Kassandra & Patrick: Twin Ponds Wedding

There are very few perfect summer days in CNY, so you can imagine my delight when we got one on the day of Kassandra and Patrick’s wedding! Twin Ponds Golf Course is known for its stunning colorful flowers lining the aisle. On this sunny afternoon, we had butterflies amid the perfect blooms. Kassandra and Patrick are an easy going couple, so the entire day was fun, relaxed and beautiful. A few faves from the day…

Thanks to these great people:

Beauty: Niki Marie’s Salon

Ceremony & Reception: Twin Ponds Golf Course

Dress: David’s Bridal

Officiant: Tanya with Marry Me CNY

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Gina & Andrew: MKJ Farm Wedding

I am overwhelmed by the amount of trust and access these two beauties (and all of their V.I.P’s) gave us throughout the wedding day. Gina and Andrew are truly one of a kind. Grace and kindness fill their words and hearts, they welcomed us into their inner circle like family. I’m humbled by how they made us feel so special, despite being surrounded by their most important people. Simply put, this is a couple who inspires me and pushes me to be better.

I could fill a novel about how many things I loved about this dream wedding, but it still wouldn’t be enough. Our hearts are filled with gratitude. A few favorites from their wonderful day…

(Check out their full slideshow here)

Shout out to these awesome peeps!

Hair: Mary Tramacera

Makeup: Alyssa Aiello

Dress: Circa Bridal

Florals: LaBella Flowers

Decor: Angela’s Events

Ceremony & Reception: MKJ Farm

Cake: Wicked Sweets

Video: 325 Productions

Entertainment: Last Left band

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The Making of an Image

Here’s a little secret. For every artistic-ish photograph you see, there are about 50 shots before it. That’s how long it takes for me to get to the picture I have in my head. I’m not the type who shows up and knows what will work immediately. I have to come at it from numerous angles. (When I was shooting for news, someone once told me — you aren’t done until you’ve walked around the scene 360 degrees and taken a shot every few steps. It is so true!)

Anyway, here are behind the scenes thoughts of what goes down in my night shots!

I knew right away I had to use these lanterns the couple lined up to the property. When people were dancing, I wandered around to see what I could find. (Sometimes I don’t have this luxury, but, the second shooter was grabbing dancing pics)

I laid on the ground getting these, deciding if I wanted to make the lanterns big or small in the photo…

Right away I noticed the lanterns were different colors and I had to pick one that looked the best. (Purple didn’t make the cut!)
After scouting, I went back to shooting dancing for an hour. When the reception ends, I typically only get five minutes with the couple. They’re exhausted and I have to be ready to go. I had one shot lined up with the greenish yellow lanterns but didn’t like it.
I had a backup shot picked out with the orange lanterns. The second shooter lit them up with an Ice Light (buy one here, I LOVE it), which is the beam you see above the couple. This is strictly so my camera can focus in the dark. Then, one easy pose for a nice silhouette.
The second shooter puts a pink gel on the flash behind them to match the lantern’s color. This was the final image. While twenty minutes went into prepping for the shot, the couple stood there for only 2 minutes because we had done so much legwork beforehand!

Same situation with these next series of pictures. People were dancing and I wandered outside to see what I could work with. I noticed immediately that flood lights on the building were in a weird position.

Luckily, when I approached the building the lights were actually just nestled on the ground so I could easily rearrange the light pattern on the wall.
After some back and forth tweaking, I got the lights how I wanted! (Yes, guests noticed me rooting around in the bushes, hazards of the job)
Final image with the couple, this barely took a minute and they were on their way!

There you have it! Thanks for reading this special Friday Random!

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Audrey & Peter: Yahnundasis Golf Club Wedding

Happiness is laughing hysterically with your best pals in the hours leading up to the ceremony. It’s kicking off your wedding day shoes and wandering around a park barefoot with your new groom. It’s nonstop dancing until the very end with all of your V.I.P.’s.

Audrey & Peter’s beautiful day was filled with the very best kind of emotions. A few faves from their Yahnundasis wedding…

Some wonderful people worked on this wedding!

Special thank you to:

Hair: Appearances Salon

Makeup: Emily Canarelli

Florals: Confetti Custom Celebrations

Ceremony: Stone Presbyterian Church

Reception: Yahnundasis Golf Club

Cake: Caruso’s Pastry Shoppe

Dress: Picker’s

Entertainment: Sound Investment DJ

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Family Documentary: Utica, NY

What if, decades from now, you could be transported to your life today. What if you could witness the family routine, see the furniture that filled a house you no longer live in. What if you were able to see that old gym where your kids learned basketball and remember with great clarity all of the favorite toys they played with. This is my hope with family documentary sessions: to let go of the “everyone dressed up in new clothes, huddled together and smiling at the camera” photos.

What if we embrace exactly how life was, on an average day.

My dream is to cherish these honest moments. A few favorites from a recent family documentary session:

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