Niagara Falls Proposal Photography

Madeline and Will’s Wedding Engagement Proposal Photography at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY

This profession takes me to many beautiful places and introduces me to many amazing people. Sometimes those places and people end up being right in my own backyard, so to speak, and help me further appreciate the bounty of beautiful landscapes we have right here in the Buffalo/Niagara region. In this case, helping Will plan his trip to Niagara Falls and Whirlpool State Park for his wedding proposal to Madeline was such a fun opportunity to put together a ton of recommendations for their trip and really reflect on all that’s special about the area. Not to mention, an opportunity for me to create some beautiful photography in one of my favorite places!

Will and Madeline were traveling to Niagara Falls, NY from Chicago, IL. Needless to say, Will figured this would be as good a place as any to propose. And since Niagara Falls felt a little…cliche, he didn’t think Madeline would be fully expecting it (he was right!). Will was naturally imagining Niagara Falls itself as the background for their shoot when we first started planning. As we went back and forth with different ideas, it just didn’t seem to be the right fit for their personalities or the way he visually imagined it though. The hustle and bustle of a tourist destination just wasn’t the right mood.

We eventually settled on one of my absolute favorite places to spend time, Whirlpool State Park. Whirlpool is just a bit down river from the Niagara Falls and features an incredible rocky gorge and some of the most intense rapids in the world! It’s also much quieter than Niagara Falls since it requires a little bit of hiking to get to.

I posed as a tourist/nature photographer and was in the gorge ahead of them. I took pictures of the birds, river and fall foliage, just trying to blend in. Will and I came up with a scheme so he would know exactly where to take Madeline for the proposal. It worked like a charm. I lingered behind them as they took in the scenery, photographing the entire thing.

fall foliage and rapids in Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
seagulls sore among fall foliage in Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
fall foliage and rapids in Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY

There they are! Do you think Madeline was impressed?

bride and groom admire rapids and fall foliage before wedding engagement proposal in Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
bride and groom admire rapids and fall foliage before wedding engagement proposal in Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
bride and groom admire rapids and fall foliage before wedding engagement proposal in Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
groom proposes marriage with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
couples kisses after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
couple hugs after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
couple cries after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
couple cries after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
couple hugs after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
couple sits and admires rapids on rock after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
couple sits and admires rapids on rock after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
couple sits and admires rapids on rock after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
bride to be shows off engagement ring after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY
couple kisses after wedding engagement proposal photography with rapids and fall foliage in background at Whirlpool State Park in Niagara Falls, NY

Doesn’t get much more picturesque than this! Many thanks to Will for trusting me to capture this beautiful moment in their lives and for trusting all my vacation recommendations as well! I had so much fun helping plan their trip (right down to the donuts they ate for breakfast) and am so grateful to have been there to photograph this awesome, transitional time in their lives.

If you or someone you know is thinking about proposal photography in Niagara Falls (or WNY), please reach out here! I’d love to help you scheme and document your proposal for you!

Wedding Proposal at Letchworth State Park

Lisa + Tim

Wedding proposals might just be my favorite events to photograph. This proposal at Letchworth State Park surely added to that sentiment. Wedding proposals are such quick, fleeting events, but ones that completely change the trajectory of ones life. It’s a huge milestone and one that should be documented! I love being part of the preliminary scheming and pulling it off on the day of. It’s so very exciting and warms my heart each and every time.

Lisa and Tim’s proposal plans began with a vacation to Buffalo, NY from Portland, OR. They made plans to spend some time in Buffalo, at Niagara Falls, and here at Letchworth State Park. But this wasn’t going to be just any ordinary getaway. Lisa was planning to propose to Tim while peeping the fall leaves at Letchworth, and asked me to be there to document this milestone!

We planned for a sunrise wedding proposal shoot which meant I was up at 4:00 AM to make sure I was geared up and could make the drive out to Letchworth before the sun peeked out. I was the first one in the parking lot and got to spend a bit of time by myself photographing some scene setters. It was an incredible, foggy fall morning that was just breathtaking!

upper falls with fog during wedding engagement proposal photography session in Letchworth State Park
upper falls with fog during wedding engagement proposal photography session in Letchworth State Park
tourist in yellow rain jacket takes pictures at Upper Falls with fall colors at Letchworth State Park

I watched the crowds as they began to roll in, keeping my eyes peeled for Lisa and Tim. Eventually they wandered to our per-designated spot and spent a few moments soaking in the all the Letchworth State Park scenery.

groom takes photo of bride in front of Upper Falls before wedding proposal at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY

Lisa pulled the engagement ring out of her pocket and had it behind her back for what felt like an ETERNITY! Tim almost touched it a few times as they stood there.

bride proposes to groom in front of Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY

Finally the moment was here and Lisa dropped to a knee and proposed to Tim.

bride proposes to groom in front of Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride proposes to groom in front of Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride proposes to groom and places ring on his finger in front of Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY

He said yes!

bride and groom kiss after proposal in front of Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom hug and laugh after wedding proposal in front of Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY

We spent a little more time wandering to the Middle and Lower Falls for a few engagement photos before I left the newly engaged couple to enjoy Letchworth for the day.

bride and groom pose with foreheads touching after wedding proposal in front of Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose with foreheads touching after wedding proposal next to Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh after wedding proposal next to Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at each other smiling after wedding proposal next to Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh after wedding proposal next to Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom hug after wedding proposal next to Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom look at eachother smiling after wedding proposal next to Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom laugh after wedding proposal next to Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom pose in front of fall foliage in forest after wedding proposal next to Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom embrace on bridge after wedding proposal in front of Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY
bride and groom embrace on bridge after wedding proposal in front of Falls at Letchworth State Park near Buffalo, NY

What an absolutely epic spot for a wedding proposal right? Big thanks to Lisa for asking me to be part of this special day. I’m so happy to be witness to these important moments in my clients lives, especially on mornings as gorgeous as this!

If you or someone you know is planning a wedding proposal at Letchworth State Park or elsewhere in the WNY region, please have them reach out to me here!

Engagement Photography at Delaware Park in Buffalo

Erin and Michael

Erin and Michael’s engagement photography session at Delaware Park here in Buffalo, NY left my eyes feeling so very happy. Every now and then I hear a photographer complain that they’re sick of working here. Not me. This park is huge and filled with unique new backdrops for photography at every turn. It’s the most popular spot around for good reason!

For Erin and Michael’s wedding engagement session, we utilized Hoyt Lake, the Ivy Bridge, some random trees, and the Lincoln Parkway sections of Delaware Park. One really special part of the design of Delaware Park is the huge variety of trees. Different varieties bloom and fall at different points in the seasons. Whether shooting in early fall or late fall, there is always some beautiful foliage to be found!

wedding engagement photography at hoyt lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography at hoyt lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography at hoyt lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography at hoyt lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography at hoyt lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography at hoyt lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography at Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography at Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

This random fiery red tree took us by surprise amid a mostly green and yellow sea of trees, further proving Delaware Park in Buffalo is forever full of new surprises perfect for photography!

wedding engagement photography with fall foliage in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography with fall foliage in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography with fall foliage in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography with winter evergreens in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography with fall foliage in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography in Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography in Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography in Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography in Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography in Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography in Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography in Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography in Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
wedding engagement photography in Lincoln Parkway in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

That’s all for this one! Can’t wait for Erin and Michael’s 2021 wedding at two of Buffalo’s finest venues, St. Louis Church and the Admiral Room! It’s going to be a beauty!

If you or someone you know is interested in engagement photography at Delaware Park in Buffalo, or elsewhere in the WNY region, please have them contact me here!

Delaware Park Senior Photography

Portraits for Cheektowaga High School Senior, Andrew Lupejkis!

It was such a pleasure getting know Andrew last week during his senior portrait photography session at Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY. Andrew is such an compelling young man with a really diverse set of interests. It takes a special place like Delaware Park, with its own set of diverse backdrops, to match all these interests! Andrew’s a trumpet player, a soccer goalie, a social media director for an NFL Podcast, a boyscout and a future computing security expert! How’s that for a charismatic guy?

We began our session near Hoyt Lake with the lovely Albright Knox Art Gallery gracing the background.

high school senior portrait photography at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

Andrew plays trumpet through the music program at his high school, Cheektowaga Central, and also performs in the school plays and even jazz band!

high school senior portrait photography at Albright Knox in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
high school senior portrait photography at Albright Knox in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

Since Andrew is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys camping and boy scouts, we made use of the wonderful trails that pass through some of the natural areas in Delaware Park.

high school senior portrait photography on Lincoln Parkway in Buffalo, NY
high school senior portrait photography in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

The Ivy bridge is always a classic spot for senior portrait photography in Delaware Park. It makes such a great backdrop for any type of shoot really!

high school senior portrait photography at Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
high school senior portrait photography at Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
high school senior portrait photography at Ivy Bridge in Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

We wrapped up our senior photo shoot with some pictures at Rumsey Field. I often refer to Rumsey as the field of dreams. Delaware Park has many lovely tucked away surprises, and this field is definitely among the best of them. It’s barely visible from the road and is surrounded by big beautiful trees. Soccer fields don’t get much more picturesque than this.

Andrew plays goalie for Cheektowaga Central High School, a position he chose to get out running and ended up really getting in to! I love that!!! Sometimes you just have to show up and good things happen. (:

cheektowaga central high school senior portrait photography at Rumsey soccer field Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
cheektowaga central high school senior portrait photography at Rumsey soccer field Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
cheektowaga central high school senior portrait photography at Rumsey soccer field Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY
cheektowaga central high school senior portrait photography at Rumsey soccer field Delaware Park in Buffalo, NY

That’s it for this one! Many thanks to Andrew (and his parents David and Amy!) for this fun shoot! It was nice getting to know you all!

Best of luck in your senior year Andrew!

If you or someone you know is looking for senior portrait photography in Buffalo, NY or the greater WNY area, please have them reach out to me here!

Knox Farm Senior Portrait Photography

East Aurora High School Senior – Cam Pierrot!

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!

wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

Cam’s little brother, Max was a lot of fun to have along on the shoot. AND he found a snake!

wny senior from east aurora highschool poses with little brother during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses for photographer during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses with girlfriend and mom during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses with mom and brother during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY
wny senior from east aurora highschool poses with girlfriend during senior portrait photography session at Knox Farm near Buffalo, NY

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!