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family session at m&d farm, westerlo, ny

What an incredibly cool family… We did a super fun family session a couple of years ago with Lori, Nate and their adorable baby girl Madi in downtown Albany–here’s the blog post for that one. We had a great shoot, and I’ve thought of these guys often. Fast forward two years–Madi is now three, and she has a new little brother named Jacob. I was pumped when I got the call from Nate saying it was time for an update, and immediately started thinking of location ideas. It can be tricky to schedule shoots during foliage season, so I was honestly kind of nervous when I called Nate one morning to suggest that we meet at M&D Farm in Westerlo…later that same day. Oops! Who would even ask parents of two small children to pull everything together in like six hours. Well, somehow they managed it! (Thanks, guys!)

This was my first visit to M&D Farm–I’d seen a few photos and had heard it’s awesome from some photographer friends, so I was jazzed to try it out for myself. I’ll say this–the stories were true! First of all–the owners, Mario and Daniel, are fantastic. Showed me all around, and couldn’t have been more hospitable. The property has a ton of unique and very cool nooks and crannies and and beautiful wide open spaces, as well. When Lori & Nate and the kids showed up a few minutes later, I had a plan in mind–we took good advantage of this amazing location. Definitely can’t wait to shoot there again.

Hope you love these photos–let me know if you’d like to book a shoot for your family, too. And all the best to Lori & Nate and the kids! Hope to see you again soon.

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lucas confectionery wedding–devlyn & tyler

Devlyn and Tyler. Emma Willard School. Lucas Confectionery. A great couple with amazing taste and style, and then some fabulous locations for photos. This was nothing short of an awesome day for us, and I’m thrilled to share our story of it.

But let’s back up a little bit first. Last September, we did a great engagement session–click here for a refresher on that. Started at a coffee shop, went to their house, then downtown. As always, though, the conversation and getting to know each other is easily half of what’s both fun and important about doing this type of shoot. I knew right away that we were going to have a great experience together–Devlyn’s sarcastic sense of humor is right up my alley, and Tyler cracks me up with his deadpan approach and unique perspective.

On the wedding day, Devlyn looked absolutely smashing in her dress from Yvonne’s. Like smashing, I said…you’ll see. We all went over to Emma Willard School in Troy for the first look, portraits, and family groups. It would be hard to beat this incredible location for an impressive look and feel…it’s grand, dramatic, and unique in the area. Then we were off to Lucas Confectionery for more photos, the ceremony, and reception. If you’ve been to Lucas, you’ll get it–it’s a completely out of the box venue for a wedding, but so cool, in a bunch of different ways. Holly and her crew were great to work with, and had a handle on every detail. The flowers from Anthology Studio enhanced the Lucas vibe perfectly.

As I said up at the top of this post, we had a really fantastic day with Devlyn and Tyler, and loved working to get photos that reflect their choices and personalities. I hope you enjoy the photos!

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paradox lake wedding–kristen & jason

You know how sometimes you just feel lucky? That’s the way I felt when I got the first email from Kristen back in July, asking for information about shooting her wedding. I remember seeing the email, and noticing that the wedding date was 9/17, and thinking shoot, there’s no way I’ll be open on a Saturday in September. I was a little bummed—25 people on a beach on Paradox Lake in the Adirondacks…I’m there every time! Somehow, though, we were open, and long story short, she booked us (obvi…).

Over the next few weeks, Kristen and I had a really nice back and forth email exchange, and as I got to know her a little bit, I started to realize how incredibly cool this wedding was going to be. Well, realistically, I was hoping, but I was getting just a perfect vibe from her…laid back, but not too much, you know? When I sent the first draft of our timeline, I told her I hoped it didn’t look too structured—she replied that it was great, and “a little structure never hurt anybody”. I knew she was my girl right then!

But still, we never met in person until the wedding day, so I was wondering if all my preconceptions were on point…or…who knows! We walked in to the house, and I saw Kristen’s beautiful Anthropologie dress hanging up…and I knew the day was going to be perfect. Don’t ask me why that one little thing hit me like that!

I think you’ll see in the photos below how the day felt–for us, and for Kristen & Jason. It was pure magic, from the getting-ready photos, to getting Jason and heading out to the First Look (with their dog fully participating, as well), to the most chill portrait session ever, to the beach ceremony on Paradox Lake. All so much fun! We always feel honored to be part of our clients’ wedding day, and love the fact that couples plan events that suit their own taste and style.

Much love to this amazing couple, and our best wishes for a lifetime of happiness.

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sagamore wedding–kate & pat

It won’t take you long to see what an incredible day we had with Kate & Pat–their Sagamore wedding in early September was amazing in so many ways. But I hope, too, that our photos tell a story of what a fantastic couple they are. For starters, take a minute to check out our very cool Saratoga engagement session from just about a year ago–I knew then that this was a very special couple and their wedding would be one to remember.

The wedding day was perfect, warm and clear. When we arrived in Kate’s suite, we joked a little about how so many women could possibly have gotten ready in this space, but ready they were, and what a fun and friendly group. Gwen and her Blush 518 team were finishing up with hair and makeup, so of course, everyone looked amazing. Susan Cady from Finishing Touches did the gorgeous flowers.

Then it was time to head out for the First Look–Kate & Pat took this opportunity to say their vows to each other, a special touch that says a lot about these two…expressing their love privately to each other was as important as sharing it with family and friends later in the day. What a great moment. We had such a great time with Kate & Pat doing portraits, and when the Wedding Party joined us, the fun continued. They’re a super fun, classy, sophisticated bunch…just like the bride and groom. The ceremony on the beautiful lakeside Lower Terrace, the cocktail hour, the reception…all Sagamore classics, and that’s just another way of saying spectacular.

We wish Kate & Pat a lifetime of great health and happiness–we’ve loved getting to know them, and are proud to add them to a long list of couples who started out as clients and turned into friends. Hope you enjoy the photos!

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