Monthly Archives: September 2009

Lily - New Jersey Newborn Portraits

This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing Andrea and Mark’s newborn sweetheart, Lily. (Remember their Pier Sixty New York wedding from last year?) Oh. My. Goodness. Lily is a beautiful baby and so alert and inquisitive for being just under two weeks old! At first I wasn’t sure if I’d get to see her in her wide-eyed stage as Mark and Andrea had told me I would, but after a few little naps she really did show us those gorgeous eyes!

She started out very sleepy:

So sleepy, in fact, that no matter what position we put her in, she still didn’t wake up. :)

But eventually, her eyes opened a bit:

And then she went back to sleep again. This time, doesn’t she look so happy in mom and dad’s hands?

Hello! I love this one. She’s looking at daddy here:

The pursed lips are too cute:

Aaaand, back to sleep:

Here’s a shot from her fabulous nursery. This wall art was skillfully painted by her grandpa!

And here she is looking pretty grown up for a two-week-old! She was really having a conversation with me. :)

And a cute look over mom’s shoulder:

Tummy play time was pretty fun!

I’m so glad I had a chance to photograph Lily. Thanks, Andrea and Mark!

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Another Wedding Album

I guess I could call this both wedding season and wedding album season! I love, love, love getting new albums in. I just delivered this one to Neha and Joe (remember their Westminster Hotel wedding from June?). Lots of beautiful color in this album. I kinda wish I could keep it for myself!

And another page detail shot, just for kicks. I love the quality of my flushmount albums:

Also, don’t forget the Holiday Deadline for album orders this year: If you’d like to have your album in time for the holidays, the cutoff for submitting your favorite images for design is Monday, October 26, 2009.

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Kristen & Brad’s Albums and a Holiday ordering note

I’ve been working on so many albums lately that when the UPS guy comes to my door I jump up and down … another completed album has arrived! This morning was no exception, and I just had to share a couple of images of Kristen & Brad’s finished albums. They were such an outstanding couple to work with, and their input into their design made it uniquely theirs. It’s so important for your album to be what you want it to be; that’s why I only offer custom designs. There’s no fitting your wedding in a box here; your input is key in the design process. It really pays off in an album you’ll cherish.

Now, (gasp!) a Holiday ordering note:

The truth is, if you are still deciding on the images you’d like in your album from your summer wedding, you’ll need to get those to me very soon to ensure delivery before the winter holidays. Your album design is custom, and you have input in changes to your design before it goes to print. This makes your album uniquely yours, but it also means your start-to-finish album process could take up to 10 weeks. If you’d like to have your album in time for the holidays, the cutoff for submitting your favorite images for design is Monday, October 26, 2009. But, of course, you probably want your album sooner than December, so why not get started today? ;) Just shoot me an e-mail. I’m ready.

Finally, just a few photos because I don’t often show the details of the quality of my albums. I thought you’d like to see them. :)

Here’s Kristen & Brad’s 10×10 album in the center, with two matching 6×6 parent albums surrounding. Having a small version of your album for your parents to show off is soooo much fun:

Their design incorporated a few full-page images, which I love. The images are true professional photographic prints, mounted flush to the page for a seamless, finished look:

And a little detail of the pages and binding. The book lays flat and has a tiny 1/16 of an inch gap along the seam. These albums are super high quality and hand-crafted to last generations:

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Summer Sunset

As I sit here at my desk with a blanket wrapped around me on this chilly morning, I can’t help but wonder where the summer has gone. Maybe you’re all thinking I’m behind the times. (I mean, come on Sarah. Labor Day was weeks ago!) But the truth is, we still technically have four more days until autumn officially sets in. So, I’m celebrating the tiny bit of summer I have left with a few images from my favorite sunset of the season. These were shot on July 17, from the shores of Lake Michigan, the evening before Cassandra & Joe’s wedding. Nothing beats a Lake Michigan sunset.

The delicate colors, clouds, and waves converge to begin the series:

A few daisies join the party:

The colored light plays on the surface of a Petoskey Stone, the state stone of Michigan:

The drama goes into full swing:

More light plays with beach grass and rocks:

A shot directly into the sun produces a fun lens flare:

I went a little ways down the shore to catch the final moments amid some marshy grass:

And the colors of the night set in:

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Erica + Rob - New York Wedding Photography

This was indeed a fabulous event set against the backdrop of the New York City skyline. Erica and Rob were so beautiful inside and out, and I had such a great time photographing their wedding, which took place aboard the Lady Windridge Yacht, and sailed out of Weehawken, New Jersey. The ship cruised around the island of Manhattan and guests seriously ooh-ed and ah-ed throughout the night. Did I mention it was fabulous? Here are a few images from their day.

The Empire State Building and the bow of the Lady Windridge:

Erica’s bouquet incorporated a set of pearls passed down to her from her grandmother. It was very beautifully done.

She was a fabulous bride. Fitting with her fabulous wedding.

I love this relaxed shot I captured of Rob as he boarded the yacht.

Yet another outdoor wedding where rain was forecast (100% chance!) and never showed up. Thank you Tropical Storm Danny for heading out of the area just hours before the ceremony!

Some of my absolute favorite ceremony shots are often during the vows. I love “seeing” their words. Can you see them?

Nancee, the yacht’s super-talented coordinator, brought us out to the bow for some amazing views after the ceremony. I love this one.

I never knew what these guys were going to do next. :)

The lights of the city at dusk. And a beautiful couple.

This sequence made me laugh out loud when I was first going through these images. I had to include it here. The dancing on the top deck was so much fun.

As the couple danced away, we spotted the Statue of Liberty.

I feel like these last two images speak to the way every couple feels on their wedding day. Like everything is so amazing you have to be pinched to make sure it’s real. :)

I had so much fun at this wedding. Thanks, Erica and Rob, for having me along!

-S

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