Samantha & Peter’s Summer Track Engagement Session // Saratoga Racetrack // Saratoga Springs, NY

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!

 

 

 

David & Cherie’s Wedding Celebration // Fasig-Tipton Saratoga // Saratoga Springs, NY

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!)

 

 

Hair // Mary Martin & Co.

MUA // Courtney Vogel – Make Me Fabulous

Dress // Jill Jill Stuart

Alyssa & Adam’s Breezy Saratoga Lake E-session // Saratoga Lake, NY

It’s true that some couples just put you in a good mood just by being around them. Their energy is infectious. Alyssa and Adam are exactly that couple. I left our beautifully breezy (and fun!) engagement session happier than I came, stomach ache from laughing, refreshed despite just working a full day and excited to get to be a part of their wedding in September!

These two are adorable and have an ease with each other (and themselves) that I don’t often see. That, my friends, is a true joy for me to document. There was even a moment where Adam had some pebbles stuck in his shoe and Alyssa’s immediate reaction when he started fumbling to get them out, said everything you need to know about their relationship (scroll through to see what I mean).

I got to photograph the Mr. & Mrs -to-be at a private residence on Saratoga Lake, a gorgeous spot with majestic old trees, and a perfect view of the lake.  I can’t wait to go back to that exact place again in September and photograph their big day. Thanks for all the laughs, Alyssa & Adam! And thank you for letting me a part of their incredibly precious time in your lives.

Prepare yourself. You are about to smile so hard it hurts, starting now. Enjoy!

Josh & Shelbey’s Initmate Lake Placid Wedding // Whiteface Lodge // Lake Placid, NY

Some weddings are big and ornate, some are smaller and more intimate, but the end game is always the same. To ceremoniously pledge their love for each other in a way that best fits the personality of the couple, exchange rings and take the first step into their future as husband and wife.

On a cold rainy day in November, I traveled north to Lake Placid to document Josh & Shelbey’s big day at The Whiteface Lodge. While the cold and the rain certainly made for challenges for me as a photographer, Josh & Shelby barely noticed the weather because they were that happy and excited to walk down the aisle. Their focus was each other, and the small group of family and friends that are most important to them, being there to witness this important step in their lives. Just before the ceremony, Josh surprised his Grandpa (whose wedding band Josh now wears) by asking him to be his best man – making the the ceremony that much more meaningful.

This intimate wedding was the perfect fit for this couple. Congratulations Josh & Shelbey, the new Mr. & Mrs!

 

 

AJ & Stacey’s Autumn Sunset Session (with dogs!) // Home Sweet Home // Saratoga Springs, NY

Sometimes you have a session that just keeps getting better and better as the light changes. This was one of those.

Stacey had one goal in mind, a sunset shoot with her husband and beloved pups, Bruce & Paisley. After having to reschedule their first date because of rain, I showed up to their amazing property on a cloudy afternoon. I was willing the weather to change on my drive over but decided I would make it work no matter what. During the beginning of the session we were all crossing our fingers that what seemed to be like a break in the clouds would open up to one of those surprise sunsets that come about on cloudy days. And open up it did! I love these images so much that I can barely contain myself. Enjoy!

P.S.- When you have the option to include your dogs in sessions, DEFINITELY INCLUDE YOUR DOGS! It’s the best 🙂

Luke & Jamie’s Beachy Adirondack E-Session // Moreau State Park // Moreau, NY

Luke & Jamie took a little trip from NYC, where Luke is an up and coming music producer and Jamie works in the fashion industry, to hang with me for an afternoon. Let me just say, it is impossible not to laugh around these two. It is truly infectious. So most of this session was spent doubled over cracking up, or someone (me) yelling that they were going to to pee their pants. So suffice it to say, we had a blast and a half. The weather was beautiful and seemed to be granting wishes as I made them. A breeze here, a little sun there. Perfection!

During the session in between belly laughs, Luke said , ” I love when she laughs. That’s what I love so much about her, she has the best laugh. I can’t not laugh when she laughs.”

If that is not the perfect quote to sum up this session, and this couple, then I don’t know what is. Congrats to one of my favorite couples, in the history of life. I cannot wait for this wedding!

 

Autumn Portrait Yearbook // Fall Mini Sessions // Saratoga Springs, NY

A colorful Fall is one of the perks of living in the Northeast. It’s such a great time to get outside, enjoy the crisp air, foliage, and maybe a little time in front of a camera with you loved ones! Fall is always the most popular season for Portraits in my experience. So, this year I’m offering one more day of Fall Mini Sessions on Sunday, October 22nd, from 2- 5:30pm at Lakota’s Farm in Cambridge, NY.  Multiple red barns, perfectly weathered wood barn, hay bales, gorgeous rolling hills, and beautiful Draught Horses! A few sessions are still available so snag one and lets enjoy the Fall together!

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In the spirit of nostalgia and all things Autumn, heres a collection of some of my favorite images from this magical season over the past couple years.