This fall family session in Saratoga Springs was cold but gorgeous! It might have taken until the adults were freezing for the kids to warm up to the camera but it was oh so worth it for these smiles! We played at their house in their incredible back yard, roasted marshmallows and then headed over to Spa State Park. We hung upside down, jumped off walkways and ran, and ran, and ran! I loved watching this family and seeing the love they have for each other. These two little ones are so lucky to have a big brother that treats them so well and an amazing mom! Not only is this momma gorgeous, but she also did an incredible job styling them all and she wasn’t afraid to get down and just play with her kids! It melts my heart to see this kind of love and family fun!! Enjoy this peek! Can’t wait for you to see them all!
Despite being a tad bit unseasonably cool this Saratoga Lake Family Session could not have been more perfect! The love and laughter had me grinning from ear to ear through the whole session. Don’t these images just make you want to grab your people and head to a beach and out on a boat?! Winter is coming. *gasp* These memories of Saratoga Lake and it’s gorgeousness should get us through, right? Thank you Perkins family for showing us your light and trusting us to capture this moment in time!
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!
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.
When Ashley contacted me wondering if we could take their engagement pictures at the Adirondack Balloon Festival, I knew we had to make it happen! The hot air balloons are so gorgeous and so much fun! It was also a great way to get Ashley and Drea’s son involved. Perfect combo! With the unseasonably warm weather we decided to shoot for a morning take off at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. Luckily it was cool enough that the already planned outfits would still work. This amazing family got up, found out they had no hot water, and still made it for a sunrise engagement session as the hot air balloons took off! Aaaamazing! We walked a lot to find the right spot but luckily between that and the hot chocolate everyone was able to warm up. No one’s lips were purple for any pictures and the smiles we captured are priceless! We cannot wait for their wedding next year! To find out more about the hot air balloon festival right in our own backyard check out the Adirondack Balloon Festival website here!
From the first phone call I knew I wanted to photograph Stephanie’s wedding. She is so kind and loving and we just talked like old friends! We decided on Crandall Park for this couple’s engagement photography because it’s close to home and a place they love to be. Not to mention the light in Crandall Park is always so dreamy! It was a little warmer then we had planned on for an early fall evening but we made it work! Scott and Stephanie are such a great compliment to each other. We didn’t meet Scott until the day of the session. As they warmed up to us and the camera it was so fun to see them tease and laugh together. Stephanie has one of those amazing, infectious laughs! Together with their families, Scott and Stephanie are planning the perfect wedding for next summer in Saratoga Springs, NY. We can’t wait!!