On Impulses, Mindy, and it All Coming Together

The cherry blossom. A simultaneous representation of both the beauty and fragility of life. Here’s to taking advantage of these fleeting times while they last.

 

Every once in a while an impulse decision leads to an awkward situation, something along those lines, but for me, never a regret.  I can always rest easy knowing that I followed my gut, and maybe worst case scenario learned a lesson.  So there I was this past Saturday night, resting after a long, beautiful and eventful wedding, thinking back on all the places we went and events I witnessed, and… well… I just wanted more!!!  So I texted one of my favorite past clients, Mindy, literally in the middle of the night.  I had photographed Mindy’s engagement pictures, bachelorette and wedding a few years back and she and I have become friends in the process, but not like, “I can text you in the middle of the night” friends.  Whatever.  I knew if I waited I would forget or get busy or whatever other life stuff.  So I texted and asked if we could bump up her maternity session a little bit – I talked about the symbolism of the new life represented by the spring blossoms as a backdrop for the new life in Mindy’s belly… I don’t know it made sense in the moment.  Being all pregnant and such Mindy apparently doesn’t sleep much and replied right away!  Next thing I know she’s trying on dresses and I’m recharging batteries and suddenly we’re in the park making magic.

I left the shoot feeling really great, like I had put extra work in and it had really paid off!  But then I got a text from Mindy.  It was just a little, “thank you” because the session made HER feel so good about herself, that it was a boost she needed, stuff like that.  Trust me, this was a 100% a selfish idea on my part, making Mindy feel great was not my purpose.  But boy do I love when things just come together like that.  When impulses turn in to these magical little snippets in time and everyone is better for it.

Anyhow, without further ado – some maternity photos of Mindy taken at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

 

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Erica + James – Adirondack Wind Farm Wedding Photography

This post is a little extra special because this sweet and beautiful bride, Erica, is returning from a US Navy tour in the Indian Ocean!  Erica left for her tour shortly after the wedding, so this will be the first she lays eyes on her full collection of photos! Thank you Erica and James for your service to our country!!!  I hope you enjoy reliving all these memories!

So about this wedding… generally when someone tells me they’re getting married in their parents backyard, this isn’t exactly what I imagine.  Erica’s parents run a wind farm/farm-farm located in upstate NY in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Their property affords gorgeous views of the surrounding hills and made the most lovely scene for a wedding. With Erica and James’ ties to the service, there were a few military traditions in the celebration as well including the marine sword arch to conclude the ceremony and the cutting of cake with the sword.

Special thanks to my friend Aaron Ingrao for making the trek from Buffalo to assist on this shoot!  Aaron now lives in an RV and is traveling across the United States documenting the, “Keepers of the Craft,” a photography series on craft cocktails and those who uphold the traditions surrounding them.  Check out his site!  www.aaroningrao.com

Thanks to the other vendors whose fine work is represented here as well!

Hair: Flawless Beauty Bar

Makeup: Doll Face Artistry

Florist: Designs By Shelly

Groom Prep Location: Overlook Mansion

Bride Prep/Ceremony/Reception Location: Romer Farm (private)