Archive for December, 2011

Merry Merry!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

I hope everyone creates lovely fun memories this holiday season.

I’ll be back in 2012 with my 2011 year in review slideshow.


Taj and Ambereen

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

I am so excited to show you these photographs of Taj and Ambereen.  Taj is my husbands cousin, and while we were unable to attend their Chicago wedding this summer because I was working, we were thrilled to be invited to their Walmina (this is sort of like another wedding celebration hosted by the grooms family) this November.

I was the photographer for this event and we had a great time wandering around the Brookside Gardens in Maryland.

The cute couple!

Aunt Jan, Uncle Mo, Taj, and Jason!

The image on the right is one of my favorites!

Ambereen was so much fun to photograph.

She looked stunning.


It was Ambereen’s idea to throw up the leaves, and it worked–love this image.

I must say it was so nice to have so much time with the bride and groom with no rushing. I know this rarely happens during the timeline of most weddings days, but it sure did make things easy–and the fact that Taj and Amber were so easy going.

After these photos there was a reception with lots of toasts and musical performances by friends and family. My girls even got to sing and play an instrument. If I can, I’ll post a video of one of the songs Sadie decided to sing on Facebook (can’t seem to figure it out here).

Congrats again to the wonderful couple. Thanks so much for including us.




Beaune, France–part 1| Travel Tuesday

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Okay, so it isn’t Tuesday, but I still want to continue showing off my France photographs–and I really need to finish editing them. The further away I get from this trip the harder it is to look back at the photos. It is torture to stare at such a relaxing fun trip filled with good food and wine while sitting in Syracuse, with no vacation in sight.

This was a trip that will have to be re-done.

After leaving the French Alps (check earlier travel Tuesday posts)  we drove to the wine capital of Burgundy–Beaune. We started off with a little tour of the wine cellar that was under our room at the very nice Les Jardins de Lois. They gave us our own little tasting of the wine they make.

This is the entrance to the hotel which took us awhile to figure out.

That’s our room up there.

The hotel had a great little garden where you could sit and read or nap after a huge lunch.

Before exploring the vineyards we just wandered around the old part of town.

I think this cat poses for photographers who wander the streets.

We were there during the middle of the week, so not many tourists. I felt like we had the town to ourselves.

I’ll leave you with our appetizers–one of the many things I stuffed myself with.

***And, in case you are wondering you can still order prints and get them in time for the holidays. I’m working hard all week packaging orders up and making deliveries. If you feel like you should have gotten your order already–send me an email so that I can check on things.



Rachel & Don are married!!| Syracuse, NY wedding photographer

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Congratulations to Rachel & Don!!!

They have had to wait so long for a blog look of their wedding, but only because my blog has had to take a small break while I finish up getting people their galleries and prints–I loved this wedding.

The weather wasn’t great, and we didn’t get to use any of the cool grounds of the Wellington House, but the setting indoors was perfect for this wedding. I loved the warm glow from the wood paneled rooms and ambiance lighting.


Rachel got ready upstairs in this truly unique location.

Rachel has a very lovely smile and laugh–which I loved capturing.

Rachel and Don decided to do all of their formal photos before the ceremony. This staircase made a great second choice for a first look once we couldn’t go outside due to the weather.


Absolutely loved the ceremony.

Reception time.

And, finally two of the best parts of the wedding for me: 1. somehow there were lots of hats floating around 2. two of my other brides were there so I recognized lots of the guests.

Don with two of my other brides although I’m not sure you would recognize them from this photo. 🙂

Thank you so much for choosing me to document your wedding.