Posts in Portraits
THE CROSSINGS PORTRAITS | COLONIE | THE WILLIS FAMILY

It was a hot day at the Crossings during the busy farmer's market, but the Willis family and I were able to make some beautiful portraits together nonetheless! I've been photographing this family for several years and I am so grateful that I've had the privilege of watching the children grow from very tiny babies to the wonderful little children they are today.

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SPRING STUDIO PORTRAIT SESSIONS | TROY

I can't believe it's June already! This year is flying past and it seems like everyone I know has been super busy! Over the last few months I've started getting used to the cooperative studio space that I have been renting and I'd like to share a few of my favorite portraits that have been created there! I'm now offering mini studio sessions on demand, so contact me today if you'd like to get on the schedule!

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DOWNTOWN ALBANY PORTRAITS | TREZELLE

Trezelle and I first met at Heartspace Midwifery‘s weekly parent-child community group; she was very pregnant and my son was 8 months old. The first thing I noticed about her was how stunningly beautiful she was and in what a poised manner she carried herself at 9 months pregnant. This was in stark contrast to myself, who was happy to get a shower and brushed teeth every day! I next saw her again several months later when I made head shots for the students of Doula Trainings International, where she had just finished an intense doula certification program. Now her postpartum doula business is about to commence, along with several other entreprenurial endeavors that she is embarking on, so it was time for us to make some kick-ass professional portraits! Trezelle told me that it is important to her that the city of Albany be part of her brand’s image since that is her target market, so we worked all the favorite spots downtown: the Capitol building, Education building, and the Empire State Plaza. I am so proud of this woman and her growing business and I am so grateful that she asked me to help create her brand’s images!

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UNION COLLEGE PORTRAITS | SCHENECTADY | THE SWARTZ FAMILY

The Swartz family came together for Thanksgiving from places as far as Western NY and Eastern MA! We met up on Black Friday morning to create some family portraits while everyone was in the same place (a perfect excuse to avoid the shopping crowds, too!). The weather started off chilly but quickly warmed up as we walked around the beautiful Union College campus. The architecture here is great and the kids were extremely well behaved. It was a pleasure working with this bunch and I wish them the happiest holiday season!

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ALBANY PORTRAITS | THE MARLOW-GROCK FAMILY

At Halloween time, Jenn and Dawn entered a contest I was hosting where I asked people to share images of their children dressed up in Halloween costumes, and they won! Their prize was a super discounted family portrait session and they wanted to have it at their home, which always makes me happy. I think it’s important to document families in their natural environments and it fits perfectly with my documentary-type photography style. We did some posing, we did some playing, we tried to eat some leaves… (well, that was mostly baby Levi), and we played with the dog, Rasta, who is a sassy little pup! It was a perfect fall day and we all enjoyed ourselves! Thanks for letting me photograph your family!    

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THE CROSSINGS FAMILY PORTRAITS | COLONIE

It was very hot the day that I met up with this California family at the Crossings to photograph them for the fourth time! I love watching these boys grow and seeing how they change (and also how they stay the same). The older boy does not like me taking his picture, which I had forgotten, but once I said he could make funny faces and fart noises he opened right up! At the end everyone ran through the sprinklers to cool off!

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WILDLIFE SANCTUARY SENIOR PORTRAITS | OLD CHATHAM | TYLER

Tyler and his family have been my clients for a few years now, but this session was special because it was just Tyler! He is finally a high school senior and I am so proud of him! Tyler attends Hudson High School and is enrolled in several AP courses, which I highly commend him on. He intends to enroll in Hudson Valley Community College next year while he narrows down his choices for a future career, but he is interested in art and wants to pursue video game design. As a gamer myself, I truly hope that Tyler is able to follow his passion and I look forward to seeing what he will create in the future!

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PEEBLES ISLAND SENIOR PORTRAITS | WATERFORD | KALI

Kali is my niece and I was super excited to make senior portraits for her, especially since she lives in Buffalo and we don’t get to see each other very often. When I asked Kali what type of portraits she wanted to make, she was really specific about her desire to include some water. I brainstormed a little bit and decided that Peebles Island was the best place for us to go, even though I had never been down the trails enough to get to the waterfall area. Kali was up for the adventure so after taking a few gorgeous shots in her dress, she switched outfits, threw on some sneakers, and we went for a little hike to explore the island together. I was hoping we might see some wildlife, since I’ve often seen deer when visiting Peebles before, but we were only fortunate enough to see two garter snakes. Not very exciting!

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DOWNTOWN TROY PORTRAITS | SMITH FAMILY

This blog post is a sister story to one written by my very dear friend Carrie, another local photographer, and I absolutely adore her work! Our sons are just three days apart in age and we say they are best friends, even if they don’t know it yet! Several weeks ago we got our families together to have a no-stress portrait session trade off and it was equal parts awkward and fun. I think photographers have the hardest time getting their own portraits made because we are so critical of the process and often much more comfortable behind the lens than in front of it. Despite that, since our families are such close friends we were really able to let go and allow our true selves to shine through while enjoying time with our husbands and babies! Nearing the end of our session the light filtering down the trees was brilliant and made for a really warm finish to our portrait session, which we closed out with dinner at The Shop (because supporting local business is so important, and the food there is uh-maze-ing)!

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CENTRAL PARK PORTRAITS | SCHENECTADY | WILLIS FAMILY

When photographing families with young children it can sometimes be difficult to get them to cooperate, but the Willis family has always been amazing for me! This was at least the third or fourth time I’ve photographed them and it makes my heart happy to see these little ones growing. The roses were perfectly in bloom at Central Park in Schenectady, so even though the sun was blazing we spent a few minutes enjoying our time in the garden.

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