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!
Cam’s little brother, Max was a lot of fun to have along on the shoot. AND he found a snake!
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!
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!
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.
Meanwhile, second shooter extraordinaire, Jenny, joined Andrew and his groomsmen in their room while they prepared for the day.
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!
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.
Erin and her dad arrived to the wedding ceremony at St. Peter’s Church in style in one of his vintage cars!
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.
This is Erin’s Grandma, still taking speaking engagements in her 90’s. (:
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!
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.
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 (:
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!
I see a future photographer right here! He was taking photos of the reflections in his sunglasses! Very cool!!!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Let’s all take a quick pause to appreciate Tessa’s fabulous shoes.
I love the kitty inspecting from the bottom right. <3
A chair, good light and a row of hedges. The simplest things in life are often the best.
Last but not least, some gorgeous late day golden hour light, right from the living room sofa.
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!
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.
From the Hall of Philosophy we ventured over to Alumni Hall, another beautiful piece of architecture perfect for senior portrait photography.
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.”
Britta brought along her brand new puppy for the shoot as well. Isn’t this little lady ridiculous?! SO CUTE!!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
From here we walked the various roads and paths through Knox Farm and found so many special little nooks for engagement photos.
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!
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!
Some familiar faces on this blog, Mindy, Justin and Grace, are back for more. Grace recently turned two and we commemorated the occasion with a family photography session at Knox Farm in East Aurora, NY, just outside Buffalo. This was actually the same location as Mindy and Justin’s engagement session many moons ago! I’ve just loved watching this family grow over the years. From a couple who were guests at a wedding and only dating at the time, to their engagement session, Mindy’s bachelorette party, the wedding, maternity photos, newborn photos and now one and two year old family photos, I’ve got to witness it all through my lens. Having these legacy clients over the years truly means so much.
We started our family portrait photography session the same way we did the engagement session – with a walk down this beautiful tree lined road in Knox Farm.
Daddy got sweet kisses and mommy got a head butt. I saved that photo for their private collection… (:
Grace is potty training and was ready to roll if the opportunity struck!
Another tradition for this family, Justin picked Mindy a flower during their engagement session as well <3
It’s always important to get a few photos as a couple too! As much as life changes and focus shifts once babies are born, capturing a couples relationship to one another is more important than ever. Grace will adore this picture of her parents some day, I’m sure. (:
Thanks as always to Mindy and Justin for inviting me to document their sweet little family!
If you or someone you know may be interested in a family photography portrait session at Knox Farm or elsewhere in the greater Buffalo area, please send them my way! You can find my contact info here!
Back in 2016, I met a couple photographers from the Rochester area, Lori and her business partner Erin, at a photography conference in New England. It’s amazing to me how brief encounters such as this can magically transform in to standing on an Adirondack mountain top photographing a stunning and sweet wedding vow renewal years later. If there’s one thing I love about social media, it’s the way it keeps people connected. Facebook is still good for something these days! Lori and I could have easily crossed paths, never to hear from one another again. I’m so grateful that in this case, Lori and I linked up on social media. She saw my love of the ADK through my posts and thought I would be just the photographer for a special occasion such as this, and I’m so glad!
The original plan was to celebrate 10 years of Lori and John’s marriage back in May. They were planning small party in the Adirondack mountains that included a collection of their nearest and dearest. As you can imagine, plans changed as they do in 2020. Lori, John, their sweet 8 month old son Wyatt and two dogs decided to rent an Air BNB for a little retreat for themselves and find a quiet mountain top for their vow renewal instead. My job was simply to create a photo-journalistic collection of pictures of their family hiking together and the wedding vow exchange. Dream job!
We picked Mount Jo for our Adirondack mountain hike/wedding vow renewal primarily because the summit has gorgeous views of Heart Lake and the Adirondack High Peak Region, but doesn’t require a super strenuous or lengthy climb. Since we were traveling with a baby and two pups, this was important! Mount Jo is a great hike for climbers new to the ADK and for families as well!
Mount Jo, here we come!
We chose the shorter, steeper way up and the longer, less steep route down, if anyone was curious. (:
After signing in at the trailhead, off we went, scrambling up some classic Adirondack rocky terrain.
These photos of Lori breast feeding Wyatt are just all time beauties. What a scene! And can we talk about the adorable hiking boots and dress combo? My kinda lady.
Time for the wedding vow renewal exchange with the beautiful Adirondack Mountains standing tall in the background!
Back down we go!
Big thanks to Lori and John for inviting me along on this special mountain climb! So glad I could be part of this Adirondack wedding vow renewal in one of my all time favorite places. What a treat!
If you or someone you know is thinking about renewing their vows, or just looking for a fun family photo shoot like this, please have them contact me!