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Friday+ Weekend Edition: Something For Your Nails

Friday+WeekendKeeping with today’s Beauty Dish theme.  I will be giving away a Gift Certificate for a MiniLuxe Signature Manicure, which can be used at any MiniLuxe Locations.  I’m pretty partial to the Hingham location at the Derby Shoppes

Here is how to enter:

  • “Like” our page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/CloutierPhotography
  • “Like” our Friday+ Weekend Edition Post at the top of our page.  
  • “Share” our Friday+ Weekend Edition Post with your friends on Facebook.
  • “Comment on” our Friday+ Weekend Edition Post, by telling us what your favorite nail polish color is! 

I will pick the winner at random tomorrow evening and announce it then!





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Beauty Dish: New Product I Love



Long time no blog.  I had been away on a last minute staycation with my family.  I am rested and relaxed and ready to share with you my latest beauty find.

I am not that delicate with my nails and chip traditional nail polish the day I have it done.  And, forget doing it myself, besides the unevenness, I have no patience to let it dry on my own.  So, GEL MANICURES were a revelation to me! But I have to say, I have always been a little creeped out about being exposed to the UV light to get it the gel to set.  I am fair skinned and freckled so I am already prone to skin cancer…why risk it?  Well, I always seemed to talked myself into it, convincing myself it was ok if I only did it on the rare occasion.  Well, no need anymore!  I found Sally Hanson’s Miracle Gel – no light needed and it went on smoother than any other polish I have used in the past.  Bonus, when I went to purchase it the cashier told me how much she loved this product too.  Considering she was 1/2 my age and I am really behind on beauty trends,  I felt like I found a hidden treasure.  Thank you Sally Hanson and CVS Cashier! 



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Friday+: Simple Treasures Beachy Giveaway


It’s Friday+!  We are very thankful for today’s giveaway from Simple Treasures in Weymouth.  You may or may not know that the owner of Simple Treasures, Dolly, and I shared a space a few years back in Jackson Square.  We both outgrew the space pretty quickly and now she has a beautiful boutique a few doors down from where we once were.

She is hosting a special Girl’s Night Out tonight at her shop and also, she will be having a Customer Appreciation Day on the July 18th, Saturday 12-4 p.m., to thank everyone for voting for her in numerous awards won, including Best Gift Shop on the South Shore in the Wicked Local Reader’s Choice Poll!

So here it is!

How to play:

  • Choose between either a beachy scarf or beautiful beach bag, and the winner selected tomorrow will win the chosen item (below photo)
  • Be sure you “like” our Facebook Page
  • Be sure you “like” the Facebook Post
  • Be sure you “share” the Facebook Post
  • Comment on the Facebook Post either “Scarf” or “Beach Bag”
  • Be sure you “like” Simple Treasures’ Facebook Page
  • And be sure to let her know that Cloutier Photography sent you!
  • The winner of the prize, must be available to pick up the prize at Simple Treasures in Weymouth.

Our Winner will be announced tomorrow! Good Luck!




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Beauty Dish: Wardrobe Update with Trust in Tricia


This week’s Beauty Dish comes from Trust in Tricia’s Comcast Show Cheap Chic. In this episode, she visited our studio with her client, Jamie, for a complete makeover and wardrobe update. Watch as Jaime goes through hair, makeup, wardrobe, and finally a photoshoot. Along the way all the ladies give great tips for updating your look!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with this talented team for the past few years. After watching the video, be sure to give them some Facebook love and “like” their pages. And if you are looking to update your look, be sure to contact Trust in Tricia!

Total Package Glam Squad:
Wardrobe Stylist: Trust in Tricia
Makeup: MS Beauty By Design
Hair: Stephanie’s Styles

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Photo Tip: Photo Labs for the Consumer


I was asked by a friend this morning, where I would recommend she print panoramic photos that she took on vacation. Without checking first, I recommended Mpix.com. Mpix is the consumer lab of one of the professional labs I use often called Miller’s Professional Imaging. They produce high quality prints and offer a great selection of products. Infact, if you purchase digital files from our sessions or we shoot your wedding, we will always recommend them.

So, after recommending them, I rushed home to actually see if they sold them. Unfortunately, I didn’t see panoramics on their list of print sizes. Maybe it will be something they carry in the future.

Then I started to think about panoramic photos and the quality of the images that my friend takes. If she is looking to frame it and hang it on her wall, maybe they should spare no expense and get the job done by the best printers around, Panopticon Imaging in Rockland. They offer high end art papers, custom framing, and personalized service.

But, if this is just for sharing and not for archiving, I would suggest Costco Photo Center. You can even avoid shipping and pick up your order at Costco in Avon. Their prices and selections are great and their printing quality is much better than the local drugstores.

I hope this will inspire you to print more of your images.  Keeping them on disks and thumb drives are great for backing up your images, but being able to pass around physical prints, leaf through albums and coffee table books, & decorating your home with fine art images of those you love, is never going to go out of style.





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Wisdom & Reverie: A More Thoughtful Life


This section of my blog will be dedicated to the things in life that inspire me and the things that help make sense of the world around me.  It may be a place to reflect or just a place to share my journey of understanding.  This section is mainly for me, but I hope you find it useful as well.

Thich Nhat Hanh calligraphy art - Breathe Smile

– Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

Photo Credit: Bill DamonCreative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

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Perfect Exposure: Energy Matters – July Special!


Perfect Exposure is a new section of our blog will serve to highlight business that we have worked with in the past, businesses we would like to work with in the future, and businesses that are offering specials and discounts for great causes!  Remember to support your local merchants whenever you can! 

This week, we’ll be featuring Energy Matters Massage.

Energy Matters Massage is located around the corner from our studio at 20 Central Street, Hingham.  They will be offering specials every month to deserving groups.   Please spread the word and follow Energy Matters Massage on Facebook for more specials throughout the year!

July’s special:

Free massages for veterans and families of veterans. Saturdays in July with Mario (starting after July 4th of course). The dates are July 11th, 18th, & 25th between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm.

Here is a little more about their practice, taken from their website (www.energymattersmassage.com):

This is a place where you can be yourself and take your time.

We personalize each session to treat the “whole you” and are most satisfied when we are able to develop long-term relationships that enable us to learn what is best for you.

We love what we do. It is a passion and a calling. We are not overworked or underpaid. We don’t do “turn and burn” 50 minute massages (calling them an hour) with 10 minutes to get the next person on the table. This is not a “fast food” massage establishment. We will remember your name. We will not ever try to sell you anything or even ask you to rebook. We view what we do as truly therapeutic and not a luxury service.

If you are looking for a space to feel at home, where you will belong no matter what is going on and in whatever state you find yourself, this is your destination.



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Friday+: First in a Series of Giveaways


You have been working all week and now you have one more thing to look forward to on Fridays.  Fridays+ is our way of saying thank you for your support for our business.  We will be having contests and giveaways on a regular basis.  Some weeks will be bigger prizes than others, and sometimes it will be featuring another business other than our own.  You will have to stop in each week to check it out!  So – “LIKE” our page on Facebook and/or bookmark our blog, but most importantly, check back often!

This week I will be giving away a Mini Session and Social Media Profile Picture.

To enter:

  • You must be available to come to the studio next week, preferably during the day.  
  • “Like” our page on Facebook.
  • “Like” our Friday+ Post.  
  • “Share” our Friday+ Post.  

I will pick the winner at random and announce tomorrow morning!

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Beauty Dish: A New Adventure


If you know me, you know I am not that big on following trends, however, being a photographer, I do have a particular eye for things that might be considered beautiful by most people.  In this new segment to my blog, Beauty Dish, I will be exploring all things that are relevant in the fashion world, current hair and makeup trends, and general all around health and fitness.  Follow me, as I discover more about this topic that has eluded me for so long!

My first blog post on this subject would have to be checking in with my friend Tricia at Trust in Tricia (www.itrustintricia.com) on the latest summer trends!  Tricia has assisted me on many shoots as a wardrobe consultant.  And she has a very successful business as a personal stylist and all around fashion specialist. If you are not subscribed to her newsletter, Fashion Fix, you can (and should!) do so here!

I love the kimono! 

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Wedding Wednesdays: Past Brides and Canvas Wraps


Wedding Wednesdays is a new feature I will be posting on my blog.  It will contain wedding trends, wedding tips, not always to do with photography, I may feature a past wedding, or feature a future wedding.  Anything to do with weddings, really!

One thing I love is staying in touch with all of my past clients.  And Facebook really can keep me up to date with all that is going on in their life even if we are thousands of miles away!  Today I saw this a photo below in my newsfeed.  It is a photo of a baby shower set up for of two of my wonderful brides that live in San Diego.  They are expecting a little girl soon!  I love the placement of canvas wrap above their hearth.  I feel honored that they display and cherish my work.  I can’t stress how important it is to have heirloom products that the next generation can share with their family.  And, what a wonderful family this particular one will be!  We are so happy for you Carolyn &Steff.  And can’t wait to meet Avery (if not in person at least online!) xxxooo




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Kindly Giving: Thank You, Hamilton!


I will be doing a weekly blog entry on giving back.  Whether it is donating to charity, volunteering my time, volunteering my skills, or maybe just thanking those who have done so much for me.  Please take some time each day or at least each week to do the same!

Today I thank the entire Thomas Hamilton Primary School Community.  It was my son’s last day of primary school.  He will be going to fifth grade next year, which is the start of middle school in my town.

I thank his principal, all of the his teachers that have helped my son through out the years, the office staff that had to deal with my questions about policies, procedures, etc,  the janitors who the kids love and are the unsung heros, the parent council board who do all of the work no other parents can do (or really, want to do), to the endless volunteers who do attend and help when they can, to my son’s friends, and to their parents.  Thank you.  I have learned a lot from all of you.  Especially I have learned about Community.  When to give and when to ask for help. When to step back and when to jump in.

Onward and upward Class of 2023!

(Oh, and thank you, E – Congratulations!)


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Photo Tip: Interview and Behind the Scenes


A couple of months ago I was asked to do an interview with Susan Hagstrom.  If you don’t know her already, she is a local photographer that has a show on channel 97 Comcast in Hingham and Verizon channel 31, called Point and Shoot.  She was kind enough to share the link with me and now I am so excited to share with you the interview and behind the scenes I did on her show.  Thank you so much, Susan!

And thank you to my team:

Model – Ashley Hulme

Wordrobe Consultant: Tricia CromwellTrust in Tricia

Hair: Stephanie McCaughinStephanie’s Styles

Makeup: Maryjo ShanahanMS Beauty By Design

And a VERY special thank you to Maryjo for creating the special hair piece our model is wearing!


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July 2015 Celebration!

This has been a very exciting year for me.  Not only have we won Wedding Wire’s 2015 Couple’s Choice Award and Wicked Local’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Hingham Photographer, but I also turn 40 on July 8th!
To extend my thanks to all my loyal clients (and future clients),  I am having a party (well so to speak).
For JULY 2015 only:
ALL session fees will be reduced by $79.  That includes our Mini Sessions!
Yes, that means book your FREE mini session NOW for JULY, or only $100 for an on location session!
50% off all digital files!!
AND to celebrate the SCOTUS Ruling in favor of Marriage Equality we will be offering special LOVE WINS pricing on all future booked 2016 weddings! 
Please share and contact us for more details!
Click Here to Book!



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