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February 18, 2009 - Portraits
Meet Charlie (or Charlotte)!
I love being a wedding and portrait photographer for the "older" folks, but I also really, really enjoy working with little kids. Since we had Murphy, I just can't get enough of them in my viewfinder. When Charlie's mom called me about shooting her daughter's first birthday, I couldn't wait...so first things, first, I should show off her amazing cake - that's homemade fondant, by the way. Pretty impressive, especially for a guy who still refers to preparing ramen as "cooking."
Charlie had lots of guests and lots of balloons...it was in pursuit of a particular, Grandma-held balloon that got the most important photo of the day here in a moment....
So here's Charlie - note both hands on the balloon and a gleam in her eyes...
and then everyone got very, very excited when Charlie took her first steps EVER! (I think maybe Charlie was as surprised as everyone else, what do you think?!?)...
I really liked the balance of this particular photo...
...and more of the birthday girl...
And then, it was cake time, and Charlie got a little help from mom with the candle...
...no help was necessary with the cake or the presents.
Thanks, guys, for having me out to photograph Charlie's big day :)
February 15, 2009 - Engagements
After our January down time, the weather is starting to (relatively speaking in terms of Buffalo winters) warm up, and we're off and shooting again. For our first engagement shoot of the year, we spent Valentine's Day with Margaret and Dave, an incredible couple who were in town from Chicago.
We started in downtown Buffalo at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Even before we have leaves back on the trees, there are a bunch of fun areas to play around with.
Let me just say that shooting engagement photography with a couple like Margaret and Dave reminds you that you could shoot in a parking garage and still makes some awesome images. When a couple is that much in love, the location is a mere detail...
That's funny -- there actually IS a parking garage I've been dying to get a couple in. But we did hit a record store that was pretty sweet, but that's a little later. First, Margaret and Dave rocked the iron gate.
And then we headed down to the water.
And then about this time, we got to hear the ridiculously romantic proposal story. It involved a surprise limo, a driver and a hotel staff who wouldn't tell her what was up and opening the door to a gorgeous hotel room with her man waiting for her with a question and a romantic night out. It was a seriously sweet story, especially to hear from a couple we were shooting on Valentine's Day.
It really was sweet. It made me wish I did something a little more romantic for Alyssa (it wasn't necessarily the story that moved me as much as Alyssa glaring at me while she got all misty listening to it!). Anyway, it was getting a bit cool down by the water, so we started to head out, stopping first at a really cool fence.
Then we headed over to the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery. Margaret and Dave are having their reception there, so we took a couple photos outside.
I have to mention that as we were shooting them there, this older couple walked by and started cooing about how sweet it was they were getting their engagement photos done on Valentine's Day. If you're going to get in the mood for romantic photos, it's definitely the way to go!
We went in to see the reception space, and I saw this funky alcove and grabbed a few shots...
That's my favorite of yours for the day, babe. Seriously, its perfect.
We shot a little more in the staircase area before heading out front for some sweet shots.
That's my favorite of yours for the day!
I liked that one too -- thanks! So, we ended our day out by heading over to Record Theatre, Dave's favorite store (and it was his second visit of the day!)
And I just want to say you guys were great -- I know it can definitely be intimidating getting your photo taken in a very public place where people are clearly watching you, but looking through the photos, you could never tell you guys even noticed!
It was a great day of shooting photos in and around Buffalo -- thanks Margaret and Dave for being such troopers in the cold! You guys were great to work with, and we're really looking forward to doing your wedding photography this summer! It's going to be a spectacular wedding!