every day since (except for when it was at the jewelers getting shortened/mended). I somehow lost it and didn’t realize it was gone until I was in Turkey two days later.

Today I found out it was found and is being shipped back to me! Thank you to the kind souls at The Cliffside Inn who found and sent back my bracelet. It might be silly, but it’s a special representation of our relationship in a way and it being lost pierced my heart a little. So again, thank you! And also- if you need a place to stay in Rhode Island, the Cliffside Inn was extra special awesome! The whole staff was delightful and the rooms were super cool and unique!

Overall, our whole trip was awesome. We bought a mother/daughter journal to go through together and learned a lot about each other. Mom put up with a lot of hangry Zoe due to being on a diet, but we had a blast anyways!