Seth & Heather’s Stormy Engagement Session by the Sea: Matunuck, Rhode Island Engagement Photographer

A rain storm blew through Rhode Island just before my scheduled engagement session with Heather & Seth at Jim’s Dock in Matunuck. When the rain finally stopped we were left with a dramatic sky full of dark clouds, and some truly amazing light.

Jim’s Dock is not only a great, casual restaurant on the water (which is dog-friendly for outside dining – woohoo!), but it has a classic New England, coastal vibe. The exterior, with it’s buoys, signs and siding, reminds me of Rhode Island’s answer to the classic photographs I love of general store exteriors in the southern U.S. by Walker Evans. I used an “action” in photoshop to lend a vintage feel to this image of Heather & Seth. Honestly, it was hard to get a photograph of them not laughing!

We had the craziest rainbow across the harbor. Rather than a rain-bow, it was more like a shaft of sunlight came through to make a rain-segment. Still, it was beautiful and unique, just like Heather & Seth 🙂

I can’t think of a better note to end our session on than this dramatic image of the clearing storm clouds.

Heather & Seth, I am so glad we had the opportunity to spend some time together before your wedding day and capture some fun photos for you.

Enjoy your summer – I’ll see you in August!

Hi there


About Susan

My wedding and portrait photography business is located in the heart of South County, Rhode Island close to URI and the scenic, south coast beaches. I grew up here and feel so lucky to be able to work and create in such a beautiful location! My approach to photography is much like my approach to life: creative, relaxed, natural and fun. I would describe my style as a blend of candid & photojournalistic with traditional & artistic images. I love taking the time to create some beautiful, romantic portraits of my brides & grooms, but also the spontaneous moments throught the wedding day. 

I consider my website and blog a place where I can visually journal about the amazing people and places I get to photograph. Not only do I consider myself exceptionally lucky to be making a living taking photographs for people at important moments in their lives, but I also get to meet an amazing cross section of people I might not otherwise get to know. In the ten years I have been in business, I have had the chance to photograph couples riding high on the excitement of their recent engagement, on their wedding day, parents-to-be waiting to meet their new child, newborn babies, children marking milestone birthdays and families who want to remember a certain time in their lives by capturing it in a photographic portrait.  

In more recent years, I have had the opportunity to photograph the weddings of younger siblings and friends of previous wedding clients, and the maternity, newborn and family portraits of couples whose weddings I photographed in years past. It feels amazing to know my creative vision of these occasions is a part of their lives and their family history and I am grateful for each and every one of them. When I say I love what I do, it is from a genuine place. I can't imagine doing anything else and feeling as creativly satisfied and pleased to make my clients happy.  

I studied photography at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) for undergraduate school and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 

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