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A-List: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine

Ummm, WHAT?

Yeah. So a while back I got an email from the lovely Diane Rice, the editor of one of my favorite magazines, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. They were considering me for their A List. Oh, that’s so nice of them to consider me, I thought. But for some reason I didn’t get into my head that I would ACTUALLY BE ON THEIR LIST!! What?? I can’t believe the names on this list! I feel SO greatful, mind blown, elated, excited!! Only 20 photographers in the country were chosen, and it’s so surreal to see my name appear beside so many other drool worthy candidates!! With great thanks to the editors of Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, there I am!! Woo hoo!

A-List: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons
A-List: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons
A-List: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

A closer look: (won’t be based in ny much longer – but oh well!)

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Fantastic light!

congratulations!! xo

Woohoo!! I couldn’t agree with this inclusion more!!!

The beans are moving to California!

Ok.

Are you ready for this??

We are moving to Southern California. IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR!!!!

Woo hoo! So before we get into the story of how we came to this sudden decision, I would like to mention that we will be booking our 2012 season in California, and we are offering really great rates for the first FIVE weddings we book in the state! So get on it!! We are also offering great deals on portrait sessions in the LA area, so if you are interested, fill out the contact form above!!

If you already have a wedding booked with us – no worries! Nothing has changed for you!

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I know, I know. Crazy. So the story is, once upon a time, we lived in New York City. We wanted to start a family, and couldn’t afford to spend $3000 a month on decent health insurance. Seriously, that’s how much we had to pay in order to not have a 10,000 deductible. My feelings about insurance aside, its generally pretty expensive out here in the North East when you own your own business and your making an income above the poverty line. But I digress.

So, we moved to Western Massachusetts where healthcare is mandated, and a little more affordable (marginally). We thought it would be a fun adventure to try something totally different on for size. And so, we became commuters, making the 2-3 hour trip to the city about every weekend for shoots and meetings and such, and retreating back to our country abode for work and life, digging our cars out of snow, wearing lambskin boots and fur lined floppy-eared hats and all.

Great Barrington is an amazing town, with lovely open hearted people. The food here is AMAZING. The culinary opportunities are really limitless. The houses are beautiful and charming. And there are swimming holes every half mile. It’s like living in a fairy tale with fairies and hobbits hiding in the lush grass. There were moments when I was captured by its beauty, and really considered what life would be like if we stayed.

And now there is a little human growing inside me. And everything has changed, even though, nothing really has yet. It’s like a switch turned on inside of me, and the family that I’ve lived 3000 miles away from for the past 10 years is suddenly too far away. Babies bring families together. And so I’m going back home.

It’s always a hard decision when you have family on two different coasts. But I know that I want to take my kids to In-n-out, Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo. Camping in Yosemite, road trips to Big Sur, weekends in Palm Springs. Winter Heat Waves. It’s where I grew up, and even after 10 years out East, It’s what I understand best. And I’m so thankful I can still give them magical White Christmases in New England, summer weeks up at the pond in Northern New Hampshire, Thanksgivings in Plymouth Massachusetts. And so. We are moving so my mom can cook me dinner if I don’t feel like it. So my niece can babysit if I have to shoot a wedding. So my sister can give me sisterly advice about being pregnant. So this baby can be raised by my whole family from the very start. And I am so incredibly grateful that my dear and patient Husbone, who has lived 30 years on this Eastern Coast, is making the leap with me, with a heart full of optimism.

So, if you are around, we’d love to meet some new people, make new friends and foster old friendships. We are so excited, nervous and optimistic about this big new change. Let me know if you wanna hang out with the Bean family!!

California, I’m coming home.

Sitting in a park in Paris France
Reading the news and it sure looks bad
They won't give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had
Still a lot of lands to see
But I wouldn't want to stay here
It's too old and cold and settled in its ways here
Oh but California
California I'm coming home
I'm going to see the folks I dig
I'll even kiss a Sunset pig
California I'm coming home


-joni mitchell

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How absolutely exciting and what awesome reasons to move. Can completely relate as my entire family is ages away and it’s hard… especially when I always saw my child being raised by my whole family and not just the two of us. It’ll happen yet. Many blessings to you and yours!

Hi Lisa! They will be playing a lot more in the area. Be sure to contact me when you are ready for photos! fun!

Awesome! Major congrats on the little nugget in your tummy :) So excited for you guys! My hubs (also a music man) and I are in Hollywood if you guys end up close and want a good meal and photog/music chatting

Oh my goodness! I can’t believe you are moving out here. I am getting married in Orange County in January 2012 but already have a photographer booked. I would love to take some pictures with you after our wedding though. I think your photography is amazing. Also, I have been dying to see the Two Man Gentleman Band!! Does the move mean they will be playing shows out here? Good luck to you and your growing family. California is fantastic for families!

OmG!! I’m not sure what part of SoCal you’re moving to but if it’s anywhere near Oceanside, CA, give me a ring!! I’ve lived here for almost 2 yrs and always looking for friends..old and new! Plus we can talk about babies and how fabulous it is being a mom!

Yay! I’m excited for you and know that being with family will make having baby a lot more manageable. and thanks for the Joni lyrics! I’m now trying to hit the “will you take me as I am” high notes while one of the dogs watches in horror. xx

moo

congrats on your new addition and your move…best of luck. so nice to grow up around family…can’t top that.

yay! hope to see you here soon!

congratulations on the baby! and on the upcoming move! (i have been reading for a long time but i am not sure if i have ever commented.) i love seeing your work!

judy

YAHOO! congratulations on your little one to be and I am sooo excited for you to come to socal! I’ve also been a huge fan & I would also love to meet you! This is great news for a sad california!

Oh dear! I know how badly you have wanted this, and am so so happy for younguys and baboo to make this move! Can’t wait to visit you three in the sun! Xoxo

Glad to hear it! There’s such a great community of photographers out here. I’m in Downtown Fullerton and would love to make a new friend!

clarke

I have been a huge fan of yours for about 2 + years now and I’m from LA. I am like jumping up & down I’m SO excited, you’re gonna be in my city! Living there!
Will you let me know if you ever need an assistant of any kind? Or even a nanny? I’ve got experience nannying and with photography as well! I’m sososo excited and happy for you & your growing family!

Yay for california-bound beans!!!

Yay for you guys! California is the best state anyway…one I wish I could afford to live in. :) Best wishes in your move…excited to keep tabs on your new adventures. xo

califor-ni-ay is about to get 10x cooler. can’t wait for you guys to get here!

So exciting!! I’ve been following your blog for about a year now.. and I’m completely enamored with your photography. I live in Southern California.. and (shh don’t tell anyone) am pretty sure the boyfriend will propose in the coming months. You’re actually the first person I’ve admitted that to. My point is.. Please don’t fill up all your CA slots too quickly! You’re at the top of my list, and knowing you’ll be so close by has only gotten my hopes up! Also, do you have a baby bump yet? :)

CA is magic :) I’m so excited you’re going to be here!
xo

Kathy + Wei

Oh how I love to shoot engagement sessions in Long Island City. It’s my number one place in the city – empty streets, amazing light, flora and fauna, and the whole Manhattan skyline at our disposal. You would think after five years of living there, and four years of shooting there I’d get sick of it, but every time I go back I feel like I see it a little differently. But right now, knowing that it’s almost 100 degrees in the city, I’m kind of glad I’m not living there. Yikes!

Kathy and Wei came all the way from sunny Australia to spend a month in NYC. They are total naturals, and it was such a pleasure to have them in front of my camera, and to spend an afternoon with them.

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I love how casual, yet romantic these feel. Great work! Great looking couple!

These look so great, you can feel the love. Excellent job!

These are really great Punam!

Tara + Tyrone

Tara and Tyrone are already married. They are high school sweethearts, and you can tell because they are like kids together. They laugh together, and at each other, and all in good fun. I always smile when I think of the afternoon we spent together. Together they exude a warmth that is altogether irresistible. They came all the way from Cali to hang out with me in my old neighborhood. I made film pictures of their beauty.

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Felicia

Tara and Tyrone you both look smokin hot …. love your sister :)

Tara & Tyrone

Its like Christmas for me today!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We love them!! You are SOOO talented and we wish we could hang out with you every day!

so so pretty!

Ditto what Ryan said. They are ridiculously good looking, and she is lovely and I love the colors and the light. So pretty.

It’s not even fair how gorgeous they are. Great photos.

Awesome shots! Love the colors!

Meg + Kevin

Meg and I were Camp Counselors together. Together we ushered young souls into the incredibly family that was camp. Together we watched as our kids marveled at storytelling for the first time, made friends for the first time. We watched together as they transformed into open and beautiful people. It was always a crazy week. We watched them cry as their parents left them there, and cry when their parents returned because they never wanted to leave the safe haven that it was to be there.

And then there was Kevin. I met Kevin when these two lovelies came to NYC to be at my wedding. I’m so glad that this is the man she is marrying. He is kind, gentle, brilliant, and the love that they share is deeply rooted in friendship and mutual respect. I’ve seen these two only once since my wedding in 2005, and they I would say that they still look to each other with a sense of awe. But it’s more than that. It’s true love, with a big pile of awe on top. I adore you both and I’m so grateful you found each other!!!

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ACK! And these are their puppies. I WANT TO STEAL THEM.

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meg + kevin

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yay! I love YOU!

Ahhhh!! I love, love, love! YOU ARE AMAZING!