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January 7, 2010  -  Weddings

our favorite shots of '09 - portraits!

We love wedding days, and there is something so amazing about each part of the day that we love, but at the end of the day, our favorite shots to shoot are the portraits. Unfortunately, on days when things run late, it's also the part of the day that can get cut short. :( But even if we only get ten minutes with our couples, though, we come away amazed at how much they love each other. Weddings are cool like that. So, here are our favorite portraits from 2009!!

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January 5, 2010  -  Engagements

erin + michael

We got to start off our shoots for 2010 with Erin and Michael - when we met them, Erin mentioned she'd like to do her eshoot at her work. Which is totally weird, unless you happen to work in the old Knox Mansion, and current CTG building, downtown! We've driven by this building about everyday since it's all of a block from the studio, and have always been a bit in awe of the place. I never dreamed we'd get to play around inside it, so I was really ridiculously excited to shoot there.

Erin gave us a tour of the old mansion, and I just kept getting more and more excited. So, finally we started shooting, and I'm absolutely thrilled to start of the year with these photos!
Buffalo blows my mind on a regular basis with its architecture and history. This city is FREAKING AMAZING when you start thinking about how our country developed and what a huge role Buffalo used to play in that. It's so cool that this, now second-tier city, still has some of these absolutely amazing buildings left over from its booming hey-day. A company like CTG should get huge props for taking care of the mansion and really keeping it historically intact (and even renovating some of the interior to be ever MORE period after other, earlier owners chopped some of it up - Buffalo says, "Thanks, CTG!"

Oh - and when I saw this next shot on you monitor (I peak over her shoulder a lot, people - Alyssa schools me on the regular) I was blown away - sick. check.
Are these stairs rad or what?? So, three shots into the Mansion shoot and I do this - but, to explain, a Gentlemen's Club bought the Knox Mansion prior to CTG picking it up, and they added a wild addition to the back to make it almost like a health club, etc - Buffalo folks, think Saturn Club. They went broke, and it's not like you're going to knock off the huge addition - so, anyway, we saw orange stairs and did our things.
Yeah, I love how crazy that is - totally like an Escher staircase! :) And I don't know why the bottoms were bright orange, but I'll NEVER complain! Like, again, Erin gets to work here. I told her that when we finished up, I was going to lose them and start living there in secret. A la, Natalie Portman in the Wal-Mart (ah - cheesey movie references, I've missed you!).
So, we'd done the tour and shot a ton when I took a wrong turn and found this stairway. I think I cheered a little. It really was an unbelievable space to shoot in - totally elegant and beautiful, but with some really quirky and fun spots.
Colonel Mustard, on the floor, in the library, with the encyclopedias!
You, sir, are a huge dork - but I love you :). What's super cool is that in the library, they have some of the original photo albums. There is a photo in almost every room of what it looked like back in the day - really neat for a couple of photo geeks!!
Love this...
We were talking to a couple of ours the other day, and they mentioned when they chose us, their families were like, are they going to do anything weirdly "arty?" Yeah, probably. :) But just one or two like that :)
Yeah - we definitely take some oddball chances - but you just have to do some oddball stuff visually sometimes to get to another place with your photos. I love it when you do that random stuff - I think it's what makes you, you.

Easily my favorite shot I took. Directional, soft window light with a kick-ass couple owns all.
Back to the window!
This is the coat room, and Erin was joking about the wallpaper (it's kind of pepto-bismal pink and black!), but I'm a loser when it comes to reflections, and couldn't not. But I stripped the color for you, Erin! :)
For sure - I don't think ANYONE'S browser window could have handled that wallpaper in color.
You guys are so good-looking together - aah crap, I'm being super cheesy - but there it is, you guys look awesome together.
Anyway - it's rad to back and e-shooting, etc. A lot of stuff concerning our job is way out there, considering we work a very different schedule than most folks, but it's nice that, this year, we took a holiday break and now we're back working like all the the normal people out there :). Excellent way to start 2010 - thank you Erin and Michael for not only the opportunity to shoot somewhere completely amazing, but for being such warm, fun people to be around. I mean it when I say I don't like to do most other kinds of photography at this point - these e-shoots and the weddings spoil the crap out of us with the people we get to hang with. See you guys soon!!

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