Weddings inherently involve the merging of families – some big, some small, but altogether two families ultimately come together to form a family anew. Anna and Jeff’s wedding was no exception and their families were a pleasure and joy to work with a be a part of while photographing Anna and Jeff’s wedding.
What would any wedding be without love, right? Anna and Jeff’s wedding had love abound; it was evident from the night of the rehearsal just how much these two loved each other, and there was no shortage on the day of the wedding either! Even after subjecting Anna and Jeff to a lengthy formal wedding photography session – thank you both for you patience – these two newlyweds were so enamored with one another they did not seem to mind one bit!
Finally, Anna and Jeff’s happiness is evidenced throughout their wedding photographs. From their first kiss during the ceremony, to the formal wedding photography session immediately following, and throughout the entire wedding reception, Anna and Jeff are one happy couple!
Anna and Jeff, congratulations to you both and thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your special day in what is sure to be a long, happy, and prosperous marriage. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing your wedding and capturing the myriad of special moments on your wedding day. Here are just a few of my favorite wedding photographs from Anna and Jeff’s wedding at Westminster Chapel.
Engagement sessions are opportunities for brides and grooms to get to know their wedding photographer a little better, have a lot of fun, and end up with some amazing photographs to share with friends and family members. Jamie & Mike were a blast to work with, very laid back, and always laughing!
For Jamie and Mike’s engagement session, we traveled to two unique locations – Mendon Ponds Park in Mendon, NY and Canandaigua’s Inn on the Lake. Our first engagement session trip took us to Inn on the Lake and unfortunately the weather was not cooperating. We had an excellent backdrop of beautiful autumn-colored leaves; however, the temperature was about 40-degrees. Jamie & Mike were amazing at covering up just how cold it was outside.
The following week the weather was a bit warmer and we scheduled a trip to Mendon Ponds Park to photograph the second round of Jamie & Mike’s engagement session. We made two brief stops before arriving at Mendon Ponds Park – a local pumpkin farm in Henrietta and another farm on the way to Mendon.
After arriving at Mendon Ponds Park, we spent about a good hour or so settling in and getting comfortable. Well, Jamie and Mike got comfortable while I ran around setting up portable flashes and hauling in leaves from around the park! Just as we finished photographing the engagement session it started to sprinkle. Perfect timing!
Here are some of their engagement photographs from our engagement session at Mendon Ponds Park and Canandaigua Inn on the Lake. Enjoy!
I received a beautifully created (and very artistic) thank you card over the weekend from Caitlin & Erich whose wedding I photographed earlier in August. Their kind words really blew me away! I was humbled and very blessed to be their wedding day photographer. Caitlin & Erich – You both are very welcome, and thank you for the opportunity! 🙂
Thank you simply does not express our gratitude for your beautiful photographs of our wedding day. We were so impressed with your professionalism, kindness and relaxed tone throughout the entire wedding planning process and day. It was so reassuring to know we needn’t worry about our photos as they are in your skilled hands.
So many friends and family remarked on how impressed they were with you. The resulting photographs only reaffirmed these opinions. Thank you for recording our special event in such a lovely, artistic way.
All our best,
Caitlin & Erich
The Belhurst Castle, located in Geneva, NY was the backdrop for Sarah and Brian’s wedding; the day couldn’t have been more perfect and the wedding more eloquent.Â No detail was spared, from the center pieces that Sarah meticulously created herself to the chuppah that Brian built out of lumber from nearby woods – with his groomsmen assisting with the finishing touches.
Sarah began her day at Scott Miller Salon & Spa around 10am for hair and makeup before returning to the Belhurst in Geneva for final preparations. Set facing Seneca Lake, the ceremony was perfectly executed with a very classy-dressed bridal party in black with bride’s maids holding green, long-stemmed lilies. Sarah’s dress couldn’t have been more perfect for the venue and was absolutely brilliant!
For her wedding photographs, Sarah wanted a high-end, fashion magazine feel – this translated toward more contrast and moodier photographs to arrive at wedding photographs with an edge. For some of the black and whites, I experimented with adding an ever-so-slight blueish cast to just the shadow areas. This made the photos stand out from a traditional, straight black and white print. I think it’s key however to strike a balance between the high-end fashion and classical – therefore not every photograph was treated with an edgy look.
Carmen and the entire staff at Belhurst are top-notch; if you’re looking for a truly spectacular location for your wedding, take a look at the Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY. Below are a few of my favorite photographs from Sarah & Brian’s Belhurst wedding. Enjoy! And, a special thanks to Sarah & Brian for being such an easy couple to work with and so laid back! 🙂
This past weekend I photographed an engagement session for Leslie & Brandon, two Fairport natives whose wedding I’ll be photographing in a few weeks! For this engagement session, I traveled to Erie and spent the afternoon talking with them about how they met, various stories growing up, oh and taking some photographs along the way too. 🙂
Engagement photos are a great precursor to wedding photographs – Leslie and Brandon were able to get a feel for how I will photograph their wedding, and I can get a good idea of how they react to the camera. During the photography for their Rochester wedding, I’ll be able to draw on the engagement session to achieve more fluid and less invasive wedding day photography. As a Rochester wedding photographer, I’m committed to delivering the very best wedding photographs – engagement photos are one way that I differentiate myself and offer truly exceptional wedding photography.
Here are a few of my favorite photographs from Leslie & Brandon’s engagement session. Enjoy!
In May I’ll be photographing the wedding of Sarah & Brian at the Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY.Â Today was the first time I had an opportunity to met with them (they currently reside out of state), and I’m evenÂ more excited to be a part of their wedding day!Â I spent the afternoon touring the grounds with them in preparation of their wedding photography – discovering areas to shoot their formal wedding photographs and to get an overall feeling for the schedule of their wedding day.
The events coordinator, Carmen, has been a part of Belhurst for over 20 years and she was extremely helpful at answering Sarah and Brian’s wedding-day questions and putting them both at ease. Part of the stress of planning a wedding is answering the question, “Who’s going to do what – when?”. Belhurst’s attention to detail and customer-oriented approach is exceptional, putting any wedding-day jitters to rest and reassuring the wedding couple that every detail is masterfully and thoughtfully taken care of.
The possibilities for wedding photography on the grounds of the Belhurst Castle are more or less limitless; it really depends what style of wedding photography the bride and groom gravitate toward. For Sarah and Brian, I’m going to concentrate on edgy, sexy, fashion-inspired wedding photography with a look similar to that in a high-end magazine spread. We even discussed some ways of shooting the formal and bridal party wedding photographs in unique and different ways to really punctuate the desire for artistic and truly original photographs.
I brought my camera along and took a dozen or so photos while walking around the Belhurst grounds, talking about the wedding day in general and specifically the wedding photography. I’ve included a few of my favorite photographs below (I really like the photograph of Brian looking out at Geneva Lake and the photograph of SarahÂ silhouettedÂ while standing next to the wrought-iron door inside the Belhurst Castle).
Spring is almost here and that means we’re inching closer to the beginning of another fantastic summer wedding photography season in Rochester, NY! I’m especially anxious to get back outside and start photographing what are sure to be some truly amazing weddings this year. So far, I’m scheduled to photograph weddings in a variety of unique locations from Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY to Gathering’s at the Senator’s Mansion in Churchville, NY.
In August, I’m photographing Caitlin and Erich’s wedding in Scottsville. This is a couple who is very on top of things – finding time to assemble a wedding web site blog with details on places to visit and things to do for guests visiting from out of town. Creating a wedding web site is a fantastic ideaÂ as it allows easyÂ disseminationÂ of information to a large group of people quickly and effortlessly – the blog format increases readability and maintenance too. Blogger.com is a free service from Google that allows you to setup a wedding web site blog effortlessly – try it now and spread the news that you’re getting married (and that you’ve found that perfect wedding photographer)!
As an aside from wedding photography, I was downstate last week and took a few photos of the Lain family farm in Westtown, NY. Here are a few of my favorite pics, and one additional photograph of my cousin Michelle during my trip down to Florida over Christmas. Enjoy!