KellyAnne and Duke live in Salem, MA and they love showing people around their quirky, beautiful coastal town. It wasn’t my first time in Salem, nor even my first time shooting there, but it was awesome to get an insider’s view of the city. For example, had I not been with Kelly and Duke, would I have known about the delicious cookie pop-up right near the historic town hall? Nope! Would I still have ordered one of every cookie flavor to share? Well… maybe! Haha.
We started the hang out session (“but I’ll bring my camera”) at the Punto Urban Art Museum, an incredible series of large scale, colorful murals. We made a quick pit stop at the oh-so-charming Wynotts Wands (because, why not?) before we headed over to the historic waterfront. From there, we meandered down toward the Derby Wharf Light
Like Boston, Salem exudes history from every brick and cobblestone. But even more of its ye olde charm remains, untainted by big businesses and even bigger tourism. (Not that Salem doesn’t get more than its fair share at Halloween!) I suspect the businesses are probably still owned by the family whose name is on the sign. It feels charming, but energized – full of great food, art, and culture.
Kelly and Duke love to travel, but with their focus on wedding planning, they’ve been sticking to what Kelly calls “microadventures.” This shoot felt like my very own Salem microadventure!
I’m so excited to spend more time with these two in their awesome town at their wedding this fall!