Kendra + Colin – Wedding Engagement Session at Home – Buffalo, NY

I’m feeling extra grateful to have had the opportunity to photograph Kendra and Colin in the place that means the very most to them, home! I’ve always believed the more personal the photos are, the better, so photographing this in-home engagement session was a great opportunity to not only document this time in their lives, but also encapsulate this place they’ve put so much labor and love in to for the generations to come. Thanks for having me over you two!

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

© Lindsay DeDario 2018

Emily + Chris – Erie County Forest – Wedding Engagement Session

I’m typically the one encouraging couples to get a little adventurous with their photo shoot locations, but this place was all Emily and Chris.  They had visions of a snowy pine forest and hiked themselves all over western New York looking for the spot that spoke to them.  They eventually landed at Erie County Forest and knew it was the place, so they got their most glamorous outfits ready for the hike (because when else?!) and then it was just a matter of waiting for the snow.

This shoot was also a special opportunity for me to test out some new equipment!  Special thanks to my friend and fellow photographer, Aleksey Sergeevich, for letting me test out this beautiful lens, the Canon 135mm F2!  It’s a gem for sure!

Georgian Ballroom – Statler City – Buffalo, NY Wedding Photography

Maid of honor is brought to tears after seeing bride in veil for first time in the Georgian Ballroom at Statler City in Buffalo, NY

I was feeling guilty yesterday after sending a slightly passive aggressive email to a client who wanted to cancel their album order. I went on my high horse about the photos being a huge part of the legacy they leave for their children and grandchildren, about the wedding day being the culmination of everyone and everything that matters most in their lives, blah blah. I was bummed that they didn’t value those moments the way I did and was generally down about the whole thing.
Later in the day I met up with some photographer friends to critique some recent work. The theme of the critique was storytelling at weddings. Serendipitously, before we began, my pal @jennayresphoto made this passionate speech about how the wedding day is so much more than a day… it’s every day of two separate lives that lead to that day, all the people that got them there… it’s every day after… that the photo of moms tears as the bride walks down the aisle is so much more than a photo of a happy person, it’s a photo that represents all the years of blood and sweat and love that went in to raising this human being… and so on…
Sometimes friends say the things you need to hear when you need to hear them most.
Wedding photography has drifted a bit in to a world of styled shoots on mountain tops, and no one loves mountain tops more than me, but in the end, the photographs that truly tell the stories, capture the essence of all these characters, those are the ones that stand the test of time.
The photo above is of the maid of honor having a “can’t even” moment while seeing her best friend since the 6th grade in her wedding veil for the first time.  All that history, the peaks and valleys that got them to this happy slice in time… those stories fill this picture.  So hey, thanks Jenn for the reinforcement. This is what it’s truly all about. 🙌🏻