I’ve been a senior portrait photographer in Buffalo, NY for many years, but this year will be extra special. With other events and weddings being cancelled or postponed left and right, I’ll be able to photograph even more senior portraits this year than ever before! I couldn’t be more excited!
Capturing all the excitement that comes with being a senior is so much fun. As a photographer, it’s important to me to capture not just what the seniors look like, but what it FEELS like to be around them during this fun, transitional time in their lives. I work with each senior before their session to learn a bit about their personality, their interests, etc. so that I can customize the backgrounds, posing, etc. to suit THEM. No two sessions are the same. I want to be sure each portrait session represents the seniors individual energy and spirit, no stale portraits here.
If this sounds like something you or someone you know may be interested in, please contact me!
Check out the sample gallery below from Zach’s senior portrait photography session near Buffalo, NY.
I photographed these first few images at Maple Grove High School. Football has been a huge part of Zach’s life so it was important to him to get a few shots at their home field.
By the way, this is what it took to get this angle with the school logo behind Zach. Thanks to Zach’s mom for capturing this ridiculous photographer moment!
Zach requested a photo in front of one of his friend and mentors jerseys in the lobby of Maple Grove High School. I thought this was such a sweet gesture and and amazing tribute to the players who came before him!
From Maple Grove, we took a short drive to nearby Jamestown for a few additional portraits of Zach in a more urban setting. Jamestown has some really amazing old industrial photography locations right in the downtown area!
Thanks for being such a fun senior to work with Zach, and best of luck at North Park University next fall! Go Vikings!
If you would like to see more senior portrait fun from a Maple Grove student, check out this gallery from Zach’s sister Allison’s senior portrait session a couple years back! Her session was completely different from Zach’s (think microphones and guitars instead of footballs) but just as much fun.
And as always, if you know anyone looking for a senior portrait photographer in the Buffalo, NY area, please reach out!
Today is Mother’s Day, 2020. It’s a weird Mother’s Day. No one is going out for brunch. No one is really going anywhere. The world is on pause and so are our Mother’s Day festivities. It’s lame. But, all the more reason to celebrate the Moms of the world and reflect on all they do. As a photographer of family portraits and wedding photography in Buffalo, NY, I’m fortunate enough to have a front row seat for a lot of really, really special Mom moments. As I assemble this little collection every year, I realize how important these pictures are to families and what a privilege it is to make them for people. I’m feeling extra grateful, especially this year, not knowing when I’ll get to witness moments like this again.
Anyhoo, to all the moms out there, thanks for all you do to keep this world together. Without you, we have nothing! And to all those whose Mom’s are no longer with us, to those yearning to be a Mom, to those with complicated Mom relationships, socially distant virtual hugs from me to you.
But without further ado, a review of some favorite moments with Moms to soak up during this particularly mom deprived time.
To the Moms raising little rebel girls, high ten.
Devon’s also a rescue dog Mom, you’re doubly amazing, Devon!
The Moms who keep us put together and lookin’ sharp…
…helping us balance and just… helping – we thank you!
Mommas that keep us laughing…
…And Moms who let loose…
And especially Grandmas who tear the house down with their rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out” at every family wedding, you’re the best.
Thanks for teaching us to walk on our own two feet…
…and knowing how to let go.
Thanks for those looks of admiration and pride, moms.
Thanks for the big, warm, comforting Mom hugs… mmm. Remember hugs?!
Moms who make two babies in one go… SUPERHEROES
I always have to send a shout out to the Aunts who are like second Moms – I had a couple of those myself!
Thanks, Moms, for doing weird things like this pointy handshake? I’m not sure about this entry, but I couldn’t leave it out!
Thanks to the Mommas who are present and soak it all in…
To all the new Mommas holding their babies close, savor it all!
Thanks to all the Moms still laughing at bad Dad jokes…
To the Grandmas bringing smiles to generations…
…and setting amazing examples for longevity.
This is Shirley. She was married to her husband for 65 years and received the bouquet for being the longest married couple at Eliana and Mark’s wedding! Unfortunately, Shirley is no longer with us, but what an amazing privilege it was to honor her legacy in this post. THIS is what wedding photography is all about.
Hope all the moms out there had a happy and healthy Mother’s Day! Here’s looking forward to getting back at it, documenting family portraits and wedding photography in Buffalo, NY very soon!
Before we dive in to this super special small wedding at Knox Farm, I want to share a special note I received from the bride, Ashley. I don’t typically post accolades or reviews someone has left, it always feels a little… icky, but this note was particularly meaningful to me.
“Linds…you know how I know these are good? It’s more than the fact that they are beautiful. It’s that they made me laugh…they made me cry…they made me feel everything that was beautiful and memorable and awesome about that day. I think sometimes people get so fixated on making or getting beautiful photography, but the point isn’t to remember how great you all looked (though that’s also fun -haha)…it’s to remember how you FELT. And you gave us that. Thank you for your spectacular work!!!”
In my photography, the element that has always mattered most was that the pictures had a pulse, so to speak. Each picture should breath Life to couples memories – not just serve as a reminder of what everyone and everything looked like, but what it FELT like to be present in that moment. For my storytelling based work, that’s the true mark of a successful photograph.
In the photography world we talk about, “visual literacy,” what the untrained eye can and can not “see” when looking at a photograph. Most people look at a photo and they know they either like it or they don’t, but they don’t ask themselves why, they just feel their way through it. And that’s OK, that’s all the viewer needs to do! It’s my job to understand all the whys and hows of making a great, storytelling photograph. But when a client is able to articulate how their wedding pictures made them feel, beyond a surface level assessment of their initial beauty, that means the absolute world to me. That’s when I know I’m doing my job well and providing couples with something truly important.
Let’s be real though, this was a beautiful wedding and Ashley and David are beautiful humans. They made my job a little easier than normal this day. 🙂
So without further ado, Ashley and David’s wedding photos! We started and finished the day right at Knox Farm in East Aurora, NY – a small town near Buffalo. Ashley and her wedding party had their hair and makeup done at a salon and had me join them for the finishing touches in the mansion on the grounds at Knox. This specific room is SO unique with its mural crawling up on to the ceiling and it’s walls of windows. It makes a beautiful spot for photos. The best part? You enter through a secret spinning bookshelf door!
This wedding had more happy tears than I think I’ve seen at any wedding over the years. You could tell how loved Ashley and David are by their friends and family and how genuinely excited everyone was for them! Dad was the first to start, but you will soon see he was not the last. <3
Ashley’s dad walked her out of the mansion on the Knox Farm property to where David was waiting for their big reveal or, “first look” beneath some birch trees in front of the house.
Here comes the bride!
The couples parents met us for their family portraits before the ceremony. It was so nice for everyone to be able to relax and spend some time together before the guests arrived! This tree-lined road that leads to the mansion at Knox Farm makes for a perfect photography backdrop too!
Whenever couples ask me about my style, I love to point them to the way I photograph group portraits. I want your friends and family to look like themselves! Everyone doesn’t need to stand in perfect uniformity for a balanced, beautiful portrait. There can be variety and natural poses as well!
While I photographed the ladies, David and the groomsmen enjoyed some whiskey in the ajacent field. I love these shots my assistant grabbed of the guys!
I grabbed a few quick portraits of Ashley and David in the field before the ceremony, but the real portraits would come later in the evening. Keep scrolling and your eyes will be very happy.
Time for an outdoor wedding ceremony!
These photos of Ashley with her parents before walking down the aisle are EXACTLY what a second shooter is for. I love having multiple perspectives of the day and can’t imagine this collection without these pictures!
How gorgeous is this woodland setting for a small wedding ceremony? I often see outdoor wedding venues set up where the couple is side lit by the sun and one poor person is looking straight in to the light the entire time. This shady spot eliminates any squinting and keeps everyone cool and comfortable on a warm summer night.
One of the things I love most about this location is that it’s adaptable to weddings of all sizes. A small wedding at Knox Farm can actually be held inside the mansion, but most opt for a tent in the yard. This sailcloth tent from McCarthy Tents and Events was absolutely beautiful. The wooden posts and flags adorning the top really dress it up.
The wedding party was introduced from their seats and greeted the guests with their best royal waves.
Did I mention there was a lot of crying at this wedding?
You can do a lot of unique things with your table layout when you have a small wedding at Knox Farm, including a giant head table like this!
Most weddings have a loving, emotional Aunt my camera falls in love with. This might be my all time favorite Aunt. Watch this progression…
As the evening progressed, I had my eye on this field filled with yellow flowers. I wanted to wait for that perfect golden hour light. That time of day when the sun is low enough that everything just GLOWS with warm, soft light. When it was time, Ashley and David were ready! One of the things I love most about weddings at Knox Farm is the opportunity for photography at every turn (check out another shoot here!). There are beautiful paths through the woods, glorious golden fields, tree lined roads, it’s a dream for a photographer!
Back to the tent for the rest of the wedding reception!
This gentleman reminded me just a touch of Meat Loaf (the singer!) in the best possible way.
Many thanks to Ashley and David for having us document their small wedding at Knox Farm! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!
Before we get to Lindsay and Isaac’s wedding at Niagara Falls Country Club, a little introduction to this day. As a photographer, walking in to a wedding with a sense of familiarity is always advantageous. It brings a level of comfort and ease for both the clients and the photographer – which inevitably leads to people feeling more themselves in front of the camera and thus, looking more natural in photographs. This is a win for all. Typically familiarity is gained from a couple meetings, maybe engagement photos, but with Lindsay and Isaac’s wedding, the familiarity came in many forms.
I first met Lindsay many years ago when she was a bridesmaid in her cousin Kelly’s wedding. Kelly was my good friend in high school. We actually performed in the talent show together senior year – her beautiful ballet skills combined with my mediocre piano skills brought us a win! Kelly’s mom was also my Homeroom/English teacher (sorry for any typos here Mrs. Ruest!) in the 6th grade, the year I came to a new school. I remember that Mrs. Ruest made me feel comfortable in a scary new place all those years ago. I remember her being incredibly eloquent and the first teacher I recognized as being particularly good at what she did. At any rate, she was intuitive and heartfelt, and when you see the photos of her reading during Lindsay and Isaac’s ceremony, you’ll see not much has changed!
To add to all this, Lindsay grew up in a pretty special house – the house next door to where I grew up and a place where I spent practically every day playing as a kid with a childhood bestie, Kristen. I moved away long before Lindsay’s family moved in, but being back in this place where I have SO many happy memories was such a treat. The 80’s lego phone and spiral stairs may be gone, but I still felt so much nostalgia being back here. Memories of tree forts and diving rocks, macaroni n’ cheese in rainbow colored bowls, roller skating rehearsals, ghost in the graveyard, archeology digs, chalk walks, and so much more flashed before my eyes and added just a touch more familiarity to make me feel somehow connected to people I barely knew. Run on sentence, whatever Mrs. Ruest, I know! 😉
This story will carry on next July when I photograph Lindsay’s sister Julie’s wedding. I’m so grateful to be a part of photographing the ongoing history of this family. This day was such a blast and I can’t wait until the next one!
Without further ado – I began the day at Lindsay’s parents house while my second shooter extraordinaire, Teri, was with Isaac and the guys at the Niagara Crossing Hotel. Oh hey there sparkly Kate Spade’s!
Next stop, the wedding ceremony at Lewiston Presbyterian Church!
The Lewiston gazeebo will forever be the prettiest gazeebo I know. I’m so glad we took the time for a quick detour here before heading to the wedding reception at Niagara Falls Country Club!
And now for the best part of a wedding at Niagara Falls Country Club, portraits with this incredible view!
The view from Niagara Falls Country Club features the lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Toronto!
Ted’s Hot Dogs (truck) for the win!!!
Family tradition here is that every wedding ends with a circle of guests around the bride and groom, arm in arm singing, “Piano Man” at the tops of their lungs. Why, “Piano Man” you ask? I haven’t got that far. It’s a VERY common tradition despite being a pretty sad song about a bunch of lonely people together in a bar – but drunk people love it, and so I do too (:
Many thanks to these two families for inviting me in for the day, it was such a pleasure! If you haven’t had enough of these wonderful people – check out Lindsay’s sister Julie’s wedding here! And as always, much appreciation to the other venues and vendors who made the day what it was! Here they are:
Whenever I see the words, “wedding in Ithaca, NY” in an inquiry email I immediately begin fantasizing about sparkly waterfalls, pristine blue lakes, charming small towns and warm people. That’s pretty close to the summary you could give Sage and Zach’s wedding. When Sage and I first started chatting about the plans for their wedding, she mentioned, a couple times, that it was very important that I was willing to hike to various waterfalls. I couldn’t possibly emphasize enough that she had come to the right place. When I’m not photographing weddings, I’m likely climbing mountains and exploring new areas. When I can combine the two in one day? Amazing. I looked forward to this wedding all summer long and it didn’t disappoint.
Sage and Zach met at Cornell University where they were both studying to be veterinarians. They decided to celebrate back where it all started and get married right in the chapel on campus, aptly named, “Sage Chapel.” But first, we started the day with the couple at the Del Lago Resort where everyone got ready.
This is where I met the long lost love I didn’t know I had, Pongo, Sage and Zach’s beautiful great dane. I’m sure I was missing my recently passed Emmet (who was part dane), but Pongo is just the sweetest, gentlest pup of mythical character and proportion. I’m so glad he was part of the day and made so many incredible cameos in the pictures!
The Cornell campus has some pretty legendary buildings. This outdoor corridor felt straight out of Harry Potter and made for the most regal of backdrops for portraits. I could have worked in this space all day long!
Pongo’s lip… <3
From Cornell we made two quick stops at Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls. I wish we had an entire day just to explore Ithaca’s falls and gorges, but we had to make these stops pretty quick. Totally worth the hike though!
On the hike to Taughannock Falls, a woman noticed Teri and I were carrying cameras, stopped us and said, “don’t bother, the sun ruins it.” I laughed thinking, that probably means it’s PERFECT for what I want to shoot… and it pretty much was. Some photographers prefer to shoot on overcast days because it’s easy. Not me. Give me all the sun, I know just what to do with it.
From Taughannock we ventured to the Muranda Cheese Company for a barn reception overlooking a beautiful farm. We worked with wonderful people from Serendipity Catering who provided both the dinner and desserts. Their ice cream bar was a hit! The Silver Arrow Band provided the entertainment and an amazing time was had by all. But first, check out all these incredible details – Arnold’s Florist killed it. Sooooo pretty!!!
Many thanks to Sage and Zach for having us document your wedding in Ithaca, NY! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!
Photographing a wedding at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure always seems to be exactly that, an adventure. The venue is certainly aptly named. Nestled in the hills of Varysburg, NY, you would never know it existed unless you happened to be out on a country drive and spotted an animal you know surely doesn’t typically roam free in upstate NY. With their pre-cocktail hour “safaris” showcasing animals like buffalo, zebra, camel and Texas longhorn, guests are treated to a very unique wedding experience!
Veronica and Rob spent the full day of their wedding at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. They got ready right on site and had both their ceremony and reception on the grounds. It’s an idyllic spot for photography with beautiful natural backdrops in every direction. Videography can get interesting, as you may also hear some… special… animal sounds throughout the day as well! It’s always a great time.
It was starting to look like it may rain any second, so we decided this covered bridge would be the perfect location for the couples big reveal or “first look!”
This photo below might actually be the crowning achievement of my career. That’s a lot of little kids all looking right at me! I probably wouldn’t enjoy hearing back the crazy noises I was making to get their attention, but it worked!
Check out this stunning setting for the ceremony! A rain shower was brewing though and this scene would become a colorful array of umbrellas!
Guests hovered under the patio umbrellas as the rain began to fall, but eventually a parade of brave guests cuddled together under umbrellas and made their way out to the island for the ceremony.
The guests were all such great sports about the rain and I have to say, it really made for such a memorable, unique scene.
After the ceremony, guests went on a trolley tour of the property and my second shooter Steve joined them! Hidden Valley Animal Adventure is home to 40 species of animals who roam the 63 acre property. Steve was very excited that he, “had to go on a safari” for work this day. (: All of these amazing animal shots are his!
While the guests enjoyed their safari, I stayed back with Veronica and Rob to capture their portraits.
The rain was off and on all day, but we ended up having the most incredible “heavy metal” sky as Veronica and Rob called it. We had just a couple brief openings when the sun popped out of the clouds and in those moments this photographers eyes were VERY happy. Rainy day weddings always seem to have an extra little touch of magic!
If you hadn’t guessed, Rob is a big heavy metal fan. You’ll notice a lot of bull horns from this point in the day onward!
Many thanks to Veronica and Rob for having us document your day! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!
Whenever a client presents a location for their wedding engagement session that has a personal meaning to them, I’m always game. This particular location was just a bit extra special though. AJ’s family bought this property near Ellicottville, NY when AJ was just a kid. They set up a tipi on the property and spent weekends and vacations exploring. The property has some pretty fascinating stories. For example, there was an abandoned gas station on the property – which is literally at the end of a dead end dirt road and at the top of a hill, random! Behind the gas station was an old swimming pool. After they closed on the property, they noticed there was suddenly a HOLE DUG IN THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL WITH A SAFE INSIDE IT!!! Unfortunately, the safe was empty. Either way, solid hiding spot that leaves oh-so-much to the imagination!
AJ’s family eventually built a gorgeous log home on the property from gigantic trees that were burnt in a forest fire out in Wyoming. The property has become a second home to the family over the years. They even spend the holidays here. When AJ and Jonna started dating, they made a lot of trips to the cabin. It’s the place they feel they really got to know each other. I’m SO, so glad they suggested a wedding engagement session near Ellicottville, not only because it means so much to them, but it was so stunning and hitting peak fall color in perfect time for our shoot. It was absolutely perfect!
AJ brought along his motorcycle for a few shots, what a perfect place to ride!
This next series was taken along the driveway leading up to their cabin. The fall colors were incredible!
As soon as I saw this pond I knew there was a reflection photo in our future. Unfortunately there was a little bit of a ripple in the water, otherwise this would have been perfection!
Popping that bottle of champagne you’ve been saving from the engagement party is ALWAYS a great idea.
This field was filled with buzzing fuzzy bumble bees! I thought they deserved a photo too (:
Many thanks to Jonna and Aj for sharing such a special place with me! It was such a treat!
I’ll take another fall wedding engagement session near Ellicottville any day, please and thanks!
Callie and BJ, BJ and Callie… this Hayloft in the Grove wedding was such a pleasure to be part of. When I first met these two, I could tell they were laid back, fun, super sweetly in love, and their wedding reflected just that. For couples that want relaxing, rustic charm where everyone feels comfortable and can celebrate without hesitation, Hayloft in the Grove is an idyllic setting. I think that’s exactly what this day was all about.
Before we get in to all that, I’d like to tell the story of how I came to photograph this beautiful day. Callie’s dad, Jim, was a fellow professional photographer, one of Buffalo’s longest working photographers at that, and a friend of mine! I got to know Jim over the years and would run in to him out and about all over Buffalo. Every time I would see him, he would be with someone I had never met, and would introduce both parties with such great kindness and affection. Jim was a mentor, friend, and connector of a great many people. And as you may have guessed, Jim connected me with Callie and BJ!
After Callie got engaged, Jim reached out and said he would like to come by the studio to talk about his daughter’s wedding. It’s always such a great honor to be considered by another photographer. So needless to say, I was thrilled that Jim, someone who had photographed weddings himself for so many years, was considering me! When Jim came by, I was ready to present all my materials as best I could, but Jim had other ideas. He said Callie would meet with me at some point, but he was sure it was the right fit. So that was that. We sat and chatted for a long time but it was hardly the business meeting I expected. Callie and BJ came in soon after that and made it official!
While this is a happy post about Callie and BJ’s wedding celebration, I would be remiss to not mention that Jim unfortunately fell sick and passed just a few weeks before the wedding. While there’s always pressure when working for another photographer, there was an extra gravity I felt to honor his legacy as a photographer. I hope I served him well! And while Jim was certainly missed, his presence was felt in so many ways throughout the day, and I know he was smiling down big time on this celebration.
Without Further Ado…
Let’s get to the festivities! I started the day with Callie and her closest ladies in Hayloft in the Grove’s on-site cottage. It’s a great little spot for couples to get ready, and conveniently located just steps from the rest of the wedding locations.
Both Bj and Callie’s moms (left to right) were such a treat to photograph. They laughed, they cried, sometimes they simultaneously laughed and cried, and this photographer couldn’t get enough!
After just a few minutes with this crew you could tell that Callie was surrounded by so much love and support from her family and friends as her infectious smile reflected on the faces of every one of them.
That golf cart driving lady there is Liane Roy, a planner at Hayloft. About a million years ago I worked with Liane on branding photos and a logo for her planning business. It was so great to see her again after all these years!
Meanwhile Steve joined BJ and his crew in a different house on site for a few photos before the ceremony. BJ wore both Callie’s dad Jim’s watch (on the left) and a historic watch from his own family (on the right.)
Time to head over to the converted stables for a good ole’ Hayloft in the Grove wedding ceremony! An “unplugged wedding” sign greeted the guests and while those things mostly never work, this group was very well behaved!
The calla lily’s (Callie’s namesake) pictured below were a tribute to Jim.
Callie and her mom had so many cute little looks and motions to each other throughout the day, I couldn’t get enough of these two!
Here comes the bride! How gorgeous is the light at the end of the aisle?!
I rehearsed this photo below a couple times before the ceremony started. Notice the antique camera in the bottom right? That camera represented Jim’s seat and I wanted to try and get “him” and all the other parents in this shot, AND IT WORKED! The expressions are all priceless too, I was so happy when I saw it!
I love the way the draperies create leading lines to draw your eye right to the bride and groom!
After the ceremony we took a little “hay ride” out to a small pond for some portraits. This has to be one of the best parts of a Hayloft in the Grove wedding. Lots of fun was had on that ride 🙂
This next one was a special memory for me too. Callie’s brother, Jimmy, is also a photographer! When I first met with Jim he told me that he would like to make a portrait of Callie and BJ at the wedding. Jim may not have been there to do that, but I was so happy that Jimmy brought along his camera and was able to make a portrait instead. <3
Meanwhile the groomsmen were hanging out by this corn field and conjured up their own idea for a photoshoot…
Reception time back at the Hayloft in the Grove wedding barn!
Lots of laughter and tears filled these speeches, just the way they should!
Looks like Callie’s grandma has some photography skills too! <3
Apparently BJ had himself a boy band once upon a time… I think they’ve still got it!
ICE CREAM BAR!!!
Many thanks to Callie and BJ for having us document your day! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!
Every wedding I photograph has it’s own personality, its own energy and the same goes for the people involved. From start to finish, working with Kelly and Brendan has come with a certain calm, a particular pleasantness, a simple joy that surrounds these two. And it reflected so plainly on the faces of the friends and family who joined them on their wedding day. You could just tell they were surrounded by a ton of love and support – it was a treat to be around. As if the warm energy from this couple weren’t enough, they planned an absolutely beautiful Statler City Buffalo wedding reception. But before we get to that – I started the day with Kelly at the fabulous new Curtiss Hotel while Steve joined Brendan and his wedding party over at Brendan’s family’s home.
I’m not sure whose idea this photo was, but it has to be my favorite groomsman preparation photo of the year. Bravo Steve!
Kelly wanted to do a “reveal” with her bridesmaids, but Kelly’s mom thought she would surprise these ladies with a reveal of her own!
Here are the real reactions as Kelly enters the room (:
On to St. Andrews in Kenmore, NY for the wedding ceremony!
We ventured over to Delaware Park for some portraits with Kelly, Brendan and their wedding party. This Park has so many iconic backdrops, from the Albright Knox Art Gallery to Hoyt Lake, the Ivy Bridge to the Rose Garden, it’s easy to see why this location is so popular for wedding photography!
We wrapped up our day with a big, beautiful wedding reception in Statler City’s Terrace Room, one of Buffalo’s most elegant ballrooms and one my favorites to work in.
This nook in Statler City is a little corner of Buffalo I’ve returned to for photos time and time again. Almost every wedding I shoot here you can find me on this terrace moving around cocktail tables and checking back in to the room repeatedly waiting for the perfect light. And there it is! You sure shine bright in the golden hour, Statler City!
This photo was supposed to be an organized group photo… I think it’s perfect, but it should be noted that this is what group photos look like when they’re taken at the end of the night!
Many thanks to Kelly and Brendan for having us document your day! And thank you to all these venues and vendors who helped make the day so great!
Jessica and Matt recently moved home to Buffalo, NY from Mobile, AL and are feeling awfully excited to be back. It only made sense that these two picked some of Buffalo’s most iconic locations for their engagement photos. We focused our time around Hotel Henry & Delaware Park. The hotel is an architectural gem and former psychiatric hospital now turned boutique hotel (and wedding venue!) and it has a special presence about it. It has a sort of brooding appearance as it looms in a meadow like setting. Something about its stature and history make it feel simultaneously haunting and beautiful. Either way, there’s no arguing this space makes a stunning backdrop for photography.
Hotel guest photo bomb!
From the Hotel Henry we ventured down the street to Delaware Park where we dipped in to a little champagne in the Rose Garden. Engagement Photos are always a little weird at first, but champagne helps!
One of the best parts of engagement (or wedding, etc.) photos in Delaware Park is the variety of backdrops you can achieve with just a short walk. From English gardens to this Beaux arts beauty, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, there are lovely settings in every direction.
In front of the Albright Knox you find Hoyt Lake. The south side of the lake is lined with gorgeous willow trees that sparkle and sway in the good light just before sunset.
One last twilight stop at the Japanese Gardens to wrap up this session!
Jessica and Matt got engaged in Canandaigua, a special place with a personal history for them. I can’t wait to travel there for the wedding next summer! Thanks to these two for choosing me to document these happy times! And welcome home Jessica and Matt! We (speaking for Buffalo) are so glad you’re back and starting your lives together here!