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Stephanie + Andrew are Married! // Ventosa Vineyards, Geneva New York Wedding Photography

I must preface this post by saying this - if it weren't for a serendipitous turn of events, I would have never photographed this wedding. The circumstance with their first photographer weren't great, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to capture their day because of it!! It was such a beautiful day, filled with so much fun thanks to this beautiful couple, their amazing bridal party and of course all the guests that made their day special.

Wow, this was a HOT day in September. I like to think we were lucky, though because you never know what you'll get when you plan a fall wedding in central New York!

My second shooter, Gwen, and I began at Andy's parents' house, capturing him and all his groomsmen getting ready for the day. I knew right away they would be lots of fun and such good sports. Once they were all dressed, we hung out outside, where Andy showed off some golf skills and made some of my favorite photos of the whole day!

After leaving the guys, we headed to Steph's parents' house just around the corner, where the energy was equally as exciting and wonderful. I know sometimes big bridal parties get a bad rep, but I seriously love them!! Makes getting ready feel like a party before the party!

After everyone was ready, we headed from Auburn to Ventosa Vineyards in Geneva, where all the day's festivities would take place. Gwen and I placed ourselves for Steph and Andy's first look, out in the vineyard near the famed Ventosa Vineyard tree, which overlooks the beautiful Seneca Lake.

Steph and Andy shared their first moments together, with their bridal party and families there to watch. We moved right into group photos, and then everyone headed up to the ceremony spot while Steph and Andy got to share some moments "alone" in the vineyard together. I have to mention - Steph's girls carried flowers that were arranged by Andy's mom, who purchased the stems at a farm in Ithaca! She did a fantastic job!

Their ceremony took place right at the top of the vineyard, overlooking the lake and in front of a beautiful estate that shares the vineyard property. Even though the sun was blazing, the breeze kept everyone cool and focused on all the love before them.

Ahhhh.... this reception. So. Much. FUN!! I really love capturing receptions because I love looking through the photos afterwards and seeing moments I didn't even realize I captured, as well as re-living the amazing ones I recall happening. I get excited knowing that's the feeling my couples will get when they look through these photos for the first time, too!

Their friends (a bridesmaid and their OFFICIANT) surprised them with an epic parody rap to the beat of "Ice Ice, Baby", remixed to say "Steph and Andy, Baby". They did such a fantastic job - everyone was so surprised and just going nuts over every word! In case you're interested, here is the performance captured on video by Brit Clarke, who was their amazing videographer. 

Steph and Andy, thank you SO much for having me be part of your amazing day!! I enjoyed capturing it all, and loved being by your sides during such a big part of your story. 

The Vendors who rocked this wedding were:

Venue: Ventosa Vineyards
DJ: Greg Humphrey / Humphrey DJ Service
Videographer: Briteclarke Productions
Bakery: Cameron's Bakery
Florist: Smiley's Town & Country / Teresa Hoercher
Hair: Avery Wells, Jessina Colon, Jenny Vo & Karina Grant
Makeup: Brit Clarke, Christina Lupo
Transportation: Big D's Limo Service
Invitations: Minted
Second Shooter: Gwen Rosekrans
Signage: Courtney Anderson

Marisa + Brady // Skaneateles NY First Anniversary Photography

First anniversaries are so exciting for so many couples, and are something I absolutely love capturing! I've done this with a few clients before, and it's so fun to see how much sweetness there is surrounding that one year mark. There's also a feeling of comfort and ease with each other that is often there with engagement sessions and wedding portraits too, but the celebratory nature of these sessions is so, so special. I photographed Marisa and Brady a few weeks ago at The Hobbit Hollow in Skaneateles, which by the way is suuuuch a gorgeous property and inn!

Marisa and Brady got married at The Frog Pond last year, and met in Tanzania while working there for the same company! They described their jobs as helping locals acquire farm loans. They have traveled all over the place together and will be taking time to travel even more in the next few months! 

For our session, the pair switched their outfits and Marisa put on the cocktail dress that was actually part of her wedding attire! On their wedding day, she wore this dress underneath a white skirt. I love that she was able to bring this part of their day into this session!

Thank you SO much, Marisa and Brady for having me capture you at this amazing time in your life together. You guys were such a joy to photograph, and I'm excited to see what the next year brings for you!

Marisa blogged about her experience being photographed by me here, and shared some of their favorites as well!!

October Mini Sessions // Auburn New York

In September, I announced mini sessions and was so excited when they sold out in a matter of hours! It's always such a blessing to have such an enthusiastic response to offerings like that. 9 Incredible families to photograph, each with their own stories and reasons for wanting these sessions. Every one looks different from the rest, which is so neat to see after editing them! You'll notice that as we progress through the day and the light changes, how each session has it's own flavor. Light coupled with wardrobes, location spots and personalities makes for some really individualistic photos - something that I always strive for in mini sessions.

Family, PhotographyEmma Bauso
Lily // Skaneateles New York Senior photography

First off, I LOVE photographing at Mibeau Inn + Spa so, so much. When I walk into their garden area I am overcome with inspiration. So when Lily brought us there for her senior photos, I was super psyched! Her outfits were really great and complimented her and the setting so perfectly, and she was a dream to photograph! I think that because teens have access to social media influencers and bloggers more so than ever, they just pop into these amazing poses and expressions so effortlessly, and it always looks amazing!! That was Lily - I was loving every single expression of hers and gave her very little direction during our session. Her mom and grandmother also popped into a few photos at the beginning, which I think is a great way to build in some family photos during these sessions!

Thanks so much for trusting me to capture you, Lily!!

Anna // Auburn High School Senior Portraits

Anna is a senior at Auburn High School this year, and is such a sweet girl who I loved photographing! She only needed a little bit of direction before she became really comfortable in front of the camera. I love when that happens so quickly during a shoot. I also really love all of the different textures and backgrounds we experimented with during our time together at Emerson Park!

Thanks so much for having me photograph you, Anna!!

PhotographyEmma Bauso