Saratoga Springs is so gorgeous this time and year and Yaddo gardens if one of our favorite spots! The kids got together and surprised Grandma for Christmas with a custom family portrait session. What a great Christmas present! Debbie does not seem old enough to be a Grandma but what an amazing one she is! The kids love her and John and we had so much fun playing together at Yaddo Gardens in Saratoga Springs, NY. We had to stop the party several times to feed, burp, and put the baby to sleep. Everyone was so relaxed and patient. The non-baby grandkids were such troopers! Dan played “photography equipment reflector turned frisbee” (one of my favorite games) with them while they waited. We had the most perfect soft clouds and sunshine without it being too hot or muggy! Enjoy this sneak peek to hold you over until we roll out the red carpet for your premiere night! Can’t wait for you to see the rest!
This was the most perfect Adirondack Engagement Session in Hadley, NY. Lynne was so prepared and had a very clear idea of what she wanted. Steve was a good sport! They were so much fun together, laughing and enjoying their time despite the crazy bugs! I had not met Lynne and Steve in person until their engagement session. We have of course talked several times over the phone during their winter in Florida. I knew I would like them but I had no idea how much. We had so much fun!! Thank you again and again to my assistant and second shooter Erin Brisbin of Erin Marie Photography!
Tim had everything planned out well in advance. He took a day off from work without her knowing and drove all the way upstate to get the lay of the Highlands Castle. He wasn’t even going to let the rain stop him from proposing to his amazing girl outside overlooking the lake. We wanted to be there early so my assistant and I stood in the rain while Molly got ready for “brunch” and then went on a super romantic scavenger hunt around the Castle. We waited and as we waited we watched the storm and the rain, and the fog lighten and lift. It was truly a miracle. We got the most amazing view and couldn’t have asked for better clouds! Molly was so happy she couldn’t say “Yes!” fast enough. After the incredible surprise proposal we walked around the Castle grounds and photographed the two of them. They didn’t stop smiling and laughing! That’s a perfect way to go into marriage! Congratulations Tim and Molly and thank you to Jon at the the Highlands Castle for being such an amazing host!
To top it all off we got to come back that very evening and surprise Molly AGAIN! We brought the dessert of their choice and presented this beautiful couple with memories they can treasure forever! Scroll all the way down for the full custom slideshow we created just for them!
We had the most amazing extended family session overlooking Lake George in Bolton Landing, NY! This family got together during the holidays for a weekend of fun. We are so honored that they invited us to spend over an hour with them! We were so blessed with all the rain we’ve been having to have a beautiful day! We walked along Grandma & Grandpa’s home, checked out Grandma’s incredible gardening, rode a golf cart, ate some candy, and had a water fight! Not a bad day at the lake! It was so fun to watch this family come together and laugh and play together. We even had a surprise Hawaiian shirt make an appearance but this family will have to wait for their premiere night to see that beauty!
Last week Jon and Alicia had their session premiere! We showed up with projector and artwork samples. We viewed their custom slideshow and chose the artwork for them to hang in their home while enjoying some indulgent vegan chocolate cake from one of our favorite Glens Falls, NY bakeries!
The custom slideshow from their engagement session is something you don’t want to miss especially Vera’s photography debut! Check it out below.
The weather this spring has made scheduling sessions difficult. We were however blessed with a gorgeous morning to walk around Crandall park and photograph these two and a few with their fur baby. I first photographed Jon & Alicia almost 1 and a half years ago while I was doing some photo sessions at the gym. Alicia always has a smile (a gorgeous smile might I add) and you can feel the kind spirit in her. She has a calmness in her very nature. Jon is quiet at first. He doesn’t like to hold still. He is an athlete, a gym owner, a teacher, and a trainer. All that adds up to constantly being on the move.
We wanted this session to give them time to just walk through the park and take a quiet moment together. I love to watch couples together. I love to watch them interact. We are comfortable with our loved ones, which can bring out the best and the worst in us. With Jon and Alicia you can see how well their differences compliment each other. They are both such hard workers and have a natural joy for life that is contagious. Their fur baby, Vera, is very lucky to have such amazing parents! We can’t wait for their wedding later this year!
Check out Primal Movements to see a small glimpse into the incredible gym Jon runs and the amazing trainer that he is!
Thank you as always to Erin from Erin Marie Photography for getting up early on a Saturday to help us!
We always encourage high school seniors to bring a friend to their custom photography session. It often helps them to relax and enjoy the experience a little more. In this case it was a sister best friend! One of the things that we do is help our clients to choose the outfits that will photograph well, make the feel the best, and of course, be the most flattering and fun. Bonus with Carol and Claire is there closet is interchangeable! After selecting several outfits for each girl we headed into Charleston to the beach. We of course had to get in some shots of both girls separately and together. In this “Not quite High School Senior Photography Session” we were able to capture a little of this girl and her HUGE personality. Claire is beautiful and kind. She is the youngest and full of spunk and never ending personality. We can’t wait until it’s her turn for her Custom Senior Photography Session!
There’s a lot more black and white in this High School Senior Photo Session then you usually see. There’s plenty of color too I promise! This sneak peek I just couldn’t resist these black and whites because B&W and freckles make me swoon. We combined this Berkeley High School Senior’s love of the beach and pretty dresses with her love for soccer. She is a fierce soccer player with a heart of gold. Even when I heard her telling stories of something that had gone wrong or something bad that had happened she always told it with a kind, positive perspective. This incredible woman is going to change the world just by being a part of it and we are so lucky she is! I can’t wait to see what the next few years hold for her!
This Sister Photography Session over spring break was so much fun! Not only did we get to go to the beach at sunset but we also got to walk around and shoot in downtown Charleston, SC at night. Claire and her sister are best friends. I was around them a lot during spring break. I had to ask their mom if they ever fought. The response was, “occasionally over clothes but not really.” Wow! They are so lucky to have each other! It was such a pleasure to capture this moment in their lives. Before long they will both be off at college and things will change. They will always be sisters and best friends but it will be different. Not bad or good but different. It is so important to capture the now so that we will never forget. Although in the moment it’s hard to imagine forgetting, time dulls those incredible moments unless they are captured in a photograph.
Can I just say how amazing it was to be near the beach and to get to photograph this incredible prom couple during sunset on James Island in South Carolina? It was incredible! This sunset beach prom photo session was a little more rushed then we usually like but hey, sometimes you just have to roll with it. When the couple are both advanced student athletes with packed schedules you just make things work. I had to bust out my make-up skills (which are thanks to Crystal Gardner) in the car on the way to the beach. I think I did pretty good! Granted I had an incredible canvas to paint!!
The gnats were insane and we spent a huge portion of our time batting them away. We were rushed and feeling a little drained I think. But then the sunset happened and it was all worth it! These two look amazing together and the best part is they are just as amazing inside and out. I asked Carol what she liked about Chase and she told me how much fun he was and how he always made her laugh. Sounds like the perfect prom date to me!