While I have resided in Buffalo for almost a decade, I originally am from the Upstate New York. I travel there often, sometimes three times a month although sometimes less. It is certainly somewhere that is not only very dear to me but magical in its own way. Luckily for me, I was able to book up my entire weekend with some winter mini sessions back home. So not only did I get to photograph a bunch of adorable family's romping around in the snow, I also got to spend quality time with family and friends. You will notice a theme between these three sessions and it's crazy coincidence, (it's not the snow) but all three of these lovely ladies are expecting! Congratulations to Audrey, Brittie & Tracy on their new arrivals!
I've been taking photos of this little girl since before she was born! It's been amazing watching her go from growing in Courtney's belly, soothing her during her newborn pictures, coming back for her 6 month milestone and now we're here for her first full trip around the sun. In true Christmas fashion, we got the sled out with a few early presents and took advantage of this absolutely beautiful day here in Central New York. We did a quick outfit change into the most adorable outfit that her mom custom made for her themed birthday party; Alice in Wonderland.
A big thank you to Litchfield Tree Farm for allowing us the perfect location for our photos. If you're last minute looking for a Christmas Tree, this is the place to go!
Farm Location: 590 Silver Street, Ilion, NY 13357
It feels like just yesterday I was photographing my friend's Courtney & Alex's newborn daughter. She was a tiny, wriggling little thing that couldn't keep her tongue in her mouth but was wide eyed at her new surroundings. Now she's made a trip halfway around the sun and the differences are astounding. She's self aware, smiley and just starting to get her balance. She can even hold her own bottle! I can't wait to see how this little family grows & grows.
Halloween is a holiday that is taken very seriously at our household. My dad spends days in preparation to completely deck out the house with new ideas every year. He slaves away carving upwards to 25 pumpkins. He's been doing this ever since I can remember. We are always the first house on every trick or treaters list. That's half because of my dads intricate decorations but also half because we give out the best things! From baseball cards, to vampire teeth, to traditional candy all the way to beanie babies. My mom stocks up on toys all year long to have for this one night. Ok, enough bragging. We REALLY like Halloween. This year was Jack's (my nephew) first Halloween as well as his cousin Celia's. All the family came over as usual and like always, I feel the need to make everything into a photoshoot. Here's what our night looked like!
Sara is one of my very best friends. We met in summer camp back in 1999, ultimately ended up going to the same middle school and then graduated together. We've been through it all; fights, tears, tears from laughter and maybe a little more fighting. What can I say, we fight like sisters. Along this ride has been her family which I have adopted as my second family. Sorry guys, you had no choice in it all. Now I have a niece, Quinn who was born on the other side of the country. I finally got to meet her this weekend and she's literally the most quiet baby I have ever met. A baby after my own heart. Unfortunately they will be headed back to California as of tomorrow but that just means I'll have to pack my suitcase for my annual Lake Tahoe trip. Here's some shots of our day at Brantingham Lake and our venture to Fly Creek Cider Mill. BTW, if you haven't been there; what are you waiting for?!
I was a photo making machine this weekend! Three separate shoots all mixed in with visiting family and friends from near and far. This was one of my favorites though. Alex is one of my old time friends from way back in the day. Our group of friends caused a lot of ruckus but mainly just goofed off through our high school years. It's so crazy to see him now; all grown up and expecting a daughter with Courtney. The look on his face whenever we talked about his future little girl was priceless. He's as much of a goof as he was ten years ago and Courtney seems to be just the woman to keep him in line. I'm so happy for you two! The countdown begins!
It's always been such lovely thing to live so close to my family. Close being a relative term, but close enough for me. The Mohawk Valley has always been a coming together point for my rather large family on my mothers side. And thats because my ten uncles and aunts all grew up in this area. Now they are scattered all over the United States but always make trips back to their original home. On this particular occasion, my cousins Arthur & Shannon came down from NYC and my Uncle, Donny from Mississippi. We spent the weekend together eating fish fry's, checking out art festivals and barbecuing it up. It was relaxing, fun and just what I needed. In our small amount of time, we managed to get some family sessions done not only for my visiting cousins, but my sister Brittie, Kyle and my sort of brand new nephew Jackman. There is a cuteness overload here; so warning advised.
Every couple I work with is different and wonderful. Some are detail oriented and precise while others are laid back. I love the diversity of people I work with and couldn't be happier with how Will & Jean's day played out. It was sweet, humble and filled to the brim with joy. Congratulations to these two sweethearts, may the years bring nothing but happiness.
It was such a beautiful day for these two to exchange vows. The perfect temperature and just the right amount of sun. The room was decorated with photos of the two of them from over the years they have been together (which I learned was quite many!) Micheal being the goofy guy he is managed to make everyone laugh through out the entire day. Congratulations to these two! I wish you many more happy years together.