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We went to Miami & the Everglades!

The first weekend in May, Ryan and I hopped on a flight to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to each fulfill a longtime dream: exploring the Everglades! As excited as I was to see and photograph a new national park, I also really needed this vacation to take me away from work and a perpetually busy life. So I shut off the cell phone (metaphorically - I still used it to snap some photos!) and vowed to not have my camera glued to my face. Sometimes I get so caught up in wanting to photograph every detail, I don't spend enough time taking in my surroundings.... terrible habit I'm working on breaking : ) The results are here in this nice little gallery... and I was very happy to not have 1,000 vacat

Sara & Jason - Ready to Welcome their New Baby! Buffalo Maternity Session

I had the pleasure of meeting these two sweethearts just ten days before Sara's due date! Originally from the Pacific Northwest (easily one of my favorite places I've had the pleasure of traveling to), they were fairly new to the city of Buffalo and I was excited to show them around a Buffalo staple - the Japanese Gardens at the Buffalo History Museum. It was a perfect Sunday in Buffalo (mother's day actually - how appropriate!) and the Japanese Gardens were bustling with families out for a stroll through the park and photos sessions galore of course : ) Amid the hubbub and hot sun we captured these gorgeous images of very excited parents ready to finally be, well parents!! I can't wait to

5 Tips for Stunning Getting Ready Images

So you want those gorgeous getting ready photographs in your wedding gallery, eh? I don't blame you! Getting ready photos are some of my favorites! They not only showcase all of your details you worked so hard to put together, but they are a little glimpse into your lives just hours before you officially become the new Mrs. + Mrs., or Mr. + Mr., or Mr. + Mrs đź–¤ If you want stunning getting ready images, just follow these 5 simple rules outlined below! PREPARE YOUR ROOM pick a location that is spacious, full of light + reflects your aesthetic 1 - Lighting is key! Try to choose a space that has ample natural lighting 2 - Keeping your space as clutter free + clean as you can is so important! It

Sarah & Jonah celebrate their love at the beach! Beaver Island Wedding

For a place that was packed with people in bathing suits and kids spilling ice cream cones down their bare bellies, Beaver Island State Park provided an enchanting backdrop to Sarah and Jonah's June wedding! It was easy to forget the surrounding chaos while witnessing their traditional jewish ceremony held under a beautiful awning of greenery. The banquet hall was decorated exquisitely with orchids on every table. And my favorite part of the day - we were able to cap the evening off with some alone time for the bride and groom on the beach! Both Sara and Jonah are teachers in Longmont CO where they live and, coincidentally, were I had lived until moving home to Buffalo shortly before thei

Denim & Diamonds - a fundraiser for Hawk Creek Wildlife Center at Hayloft in the Grove, East Aur

The folks at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in East Aurora NY sure know how to throw a party! Their fundraiser April 14th at Hayloft in the Grove - "Denim & Diamonds" - was such a treat to be a part of. They had a silent auction, live music, cigar rolling, a delicious wine and food pairing (catered by Salt Cuisine and holy moly was their food deeeeelish!) and - my personal favorite part - they offered guests the opportunity to have their photo taken with one of their rescue animals! The team brought along hawks, owls and a friendly blue parrot to party with the rest of us. See all of the fun for yourself below! #denimanddiamonds #hawkcreek #hayloft #hayloftinthegrove #eastaurora #eventphotog