Check out this view of Grafton Common. Isn’t it amazing?
It’s the creation of a neighbor of mine, Mary Dennis, who has turned her photography hobby into her own business, Mary Dennis Photography. She spent a good portion of her summer shooting students’ senior portraits (we’ve come a long way from the plain backdrop shot) and has been keeping busy photographing corporate events, family portraits and even weddings.
“I’ve been a photographer for as long as I can remember,” Mary says. “My dad and grandfather are/were both amateur photographers. When I had my first child, I left my job and bought my first good film camera.
“My daughter traveled around locally with me in a backpack as I experimented with photography and was my first real subject as I documented her growing years,” she added. “When she went to college, I went back to school myself to finally make my hobby a profession. I studied nights and weekends at Boston University – Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and after 18 months earned my professional certificate in digital photography.”
So let’s talk about the photo above, which I find fascinating. I asked Mary if she used a special lens for the panorama, but it’s actually a very clever Photoshop compilation.
“I have two versions: one with three photos and one with four photos, painstakingly stitched together using Photoshop,” she says. “The photo with four images takes you from the Congregational Church around the common ending at the Baptist Church – more than a 180 degree turn.”
The Grafton Panoramic is on sale at her site, and she’s also put one up for silent auction for the Congregational Church’s annual Harvest Fair at the Grafton Common on Sept. 28.
Mary is also looking to expand an unexpected part of her business: boudoir photography. (Don’t worry about clicking that link on her site; the photos are more romantic than pornographic)
“I have had five boudoir clients and need to advertise that a little more because the results are absolutely stunning,” she says.
If you’re thinking about a family portrait, especially if you want to do it outside now that the leaves are turning, why not go with someone right here in town?