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!
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!
We had such an amazing time volunteering at the Lake George Land Conservancy 2017 Gala. It was an incredible evening! It was warm, but not too warm; cool, but not too cool. What a treat it was to meet some amazing people and visit with them as well as seeing many faces we knew. There were so many incredible donations. It brought tears to my eyes at the kindness and generosity of people who love Lake George and want to protect it. Thank you to all who came, all who gave, and all who put so much into putting on this beautiful evening!
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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!
Traveling with kids? Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for survival!! We have 4. Traveling with them is no joke. When I was pregnant with the 4th we drove across the country for a family reunion. The toddler and the pregnant Mamma weren’t invited in the van on the way home..we were sent home on a plane!! Over the years we’ve tried tons of tips and tricks. Some work. Some don’t. Every kid is different.
Here are 7 tips to try during this family spring break road trip:
- This.Our kids aren’t crazy motion sickness prone. 1/2 tablet works great for them. Working for 6 years on boats that go out into the Pacific Ocean trust me, Bonine is the brand! I know some parents use Benadryl to take the edge off and helps kids sleep. I can’t recommend this because it wires at least 50% of my kids instead of making them sleepy!! Fine print: WE ARE NOT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. Please ask your Dr., follow all guildines and instructions with any medication.
- Movies. If your trip is less then a week you can usually check out DVD’s from the library. That way you have a large variety. Which is huge if you have a wide range of ages in the family.
- Break up the movies with road games. Our favorite is I spy. The alphabet game works if the kids are old enough to know the alphabet. There are so many more that all the kids get excited about.
- Book on tapes for older kids. The library has these awesome book on tapes that you don’t need any device for. Also try the Overdrive app for free downloadable books. Great for kids who get carsick or just need a screen break.
- FOOD. Lots of food. We try for healthy snacks. Applesauce pouches are my favorite! But then we throw in the occasional treat that they don’t normally get. We spread the treats out. I’m talking every 15 minutes if you have to but they only get the next one if they aren’t yelling and screaming!!
- BABY WIPES! Need I say more?
- Baking pans. Our last trip we let our now 5 year old boy put about 10 cars in a large baking pan. He held it in his lap and played with them for hours! Then when he was done they were relatively contained!
So none of these are revolutionary but just make the trip something special. Don’t spend a ton of money on things to do that they won’t use. Maybe a small new toy or just fun food. Just get them crayons and paper is they like to color! That way if they don’t get used you aren’t out anything. We’ve tried all the fancy stuff and it just doesn’t work any better. Their attentions spans are only so long no matter how much you spend on the toy!
This next trip I’m going to attempt to read a book aloud to the kids. I’m hoping they can all hear and that I can find a book that they will generally all like! Wish me luck!!
What is your favorite trick?
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Last time we talked about the 3 essential questions every couple should ask their wedding photographer. You can check out that article here. If you don’t ask anything else you’re probably still doing pretty good. But there are still other important questions. Hopefully your photographer will tell you how it works (they are the expert) but there are a few things you should make sure that they cover. While brainstorming for this article I came across a post titled “38 things to ask your photographer”! Wow! 38!? If you have to ask your photographer 38 specific questions then please run and hide..that photographer is not doing their job! I’m going to start with 5 follow up questions – 5 logistical and important things to know before hiring your wedding photographer.
- What is your shooting philosophy? I often have brides on their initial phone call tell me they like photo journalism. But when I ask them more that’s often not really what they want, they just heard that term somewhere. More then getting an industry buzz word ask them how they approach the day. I have worked with photographers who are ONLY in the background. They are there to observe and document only. I’ve worked with others who control the environment of every shot and start essentially “training” the bride from the first email. We often tell people that we are there to document the day, not to insert ourselves in it. That being said, the mother or aunt of the bride doesn’t want to look 10 pounds older and 10 pounds heavier; people don’t often know where they are supposed to be especially for family formals; and sometimes drunk groomsmen just need more direction! We will chat and laugh with you but we don’t want to be in the way. We will help everyone look their best in what time we have and we will make sure that when you look back at your family formals you are thinking how much you love your family, NOT how much you wanted to strangle Uncle Filmore. We are the experts. We will guide and direct where needed but we will not take over. Find the photographer whose shooting philosophy matches the feel of what you envision for your day.
- What’s your backup plan? Often photographers are sole proprietors, meaning it’s just them. Do they have a plan in place for if they break their leg or get into a car accident?
- Do you have multiples of your equipment? I don’t generally encourage asking about equipment. I don’t care what kind of equipment the DJ uses to play his music as long as it sounds good. You shouldn’t care (unless maybe if you’re a photographer yourself) what type of camera your photographer uses. But you might care if they are new to the game, only have one camera, and don’t use a second shooter. Cameras are technology and equipment. Pure and simple. They will fail. They will have quirks. You have the right to know if they are prepared for things to go wrong. You could ask the photographer how many weddings they’ve shot and how long they’ve been in business but I truly believe that information is that you’ll know how truly PREPARED your wedding photographer is.
- How involved are you in the planning process? Every couple will have a different need here. We generally help with a lot of details so that the time schedule goes as smoothly as possible. Also, when all is said and done all that is left are the images of your day. We don’t want you to miss a single image. We don’t want you to look back and say, “I wish I had a photo of x and z.” Will your photographer help plan the timeline and photo list?
- What should I expect after the wedding? We’ve all heard horror stories of it taking 6 months to get the wedding images back or the worst ones where the couple never hears from their photographer again! Chances are if the photographer has a clear answer for you of what to expect and how the process works after the wedding then they will be there and ready to take care of you when you get back from your honeymoon.
Anything you would like to add? What was the most important thing you wanted to know when you were interviewing wedding photographers?
Please let us know if you have any questions!