Family Documentary: Utica, NY

I got to hang out with a family celebrating the first year with their smart and adventurous baby girl! Family documentary is a 100% unposed, authentic view of what life is like during this fleeting time. This happy 1-year-old is just starting to walk and get into things! Sidenote: how can babies sense danger so well and aim right toward it? (I’m talking about you, stairs!)

In-home documentary sessions feature exactly what life is like at this moment in time. I love how the home is a main character in the storyline, which children will think back to decades from now. Their decorated bedroom and the quirks in each corner of a space full of memories.

I’m filled with gratitude and appreciation that this family let me see them unmasked and totally genuine. A few favorites during our time together…

Unposed Utica, NY family documentary photo session
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Amanda & Chris: Saratoga Polo Association Wedding

A perfectly warm and sunny day. Relaxed and fun loving couple. Great guests. A country club venue that’s full of charm and open spaces for wandering. Does it get any better? Why yes, it does.

Amanda & Chris are a dream to work with and work for. Weddings are the highlights of my life, but the connections I form with great humans are even more special. They were up for anything, laughed effortlessly throughout the day and made us feel as if we were cherished guests. Days like this are what I like to call “unicorn days,” because it all feels too good to be true. Fortunate and humble don’t even scratch the surface for how grateful I feel to be part of this day! A few faves from their Saratoga wedding…

It takes a lot of talented people to make a day go as flawless as this! Thanks to:

Beauty: True Beauty Company

Dress: BHLDN

Florals: Posie Peddler

Ceremony & Reception: Saratoga Polo Association

Entertainment: DJ LaBoom

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Celebrating Women

The month of February is typically a slow one for me. In the past, it’s been a time for reflection, planning, and, binge watching workshops from the world’s greatest photographers!

This year, however, I wanted to create. I decided to honor some of my favorite local women by capturing environmental portraits of them. March is Women’s History Month, so it made sense to highlight these women, who contribute greatly to their part of the world. I am fueled by their positivity, energy and radiance. I meet a lot of amazing women through the years, so this is my little love letter to them!

These women totally showed up for me. Some gave me multiple days, spent spring break time away from their kids, pushed themselves out of their comfort zone, and thoughtfully gave me as much time as I needed. I am endlessly grateful.

Here’s a few faves, along with a behind the scenes video

Full names. mottos, bios and quotes can be found on Instagram:

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Jackie & Zack: Primrose Hill Vineyard Wedding

Jackie and Zack celebrated their wedding at a new venue in CNY, Primrose Hill Vineyard! The beautiful indoor/outdoor rustic space features top notch people, service and sunsets! On a hot summer day, as the sun descended on a tucked away field, these two beauties had an intimate ceremony with their loved ones. It was an emotional day, filled with belly laughs and tears, so there were a lot of favorites…

Jackie and Zack, you are incredible and I’m honored to document the official day 1! Also, thanks to this great team who made the day easy and fun!

Beauty: Salon 32

Ceremony & Reception: Primrose Hill Vineyard

Caterer: Carnegie Catering

Florals: North Country Flowers

Cake: Cupcakers Bakery

Entertainment: Visa Versa Entertainment

Transportation: Big D’s Limos

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Family Documentary: Deerfield, NY

The highlight of my 2019 so far? Hanging with a wonderful family who just welcomed a newborn! Plus, since this family has a new home, the space plays out like a character, years from now they can remember all of the different nooks!

These past couple of years, I’ve encouraged my families to invite grandparents (or any V.I.P. relatives) over so we can all spend the day relaxing. Grandparents are often forgotten in traditional family portraiture, so it’s something I’ve been pushing for in my “Day In The Life” sessions! I was thrilled when grandparents arrived for this session! A few faves, as always, unposed and unprompted…

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