Lisa + Zach's Niagara Falls Engagement | Western NY Wedding Photographer

It wasn't until I met with Lisa and Zach over some coffee for a consultation that I realized I was present at a couple of important milestones in their relationships. I was the 2nd photographer at Lisa's sisters wedding, where Lisa and Zach had met for the very first time. I was photographing Amanda + John's wedding (Lisa was a bridesmaid) on hers and Zach's first date. And today, we went to the very spot where Zach proposed to Lisa, as well as hiking along a trail that means a lot to them.

During this session, we fearlessly conquered very cold wind and rain, attack squirrels, and a few of our fears. Their boldness in their relationship together is inspiring. And we got some cool photos along the way ;)

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These squirrels were not shy *at all*

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Next we hiked down the Niagara Gorge at Devil's Hole park near the power station, to see the Niagara River rapids up close and get some unique trail hiking photos along the way.

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They help each other out, too..

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.. and Zach returning the favor by catching her

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We finished out with some glorious warm autumn light that lasted about 4 minutes.

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Thank you for showing me a bit of your lives and relationships and the places that mean something to you. I look forward to documenting their wedding next year, and seeing some familiar faces!

-- Andrew

Holmes Family Documentary Portraits | Rochester NY Family Photojournalism

As a gift for their parents, the Holmes family commissioned me to document part of a day in their lives, with the parents there. We did many of the things that the boys love to do.. play music, build blocks, help cook food and go to nearby Highland park. These photos will be compiled into a beautiful, heirloom quality album for them to look back upon and enjoy for many years to come.

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A family that plays music together, stays together

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We also did a few traditional photos in the park

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It was a pleasure documenting your family and giving you a record of what life is like these days!

-- Andrew

Lisa + Brandon's Bristol Harbor Resort Wedding, October 2016 | Rochester NY Wedding Photographer

These two have been just amazingly awesome people (I knew it at their engagement session), persevering through some pretty tough times leading up to this day. It was just gravy that I've worked with their family before and knew a good number of people celebrating! The fall colors were right at peak, but so was the misty, almost continuous rain. That didn't make Bristol Harbour any less of a beautiful location for wedding photos. The outdoor ceremony was moved to the patio, and it didn't matter.. the tears still flowed and the laughs still came, regardless.

It was a pleasure and an honor to see old clients and friends, and to document yet another epic party. And much like Lisa's brother's wedding, we worked in a pretty awesome night time photo, apropos for the weather :)

The ladies and men both got ready at the resort, making it easy to document the moments and love and humor so prevalent in this family, starting with Sarah putting the finishing touches on her toast.

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The view of Canandaigua Lake from Bristol Harbour resort

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"The barcode faces out, right?"

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"Boys rule, girls drool!!"

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Go EmmaLou! Drop those leaves!

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It was great to see Shelby and Andrew and Emmy Lou again!

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Learning new things about Brandon haha

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Had to sneak in another Polaroid for my awesome clients! ;)

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Third wedding in a row for me where they groom was warned, smeared a teeny tiny touch of cake and got the full smear in retaliation ;) Brandon put his own funny spin on this

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Brandon's mom was such a hoot.. it's clear where he got it from!

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And I got to see Alex and Mark again too! Motherhood looks good on Alex!

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Brooke and Jared

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Learning the robot dance

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He's learning all the dance moves!

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Happy birthday!

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Snuck outside and did something fun. Their love is a beacon of light in the darkness!

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Thank you Lisa + Brandon for such a fun time. It was an honor working with you.

-- Andrew