New Shoot at Mountain Top Inn & Resort

December 4th, 2014

This past October I was back at Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vt. to shoot their newly completed "cottage" Campion. I must admit that when marketing director Laura Conti told me at the end of July when I was there photographing Grand Vista to save a slot in mid-October to photograph Campion, I had my doubts that it would be ready. At that point, the 3-level mountain retreat was framed and roofed but it seemed unlikely that Naylor & Breen Builders, Inc. could have it completed by their Columbus Day deadline. I'm glad I didn't bet against them — Naylor & Breen deliver!


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New Photography and Branding at Mountain Top Inn & Resort

August 15th, 2014

I was delighted when I got a call from Laura Conti, the new Director of Marketing at Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont. I grew up near the landmark property well known for it's spectacular mountain and lake setting. The latest additions to their wide range of accommodations are their Trailside Cottages. These are definitely not your father's trailside cottages! These mountain retreats are large and airy, incorporating luxurious, natural materials while maintaining a country ambiance. Laura asked me to photograph Grand Vista, the most recently built Cottage, in a style as dramatic and welcoming as the property itself, setting a new tone for the Mountain Top Inn & Resort brand. This was my first shoot at Mountain Top and I hope to return again soon. Here's a peek at some of the new images of Grand Vista.


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Laura's dog Beans sitting by the door on the entry deck. The Cottages are pet friendly.

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Fireplace inset into the stone faced wall and seating in the Great Room.

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View of the Great Room and dining room looking across the granite kitchen counter. I had to wait for the heavy, morning fog to lift before shooting the next one.


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Now you can see why they named this cottage Grand Vista!


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Rich details in a vignette in the upstairs bedroom.


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Laura commented before the shoot how much she likes my images where the focus is on one room, but you can see into another. I think it makes an image layered and arresting and helps show the connection from one room to another. Here, it's the upstairs den in the foreground and a peek into the bedroom.



In advance of a shoot, I "script" the styling and propping. Here in the upstairs den/sleeping loft (one couch is a pull-out bed) I suggested a story line that your kids or guests are upstairs relaxing, enjoying a game… while others are downstairs.


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Toiletries on the luxe granite countertop in the upstairs bath.



Laura and I had some fun with wrapping the napkin around this wine bottle to use in the master bath shot. We thought it looked a bit like a plushy robe.


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Here's the great rain shower head in operation in the master bath.

Garden and Island Photography

June 27th, 2012

In this posting I'm going to share some photographs from two day trips I took last week. The first one was to Martha's Vineyard, Ma. with my sister and two of my cousins and the second, a solo trip to Hartford, Ct.

For those of you who are not familiar with New England, Martha's Vineyard is a lovely little island off the coast of Cape Cod. I've been there a number of times on assignment, but this was the maiden voyage for my companions so I was the designated tour guide. For first timers on a cool, non-beach day, The Campground in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are must-sees. This Campground is not the one where you and the kids pitch your tent and roast marshmallows, although the original Methodist visitors did pitch their tents there back in the mid 1800's when they came to attend religious camp meetings. By the 1860's and 70's, those tents were quickly  replaced with incredibly fanciful Carpenter Gothic style cottages of which about 300 are remaining today. My suggestion while we were aboard the ferry of going to The Campground was met with a hint of skepticism which disappeared as soon as we entered the enclave of colorful cottages. In contrast to all of that wonderful chaos of purple, orange, red… and riotous detail, we next went to elegant Edgartown and a walk past (and in) the shops and then along the beautiful stately white houses lining Water Street to the Edgartown Lighthouse which happened to be open to visitors, an unanticipated bonus.

My second trip of the week took me to Manchester and West Hartford, Connecticut to photograph two gardens. We were in the middle of a really horrendous heat wave, (welcome to New England, 60° one day, 98° the next) but I was concerned that if I waited a few more days the roses would be too far gone. This was my first time photographing at Wickham Park in Manchester and now that I've seen it, it won't be my last. Scroll down to see images from Wickham's English Garden, Cabin Garden and Sensory Garden. I have been to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford several times, but this was the first time that I hit it when the climbing roses were in all of their glory. It was jaw dropping.



Homes along Water Street in Edgartown.

Backyard of one the stately houses. Hmmm, the view is not too shabby!


The view from atop Edgartown Lighthouse.

Dock in Vineyard Haven.

Twilight view taken from the ferry in Vineyard Haven just before our departure.

Above is the Scottish Garden at Wickham Park in Connecticut.

The Sensory Garden

The English Garden

The Cabin Garden

This one above and the two below in the rose garden in Elizabeth Park.

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