Today I’m throwing it back to this oldie, but goodie! Tiffany and Garret had their session at sunrise at the Brooklyn Bridge and surrounding Dumbo areas. These two cuties are from Utah and they were living in New York City for an internship! I’m so glad I got to meet these two and get to know them a little bit during their session in the big apple!
Throwing it back to the most beautiful time of the year in the Hudson Valley! Fall! These two love birds had their engagement session at two of my favorite places. Storm King Mountain and The Moodna Viaduct. And could it be ANY better that they brought along their adorable dog? I think not…
Laura and Ben chose to have a winter engagement session at Minnewaska State Park. Laura had let me know that she had wanted to have an engagement session in the snow. When I saw the snow storm was coming I immediately emailed Laura and luckily she was available. If you know anything about the winter the Hudson Valley has been having…there’s not very much snow this year. And if we do get it…there’s random 60 degree days in the middle of winter. I only slipped and almost broke a bone once. However if you count the times I almost fell..it was about 100 times.
Samantha and Ash got married at Honor’s Haven on pretty much the hottest day in June. They shared a beautiful first look by the waterfall and then we banged out all of the formal portraits before the ceremony. These two love bugs were full of smiles all day and were such a joy to photograph. I hope you enjoy scrolling through!
This AMAZING styled shoot at Kualoa Ranch was put together by the bomb ass Richel of For The Good Events. Richel styled the shoot around the King Protea and boy was it absolutely stunning. You may notice the view…because this venue issssss….. JURASSIC PARK!! It took everything I had not to photoshop dinosaurs in the background of every single image. I hope you enjoy scrolling through! Vendors are at the bottom!
These two babes had their engagement session at Kaaterskill Falls. They are a perfect example of what you do when the forecast is rain on your big day! You rock with it anyway! We ended up still doing the session and it was barely misting and then by the end of the session it was clear skies! And the beautiful fall colors pop with all the moisture from the rain!
It’s not very often that my maternity work gets shared so I’m going to start sharing it more often! I still very much so do maternity, newborn, and family sessions! In fact when I first started my business - it was just about all I did! I especially love when I get to photograph my couples and then later photograph their families as well!
These two sweetie pies got married in October at The Briarcliff Manor. They were one of the 45 couples I photographed in October! October is always my busiest month and it’s INSANE how many love birds I meet in a mere 31 days. If you’re looking to get married in October or do photos in October…make sure you book your photographer WAY IN ADVANCE.
I’m throwing it back to this beautiful fall engagement session at Warwick Winery. It was super windy during their engagement shoot but we powered through! During their session a random horse emerged from the background and it was fully lit by the sun. I’ll never forget it because I straight up thought I was hallucinating or something. Until I looked at Chloe and Daniel and they looked just as confused 😂
This Colorado Styled Elopement at Lookout Mountain was dope as all hell. Can we talk about how PERFECT these two are? I’m completely obsessed with them. These were taken during a styled shoot out with Wedding Travelers Co. which you may have heard me talk about before. The beautiful vendor team that put together this shoot is at the bottom as usual.
Host: Wedding Travelers Co
Rentals: Wallflower Rentals Decor
Florist: Wandering Poppy Co
Gown Rental: Wedding Travelers Co
Gown Designer: Rue De Seine
What to Consider When Planning Your Getting Ready Photos:
Get an Airbnb instead of a Hotel:
There are so many reasons to get an Airbnb instead of a hotel. The first reason is you’ll feel less crammed. They’re a lot easier to keep clean because there are multiple rooms to put your stuff and you can keep one room dedicated to getting changed in. The lighting on an Airbnb is typically better as well. You’ll have a lot more windows providing you with light which will provide a more natural and crisp photo. Another reason you may want to get an Airbnb is that you know by looking at the listing photos exactly what the light is in each room and you know exactly what the house/apartment will look like. With a hotel you never known if you’re going to get a broken lamp, dent in the wall, etc.
Make sure the room you’re getting changed in is clean:
Whether you have an Airbnb or hotel make sure the room is CLEAN. It will totally kill you later she you see that random flip flop on the floor or that Starbucks cup on the side table.
Make sure there’s natural light:
Every person wants beautiful photos of them getting ready, right? You’re not going to get that with lights from lamps.. SO this one is a short one. Natural light = Pretty Pictures.
Hair & Makeup:
If you’re getting a blow out or loose curls leave your hair in the pins you’re given. It may look ugly for some of the getting ready photos but you will be SO SAD when your hair falls before the ceremony.
Make Sure All of Your Vendors Are On The Same Timeline:
There’s many ways you can make sure this happens. The easiest way is definitely to hire a planner or month of coordinator. If you are planning your own wedding and timeline the first thing you want to look at is the time the sun is setting that day and work backwards from there. You can always ask your photographer or venue coordinator to help you! Once you have your schedule set, make sure you confirm it with all the vendors. Hair and Makeup will tell you what time they need to be done by and when you need to start getting ready and the photographer will tell you when to take all the photos, the caterer will tell you what to eat and when, and your DJ will tell you when to dance and when to party! But the number one thing you want to do when you get your timeline set is send it to everyone and confirm that the times work for them!
Ask Your Photographer If They Have Styling Tools:
If you would like a flat lay photo of your details be sure to ask your photographer if that’s something they provide or if you’re responsible for putting it together. Some photographers, like myself, keep a styling kit on hand. In my styling kit I have a flat lay board, ribbons, stamps, etc. If that’s a photo you want - be sure to ask!
Things You May Want To Consider Having in Your Detail Photos:
Something old, something new, something borrowed. You’ll also of course have your dress and shoes. Make sure to get a hanger! Wooden hangers are super cheap on amazon! Get one…you won’t regret it! You also may want to consider having your perfume handy, any jewelry, your rings, and anything that may be special to you on your big day!
Have Your Details Set Aside BEFORE You Start Getting Ready:
The last thing you want when you’re busy getting ready is to have to stop getting ready to go around and find your details for your photographer when they arrive. The easy way to avoid that is to have it all ready to go before your photographer even gets there.
I got to meet Cecilia and Scott on my trip to Oahu! We did a sunrise session at Lanai Lookout and it was a sunrise to be remembered. The water was so blue it looked fake and the greens of Oahu looked like Ireland or Scotland. The rock formations at Lanai are so unique and it was so much fun exploring this place with these two love birds! If you’re looking for a place to watch the sunrise in Oahu…Lanai is the place!
Demi and Vince got married at one of my favorite venues, Red Maple Vineyard! Demi and Vince had a Greek Orthodox ceremony at one of the most beautifully lit churches I have ever seen and had one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever seen. Afterwards we headed over to Red Maple for their reception and took photos in the vineyard. Following portraits it was time to party!
Dress: Hayley Paige Bridal
Venue: Red Maple Vineyard
These two cutie pies are past wedding clients of mine! I reached out to them with an idea I had and I’m so happy they were game! It’s so important to make sure that you also create for yourself when you are an artist of any kind and I’m so glad I did! They look absolutely fiiiiiiiiiine. Am I right? The water was only slightly freezing but I was only in up to my knees so who am I to judge?
This epic styled shoot was the start to the styled shoots with Wedding Travelers Co. in Colorado. These two beautiful babes were our models and such good troopers. Let me just tell you is was hot as BALLS that day. All of us were sweating, the cake was melting, no amount of water was enough to cool me down but it was all worth it. I hope you enjoy scrolling through as much as I enjoyed photographing it!!
Host: Wedding Travelers Co. HMUA: Claudia Scharnikow Florist: Wandering Poppy Co. Ring Box: Mrs. Box Cake: Darb Cakes Models: Madeline + John Thomas Rentals: Wallflower Rentals Venue: Garden of the Gods Gown Rental: Emma + Grace Bridal Studio Gown Designer: Yolan Cris Invitation Suite: Dashwood Shop Ring + Earrings: Champagne + Glitter Geometric Arch: Wedding Travelers Co. Partner in Crime Jean Jackets: GypStitch Embroidery
GET READY FOR THIS ONE. This girl right here is my travel partner. The funniest part is we only live two hours away from each other but we only hang out in other parts of the country like Colorado and Hawaii..😂Sara, Jeff and I spent the first half of our Colorado trip together. About 500 times Sara was talking about her proposal and how she didn’t know when it was going to happen. Little did Sara know Kev had reached out to me about two weeks prior and told me he was going to propose. I was so pumped when he told me and I knew the perfect place for it. It was SO HARD keeping my mouth shut. Every single night we went to bed Jeff and I would hysterical laugh because she had no idea what was coming. During our last little photo outing Sara had whispered in Jeff’s ear a prompt. Once it was my turn I whispered in Kev’s ear a prompt but little did Sara know she was about to get proposed to. It was magical…I cried like a lunatic. We got the the top of the mountain and I saw the mountain goats I had been waiting for AND TWO MOOSE right after! SUCH a magical day! NOT TO MENTION during the shoot we were up so high that the clouds were passing by us the whole time. It was so perfect.❤️️
Danielle & Kyle were our lovely models for a styled shootout in Breckenridge, Colorado. Aka my favorite place in the entire world. Back in March I got together with Wedding Travelers Co. in New Mexico for their styled out and let me tell you these two bad ass bitches that run it are some great people. I love Andrea & Steph so much that I have gone to every one of their events LOL. If you know me..you know I LOVE animals. A little too much some may say….So OBVIOUSLY I was freaking PUMPED when I heard we were going to take photos with alpacas and llamas. Not so pumped when I remembered I am allergic to said alpacas and llamas. My nose was practically trying to jump off my face. But the views were so dang epic that it was well worth it! Have fun browsing!
Host: Wedding Travelers Co.
HMUA: Some Claudia Girl
Florist: Wandering Poppy Co.
Cheese Board: Red Maple Run
Rentals: Wallflowers Rental
Earring Rental: A&Be Denver
Earring Designer: Emma Katzka Bridal
Gown Rental: A&Be Denver
Gown Designer: Rue De Seine
Veil Rental: A&Be Denver
Veil Designer: Sara Gabriel Veils
Invitation Suite: Dash Wood Shop
Festival Tent: Wedding Travelers Co.
Alpaca + Llama: Red Fox Alpaca Ranch
I got to meet these two love birds in Hawaii at The Heart Workshop! When I say it rained….IT POURED during this session. Out of nowhere it just poured and these two got soaked. What did they do? They danced in the rain! This is what you do people! Look how beautiful it looks! I hope you enjoy scrolling!
Sarah & Steve have the most wild story. Imagine buying a ticket to NYC from Australia after having too much to drink. Not even knowing you purchased the ticket until the next day and then meeting the love of your life on said trip. Talk about DESTINY. It’s like straight out of a rom-com. If you know anything about me or any woman age 23-29…we eat shit like this UP. Sarah and Steve wanted a more industrial feel for their engagement session so we started off in Greenpoint, just outside of the green point loft and then we headed over to the waterfront park next door and jumped in an uber to Domino Square Park. If you haven’t been there before…it’s pretty much the definition of industrial chic. There’s an adorable little taco place, cute stairs to sit on, and a cute little water view. I loved photographing these two. They were so full of energy and truly a great time was had. I can’t wait for their wedding this July!!
Kim and Edwin are the two most adorable people. They have been together since they were practically children and fit each other so well. It was so much fun watching them go through all the stages of the wedding day. Being anxious to see each other, beautifully emotional during the first look, super excited during the ceremony and full of laughs, and then being freaking pumped to be married and living it up during the reception. Kim and Edwin are also perfect examples of what you do if it’s going to rain on your wedding day. If it’s going to rain you first buy umbrellas and then you DO NOT CHECK THE WEATHER. DON’T TALK ABOUT IT. Don’t think about it. Nothing. And you just need to think of it as “Okay, no big deal. It may rain. We have umbrellas. We CAN take photos with umbrellas.” What did it do for them? It stopped for the perfect amount of time for them to take photos. It then started up again so we ran inside for a bit and as soon as it stopped we ran out and banged all the photos out as fast as we could. Look at how beautiful their photos are!
Venue: Patriot Hills Golf Club
Hair: Katie Kelly Hair + Makeup