Pepper & Charlie: Glamping in the Finger Lakes

With stunning scenery, amazing nooks to explore, and the opportunity to have a pillow fight, Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY is the dreamiest place for your engagement or anniversary photos. Make a getaway out of it by staying in one of their tents, enjoying the amenities, and visiting downtown Ithaca, a 5-minute drive.

Retreat Host: Elope with Kasey Jo

Vendor Coordinator: Blissfully Disconnected

Venue: Firelight Camps, Ithaca, NY

Ally & Mike Canandaigua Lake Session

Ever since I first walked Canandaigua City Pier and the boathouses, I knew I wanted to shoot there. Ally & Mike were the perfect couple for this night. While this was only their three year dating anniversary, they’ve been over 10 years in the making and already practiced getting married (I met them as our models at a Styled Shoot earlier this year).

I’m so thankful to have nights like these where I am enveloped into another couple’s love story, learn about what they love about each other, and create memories for them to look back on as they continue down their forever together.

Kim & Mike High Falls Rochester NY

Serendipity.

That is the only word I can use to describe Kim winning a Valentine’s Day shoot with her husband in the SAME location as their wedding years ago. Kim & Mike were an absolute pleasure to work with. We laughed, we dipped, and we smiled a lot. Find the kind of love that these two have– still looking like newly weds a few years and 2 kiddos later.

Location: High Falls District Rochester, NY

Ann Marie & Chris: Durand Eastman Clubhouse Wedding

Watching a relationship unfold is always a joy. Over the past 4 years I have had the immense blessing to watch Ann Marie and Chris fall deeper in love and choose one another. On a beautiful August Friday night, they shared their vows in front of family and friends at the Durand Eastman Clubhouse in Irondequoit, NY. We finished our photos just as the thunderstorm rolled in and enjoyed an evening of celebrating the beginning of their forever.

 

Finger Lakes Photography: Jimmy and Melinda Engagement

I’ve known Jimmy since I made the move to Rochester, New York, and met Melinda not too far behind. From the beginning they knew, as well as anybody that met them, that this was it, they had found the one. And while they may have gotten tired of the “are you engaged yet?” chatter, this moment, I know, made it all worth the wait.

A mistaken date for a fall festival, an in with the mountain manager, and a hike  he was really excited for turned into a day Melinda soon won’t forget.

Jimmy and Melinda, thank you for letting me be a part of this day. It was a true blessing to watch you say “YES” (of course after saying “Are you serious?” a few times). Congratulations and all the best as you embark on this next adventure in your lives.

Location: Hunt Hollow Ski Club Naples, NY

Letchworth State Park Frozen Over

This winter has been a brutal one…or so I’ve heard. You see I think the trick to winter is  finding ways to enjoy it. Living in the North east means I, along with millions of others, have been facing windchills taking us below zero and while our noses and toes-es haven’t benefitted much, much of nature has and we have opportunities to see amazing sights many may never glance at.

Lecthworth State Park, about 45 minutes away from Rochester, NY, has become one of these scenes. Known as the Grand Canyon of the east, Letchworth draws thousands of visitors during the summer months, but a turn of events has caused these numbers to return in the bitter winds.

Natural ice castles.or something like that.

The upper and middle falls have frozen over as well as the geyser outside of the Glen Iris Inn and in return we are graced with incredible sights to be seen.

I was so happy to trek over to the park on my day off to take it all in and share some of my own photographs from my trip.

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want to see them for yourselves? Pack plenty of layers and some good hiking shoes. The park isn’t accessible from all entrances and you cannot drive from the north (Mt. Morris dam) entrance all the way to the falls, Be sure to navigate to the Castille entrance (from the west) or the Portageville entrance (from the south or east). You will want to head towards the falls area and be parking in the lot right by the inn and the frozen geyser. With ease you will be able to see the geyser and the frozen middle falls. Lace up some sturdy boots to follow the snow-packed trail that will lead you up to the upper falls (its about a 5-10 minute walk depending on your ability and how far up you would like to go).

The snow and the cold won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, so instead of letting it defeat you, why not make a day trip of it and enjoy the beautiful sights nature has created.

Loree and Christie

There’s so much value in a mother/daughter relationship and for these two, not even a few time zones could affect that value. Loree flew in to see her daughter and enjoy a weekend of girly things. Between their packed weekend of shopping in quaint towns, seeing a fantastic show at Count Basie, and seeing what Christie has been up to recently, we were able to catch up and have a awesome session in Red Bank, and God blessed us by stopping the rain just in time for the shoot to begin.

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~Claire and Gerard 2nd Anniversary~ NJ Family Photographer

On Saturday I was able to enjoy photographing a couple more in love then ever. Claire and Gerard have become great friends and it was so wonderful celebrating their second anniversary as their 1st anniversary shoot didn’t seem all that long ago. They have made it through a lot (especially with their first home purchase being a few months ago!) and their love for each other can be an example to anyone! Cheers to 2 years Claire and Gerard! 

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