Monthly Archives: October 2013

Upward Spiral Studios: Another Look

Upward Spiral Here is our second look at the women of Upward Spiral Studios.

Cadillac Joseph Pilates, affirms that “patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.”

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So if, as he views it, “physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

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And “pilates is the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.”

Coaching Then “self confidence follows.”

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Pilates and Gyrotonics certainly seems to be working for Martha, Bess, and Paula who appear so calm, self-possessed, and strong.  It’s all about the opposition to really stretch and strengthen.

Strength Throughout the Body Thank you again to Martha, Bess, and Paula for having me capture you and your new studio.  It was a tremendously fun afternoon.  I look forward to seeing you at class!

Shoulder Bridge, Gyrotonic


Upward Spiral Studios

All Three on the Cadillac

Upward Spiral Studio, based in Central Square in Cambridge, MA, hosts a full menu of Pilates and Gyrotonic classes.  Meet the three owners: Paula, Bess and Martha.Gyrotonics: Tower

I had a great time stepping out of my comfort zone, of photographing babies and outdoor weddings to do this promotional session for their new studio.  In my experience, Upward Spiral is all about pushing yourself.   Gyrotonics I had been interested in Pilates for years, hearing what a tremendous mix of strength and flexibility it can offer.  It was my husband, who found and brought me to Upward Spiral.

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I was nervous before I first walked into their studio.  Never having done Pilates, I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t have the strength to get through a class.  Looking at the pictures of these impressively strong women, does not make it less intimidating to walk into their world.


However, I have been astonished by the supportive environment they create.  Coaching

Every class is tailored to the participants.  I, personally, love Bess’s and Josie’s mat classes.    Pilates Mat: Pike, Wheel Somehow, they make you feel like you look as they do in these pictures.  I am incredibly glad that I am the one behind the camera, because I know I look nothing like they do!
Gyrotonics The Gyrotonic work looks incredible.

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Gyrotonics: Tower The light, the angles, and the lines were just so phenomenal that I couldn’t possibly get all the images I wanted to share into one post.  Please come back next week for more!
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(We’ll be here.)

Pierce House Nuptials

On a beautiful, warm day at the beginning of June, Jenny and John exchanged vows at the historic Pierce House in Lincoln, MA.  Hillary Harvey graciously had me join her to photograph the day.  Hillary is a tremendously talented photographer based in New York.  It was so fun spending the day photographing together!

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The details of the day were so lovingly prepared.  Friends made everything from the cake to the specially baked macaroons.  Everything coordinated so beautifully in their light spring palette.


The lead up to the day was relaxed as everyone told stories and shared in the joy of being together.  2013-08-19_0004

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2013-08-19_0006 Jenny wore lilies of the valley in her hair, which was her mother’s favorite flower and a lovely way to feel her near throughout the day.  These small details were the touches that made the entire day so special.

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2013-08-19_0013 The ceremony officiated by Jenny’s mother’s best friends did not leave a dry eye.

Their community embraced them so warmly and as they celebrated the new family they were beginning under the chuppah.

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The sound of laughter reverberated through the tent as the reception continued from afternoon to evening.

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Thank you again to Hillary for having me as a part of the day and congratulations to Jenny and John!