Armor and Martel: Blog en-us (C) Armor and Martel (Armor and Martel) Sun, 20 May 2018 11:47:00 GMT Sun, 20 May 2018 11:47:00 GMT Armor and Martel: Blog 90 120 I left Facebook and yes, I'm Ok with that. I imagine I'll get a few blog views this week after finally getting off Facebook. I've been considering it for more than a year, had business discussions with others regarding it's viability as a connector for customers and the pros and cons of a continued presence. My reasons for leaving cover a myriad of different reasons, but really it boiled down to one thing: It's continued use is simply not a valuable use of my time. I'd still like to catch up with you though. How about meeting up for a coffee?

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The Unwanted Guests

On a country road somewhere in Tennessee is a graveyard. My wingman Mark and I were heading west, and I was being a bit lax in noting our general location. Our route was on his GPS up front. I was just sightseeing in the sweep position. Topping a hill, we both spied an interesting sight on our left, and eased the motorcycles just off to the gravel on the side of the lane. Several acres of farmland was spread out before us, a dilapidated house several hundred yards back. The property was littered scores of old tractors- The number could have been as close to a hundred. There were parts strewn everywhere, in various states of decay, their rusting bodies shrouded in an early morning haze. I unpacked a camera and started making a few pictures. I could stay here for hours I thought, but figured we should touch base with the owner to see if it was ok to shoot a little. The property was fenced off with a wavy rusty wire and post barrier, with a gate a few yards away. We approached it and noticed the sign. Nor much bigger than 10 inches across, it was hand written in large angry caps, on the yellowed paper, covered with faded plastic. IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE “IN RANGE” Being Yankees, we decided this was not the time or place to make a new friend or press our luck. We quickly packed up and rode off!

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Wedding Day, Country Style. For this wonderfully warm Wedding Wednesday, We’ll roll back the clock to an early fall wedding from last year that featured weather just the same.

In our my call, the groom said, “I’m getting married, and the reception will be in my backyard”

Driving into rural Connecticut, I envisioned a simple backyard ceremony.

I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the location.

The amazing tent was erected next to the perfectly decorated barn where the ceremony would be held.

All those personal details that made this completely unlike the shoreside Newport weddings were ready for pictures, and presented me with a delightful change of pace.

From the flowergirl’s miniature cowboy boots to the arrival of the bride by vintage tractor, it was a total blast to shoot.

I’m not a country boy, and don’t know much about farms or horses, but I can appreciate all those elements and loved photographing this one.


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Fine Art Friday: Along the Panhandle A repost from a trip along Texas' Panhandle some years back, that didn't make it to the new blog. Late in the afternoon on a windy riding day, I stopped the motorcycle at this rest area on the highway. Probably built during George W's reign, this huge glass and concrete structure was a welcome spot to warm up and pull the tumbleweed out of my front forks.

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The social media dilemma- breaking up is hard to do. Armor and Martel is leaving Facebook, and it's with a dry eye that I unpublished the page today. While I still maintain a profile on FB, The A&M page will soon get trash canned. I've wrestled with the idea for more than a year, after watching FB throttle the number of fans that can see posts on the page, and their efforts to ramp up advertising by making my business posts less visible.

Look I get it- it's a advertising site and they want revenue from businesses. I sort of went through this whole thing many years back with WeddingWire, which was free and then, not so free after we built up reviews and a base there too.

While I appreciate all those that have followed the A&M page, the truth is social media's benefits to businesses (and people) is somewhat dubious in my eyes, and I'm extremely doubtful of it's value as an ad platform. In the last year I've found it to be a huge time suck, without the ROI to match the input of effort. Facebook's own data indicates it's showing FB page posts to less than 10% of our fans unless we advertise, so it's a no brainer to dump the page if they're not going to show it. Facebooks recent security and privacy issues, plus it's increase in false accounts make me question it's use as a vehicle for engagement. 

There's a certain meaness to online interaction these days and the impersonal nature of using the web to connect takes away from what I do. A wedding planner once told me that photography was the most personal of services she recommended, and I've always felt the business page caused a certain "disconnect" between myself and customers. 

I'm keeping Instagram, which is fun and the A&M blog has always been the place where information flows from. To all the A&M page fans, you can catch up with me on the website, or through my personal page on FB, Instagram, or quaint as it seems, you can call me on the phone!





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How You Can Save The World I usually post on this blog to sell pictures, but today I'm pitching something else. In case you didn't know, today is Earth Day. You're probably busy and don't have time to save the world, but you can do your part by making a simple change to your lifestyle today, that will make our planet a better place to live tomorrow.

Get one of these for your groceries-

Instead of using these-

Getting yourself a reusable waterbottle and taking it with you...

Would go a long way to solving this problem.

Best of all: you won't believe this but you can get the water out of your own kitchen faucet, and it costs much less! Amazing eh?

Take the time to use your own travel mug-

To eliminate this-

Adopt any one of these and reduce some trash in your neighborhood. (All the trash in these pix was shot on my 15 minute walk in my own town on the way to the coffee shop). How embarrassing! Is your neighbor the sloppy litterbug, or is it you?

Oh yeah- pick up some trash when you see it and throw it away!



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Throwback Thursday 3-22

It's Throwback Thursday, post- Nor'easter in New England on the first day of spring. Like our young (now older) friend here, let's all hold on and keep standing, warmer days are coming!

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No Artwork Needed


Winter storm "Riley" Brought power outages, wind and rain, but also dramatic skies and stormy seas that made for a perfect setting on the lawn at Oceancliff. March came in like a lion, but those dramatic skies were all real with no photoshop required.


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Going North

Dragged a camera up to the summit of Mount Roberts on my day off. Was there an option?

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Good advice from a dark tale

Watching Blade Runner on a rainy evening. Despite its dystopian vision of the future, I picked out this line of dialogue for today’s blog post. “If you have authentic memories, you have real human responses. Would not you agree?” Don’t assume false personas for photos. Real pictures make true memories

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Fine Art Friday: Rowboat in Snowstorm Out for a walk This week, a few flakes began to fall as I scrambled over the frozen riprap to get closer with the wide angle lens.

Fine Art Prints: Snowstorm and Rowboat “Snow is falling outside and all is peaceful and still. In such moments it is possible to believe that the world could still be good.” 
― Richard Paul Evans

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Throwback Thursday: Through the Window. Sometimes you don't get a big smile, and that's ok. Not everyone wear's the same expression for pictures, but it's best to wear your own. It's the eyes that are the window to the soul, not your teeth. (Don't tell your dentist.)

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Get A Newport Life! We're so glad to see Kateri and Max's amazing wedding day featured in Newport Life Magazine's current issue.

Need a little warming up on a cold winters day, or some wedding inspiration? Pick up a copy of Newport Life this week!

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Fine Art Friday: Point Judith Point Judith Lighthouse, Rhode IslandPoint Judith Lighthouse Out to Point Judith in October, though it feels like one hundred years ago. I'm not a big fan of shooting the same location twice, but my second time around was at a different time of day and yielded a pic with a bit more drama, which is ok, as long as it's only in pictures instead of my daily life.

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Throwback Thursday: Footloose Anytime you can go barefoot, it's a good thing. (Especially for children's portraits)

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Lori and Alex in Newport The temps are slowly rising as we step into 2018, but not nearly as warm as our preview of this sweet Newport wedding and reception downtown at the Bohlin.

Take a look back a few short months ago to unfrozen Narragansett Bay, and when that precipitation was just a few raindrops that didn't require a knit hat...

]]> (Armor and Martel) newport real weddings rhode island video weddings Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:00:00 GMT
The Winter Break Fisherville PreserveFisherville Preserve Happy New Year! I took a long winter break from writing blog posts, giving myself and readers a respite for the busiest time of the year.

I've been out hiking in RI and northern points, and while our winter wonderland can be pretty, I'm looking forward to warmer weather. To shake those post holiday blues, I'll start sending up some summer wedding posts and we'll get some inspiration going.

It's snowin' like crazy today, but we've been here before. Let's lace up our boots and make tracks into the new year.

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Eastern Point Lighthouse: Gloucester Massachussetts Eastern Point Light, Gloucester MAEastern Point Light, Gloucester MA  My visit to this lighthouse was part of a twofer, as I was really hoping to get a great pic of the Cape Anne Lighthouses. Unfortunately the only way to reach this light is by a private road, and I ended up slogging it out on foot to shoot it. Upon arrival, I found lots of tourists and not much to choose from in terms of camera position. I'll notch this one as "visited", but it's not going to be light I'll be returning to. Worse it blew my timetable for the sisters at Cape Anne. Oh well, there's another trip to plan for next season.

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Rustic Rings

From a country styled wedding this summer. This ring box is a definite keeper over those little square felt ones, don't you  think?

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Something In The Air During a drive at sunset my wife noted how pretty the colors were. I remarked how winter sunsets are more vivid because of the atmosphere being different, which is sort of true. In winter, crisp dry air from Canada sweeps across the country, and more colors from the spectrum are visible to our eyes rather than being scattered by particles in the air. If you've the fortitude to brave the temps, a sunset photo on your winter wedding like this one at Oceancliff can be amazing, but you've got to time it just right- baby it's cold outside! 

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