This amazing couple and son were up for an adventure. When I suggested an engagement session hike they jumped at the chance! The only thing left to do was to decide where. Tina and Chris love Bolton Landing where Chris grew up. He has fond memories of hiking the Pinnacle trail with his dad. Now this family has begun their own tradition on the mountain. Plus you can’t beat the view!! This engagement session hike was supposed to start around 8 am but the weather forecast called for crazy hot and humid temperatures. We decided to get going earlier and boy was it worth it! We got some amazing shots with the view of Bolton Landing, NY and Lake George then as the heat began to set in we worked our way down the mountain slowly. On the way down we had beautiful light and shade through the trees. We laughed and goofed off. There might have even been some awesome dance moves! Enjoy this sneak peek!
This family was amazing! What troopers! Their family beach session was scheduled and planned for the hottest day during the recent heat wave! They were all up from downstate and rescheduling wasn’t an option. It’s hard to go earlier with young kids and it’s even more difficult to stay happy when everyone is hot and tired but these guys succeeded! We shot this family at a private beach at Grandma and Grandpa’s lake house. Needless to say on a hot morning like that we had the beach to ourselves! The mountains were hazy and hard to capture but we made it work, splashed in the water, got creative and eventually moved to the air conditioning for a break! There were bubbles during the session for the little ones and I’m guessing maybe some bubblies after for the adults! Thank you Sands family for making this session an incredible one! I can’t wait for you to see all the moments we captured!
Roger’s Park was glorious the night we met this family for a grand photo session and cake smash! I have known this Momma’s momma for years through the Bolton Landing Girlfriend’s Getaway. This year Danielle was able to sneak away and attend. We got chatting about her beautiful 1 year old and how fun it would be to document this huge milestone! Luckily family was coming into town for the big birthday party so we met at Roger’s Park in Bolton Landing, NY to capture this little girl and all those who love her! We played and laughed, threw a ball around, blew bubbles, and of course ate cake (& just a little sand)!! Can you beat a one year cake smash on the beaches of Lake George, NY? This sneak peek doesn’t even begin to show all the fun we had and the gorgeous images we created together. I hope though that it gives you joy until you can see them all at your Premiere!
A proposal!! In Bolton Landing, NY!!
Rob and Gabriela met as kids and dated in high school. They have been together for 10 years! Rob wanted to capture the moment he proposed to his sweetheart during their weekend getaway to Lake George. We decided to turn it into a mini engagement session after the big question!! How many chances do you have to professional photos taken at a castle was Rob’s feelings! And this view!! *Sigh… Rob spoke of Gabriella and all that she has done to love and support him over the years through life and as he has grown his business. Gabriella commented that he was her best friend! Marrying your best friend, now that we can get behind! The day was perfect and the love between these two was palpable. I can’t wait for you to see the rest of the memories that we captured! Enjoy this sneak peek!! A big thank you to the Highland’s Castle for this amazing scene and all your help!
I didn’t know the term Hallowedding existed but now I can’t stop using it. This Halloween wedding was perfect! The bride and groom, the bride especially, love Halloween! Although this holiday fell on a Tuesday this year they decided to just go for it and I’m so glad they did! For a couple that thoroughly enjoys the Halloween season, an anniversary on Halloween couldn’t be more right! In brainstorming the feel that Jon & Alicia wanted, we talked anywhere from cute and fall to blood and guts. They decided they wanted scary but dark woods scary. Thinking of The Nightmare Before Christmas movie and characters, the decided to skip the actual characters but to shoot for the same feel as the movie, that moody, dark feel.
Jon & Alicia live in Glens Falls and their life and friends are in Glens Falls, NY. Although the capital region has incredible wedding venue’s they knew we needed something unique and right in Glens Falls if possible. Easier said then done as there aren’t many venues in the town itself. What was found had just the right feel, size, fun, and location! The wedding took place on Halloween at the Charles R. Wood Theater in downtown Glens Falls, NY.
Alicia and her bridesmaids sisters got ready right at the Wood Theater in the Green room. Short of a red carpet, they each had their own personal backstage vanity to prep and prepare for the big day. Hair and makeup for the girls was done by MUA Tina Felton and could not have been more gorgeous.
In order to capture the gorgeous light on this fall day, Jon & Alicia started their day with a first look at Bay Street Cemetery. Yes, you read that right, a cemetery! There were so many gorgeous spots that didn’t look like a graveyard and then we were also able to create some images to fit with our Hallowedding theme. I have known Jon and Alicia for several years. While Jon is a kind, happy guy, he’s not a smiley one. What a treat to see his genuine smile and excitement at seeing his bride for the first time!
This incredible chalk drawing was done by a talented member of the Wood staff who volunteered to draw it on the theater’s over-sized chalkboard wall. Amazing, isn’t it!?!!
The couple sealed the deal right up on stage! With the help of incredible designer Kim Sheffield and the Wood’s very own Lighting and Theater expert, Eric Potter, a haunted wood scene was created. As there was nothing traditional about this wedding, the couple opted out of the traditional walk down the isle. Instead they entered towards each other from the wings of the stage to dramatic music played by Mr. DJ , Brian Pincheon. All this was accompanied by a 5 foot skeleton at the piano. 😉
After a short and simple ceremony exchanging their vows the party began! The delicious Halloween themed party food was catered by Samatha’s Cafe and Catering. With their expertise guests were treated to delights ranging from cheese brains and monster eggs to Thai noodles without anyone being any the wiser to the large number of tasty vegan options!
There games were designed to represent an abandoned carnival. Along with the many games guests had, a photo booth, and dancing to keep the party going! Alicia and Jon were so much fun and so easy to work with. Alicia chose some really cool things like the Pick Your Poison sign for the bar as well as the coffin ring box. Alicia also knew she had to have a candy bar! I think the candy bar, one of the bride’s biggest request as it was Halloween, stole the show! It was a huge success!! From the little details to the big ideas it was so amazing to watch the dreams and vision of this bride and groom come together.
This wedding was extra special. I took on a roll above and beyond what I normally do. I have a better appreciation for now for wedding planners! Although, it’s not what I do or plan to do in the future what a treat it was to see the wedding world from a different perspective. Such a fun creative experience. We are so grateful for the other vendors and all their support and advice during this! Thank you as always to the amazing Erin Brisbin of Erin Marie Photography for all her help as our second shooter and valuable team member. We couldn’t do what we do without you!!
Enjoy more images by watching their custom slideshow designed especially for their Wedding Premiere Night!
This beautiful fall family session in Greenwhich, NY was magical! One of the best parts of capturing family memories is watching families grow and change year to year. This is one of our favorite families and we had so much fun! The kids are getting so big and I love my time with them. We take pictures and play and play. This year we had several jumping and “epic fail” images! I even got to just sit and talk photography with one of the older boys! Enjoy this sneak peek!!
I was so excited when I learned that Ashley wanted to walk around downtown Charleston, SC for her session. Ashley is a bright and talented High School Senior. I was able to not only spend one evening walking the most gorgeous streets of downtown Charleston with her but I was also able to watch her cheer another night. Ashley also plays soccer! She is multi-talented and so much fun! We talked and walked. We stopped for a few pictures every time we found something we loved. We stopped a lot!! Can you believe this girl also did her own hair and makeup?! Enjoy this sneak peek!
Liam’s sister had already had her Senior Photos taken so it was Liam’s turn to be in the spotlight. Liam is an active, active, active 7 year old boy. Liam has some special needs so his mother and I talked about how we could make this photo shoot fun for him without it getting too overwhelming. We were so lucky to have Mepkin Abbey almost all to ourselves on a gorgeous Saturday morning! It gave Liam the chance to run around and just be him! Getting him in focus really tested my skills! He shot me with a nerf gun, ran everywhere and anywhere, and rode his 4-wheeler down some pretty good steps (okay so actually Mom had to carry the atv down) 🙂 Boy did we have fun! I was so lucky to have a mom and dad that were totally relaxed and willing to just let a little boy be a little boy and I got to capture him in this moment in time!
The Mouzon house is a farm to table restaurant located in the heart of Saratoga Springs in Upstate New York. It is the such a charming place and was the perfect wedding venue for these two! Carol is from the city. Matt is from the country. Boy moves to the city. Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. The rest is history.
Matt and Daniel actually grew up together. We met Carol a few years ago while photographing a wedding for a couple other friends of theirs. She is kind and bright and laughs so very readily! The bonus is her smile and laugh are beautiful and highly contagious! While bowling with a group of us a few months ago she didn’t even hate me for being the worst bowler EVER. And I only got worse as the night wore on!
Everything about the items Carol picked for her wedding were unique and special. Her flowers were wooden/recycled. Her and Matt’s bands were made by Tiny Sparkle Studio. They are made from recycled gold, melted down and redesigned into something beautiful. Carol made her shoes her something blue and her veil, her something borrowed! Her dress came from The Bridal Garden. “The Bridal Garden is not only a bridal boutique, but also a not-for-profit charitable organization whose proceeds benefit education for disadvantaged children.” (from their website). How amazing is that?! The dresses come from off the runway and other places, from top designers. They are donated and then used to benefit an amazing cause!
Thank you to the amazing Raji Arora of Rang Artistry for bridal and bridal party makeup as well as Bina Kurani for the gorgeous hair artistry! These ladies came Upstate from the city and I think it was well worth the trip, don’t you?!
Friends and family from Upstate in the country to downstate in the city all came together at the Mouzon House to watch and celebrate the marriage of Matt & Carol. The day had been threatening rain all week but the sky’s parted just in time for Matt and Carol’s first look. We had the slightest few rain drops and that was it! Matt proposed to Carol in Congress Park, in the pouring rain, so they chose to make their first look that much more special by having it in the same location. Luckily Mother Nature decided not to repeat her gift of rain!
After the first look and before the ceremony there was a pre-cocktail hour! How cool is that?! Matt and Carol wanted their arriving guests to be able to come, sit back, and relax! This image was described as EPIC. Which is quite perfect because that’s what we were going for, I think the clouds were in on it, and therefore we nailed it!
This is what happens when a car is parked right behind the ceremony aisle and you have the most amazing friends and family…I asked the guests if the SUV belonged to any of them. When no one responded, I sadly realized we wouldn’t be able to get it moved in time and so it would be in all the photos of the bride walking down the aisle! But then all the guests standing in the back moved to block the car so that it wouldn’t distract from the bride and groom’s photos! I seriously loved these people!
It just got more beautiful as the day progressed. As you can see from the ceremony pictures we had gorgeous light and the Mouzon House Restaraunt was the perfect ceremony backdrop.
The party was incredible. Dinner was passed plates made at the Mouzon House. The staff was so kind and so professional. They blew me away!
The night was accompanied by the Hot Club of Saratoga, a local jazz band. The dance floor was DJ’d by a friend of the family.
Carol and Matt, had what I think is the best tasting wedding cake I have ever had! And you’ll never guess who made it?! The mother of the Groom! Michelle Martindale is a very talented baker in the Glens Falls, NY region. If you need a wedding cake be sure to look her up!
I was able to travel to South Carolina for some southern fall photo shoots. I always love to meet the people that I photograph before the day of their session but that wasn’t possible in this case. I spoke with Sera’s mom and we talked back and forth. Then Sera sent me a Pinterest Board and we coordinated outfit ideas. I had so much fun getting to know her and her style! Sera’s look was very comfy, down to earth, and super cute! I got so excited to meet Sera and the session we had together at the Mepkin Abbey monastery was incredible! We had gorgeous weather that equated to beautiful light! I am always amazed and delighted by the history and grandeur in South Carolina. I mean these trees!!! Sera was so much fun! She talked and joked and laughed with me. She smiled her beautiful smile and was up for just about anything! She braved some pretty aggressive bugs to get the perfect shot! Enjoy her sneak peek!! If you’d like to see more about Mepkin Abbey you can check them out here.