I had a great time capturing engagement pictures for Eden + Andy. We met in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs and it was one of the first nice days we had in a while. Most of April had been plagued with rain and low temperatures but finally we had a 70 degree day! Most of the trees and plants had yet to bloom so the golden light from the sun was peeking in at every corner. We checked out all my favorite photo spots and interacted with a strikingly large number of ducks. There must have been 60-70 ducks hanging out in the park. A duck even nipped Andy’s finger thinking it was food!
Today I’m featuring Brianne + Joe’s gorgeous engagement shoot in the Berkshires! Before our meeting at a charming cafe just west of the Berkshires, I had never been and was so excited to be able to shoot during autumn’s beautiful full-color period. I went a little location crazy but Brianne and Joe were troopers and had no problem being a bit adventurous. We started off initially at Hilltop Orchards and even had time for some delicious cider donuts. Those things are so delicious and difficult to find in Virginia but they are very popular in the northeast! We then “hitch-hiked” about .2 miles from the orchards to check out a road-side field I noticed on my way to the orchard. Next, we stopped by Laurel Lake and got some beautiful glowing sunset shots and finally, we turned around to stop by Olivia’s Overlook that I spotted on the way to the lake. I also stood on my car at this spot in order to get the best angle! We got such a variety of beautiful shots; I realized later that evening I probably could have done without 4 separate locations but I don’t think anybody minded and the pictures were worth it! Excited to share this colorful fall engagement!
What an adventure I had working with Sevil and CJ at Mohonk Mountain! First of all, I was almost an ENTIRE hour late to our shoot! This is because there is another Mountain in CT called MoHAWK Mountain and when I went to search Mohonk in my google map, Mohawk Mountain popped up even though I typed Mohonk. I realized this about 20 minutes before I was supposed to show up to Mohonk. I was so annoyed with myself and I did some serious speeding in order to arrive 45 minutes late instead of 1 hour. Fortunately CJ and Sevil were extremely understanding and with our initial plan of starting 30 minutes early we did not lose much photo time at all. I couldn’t be more grateful that kind and understanding people seem to like hiring me. Sevil and CJ were married in April earlier this year and they wanted to do a photo shoot of just them in their wedding clothes in a beautiful location. I’m so glad our paths crossed and we were able to make their vision happen. Mohonk had so many gorgeous spots including a lakeside walkway, a fully blooming garden, and a mountain overlook. We shot until literally the last bit of light was coming out from behind the mountain. Funny story, we ended up taking the wrong path back from the mountain overlook and had to turn around and walk almost twice as far! We were SO relieved when we saw the lights of the Mohonk hotel ahead of us. It was an adventure for sure and I think the photos were worth every bit!
As soon as I met Kiersten, I knew we would be a great fit! We met at this adorable coffeeshop downtown called Little Pecks. We shared life and wedding details over delicious coffee. We decided to do their engagement in that wonderful period between the end of summer and full-on autumn leaves. Kiersten always posts gorgeous nature photos on her Instagram so I was really excited when she told me about this beautiful private property near her house. She said she didn’t know the owners but she regularly takes walks by their house and waves to them. After a bit of time, she stopped by one day and asked if we could use their property for her engagement photos. They said yes!!! This place has many old red barns, several ponds, willow trees, and gorgeous stone walls. A photographer’s playground if I ever saw one! Kyle was also such a great sport and put up with us photographing for over an hour :P.