Salem, Massachusetts

Washington DC Wedding Photographer: Stephen Gosling Photography

One of the harder things to do when you run your own business is to take time off.  You always feel as if there is some sort of work you can be doing and so taking a break can make you feel guilty.  This must stop!  Taking some time off is mandatory; you need to charge those batteries so your creativity stays fresh.

This year I have not exactly been following my own advice.  I took a little time off in July when my parents visited and I showed them around the DC area.  But in my down time and when they felt like doing the touristy thing alone I of course sat at my computer; edited and returned emails.  Before that there was a weekend in May when I took a 3 day break in New York City.  That however was not a break as I had an engagement session to shoot for one of my couples whose wedding is coming up very soon.  That now brings us to September and Salem, Massachusetts.  But first a little back story…

I moved over to the states in July of 2006 to marry my girl from Ohio.  After we got married in the August and were waiting for my greencard to arrive I was not allowed to leave the mainland of the United States otherwise my residency application would have become void.  So, we couldn’t honeymoon in Aruba or Mexico or Barbados or any similar place.  Where did we go?  Why Salem, Massachusetts of course.  To be honest I didn’t really know too much about the place but it had apparently been a place my wife had always wanted to visit.  And here we are 5 years later, a month after our anniversary, back in Salem; taking a 5 day break before the business of the end of wedding season consumes me for the next 7 weeks.

Now there is a little witch history up here, and a good few museums all telling you the same story in a slightly different way.  But the reason we like it so much;

–       It’s a beautiful coastal New England town

–       The water is beautiful and the views amazing

–       The best clam chowder you will ever eat!

–       The great seafood

–       The cute town and the history of the area (not including the witchyness which isn’t terrible but just not the main reason we like it)

Salem is just a really nice relaxing place to spend some time.  If you ever get the chance; take a visit!

Now being a photographer I of course have to take pictures!

For those of you who have seen Hocus Pocus; you may recognize the school below on the left as the school the main characters attend.

The Hawthorne Hotel.

The Historic Salem Society puts these signs up on historic sites in the city.  I think they’re pretty cool!

On one of the days I was in town there was a wedding at this old town hall.  It looked awesome!

America’s Oldest Candy Company or at least so the sign says.

And for those Nathaniel Hawthorne fans of you here is a little peek at the House of Seven Gables.

The memorial for the witch trial victims; and in particular, John Proctor.

A quick couple of hours in Boston…

Faneuil Hall is pretty cool!

And just so I could feel smart, a little jaunt around Harvard.

And here is Wadsworth’s house.

On the ferry from Salem to Boston for the flight back we go past this island on the outer edge of Boston.  It is the island that they filmed part of the movie Shutter Island on because it is in fact the island with the sanatorium on it that the movie is indeed based upon.

The pretty Boston skyline.

I’m not the worlds best travel photographer but I love what I do and I will never stop shooting!

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