Video: Body By Design

This small business owner is someone who constantly inspires me and motivates others! Jennifer owns Body By Design, a studio which means so much more than group fitness. Spending time with this tribe, you get a sense that the BBD studio is not just a place of motivation and physical activity, but underlying love, support and transformation.

A profile of the members and owner of this special place…

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Kristin & Chris: Lake Placid Lodge Wedding

Amid a fresh snowfall and the bluest sky you’ve ever seen, a group of incredible people got together for an intimate celebration. Nestled in a quintessential Adirondack lodge, there was something truly magical about this winter wedding. Kristin and Chris are an easygoing, carefree couple. They did not stop smiling for a minute! Best of all, we were able to get the most natural reactions. Everyone was so emotionally invested in the festivities, no one even noticed us!

We should all be so fortunate to live a day like this in our lifetime.

A few favorites from Kristin and Chris’ Lake Placid Lodge celebration…

What a spectacular wedding! To see more photos, check out their slideshow.

xo

Special thanks to these wonderful folks who assisted in a breathtaking day:

Bride’s Dress: Spybaby Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azazie

Beauty: Kat Oropallo with Katherine Elizabeth Salon

Florals: Trillium Florist

Ceremony: St. Agnes Church

Reception: Lake Placid Lodge

DJ: Joe Leonard (Joe Load) 

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Headshots: Ashtyn

I’ve taken quite a few children’s headshots recently and they reminded me how much fun they can be! Kids have such a range of fun and silliness but there is something about a more serious portrait that really inspires me. That moment of quiet and contentment when they’re really locked into the moment. Ashtyn says so much with her gorgeous eyes.

This little beauty rocked her studio headshot session like an old pro!

 

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Headshots: Oak

To anyone who has ever designed a Save the Date, a celebratory invite or a newborn announcement, you know the drill:

You log onto a website and start designing from featured templates, type in the info, upload a photo, and, bam! Instant artwork! Well, you may not realize that some of those designs were initially hand painted by local artists!

Oak runs Tumbalina, she hand paints lettering and designs for several nationally known printing companies who specialize in this sort of thing. I got to hang out with this talented pro and take a few new headshots! She also mocked up some design samples with my photographs…

Oak actually hand painted this wall mural for Colgate University…

Some of her designs before digitization…

A sample of her work with a senior I photographed awhile back…

She even offers all kinds of templates that can be used for weddings and other events on her Etsy shop!

To top it all off, she even has gorgeous Snapchat Geofilters you can buy for the wedding day! Was pretty pumped I got to hang out with this talented woman!

 

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FAQ: Should I Hire a Second Shooter?

One of the most common questions I get asked…should we get a second shooter? I used to shoot alone all of the time and am totally comfortable doing so. These last few years, however, Peter has become my full time partner. I hesitate even calling him a second shooter because having a full time person means we have a specific approach to the wedding that is entirely better than when I was randomly hiring second shooters. We are both equals with specific goals of the day. Sometimes, it’s clear you need one, like if you’re having a big wedding (more than 150 guests). But, for couples who have no idea, here are a few things to think about!

1.) You’re doing a First Look…

When I document a First Look alone, I get a side view of the couple seeing each other for the first time. If there’s a second photographer, we split up and each cover the facial expressions unfolding, so you get to see more front-facing reactions from both.

2.) If you want simultaneous coverage of getting ready…

Here, the couple exchanged letters on their wedding day. We were covering the bride and groom in completely different locations as each unfolded. When I’m alone, I stay with the ladies…

I rarely see the guys before the ceremony if there is no second photographer. Guys often feel way more comfortable with Peter and I’m always amazed at the awesome candids he gets…

3.) If you want the reception room details documented before guests arrive…

If a wedding day flows in a traditional manner (ceremony, formal photos, reception), then I’m with the wedding party up until everyone is introduced. (Which means I see the room when its full of guests.) Some couples like to know what the decorations looked like before everyone came in. Same goes for cocktail hour, I never attend cocktail hour because I’m taking formal photos, so if you want candids of people drinking and laughing, it’s something to think about!

4.) If you want the balcony shot…

If there was one image that consistently made every album, it would be this photo! And if there was a most requested shot, it would also be this! For couples getting married in a church, this is a big one. I’m always up front getting the bride walking down the aisle and the groom seeing her for the first time…

Which means Peter is always behind me. It’s also a nice way to see all of the guests watching…

Mine versus his, simultaneously…

Again, I’m up front and close while he’s getting a wider view from the balcony…

When there is no balcony, he comes up the aisle to get a close up of the groom’s reaction (I’m always on the left and get a side shot)…

5.) If you’re planning a short ceremony…

There are times the ceremony is only ten minutes! If so, I barely get any reaction from the V.I.P.’s up front and just focus on the couple. Peter gets creative shots (like the one above) and also keeps an eye out for guests’ reacting.

6.) If guest reaction is important to you…

Having another photographer means there is an eye on the crowd, looking for interesting things to document.

7.) If you just want lots of extra shots!

Peter gets totally different angles from the exact same moment. Here is my angle during an engagement shoot…

And here is Peter’s. I had no idea what he was working on but I love the vibe of this!

Again, my shot with the wide angle…

Peter’s pic with the zoom lens…

There you have it! As if you don’t have enough decisions to make regarding your wedding, that’s just one more! Happy planning!

(You can check out other FAQ’s here and here)

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