Family Photography at Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY

Mindy, Justin and Grace – 1 Year Family Photography Session

My friend Carla recently used the term “legacy client” to describe someone she had worked with many times over the span of many years. It made me think of who those people are to me.  There are a few people who I’ve worked with time and time again from their weddings to kids, to corporate head shots and more.  It means a lot when people trust me to photograph the times in their lives that they cherish so much. Mindy and Justin are legacy clients.  Before we get to their family photography session at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo – a back story.

I first ran in to these two at their friends wedding in 2013, and it was there that Mindy decided I would photograph her wedding, even though she wasn’t engaged.  I respect that level of planning.  From there I took their engagement photos in 2014, made a surprise cameo at Mindy’s bachelorette and then their wedding in 2015, maternity photos and newborn photos in 2018, and now 1 year family photos!   I’ve just loved watching Mindy and Justin’s love grow and expand over the years and spending time with clients who I have come to consider friends has been such a joy.

We ventured to Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY for this family photography session and Grace was all smiles. 

She’s just the sweetest little lady and it seemed she was just seconds away from walking.  We were determined to get her first steps on camera!  Alas…

mom and dad hold baby
mom and dad hold baby
mom and dad stand with baby on top of hill in field during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom kisses baby
mom and dad smile at baby during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom holds up baby as she attempts first steps during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
baby hugs dad during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

This was Mindy’s chair when she was a baby! I love the history represented here!

baby smiles for photographer during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
family smiles for photographer during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY
mom looks at baby smiling for photographer during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Grace was SO close to taking those first steps! But today just wasn’t the day.

father holds up baby as she tries to take first steps during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Grace and Daddy have awfully similar scrunchy faces don’t they?

father and daughter make scrunchy faces at each other during family portrait photography session in at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, NY

Thanks as always to Mindy and Justin for allowing me to document your growing family and all the love between you – it’s always a pleasure!!!

If you would like to see more work from Tifft, check out this beautiful engagement session!

Location:  Tifft Nature Preserve – Buffalo, NY

Yates Park at Green Lake & La Galleria Wedding Photography – Buffalo, NY

Tricia + Ryan

Topping Tricia and Ryan’s epic engagement photos in Pittsburgh was going to be difficult, but we had to try.  Tricia and Ryan love Pittsburgh and travel there often, so that was the easy theme for the engagement pictures.  Their La Galleria wedding theme though was all about their love of my favorite color and theirs, green!  Tricia is a graphic designer and created all of the invites, signage, etc. herself!  This is some next level DIY work.  More on that later.  Let’s get started.  Tricia and Ryan both got ready at the Staybridge Suites near their venue and a beautiful celebration was under way.  Check out the gorgeous wedding stationary Tricia created!The lace on Tricia’s Lillian West dress was so beautiful and sweet – and this open back design gave it that extra POW.  I just love it!Those are some proud parents looking on if I’ve ever seen them.  Tricia carried the memory of loved ones who had passed on her bouquet. <3Flower crown by William’s Florist for the WIN!From the hotel we traveled to Yates Park on Green Lake in Orchard Park, NY for the first look and portraits.  The couple visited the site ahead of time and decided this bridge was the perfect place to see each other for the first time on their wedding day, and I couldn’t have agreed more.  So serene and certainly picturesque.  And GREEN!From the bridge I somehow convinced these ladies to walk in heels down a hill and in to a field of daisy’s for more photos.  Sweltering heat, a dash of sunburn, mosquitoes and a snake that I *oops* failed to mention I saw on the way down were no match for this wedding party though.  To anyone with doubts on bridesmaids serving a purpose: From Green Lake it was time for a La Galleria wedding ceremony and reception! Let’s take a minute to appreciate these mirror signs.  Tricia designed, printed and placed all of these letters on these mirrors.  Amazing!  Also, photographers, these are so pretty right, but who’s secretly excited for this trend to end so we’re not constantly dealing with awkward reflections?  It takes a lot of work to get these to photograph perfectly, but they look so beautiful in real life!The opening line of this speech was, “I still can’t believe you asked me do this” and this best man did NOT disappoint with the humor. I absolutely LOVE when time allows me to steal the bride and groom away from the reception for some golden hour portraits.  The property at La Galleria has a wooded area out back that photographs beautifully, this was such a treat!

Many thanks to Tricia and Ryan for having us document your day! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!

Bride Preparation: Staybridge Suites

Groom Preparation: Staybridge Suites

Portraits: Yates Park at Green Lake – Orchard Park, NY

Ceremony: La Galleria

Reception: La Galleria

Hair + Makeup: Care Frandina

Dress: Lillian West from Bliss Bridal

Florist: Williams’ Florist

Bakery: Ohlson’s

Videographer: Dave LaNassa

DJ: Whirlin’ Disc

Transportation: Status Limousine

Second Photographer: Steve Karosik