John & Bailey’s late June wedding at the Inn at Erlowest was one for the books – and I’m not just saying that because Bailey is an English teacher. It’s hard for me to put… More
We had a really beautiful sunny winter day for Chris & Tara’s e-session. You can’t tell in these photos just how much ice we were navigating, but let me tell you, it was A LOT. Classic Upstate NY problems. After a midweek winter rainstorm, every surface we walked on became a obstacle course. I’m happy to report that we all managed to stay on our feet. Thankfully, the icy conditions did not impede on our fun! I had such a great afternoon meeting and photographing these two after they travelled from Boston for their e-session. I was so excited to find a fire already made in the Warming Hut when we popped in to escape the frigid temperatures. It turned out to be an A+ decision. I can’t wait to be there to document Chris & Tara’s wedding in October! What a sweet couple.
Lyndsay and Dan wanted something that was more relaxed, felt like them and of course, included their dog. Nothing accomplishes that quite like shooting in your own home, doing the things you do in your day to day life. So that’s exactly what we did! We focused on their newly decorated (and adorable) first home and a golf course close by where they often take their beloved dog, Qynn. For two people who both admitted to being extremely nervous about being in front of the camera, they were naturals after exactly 5 seconds of coaching! This couple has a connection you can feel as soon as you enter the room with them. We kept things light hearted; enjoyed an afternoon drink, listened to some oldies, took a snowy walk and even included their house guest, Cooper. Man oh man, I loved everything about this session. So, let’s get to the good stuff!
I met Bailey & John for the first time at the top of Prospect Mountain – with 35 mph wind gusts. I had warned them earlier in the day about the wind but they decided to brave it, and we went ahead with our plan of meeting atop Prospect. My hat goes off to them for their positivity and willingness to brave the wind and cold! But the upside of the wind is that sometimes it’s the extreme weather that gives us the best moments in photography. Thanks weather, you delivered!
Bailey & John were both so sweet and fun to work with right from the start! Calling them photogenic is an understatement. Bailey is a high school English teacher and John works in finance, but they look like a celebrity couple poised for awards season. It’s like they stepped right out of the pages of People magazine and directly into our hearts. They even witnessed my first ever tumble during a photo-session, and were gracious enough to not let it phase them at all. I promise I won’t fall at the wedding, guys!
Here’s to Bailey & John’s future together, with or without People magazine! I cannot wait to document their June 2019 wedding at the beautiful Inn at Erlowest!
Kevy & Jim’s engagement session took place on a brisk and breezy October day at Takundewide Cottages in Lake George. At one point I thought we may lose them to exposure, but they champed it out in the name of love and Lake George.
Takundewide is a micro-community within a micro-community. Nestled on Cleverdale, a point on the east side of Lake George (hello, that’s where the Sans Souci is), it is a family-run collection of summer cottages that people rent or own. There’s a beach, tennis courts, docks (to play sponge tag on), sun decks (to jump off of), and all kinds of boats. It is a tiny little summer oasis that is perfect for families and kids.
I have known Kevy for most of her life. In fact, I even babysat her in the very beginning! She has always been a fun little ball of energy, very athletic, always laughing, with a million dollar smile. Kevy’s family has a long history at Takundewide and has spent almost every summer of her life there (hint, hint; I did too, this is where our families met). When she called me after Jim asked her to marry him on top of a mountain to set up an E-Session, I didn’t even have to ask where she wanted to do it. I knew it would be Takundewide. What better place to kick off her next big adventure; marrying Jim! Jim is a sweet quiet guy with a passion for the saving the environment, solar energy and of course, beer. He even was a large part of developing and brewing a couple of signature beers in partnership with Northway Brewing, for his family’s beverage business. When I asked him to bring some of his first signature brew (4 Chords) to the session, he came through, and I’m so glad he did. You will see why below.
Despite the cold & the wind, Kevy and Jim’s energy and love was infectious. You could really feel that intangible “something” in the air that makes them work. Such a joy to be around.
Let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?
Cheers to Kevy & Jim on your engagement!
A perfect September day. A lakeside ceremony. A beautiful fun-loving couple. Fireworks. Jack Daniels. And, a sunset that ALMOST stole the show. That is the story of September 22nd, 2018 in a nutshell.
Adam & Alyssa live out west in Salt Lake City, but are from the Clifton Park area originally. They often spend their free time on a motorcycle exploring the breathtaking scenery of the Rockies, hiking, traveling to concerts and Patriots games. When it came to planning their wedding, it was important for them to be at home with the family and friends that mean so much to them.
The happy couple said “I Do” in the gorgeous backyard of Alyssa’s parents Saratoga Lake home, on a piece of property that her family has long called “The Point”. Alyssa’s father (with lots of helping hands, I’m sure) built the perfect stone ceremony location on the property, called in a favor from a friend at Jack Daniels and special ordered a sunset that will almost certainly never be something I can duplicate for a wedding again (Sorry, guys!). Adam’s mother baked all of the tasty and beautiful desserts. It was truly 2 families coming together as 1 team.
Adam & Alyssa were a dream to work with. It’s rare to have BOTH the Bride and the Groom be so completely relaxed on their wedding day, but I think that speaks volumes about their relationship. There is an ease and happiness to them that is palpable when you’re around them. Their wedding was like a being in a big group hug for 7 hours. Ok, have I nerd-ed out enough for you? Let’s get to the pictures, right?!
Thanks for including me in your perfect day, Adam & Alyssa! Loved every second of it!
Cheers to your forever as Mr. & Mrs. ❤
7am comes early, but there’s a payoff when it’s paired with a warm summer morning with perfect light at Saratoga Racetrack. Samantha and Peter love spending time at the track in the summer and it meant so much to be able to do their engagement photo’s somewhere that brings so much joy to them. After our first session had to be rescheduled because of rain, we lucked out with some beautiful mid-summer morning sun. Check out Peter and Samantha’s session below. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding next year at The National Museum of Dance!
There is absolutely no wrong way to have a wedding. I tell my couples this all the time. Do it YOUR OWN way.
David and Cherie decided to keep things simple and eloped in the Spring of this year. But that does not mean they didn’t want to still be able to celebrate their marriage with their close friends and family that mean so much to them. So, they threw a Wedding Cocktail Party in the heart of Saratoga!
I had not photographed a wedding of any sort at Fasig-Tipton in a few years. They stopped booking weddings officially after the 2015 season. So, when I was contacted by Cherie to help her with this event, I was surprised by the venue. However, I peeled back the surface a little and it all made sense as to why this venue was back in the wedding business for one night only. Cherie is a Thoroughbred Horse Trainer, and her husband David, is a prominent Bloodstock Agent. I mean, we’re talking a thoroughbred dream team here. Their roots are firmly planted in the world of horse racing and at this time of year Fasig-Tipton is like a second home to them. According to Cherie, the week of their wedding celebration they had spent every other night at Fasig-Tipton working the horse sales. So truly, they could not have chosen a venue that was better suited for their lifestyle and their connection to each other.
Saratoga in August set’s the perfect scene for this Thoroughbred kind of love. Thanks so much Cherie and David, for inviting me to document some of it for you. I wish you both nothing but the best!
Here’s to Cherie & David – Health. History. Horses. – (and LOVE!)