Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Jess and Steve were married at The Hotel Lenhart in Bemus Point, New York. I have to say that I was really impressed with the beauty of Chautauqua Lake and Bemus Point. It is a very unique and charming place that I would definitely recommend visiting. It was also a great setting for their wedding. The hotel has an amazing veranda that wraps around the side and all the way across the front. It faces west overlooking the gorgeous bay, and has forty multicolored rocking chairs which they are well known for, and people use to enjoy the spectacular sunsets. It says on their web site to grab a chair early if you want a seat, and after being there I can totally understand why. The wedding ceremony was performed right on the front lawn, and actually became part of the environment with visitors and local people walking by or stopping to watch from the sidewalk. It was really interesting how it felt like the main road goes right through the hotel. In fact I was talking with some local people that were sitting out on the porch, and a few even crashed the reception. Prime Time DJ Services did a great job with the entertainment which included Nick doing an awesome electronic violin accompanied version of Cotton Eyed Joe.
I was even more impressed with Jess. She is an incredible person and seemed to become more beautiful with each photo I took of her. She didn’t care if anyone crashed her reception and welcomed everyone (invited or not) with open arms. It just seemed to be the nature of the place and the people from there.
When I arrived Jess was getting her makeup and hair done inside a gorgeous screened in porch on the side of the hotel. The light in there was magnificent, and it was the perfect place for the girls to get ready. The weather was spectacular and everything was wonderful. I am so happy for my couples when they are blessed like this and things turn out even better than they had even hoped for. It was an honor and a pleasure to do this for you Jess and Steve. Thank you, your friends, and families for giving me the opportunity. I wish you much love and happiness and hope you enjoy your images as much as I have enjoyed shooting, and working on them for you.
Evelyn & Sean sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G first comes love….”I never knew I was lost, until you found me.”
Thursday, January 10, 2013
WOW! This word in capital letters and an exclamation mark is really an understatement for Evelyn & Sean. These guys are the greatest couple! I seriously mean that too. They are both incredible parents that realized they were soul mates through some sort of miracle. The love they have for each other, their children, families, and friends, is breathtaking and inspiring. They showed a video (click here for the link) at the reception that describes their love for life perfectly, and this is from their first dance. While it was running, I overheard someone say, “I can’t believe how much fun these guys have!” Evelyn also happens to be incredibly beautiful. We have become Facebook friends and she is what I like to refer to as a chameleon. Kind of like the spy Jason Bourne from the Bourne Identity movie. She could change her look, and does in seconds. It can be totally different but always beautiful. I’m sure that this is one of the many things that Sean loves about her. Her sister Emily is the same way. Together, they make a dynamic duo, akin to Batman & Robin, just with out the outfits. As a photographer, there is nothing better than a chameleon. We absolutely love people like this, and Sean fits right in. As everyone knows, beauty is not just skin deep. Real beauty is what is inside a person. It is how they treat and interact with others. I am always observing and studying people, it is part of being a good photographer. Especially when they fascinate me. So of course this led me to “observe” their parents. I have to say it is so very obvious that the apple does not fall very far from the tree. I could understand why Evelyn has that beauty, but also why she is such a great parent. As a parent myself, good parenting is very important to me. When I see two as good as Evelyn & Sean (or their parents) I have to shout out about it. You guys are very fortunate, and so are your children.
Here is a little snippet Sean wrote that I borrowed from their website. “So if you are wondering what elaborate, romantic method was used to propose, I have to answer you this way… if you know Evelyn and I, you will know that her passion and my spontaneity would never allow something planned. Our love doesn’t and never will come in a bottle or a plan, it cannot be contained. We live life by the moment, and seize each second to the fullest. Forget Carpe Diem, we’re more like Carpe Secundus. She is the yin to my yang. I never expected I would marry my best friend, as it is so cliché, but God saw fit to grant me this gift.”
Their beautiful ceremony was held in St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester. Next we went to Highland Park for some fun photos, and then on to the Vista Ball Room at the Monroe Golf Club for the reception. Celebration Sound did a fabulous job keeping everyone dancing to the very end.
Thank you so very much Evelyn, Sean, your families, and friends for including me in your special day. I wish you much love and happiness, and hope that the images we created will be treasured for many lifetimes to come.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Not long ago I received an email from Marti & Steve with just the word “Incoming!!!” in the subject line. As I read on, I learned they were planning a visit to the Finger Lakes for their fifth anniversary. Wow, I can’t believe it has been five years since I shot their wedding. Marti & Steve are the greatest couple ever! I absolutely love these guys. They both have creative jobs, are well versed in the arts, and they know their wines. We had a wonderful lunch at the Stone Cat Café, which is only about four miles down the road from where I live. It was great to talk and visit, then we did a quick photo shoot for old times sake. Thank you Marti & Steve for everything, you guys are so awesome! P.S. Hi Tonia, Rachel, and everyone!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
With it being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this blog post comes at a perfect time. Nikki was diagnosed in January. She found a lump and went to her local doctor. They did an ultrasound, then a biopsy, which showed that she was positive for breast cancer. She had no family history and no other risk factors, but somehow, with less than a 5% chance, she was facing the worst possible prognosis. Nikki and her Mom did some research for surgeons and found Dr. Kort and her team of oncologists, radiologists and plastic surgeons at the Upstate Breast and Endocrine Center in Syracuse. Nikki was their youngest breast cancer patient. Dr.Kara Kort performed a double mastectomy and Dr. Michael Curtis simultaneously performed the beginning stages of her reconstruction surgery. She also removed her lymph nodes and found that 50% of them were cancerous. She was Stage 3B and her tumor was 10cm. She had the fastest growing type of cancer so they had to proceed with very aggressive treatment. She had 4 months of chemotherapy, followed by 6 weeks (30 treatments) of radiation. She is currently just finishing up with her radiation treatments. Six weeks after her last treatment she will fly out to St. Louis, Missouri to complete her reconstruction surgery because her plastic surgeon, Dr. Curtis moved out there and she only wants him to operate on her. She and Jamie got married between the chemo and radiation treatments while she was feeling well enough to make the plans and go on the honeymoon. Their dogs and her cancer are ultimately what brought the two of them together.
I have known Nikki’s Mom Lisa for several years now and I was delighted when she asked me to photograph her daughters wedding. My blog followers that go way back know that my son Gabriel had a serious battle with cancer when he was two years old. It was a very tough time for all of us, especially because he couldn’t even talk yet to let us know how he felt or anything. My family and I are very thankful for the support and prayers we received, and almost seven years later he is living cancer free as a survivor. So of course this is a very touchy subject for me. One that still draws on, and drains every emotion in my body. I appreciate how important it is to have a survivor in your family or close to you. Their life truly is a miracle, and we are blessed to have them with us. I appreciate every second I have with my son, my daughter, and actually everyone in my life because of this experience. The fragility of life has taught many of us to relish every second we have with our friends and loved ones. Some tomorrows never come, so be sure to enjoy today as much as possible.
Congratulations Nikki and Jamie! I wish you much happiness and love on your journey together.