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Colorful Silhouettes Make Amazing Images

Silhouettes are a favorite of mine, and generally pop up in some form from each event that I shoot.  Portrait sessions, weddings, and even concerts all create opportunities for gorgeous silhouettes, and I am always game to capture them when they present themselves.

Keeping your eyes open as a photographer is a key in being able to see things differently.  Sure, I can create a silhouette if needed.  However, some of the most incredible ones I have ever taken are those that just occurred organically.  With that said, knowing what conditions you need to create a jaw-dropping silhouette is certainly something that needs to be in your repertoire in order to help you put yourself in the right position at the right time to capture it.

A recent wedding in Saratoga Springs provided me with an amazing set of circumstances, as we stopped by Yaddo for the family and bridal party portraits.  If you haven’t been to Yaddo yet, I highly encourage you to make a visit, as I find the property provides an incredible opportunity for some amazing artistic soul-searching.

With the timeline allowing for a couple of hours for portraits, there was ample time after the family and bridal party images to spend some time on the grounds with the bride and groom.  On our way back to the limo to head to the reception at the incredible Saratoga National Golf Club, some of the most amazing light I have ever seen happened to be streaming towards us, helping me to create one of my favorite images of 2014.

Yaddo provides an amazing setting in Saratoga Springs for some artistic soul-searching and portrait sessions.

Yaddo provides an amazing setting in Saratoga Springs for some artistic soul-searching and portrait sessions.

Moonrise at Indian Ridge

Indian Ridge is a phenomenal venue for a wedding.  This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of shooting my first wedding at Indian Ridge, and it could not have been more perfect.  If you are thinking about getting married in the Hudson Valley, I would highly recommend that you look at it if the words outdoor, rustic, apple orchard, lake, or field have come up in conversations about what your dream wedding may be like.

It rained.

Nearly all day long.

Still, everyone had an absolute blast because it was perfect.

Weddings are all about the  memories that are made thanks to the family and friends that come to show their love and appreciation for the newlyweds.

Years from now, Megan and Steve may think back to the rain on their wedding day.  More likely, they will remember the fun on the dance floor and the words they each said during their vows that caused each of them to tear up.  The weather likely won’t even come up.

As the reception came to a close, the skies cleared completely.  Stars were shining everywhere we looked, and Megan and Steve were up for a quick couple of portraits.  Ricky, the owner at Indian Ridge, was kind enough to drive them out into a field where I was set up for a short 5 minute portrait session.

I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with the first frame.  However, when I started working on the images later that night, I couldn’t have been happier.  The second image is the vision I had in my head and was trying to create.  The first image, however, speaks volumes to me about the perfection of their wedding day.  They show their love for each other.  The moon is just starting to rise.  The stars are perfect, including the Little Dipper near Megan’s waistline.  Just like their wedding day, these images of the two of them at the end of the night simply couldn’t be more perfect.  A perfect end to a most perfect wedding.

A Woodstock Engagement Session

You can say that Lis and Kevin have known each other for a while, if you count meeting when they went to school together back in the fourth grade.  Fast forward 18 years, and a chance encounter just happened to be the spark that lit the fire for the relationship between this FDNY Firefighter and Lis.

During one of our conversations, Lis mentioned that she thought it would be great to try to incorporate Kevin’s JEEP into at least a few of their engagement photos if we could.  After seeing them pull up in this Amber Fire Orange Jeep which was all decked out with off-road and fog lights mounted everywhere they could possible be, I knew this was going to be a great addition to their engagement session!

We worked our way through some fields near the original Woodstock site up in the Catskill Mountains.  With this being the 45th Anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, I couldn’t help but bring in a little of that tie-dye coloration into at least some of the photos.  All of the lights on the JEEP also made for some incredible images later in the session when the sunlight levels dropped and the humidity unexpectedly started to rise.

After doing a site visit earlier this year, I am certain that  Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, Long Island has every ounce of the rustic charm that Lis was looking for to incorporate into her wedding day celebration.

Engagement photo of a couple in a field near the Woodstock site about to kiss.
A silhouette of a couple embracing against a dramatic sky filled with clouds.
A couple about to kiss with a farm in the background and tie-dye colors over the image.
A couple embracing leaning against the front of a jeep with a sunset behind them.
Couple kissing in an orange jeep with an orange sunset behind them.
Couple in a field in front of a jeep with vibrant orange and blue colors.

 

 

Destination Wedding in Colorado

When I planned my recent trip to Colorado, I was thankful that I had lived out there a few years back.  After having been in New York for the last 9 years, I knew that 11,000 feet is really no joke!  Planning for my clients, I headed out a week early in order to acclimate before the wedding day.

What a wise decision it was, and one that I am sure the bride and groom will appreciate when they see their wedding images, since I was fresh and fully charged on their wedding day. On a side note, the band also flew in from the Hudson Valley in NY, and I cannot imagine having less than 24 hours to acclimate needing your lungs to work at that altitude while singing.  They certainly sounded great, but I imagine they were hurting.

Since I had a bit of time on my hands, I was also able to use the trip to see some old friends and go to some of my favorite spots like Mount Evans and Breckenridge.  I was amazed by the damage from the Pine Beetles, as I have not been out there since all of that invasive devastation has left many of my old photo locations in disrepair, to say the least.

My dear friends, and pat wedding clients, spent a few days with me, and I was able to photograph their family the day after the wedding that brought me out there.  I love their family photos, but I was also lucky enough to be  able to take the two of them out for a portrait shoot on my last day in town.  This was special to me, as it isn’t often that I get to photograph close friends in their environment when they live out of state.  I was also glad to be able to share my current artistic vision with them as things are just a bit different now as compared to how I was shooting back in 2002, to say the least.

Here is one of my favorites from that shoot, because it not only shows them, but it also shows the Colorado that I still love.  It captures their relationship as those closest to them know it to be.  Sure, it looks all lovey-dovey and dreamy, but that is really them.

Thank you both for taking me in with open arms, and for remaining best of friends 12 years after your wedding.  Here’s to many more opportunities for our families to spend time and make memories together.

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The Perfect Grovedale Winery Wedding

When Ed and Jennifer contacted me about photographing their wedding in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, my first reaction was “Wait, there is a winery in Wyalusing?”  I grew up in the area, but apparently don’t make it through Wyalusing very often.  I had missed the fact that Grovedale Winery has had vineyards on the Welles Homestead since 2005 even though I have been to the high school across the street a few times since then.  How I missed such an incredible place just amazes me.

Grovedale Winery is one incredible expanse of fields and vineyards with some of the most gorgeous buildings that I have ever seen.  Just when I thought that I had seen it all, a short walk across a field led to a mammoth oak tree that is reminiscent of the “Tree of Knowledge.”

I cannot wait to blog the entire wedding from this unique Susquehanna Valley wedding, but for now, these images will give you a sneak peak of the magic that happened this weekend when Ed and Jennifer tied the knot at Grovedale Winery.

A chicken coop with blue skies surround a newly married bride and groom.
A bride and groom stand in a field next to a majestic oak tree.
A black cat walks in the aisle as the bride and groom make their exit after their first kiss.

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