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.
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!
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!
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!