Hotel Lafayette Buffalo NY Brunch Wedding | Claire + Chris

When Claire contacted me about her wedding, and let me know it was a brunch wedding, which meant an EARLY start for the day, I was super excited. Don't get me wrong.... I am NOT a morning person. Anyone knows that before 10am, I'm not great company. I think 10am should be considered start time for the day... but a brunch wedding at Hotel Lafayette, that means I'll do a full day of photography and still be home in time to eat dinner with my family? Yes, please! 

Claire and Chris had every detail perfected and planned. Plus, after all the wedding "stuff" was over, we were able to spend a bit of un-hurried time together at Delaware Park for their wedding day portraits. Probably my favorite part of the day was Chris and Claire reading their vows to each other in the simplicity of the park. It felt a bit like an elopement, but with the celebration of friends and family beforehand.

Buffalo NY Fall Engagement Portraits | Kristen + Eric

It feels like forever since fall has been here. I know I just blogged a gorgeous winter engagement session, but I'm still catching up on last years fall portraits and weddings, so bear with me! I got to spend a perfect fall day with Kristen + Eric and Chestnut Ridge Park for their engagement pictures, and had so much fun!  I absolutely love playful couples, and Kristen + Eric are a perfect mix of sweet and silly. 

Buffalo Botanical Gardens Engagement | Julia + Mark

Originally we were going to embrace Buffalo's winter weather, and do some outdoor engagement portraits in the beautiful snow. So we scheduled, and hoped for snow. Yes. We HOPED for snow.  Little did we know what this winter had planned for Western New York.  So we planned, and were excited that the snow was landing so beautifully on the branches. And we figured out the prettiest park for snowy pictures.

And then it got cold.

I'm talking eyeballs freezing cold. The type of cold that makes me worry if my camera will work for the whole session, and the type of cold that makes everyone re-think outdoor engagement portraits.

So we adjusted and decided on the Erie County Botanical Gardens. And it was perfect.

More than perfect, actually... because right off to the side of the gardens, I found these awesome evergreen trees that had the perfect layer of snow.

And then Julia and Mark won the day by actually throwing snow in the air and completely covering themselves. I love my wedding couples!

Lake Ontario Family Portraits

My style has been moving slowly and steadily to the more un-posed (not that it was ever super posed), unfilered, lifestyle family portrait sessions. When Kaitlyn contacted me about some family portraits, in November, on the shores of Lake Ontario, I was a bit nervous about how well we'd all do in the freezing cold... But then she said she was looking for the "real life" type of portraits, and not super posed and I just couldn't say no, no matter how much I knew they'd all have red noses and be shivering.  But we lucked out, big time.  It was a balmy 60 degree day, and gorgeously sunny.  So I may have gone completely overboard, and took way too many pictures of them - but I'm sorry... a toddler in a man-bun?  How could you not go overboard?