Small Backyard Micro Wedding in Buffalo

Lou + Dan

Lou and Dan’s small backyard “micro” wedding in Buffalo was a beautiful bright spot amid all the trouble Covid-19 has caused for so many people. Needless to say, this pandemic has been a real jerk, mainly to those who have suffered from the disease and our health care workers of course. But so many others have been effected in more subtle ways, not the least of whom are couples who were planning to get married during this time and the small businesses that rely on special events to make a living. Lou and Dan were one of those couples, and I’m one of those small businesses. Bummer-city right? But fortunately for everyone reading, this post is about some of the good to come out of it all.

Lou and Dan had planned a wedding for late March in the Washington, D.C. area where they currently live and where Lou is from. As the realities of Covid-19 set in though, they realized their wedding wasn’t going to be happening any time soon and decided to reschedule. As time went on and family circumstances shifted a bit, these two realized there’s no better time than the present. A big party can happen any time. But if there’s one thing 2020 has showed us, it’s that curve balls can come at any time. Who knows where the world will be a year from now, so Lou and Dan decided to dive in.

In a weeks time this crew managed to plan a small backyard micro wedding at Dan’s parent’s house in Orchard Park, NY a small town near Buffalo where Dan is originally from. They hired a caterer (Fat Bob’s!), a florist, me. They gathered tables, chairs, a pergola and plenty of hand sanitizer. And just like that, they were ready for a wedding.

It’s amazing to me, how much work goes in to planning weddings, some couples take YEARS to plan them. At the end of the day though, Lou and Dan prove that all you REALLY need are your tried and true family and friends, a marriage license and each other.

I began the day with Dan at the brand new Aloft hotel at 500 Pearl in Buffalo. This building was controversial when it was being built for a number of reasons I support. I’ll admit, I really didn’t want to like it. But these rooms are AWESOME. Like… really awesome. Dan’s suite had two levels, featured a handsome industrial vibe with dark wood, a metal spiral staircase and exposed duct work. It had a chandelier made out of trumpets, a pool table, and balcony views for miles. Really awesome space.

The groomsmen all signed two dollar bills and each kept one for good luck. This was the first time I had seen this tradition!

While Dan and his groomsmen headed out to Dan’s parent’s for the backyard wedding celebration, I headed up to Lou’s room, also at the Aloft in the 500 Pearl building. Lou’s room was completely different from Dan’s and every bit as awesome. It was bright and open with two full walls of floor to ceiling windows and more balcony views of downtown Buffalo. It was really a perfect spot for bridal preparations. I was so impressed! Here are a few shots of Lou with her mom and bestie/maid of honor Karina helping her with the finishing touches.

The views from Lou’s balcony stretched for miles. You could see the Niagara River, Lake Erie and virtually all of downtown Buffalo! Lou was a radiant view herself, how gorgeous does she look in these bridal portraits?!

Must have been some extra bubbles in this champagne…

Off to the Buffalo style small backyard micro wedding!

Irises and hand sanitizer greeted all the guests at the entrance to the yard. I suppose this will be a “new normal” for a while! I was very interested to see how things would be handled for small gatherings during a pandemic and was really impressed with how Lou and Dan organized everything. The tables and chairs were spread in to clusters and labeled for groups who normally live together/spend time together. We call them “germ squads” in my circle. Everyone wore their masks when they were around other people as well so it felt very sanitary and safe.

Our officiant (another Dan) and Karina worked together to create a Zoom video call so that Lou and Dan’s extended friends and family could all join and be part of the celebration. It was so nice that they were still able to witness what was to come! Karina kept a watchful eye over the angle of the laptop throughout the ceremony so no one missed a thing.

It’s time! Here comes the bride! Lou walked herself half way down the “aisle” and then joined her mom for the remainder of the processional. Let the waterworks begin. <3

How idyllic is this setting?! Lou and Dan were so fortunate that his parents have such an incredible property. The tall trees and flowers made the most beautiful backdrop. Pandemic or not, this Buffalo backyard is a perfect place for a small micro wedding.

There’s Karina with a Zoom call full of friends and family watching along!

Dan’s parent’s hands <3

When Lou and Dan originally had to postpone their wedding back in March, they realized there was only one solution to their sadness – a puppy of course! Their sweet little puppy was the perfect ring bearer. I love him!

A celebratory wave for the guests present and one for those joining virtually.

bride and groom cheer after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride cries after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY

After the wedding ceremony, Dan and Lou picked up the laptop for a quick hello to their virtual Zoom guests.

bride and groom cheer for guests on zoom video call after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom talk to guests on zoom video call after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY

The gentleman on the far left of this portrait is Lou’s uncle (tio). He flew in from Peru for the original wedding in March and has been stuck here ever since! I’m so glad Tio actually got to see this wedding happen though! Hopefully borders will reopen soon so he can return home now that the wedding mission is complete.

family portrait after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY

For those outside the germ squad, we still took portraits without masks but spread everyone out a bit. Slightly awkward but still a lovely keepsake of the day.

family portraits with covid-19 social distance spacing after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
wedding party smiles at photographer for portrait after small backyard micro wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY
groomsmen smile for photographer after small backyard micro wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaid portrait after small backyard micro wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY

And sometimes you just don’t know when you’ll have the crew together again, so you get together quick and hold your breath for the photo, haha.

family smiles for photographer in portrait after small backyard micro wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY

I can’t stress enough how beautiful this backyard in Buffalo was for holding a small micro wedding. I absolutely love these portraits of the bride and groom in the woods!

bride and groom embrace in woods after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other while embracing in woods after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom hug in woods after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile for photographer in woods after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom hold hands in woods after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other in woods after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
groom kisses bride
bride and groom touch noses in forest after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other in forest after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY
bride grabs groom
groom smiles at bride in forest after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY

Time to make it official! Signing the marriage certificate!

witnesses sign wedding license after small backyard micro wedding ceremony in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss on bench in forest after small backyard micro wedding in Buffalo, NY

Before everyone sat down for dinner, guests gathered around for a couple toasts to the bride and groom.

maid of honor delivers speech during small backyard intimate wedding reception in Buffalo, NY
bride laughs at speech during small backyard intimate wedding reception in Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech during small backyard intimate wedding reception in Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cheers during small backyard intimate wedding reception in Buffalo, NY
best man toasts bride and groom during small backyard intimate wedding reception in Buffalo, NY

Cheers! Many thanks to Dan and Lou (and Karina for finding me on such short notice)! It was an absolute joy to be part of documenting this day for you. Little secret – this was actually my Birthday and honestly, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by finally getting back to work and photographing a couple so happily united.

bride and groom cheers while wearing covid-19 masks during small backyard intimate wedding reception in Buffalo, NY

If you or someone you know is considering a small backyard micro wedding in the Buffalo area, please share this post with them and have them contact me for more information! I would love to be part of documenting more celebrations like this!

And if you just can’t get enough of these backyard type weddings, check out this post from a tented outdoor wedding at Knox Farm!

On Being a Maternity Photographer in Buffalo, NY

Megan’s Maternity Photography Session at Tifft Nature Preserve and Buffalo Outer Harbor State Park in Buffalo, NY

When the realities of Covid-19 began to set in back in March, photographer’s cameras began collecting dust. And as Megan’s due date grew closer, so too grew my concern that this maternity photography session we had planned in Buffalo, NY wasn’t going to happen before Megan delivered her baby! Fortunately, last week the Buffalo region entered phase two of the Covid-19 reopening schedule, and this photographer was allowed to work again. Two days later, our maternity portrait session was underway at Tifft Nature Preserve and Buffalo Outer Harbor State Park.

As a photographer, I love maternity sessions for a myriad of reasons. The obvious reason of course being that a glowing pregnant woman all dressed up in an idyllic location is just inherently beautiful. But what’s more, the finished portrait is such a special keepsake for a mom. Once the baby is born, we all know everything revolves around the baby. The maternity session is a special time just for mom-to-be to spoil herself a bit, even if she’s not feeling her most gorgeous self (it’s my job to see that for her!). At the end of the day, these photos serve as a tribute to this exciting, beautiful time in a woman’s life, and a last portrait of a woman before I becomes we.

Without further ado, check out the photos from Megan’s maternity session here in Buffalo.

mom poses for photographer in  maternity portrait in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom poses for photographer in  maternity portrait in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom looks off to side while holding flowing dress during maternity portrait photography session in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom poses for photographer during  maternity portrait photography session in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom looks off to side while wearing floral flowing dress during maternity portrait photography session in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom looks down while holding pregnant stomach during maternity portrait photography session in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom looks at photographer while holding pregnant stomach during maternity portrait photography session in field at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

While Tifft Nature Preserve is a photographer’s dream and I could shoot there all day long without running out of ideas, we wanted to mix up the look of the maternity session with a fresh location and a fresh dress! We headed across the street to Buffalo Outer Harbor State Park for a few more photos. This is another location I could never get sick of. There is a such an impressive variety of backdrops here. From the beaches to the grain silos, a photographer can’t possibly get enough of this place!

Let these last two photos serve as a reminder of why you hire a professional photographer. I shot these through a patch of weeds in a parking lot. (:

If you or someone you know is looking for a maternity photographer in the Buffalo, NY area please contact me here!

And if you’d like to peek at another maternity photography session in Buffalo, NY check out this link!

Small Wedding at Knox Farm, a WNY Wedding Venue

Ashley & David

Before we dive in to this super special small wedding at Knox Farm, I want to share a special note I received from the bride, Ashley. I don’t typically post accolades or reviews someone has left, it always feels a little… icky, but this note was particularly meaningful to me.

“Linds…you know how I know these are good? It’s more than the fact that they are beautiful. It’s that they made me laugh…they made me cry…they made me feel everything that was beautiful and memorable and awesome about that day. I think sometimes people get so fixated on making or getting beautiful photography, but the point isn’t to remember how great you all looked (though that’s also fun -haha)…it’s to remember how you FELT. And you gave us that. Thank you for your spectacular work!!!”

In my photography, the element that has always mattered most was that the pictures had a pulse, so to speak. Each picture should breath Life to couples memories – not just serve as a reminder of what everyone and everything looked like, but what it FELT like to be present in that moment. For my storytelling based work, that’s the true mark of a successful photograph.

In the photography world we talk about, “visual literacy,” what the untrained eye can and can not “see” when looking at a photograph. Most people look at a photo and they know they either like it or they don’t, but they don’t ask themselves why, they just feel their way through it. And that’s OK, that’s all the viewer needs to do! It’s my job to understand all the whys and hows of making a great, storytelling photograph. But when a client is able to articulate how their wedding pictures made them feel, beyond a surface level assessment of their initial beauty, that means the absolute world to me. That’s when I know I’m doing my job well and providing couples with something truly important.

Let’s be real though, this was a beautiful wedding and Ashley and David are beautiful humans. They made my job a little easier than normal this day. 🙂

So without further ado, Ashley and David’s wedding photos! We started and finished the day right at Knox Farm in East Aurora, NY – a small town near Buffalo. Ashley and her wedding party had their hair and makeup done at a salon and had me join them for the finishing touches in the mansion on the grounds at Knox. This specific room is SO unique with its mural crawling up on to the ceiling and it’s walls of windows. It makes a beautiful spot for photos. The best part? You enter through a secret spinning bookshelf door!

brides dress hangs in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and grooms accessories sit in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride and bridesmaids help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride and bridesmaids help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride and bridesmaids help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom straightens tie at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride help bride get ready in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride reads card from groom in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

This wedding had more happy tears than I think I’ve seen at any wedding over the years. You could tell how loved Ashley and David are by their friends and family and how genuinely excited everyone was for them! Dad was the first to start, but you will soon see he was not the last. <3

father of bride tears up while watching bride read card from groom in secret room at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
father of bride escorts bride down stairs of wedding venue before small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Ashley’s dad walked her out of the mansion on the Knox Farm property to where David was waiting for their big reveal or, “first look” beneath some birch trees in front of the house.

groom waits for bride outside mansion at their venue for first look, aka reveal, at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Here comes the bride!

bride walks up behind groom before their first look, aka reveal, at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride walks up behind groom before their first look, aka reveal, at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride walks up behind groom before their first look, aka reveal, at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and grooms hands as they see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom see each other for the first time during their first look, aka reveal at their small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride poses for portraits against birch trees at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

The couples parents met us for their family portraits before the ceremony. It was so nice for everyone to be able to relax and spend some time together before the guests arrived! This tree-lined road that leads to the mansion at Knox Farm makes for a perfect photography backdrop too!

families stand for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Whenever couples ask me about my style, I love to point them to the way I photograph group portraits. I want your friends and family to look like themselves! Everyone doesn’t need to stand in perfect uniformity for a balanced, beautiful portrait. There can be variety and natural poses as well!

bridesmaids stand for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids stand for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids laugh as they stand for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids make funny faces on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

While I photographed the ladies, David and the groomsmen enjoyed some whiskey in the ajacent field. I love these shots my assistant grabbed of the guys!

groomsmen pose for portraits in field with whiskey glasses at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen pose for portraits in field with whiskey glasses at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen pose for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen pose for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wedding party poses for portraits on tree lined road at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

I grabbed a few quick portraits of Ashley and David in the field before the ceremony, but the real portraits would come later in the evening. Keep scrolling and your eyes will be very happy.

bride and groom pose for portraits in field at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Time for an outdoor wedding ceremony!

decorations for ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen straighten ties before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and bridesmaid hang out in house before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

These photos of Ashley with her parents before walking down the aisle are EXACTLY what a second shooter is for. I love having multiple perspectives of the day and can’t imagine this collection without these pictures!

bride and mom look at each other in mansion on property before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and dad look out window of house before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
parents of bride walk her down stairs before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother and father of bride escort bride through grass before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother and father of bride escort bride through grass before ceremony at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother and father of bride escort bride through grass before ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

How gorgeous is this woodland setting for a small wedding ceremony? I often see outdoor wedding venues set up where the couple is side lit by the sun and one poor person is looking straight in to the light the entire time. This shady spot eliminates any squinting and keeps everyone cool and comfortable on a warm summer night.

bride and groom stand between doors with trees behind them during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
parents smile at bride and groom during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids flowers during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom smile at each other while mother of bride while she reads during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
mother of bride reads during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groomsmen smile during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids laugh during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom hold hands during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wedding ceremony location under trees in field at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom reads vows to bride during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride reads vows to groom during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bridesmaid cries during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom places ring on brides finger during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride places ring on grooms finger between two doors with forest behind them during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom smiles at bride during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom join hands during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom have first kiss during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk up aisle during ceremony at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk up aisle during ceremony at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom walk through lawn to tented reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

One of the things I love most about this location is that it’s adaptable to weddings of all sizes. A small wedding at Knox Farm can actually be held inside the mansion, but most opt for a tent in the yard. This sailcloth tent from McCarthy Tents and Events was absolutely beautiful. The wooden posts and flags adorning the top really dress it up.

tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
decoration inspiration at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guest enjoy cocktail hour in tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy lawn games during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy lawn games during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests smile for the camera during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests enjoy lawn games during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests smile for the camera during cocktail hour at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

The wedding party was introduced from their seats and greeted the guests with their best royal waves.

maid of honor waives during wedding party introductions at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
best man waives during wedding party introductions at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share first dance under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share first dance under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom share first dance under tent at reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cut cake under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom feed each other cake under tent at reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom feed each other cake under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
maid of honor delivers speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech under tent at reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests listen during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
best man delivers speech under tent at reception at wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Did I mention there was a lot of crying at this wedding?

guests cry during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom cheers during speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom clap after speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom hugs best man after speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride hugs maid of honor after speech under tent at reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

You can do a lot of unique things with your table layout when you have a small wedding at Knox Farm, including a giant head table like this!

wedding guests sit for dinner around giant table during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and father dance during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Most weddings have a loving, emotional Aunt my camera falls in love with. This might be my all time favorite Aunt. Watch this progression…

aunt takes photo during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
aunt cries during mother of the groom dance during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
aunt cries during dance with bride and grandfather during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride dances with grandpa during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom laughs during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests cheers during tented reception at small wedding at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

As the evening progressed, I had my eye on this field filled with yellow flowers. I wanted to wait for that perfect golden hour light. That time of day when the sun is low enough that everything just GLOWS with warm, soft light. When it was time, Ashley and David were ready! One of the things I love most about weddings at Knox Farm is the opportunity for photography at every turn (check out another shoot here!). There are beautiful paths through the woods, glorious golden fields, tree lined roads, it’s a dream for a photographer!

bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY
bride and groom pose for portraits in field during reception at wedding venue Knox Farm in WNY

Back to the tent for the rest of the wedding reception!

guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

This gentleman reminded me just a touch of Meat Loaf (the singer!) in the best possible way.

guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
guests dance during tented reception at wedding venue Knox near Buffalo, NY
rings on book during tented reception at wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
tent in field at night during tented reception at small wedding venue Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to Ashley and David for having us document their small wedding at Knox Farm! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Tent and Rentals: McCarthy Tents & Events

Band: Vin DeRosa

Bride Preparation: Knox Farm State Park

Groom Preparation: Knox Farm State Park

Ceremony Venue: Knox Farm State Park

Portraits: Knox Farm State Park

Reception Venue: Knox Farm State Park

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Senior Portrait Photography in Buffalo

Senior portrait photography isn’t just for high school students. College and graduate students often celebrate graduation with a photo shoot as well! Katelyn and Laura were no exception. They decided to commemorate their graduation from D’Youville College with a senior portrait photography session here in downtown Buffalo.

These two besties are both from the west coast and met in Oregon while in undergrad. They became fast friends and decided to shuffle off to Buffalo together for nursing school after finishing in Oregon. I’m happy to say they will be staying in Buffalo and will now be two of WNY’s newest health care workers!

We started our senior portrait photography session right on the D’Yyouville campus on the west side of Buffalo. The college’s beautiful administration building made the perfect backdrop for photos and Katelyn and Laura were ready to go with all kids of fun props.

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I got pretty soaked in the making of this photograph and it was 100% worth it. This is why photographers wear black!

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After our first group of photos at D’Youville, we headed to Buffalo’s nearby Theater District to wrap up our shoot.

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Could there be a cuter friendship?! Many thanks to Katelyn and Laura for hiring me to photograph their senior portrait session here in Buffalo! Best of luck as you begin your nursing careers!

If you’re a senior or know one looking for a session, please check out more of my senior portrait sessions here!

Buffalo Maternity Photography at Chestnut Ridge

Lindsay, Andrew (and their pups Bruce and Thurman (GO BILLS!)) are just about ready to welcome a new baby. But first, we needed to get some maternity portraits taken! This family loves spending time outdoors and really makes the most of the natural scenery the Buffalo area has to offer in their daily lives. Hikes with Bruce and Thurman in the woods and creek beds of WNY are some of their favorite activities, so it only made sense that they chose Chestnut Ridge for their maternity photography session in Buffalo.

We started our maternity photography session in an area of Chestnut Ridge we thought would offer us a babbling brook. Unfortunately the dry Buffalo summer weather left us with puddles. The trees were still beautiful though and we made the most of it!

maternity portrait of pregnant woman in forest at Chestnut Ridge Park near Buffalo, NY
maternity portrait of pregnant woman smiling for photographer in forest at Chestnut Ridge Park near Buffalo, NY
maternity portrait of pregnant mother with husband smiling for photographer in forest at Chestnut Ridge Park near Buffalo, NY
maternity portrait of pregnant mother with husband holding hands and smiling for photographer in forest at Chestnut Ridge Park near Buffalo, NY
maternity portrait of expecting mother smiling for photographer in pine forest at Chestnut Ridge Park near Buffalo, NY

We moved from the woods to a grassy overlook for the rest of our maternity photography session at Chestnut Ridge. This spot offers some beautiful golden hour light for portraits and great views of the Buffalo area!

maternity portrait of expecting mother smiling for photographer in grasst field at Chestnut Ridge Park near Buffalo, NY
maternity portrait of pregnant mother  at Chestnut Ridge Park near Buffalo, NY
maternity portrait of expecting mom and dad playing with dogs in grass at Chestnut Ridge Park near Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to Lindsay, Andrew, Bruce and Thurman for being such lovely models!

If you know someone who is expecting and may like a maternity photography session at Chestnut Ridge or elsewhere in the Buffalo area, please reach out! You can find my contact information here.