As a talented budding photographer D wanted to give a photoshoot to her Dad for Father’s Day. They chose to have their Daddy Daughter session in the fall to catch the colors. Boy did they choose the perfect day! We met at Saratoga Spa State park in Saratoga Springs, NY on a weekday afternoon. Did I mention they couldn’t have chosen a more perfect day? Perfect colors! Perfect Fall light! Perfect temp! We just walked and talked about life and photography. I love just watching a parent and child interact and laugh together. I have been photographing this beautiful person since she was just a little girl. Now look at her! She is kind, smart, and so much fun! What a joy it is to watch her grow! Perfect young teen make-up done by the amazing Crystal Gardner (D’s Mom!). Love how it gave her a gorgeous pop of color but was just the right amount for her age. Amazing as always Crystal!
I was so excited when Shawn contacted me about giving the gift of a family portrait experience to his wife for their anniversary! This beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY family had my heart from the minute they stepped out of their van! The kids were polite and fun and even helpful! They listened and they played and they took care of each other. I was so impressed by the attitudes and politeness of the older two but of course this gorgeous 2 year old stole the show!
Look at this incredible styling job Emily did? Don’t they look perfect!?! I adored their outfits! I kept telling Dan how excited I was to see them in the clothes she had picked because she’d done such an amazing job! We walked around Saratoga Spa State Park, watched the resident wood chucks and squirrels, twirled, danced, and laughed! We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to create and capture memories of this family here in Saratoga Springs, NY. What a treat it was to help them freeze this moment in time so they will never forget the way the youngest smiles with her tongue out, the way the middle child loves to twirl, or the way the oldest looks at his father with great admiration!
Shawn is incredibly talented as well as a great Dad! Be sure to check out Shawn’s award winning homes here!
This is one of those sessions where I just don’t know where to start. I traveled to Alaska for many different reasons. One of these was to photograph a few families. This was the third time that I photographed this family and the first time that Dan was able to come with me. He had seen past session photos. He had heard me tell stories. This time he got to meet them! When the little boy cries because you are leaving (well because Dan was leaving) and when you are editing the images you laugh and awww your whole way through, that’s when you remember…really remember why you do what you do. This family has brought me so much joy and in return I have been able to give them the precious gift of memories that will never disappear or even fade. It was an absolute joy to introduce them to Dan and to see their new home and meet all their furry friends! I didn’t want to leave and I can’t thank them enough for welcoming us!
Laura was my middle school volleyball coach – her daughters in school around the same time as me. I learned so much from her about volleyball, working hard, and life in general. She was always there and supportive. What a treasure it was to meet her grandkids and photograph them. How gorgeous is this backdrop? Bear Lake in the Seward Alaska area is incredible! When I pictured photographing families in Seward this is exactly the background I was hoping for. Wow! I think I should do travel sessions in Alaska more often! Enjoy this sneak peak guys!
I’ll try not to get too personal here…
My big brother. Life has taken us to the far sides of the country. We try to keep in touch and thank goodness for social media! Life is busy. Life is crazy. Oh how I wish life got me to Oregon more often! When I found out that my brother was dating this amazing woman all I wanted to know was how can I meet her and what can I do to help?! They eloped to Hawaii and had the most gorgeous, personal wedding! I am so thrilled for them but as a traveling wedding and family photographer I ached to photograph this incredible event in their lives! Can you blame me?!
While we were all in Alaska together I was able to meet his gorgeous bride and see my nieces and nephews. We took some time away from all the wonderful chaos of a family reunion/Alaska vacation and headed to Kincaid Park for some family photo time. The light couldn’t have been more amazing! I love photographing families. I love the time it gives me to see family dynamics. I love to study people’s personality and what makes them, well…them. This was a chance to see how much Bria loves her accessories. This was a chance to experience the incredible sense of humor that Beth has. This was a chance to see Brock and Kelsie lovingly harass each other and to remember that they got it from their father ;). This was a chance to learn that for his senior pictures Brock wants something completely un-ordinary. This was a chance for me to capture this family in a beautiful setting at a time in their lives that they always want to remember and look back on.
Enjoy this sneak peak for now! More to come!
Samantha and I started texting back and forth in January. We chatted and met and planned her family’s session. She knew the perfect location and her sense of style is incredible. Of course the difficult thing with dreaming and planning out so far is you never know how kids will change. Will they still be napping, or will they at least nap that day? This family is AAAAmazing! Mom and Dad kept their cool during their family session at Wiawaka house in Lake George, NY no matter what the kids threw at them.
Their little girl is gorgeous but looking at her Mamma, I wasn’t surprised! Her big brother gave us all a run for our money and boy did we run! My favorite part were his dance moves!! We danced, and played with sticks. We tickled and poked, and became monkeys. We learned history and rolled down a grass hill!! What more could a little boy or photographer want?!!
Porcell family I hope you love your little sneak peak!!
Say hello to the winner of the Mother’s Day Giveaway! When I told Christine she had won and that she needed to pick who her guest would be she immediately thought of her husband! I absolutely LOVED this idea! That to me says that she married her best friend and made a pretty amazing choice! Soon they are celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary so we turned the winnings into an anniversary celebration! Their was a little rain right during our photoshoot but it didn’t even phase these two. They were so effortless together and had us laughing through the whole session. And can we talk about those smiles and eyes?! What a pleasure it was to meet Christine and Dominick and get to be a part of celebrating their 10 year anniversary!
There were some hiccups as this was the first big Mother’s Day Giveaway we have done but Christine was so gracious and kind! I can’t thank her enough for being our giveaway guinea pig! I have so many ideas and can hardly wait for next year’s Mother’s Day Giveaway!
Congratulations you two!
Christine is also an incredibly talented Real Estate Agent. Follow this link to her website to see the rave reviews from her clients!
A huge thank you to all the girls at Couture as well as the ADK pub and Brewery, For the Lake House, Lake George Olive Oil Company, and Patty’s Water sports for helping us to celebrate Mom’s Lake George, NY style!
Not trash the dress is the traditional sense of the word but a more modern sense.
The wedding day is an amazing celebration of the joining of two lives and families. I adore what it is and what it does. When I look back, however, I only have one wish. I wish that I had worn my dress just ONE more time! We’re calling this a “Wear the Dress one more time” session!
Crystal has become so near and dear to my heart. I have known her and watched her as she’s overcome difficulties and trials and have watched her succeed with sparkle and glamour! She found this amazing boy who makes her laugh, balances her, and supports her. Their engagement session was FREEZING. Their wedding was unbelievably beautiful and also…FREEZING! I knew we had to shoot her in this dress one more time.
This day couldn’t have been more perfect. Jon and Crystal came and my heart swelled as I saw her relax into him, smile, laugh and just be HER. We found some pink trees at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs to match Crystal’s pink dress and just spent some time walking around campus in the sun. This is a brief sneak peak into the gorgeous images we created in this modern “Trash the dress” session.
If you missed the post from their New Year’s Eve wedding you can find it here!
We did a mini Mommy and Me session with our favorite accessories. We spent a rainy day in Saratoga Springs, NY just playing, taking “pictures” with our binoculars, and wearing all the necessary adornments! There might have been a few burps and toots and hilarious laughter then ensued as well. But only maybe. I was put to the test juggling, camera, lighting, and a little blue bouncy ball with rough edges flying at me! (only the ball was flying at me, not the camera or lighting). My smile hurt when we were done!
I met Virginia scrolling through Instagram. I was immediately drawn to her feed…clean and beautiful! I had to look at her website. The same. I wandered to her blog, Razimus Jewelry. (We’ll call it my small adventure for the day). It was of course also gorgeous and with incredible content. I loved it! When I got the idea for this Mother’s Day Giveaway I knew immediately that I wanted her to be a part of it. Not only was she amazing to work with, she’s beautiful and then there’s her daughter!
Thank you so much little one for reminding me what it means to be a little princess! And thank you Virginia for being an amazing woman, mom, and business owner!