After photographing weddings for quite some time now, it is always nice to shoot for someone that I have shot for before. Or someone I know, or saw me work, and saw the results. They always come highly recommended, and have a ton of confidence in my work and me. It is a really good feeling for everyone plus, it is especially nice when they come from multiple directions. So…I photographed Matt & Katie’s wedding way back in 2007. Since then, I have also photographed at least a half-dozen of their families and friends weddings all over the country. I had just booked Matt’s sister Roxanne’s wedding, and her situation kind of reminded me of Amanda’s when I was talking to Amanda. Turns out that Amanda knew Roxanne, but not that I was shooting her wedding. She figured it out because she saw images from Katie’s brother David’s wedding and recognized Matt. So it is kind of fun that Roxanne and Amanda both booked me coming from different directions, and they were both happy to have the same photographer. Then Amanda, Bryan and I had a great time doing the engagement session you see here, and to top it off, Amanda, Bryan, and of course Katie, Matt, and David were at Roxanne’s wedding. Whew, did you keep up with all of that? Anyway…it feels like Amanda, Bryan, me, and everyone, are old friends, and I haven’t even photographed their wedding yet. It honestly doesn’t get any better than that. I seriously can’t express enough how special these relationships are to me. I can’t thank you enough Katie, Matt, Carol, and Matt’s parents for everything. Please know in my heart how much I appreciate it. I have said it many times, but I can’t say it enough. Thank you! Actually, I just had a great idea while I was typing this. It has been almost seven years since Katie and Matt were married. At your ten-year anniversary, I will do a free family session for you. You can bring as many family members as you want, and do as many variations as you want. It would be my pleasure and honor to do this for you. In the mean time, Amanda and Bryan, Hi! You two were so awesome and did such a great job! I’m so proud of you, and can’t wait for your wedding. I really enjoy your company and both of you are so nice. I hope your families get to know me a little through these images and come to your wedding ready to record more memories that you can hold on to forever.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
I had a great time with Jessi and Kyle for their Cornell engagement session! We were able to explore some of Ithaca as well. Engagement sessions are always a great idea! I try to do them as often as possible because it gives us a chance to get to know each other. Plus a lot of people have never been photographed professionally, so it can be a little uncomfortable for them at first. We all learn from the experience, and we also get to share the images with their families. This is a huge thing because it goes a far way to make everyone a little less apprehensive about having pictures taken at the wedding. It also allows people to let their guard down, trust me, and lets me in to get those intimate moments. You and Kyle did a great job Jessi! I’m looking forward to your wedding in August!
Monday, March 17, 2014
I first met Molly and her family a few years ago when I photographed her sister Alysia’s wedding on Seneca Lake. I remember being instantly in awe of their dad Herb. He is the nicest guy, and one of the few men I know with all girls for kids. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but it blows my mind how these guys keep from going crazy, especially when their daughters are all incredibly beautiful like Molly, Alysia, & Katerina. I think I would have to hire bodyguards for each of them just so I could sleep at night. Luckily, Herb has his phenomenal wife Peggi to point him in the right direction, should he ever get lost. All joking aside, this is such a great family (again I am so blessed). As if three daughters weren’t enough, Peggi & Herb decided to add another honorary daughter. The amazing Bruna Poersch da Rosa from Brazil came to them as an exchange student and has been a sort of adopted part of the family ever since.
I can’t say enough about this family or Herb. I love this guy! He is with out doubt my favorite father of the bride of all time. I apologize to all of my other dads, you know I think the world of all of you, but this guy is in a class of his own. I knew it when I photographed Alysia’s wedding (his first daughter) a few years ago, but he really impressed me at Molly’s wedding. First of all, he treats me like part of the family more than anyone ever has. He came up to me at the wedding all concerned and told me that they realized I didn’t have a dinner. I was supposed to choose either a monster lobster or one-pound Delmonico steak online before the wedding. So it was my fault that I didn’t have a meal coming and Herb was told there were no extras. So what does he do? He insists that he shares his lobster with me. I was astonished but there was no way I am going to take half of the bride’s dad’s meal. As it worked out, there was an extra steak, and I did have a great meal. I just want to say thank you one more time Herb; you touched a special place in my heart yet again. I have never seen anyone work so hard for his or her daughter on her wedding day (including driving a tractor). Most of all I admire the relationship you and Peggi have with your daughters. It is a beautiful thing, and I hope more than anything in this world that I can be a similar parent to my children like you are to yours.
Joel’s family fit right in. Wow, how important is it for the families to get along and support their child and their new spouse? This is huge! I have said it before, and I’m sure I will say it again because I feel it is one of the most fundamental ingredients to a successful marriage. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and it makes it so hard for the new couple to grow and survive. Some of my families instantly adopt each other and become one big family. This is a wonderful thing, and I’m sure it is the case here. It always makes my heart happy to see this. Another big factor to success is friends, how they interact, and the group dynamics. I know this because I see it all the time. Molly & Joel have wonderful friendships, which equals great support.
Molly, Joel, and I also had a great time for their engagement session at Cornell University, so I was looking forward to their wedding for a lot of reasons. Once again, I can’t tell you guys how much I enjoyed doing this for all of you, and I look forward to when Katerina, & Bruna get married, and hope to see you there. I also hope you have fun reliving this wonderful weekend at Joel’s family orchard, and wish you much love and happiness!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Taughannock Falls State Park was the perfect backdrop for Stacie & Jeff’s beautiful wedding. We did their engagement session there, and I was really looking forward to doing the wedding there as well. The rehearsal dinner was the night before at Taughannock Farms Inn. I have always admired this place from the road and wondered what it would be like to shoot there. It is gorgeous and definitely lived up to the great expectations I had, providing all kinds of wonderful photo opportunities. DJ’s extraordinaire Nicky Wood and Jeannette were in the house to make sure the party rocked! Thank you Jeff and Stacie for everything. It was a pleasure to get to know you and do this for you. I wish you much love and happiness!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Wow there is something special I absolutely love about shooting weddings in the Capital District! I don’t know, maybe it is because a bunch of my photographer friends live in that area and produce incredible work on a regular basis? The area definitely has more excellent shooters per capita than most places I know of. I always feel honored to shoot in places like this that recognize excellent work and support it. What ever it is, I am especially fond of the Saratoga Springs area. This wedding lived up to my expectations because it was incredibly fun and involved wonderful people. Honestly, I can’t express enough what a pleasure it has been to work with Jasmine and Andy! They are two of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of photographing, and they are both extremely gorgeous and photogenic. It seems like I have been working on this wedding for a long time, and I have, but it has been so rewarding. I have shared a lot of these images on Facebook already, but I have been looking forward to seeing them all in one place on my blog. As usual, I came into town the night before, and we started the day off at Pure Elements Salon in Albany. This is such a great place and they do an incredible job. I highly recommend them. The wedding was at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, and the reception was at the always-amazing Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs. Jasmine’s orchid necklace from Moonrise Jewelry was breathtaking!
Looking back, I think Jasmine’s attitude is what made this wedding so special for me. She was so calm and cool, and knew what she wanted. The photography was important to her and she made the time to do it right. Her and Andy could not have been more cooperative and facilitating. That may sound selfish from a photographer but it affords the possibilities for so many great things to happen. There was lots of time, and we had a wonderful brunch with her Dad, and then worked through the day. I have gotten to know Jasmine a lot since then and she is so amazingly down to earth and casual about everything. I think if we could all be at least a little like her, everyone would be much happier. I know that the world is a better place because she is in it, and I hope that I can learn from her, and pick up some of her personality. It has been such a pleasure for me to get to know both of you and I hope our relationship continues for a long time. I thank you for everything, and hope you enjoy these images as much as I have enjoyed creating them for you. I wish you many blessings and much love.