Melissa and Ryan are married at Red Maple Vineyard

It was so so hot and then the storm rolled in…the sign of a great love affair, a couple meant to be together, is how they handle a disappointment together. Well, both Melissa and Ryan just rolled with it all.They completely were thinking of the friends and family, not themselves, when they called the ceremony to be held indoors. No drama, just lots of joy and love. What a honor to be with them documenting this fabulous day.

During the vowels, the thunder and pelting rain added drama and the room was so quiet save for the two beautiful people expressing their love for each other. It was really magic.

Later the party was raucous and so so fun.

The James Burden mansion {Swathi and Grant have a fusion wedding}

From a East Asian ceremony, with a lot of rice throwing, to a glorious dinner party with a bride in white, this wedding will be one I will always remember. The James Burden and Otto kahn Mansions are the perfect venue- elegant, but not excessively fussy, with a lovely staircase and library for portraits.

Swathi and Grant were running very late so we had to scrape plans to go to Central Park for photos. Never mind that , the Park Avenue street was just perfect for a fun and fast session.


Irma and Chris are married at the Inn at New Hyde park

The Inn at New Hyde Park, a long Island wedding

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Emily and Danilo at the Tavern of Diamond Mills

The tavern at Diamond Mills in Saugerties is a stunning backdrop for a modest sized wedding

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The Foundry- The Wedding of Madeline and Steve

I fell hard for the Foundry. From the rooftop view of the 59th street Bridge, to the ivy covered brick walls and the balcony view of the dance floor.

Madeline and Steve were incredibly kind and thoughtful- and completely easy. They were there to have a blast and that they did. The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen were a terrific, fun group…and I had a fantastic time with all of them.

Brides Gown- Waters

Day of planner - Dream Makers( highly recommend Raquel, she is awesome)

The American Yacht Club Rye New York

The American Yacht Club provided the perfect backdrop…a view of the Long Island Sound, bathed in sunset golden light, a gorgeous bridal party, wonderful couple. Carly was stunning…and sweet, too. Carey looked great and he and his men were fun and great to be with.

take a look at these loves-

Thanks to my team, Brian, Keldon and Veronica.

The Golden Knot Yacht- a wedding for Leah and Christian

A magical wedding on the Golden Knot Yacht…Leah and Christian brought love, beauty and full hearts to this amazing day

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Albums 2018

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Liberty state park, Jersey City, with Irma and Chris

Liberty state park in Jersey City overlooks the downtown Manhattan skyline. It is a gorgeous place, the Statue of Liberty stands tall to the far right , while the Empire State building looks small next to the new Freedom Tower. 

Chris and Irma and I had planned a spring engagement shoot. Our winter sessions were delayed and we were hoping for daffodils and a warm breeze.

 What we received from dear Mother Nature was a bitter cold and extremely windy afternoon. The wind was blowing off the Hudson River and was bone chilling. Never the less, Irma was a willing and lovely lady-freezing, hair blown and still sweet and beautiful. And Chris a handsome, light hearted model. The 911 memorial provided some relief from the wind, but we just had to have that skyine.

I love the wind blown images. they are as warm as the day was cold.

The Basilica, Hudson, NY

A Basilica wedding, Hudson, New York.
Lauren and Ryan understand design and Ryan is a architect.I think the actual structure of Basilica is what initially attracted them to have the wedding here. In fact, they used this drawing on the front of their save the date cards. The back was a black and white photograph.
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Basilica offers a rustic backdrop, industrial yet beautiful.  A short walk and you are at the river side, with the mighty Hudson framed in the background. Distant trains and ships  are in view. We stopped on the railroad tracks to savor the last of the days' light.
Lauren got dressed with her maids at the William Farmer and Sons hotel. The men were is a apartment just down the road from the ladies. Each space was furnished comfortably and offered easy  walking distance to Basilica, a nice perk for everyone on such a beautiful day.
During the ceremony each guest was given a copper cup.(Copper was a element used through the wedding) This became their own beverage cup and a toast was had after rings were exchanged. I thought it was such a unique and personal way to honor the guests while celebrating each other. And it became a gift to take home. 
Planning was by Hudson Valley Ceremonies. The interior was lit in a blue and purple glow, and carnival lights strung across the 50 foot ceilings to add warmth.
Between the fabulous bride, her handsome groom, and wonderful friends and family, this wedding was stellar on all counts
 
 

PJ and Theresa are married at the Red Maple Vineyard

Red Maple Vineyard is a perfect venue for any size affair. The Vineyard offers a great view for the ceremony, gorgeous gardens, a young vineyard, and food grown there that is prepared deliciously.

Theresa and PJ came to my studio where we first met. I immediately knew I wanted an opportunity to work with and for them. They allowed me great creative freedom and the love they share is remarkable. When Theresa read in her vowels " The minute I met you my life was never the same" I could see what she meant. These two are an inspiration to be with.

On top of all of this the date was October 29th and it was 79 degrees a with the softest and prettiest light ever. 

The party was outstanding from beginning to end. PJ's dad is a florist. The tent was unreal.I have been to Red Maple many times and never have I seen  the space look better. From the entryway , to the amazing arch of flowers for the ceremony-gorgeous. 

 

We ended the evening,  just before the bonfire, going up to the hill where Theresa and Pj said their vows. Standing still in complete black, except for a small glow from a cloud surrounded moon, I created a heirloom image for the two of them to cherish.   

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Carolyn and Joel at The Garrison

Carolyn and Joel are delightful together and apart. They compliment each other in the best ways. 

Carolyn got dressed at the Garrison, while Joel was at a nearby hotel. 

The first look took place under the shade trees to keep everyone cool. We made our way down hill to the big view later for a few group photos and to capture the scenery. This is where we used the drone for a brief time. I love drone images but never want the distraction during the ceremony. (They can be pretty noisy). Family photos were taken in front of the iconic stone gazebo. As the afternoon grew late the light became soft and lovely.

As the time for the ceremony approached, the day  was so   beautiful, clear and blue .As Carolyn walked down the aisle to meet Joel, everything was perfect. The Flowers adorning the wooden "Huppa" were stunning. I could here the guests whispering that the view was amazing, and then when Carolyn  was midway down the aisle the crowd was awed by how beautiful she looked. Radiant might be a cliche but true.

Drone footage
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The Best of Hudson Valley 2017

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I am humbled and honored to have won this years Hudson Valley Magazine reader;s choice for "The Best of the Hudson Valley" in the categories of Portrait and wedding photography

Winning this award means so much after many years of hard work. I adore my clients, I absolutely am obsessed by photography and I continue to strive to improve everyday.

When I am photographing I am finding the beauty in the moment, but especially in who you are. I fall in love with everyone I photograph.I just can not help myself

 

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The Garrison {Caitlyn and Nick}

I have known Nick and his family for more then 20 years, most of Nick's life, first as a photographer and then as a friendThe first time I photographed Nick I think he was three, and his sister younger sister not yet born.She can be seen here, a dark haired beauty singing to her brother at the reception.

I adore the Canevari family, for their warmth,  and goodness. And it does not hurt that they are all drop dead gorgeous, inside and out.

Caitlyn is the piece that just fit.a sweet, smart, beautiful young woman, a perfect match for Nick

The wedding was at one of my favorite venues, The Garrison. It has views to die for, sunsets that are unmatched, great culinary fair and a wonderful staff.I took advantage of the sunset and followed it later with a timeless, long exposure, including the big dipper and view of the surrounding mountains .I love the great visual finale of a big starry night shot.

Take a look at the magic we made together

 

here is what Nick's sweet Dad wrote to me

Hi Cynthia.

I just wanted to send you a quick missive to give you a heartfelt "thank you" for the exceptional work you did on Sat, and previously.
 

I've been to so many weddings over the years, and have witnessed numerous photographers at those. To this day, I have yet to see anyone who equals you - your absolute phenomenal work ethic, your unique ability to engage the wedding party and family, your care and attention to detail, your team and the teamwork, and ultimately the beautiful work. You perform an orchestration which is perfect, and I want you to know how much we appreciate you - both as an artist and as a long-time friend to this family. 

 

We love you!

John, Beth & kids

The Barns at Liberty Farm Ghent NY ( Alex and Victoria)

Alex and Victoria came to me by route of Alex's sister's wedding, 7 years ago. This wedding was to be very different then that Brooklyn Botanical Garden winter affair. 

This wedding took place on a farm, Liberty Farm, with horses and a glorious barn, with decorated horse paddocks, filled with antique furniture. This wedding had a sunset to die for, a sweet view and farm fences.

Victoria wore a lovely easy to be in, lace gown and adorned her hair with a delicate flower wreath. Alex, hipster from Brooklyn, wore a elegant slim fitting blue suit, white and blue patterned shirt, blue tie and fabulous brown leather shoes.

CHeck out the sunset-amazing only begins to describe it. I shot this with a movie light to keep the warmth of the setting sun and not introduce the blue light of a flash. I also went for the very blue light of dusk, immediately following the colorful sunsetting sky.

the barn was trickey, honey warm in color and we did create quite a few black and white images, lit carefully with movie lighting to create a 50's look, akin to the furnishings and design of the evening

Making Your Photography Experience Fun, Easy and Comfortable

There are so many photographers you may choose from.  We come from many difference walks of life from Urban hipster to a quiet country shooter. So many options, so many different prices.

I have learned as an experienced shooter that to capture  the intimate moments we desperately want to document, a couple needs to feel safe in our presence. 

At our first shoot, usually an engagement session, I take time to get to know my "subjects" 

I know how difficult it can be to be in front of  a lens, waiting for that awful click when you just. know you made a bad face. I know how self conscious it feels to stand still for what seems like a eternity. I know how bad  we can feel when we see a less then flattering images of ourselves.

The one constant comment I hear always is" That was so much fun"  and "I love these, how did you make us laugh so hard?" "I actually love these and I hate all pictures of myself"

I think it is the ability to listen and really be present with you. I want to hear your story, and be more then some hired hand, but a photographer that actually blends into the wedding without standing out or being in the way. After initial prep shots, everyone stops posing and let's me be as a fly on the wall-there but unnoticed, unless I am helping dry a bouquet or smooth a dress.

Here a few moments that I was lucky enough to be able to witness, without anyone feeling as though they had to hide the emotions from me or my camera.