Engagement Photography at City Hall and Tifft Preserve in Buffalo

Courtney + John

When I first met Courtney and John for their engagement photography session, the typical small talk began. “Soooooo, how did you two meet?” I asked.

“Do you want the real story or the story we tell people?” Courtney asked in return.

Of course I wanted to hear BOTH stories, and then ask many follow up questions about why they have TWO!

“We met in a bar through mutual friends,” John told me.

But the real story, as Courtney told, was that she saw John on American Idol back in 2004 when he was just 16 years old (!) and took an interest in him. Some seven years later, as a newly single Courtney sat around her college dorm room, she wondered, “hmmm wonder what John from Idol is up to” and decided to look him up on social media! She found him on Facebook and they connected! WAY better story than, “we met in a bar!”

As it turns out, Courtney is a jazz singer as well and these two share a deep, common love for music. Ah music, the great uniter. They also have Buffalo in common! John is originally from the Buffalo, NY area and Courtney went to college here. Buffalo holds a special spot in both their histories and was a meaningful place to have their engagement photos taken. And this is of course how we end up here on this blog!

We began Courtney and John’s engagement photography session in the Lafayette Square area of Buffalo. This square is a great spot to get many different urban backdrops between the glorious Hotel Lafayette, the “Wildflowers for Buffalo” mural, the iconic views of City Hall and more.

Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Wildflowers for Buffalo mural in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Wildflowers for Buffalo mural in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Wildflowers for Buffalo mural in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Wildflowers for Buffalo mural in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at City Hall in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at City Hall in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Lafayette Square in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Lafayette Square in Buffalo, NY

Buffalo City Hall would have been a perfectly wonderful pinnacle for this engagement session, but we wanted to mix it up with some more natural settings and Tifft Nature Preserve was calling our names. Tifft is one of my favorite locations for photography. This preserve suits my style very well and offers a ton of variety between the woods, fields, pond, etc.

Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
bride laughs as groom hugs her from behind during wedding engagement portrait photography session at tifft nature preserve in Buffalo, NY
groom kisses bride on cheek during wedding engagement portrait photography session at tifft nature preserve in Buffalo, NY

As we walked from the forested area of Tifft Nature Preserve to the open fields, the sky started to do some crazy magical things. I knew we were in store for some special light for the main event of this photo shoot. Late summer in Buffalo always tends to produce the most magical cloud formations and sunsets. Lucky for us, this night featured one of the best shows of the season!

Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
Courtney Woods and John Stevens wedding engagement portrait photography at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

That’s all from this one! Many thanks for Courtney and John for hiring me to be their wedding engagement photographer! It was so fun getting to know these two and sharing such a beautiful night with them at City Hall and Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo.

If you or someone you know is looking for an engagement or wedding photographer, please have them contact me here!

Delaware Park Senior Photography

Portraits for Cheektowaga High School Senior, Andrew Lupejkis!

It was such a pleasure getting know Andrew last week during his senior portrait photography session at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY. Andrew is such an compelling young man with a really diverse set of interests. It takes a special place like Delaware Park, with its own set of diverse backdrops, to match all these interests! Andrew’s a trumpet player, a soccer goalie, a social media director for an NFL Podcast, a boyscout and a future computing security expert! How’s that for a charismatic guy?

We began our session near Hoyt Lake with the lovely Albright Knox Art Gallery gracing the background.

high school senior portrait photography at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

Andrew plays trumpet through the music program at his high school, Cheektowaga Central, and also performs in the school plays and even jazz band!

high school senior portrait photography at Albright Knox in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
high school senior portrait photography at Albright Knox in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

Since Andrew is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys camping and boy scouts, we made use of the wonderful trails that pass through some of the natural areas in Delaware Park.

high school senior portrait photography on Lincoln Parkway in Buffalo, NY
high school senior portrait photography in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

The Ivy bridge is always a classic spot for senior portrait photography in Delaware Park. It makes such a great backdrop for any type of shoot really!

high school senior portrait photography at Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
high school senior portrait photography at Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
high school senior portrait photography at Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

We wrapped up our senior photo shoot with some pictures at Rumsey Field. I often refer to Rumsey as the field of dreams. Delaware Park has many lovely tucked away surprises, and this field is definitely among the best of them. It’s barely visible from the road and is surrounded by big beautiful trees. Soccer fields don’t get much more picturesque than this.

Andrew plays goalie for Cheektowaga Central High School, a position he chose to get out running and ended up really getting in to! I love that!!! Sometimes you just have to show up and good things happen. (:

cheektowaga central high school senior portrait photography at Rumsey soccer field Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
cheektowaga central high school senior portrait photography at Rumsey soccer field Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
cheektowaga central high school senior portrait photography at Rumsey soccer field Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
cheektowaga central high school senior portrait photography at Rumsey soccer field Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

That’s it for this one! Many thanks to Andrew (and his parents David and Amy!) for this fun shoot! It was nice getting to know you all!

Best of luck in your senior year Andrew!

If you or someone you know is looking for senior portrait photography in Buffalo, NY or the greater WNY area, please have them reach out to me here!

Knox Farm Senior Portrait Photography

East Aurora High School Senior – Cam Pierrot!

Cam is the second member of the Pierrot family I’ve had the opportunity to photograph senior portraits for, and this shoot lived up to all the expectations set by his sister, Whitney, some 7 years back! Cam is an East Aurora High School senior this year and a member of the football and basketball teams. He also loves the outdoors and so Knox Farm State Park made the perfect backdrop for his senior portrait photography.

Seniors often bring along some props for their portrait session to represent their hobbies and interests. A trumpet, a soccer ball, things like this. Cam brought his girlfriend, little brother and mom. Love it.

Without further ado, a few favorites from Cam’s senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm State Park!

wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Cam’s little brother, Max was a lot of fun to have along on the shoot. AND he found a snake!

wny senior from east aurora highschool poses with little brother during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses with girlfriend and mom during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses with mom and brother during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses with girlfriend during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to this lovely family for trusting me with Cam’s senior portraits. Best of luck with senior year, Cam!

Hope to see at least one of you again in another 7 years when Max is a senior!

If you or someone you know is looking for senior portrait photography at Knox Farm or elsewhere, please reach out here!

Wedding Photography at Hotel Henry in Buffalo

Alexandria and Andrew

I FINALLY had the opportunity to photograph an entire wedding at the incredible Hotel Henry here in Buffalo, NY. When Alex, Andrew and I first started talking about their wedding photography, there were two things that immediately stood out. One, they wanted to incorporate their pet turtle in to their engagement session (yes, that happened). Two, they were getting married in this stunning architectural marvel. Ever since the Hotel Henry opened I waited for this opportunity.

The Hotel Henry was built nearly 150 years ago and originally served as an asylum. The building itself was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and the grounds by Fredrick Law Olmstead, the same landscape architect who designed Buffalo’s incredible park system (and Central Park!). The building was abandoned in the 1970s and sat vacant for decades, despite its designation as a National Historic Landmark. In recent years, the campus has begun a redevelopment transformation that has been truly remarkable to see. While the legacy of mental health care here in this facility is veiled with some dark history, seeing the space now being used for joyful celebrations of life and love feels like a beautiful renewal. Don’t get me wrong, this place has an eerie vibe at times, but it only adds to the wonder of the place.

Aaaaaanyway, we’re here because Alex and Andrew got married! We began the day in the hotel portion of the complex where the couple got ready in adjacent rooms. The guest rooms at the hotel are beautiful. But one of the BEST parts of this building are actually the hallways. Alex and her bridesmaids took over this beautiful nook for their makeup appointments and breakfast. It was the perfect space to spread out and enjoy the morning. This handsome ring bearer made for quite an entertaining greeter as well!

bridesmaids get makeup done in hallway before wedding at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids laugh at table before wedding at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY
bridesmaids chat in large window before wedding at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY

Hanging Alex’s wedding gown on this amazing column was no easy task. When I came in the room, the dress was hung on the back of a door and… it just wasn’t going to do. With the help of an ambitious and far taller than me bridesmaid, and a little ingenuity, we got the dress on the glorious column.

brides dress hangs from column in room before wedding at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY
wedding invitation and other details sit on chair before wedding at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY
bride and bridesmaid laugh in hallway before wedding at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY

Meanwhile, second shooter extraordinaire, Jenny, joined Andrew and his groomsmen in their room while they prepared for the day.

groom puts on shoes in room before wedding at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY
groom adjusts tie before wedding at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY
bestman adjusts grooms vest before wedding at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, NY

EARMUFFS!

We had a whole series of “first looks” with Alex. First up was her bridesmaids, then down the hall to meet her dad, and finally to a different hall where we met Andrew.

One of my absolute favorite things about the Hotel Henry is the ever growing collection of truly good artwork. Every time I visit, there are more pieces on display and it truly feels like an art gallery as much as anything else.

From the Hotel Henry we ventured around the corner to classic Buffalo pub and the site of Alex and Andrew’s first date, Cole’s, for a few quick photos.

From here we wandered over to Buffalo’s beloved Delaware Park, another glorious Fredrick Law Olmstead design, for our wedding party portraits.

Back to the Hotel Henry for our family portraits and wedding celebrations!

During cocktail hour, Jenny and I snuck away with the bride and groom for a few pictures outside the Hotel Henry where we were able to photograph the couple with one of Buffalo’s most iconic buildings as our backdrop. Hotel Henry really is a dream for wedding photography, one of my favorite venues in Buffalo!

Wedding reception time!

That’s it for Alex and Andrew’s wedding photography at Hotel Henry in Buffalo! If you or someone you know is planning a Hotel Henry wedding, please feel free to reach out for more info here!

Many thanks to Alex and Andrew for having us photograph your beautiful wedding! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Hotel Henry

Groom Preparation: Hotel Henry

Ceremony: Hotel Henry

Portraits: Ivy Bridge at Delaware Park

Reception: Hotel Henry

Officiant: Jess Pecoraro of First Comes Love Buffalo

Hair: Elle Air

Makeup Artist: Beauty Atelier

Florist: Blossoms n’ Treasures

Bakery: Mundy Cakes

DJ: Full Swing Sound

Transportation: Status Limo

Second Photographer: Jenny Link Kiefer

WNY Micro Wedding at Youngstown Yacht Club

Erin + Rigo

A big Buffalo ballroom wedding was planned for May at 500 Pearl. But 2020 said… nah. Erin and Rigo decided to postpone to the fall as so many couples did, only realize the realities of that were dwindling as time went on as well. But the show must go on and so these two devised an entirely new plan for a late summer micro wedding in WNY instead. Erin and Rigo were able to keep their ceremony location, St. Peters Church in Lewiston and moved their reception to a perfect river side tent at the Youngstown Yacht Club.

I began the day with Erin at her family’s home for a few quick photos before heading to the church. Meanwhile second photographer, Steve, joined Rigo at the lovely Niagara Crossing Hotel and Spa in Lewiston.

mom helps bride with wedding dress before micro wedding in WNY
mom helps bride with wedding dress before micro wedding in WNY
matron of honor helps bride with veil before micro wedding in WNY
bridesmaids laugh together and pose for photographer before micro wedding in WNY
bride and mom smile for photographer before micro wedding in WNY
father escorts bride in to vintage truck before micro wedding ceremony in WNY
groomsman prepare for wedding ceremony at Niagara Crossing Hotel and Spa in Lewiston, NY before micro wedding in WNY
groomsman laugh as they prepare for wedding ceremony at Niagara Crossing Hotel and Spa in Lewiston, NY before micro wedding in WNY
groom prepares for wedding ceremony at Niagara Crossing Hotel and Spa in Lewiston, NY before micro wedding in WNY
groom prepares for wedding ceremony at Niagara Crossing Hotel and Spa in Lewiston, NY before micro wedding in WNY
groom and groomsmen smile for photographer before wedding ceremony at Niagara Crossing Hotel and Spa in Lewiston, NY before micro wedding in WNY

Erin and her dad arrived to the wedding ceremony at St. Peter’s Church in style in one of his vintage cars!

father escorts bride out of vintage Buick before micro wedding ceremony in Lewiston, NY
father escorts bride out of vintage Buick before micro wedding ceremony in Lewiston, NY

I happened to grow up in Lewiston and actually went to St. Peter’s church as a kid. This ceremony was so nostalgic for me having spent so much time here back in the day.

guests gather at St. Peter
father and bride walk down aisle during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
groom smiles and waits for bride at end of aisle during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
father hugs bride at end of aisle during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
bride and groom say vows during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
bride and groom say vows during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
bride and groom exchange rings during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
bride and groom exchange rings during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter

This is Erin’s Grandma, still taking speaking engagements in her 90’s. (:

grandmother gives reading during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
bride and groom share first kiss during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
bride and groom wave to guests during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
bride and groom celebrate with arms raised as they leave church during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
little girl blows bubbles from bubble gun during micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
groom opens door of vintage Buick for bride after micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
bride and groom wave to guests from vintage buick after micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
groom waves to guests from vintage buick after micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter
bride and groom drive away in vintage buick after micro wedding ceremony at St. Peter

We took a quick ride down to Lewiston Landing for portraits of Erin and Rigo with their families and their wedding party. The gorge of the lower Niagara River is seen in the background – such a gorgeous spot for portraits!

bride, groom families and wedding party smile for photographer during wedding portraits at Lewiston Landing during WNY micro wedding
bride, groom families and wedding party smile for photographer during wedding portraits at Lewiston Landing during WNY micro wedding
bride, groom families and wedding party smile for photographer during wedding portraits at Lewiston Landing during WNY micro wedding
bride, groom families and wedding party smile for photographer during wedding portraits at Lewiston Landing during WNY micro wedding
bride, groom families and wedding party smile for photographer during wedding portraits at Lewiston Landing during WNY micro wedding
bride, groom families and wedding party smile for photographer during wedding portraits at Lewiston Landing during WNY micro wedding

From Lewiston we left friends and family for a little bit to venture off to Buffalo. Erin and Rigo live in Brooklyn now where they are both teachers. They consider themselves “city people” and really wanted a more urban backdrop for some of their photos. Going to Buffalo specifically was extra personal because while Rigo is from Brooklyn, he actually attended Canisius College here in Buffalo! The couple met back in Brooklyn, but Buffalo is still a special part of both their histories, so taking this short drive was a no brainer.

portraits of bride and groom smiling for photographer in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea
portraits of bride and groom smiling at each other while walking in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea
bride and groom touching noses in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea
bride and groom kiss in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea
bride and groom kiss in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea
bride and groom look at each other along brick wall in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea
bride and groom kiss in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea
bride and groom laugh in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea
bride and groom smile for photographer in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea
bride and groom kiss in theater district of Buffalo, NY near Shea

This silhouette from Steve is the coolest happy accident ever. I sent this photo to him to tell him how much I loved it to which he replied, “totally on purpose!” All I know is next time I’m here I will take a shot like this on purpose (:

bride and groom look at each other in silhouette in theater district of Buffalo, NY at the "greetings from Buffalo" mural during WNY micro wedding celebration
bride and groom smile at each other in theater district of Buffalo, NY at the "greetings from Buffalo" mural during WNY micro wedding celebration
bride and groom kiss in theater district of Buffalo, NY at the "greetings from Buffalo" mural during WNY micro wedding celebration

After our portrait session, we met back up with the rest of the guests for a small, intimate wedding reception at the Youngstown Yacht Club!

The Yacht Club is situated on the lower Niagara River, just shy of where it meets Lake Ontario. They set up a tent right by the water with sunset views for miles. It was really such a beautiful, tranquil setting for a micro-wedding reception!

decorations at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
decorations at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
couple sits on dock at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
guests pose for photographer at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and nephew look out on Niagara River at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
wedding party is introduced at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and groom are introduced at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and groom dance at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and groom dance at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
matron of honor delivers speech at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and groom laugh during at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
matron of honor delivers speech at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and groom laugh during at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
matron of honor delivers speech at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
best man delivers speech at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
groom and best man hug after speech at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
best man delivers speech at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and groom laugh during speech at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
guests laugh at speech at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and groom cut cake at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
father and bride dance at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
father and bride dance at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
father and bride dance at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
groom and mother dance at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
groom and mother dance at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
kids use bubble guns groom at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding

I see a future photographer right here! He was taking photos of the reflections in his sunglasses! Very cool!!!

boy takes photos at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
Bride and groom enjoy sunset on dock at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and groom with sun setting behind them over the Niagara River at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
guests smile for photographer at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
guests gather on patio in front of Niagara River at sunset at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
guests lay on dock at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
guests smile for photographer at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
bride and groom deliver speech at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
sailboats on the Niagara River at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding
wedding tent in front of Niagara River at Youngstown Yacht Club during WNY micro wedding

That’s a wrap! Many thanks to Erin and Rigo for having us document their lovely wedding day, it was such a pleasure!

Additional thanks to all these great venues and vendors who made the day what it was!

Bride Preparation: Private residence

Groom Preparation: Niagara Crossing Hotel and Spa

Ceremony: St. Peter’s RC Church

Portraits: Theater district of Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Theater and Greetings from Buffalo Mural

Reception: Youngstown Yacht Club

Hair: Ciao Salon Niagara Falls

Florist: April Spencer Floral Design

Bakery: Erin’s sister!!!

DJ: DJ Hassan

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik

If you or someone you know is interested in hiring a photographer for an upcoming WNY micro wedding, please have them contact me here!

Senior Portrait Photography in WNY

Tessa Mozzi’s Senior Portraits at Long Point State Park and in Bemus Point, NY

The third and final Maple Grove Senior for this week was Ms. Tessa Mozzi! Tessa loves all things related to the water and the outdoors – this seems a common theme among seniors from Bemus Point. Having a hometown on a lake tends to shape people that way. We started our senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park, a beautiful park featuring woods and a beach, right on Lake Chautauqua in WNY.

This specific location was at the request of Tessa and her mom. They found this little bridge while biking through the woods and thought it would be the perfect spot for some senior portraits. And it was!

tessa smiles while leaning on bridge during senior portrait photography session in Long Point State Park in WNY
Tessa looks over shoulder in woods during senior portrait photography session in Long Point State Park in WNY
Tessa laughs on bridge during senior portrait photography session in Long Point State Park in WNY
Tessa smiles over shoulder in woods during senior portrait photography session in Long Point State Park in WNY
Tessa laughs while sitting on log in forest during senior portrait photography session in Long Point State Park in WNY
Tessa pretends to be a troll under bridge during senior portrait photography session in Long Point State Park in WNY

This next spot was another location picked out by Tess and her mom! Its actually a boat museum called the Lawson Center. The giant buoy was the draw, and the rest was just a bonus <3. This dock is centrally located right in downtown Bemus Point on Lake Chautauqua too. This area of WNY really has so many great locations for senior portrait photography!

Tessa sits on dock on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY, during her senior portrait photography session in WNY

Our last stop for this senior portrait photography session was actually home sweet home for Tessa. Their charming family home had quaint gardens, porches, etc. that made beautiful, and more importantly PERSONAL, backdrops for our portraits.

Tessa smiles for photographer in garden during her senior portrait photography session in WNY

Let’s all take a quick pause to appreciate Tessa’s fabulous shoes.

Tessa sits on deck steps during her senior portrait photography session in WNY
Tessa smiles for photographer on front porch steps during her senior portrait photography session in WNY

I love the kitty inspecting from the bottom right. <3

Tessa smiles for photographer on front porch steps while cat looks on during her senior portrait photography session in WNY
Tessa smiles for photographer on front porch steps during her senior portrait photography session in WNY

A chair, good light and a row of hedges. The simplest things in life are often the best.

Tessa sits on vintage chair in yard during senior portrait photography session near Buffalo, NY
Tessa sits on vintage chair in yard during senior portrait photography session near Buffalo, NY
Tessa sits on vintage chair in yard during senior portrait photography session near Buffalo, NY
Tessa in sunset golden hour light in front yard during senior portrait photography session near Buffalo, NY

Last but not least, some gorgeous late day golden hour light, right from the living room sofa.

Tessa in sunset golden hour light in on couch in living room during senior portrait photography session near Buffalo, NY

Congrats on senior year Tessa, hope it’s a memorable one!

If you just can’t get enough of these Maple Grove Seniors, check out this session with Tessa’s classmate, Megan!

And if you or someone you know is looking for a senior portrait photography session here in WNY, please have them reach out here!

Senior Pictures at Chautauqua Institution

Britta Johnson!

A day spent at Chautauqua Institution is always a good one. When I can add photography in to that day, it’s even better. Britta’s senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution were so much fun. The grounds of the institute offer endless nooks for photography, literally endless. The charm of this town is unrelenting! We had several different looks we wanted to fit in to Britta’s senior portrait session, so a location with so much variety was key.

We began the session in the Hall of Philosophy. This structure is used for gatherings of all kinds in a typical summer, I’ve even photographed a couple weddings here! This was the perfect spot at Chautauqua Institution for senior pictures of Britta in a couple of her dance costumes.

maple grove high school student dances in Hall of Philosophy during senior portrait photography session at Chautauqua Institution

From the Hall of Philosophy we ventured over to Alumni Hall, another beautiful piece of architecture perfect for senior portrait photography.

maple grove high school student smiles for photographer on steps of alumni hall during senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution
maple grove high school student smiles for photographer on steps of alumni hall during senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution
maple grove high school student smiles for photographer on steps of alumni hall during senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution
maple grove high school student smiles for photographer on steps of alumni hall during senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution

We had a lot of guests on this shoot all packed in to one car. Here is Britta with her sister Alli, who I photographed as a senior a couple years back! Alli is also conveniently a hair stylist so it was great having her “on set.”

maple grove high school student smiles poses for photographer with sister in back of car during senior portrait photography session at Chautauqua Institution
maple grove high school student smiles poses for photographer in garden with sister during senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution

Britta brought along her brand new puppy for the shoot as well. Isn’t this little lady ridiculous?! SO CUTE!!!

maple grove high school student smiles poses for photographer in garden with puppy during senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution

This puppy was the second puppy in a row to jump in on a senior portrait session, no complaints here. If you like puppys, you may want to take a look at this shoot next!

maple grove high school student smiles poses for photographer in garden during senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution

Besides being a dancer, Britta also loves soccer! We incorporated her school jersey into the session to pay tribute. Chautauqua Institution didn’t have goals set up in their field this year, but we still made the most of the open field.

maple grove high school student smiles poses for photographer while wearing jersey in soccer field during senior portrait photography session at Chautauqua Institution
maple grove high school student smiles poses for photographer while wearing jersey in soccer field during senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution
maple grove high school student smiles poses for photographer while wearing jersey in soccer field during senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution
maple grove student smiles in queen anne
maple grove student smiles in queen anne
maple grove student smiles in queen anne

Big thanks to Britta for being such an awesome model! Best of luck with senior year – and go Lady Dragons soccer!

If you or someone you know is looking for senior pictures at Chautauqua Institution or elsewhere in WNY, please reach out here!

WNY Senior Portrait Photography

Megan Fischer at Long Point State Park

Megan was the first of three Maple Grove High School seniors I got to photograph in the last couple weeks, and we are off to an amazing start. Megan loves the outdoors and nearby Lake Chautauqua, so Long Point State Park in Bemus Point, NY was the perfect location for her senior portrait photography session. Long Point has a variety of beautiful natural settings from the woods to the beach, making it a great location for senior portrait photography in WNY. We started the session with a casual look in one of the forest sections of the park. Megan’s adorable hat not only helped tame hair with the high winds, but made a perfect prop as well.

senior portrait photography of wny student at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
WNY senior smiles for photographer during portrait session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
WNY senior smiles for photographer during portrait session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY

The only request Megan had for her senior session was that her new puppy, Harley Quin, made a few cameos. You tell me there’s a puppy, I will INSIST the puppy makes cameos! Harley Quin is the cutest, softest little lady and already learning lots of fun tricks, as boarder collies do. I love her.

wny student plays with boarder collie dog during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
WNY senior and her boarder collie puppy dog smile for photographer during portrait session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
WNY senior smiles for photographer during portrait session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
wny student walks on path laughing during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
WNY senior smiles for photographer during portrait session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
WNY senior smiles for photographer during portrait session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
wny student smiles at camera during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
wny student stands on balcony of bath house during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
wny student stands on balcony of bath house during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY

Megan totally humored me with this next location. These are the steps of the Long Point Bath House that lead down to the beach. I loved the vintage green color and just had to take a few moody shots of Megan here. I could have worked solely in this bath house and had an amazing time, I’m sure!

wny student sits on steps of bath house during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
wny student walks on beach during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
WNY senior smiles for photographer during portrait session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
wny student plays with boarder collie puppy during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
student snuggles boarder collie dog during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
WNY senior smiles during portrait session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY
student fixes hair during senior portrait photography session at Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua in Bemus Point, NY

That’s all for this one! Thanks to Megan for being so easy to work with, and best of luck with senior year!

And if you’d like to see a bit more from one of Maple Grove’s finest seniors, check out this shoot!

If you know a WNY senior looking for portrait photography, please have them contact me here!

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Wedding Engagement Photography at Knox Farm

Amanda + Jeff

Amanda and Jeff picked one of my ALL TIME favorite locations in the Buffalo area for their wedding engagement photography portraits, Knox Farm State Park! Knox has such an amazing variety of locations for photography. From their golden fields to forest paths, stables, ponds and even a mansion, Knox Farm really has it all. And side note, if you’re planning a wedding there (like this one!), I happen to be on their approved vendors list! (: It seems no matter who I photograph here though, there’s always just a bit of magic in the air. This summer evening shoot with Amanda and Jeff was surely no different.

We began the engagement photography session with a spot Amanda had found while walking the property with their dog at Knox Farm. This Ivy covered wall made such a fun backdrop!

bride and groom stop to kiss while walking down tree lined road during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

From here we walked the various roads and paths through Knox Farm and found so many special little nooks for engagement photos.

bride and groom laugh and hold hands while walking down tree lined road during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh during wedding photography engagement portrait session in field at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom stand against fence in field during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
couple looks at each other against old fence in field during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

This little nook sitting pretty in the good light caught my eye during a recent family photography session. I’m pretty sure I’ll be popping by here every time I shoot at Knox Farm moving forward!

engaged couple looks at each other during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom kiss during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom snuggle in forest during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom touch foreheads during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom wraps arms around bride in field during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
groom wraps arms around bride in field during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom slow dance between two trees at sunset groom wraps arms around bride in field during wedding photography engagement portrait session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Many thanks to Amanda and Jeff for having me as their engagement and wedding photographer! It was such a blast wandering the grounds of Knox Farm with you two while arguing about whether or not Space Jam was a quotable movie. Amanda and Jeff are planning a wedding for next September at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, one of the more unique wedding venues Western New York has to offer. I can’t wait to celebrate all over again in 2021!

I know, I know… you’re curious about what an Animal Adventure Wedding looks like, aren’t you? Pop on over to this blog post to see some highlights from Veronica and Rob’s rainy day wedding!

If you or someone you know is looking for engagement or wedding photography at Knox Farm, please reach out here!