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!
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 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!!
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!
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!
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!