Brimfield, Massachusetts Engagement & Graduation Session {Things to do in Brimfield}

I am SO excited to share these with you all! Back in November I ventured west into Brimfield at Brimfield State Forrest to for another photo shoot with Jessie & Chris. I met Jessie at a bridal fair awhile back and we connected right away. These two had not one, not two but three sessions with us before their big day (the more the merrier!) and we can’t wait to document their rustic wedding this fall!

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This photo shoot was for a special occasion- Jessie graduated from Boston University with a Masters in Social Work and Chris graduated with his journeyman licensing program at Porter & Chester. These two also bought their first home this year so its a big wonderful & exciting year for them 🙂 Congratulations on all the big things happening this year Jessie & Chris!

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The plan was to take photos of them in their caps & gowns, but once I saw the pretty trees I couldn’t resist getting some of them in regular clothes too. I could seriously photograph these two all day! They are so much fun to hangout with and we always end up laughing together.

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Plus, they are super adorable. I mean come on. Look at these. so. much. love.

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Jessie decorated her cap! I always wanted to decorate my cap when I graduated because I love to craft and adore the details, but truth be told time caught up with me and I never did. So now when I see a beautifully decorated cap I just enjoy its beauty. Last year when I photographed a client’s graduation from Suffolk University, I had so much fun checking out (and taking photos of) the creative caps. One was decorated like a pineapple. Anyways… back to Jessie and Chris 😉

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I am so happy these two did this photo shoot. Graduating is such a huge accomplishment! School takes sacrifice with all the time studying, sacrificing time away from friends, family and loved ones and a big financial sacrifice. Its no secret how hard yet how rewarding it is and once you have a degree or certificate no one can take that away from you. Its a huge season of your life and when you finish, it should be celebrated 🙂

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Personally, the only photo I have of myself in my cap & gown from college is the one the school took of me shaking the Dean’s hand when getting my diploma (which by the way really isn’t your diploma, its just a placeholder piece of paper since Worcester State University mails them out months later). I have several cell photo photos but if I could go back I would have gotten professional photos since I don’t plan on going back to school and its such a big moment!

I love that Jessie & Chris were in school at the same time cheering each other on.

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Graduation Photos, Boston Graduate, Springfield Engagement Session, Springfield Wedding Photographer, Fall Engagement Session, Brimfield State Forrest Photo Shoot
Graduation Photos, Boston Graduate, Springfield Engagement Session, Springfield Wedding Photographer, Fall Engagement Session, Brimfield State Forrest Photo Shoot
Graduation Photos, Boston Graduate, Springfield Engagement Session, Springfield Wedding Photographer, Fall Engagement Session, Brimfield State Forrest Photo Shoot

I love exploring new locations and will definitely be back in Brimfield to hike or finally go to the Brimfield Antique Fair 🙂 If you are planning a day trip or photo shoot to Brimfield, Massachusetts, here are a few local things to do afterwards:

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Things to do In Brimfield, MA

Dean Pond Recreation Area: Enjoy the pond and go for a swim! There are also trails here and a gazebo for some shade.

Cook’s Orchard: Fresh fruit tastes SO much better than imported fruit you would find at a grocery store. ]

Brimfield State Forrest: This is where this awesome photo shoot took place. Its really pretty, and a great place to go hiking, a relaxing walk or a picnic. Have dogs? Great news, Brimfield State Forrest is dog friendly!

The Brimfield Antique Fair : Looking for rustic home decor or a new piece of furniture? The 2019 dates are May 14-19, July 9-14, and September 3-8th

Hope you enjoy this session & tips for things to do in Brimfield!

x Kayla

Want to know more about Kayla? Follow her and her husband Chris’s adventures: http://instagram.com/brightlightsimagery

Bright Lights Imagery is a fine art photography & videography studio. Bright Lights Imagery serves clients all over New England and Worldwide (we love destination weddings!). Kayla specializes is photography for newborns, boudoir, and weddings (but also photographs head shots, families, cake smash session, high school seniors and more!) and her husband Chis leads their videography team. The photography studio is located in Whitinsville, MA close to Boston and only 20 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island and 20 minutes from Worcester, MA.

Hiking Thundering Falls Trailhead & Waterfall in Killington Vermont // 48 hours in Vermont in April

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Wedding season is coming- its so close and I CAN’T WAIT! I’ve second shot 3 weddings so far this year (gotta get my wedding fix) but am excited to see my Bright Lights Brides & Grooms get married in 2019! With Wedding Season kicking off as well as the weather warming up for more outdoor portraits, its about to get much busier this time of year. I am SO EXCITED to be out with my camera hanging out with my clients and doing sessions vs spending days in front of a computer doing all of the tech things. Chris’s busy season is coming too with his Magic Business and Videography gigs, so we thought it was the perfect time for a little getaway before all the long nights staying up editing kick in.

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We choose Killington, VT for our 48 hour geteway for a few reasons:

  1. I’ve never been to Killington before and love exploring new places
  2. It was an hour closer to us than Burlington
  3. We REALLY liked the hotel we found.
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We stayed at the Killington Mountain Lodge, which had the most amazing giant outdoor hot tub surrounded by two fireplaces with a mountain view, a heated indoor lap pool (which we used several times and were both sore the next day since we hardly swim), homemade cookies, a cool game room with pool and giant jenga + connect 4, and a continental breakfast with homemade yogurt. Perfect place for a relaxing weekend away!

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We went to the Killington Visitor Center and they were so nice and helpful! They told us about Thundering Falls and we are so glad they did! Thundering Falls Trailhead is part of the Green Mountain National Forrest and is an Appalachian Natural Scenic Trail. Chris and I enjoyed the hike and did a little mini photo shoot while we were there. I couldn’t resist when I saw the tall trees! It was chilly but the sun helped keep us warm. We only ran into one other person the whole hike, so going off season has its perks.

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Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer

The thing that got me started with cameras was nature photography. I got my first camera (a polaroid!) for my 9th birthday. Since I was little I loved exploring the woods behind my house, hiking and everything outdoorsy. I would bring my camera with me often to capture the beauty of nature. Then my senior year of college, after learning how to use a DSLR, I went on a nature and wildlife photography trip to Costa Rica and Panama. I came home and started my business shortly after. I am so thankful for that trip and for learning so much about photography through photographing nature and wildlife. I always love how peaceful hiking is.

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Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer
Vermont Destination Photographer. April in Vermont, New England in Spring, Snow, Bright Lights Imagery, Vermont Wedding Photographer

The first half of the trail was on a pathway and some water on the side. Looks like in the summer it goes over a stream. After hiking for about a half mile, we saw SNOW on the path! 35 degrees in April, so its not super surprising. The snow on the pathway was nice and soft, easy to hike on. Good thing I brought my waterproof hiking shoes 🙂

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Once the pathway ended, we hiked in the woods. The tall trees were so pretty! It was a bit icy here as you can see my slipping a little bit but it just made the hike more interesting 😉 Highly recommend this hike! Its a quick hike to the waterfall so great for everyone. There were other trails too that we would have explored if it wasn’t so icy. Guess we will have to go again 🙂

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You will find the entrance to the trail at 2298 River Rd., Killington, VT. It is a short hike to the waterfall!

Our Blog is Back!

Hey there! It’s been a while. A long while. I know what you are thinking… you have so many pretty images… Kayla, why aren’t there blog posts for them all? I’m gonna be real with you.

photo of me by Angela Greenlaw

I smile this big because I love what I do. I learned so quick after going full time with photography almost 3 years ago (time flies!) that it was a lot more work that I thought. When I was a part time photographer and still working full time I still worked hard, but I could pick and choose what I wanted to do work wise with photography. I didn’t realize how much went into the back end when you had to make more $ since your income depends on it. So I worked. and worked. and worked some more. #entrepreneurlife

photo of Chris & I by Mary Decrescenzio

And it worked. And I started getting busier. But busier is hard. Busier takes more time. My once never ending to do list kept getting longer. and longer. Ever been there?

photo of me by Iryna’s Photography

I was overwhelmed but excited and had to figure out new processes, new ways to be more efficient in my workflow. But doing new things take time. Taking on more clients take time. I knew I would never want to take time away from giving my clients an amazing experience, so blogging got pushed to the back burner. But I have good news!

photo of us by Angela Greenlaw

I invested so much time into creating workflows. (using a CRM has giving me so much time back!) and I am excited to say, I am finally going to blog again. I’m going to do it a little differently this time too. So, what will you see on our new blog? The photos of course, but so much more! We will be sharing before & after edits, some personal posts (excited to blog about our recent cruise to Mexico!), and I will be writing articles with tips to help you with all things photography. So, be prepared to see some beautiful things on here. I can’t wait to share them with you!

x Kayla


Bright Lights Imagery serves all of New England and Destination Weddings. Our Studio is located in Whitinsville, MA conveniently located just 20 minutes from Worcester or Providence. We specialize in Newborn Photography, Baby Photography, Boudior Photography, Family & Senior Portraits, and more. We frequently provide fine art wedding photography & videography in Boston, Newport, Cape Cod, Plymouth, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York and around the globe.