Last week, I spent some time in Beacon with Bethany & Jesse documenting them as they near the arrival of their first baby. It was such a perfect evening and we found ourselves getting sentimental – first, in their backyard as the light turned golden and reminded us so much of their engagement session two years ago in Rhinebeck, and then as the wind kicked up at Long Dock Park, blowing Bethany’s hair and dress SO perfectly, just like it did on their wedding day in Piermont. I feel really lucky to be able to work with people I genuinely love, and having the privilege to watch their families grow over the years is easily my favorite part of this work. Congratulations, Bethany & Jesse! I can’t wait to meet your little one!
We laughed, we played, we made goldfish crackers swim in the river – I had the best time hanging out at the park with these three on this sunny April afternoon.
When I had my shop in Beacon, I always had my eye on the gorgeous space across the street, which featured this really beautiful brick archway and so much natural light. I knew it would make the most perfect space for an airy, plant-filled gift shop, so when Courtney moved in, fresh off the heals of a round-the-world journey, I was really excited to see what she would do with the place. She has a great energy about her and her eye for good finds and design really resonates with me… which worked out really well when I moved – a lot of items from my shop found a new home in hers!. I also really admire the determination it took to take an existing business, learn a whole new skill on the fly, and make it her own. She contacted me recently to photograph some arrangements to feature on her new website in time for Mother’s Day, so I got to spend last Tuesday morning back on Main Street Beacon hanging out in this beautiful shop window surrounded by stunning florals. Does it get any better than that?
Ohh winter engagement sessions, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Sweet Mae was my first session of 2019 at just a few days old, and she really set the tone for this year. Her mom saw one of my favorite newborn photos of all time (Rosemary’s yawn) and reached out, and we were on the same page from the start. This session is one I’m so proud of. I hope that years down the road, when Mandy, Ryan, and Mae look into this room, they remember the little moments of newborn sweetness that we captured there.
It’s great to have a live-in hunk of ham on call for modeling when it’s 9 on a Tuesday morning and the light is pouring in through the old blinds on your front windows and you just need to play in that stripe-y goodness. It also helps if they blow raspberries and giggle and yell “MAAAAAM” the whole time. #idealclient
The most difficult part of kicking off these blog posts again was deciding which of my ridiculously awesome shoots from the past year to start with. Do I go in chronological order? Reverse chronological order? Favorites? As I was browsing through, trying to nail down my approach, I got to Tiffany & Carlos’s Engagement Session at Highland Airs Alpaca Ranch and stopped. When faced with the quandary of where to begin the obvious answer is always, of course, alpacas.
When Tiffany and I started talking about their engagement session, she asked if it would be okay to do it at an alpaca ranch, and I had to try to play it cool about my excitement (real talk: I did not play it cool). For future reference, if anyone ever wants animals involved in any kind of session, my answer will always be an adamant yes. I AM DOWN.
Highland Airs is home to 26 alpacas and 1 llama. The owner, and his husky-wolf pup, graciously showed us around, introduced us to the alpacas and educated us about their personalities, hair, and shows (some of them are award winning!). It was incredible being in such close proximity to the animals, and it was awesome getting to know Tiffany and Carlos throughout. As I’m sure you can imagine, we laughed a LOT. My favorite part of the whole session, though, is that it really is such a classic and beautiful engagement shoot – the photos are sweet and romantic! They’re just enhanced with the photobombing alpacas. I can’t go though this gallery without chuckling (which I just did in a coffee shop by myself, ps, not weird at all).(more…)
Wedding, maternity, baby, maternity, baby, other various shoots that we won’t get into. The Hendersons are some of my favorite people, and I absolutely love documenting all of their milestones. Photographing Sybil was so reminiscent of photographing Evelynn at this age, and incorporating their mom’s wedding fur brought me back to one of the best nights of my career …OKAY, LIFE! Best nights of my life! (Zac Brown was there! We did shots! It was magical!). Welcome, baby Sybil – you are so loved, and lucky to be a part of such a beautiful, down to earth, and genuinely awesome family. And sweet girl, they are so lucky to have you, too.