F R O G P O N D W E D D I N G | S K A N E A T E L E S N Y
Yesterday, on a scorching hot June day,
at a beautiful location,
a beautiful couple, vowed to love each other forever.
And I was honored to be the one to capture it all.
Arron and Rich are so much fun and down to earth.
I really enjoyed being a part of their special day!
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Wright
I wish you a lifetime of laughter and joy!
Here's just a small peek at your images...
You're in love and you're getting married!!!!
Wahooooooo, it's all so exciting!
You want to tell the whole world
then start planning all the glorious pinteresty details, in that order.
That's when you begin pricing things out
annnnd the excitement suddenly starts to dim just a little.
Weddings can be Expensive <--note the capital E!
You may find you have to compromise on a lot of the details you were hoping for.
As a fine art wedding photographer, I come across this a lot.
Potential clients will message me for my rates
and the sticker shock instantly sends them running.
Usually in the direction of the nearest friend or family member with a somewhat decent camera.
I feel bad because I know the images will not be what they were dreaming of,
but at the same time, I TOTALLY get it!
Like many wedding photographers I am not cheap.
Of course, I feel like I am worth the investment.
Not only because you will have these professional images forever,
but because I have devoted years to
improving both my photography and editing skills.
Not to mention all I have invested
in my equipment, insurance, editing software,
advertising, taxes, website and gallery fees, props, blah, blah, blah.
I'm going to STOP right there.
This is the kind of message many professionals find themselves sending out
to potential clients.
They want everyone to understand their value.
Why they're worth it, why you should just hire them anyway
even if you can't afford it.
Most times though, the client DOES think you are worth it.
They can see the dreamy results and they want them,
they're simply on a budget and can't swing it.
So they are forced to send the obligatory "thank you for getting back to me,
I love your work so much, but
I think we're going to go with a family friend instead" message.
A lot of photographers find this frustrating.
We simply can't negotiate on pricing
because of that aforementioned annoyingly long list of expenses.
We know what we have to charge
in order to actually make a decent wage and feed our families.
That being said, think of the flip side.
How frustrating it is for the Bride and Groom!
No one wants subpar pictures from one of the biggest days of their lives.
So what are the options if money is tight?
Well, believe it or not, there are a few...
1.) You could hire a professional for just part of your day.
This option works really well for weddings with brief ceremonies
as you can squeeze quite a lot of content into a short period of time.
Here is an example of a couple who hired me for just one hour
on their special day.
For $350 this couple received some venue shots...
A few getting ready shots...
Bridal Party images...
Bride and Groom Portraits...
More details and some reception candids...
The First Dance...
and the classic ring shot...
This is just a fraction of the images from their collection.
This is how the breakdown of their day went ::
Venue images :: took 5 minutes
Getting Ready images :: took 5 minutes
Ceremony images :: took 10 minutes
Bridal Party images :: took 10 minutes
Bride and Groom Portraits :: took 15 minutes
Candids and Reception images :: took 15 minutes
One hour of time yielded plenty of images to create a beautiful album
showcasing a lovely overview of their day.
Now, did I get the opportunity to document every fine detail
that I would during a typical wedding?
No. I would have loved to have stayed to get some shots of the couple
through the windows at night.
I literally had a million other ideas for images at this gorgeous venue.
That's not the point though.
The fact is, this couple did in fact appreciate the value of fine art,
they recognized my worth as a professional.
Yet, they were content with just a few memories from their day.
I think that is a great option for many other couples out there too.
2.) Another option I would love to offer
is a regular portrait session sometime in the days or weeks following the wedding.
Where the Bride and Groom can dress back up in their wedding attire
and have a private couple's session to document their love.
Nothing would be rushed like it is on the actual wedding day.
There would be no distractions.
I love the idea of taking our time and capturing the true connection
between the newlyweds.
3.) Your last option, if you just don't want to compromise on a full day's coverage
is simply to make payments.
While I do require a retainer to hold your date and
the rest of the payment is due in full 30 days prior to the wedding,
the average couple hires me (and signs their contract)
about a year in advance of their actual wedding date.
During this span of time
I am more than willing to work with you on a payment plan
so that you are not overwhelmed by lump sums due at the last moment.
I love what I do for a living!
I would be overjoyed to work with you to create some incredible memories.
More than anything though, I want you to be happy.
EVERYONE deserves to be happy on their wedding day.
Just let me know what I can do to make that happen for you!
For a list of my full day and hourly wedding coverage,
Erika and Nick were the second wedding couple I've photographed this year
that live out of state and chose central NY
as their destination wedding location.
Both couples hired me without a face-to-face meeting,
based solely on my online work and iPhone conversations.
I can't tell you what a compliment that is!
Not only did I look forward to this wedding because of the amazing location,
(I mean Old Forge, NY when the leaves are already turning...GAH!)
but once I met this wonderful couple I got even more excited.
First off, they look like supermodels, which never hurts.
Superficiality aside though, they really are such genuine and kind people
with an incredibly supportive and loving group of friends and family!
I feel absolutely honored that they chose me to capture their beautiful day.
Thank you bunches Mr. and Mrs. Ballard
I wish you and those sweet babies a lifetime of love and happiness!!
Big thanks to my second shooter Nicole from Nicole James Photography.
And as always, shout out to my assistant Jamie Wheatley
who does all the behind-the-scenes grunt work
and who bought my 30 weeks pregnant body
a belly band, which literally saved me through the reception.
Bride & Groom Portraits.
Hotel :: Great Pines Resort
Venue :: View Arts Center
Wedding Dress :: Silk Bridal Boutique
Wedding Dress Designer :: Enzoani
Tuxedo :: Indochino
Bridal Party Attire :: Katherine Patricia
Wedding Rings :: Emil's Jewelry Design
Bridal Jewelry :: Donna Beth Creations
Florist :: Mountain Greenery
Caterer :: A Moveable Feast by O'Connors
Cake :: Wegmans
Hair and Make-Up :: Elite Beauty Studios
DJ Services :: Cory Cobane | Big Beat DJ Services
I met Maggie and Adam via FaceTime, as I live in CNY
and they live in Chicago.
I got so excited when they told me their vision of their special day.
The plan was a destination wedding right here in Syracuse.
Their close friends own an incredible property south of the city
and they would be hosting the celebration.
I have to tell you how amazing it was to see it all come together.
It was evident, in all the preparations, just how kind, gracious and loving this couple is.
How they truly value their friendships and family members.
They stated more than once, how they wanted all of them to be at the forefront of their day.
And each person there had a share in helping to make it even more magical.
From the ceremony procession through the woods
with all the guests in tow,
lead by a banjo playing friend.
To the heartfelt words of affection spoken at the reception dinner,
while guest lounged on colorful serapes and dined on wildflower adorned pallet tables.
Each detail made this day extra special.
And to top it off...there were pyrotechnics people!!
I mean, does it get any better?!
Huge thank you to Maggie and Adam for treating me more like a guest than a hired professional!
Thank you, thank you for being so sweet and considerate.
Thanks too to my second shooter Michelle Frederick Photography
and my assistant Jamie Wheatley, who is always a lifesaver and has the best ring shot ideas, lol.
And now for a sneak peek into the awesomeness...
Bride and Groom Portraits.
I was only at Maggie and Adam's rehearsal dinner for a little over an hour, but I took a gazillion pictures. It was a stunning evening filled with love and beautiful people! Here's just a small preview...
Congratulations you two!!
Hope you're having an amazing honeymoon.
Working on your wedding day sneak peek next...
Michelle and Nick planned for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony followed by photos on Cross Lake.
In the week leading up to the big day, I was watching the forecast like a hawk.
It's not that pictures can't be taken in the rain, in fact they can be quite stunning.
I don't, however, know of any couple who actually wants it to rain on their wedding day.
The closer it got, it was looking better and better,
but as I drove to the venue late that afternoon,
it was coming down so hard I couldn't even see the road in front of me.
I was nervous and when I got there I could tell that Michelle was too.
Then, with 20 minutes before showtime, like some unexpected miracle, the skies parted.
The sun came out in full force and everything was just glistening and breathtaking.
The rest of the day went off without a hitch.
(except the obvious one)<--See what I did there? Lol
I want to say thank you so much to this beautiful couple
for asking me to be the one to record your day.
I hope you enjoy this sneak peek and that you cherish these images forever!
Bride and Groom Portraits.
Venue :: Cross Lake Inn and Marina | Cato, NY
Wedding Dress :: NY Bride
Wedding Dress Designer :: Justin Alexander
Tuxedo :: Tuxedo Junction
Bridal Party Attire :: NY Bride
Wedding Rings :: Littman Jewelers
Bridal Jewelry :: Swarovski
Florist :: Whistle Stop
Caterer :: Barney's BBQ
Cake :: Cakes By Michelle
Hair & Make-up :: Syracuse Make-up Artistry
DJ :: Pro Wedding Services
Once upon a time...
When Katie contacted me and said that she and Ryan were thinking of eloping at an abandoned castle a few hours away and asked if I could be the one to photograph it, I got butterflies inside. Then, when she said I could be as artistic as I wanted to be, I may or may not have squealed in delight! Sometimes work is just work, and sometimes work is pure inspiration. This wedding was the definition of inspiring.
I really fell in love with this couple, right off the bat. They are so kind and considerate of one another. They are affectionate and not afraid to show their emotions. I've said it many times before, but small intimate weddings like this are my absolute favorite things to shoot. There is no pressure, no distractions. The focus is solely on the connection, it is all about their love story. And this was a beautiful love story.
To witness not just this lovely couple becoming one, but seeing their sweet girls officially become sisters, was a true honor. The fact that it all happened at a CASTLE, well, that was just the cherry on top of a delicious sundae.
*I do want to note that this location is private property and is posted and we had permission from the owners to be there. We actually got a little lost trying to find it. Then a couple of kind good samaritans helped us out by giving us an escort up the dirt road. I didn't get their names, but shout out to them. If you're reading this, you know who you are. (And I still owe you that $5) Lol
I also want to give a big thanks to my assistant Jamie Wheatley, who comes with me to nearly every wedding. She is never seen in any of my images, but does so much behind the scenes to keep me sane. Everything from fixing hair and wardrobe issues, to wrangling all the kiddos. It is all so appreciated!
With all that said, here is a sneak peek of Katie and Ryan's absolute fairytale of a day...
Bride & Groom Portraits.
...and they lived happily ever after.
To book your elopement, please contact me HERE
Destination Elopement | Niagara Falls, NY
I had only "met" Sarah online and spoken to her once on the phone.
The rest of our communications were via text messages.
She and her fiancé are from New Jersey and planned a destination elopement
with their son Brandon in Niagara Falls, NY.
I drove 2.5 hours and they drove 7+ hours.
None of us really knew the area.
.After a brief ceremony, we literally just walked around together,
photographing as we went.
It was all so spontaneous and lovely!
I'll tell you a secret, these small intimate weddings are my absolute favorite things!
There are no rules! I can get as close as I want for a shot.
There's no timeline or itinerary.
No paparazzi guests.
It always feels so genuine and romantic.
So if you're planning an elopement or simple backyard wedding,
give me a shout.
I'd be honored to capture it all.
Congrats Mr. & Mrs. and tiny Byron.
Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!
Two weeks before Olivia and Troy's big day
I herniated my L5 disc in my back and with sciatica all down my right side,
I was completely immobile.
I couldn't walk, stand or even sit without excruciating pain.
(Not the kind of thing you want to hear about your wedding photographer)
That being said,
in my mind there wasn't even a question
as to whether or not I was still going to shoot this wedding.
I knew that I was doing it, even if I was crawling the day of.
I am so glad that I did.
It would have been a shame to miss such a beautiful, emotion-filled day!
This wedding had so many touching moments.
It was brimming with love, laughter and genuine friendships!
Thank you Olivia and Troy for trusting me to capture it,
it was a true honor.
And now for the sneak peek . . .
The First Look.
The Bride and Groom Portraits.
The Formal Portraits.
Wedding Dress :: Alfred Angelo
Wedding Shoes :: Nine West
Groom's Attire :: JCPenney
Wedding Rings :: Kay Jewelers and Etsy
Engagement Ring :: Family Heirloom
Florist :: Mother of the Bride
Caterer :: Orchard Vali
Wedding Cake :: Biscotti Cafe
Make-up :: Lynne Winters
DJ :: Proctor Entertainment
Kind. Funny. Loving. Beautiful. Generous.
I can't think of enough adjectives to describe a couple like Tracy and Charley.
From the moment we met, we just clicked.
I got them, they got me.
The day of the wedding my second shooter, the incredible Jessica Svoboda from
Jessica Svoboda Photography said she noticed something and it was so sweet.
She said "you can tell they love and trust you."
For that feeling, I want to say, "Tracy, Charley, thank you once again.
I know in my heart you two will be together for life.
I am so honored to have been there to capture your start!"
Here is your official sneak peek...
Bride & Groom Portraits.
Let me know when your ready to have kids.
I do birth and newborn photography as well...just sayin. ;)
Getting Ready Location :: Turning Stone Resort Hotel
Venue :: Hayloft on the Arch
Wedding Dress :: SpyBaby Bridal
Wedding Dress Designer :: Stella York
Tuxedo :: JCPenneys
Bridal Party Attire :: JCPenneys & SpyBaby Bridal
Wedding Rings :: Hayden Jewelers
Florist :: Hobby Lobby
Caterer :: Carnegie
Cake :: Butter Dreamery
Hair :: Theresa @ LaBella Salon & Spa
Make-Up :: Backwoods Beauty
DJ & Photo Booth :: Black Tie Entertainment
Videographer :: Fuoconation