Beautiful Albums

I have several new album sets that I want to share. Each is available with a coordinated case, and many choices are available in leather, linen and vegan friendly materials

Here is a 10x10 Distressed set- a gorgeous leather album with a matching box in leather and wood

Here is a 10x10 Distressed set- a gorgeous leather album with a matching box in leather and wood

The Black Tie collection adds a little bling with the black on black filigree case and black leather embossed cover

The Black Tie collection adds a little bling with the black on black filigree case and black leather embossed cover

The linen set is a favorite for it's stunning, French inspired linen cover, lovely matching wood and linen case and superb printing of your precious images

The linen set is a favorite for it's stunning, French inspired linen cover, lovely matching wood and linen case and superb printing of your precious images

Fine art book
For a client that wants to utilize over a hundred images the fine art book is a lovely answer. These also make wonderful guest books and gifts. each page is printed seamlessly, to lay flat , on smooth fine art paper.The linen cover is embossed in mat gold letters to personalize the collection

For a client that wants to utilize over a hundred images the fine art book is a lovely answer. These also make wonderful guest books and gifts. each page is printed seamlessly, to lay flat , on smooth fine art paper.The linen cover is embossed in mat gold letters to personalize the collection

A Red Maple Vineyard Wedding Aditi & Chris {day one of a fusion wedding}

When Aditi first contacted me, she described her Red Maple Vineyard wedding in the Hudson Valley, as a small preview to the Indian affair to be held the next day. I suppose in the world of East Asian affairs, 300 guests is small. We arrived to see the Vineyard's interior rooms swarming with guests enjoying traditional Indian fare. Spicy and aromatic, and I would say that is a good description of the couple too! Spicy and fun, different in cultures but totally in love with each other and embraced by their differences

Aditi was wearing a amazing Lehenga, constructed out of a gold threaded material. the fabric and flow of the skirt was completely breathtaking. The dress moved with Aditi beautifully and it complemented her  so well.

Chris wore a royal blue suit, well tailored with great brown oxfords. I think they were perfect together.

The cocktails were held in the front of the Vineyard, which is not standard, but sensational. guests could roam the grounds, try the pizzas and Somali's, drink Proseca and take in the evening air.

The reception moved into the enormous air conditioned tent, where a Bally Wood inspired flash mob dance was held for the bride's enjoyment. This wedding was magic in every way

Kristen and Christopher A Onteora Mountain House Wedding

Kristen is one of my favorite brides.She is warm and so happy and her partner Christopher is her perfect match. It was hard to contain myself from shooting a zillion photos of these two. Their joy was so contagious. Onteora never disappoints. It is by far, one of my very favorite spots for a wedding. The view is outrageous and the pavillion a delight to work in. The tall tall pines whisper their sighs along with the wedding vowels..and the stars at night take your breath away

Thanks to Dave Leonard for amazing music by JTD productions

Jamie and Adam a Hampshire Country Club affair

Adam and Jaimie are one of those couple that you just know are meant to be with each other. They had a glorious black tie affair, and every detail was planned o perfection, by both Jaimie and Adam's beautiful mom, Faith.

Six weeks prior to the big day Adam's dad had open heart surgery. seeing him dance the hora and be lifted high on the chair was an amazing, uplifting experience. Everyone was holding their breath, and smiling at the same time

This love story is one that I honestly think is epic

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Sophie and Teddy {A Hudson Valley Wedding in Stoneridge,NY}

Teddy and Sophie are exhuberant, warm, crazy , funny and touching. They are sweet yet strong, elegant yet wild. It all is here. all of it. The warm, romantic, wild, wet and fun wedding

Sophie had her dress made using the bead work from her grandmother's wedding gown. Teddy was elegant in a  suit( until he wasn't ,and changed into bathing trunks to escape the high humidity.)

The ceremony started in the garden. The wedding party consisting of many adorable children all in white. As it proceeded from the couple circling each other in Jewish tradition to the first blessing , thunder rumbled and rain poured down. immediately guests grabbed their chairs as though it was rehearsed and  in what seemed like seconds, the tent was assembled into a ceremony.Even the Chuppa was moved into place

 

The reception was wild and funny, toasts unlike any I have ever ever heard. memorable, tears rolling , laughter everywhere

dancing was fast and wild and love filled way into the night

guests took dips in the dark in the spring fed pool to cool off...then more dancing and drinking and a Sparkler send off

Marvelous

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The Proposal { She said Yes!}

John called me  several weeks ago asking if I would consider photographing his proposal to his then girlfriend, Natalie.

Would I? well YES! { I immediately starting planning}

We planned to have a rendevous at a Christmas Tree Farm here is Rhinebeck. I arrived about an hour early to case the location. After several texts to give me a status report, I saw John walking , along with a very cute women, strolling almost, dragging a plastic sled like item to  get the Christmas Tree he was supposedly there to cut. I don't think Natalie had a clue.

At this point I was in Ninja mode, hiding behind a Christmas tree up on a hill, lens poking through the pine branches, trying to remain incognito.

It was a real challenge.I wasn't sure what was happening as the two of them disappeared for a moment behind another tree. Suddenly the hills rung out with "OH MY GOD OH MY GOD" 

I know John must be proposing.

So here I am, running down the hill, hiding again like a cartoon Wiley Coyote,

I did manage to capture some awfully wonderful, emotional and sweet moments.

The end result

Natalie said yes

Onteora Moutain House in Autumn

If you want 'beautiful' in the Hudson Valley, then Onteora Mountain House is the place to go. A view of a canyon of Autumn glory, lovely pavilion style, glassed-in space for your reception, and a ceremony spot to absolutely die for. This has got to be one of my very favorite venues.

Melanie and Casey were as lovely and fun as anyone that I have photographed in recent memory. There was great laughter,  free flowing tears, great friends and loving family.

I was inspired to be especially creative.

The setting did not need much, but the centerpieces were handmade and rustic in a chic way. Really beautiful, and the candlelit room was so romantic. really a perfect place to have a wedding for two such wonderful people.

I did special night photography which is represented here. I love to feature the space while the couple is lit by the room behind them.

I also love the shot of the cottage with Melanie getting ready reflected behind the window glass. I was looking for something beyond normal.

"Oh The Places You Will Go" by Dr Suess

"You are off to great places, today is your day!"

"You are off to great places, today is your day!"

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...

“You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!” 

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.” 

You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” 

Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.” 

“Things may happen and often do to people as brainy and footsy as you”

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!”

It's opener, out there, in the wide, open air.” 

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“And when you're alone there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.”

“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. but mostly they're darked. 
But mostly they're darked. 
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! 
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?” 

“Fame you'll be famous, as famous as can be, with everyone watching you win on TV, Except when they don't because sometimes they won't..”

“When you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.” 

“You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed. 
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.” 

“Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. Oh! The places you'll go!” 

“So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!” 

 

Oh the Places You'll go

Oh the Places You'll go

Amy and Nicholas { a Bryant Park Grill wedding}

I have long loved Bryant Park, dreamt of eating at the Bryant Park Grill, and especially wished to shoot a wedding in this understated iconic NYC restaurant.The venue did not fail...it was lovely, understated and a perfect foil for Nick and Amy's glamorous wedding.

 

Amy is a stunner, long dark locks, big brown eyes, the body that will not quit.And Nick reminded me of a retro Movie star, glamour, suave, sexy and very handsome. Lucky me!

The ceremony took place on the rooftop, in full view of the park. A theatrical performance was taking place.Just as Nick and Amy said "I do" there was thunderous applause ( obviously the end of the performance) Nick and Amy thought it might be for them...so so great.I fell in love right then and there.with NYC, with them, with shooting weddings all over again

We ventured over to the NY Public Library mid way thru dinner to create a few iconic NY portraits. I am really happy with these. they capture the fun, the romance and the love just as it happened.

 

love the unpropped shoes for this photo

love the unpropped shoes for this photo

Amy takes a moment at Bryant Park Hotel

Amy takes a moment at Bryant Park Hotel

almost ready leaving Bryant Park Hotel

almost ready leaving Bryant Park Hotel

Bryant park first look

Bryant park first look

the first Look

the first Look

rooftop ceremony Bryant park Gril

rooftop ceremony Bryant park Gril

waiting to be announced

waiting to be announced

NY Bryant Park Grill and the cresent moon

NY Bryant Park Grill and the cresent moon

Love this cake

Love this cake

First dance lovemy is the very best

First dance lovemy is the very best

Mother son father daughter dance

Mother son father daughter dance

The MOH toasts the bride

The MOH toasts the bride

The brother toasts the bride

The brother toasts the bride

The steps of the NY Public Library

The steps of the NY Public Library

NY Public Library wedding portrait

NY Public Library wedding portrait

A first dance practice run

A first dance practice run

The New York Public Library wedding photos

The New York Public Library wedding photos

Cut the cake,make a toast

Cut the cake,make a toast

The end of a glorious night

The end of a glorious night

Ralph and Allison are married at Glynwood

A new Cold Spring venue has popped up. 

Allison and Ralph had booked Hamm House for their wedding. Weeks after finalizing they received word that they could not have the wedding of their dreams there. As luck would have it they were rewarded with the gorgeous country setting at Glynwood.

 

Allison's dress was simple and stunning, custom designed for her. The flowers were subtle, zinnias, pale pastels, with softest blue,grey ribbons.

The stone House made a wonderful backdrop for photos, as did the sunken garden and fields and wood. I really went crazy over the vintage inspired bridesmaids dresses, silk, beading all with a nod to the 1930's.glorious

 

CateringOliver KitaOliver Kita Chocolates

Planning::carrie@eventsthatmatter.net

Video Eric Rovayo

flowersTaylor@foxfodderfarm

special thanks to my second shooter Brian Reid and assistant Keldon Pollaco

 

The photo pages of a book on gardening taken here at Glynwood make the perfect background for Allison's pearls

The photo pages of a book on gardening taken here at Glynwood make the perfect background for Allison's pearls

the girls playfully jumping on the bed
pillow fights are such fun with hair and makaeup carefully applied

pillow fights are such fun with hair and makaeup carefully applied

Ralph needed some help with his wardrobe
something borrowed and something blue-a piece of mom's dress hand embroidered into the wedding gown

something borrowed and something blue-a piece of mom's dress hand embroidered into the wedding gown

a hug from Jane and getting ready
Ralph
the diamond earrings were tastefull and a bit of sparkle
the family is all there
gorgeous Allison-finishing touches
in the garden a bouquet and Allison
the spiral staircase is to die for
a portrait
a windy veil
ceremony begins
father and daughter
ceremony 

ceremony 

ceremony
ceremony
the whole wedding party
listening to a portion of readings
parents watching
a sweet touch
the birds were wishing them well
the kiss
get away time
get away golf cart
mountain view
Mr and Mrs hand embroidered chair covers
family portrait
portraits in the wood
Allison and Ralph are bautiful
I love this stone house as a beautiful setting...remonds of France or Enland
grand mother's
family portraits
The Watters family
in the garden taking a minute to have barefoot fun( had to get those heels off)
walking over to the sunken garden
the setting sun was so beautiful it made me breathless
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the reception begins
making an entrance
the bride and grrom enter the tent
the first dance
first dance
father daughter dance...awww
Mother and son dance
the super moon...very long exposure
let's dance
cut the cake by Oliver Kita
tent at night
what a gorgeous starry night
singing Don't stop"...one of the original band members
GRAND FINALE

GRAND FINALE

SPARKLERS
A most memorable super moon and gorgeous sweet lovely couple

the Supermoon

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term "supermoon" is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology.The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing.

The most recent occurrence was on August 29, 2015.

The opposite phenomenon, an apogee-syzygy, has been called a micromoon, though this term is not as widespread as supermoon.

The name SuperMoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, arbitrarily defined as: ...a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbitIn short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.    Perigee is the point at which the Moon is closest in its orbit to the Earth,

The name SuperMoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, arbitrarily defined as:

...a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbitIn short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.

 

 Perigee is the point at which the Moon is closest in its orbit to the Earth,

the full moon on Super Moon August 29 2015

Glynwood...a new Hudson Valley venue

I had the joy of photographing a glorious wedding at the newest venue in the Hudson Valley, Glynwood.With beautiful stone houses, barns and fences, a huge tent that is sited particularly well and sunken gardens.this place has it all.

There is even a romantic boat house perfect for smaller gatherings andrehearsal dinners.

The boat House at Glynwood
The light at the Boat House is spectacular
country paths, tree lines and lovely
The color of the sky reflected in the lake

Tara and Kenny at Minnewaska

After a long , hot drive on the NY state Thruway, They made it to glorious Minnewaska. Tara and I had only met by phone, so I did not if she was fat or thin, tall or short. Out of the car came this beauty.I felt so luck to be able to photography Kenny and Tara, to capture a little of their funny, sweet relationship.

We ventured along with the cute cocker spaniel, down the trail to Awosting Falls.

The challenge was to dodge the hundreds of folks there to enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon. I hope Tara and Kenny love these images. I had so much fun navigating the stream with my camera and bare feet, watching the two of them unwind and get more and more relaxed in front of my camera.

The wedding is sure to be stellar

Awosting Falls
Minnewaska State ark
Tara and Kenny
standing at Awosting
black and white engagement shoot
a waterfall kiss

Ending a wedding with a stunning moment with stars{ Hollow Brook Golf Club}

I documenting a wedding day as it unfolds, naturally, organically, with few "posed" pictures ( just a few for a cherished family archive, a gorgeous portrait)

 

That said, I have started to add wonderful, magical night portraits to collections.something that takes a few moments of standing very still to allow the stars to peek through. I think it is worth the wait, to be able to gift the couple a magic, romantic moment at night, the end of the reception, a final kiss goodnight.

Waiting for a shooting star, Hudson Valley


Night time sky in the Hudson Valley

Elizabeth and Patrick at Dumbo Brooklyn{ a hudson valley photographer meets Brooklyn NY}

Engagement shoots are such a wonderful way to connect with your photographer. Last Friday was picture perfect. I arrived to the shoot in Dumbo Brooklyn, carrying minimal equipment so we could trudge around. I had Liz and Pat meet Brian and I at the Brooklyn Ice Cream factory.

The crowd was thick, but those two stood outfrom everyone there. It was as if there was a spotlight on the two of them. Liz is tall...really tall, and gorgeous. Pat is taller..really really tall. I brought a step stool. I am short.really really short. we were really a funny group.

anyway I digress. I think Dumbo is facinating, crowded, magical, annoying.perfect for a engagement session. In fact we took a break from so much stimulation for drinks and yummy treats. You can catch Liz and Pat in the window here. a lovely candid. 

I did bring a wonderful light to use at sunset and to add some fashion edgy flair.


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Brooklyn Harbour
Midsummer nights dream, Brooklyn, NY