This summer I received an email from Cody, she was about a month away from having her baby and was wondering if we could do newborn/family photos.  I have been struggling
with figuring out my place when it comes to newborn photography and I've decided recently that I will no longer be shooting "posed" newborn sessions but instead will be doing more 
of a lifestyle session when it comes to newborns.  I explained this to Cody as I know some people really love those posey shots of babies wrapped up so cute and their tiny little hands
holding their tiny little heads...heck even I love those shots!! but they are not me.  I will leave those photos to the professionals who specialize in newborn photography because that is a
talent and skill all on it's own.  BUT I do love me some babies so I would never want to not shoot them at all, I just had to find what works for me and fits my style and after this session
I realized THIS definitely works for me.  

Cody invited me to her home to meet and see if it would work for our session.  She lives in Round Lake in a older style home that has been updated and re done and it was gorgeous!! She 
lives with her husband Bill and their adorable son, August a/k/a Auggie (looooove that name!)
Not only was it super cozy and beautifully decorated it had natural light just pouring into every room!! It would be more then perfect for what we were trying to do!  A few weeks went by
and Cody and her husband Bill had their beautiful baby boy, Archie.  They called me up to come on over and document the new family of four.  I was so excited to do this for them.  We kept
it pretty casual and relaxed, I really love everything about this session.  It shows the love between this family and their babies in their own home, natural and beautiful as it is in real life.
I hope you enjoy this blog! And a huge thank you to the Simpson Family for allowing me into their home to make beautiful memories for them.  I hope to see you guys again soon!

Introducing Archie....

Simpson Family 1

and this my friends, is August....

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I think it's been a couple years now that I have had the pleasure of photographing this lovely family.  I am always excited when Heather calls me for a session because her two little girls are so cute and 
always so fun.  Heather loves photos with that golden sunset look so we waited for the perfect day and just had to figure out the perfect spot!! She told me about this place that I literally have driven by
for years and never knew about!! I mean, I've seen it but didn't think it had much potential for a session...until the day I went exploring to make sure!  It was absolutely perfect, the sun set directly behind gorgeous paths and fileds of tall grass and beautiful flowers and the way the light filtered in was better then I could of imagined.  The only drawback however, were the mosquitos and bugs...
but I'm willing to take a few bites for some good shots!! Heather and I were on the same page when it came to what we wanted to achieve with these photos...definitely some posed family shots
but we really wanted some candids to show this family as they truly are and I'm happy to say I think we accomplished that in these photos!! After our session we headed back to the Hopke's home
to do a quick photo with their pups!!  So without futher ado, I give you the Hopke Family.

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Last month I got to document Trish and Mike's maternity photos while also shooting a promotional video for AVP.  It was so much fun. I blogged about it but in case you missed it
here are a few of my favorite shots from our session......

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On July 25th Tricia went in for her induction at Albany Med.  She called me around 8am and told me that she was there and settled and to come by when I was ready....being this was
her second baby we all thought she might go a little quicker this time.  I arrived at the hospital by 10am.  Tricia was in good spirits but she was ready for an epidural.  After it was
administered we chatted, got caught up for a little while and then I decided to let her try and get some rest.  About 4pm we got the news that she was ready to start pushing!
She pushed and pushed but Corbin was not coming.  I think we were all a little worried the doctors might mention the C word...hey, relax I'm talking about a C-section ;)  
Things did start to get a little intense.  I could see how exhausted Trish was but she kept fighting like a warrior.  
Just when we though they were going to wheel her away for an emergency cesarian he made his way out and it was the
most incredible sight!! He was finally here!!!! and he was just perfect.  

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A week later I was at their house making his first portraits.  The cycle of life is truly an incredible thing.  Being able to be a part of Trish and Mike's journey as new parents to Camden and 
now Corbin has been a complete honor and something I will never forget.  I love you guys so much! Thank you for allowing me to capture your memories!!!

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Better late than never right?!!  This past November I had the honor of photographing Katie and Rip's Wedding.  This one was truly special as I met both Katie and Rip when they moved in right 
next door to me the summer before.  Katie and I clicked from the very beginning and we became fast friends.  We both have dogs that we consider our babies and her pups became two
more loves of my life!  We have been able to really get to know each other living so close so when Katie and Rip asked me to document their wedding day I was beyond thrilled!!
I couldn't wait to capture the love between these two.  We started the day down the street from our house at Katie's moms.  She has a gorgeous home on the river here in Waterford
and it made for a fantastic backdrop for our getting ready photos!  Katie of course looked stunning as she got ready that morning and was so relaxed and calm.  

Read more: Katie & Rip = {married}

When Tricia and Mike told me they were expecting again I couldn't wait to do their maternity session! And this time, include little Camden, who just turned 2!  We planned to meet up the end of June 
at the Rose Garden in Schenectady.  This shoot was going to be a little different though.  I had been wanting to do a promotional video for AVP for quite some time, but hadn't yet pulled the trigger
on hiring someone.  Then I met Josh of A Moment 2 Share at a wedding we were both a part of and we instantly hit it off.  We worked so well together and had such a great time that I knew he was
my guy for this! Not to mention after I saw his work it was a no brainer!  If you're sobbing watching a video for a couple you have never met you know his work is good!! Seriously...check him out. 
I had an idea of what I wanted and I had the perfect family..now I just needed to run the idea by them!  When I told Tricia and Mike my plan, they were more then willing to be a part of it and I
couldn't wait to get this shot!  As we all know, we have had quite the year of rain.   So I had been crossing my fingers and toes that our shoot day was going to be rain free.  But alas luck was
not on my side.  I had gotten there early so Josh and I could shoot my part of our video and it was gorgeous out! The sun was shining, the birds were chirping the light coming in between the
swaying trees was nothing short of dreamy....and then Trish and Mike got there, she looked absolutely stunning!!! the dress! the hair! the flower crown!...and then BAM! torrential downpour!
We raced to our cars and waited it out for what felt like an eternity but was really about 30 minutes.  (But 30 minutes in a trapped car with their toddler....sorry Trish and Mike!!!)  
Then by some grace of God the skies opened and the rain stopped!! We got right to work while we still had the chance and before Camden was completely over it all! I am more than
happy by how this all turned out...in fact I'm elated!  Josh took my vision and made it into reality.  I am so grateful to all who helped make this shoot and video possible!  
Trish and Mike, thank you so much for allowing your beautiful family to be in this video with me!  I hope you all enjoy viewing this session as much as I had shooting it!

Location:Rose Garden, Schenectady, NY

Videographer: A Moment 2 Share

Clients Hair and Makeup: Make Me Fabulous

Flower crown: Frank Gallo

AVP assistant: Danielle Farmer

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I have been dying to share with you all a shoot I did this past fall.  Fran is a good friend of mine and it's obvious she is beautiful on the outside but she is also beautiful
inside, she is an amzing woman and a great friend.  I really wanted to do a shoot with her so we decided to finally collaborate and take some shots at the studio.  
This was just for fun but I have to say I was pretty excited at the end results! Hope to do more of these in the future!
There is nothing better then making an already strong beautiful woman FEEL what we all see.

Read more: Francesca {model shoot}

I met Maria and Tom last year in Troy at their engagement session.  They were the absolute cutest! So happy and in love and so eager to start a life together.  
We met again almost a year later the day of their wedding and not much had changed!  While Maria and her girls were busy getting ready I headed upstairs
to check on Tom and the guys.  He was so nervous but so ready to get to that alter.
We had so much fun watching Maria interact with her girls while getting primped and pampered by some very talented professionals.  
Everyone was so excited for things to get going and beforewe knew it, it was time to do the first look!  The entire day was perfect, the weather
was gorgeous and so was the ceremony.  The reception got underway and everyone let loose and busted out
some pretty sweet dance moves!! Thank you to Tom and Maria for allowing me to capture their day!

Read more: Maria & Tom {married}

Justin and Kayla's wedding was such a fun time!  Justin is actually one of my nephew's longtime friends...they've known each other since they
were little and have grown up together, so I was honored that Justin and Kayla chose me to capture their day.  We started the day with Kayla
getting ready with her girls.  You could tell these girls have also had some long time friendships because they were so happy and emotional to
see their BFF getting married to the love of her life. (Just check out their first look of Kayla in her dress!) It was so nice to see such a tight group of friends.  
I headed over to SPAC to do the first look then it was off to the ceremony.  As you can tell from the photos, the receoption was so much fun, lots of laughing
and dancing and the groomsmen, well they were a crazy bunch!!! :)  The day was filled with so much love.  Justin and Kayla I had an incredible time shooting 
your wedding and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me share in such a memorable day!

Read more: Justin & Kayla {married}

Oh where to begin with this one! This engagement session was definitely one of my absolute favorites. I met Erica and Jordan last October at our bridal meeting and we instantly hit it off.  They are both
so down to earth, friendly, intellegent and extremely hard workers.  Jordan is a chef and Erica is an art teacher.  When we discussed ideas for their engagement session Erica 
definitely knew what she wanted.  

Read more: Erica & Jordan = Engagement

I had the pleasure of shooting the King family right in their backyard in Averill Park...they have two adorable little girls that I had a blast chasing around! Grace's sister and husband were in from Austraila so they joined in the shoot as well as both their moms!  We had a gorgeous day and they seriously had the perfect backyard to shoot in because the light coming in behind the trees was the perfect backdrop! Take a look and see!

Read more: King Family