Traditional vs Photojournalism? Every wedding album has the highly staged group photos. You know the ones where everyone is lined up in a perfect row based on their height; or the photos where the wedding party is positioned in a variety of semi-awkward poses? Well, thankfully, there is another option that requires many less staged […]
Photojournalism or Journalistic?
“When I found you, I found an all new universe in your arms. I found my perfect partner in you. I found love, affection, and protection in you. I found possessiveness, madness, passion and insanity in your love. I found recognition respect and forgiveness. I found life, reason, and depth. I found my reason to […]
“The first time I kissed you I was hooked. One kiss and I was addicted. I knew then, that no one else could ever make me feel such an electric spark. The instant I drew back from your lips and looked into those perfect eyes, I knew I would follow you to the end of […]
Green Lakes State Park was a great backdrop for these two! Beautiful weather as well made for a very special engagement session for Laura and Mark. These two were so much fun. Please enjoy my favorites from their session.
Ithaca had always been a special place to both Anna and William. It’s where they studied and earned their graduate degrees, it’s where they met each other, and most importantly, it’s where they fell in love. The two of them always enjoyed hiking together and what better place to propose than at Edwards Lake […]
I love the idea that one tiny decision, like going to a party, can change your life forever. Monica first met Todd at her cousin’s house party where they started talking and just never stopped. Now it’s been 6 years and they’re ready to set the date! Being able to include their two girls […]
“And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” -Kiersten White Allison and Jim chose each other and can’t wait to begin their journey as a married couple come this spring! And I happen to know two little […]
When you meet a couple like Michael and Sara, you know you’re going to have a fun time! To get to know them better, they described the beginnings of their relationship as being filled with mutual denial that they were falling in love. They would often spend time hiking, playing games like D & […]
Can you imagine having an intimate wedding set on a heart shaped island with a magnificent stone castle surrounding you? Boldt Castle is a magical place with its history rooted in love. The heart-shaped island was purchased by a millionaire in the 1900s and he swiftly began construction on the beautiful castle to express his […]
I met Kara and Gavin at the Butterfly Garden in Liverpool. They had a beautiful sunset session. They were so much fun and even went with the flow when I told them to sit in the flowers next to Onondaga Lake Parkway. Their wedding is planned for next spring at Belhurst Castle. Please enjoy my […]
I met Zack and Shelby and their black lab Toby at Delhi Falls State Park for their fun engagement session.Toby was a great listener and even though he has to sniff every blade of grass, he followed commands with ease. Zack and Shelby were so much fun to work with and you can tell how […]
Justin and Emily met in college at bingo, and then ran into each other again at racketball. They really enjoy hiking, kayaking, swimming, biking, hamocking, camping, and cooking together. They fell in love during their first big fight and realized that they both actually cared. Justin proposed in October, they hiked to the top of […]
Mitchell contacted me for his surprise proposal and I was more than happy to help capture this special moment for him. We met at the Skaneateles Country Club where he placed a special bench in Jessica’s father’s memory and the spot he would be asking her to marry him. I followed them once they […]
This wedding was photographed in its entirety by Olivia. She wrote the below regarding their wedding day. (By Olivia) I was so excited to spend the day with Mandi and Juan! I could tell right away that it was going to be a fun day filled with laughs and they did not disappoint! A trolley […]
These two had a gorgeous day, starting at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel, and ending at Sky Armory in Syracuse. Their love story began in Buffalo where they first met and currently work and live. They enjoy traveling, rock climbing, hiking and eating ;). Ice cream and nachos are their favorite snacks. I was joined by […]
This gorgeous engagement session was at the Upper Onondaga Lake Park. It was full of fun, beautiful fall colors, willow trees, stone bridges and water. These two have a beautiful day planned for this July at the Cathedral in Downtown Syracuse and The Pier in Brewerton. Please enjoy some of my favorites from their engagements.
These two had a beautiful wedding day. The Lodge at Harrisburg Lake in the Adirondacks was the gorgeous backdrop for their special day. Please enjoy my favorites.
These two met at Coleman’s bar on Tipp Hill. They enjoy traveling together and seeing new places. It was love at first sight for them both. Louis proposed to Jen after they hiked Torrey Pines in San Diego CA. They love country music and recently saw Dan & Shay in concert. Randy Travis is another […]
Wade and Lydia had a gorgeous wedding at The Apple Orchard Lodge in Vernon. A simple, no stress, fun & light-hearted day was planned and enjoyed by all at this amazing venue. Apple trees and willows surrounded their ceremony in The Garden and the weather was beautiful. These lovebirds met on match.com. They enjoy spending […]
This engagement session was one of my favorites! Rootfop sunset photos, fun tree mural photos and more indoors at The Modern Malt in Syracuse NY. Their wedding is scheduled for next fall with a recurring theme from their engagements. Please enjoy my favorites!
This year has been very full of love! Weddings and engagements began in March and were in full swing through November. We were blessed to go many places including Alexandria Bay, Lake George, Rochester, as well as many more amazing locations that are all on our blog as well. We had some amazing couples this […]
Phil and Sam met in High School through mutual friends! They love the outdoors, being with their two dogs, watching tv shows together, and New England / Syracuse sports! They started dating when they were 16/17 back in 2007 and have been in love ever since! For their 10 year anniversary, they dressed up and […]
Ashley and Anthony went to CNS high school together and graduated the same year but did not know each other. They met years later after college at a bar in Armory Square. Anthony proposed to Ashley at Pratt’s Falls. Their wedding day was beautiful at The Lodge at Turning Stone, in Verona NY. They […]
Tughill Vineyards was the gorgeous venue for Michael and Hannah’s wedding day! They had a casual, but elegant theme with dusty blue, sage, and silver colors and their day was casual but very diy and organized. Olivia and I photographed this wedding together as well, I am very lucky to have her on my team. […]
Liam and Emily met in college. The day after move in day freshman year, their college had program orientations where she sat next to him. Being an automotive major, Emily was literally the only girl in the program. He was an automotive major with a 3rd year to add on a second degree in Motorsports […]
These two had a beautiful wedding at Taughannock Falls State Park. Together, Olivia and I photographed their beautiful day and couldn’t have asked for a better fit! It was like we had all known each other for years, the way we joked and laughed. Chris and Stephanie met at work, were good friends for […]
These two were married at the gorgeous Bayshore Grove in Oswego NY. Olivia and I photographed their 8 hour wedding in great fashion, even though it was a 98 degree day. The weather cooperated beautifully as well. These two met on a dating website (OKCupid). They enjoy spending time at each other’s house, driving on […]
These two met in high school. DeeDee is in grad school for a few more months so for now they spend time together wherever they can! They fell in love after they moved away from each other and realized they couldn’t stand to be apart! Michael brought DeeDee a huge bouquet of roses and took […]
There are many styles and sizes of veils. The best veils for tossing in the air are floor length or longer, lightweight and with minimal detailing.
Tara and Ralph met online. Which many of my couples may not know, is exactly how my husband and I met in 2009. These two are at their happiest having movie night with their kids or going away for the weekend, just the two of them. Tara knew she loved Ralph on their second date […]
These two traveled from their home in Texas to visit his family for a week. Richard called me to discuss plans for a surprise proposal on Heart Island in Alexandria Bay. Such a wonderful idea and it went off without a hitch! These two were so sweet! Once Richard got down on one knee, Nicole […]
These two met when two of their friends were dating way back when and they met through them. They spend most of their time at home that they bought together 2 years ago with their 2 dogs 😁🐶 They fell in love almost right after they met! Amazingly, their wedding fell on their 10 year anniversary! Their […]
These two contacted me about their Lake George wedding and I was immediately intrigued. Their wedding was on a boat on the lake, so a nautical theme with white and dark blue colors was very appropriate. These two met in 2013 at Hannaford. Scott works in the deli and Shannon was a customer looking for a […]
These two were married at a families house in Old Forge. My associate Olivia photographed this wedding in its entirety as I was photographing another wedding here in Syracuse. These two met in 2014 (unexpectedly on Tinder). They enjoy being outdoors! Hiking, camping, skiing, and going to the beach nowadays! Any adventure mundane or exciting. […]
These two are family <3 My brother in law and soon to be sister in law! Their wedding is next June and they have a black white and gold theme planned. They met online on facebook where John noticed Dannielle as a mutual friend and reach out to say how beautiful she was. It was […]
These two met through the same mutual friends and enjoy spending time outdoors. They have been in love for over 10 years. He proposed on his bass fishing boat after fishing for the day at Otisco Lake. They dont go to the movies alot, but rather enjoy lifetime movies at home and they love Ice […]
These two met in middle school and started to date their senior year of high school (about 10.5 years ago). They are pretty busy most of the time with family and friends and would say that’s what they enjoy spending most of their time doing. They also like to just be home together (with their […]
These two have known each other since 9th grade and they love to be surrounded by nature. When they have days off, they take their dog Loki to Green Lakes State Park. They told each other they loved each other about a year after they started dating, even though they both wanted to say it […]
These two had a beautiful wedding at Bethany Baptist Church and at the New Embassy Suites by Destiny in Syracuse NY. They had a gorgeous theme, with seafoam green and yellow colors and the weather was beautiful too! These two enjoy action movies, pizza and wings, donuts and sweet treats in general. They met at […]
Samantha and Tasha were married at the beautiful Wysockis Manor. They had a unique gothic/vintage themed wedding with dark red, dark purple, and black colors. These two met on the ‘HER” app. They both like going to coffee shops to do their writing, and going to local bookstores. They fell in love when they first […]
These two were so sweet. I met Jakia at a Fundraiser and we became quick friends! I have always wanted to photograph a milk bath session and when she suggested it, I was thrilled! I helped reserve a suite at the Genesee Grande Hotel and we utilized their room, along with some hotel features and […]
I had the pleasure of meeting Eboni for her senior portraits at Syracuse University and it was so much fun! We had beautiful weather and missed the rain by seconds! Please enjoy some of my favorites from her session.
These two were so much fun to work with! The weather was beautiful, although it was mostly cloudy, it didn’t rain and the sun peaked out a few times. These two are getting married this November with a ceremony at St. Rose of Lima Church in North Syracuse and their reception will be at the […]
The Cannery at Dibbles Inn was the most romantic wedding setting Olivia and I have ever had the honor of photographing. These two had an absolutely gorgeous day, some rain clouds threatened their ceremony, but it didn’t rain at all! Their theme was rustic/romantic/spring; bluish-gray with natural hues. Charlie and Nicole met through mutual friends. […]
These two had a beautiful wedding at the Oncenter in Syracuse, NY. These two met on a dating site. They spend most of their time taking care of their two foster children they are adopting 🙂 Ray proposed on December 27 2017 when they were at dinner with Kristin’s parents. He likes horror movies, she […]
This fall session at Thornden Park in Syracuse was a ton of fun! Casual, laid- back and fun, definitely describes this session with these 2 adorable toddlers. Please enjoy some of my favorites.
These two were married at Traditions at the Links in East Syracuse. Their theme was floral with navy blue and their goldendoodle Romeo. These two met on match.com. Their first date was at the NY State Fair which was really special to them. They enjoy going out to eat, watching tv and movies, and hanging with […]
Joe and Emily met at the Taste of Country Music Festival at Hunter Mountain. They camped next to each other. She is from the city and needed help setting up her tent so Joe came to the rescue! She knew that day he would be her husband someday! They do EVERYTHING together! They enjoy being […]
These two are soooo sweet. We met at Delphi Falls County Park for their fall engagements and it was absolutely gorgeous! They brought a few cute props as you will see in the pictures below. Their wedding is in May 2019 and is planned for Camp Brockway. Please enjoy my favorites from their session.
These two chose the Butterfly Garden in Liverpool, NY for their Engagement Session. Their sunset session was so beautiful. They will be getting married this October at the gorgeous Traditions at the Links in East Syracuse. Please enjoy my favorites from this session.
This special wedding day was held at the beautiful Arrowhead Lodge in Brewerton NY. Tyler and Alycia and their families flew in for their special day from across the US. Their Jewish wedding was so beautiful! The rain held off and they had an outdoor ceremony, with outdoor portraits and an indoor reception. Please enjoy […]
Their wedding was just as beautiful as their engagement session. A gorgeous couple, blessed by beautiful weather. These two tied the knot at The Tailwater Lodge in Altmar. Please enjoy a ton of my favorites!
Lauren and Leonard were married at The Hilton Garden Inn in East Syracuse. Surrounded by family and friends, they said their vows and exchanged rings. Their wedding day was a bit windy, but the weather was beautiful. Please enjoy my favorites from their special day.
Emily, Daniel and their two boys were a blast! We met at the Lily Pond in Thornden Park and just let the family be together and enjoy themselves while I capture some magic. Please enjoy some of my favorites!
These two traveled all the way from Alabama so that Tony could give Debbie the most beautiful wedding location she could ever dream of! He chose the beautiful Boldt Castle on Heart Island!! We couldn’t have asked for a better day! Debbie got ready in a beautiful front room, just before the ceremony. The weather […]
Congratulations to Aaron and Kristen on their 10th Wedding Anniversary!! These two have been through it all together and continue to love one another as if it was day 1 all over again. I have not only known Kristen since we were about 4 years old, but I have known these two since the beginning […]
This engagement session was so dreamy and romantic! Franklin Square Park was the perfect backdrop to compliment their wedding at the gorgeous Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY. A bit of background on these two; they met at work and enjoy spending time together traveling and with friends. They both enjoy rock, rap, today’s hits and […]
Besides some fun and creative ideas for pictures and my relaxed and calming personality, I have with me my 2 Canon 5d Mark III’s, a few lenses, typically my Canon 35, 50, 85 and 100mm, along with a lens critter to help grab kids and doggies attention. See some examples below of photos I used […]
These two had a beautiful session this fall at Franklin Square Park. It was the perfect time for their engagement session with a fall 2019 wedding in the works. These two brought a few props which made this session more personalized than most. Please enjoy some of my favorites.
For Brides: If you request pre-ceremony pictures, I will bring my HUGE emergency kit and leave in the back of my vehicle. Here’s just a few things I keep in it: Tylenol, allergy pills, tissues, pens, paper, bobby pins, nail clippers, tweezers, deodorant, vaseline, wet wipes, baby powder, sunscreen, disposable razors, lip gloss, hairspray, chapstick, […]
Mary and Jesse had a beautiful church ceremony with lights that lit the wall behind them with colors to match the flowers and bridesmaid’s dresses. Once the ceremony had ended, the wedding party gathered outside the church doors, preparing for the newlyweds to make their grand exit. As they stepped outside, Mary and Jesse were […]
Wedding Day Timelines Below are 2 sample timelines regarding Wedding Day Photography. The first timeline is a traditional wedding timeline where the bride and groom do not see one another until the ceremony. Click here to view Traditional Wedding Timeline The other timeline includes a first look, where the bride and groom share some […]
I’d LOVE to share one of my FAVORITE places to take pictures in our area!! Thornden Park is a beautiful park in the Syracuse area just past the hospitals off Ostrom Ave. It features a gazebo and arches filled with vines and flowers in the right part of the season, a waterfall, brick paths and […]
Why Digital Images are Not Enough I got to thinking earlier this year about all the lovely weddings I have shot since 2011 and how few people have ordered an album at the time of booking or come back after their wedding to order an album. One of the first questions people ask when looking […]
There are many things to think about on your wedding day. Below are my recommendations for planning your wedding day photography and two sample timelines. Below is a traditional wedding timeline, at the end of this blog is a sample timeline with first looks prior to the ceremony. SAMPLE OF TRADITIONAL WEDDING TIMELINE Coverage Options […]
So much goes on in the course of a year that it can be difficult keeping up with all those special occasions. And just as quickly as they came, they’re over. Events like baptisms, birthdays, graduations, or other parties can happen so fast that you might not remember most of the day and all those […]
There’s a great deal of planning that goes into portrait photography. Once you’ve found the perfect photographer, it’s time to think about things like outfits and props and locations! Here are a few tips to help you decide on the perfect spot for your on-location photo session. Choose a Meaningful Place You want your portrait […]
I thought I’d discuss this a little bit for those of you who may be wondering what a first look is or for someone who just wants some more information regarding them:) A first look is completed prior to the wedding ceremony. This gives the bride and groom a chance to see each other before […]
There are a couple of things I always like to mention before the session so you can come prepared. The first is wardrobe, which always generates questions. Let’s consider staying away from the cliché white shirt and blue jeans. Though it is a popular choice because it is easy, it does not tend to be […]
You have taken the necessary steps to book me to capture your session, wedding or social event. Now What??? Well, I have open email access daily, you may also schedule a phone consultation here or I can be reached by text. After we have booked your date, I will email you letting you know what […]
This usually starts with a questionnaire to see what services and options you are interested in for your big day. Once we discuss all your options and you make your selections, I will send you a proposal, payment schedule and agreement. You may sign your agreement and pay your retainer easily online or you can […]
Almost every wedding has one – a guest who loves taking pictures. They can be a nightmare for both the couple getting married and the professional photographer hired to capture the day. One wedding I was shooting recently had one of these well-meaning guests who definitely did not understand the concept of wedding […]