Reesanne: Senior Pics

I wandered around with the breathtaking Reesanne and her family in downtown Clinton one day and I loved every last photo we captured. She is as gracious and lovely as can be, and I have a special place in my heart for her wonderful mother, who graduated with me twenty years ago!

Here’s to a wonderful senior year!

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xo

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Marielle & Phil: John Joseph Inn Wedding

Settle in, folks. This is going to be a long one. Skip right to the photos if you have to, but I absolutely MUST fill you in on the details. First, couples and their families often ask me where my favorite place to document a wedding is. Central New York has got some amazing places. But, for me, there is something particularly magical about the John Joseph Inn. From the minimal decor and spacious rooms to the perfectly manicured property, I love photographing there. If it’s sunny, there’s a beautiful garden. If it’s rainy, there are open air porches that line the estate. Every time I go back, I uncover something new and beautiful. It is without a doubt one of my favorite places to shoot, and it has been sine I stepped onto the property over 5 years ago.

Enter Marielle and Phil. Good God, THEY are magical! Marielle is one of the most beautiful humans inside and out, the kind of person people just gravitate toward because she emits this radiance. And Phil, (who you’ll see has the most gorgeous blue eyes you’ve ever encountered) is as personable and wonderful as can be. In every moment that I documented, it was so clearly about this lifetime devotion to each other. Their connection reaches a level that is beyond. It’s beautiful to see and apparent to all.

Oh and did I say they never stop smiling? Ever. Seriously, the pictures took themselves…

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Check out this incredible light in the rooms…

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The quiet moments before a wedding are my favorite.

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The First Look with Marielle’s father was so moving…

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The ladies looked amazing with various shades of blue…

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The bridal party portraits are straight out of Vanity Fair, such a great group of people!

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I always hope to adequately catch the emotions of the day and in this case they were everywhere…

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Just when you think the day can’t get better, the dance floor was insane and no one even noticed me. Win-win!

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When the bride and groom are adorable with the cake cutting but the crowd wants a cake smash, ha ha…

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Andrew Westphal not only was a fantastic DJ, but also played piano during the ceremony. I was in awe!

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I tend to get out of hand with the rings, keeping them for way too long as I wander around the space to do various ring shots…

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Night shots. Always for the win.

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Marielle and Phil, you absolutely take my breath away. You are one of the greats. Thank you for your grace, generosity and absolute trust in me.

xo

Ceremony & Reception: John Joseph Inn

DJ: Andrew Westphal

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Love Story: Jocelyn & Luke

My goal in creating timeless engagement photographs (besides making them look beautiful), is to capture real emotions and responses. I want it to be as if viewers are catching an intimate moment between two people in love. For decades to come, I hope couples look at their engagement session and see the special way their partner looks only at them. I dream of how, years from now, the couple’s children will stumble upon a few dusty prints. They’ll reflect on their parents’ love story and where it all began. How beautiful it all was. I don’t just take pictures for today, but for those who will come after us. With Jocelyn and Luke, everything fell into place. They effortlessly wandered around the Utica train station for a fun and relaxed session. It was such a pleasure photographing these two, every time I look at these photos I smile. It’s exactly what I hope others will do.

For generations to come.

A few favorites…

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Jocelyn & Luke, you’re as bright as can be. Much love to you both as you continue on your lovely journey!

xo

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Love Story: Jen & Supreet

My number one goal during any engagement session is to tap into what makes a couple…a couple. What makes them tick: how do they love and laugh and play. Sometimes it’s difficult to get into that space during an hour or two, it’s really up to the couple to let me in and see their vulnerabilities. Their connection. Their truth. It can be a scary place to let a stranger in, but when it happens? It is downright magical. With Jen and Supreet, it happened immediately. They are as warm, kind and playful as can be. I was just along for the ride. I love how they move, how they communicate, how they steal cute looks, and how they burst out laughing totally unprompted.

Jen and Supreet wandered around a quaint waterfront location in Connecticut that is meaningful to them and I felt privileged to tag along.

There are a ton of favorites…

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They are absolutely as natural as can be…

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The scenery is perfect, and Jen has a special connection to this area…

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Jen and Supreet, you are dream! Two of the loveliest people I can imagine. I can not wait to document your wedding!

xo

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Olivia & Stephen:

I don’t think there has ever been a better time to tell two people’s love story. It seems as if every single day I see or hear something negative going on in the world. It has given me even more reason to focus on positivity and celebrate love, even more than I already do. This is the stuff that matters. Two people who can’t imagine being without each other. Two people who believe in something greater than themselves. During an intimate coastal ceremony, Olivia and Stephen made a promise to dive into this crazy world together, causing ripples of love, change and warmth.

To be in their presence is to experience joy, sincerity and laughter, immediately. This is clearly their gift to the world. Anyone who is lucky enough to be in Olivia and Stephen’s orbit is made better, including me. It is with great humility and excitement that I was able to document their love. Now I get the added bonus of sharing their beautiful wedding day story with you…

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Soft pinks and nudes set the scene for day one of their enduring love…

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The bridal party was exquisite, look at these cute smiles…

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Timeless beauty…

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Intimate moments involving loved ones are the most beautiful thing I get to capture…

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A coastal wedding…I love when the backdrop is both interesting and beautiful…

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The florals were just beyond!

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Sometimes the sun is an added bonus, a little accent light to make everything richer…

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And sometimes I let it wash right into my lens and blanket the scene, making it a pivotal character on their wedding day…

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Every shot had gorgeous golden hues…

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The outstanding team who made this day so special…

Hair & makeup team: Bella Capelli

Bride’s hair: Isabella Abare-Brown

Bride’s makeup: Phoebe Goodwin

Menswear: Jos. A. Bank

Ceremony & Reception: Latitude 41

Florals: It’s So Ranunculus

DJ: Sean Childs

Cake: Creative Cakes by Donna

 

 

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