Armor and Martel: Blog http://www.chris-martel.com/blog en-us (C) Armor and Martel armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:41:00 GMT Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:41:00 GMT http://www.chris-martel.com/img/s/v-5/u79540613-o775889075-50.jpg Armor and Martel: Blog http://www.chris-martel.com/blog 90 120 Good advice from a dark tale http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/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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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/good-advice-from-a-dark-tale Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:18:39 GMT
Fine Art Friday: Rowboat in Snowstorm http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/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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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) landscapes portraits rhode island http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/fine-art-friday-rowboat-in-snowstorm Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:15:00 GMT
Throwback Thursday: Through the Window. http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/throwback-thursday 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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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) kids portraits studio portraits http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/throwback-thursday Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Get A Newport Life! http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/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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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) newport real weddings rhode island weddings http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/get-a-newport-life Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:27:10 GMT
Fine Art Friday: Point Judith http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/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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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) landscapes lighthouses rhode island http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/fine-art-friday-point-judith Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Throwback Thursday: Footloose http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/throwback-thursday-footloose Anytime you can go barefoot, it's a good thing. (Especially for children's portraits)

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) children's portraits portraits http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/throwback-thursday-footloose Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:30:00 GMT
Lori and Alex in Newport http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/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...

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) newport real weddings rhode island video weddings http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/lori-and-alex-in-newport Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:00:00 GMT
The Winter Break http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/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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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) landscapes location http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2018/1/the-winter-break Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:14:48 GMT
Eastern Point Lighthouse: Gloucester Massachussetts http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/12/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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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) landscapes lighthouses massachusetts http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/12/eastern-point-lighthouse-gloucester-massachussetts Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:07:31 GMT
Rustic Rings http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/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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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) fall weddings real weddings weddings http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/rustic-rings Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:35:54 GMT
Something In The Air http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/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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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/something-in-the-air Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:45:00 GMT
Stuff Their Stockings with Pictures http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/stuff-their-stockings-with-pictures

All those great family pictures and photos of your wedding party would make a great personalized gifts this holiday season. Skip the crowds and log into your gallery and save this week with coupon code "BESTGIFT"

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/stuff-their-stockings-with-pictures Sun, 26 Nov 2017 16:11:21 GMT
He Said, She Said: A Personal Touch for Wedding Vows http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/he-said-she-said-a-personal-touch-for-wedding-vows

We're sending up a sneak peek of Kateri of Max's wedding movie soon to be released. Get the popcorn and listen in to these great excerpt from their ceremony. 

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/he-said-she-said-a-personal-touch-for-wedding-vows Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:15:00 GMT
November Wedding at Oceancliff http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/november-wedding-at-oceancliff

A quick pic for Angela and Brian. Last week’s outdoor ceremony was comfortable temps, practically shirtsleeve weather. What a difference a week makes with a high today in the 30’s!

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) “real newport oceancliff weddings” http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/november-wedding-at-oceancliff Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:34:24 GMT
Pomham Rocks http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/pomham-rocks Popham Rocks Light Out to Pomham Rocks lighthouse by kayak recently. It's a little choppy around the front of the light, but it turned out to be my favorite angle for the shot. It's a a solid 40 minute paddle to the light, and then there is the return trip to Sabin Point! Looks like this will be the last lighthouse pic for the season via kayak, as it's getting a bit cold. If you've got something bigger still in the water, I've got a few more I'd like to visit before the snow flies....

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) landscapes lighthouses location rhode island http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/pomham-rocks Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:30:04 GMT
Off to Paradise http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/off-to-paradise Hana Highway, MauiHana Highway, Maui

This weekend's wedding couple are most likely winging their way to Hawaii today, one of my favorite places. I understand why the inhabitants of these beautiful islands treasure them so much, and always look forward to visiting. I know my customers will enjoy their time in paradise, and I'll have pictures ready upon their return. Congratulations and "Mahalo"

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) hana highway hawaii http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/off-to-paradise Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:54:26 GMT
Throwback Thursday: Peace Lines http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/throwback-thursday-a-big-beautiful-wall I was digging through some pix for a throwback post, looking for the usual family baby picture, but instead came across some unpublished work from a trip to Northern Ireland in 2013. Among the pretty pictures were a few of Belfast's famous "Peace Lines". If you don't know about them, you can read up here on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_lines

The walls went up during the "Troubles" in 1969. They're still there, dividing the city today. Gates in the wall that are sometimes staffed by police during the day are locked at night. While government officials are pledging to bring down the walls by 2023, a 2012 poll of residents indicated 69% believed they were still necessary to prevent potential violence.

There are some superb murals on some of the walls, but many are of martyrs to the causes on both sides. My overall impression of them was rather ominous and sad. The walls are up to 25 ft. high of brick, mortar and steel. I felt a little strange just stepping out of our vehicles to snap a few images. 

The walls have become a bit of a tourist attraction, (Like during my visit) but our guide didn't describe these to us with much of a sense of pride but more as a cautionary tale about the results of political and religious division.

Draw your own conclusions. Now over 50 years old, an entire generation has grown up and never known the their cities without these walls. 

 

  

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) fine art print landscapes location travel http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/11/throwback-thursday-a-big-beautiful-wall Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:30:00 GMT
Slow Ride to Samarra http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/10/live-it-up As we're so close to Halloween, I'll use this as my spooky Halloween blog post. (It's not really a ghost story though) I caught up with my buddy Willy this week. He nodded at my Village People attire and said "you're riding huh? I just sold my bike." I was surprised and waited for the rest. "I'm 67 and wanted to see 68. There's too many crazy drivers on the road." I told him that it was a spooky coincidence that I had read this week that the latest numbers showed the chances of being killed in a motorcycle crash were 27 times higher vs. automobiles. He grunted. "You know that, you've always known that, me too. I don't like those odds anymore." Truly the statistics had stuck in my head this week. Still, I said "Look Willy, I agree the stats are pretty grim, but you've got to live your life- We've all got our appointment in Samarra"

He looked at me quizzically.

A merchant in Baghdad send his servant to the market to purchase some goods for him. At the market the servant bumps into a woman standing next to him, and looking at her, realizes she is Death. Death's expression causes the servant to flee the market and upon returning to his master he tells him, "I have seen Death in the market, and she made a strange face at me! I must leave Baghdad! He takes the merchant's horse and rides off towards Samarra, 75 miles away.

The merchant goes to the market, and he too sees Death there. He approaches Death and asks, "Why did you show an angry face to my servant?" Death replies, "I wasn't angry, just surprised to see him here in Baghdad, as I have an appointment with him tonight in Samarra"

Have a nice Halloween, and drive safely- I’m in no rush to visit Samarra.  

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/10/live-it-up Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Chateau Sur Mer http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/10/chateau-sur-mer

A pic from Katherine and John’s wedding. Our brief stop at Chateau Sur Mer was worth the trip down Bellevue. Newport’s first mansion is not as ornate as others, but provides some excellent picture locations!

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) newport weddings http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/10/chateau-sur-mer Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:40:38 GMT
Movie Monday- Glen Manor http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/10/glen-manor Happy Movie Monday! We're serving up a sneak peek for Rebecca and Jeremy of their wedding at the Glen Manor. Here's a little sun for a rainy Monday!

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armorandmartel@gmail.com (Armor and Martel) glen manor real weddings rhode island weddings http://www.chris-martel.com/blog/2017/10/glen-manor Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:20:11 GMT