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This year has be so interesting so far! Not only have I branched off on my own, gotten an office space, but my cliental is in flux as well. Normally most of my brides are local with the exception of one or two who come in from out of state. This year it’s about half and half! More and more couples are seeing Central NY as a destination spot! I don’t blame them, CNY can be absolutely stunning! With the finger lakes, rolling hills, and gorgeous foliage I find myself blessed to live here. Most people would complain about the snow, but I think it’s a small price!

So in honor of my out of state bride & grooms who don’t get to meet with me in person right away and therefor can’t see the products I offer,  I’ve decided to feature 2 of my favorite products! My custom designed photo guestbook & my 11×14 custom designed album! (The 9×12 is the same, just smaller)

I will also be featuring more products in the future. Enjoy!



The Custom Designed Photo Guestbook is typically comprised of images from your You + Me Session

It comes with a photo cover

A lot of white spaces or faded images for people to sign on

Plus, the mat finish is great for felt tip pens

The guestbook pages are hinged so they lay flat & they’re thicker than normal pages so no fear of tearing!

I love looking through the guestbook at the end of the reception. It’s always full of well wishes, bits of advice, & personal stories. It’s like a wedding yearbook that you’re much more likely to pull of the shelf 20 years form now!

I don’t like to sell stuff. It’s obnoxious to me when people “push” the products that they have. So for me, I only offer a few things and I absolutely 100% ADORE what I offer.

I’m not gonna lie, the 11×14 album is my favorite product. When I get married, this is going to be the featured event on my coffee table!

My layouts are simple & clean to focus on your story.

Notice that the seem isn’t cut like in the guestbook. This also insures a clean flow and no odd cutoffs.

The pages are UBER thick! There is no way (unless you take a hacksaw to it) that these pages are going to rip!

The company I use also hand binds every album! I just know that they will pass the test of time. Just think of your grandkids saying “Wow, look at grandma & grandpa on their wedding day!”

I have several leather options and the cover is flexible as well when it comes to featuring an image(s) on the cover or not.

(All cover images by finao)

Custom Designed Albums : Real Life : Syracuse, NY Engagement & Wedding Photography


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About a year ago a I purchased a new camera. Not only was it the coolest new thing, but it also had video capability! I played with it on and off through out the wedding season. Most of the time I only had a smidgen of a chance to get video. The pictures to me are FAR more important. Yet at Alyse & Dylan’s wedding I was able to grab some key moments. About half way into the fall the intensity of shooting & editing got a bit over the top. So I took a break and made this for Alyse & Dylan. It’s by no mean amazing, but it was a lot of fun to create and I think it really helps you “feel” what the day was like! Enjoy!

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Alyse & Dylan’s Fusion Video: Real Love : Sharon Springs, NY Wedding Photography


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When another wedding photographer asks you to shoot their wedding mixed feelings bubble up. It’s a combination of “This is going to be extremely awesome!” and “Oh crap! I hope I don’t screw up up! This is a whole new level of pressure!” So when Alyse asked me to shoot her wedding, I was all sorts of excited! Both for the creative wedding I knew it would be, and a new challenge for me to take head on!

It’s crazy to think that Alyse and I didn’t know each other before she booked me for her wedding. I feel like I’ve been friends with this girl for years! We have the same brain! I love it! She’s an amazing person and an equally amazing photographer! So if you haven’t checked out her stuff yet, CLICK NOW!

Her wedding went beyond my expectation, I had all of these idea’s in my head (Alyse shared details with me through out the year) but when I got there, well let just say my mind was thoroughly blown! Gorgeousness met my eyes everywhere I turned. From the beautiful old mansion to the plethora of floral arrangements EVERYWHERE!

On top of the artistic elegance that is Alyse, her family and Dylan’s were some of the most passionate, emotional, and beautiful people I have had the privilege to photograph! Nothing but sweet sweet people all day long!

I could really go on and on gushing about this experience & friendship, but I let the images do the talking.

The Details:

Hair: Kristin Gironimo

Makeup Artist: Me

Dress: Cymbeline Colibri from Something Bleu Bridal in Saratoga Springs, NY

Bridesmaids Dresses: All different shades of gray from.. wherever!

Tuxes: Suits from Giovanni’s in North Syracuse

Venue: The Beekman Mansion (

Florist: Hannah Crosby

DJ: Craig Jones (emcee)

Caterer: Rubbin’ Butts in Cobleskill, NY (I HATE THEIR NAME!)

Cake: Walmart, haha!

Wedding Planner: Lindsay Halse – wedding coordinator

Their Songs:

First Dance: The Best is Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra

Father/Daughter: Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo

Mother/Son: Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo

Introductions: The Long Fall by Jars of Clay

About the day:

Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

When Dave announced us husband and wife. I was SO beside myself and in disbelief that we were FINALLY married! SUCH a crazy thing! J

What was your favorite detail?

The flowers! OMG, Hannah did SUCH an incredible job! I’m still daydreaming about my bouquet!

Any advice for future bride & grooms?

Try to take some time to be still. To soak it in. It really does go by SO fast.

Funniest memory from you wedding day?

Cal’s best man speech was INSANE. J

If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?

Nothing! Except maybe I shouldn’t have taken such a huge chunk of bread for communion. J

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

My dress! I’ve loved that thing for so long. It was a blast to finally wear it!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

What is your favorite wedding photo and why?

Oh gosh, I haven’t even been through them all yet because of all the chaos! But I LOVE all of the ones by all the stone to the side of the Beekman!

1) The beautiful Beekman Mansion


3 & 4) Her dress was AH-MA-ZING!!!!

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7 & 8 ) look at those eyes!

9 & 10) So sweet!

11) Alyse & Dylan opted for a “First Look” session. It was so beautiful! Just look at the range of emotion!


13) Everyone was super smiley! YAY!



16) Alyse’s Dad, Andre, is so in love with his family. I was lucky enough to sneak this reflective moment.

17) Love is written all over his face!

18) This is my fave from the day. Alyse, waiting for the big moment!


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26) The mist that day was sooooo romantic! Hooray for old wooden fences!

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32 & 33)  The light just engulfed her! YUM!

34) Flowers EVERYWHERE! As well as fantastical little details!


36) Don’t let Dylan fool you, he’s just as expressive as Alyse!


38) They share such a sweet sweet love!

39 & 40) Dylan’s brother Cal started an evening of speeches that are unparalleled! What love in this place!






My blogs just get longer and longer, but I just can’t get enough!!

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Alyse & Dylan’s Wedding : Real Love : Central, NY Wedding Photography