One Mission’s Kid’s Cancer Buzz Off 2013! Gillette Stadium Charity Event

Sometimes, you know you’re participating in something big.  Something awesome.  I had that feeling when Shannon Cronin originally put the word out that she was looking to build a team of photographers to cover One Mission’s Annual Buzz Off for Kid’s Cancer, that this  was one of those things. I was right.

If you’ve never heard of One Mission, it is a fund that was built by Ashley and Ari Haseotes, when their son Nicholas, was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia when he was just seven months old.  Through their journey with Children’s Hospital in Boston, Ashley and Ari decided to start One Mission to create programs to help families struggling through that same journey.

Four years ago, Ashley and Ari started the now annual Kid’s Cancer Buzz Off, where participants sign up to shave their head to raise money for Children’s Hospital. Starting with just 21 “Buzzees” in 2010, the event has taken off, and this past year, I was able to witness 876 Buzzees take their turn in a chair to have all of their hair shaved off.  In that day, over nine hundred thousand dollars was raised.

The team arrived to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro early, and we watched as the Buzzees and their friends and families shuffled in to be assigned to their respective shave groups, and were invited to make signs to share why they were participating.

One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_01One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_02 Here’s Ashley’s story in her own words.One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_03Ashley welcomed everyone to the area, and gave a heartfelt thank you to everyone, as she presented the groups donation to Children’s Hospital.  After all of the opening ceremonies were complete, it was time.  The first group of Buzzees were brought to their chairs, and with some nervous banter and smiles, the clippers were turned on, and the hum of the buzzing filled the area.
One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_04I thought there would be a lot more tears, and while there were plenty of Buzzees who were nervous, as soon as the process started, everyone was all smiles.  After seeing themselves for the first time, everyone beamed.  Light just poured from everyone’s eyes.  We all knew we were part of something amazing.
One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_05 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_06 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_07 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_08 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_09 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_10 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_11 One of the big sponsors of the day is Patriots player, Rob Gronkowski, who shaved his head for the third time this year.  The 28 MVP Buzzees who raised the most money for the day were in his group, and were understandably excited.One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_12 Even Rob couldn’t shake the last-minute jitters before he was buzzed!One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_13 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_14 After Rob finished, he tried his hand at taking the clippers to the Buzzees, and joked that he had a second career in the making.One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_15After Rob’s shave group was complete, it was time for a media interview on the Buzz Off red carpet, and a quick pose with one very well-timed Buzzee!
One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_16 The Red Carpet was one of my favorite parts of the day.  One Mission put on a great after party for the Buzzees and their loved ones, and as they walked in, we took a group photo for anyone who was interested.  This was where I got to really meet and spend time with the Buzzees, and share hugs, tears, and LOTS of laughing.  One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_17 This is Ella, the 11-year-old Buzzee who raised over two thousand dollars all on her own, and even encouraged Gronk himself to step up his fundraising efforts!  She is one of the strongest little girls I’ve ever met, and is destined for great things.One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_18 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_19 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_20 One_Mission_Kids_Cancer_Buzz_Off_21Thank you, One Mission, for allowing me to be a part of your event, and for doing what you do.  I left Foxboro with a full heart.  Most of all, thank you to each and every Buzzee who participated that day.  It is people like you that make this world a better place to live.  You are beautiful.

Chloe & Eliza are here! A Boston Newborn Lifestyle Session

I am beyond excited to be able to share this post with you, because these two little princesses are my very first nieces!  Chloe and Eliza have already completely won over my heart, and with good reason.  They were cuties from day one, as very healthy and happy twin baby girls.

Newborn_Twin_Girls-1 After some practice with twin bunnies we brought up, the proud dad was already a pro.Newborn_Twin_Girls-3How could you not be excited to see these faces and snuggle?
Newborn_Twin_Girls-2 Newborn_Twin_Girls-4 Less than a week after making their grand entrance, Chloe and Eliza were ready for their first impromptu photo shoot!  They already have their own little personalities.Newborn_Twin_Girls-5 Baby feet times two!Newborn_Twin_Girls-6 “Clo-worm” slept through her turn, for the most part, perfectly posing herself for me and my camera.Newborn_Twin_Girls-8“Eliza-bean”, on the other hand, is already a spitfire, and stared me down! She’s so curious for not even a week!Newborn_Twin_Girls-9Plenty of funny faces… someone takes after her auntie :)
Newborn_Twin_Girls-10 But we did catch one barely sleeping moment!Newborn_Twin_Girls-11 Love you to pieces little ones!  Don’t grow up too fast, ok?Newborn_Twin_Girls-7

Courtney’s Baby Shower | Boston Portrait Photographer

I am pretty partial to these photos, since it means that my beautiful mom-to-be sister in law has two little twin baby girls who are almost ready to make their grand entrance!  A few chilly Saturdays ago, all of Courtney’s family and friends gathered at Veasey Memorial Park in Groveland for a wonderfully home grown shower, with everything times two!
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What a wonderful year it was!

My goodness, 2012 has been quite the year over here at CTP.  I could not have imagined meeting so many amazing people this year!  To each and every one of you, thank you.  I am so lucky to be able to know all of you.  Whether you’re one of my brides, moms, dads, kids, classmates, or even a Blue Man, you have all made me want to be the absolute best version of me that I can be!  Here’s to 2013 and many more adventures!

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Blue Man Group Boston | The final result!

If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen my behind the scenes look at Blue Man Group in Boston, and a sneak peek at the show  (if you haven’t head on over to those posts first to see some of the stills that I used as part of this piece!).  All of your comments and posts on all of these have definitely put a smile on my face, so thank you!

Take a look at the show and the photo shoot here, and for a behind the scenes look, click here!

I am thrilled to FINALLY share my final multimedia piece!  This was my first soiree into the multimedia world, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process!

I have to say thank you to everyone who helped make this project happen, but a few major shout outs are definitely in order to Laura Camien, Lisa Hackman, Meagan Becker, Jason McLin, Greg Balla, Mike Brown, and Brian Tavener, for being absolutely wonderful!