Wow! Skylar looked so glamorous. After seeing her put on her white sheath gown, red lipstick, and heels, I thought she might knock out her groom at first glance. She was just stunning. His surprised smile from ear-to-ear when he turned around their first look says it all. Skylar and Greg are an amazing couple—two of the sweetest people I’ve ever met! He has the most genuine, fun-loving personality, and she is so kind and grateful. Family means everything to them, and they both complement each other so well. It truly was a pleasure to capture their wedding day.
A Beautiful Beginning
Skylar and Greg both attended Pittsford Mendon High School (go Vikings) in Rochester, NY. They had some mutual friends (including Greg’s mom, who worked at the school), but they were not particularly interested in one another at the time. Greg graduated in 2006, along with Skylar’s older brother Hawk, and Skylar graduated two years later. Fast forward to the summer of 2016 when their paths crossed again. Skylar was contemplating a move to NYC and had moved back in with her parents as she applied for jobs. Greg was killing time in Rochester between business school and his new job in Chicago. So, they were both living in their respective childhood homes in Pittsford when they swiped right.
Their story is the sweetest:
Neither of them was sure if their first date was really a date, as they were riding bikes to Lock 32 and Greg had asked if Hawk wanted to come along (he did not). It turned out to be a date, and it went so far into the evening that Greg’s mom called, very concerned about him riding his bike so late at night. Skylar’s parents were also confused and kept turning the lights on and off as the two said goodnight (with their bikes and helmets) in the driveway.
In February of 2018, about a year after Skylar moved to Chicago, Greg lied about a #metoo mural by the canal in Pittsford to get right across from where they had their first date at Lock 32. Skylar was bummed there was no mural but said ‘yes’ nonetheless when Greg got down on one knee in the snow and asked her to marry him. This time, both of their families were waiting for them across the canal and no one even had to bike home in the dark!
Congratulations, and very best wishes to you, Skylar & Greg!
Venue: The Wintergarden at Monroe’s
DJ: Rick Parissi, Encore Events
Wedding gown:Heart to Heart Bridal in Webster
Bridemaid Dresses: Lulus
Men’s Suits: Indochino Suits
Rings: Mann’s Jewelers
Second Photographer: James Kenneth Studios
Senior Session FAQ’s
As a senior photographer, I’ve heard every question in the book. I completely get it! Excitement and nerves are high! After all, you’ve worked for four long years to get to this point. Now it’s time to celebrate! For those of you who might have some questions or concerns about your upcoming senior session, I’ve compiled a list of FAQ’s.
Q: What location should I choose?
I have plenty of locations I will recommend depending on what look you like.
Q: What types of payment do you accept?
Cash, check or credit card. Payment is due on the day of the session.
Q: How long after my session can I expect to see images?
I will post a sneak peek on Facebook and Instagram within 24 hours. You can share as you like.
Q: When should I book my senior session?
I start booking senior sessions in March for the Summer. Slots book up fast, don’t wait until it’s too late.
Q: When is the best time for photos?
Don’t worry about the clouds, clouds make for great lighting. Trust me for locations and time of day. I know the summer before senior year is hectic. You’re working, sports, commitments. The best time of day for light is 1 hour before the sunsets.
Q: How long will the sessions last?
Senior sessions last 1-2 hours depending on the package you choose.
Q: Can I bring a friend or sibling?
Of course! We can take a few photos of you together.
Q: WHAT IF IT RAINS?
I will watch the weather closely as your session approaches. If it looks like rain, we’ll reschedule to a day/time as soon as possible.
How to prep:
- Watch your skin exposure leading up to your session. Avoid tan lines and burns.
- Don’t neglect nails. Removed chip nail polish.
- Don’t fret over blemishes. All blemishes on the face are retouched.
- Be comfortable.
- Be bright, don’t be afraid of colors that pop!
- Accessorize with jewelry, statement pieces, hats.
- Be careful of heavy thick eye makeup/eyeliner. It can make your eyes appear squinty even if they aren’t.
- Maybe have your hair and makeup done for your session! I have recommendations for this.
- Avoid logos on tees this can be very distracting.
- Make sure clothes are not wrinkled.
- Be prepared to change quickly.
- Start with what you’re most comfortable in.
- Mix it up for variety. I like to have my clients bring at least three outfits for their senior session. One dressy, one casual and one that represents a hobby of yours.
If there are any additional questions you have outside of this list, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’d love to chat.
Wintergarden Wedding Photographer | Jenna + Adrian’s Wedding
Contrary to popular belief, true love can be found just about anywhere. It doesn’t always come with a grand or dramatic entrance. Sometimes beauty lies in simplicity, and extraordinary love flourishes amid ordinary circumstances. That’s the case with Adrian and Jenna. They met while attending Nazareth college at a typical weekend party. He told her that he had a crush on her, and they took off on their first date to Denny’s (because let’s face it, pancakes are great for any occasion). Sitting in the booth of an ordinary restaurant, unperceived by those around them, a new relationship blossomed.
Back to Where it All Began
Now, here they are making up for that Denny’s date with a breathtaking wedding. Their ceremony took place at the Nazareth College Chapel, which holds a lot of meaning since they met at the college and that’s where it all began. Their evening reception looked phenomenal at The Wintergarden by Monroe’s, which showcases a dome of glass windows, strands of sparkling string lights glowing in the trees, and a serene bubbling fountain. Paired with gorgeous place settings, tasty treats, music, and dancing, this celebration was anything but ordinary!
Jenna looked like the embodiment of elegance in her flowing lace gown. Adrian was such a handsome gentleman in his tux and black tie. They are such a genuine couple. I loved capturing his sincere smile that spread from ear to ear. When no one was looking, I’d catch them looking at each other with that special gleam in their eyes.
Family is huge for these two. They incorporated Adrian’s twin daughters. They were both the flower girls and they gave the blessing before dinner by themselves—incredibly adorable!
Their son Jackson, dressed in a bow tie just like his dad.
I had so much fun capturing their big day. Jenna and Adrian, I hope it was everything you were hoping for and more—you two deserve it! Wishing you the very best!
Cake: Something Delicious
Donut Favors: Ridge Donut
Hair/ MUA: Bombshell Beauty
Mens’ Attire: Joseph A. Bank
Rings: Neil Lane
Gown: Martina Liana
Officiant: Paul Pakusch
Rochester Wedding Photographer | 6 Reasons to Consider a First Look
If you’re weighing the pros and cons for a first look versus opting out, here are a few of my top reasons to seriously consider it!
Incorporating a first look into your wedding day is a great way to create some quality time with your partner. It lets the two of you regroup together and appreciate this momentous occasion that you both spent so much time planning. Since first looks usually take place in a more secluded area, they are great for romantic moments without the whole world watching. Use this time to focus on each other more than worrying about perfect photos—trust me, the more genuine the moment, the better the photos.
A first look also gives you a designated time to exchange small gifts or read letters to each other—and see the other person’s reaction.
Time to Relax
Wedding days can get pretty crazy. You spend so many months planning, and then it seems to go by in the blink of an eye. It’s easy to get caught up in making sure that all of the little details are taken care of, but this is a good time to set those things aside, let your wedding party take over, and enjoy the moment as soon-to-be husband and wife. You’ll find that a little time with each other will dissolve wedding day stress and anxiety.
Slow Things Down
Why let your guests enjoy those signature cocktails while you rush to get portraits done? Knock out a few of those photos with an intimate first look before the ceremony so you can enjoy that cocktail hour with your guests after you say your “I Do’s!”
If you are having a late fall or winter wedding, the sun sets before most ceremonies even start. Doing a first look before the ceremony will allow for you to have photos taken while there’s still light (and when you look your very best)!
He will look at you the same way as he looks at you coming down the aisle–possibly with even more emotion since you won’t have an entire room of people staring you down. When it’s just the two of you, the moment is so much more intimate. You’re free to laugh, cry, embrace, jump up and down—however you feel in that moment, go for it!
*Don’t forget to keep your hands free for hugs and kisses for your first look. Fumbling around with your phone and purse or bouquet detracts from the romance of the moment. Ask someone near to you to hold your things to allow candids to be captured sans phone.
Rochester, NY Senior Photographer | Natalie’s Senior Session
I almost don’t have the words to write this post—this session was indescribably meaningful to me personally. I first photographed Natalie when she was only a couple weeks old for a newborn session. I had just taken my first steps into fulfilling my dream to be a professional photographer—even before college! As she grew, so did my skills and experience. I have photographed her milestones and family throughout these 18 years! It’s mind-blowing to me that we are already here at her senior photos—I can’t believe she’s about to head off to college! So, to say that this sweet young lady and her family are special to me is a huge understatement.
A Beautiful Mind. A Genuine Heart.
That being said, I’ve gotten to know Natalie pretty well over the years. You know those people who you can tell just by looking at them – before they even say a word – they have warm, genuine hearts? Natalie is one of those people. This young woman is phenomenal. In these portraits, with very minimal posing, you can just see her heart through her smile and sparkling eyes. She’s the girl everyone wants to be friends with—because she’s such a great friend in return. She lights up a room and keeps you laughing. To top it off, she excels in school and competes on the Rush Henrietta swim team (am I sounding like a proud mom? I told you I adore this girl…)
Anyway, to make a long story short (and before I cry all over my keyboard), I present to you Miss Natalie, high school class of 2019! The world is your oyster, sweet friend. Go get ‘em—I know you’ll do wonderful things!
Blue Barn Cidery Wedding | Danielle + Brian
This was a very special wedding. I photographed Brian’s sister Lauren’s wedding a few years ago. Family is everything for these two. Their son played a huge part in their big day, and it’s obvious that they are both so proud of him. To say I was excited to shoot this wedding is an understatement!
Gorgeous blond hair, bright blue eyes, incredible white gown, and ruby red heels—Danielle looked beyond stunning! Danielle loves anything vintage, so she wore her mother-in-law’s wedding dress! It couldn’t have been more perfect on her. Plus, the flower girls wore adorable vintage lace dresses to match!
Her First Steps Towards a Beautiful Future
Brian looked so happy and proud when he saw the doors open and Danielle take her first step toward him down the aisle. He looked so enamored by her, and she looked equally smitten with Brian in his suit and tie.
Their reception at the Blue Barn Cidery was phenomenal! Can you believe he built the cake stand himself?! They looked like they were floating on air as the swirled around the dance floor for their first dance, looking into each other’s eyes so in love. Nothing could have distracted them from that moment. They were finally husband and wife! I couldn’t have been happier for such a wonderful couple.
They really were the sweetest, most gracious couple as they kept thanking me for photographing their wedding day. But trust me, the pleasure and honor was truly all mine. Congratulations, Brian and Danielle. I wish you many years of happiness!!
Venue: Blue Barn Cidery
Cake: Goodness Cakes
Cupcakes: Goodness Cakes
Pastries: Savoia’s Bakery
DJ: Music Mix
Hair: Amanda Campbell
Makeup: Kait Lynn at She Salon
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s attire: Tuxedo Junction
Florist: Green Gables Florist
Caterer: Forest Hill Catering
Favors: We made our own favors (it was a family effort)
Shoes: Amazon – believe it or not
Rochester Bat Mitzvah Photographer | Carly’s Big Day
The beautiful Bat Mitzvah celebration had it all! I photographed her brother Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah last year, so I knew Carly’s would be just as amazing. Carly is the sweetest young lady, and I had a blast getting to know her and celebrating this special milestone with her as I documented the phenomenal details of the day.
A Special Day for a Special Young Lady
I was blown away by this momentous event! The theme was Club Carly, decked out in purple, silver, rhinestones, and disco balls. I took her photos over the summer, and they hung life-size over the lounge area of Club Carly. The Bar Mitzvah Boys provided amazing, never-ending entertainment. Friends and family danced and played games atop an LED dance floor, which mesmerized everyone from age five to fifty! After dinner, the kids sampled flavored cotton candy to keep their energy flowing. At the end of the night, the kids received donuts and personalized sweatpants for party favors.
Among the glitz and glam of the party, the thing that stuck out to me the most was the love that filled the room. I loved watching how close Carly’s family is. Her brother and sister truly enjoyed celebrating this moment in their sister’s life. Carly’s friends looked genuinely happy for her and had so much fun just hanging out with her. The kids had fun just being kids, dancing around in their socks like no one was watching. I really enjoyed capturing the genuine happiness on everyone’s faces. Carly is clearly one special girl and well-deserving of this exceptional celebration!
Videographer- Deb Standing Videography (love working with her)
DJ/Photobooth/LED dance floor – Bar Mitzvah Boys Entertainment (they’re amazing)
Event Planner/Decor – Noy Cohen Events (phenomenal)
Venue – DoubleTree by Hilton
Lounge Seating – Hank Parker Rentals and McCarthy Tents & Events
Carly’s Party Dress – Outrageous Boutique (Plainview, NY)
Desserts – Pam’s Cakes and Sweets
Party Favor Sweatpants – Eagle Eye Promotions
Cotton Candy – Sugary Delights
End of night Donuts – Boxcar
Rochester Wedding Photographer | Cara + Emre
I have had the immense pleasure of seeing this couple blossom from excitedly engaged to blissfully married. Having photographed their engagement session last fall and now their wedding as their wedding photographer, I feel as though I have had a unique position in witnessing their growth. Two hearts more deserving of love would be hard to find.
The Beginning of a Beautiful Story
Cara and Emre have such a fun love story. Right around this time in 2012 (the night before Thanksgiving to be exact), they attended a night out with Cara’s brother Dylan, who just so happened to be friends with Emre. Seeing as they were the only two “un-coupled” people in the group, a helpful friend (Dylan’s wife) quickly decided that Cara and Emre were officially dating for the night. Little did she know, she had just set them on the path that would ultimately lead to an altar.
While on a trip to California, Emre got down on one knee and popped the big question. After a little shock and a resounding, “yes!!” from Cara, the rest is, as they say, history! They were married at the Lakeshore Country Club that features an old-school bar that they instantly fell in love with. Seeing as their wedding was speakeasy/1920’s themed, it was the perfect fit. Cara made all the bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and centerpieces herself! What a talented and beautiful bride she is!
I had so much fun getting to work with Cara and Emre once again and have nothing but the best wishes for a happy life together! Congrats you two!!
Reception: Lakeshore Country Club
Bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces Made by the Bride
Wedding dress: Stella’s Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Bridal Belle
Bride’s shoes: Modcloth
Desserts: Sinful Sweets
Hair + makeup: Danielle Yargeau/Jessica Driggs
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Engagement and wedding ring (Bride) – Zales
Earrings – Etsy, Necklace – designed by Mom