Knock knock, Is this thing working?

Guys. I think I nailed it. I finally found the holy grail to all that has been driving me crazy lately. So let me start from the beginning. 👩🏼‍💻

Before the New Year began I ended the my wedding season feeling like I just hit the finish line out of breath. NEVER AGAIN. While all my other wonderful creatives are raving about how excited they are that it’s over and how calm it is and “what will they do with their time” – I’m over here still going like the energizer bunny! Don’t worry, eventually I got the rest I needed at the beginning of December and was able to enjoy the holiday with my family and friends. 

If you’re a photography and you don’t have a client management system…then you a crazyyyy. As the New Year was coming up, I decided to look into Client Management System. I’ve tried 17hats, Honeybook, ShootQ…..none of them had what I was looking for until I started my trial journey with Dubsado. Can you say GAME-CHANGER!!! I always like to test out the waters before fully being committed and yes Dubsado definitely did. Unlike the other Client Management Systems…it didn’t give me “30 Day trials” it game me 3 Job Trials….from beginning to end so I can get the full experience and you know what, that’s what sold me.

You’re probably saying “What did you just babbling on about?” Long story short, client experience just went up through the roof for both you and myself. Everything Is ALL-IN-ONE. From the day and time you inquire about my services and what I have to offer, to proposal, contracts, and payments…guess what? ALL ONLINE. ALL DIGITAL. 👇🏼

 

I’m so over paper and I’m sure you are too Dubsado has allowed me to improve you experience to have everything under one home with a little creative style. Hey I’m not that much of a party pooper, I like to through so creativity in my forms to keep the party alive! (You can thank their Management System for that). 💕

 

Overall, 2019 is the year my work hours are work and my personal is self-care. This is the year I hope you see exceptional service from me beyond then you expect. This is the year I can join my fellow creative at the finish line without being out of breath and calmly enjoy the holidays with my family and friends. At the end of the day, it isn’t about reinventing the wheel. It’s about adding little improvements to the wheel. For you creative business owners who want to give  Dubsado a spin Referral Code: LHS3 https://www.dubsado.com Pleaseeeee don’t fellow creative don’t have this happen to you and if this is you have a trial on me with using this referral 🙂

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If you are an animal fan, then the zoo is your fantasy wedding venue. This might be the coolest wedding venue yet, Nicole and Devon continued to celebrate the new adventure after sayings “I do” at the Masonic Home Chapel in front of their friends, family, and a few party animals.

But I’ll rewind a bit because they are just to awesome not to share. If you’ve ever wonder my process of how connect with couples, I usually do an initial meeting, 90/60/30 days check up. I have bumped into these two more in public than actually what I’m use to seeing couples, which at that point I felt like it just made capturing their day even more of an excitement.

So fast forward, Nicole and Devon are the most adventurous, nicest, and comical couples I have ever met. So down to earth! Beginning the day off with getting ready for their big “I do”, to transitioning our way to the Mason Home Chapel for the beautiful ceremony to hear the “I do”, then made our way to the Utica Zoo like party animals to finish off the celebrations of two becoming one. I’d say more but the images captured that day say it all. Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Hoffman wishing you two all the happiness!!!!

Preparations Venue: Triangle Lab + Hotel Utica // Ceremony: Tompkins Memorial Chapel // Reception: Utica Zoo
// Shoes: London Pink Paradox // Videographer: Spencer Heath

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You’ve probably heard the stories from both sides: the magic of seeing each other for the first time at your wedding ceremony when you walk down the aisle OR the perfect intimacy of getting to see one another in private before your ceremony – what we in the industry like to call the First Look.

First off, What is a first look? A First Look is a simple way of saying, “Will you be seeing each other before the ceremony?” You and your Fiancé have an intimate moment just with you two.

You’ll hear photographers talk about how it is best for photography purposes to do a first look (which of course helps) but I think the first look has a lot of emotional benefits as well and that is why 95% of my couples choose to do first looks. Here are some of my top reasons on why I think every couple should have have one.

1. A private, romantic moment between just the two of you is irreplaceable. This is a special time set up during your wedding day where you two can escape for a tiny moment together.

2. You get to interact! When you wait to see each other at the top of the aisle, you can’t kiss each other, hold each other and take a moment to breathe it in. But at a First Look, you can.

 

3. Now that you’ve seen each other, we are open to photographing all the other major pieces of the day prior to the ceremony (bridal party & family!)

4. You get to enjoy your cocktail hour with guests! No running away for 1-2 hours taking photos while your guests wait around for you, you get to join the party! (and when you’ve paid that much…you’ll want to be there for it..)

5. The photographs are the best. As a photographer, this is the time where I get to be the most creative and create those stunning portraits of the two of you without any distraction. It’s the part of the day that I most look forward to as an artist and fellow romantic.

Still have more timeline questions? How does this all fit together? Send me an inquiry and let’s get started on your timeline together.

Source: Sarahannphoto

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The forecast was calling for rain. Surprise, surprise. The wedding season in CNY is always a surprise, but never deters from being able to capture Miranda + Chad’s Wedding Day.

Because these two shared a first look, they were able to have so many portraits captured despite the rain starting! Every time the clouds cleared for a few minutes, we would take them outside to snap a few more! Miranda and Chad couldn’t have been more easy-going. They were a dream to work with!

Miranda + Chad’s sunset ceremony was absolutely perfect, and with the previous rain earlier in the day, we even had a rainbow shine in. How awesome is that, sunset and a rainbow? As nightfall came the celebration continued into their reception tent. From rapping about Miranda + Chad’s first encounter with each other to their Uncle Chad special performance of Jump Around by House of Pain.

It was such an honor to be your photographer, congratulations!!!

 

 

Also, check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates and the latest with Christina and Nicholas, Utica, NY!

Second Shooter:  C.Vallese Photography //
Wedding Venue: Frankfort Home Residence //
DJ:  DJ Tino Rossi

 

  1. Judy breese

    September 2nd, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Beautiful pictures perfectly captured the essence is who God is and what a Godly couple Miranda and Chad are.

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I would like to thank my lovely + gorgeous baby sister, Liyah, for being an incredible model for me and taking time away from your crazy busy life so I got to spend more time to master this Golden Hour Amazing-ness last Friday evening. We needed to break out the camera and just let loose and have fun. I mean, it’s not all business all the time. With the adult life we knew this would be an opportunity it kick it like we use to. The adult life gets crazy , especially with Liyah, studying for Phlebotomy, exceeding in her nursing career, and working full-time. We haven’t had much bonding time or to catch up on what’s new with life, so what best by having her model for me! Even though she was hesitant, she broke out of her shell and worked the camera. This is the reason I love what I do, to break people out of their shell and have them see their true beauty, it makes my work worth it! So if you’re one of those people who are thinking “hey, I love to be photographed” but second guessing because you feel like you’ll be awkward…you haven’t met me, I’ll make sure I capture your beauty as you unfold naturally.

 

 

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I don’t even know where to start with these two. Some people are just so warm-hearted, so charismatic, so kind. From the moment I spoke with them both they welcome me with so much warmth. Deanna + Austin got married at Tuscarora Room. They blended sand from Langland Illinois Family & from the New York Holmes and combined it as one. Their ceremony was so joyous, and after the said there I-do and became man and wife it was time to celebrate. The reception was insane with lots of impressive dancing, incredible food, and drinks. They even did there family tradition YMCA where the men came out dress like each one of the group members and performed the entire song! I love the spirit that came from both side of the energy and seeing Deanna + Austin enjoy their wedding day made me so happy! Can’t wait for what’s in store for the future, Congratulation Deanna + Austin!!!!

Also, check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates and the latest with Christina and Nicholas, Utica, NY!

Second Shooter:  C.Vallese Photography //

Wedding Venue: Turning Stone Casino /

 

 

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My interest in photography took off in high school when I attended Visual Communication program. Myself being a Fine-Arts student at the time within the program had lots to offer for art-base students. They cross all subjects from illustration, graphic design, and yes photography. For some strange reason Photography sounded like a new challenge to me, seeing by the time in my life I’ve already master graphic design & illustration. Some people would call me an over achiever, I guess. From there going into Visual Communications I begin to learn more and my interest went on a whole new level, which leading to today & evolving in a passion. Once I graduated High School I attended Plattsburgh College for a year and then move locally back to Utica NY and attended MVCC. Beginning the college year with Film Studies, I went through countless rolls of film trying to capture even single moment of my time. From film I took my passion and moved it into the digital world, which lead me to focus on creative portraits. Mid-way through college I decided to really get my feet wet and get real world experience. So for 2 years I spent that time being hired for designers from all over New York who reached out to collaborate photoshoots for their fashion-wear/shows. Why Fashion you ask? I loved abstract and things that don’t belong in my artwork and I was able to do so with Fashion Photography and express the creativity.

Overtime, as thing do – I felt that I was losing the thrilling thrive & the challenge wasn’t there anymore. One day I had an inquiry about documenting a couples wedding and I said “why not?”. Behold to find out after that day I completely moved onto the wedding photography train. What made me switch so fast was that, everything from start to finish had this documented love stories, and yes I am a suckers for love stories! Everything from the sad, the nervousness, the excited, the crying,  and mostly the family coming together so celebrate two souls merging into one, hits home to me. This absolutely made a personal connection with myself. I always felt family and being connected and sharing moments like this only make us stronger and in my case helps put that emotion into my work even better and sparks the creativity. With this being said, to this point and how I am where I got today would not have been possible without my mentor Janelle @ Janelle Rodriguez Photography aka the most amazing women EVER, who allowed me to shadow her and second shoot for the past 3 years.

So, long story short – photography has always had a connection in my life and always has been a big influencer. Since that moment, that how I became a photographer, more specifically a portraits & wedding photographer. The past 3 years have been a blessing and a challenge with being able to have the opportunity to capture a wedding couples special day. Overall, photography has completely challenge, fuels me, but most important photography is a part of me.

Evolution of my work from 2011 to Current:

 

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On Saturday June 2nd, Christina  + Nicholas exchanged their vows at @ Events 171 Venue and it was lovely from start to finish.  The vibe of the day was relaxed, as our bride and groom opted for a local Utica location, and having fun with their bridal party. It was such a joy to be a part of their wedding day! Wishing you two a lifetime of love + happiness. Enjoy a peek into their absolutely beautiful summer wedding !!!

Also, check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates and the latest with Christina and Nicholas, Utica, NY!

Second Shooter:  Shutter Lovely Photography //

Wedding Venue: @Events 171 //

Hair + Makeup: @clairdoeshair // 

Florals + Design: Chester’s Flower Shop and Greenhouses   //

Videographer: Love N’ Pixels //

 

 

 

 

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