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Newborn Photography Session- Kaiden

Little Kaiden came to see me at the studio when he was just 10 days old. He was born a few weeks early, so he was still such a little guy. He was wide awake when they first arrived, until his mommy was finally able to get him to sleep. Once he was asleep, we were able to get such beautiful photos of him looking so peaceful, and adorable! His parents signed him up for the Grow With Me package, so I get to see this sweet little guy when he starts to sit up, and then again for his 1st birthday! Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to share a couple of those photos with all of you!

I had to fight back some serious baby fever with this little cutie!

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Albany NY Engagement Session- Leslie and Tom

I knew when I met up with Leslie and Tom that we would work well together! They seemed like such a great couple, and I was looking forward to photographing them. We had scheduled our engagement session for the end of February. At the time, we had no idea how cold of a Winter we were about to get. On the day of our session, it was miraculously above 20 degrees, and sunny. It felt like a heat wave compared to what we had been experiencing. These two braved that 20 degree weather, and walked around Albany NY with me. Good thing, because we had such beautiful light!

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Newborn Photography – Baby Guiliana

I had the honor of photographing little Guiliana’s parent’s wedding last April, as well as their maternity photos. I was so excited to meet this precious girl! She was such an angel, and slept for most of our session. Just look at that adorable face!

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Downtown Albany NY Engagement Session

I met up with this adorable couple in downtown Albany, NY for their engagement session. We spent some time before hand talking about outfit choices, and deciding upon the perfect location for the two of them. Downtown Albany is absolutely beautiful! The architecture is pretty amazing, and we knew that was the perfect spot for them. We had a wonderful time, and got some great photos to document this important time in their lives!

This bridge, that beautiful light, and this couple. Wow!

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Newborn Lifestyle Session

I had the honor of doing a newborn lifestyle session for this beautiful family. They had recently welcomed their first child, and wanted to be able to capture those precious first moments with him, in the comfort of their own home. There is something so intimate, and real about capturing the love of a family in their own element. Their little guy was just too adorable! This one of him, and his daddy is one of my favorites.

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Saratoga Engagement Session- Crystal and Kevin

I met up with Crystal over the Summer, when she booked her wedding with me. We went over details, talked about her and Kevin, and the children they share. It was at this time that I learned that they have a daughter that is the same age as my daughter, has the same first name, same middle name, and is also the middle child. Talk about coincidence!

The three of us met up on a late Summer evening for their engagement session out at the Saratoga Battlefield. It was a perfect night, not too chilly, and not too warm either. It happened to be a full moon, and it was beautiful the way it sparkled in the sky.

We definitely had some fun… I don’t know how to do things any other way 🙂

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Why Photography?

In the midst of a crazy fall, super packed with weddings, portrait sessions, and meetings, I still wake up in the morning with a smile on my face. I still get excited about every single wedding, and every single session I do. On top of that (and this is the most important for me), I still pick up my camera in my free time, in that wondrous way I did when this journey first began. This is the “why?” part for me. This is why I do what I do. Photography woke me up from my creative slumber.

When I was a kid, I remember being drawn to the arts in every form. My friends and I would spend countless hours choreographing routines that we would perform at the school dances. I later joined dance classes, and I remember the first time I did a solo on stage in front of all those strangers. I felt more alive in that moment than I ever had before. Art class was by far my favorite subject. My bedroom walls were covered in my favorite drawings and paintings. I kept a notebook full of poetry that I would write while sitting in my room at night. I would get super excited walking into a library. To me, those books were the thoughts and feelings of other people, all out on display for someone to experience, and I took pleasure in getting lost in a good book. Art was my therapy in dealing with my less than ideal childhood.

I became a mother at a young age. I knew that my daughter was always going to come first, and I made her my number one priority. I then got married, and had my second child. I was so low on my own priority list, that there was no time for me. Ever. I would still go to the craft store, and stock up on paints, canvases, drawing materials, etc. but they would sit in my closet. I guess just knowing that I had them in the event that I was able to use them was some kind of comfort. I lost my sense of creativity, and quite frankly, I lost my sense of self. I put so much into being the best mother that I could; tending to the kids, working to help my husband pay the bills, trying to keep the house semi clean on a daily basis…I just felt so weighed down from all of my “to do’s”, that there was no time for the things that I enjoyed.

Fast forward to 2010. I finally could afford to get my first “real” camera. I got a Nikon DSLR, and went on a photo taking frenzy. It started with photos of my kids, then I got on a flower/nature kick….I just couldn’t stop taking photos. My kids were a bit older, and more independent, so I guess I didn’t feel as guilty for taking some “me” time as they entertained themselves. I became a sponge, learning everything I possibly could about photography. It was in this same year that I went back to school to pursue a degree in business. I was finally making time for myself. I quickly outgrew that beginner DSLR, and longed for something that I could really take control of. People started asking me to take photos for them. This was a big deal for me. I felt something inside of me telling me that this could be it. This could be what I was meant to do. I could feel myself coming alive again. I had found my passion. You see, that first DSLR changed my whole life. It reminded me of all of that creativity that I had bottled up inside of me, that deserved to be set free. It reminded me that I could still be a great mom, and take time for myself.

2014 is coming to an end, and I just can’t believe what an amazing journey this has been. I have been there to capture memories for so many amazing people as they say “I Do” to their best friends, I have photographed so many little ones for their parents to look back on years from now, and remember their chubby little cheeks, I have captured the essence of so many families for them to treasure for years to come. Words can not describe how honored I am to have been there to freeze those moments in time for all of you.

So, this is my “why?”. This is why I do what I do. Because photography taught me how to feel alive again. My walls are once again covered in my artwork (I even get my kids involved!). Because every day I wake up feeling like I am living a dream. Because I still get just as excited about every wedding/session as I did the very first time.



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Schenectady NY Engagement Session | Nicole and Tom

This lovely couple were in a wedding that I photographed last year at the Franklin Plaza, found here: Courtney and John’s Wedding so I was super excited when they asked me to photograph their wedding at the Glen Sanders Mansion!

We met up for their engagement session at a small park in Niskayuna, NY that the two of them go to every now and then for a stroll. They arrived looking quite dapper, so I jumped at the chance to get some dramatic shots. Just look at them! Can I add that I love that Tom’s shirt and tie match my branding colors 🙂

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