Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tracy & Matt’s Engagement Session [October 2015]

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So I’d like to introduce you all to my best friend from high school. Tracy and I first became friends back in middle school. So many years worth of memories, it’s hard to lump them all into a small blog post so I even try to do that. I was ecstatic for her when she told me about Matt. I was happy that she was happy. Can you believe that through the many years I had never done any photos for her?! Well I knew that had to change and an engagement was the perfect chance!

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Between both of our schedules we choose a day in early October that turned out to be cold and blustery. These two didn’t complain one bit, it was my daughter that had that under control 😉 I didn’t have a sitter for this day and had to bring her… note to self: don’t do that again. We headed to a local park for these photos. Local people, can you believe this is Veterans Park (formerly known as James Street Park)? It has some beautiful locations, that you wouldn’t guess are there. These trees for instance do a beautiful job of framing in my equally beautiful subjects.

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In this shot on the right side, there was some of that ugly orange plastic fencing way behind them. I didn’t know how easy it would be to remove it but I had to try, it was so ghastly. I am happy that I tried because I don’t think you can even notice. And the photo on the left? You can just see the joy and happiness in Tracy’s eyes, even though she’s out of focus. These two love birds!!!

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A special request of the bride-to-be, we had to get some silhouette shots!

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Andddddd there’s going to be another added to their family next year! How exciting?! At the time of photos, they were not yet sharing with anyone so I had to keep these under wraps, but they have since announced it so here are a couple maternity-style shots.

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And Tracy had this idea and I loved it! We couldn’t find a sign that said “bump ahead” so I had to fix the wording on this sign. Love the end result of this photo!

And, one last thing… due to their wedding photographer getting unexpectedly injured, they were out of a wedding photographer. I asked my sister to tag along to the wedding and help me get some photos to help them remember their special day (since I was the Matron of Honor). So happy she said yes. Gosh, that was a month ago and I still haven’t gotten their photos to them… SORRY TRACY AND MATT! I promise they’re coming up quickly on my to-do list. But I wanted to share just a couple as a preview 🙂

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Bride & Groom. Isn’t her dress ahh-ma-zingggg?!

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The bridal party!

What a fun day that was! I am grateful and thankful to have been a part of it. Be watching for wedding day photos!

caryn

 

Engagement Session: Bill and Alexis [September 2015]

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If you’ve visited my blog in the past, you’ve noticed these faces before. Alexis is my sister-in-law and earlier this year she was asked the question! It only took us all summer, but finally in September we were able to get some engagement photos done for these guys. If you’d like to visit older photoshoots of these guys, just click these links:

Their daughter’s ONE YEAR photos: HERE
2014 Family Session: HERE
Their daughter’s Newborn photos: HERE
Maternity photos: HERE

So we headed up to family-owned land where there’s endless possibilities of shooting locations, and just started shooting! Get ready for another massive post.

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I just loved the colors on this day. Perfect fall day 🙂

caryn

 

Senior Session: Ainsley {Class of 2016}

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This session is at the top of my favorites list. To say that I was excited when I scheduled it is putting it lightly. I am a country girl and this was the first “country” session I’ve had in years. When we first got horses at my Grandpa’s farm, he dropped his own hay and baled it. I used to go over during the summers and help pitch the hay bales onto the trailer, and then help stack them in the barn. There came a time when cutting our own hay wasn’t plausible (fields needed re-seeded, Grandpa was getting old, etc). This is where Ainsley’s family comes in… my grandfather started buying hay from her father (whom is cousins with my Aunt Jineen and he also used to work with my uncle in a factory). We bought our hay from them for quite some time and that’s how I met her father. I never had met the rest of the family until our session back in September.

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When I spoke with her mom over the phone to schedule, she had some great ideas as starting points. To say I was excited to do this shoot is putting it lightly. Their property is a little slice of heaven and pair that with a beautiful girl, her awesome cows and dog… picture perfect. When I arrived, the cows were freshly bathed and clipped as they had recently gotten back from a trip to the state fair. We decided to start with some portraits with them before heading up on the hill.

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So, I’d like to formally introduce you to Ainsley and her two limousin beauties, Abbie and her bull calf Chester.

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They aren’t just a pretty face either. The pair with Ainsley are very accomplished. At the Tioga County Fair they won grand champion cow/calf, and they were also grand champion cow/calf at the Steuben County Fair. Then they hauled to the New York State Fair and there they won reserve grand champion cow/calf. After our photo shoot, they went down to show in the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg, PA where they placed first in the cow/calf class!

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At this point, I think Chester was getting a little bored with it all so we gave him a quick break and moved on to some portraits of just Ainsley and Abbie.

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Right about now it started to sprinkle. Half of the sky looked dark but it was moving away so we stayed out and continued to shoot.

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I really love this candid shot of Ainsley’s little sister leading Chester down to a different shooting spot.

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Anyone who follows my work knows that I love the candids/unposed shots just as much (if not more) than the planned shots. I really love the way the light was filtering through the thin layer of clouds and lighting up those raindrops. This is Ainsley, her mom and her sister leading the cows back to the barn.

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We went back down to the same spot to grab a few shots of the three siblings together.

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Everywhere you turn there’s another beautiful backdrop!

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This photo was the one they choose for the yearbook.

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Ainsley’s dog Maci is just beautiful. The bond they share is obvious, she’s such a happy girl. I really loved these shots with them together, it really gets me in the feels.

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Then we hopped into the truck and up the hill we went. First stop was this neat old bus. Her uncle used to drive it and when he retired he parked it up in the corner of the field under the canopy of some big trees. They told a story about how in the winter they would head up to the top and go sledding down the massive hill. Once back up to the top, a toasty warm bus would be waiting for them.

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Back in the truck and up to the second hay field, the sun was beginning to set. I knew that I wanted to grab a silhouette shot, but I wasn’t sure how to get Ainsley up high enough. Well, duh… a hay field equals hay bales and so I had her stand on top of one for this shot and the next one.

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The sun may have hid for the first half of the session but it peeked out at the absolute perfect time.

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The rolling hills, the fields, the clover, the timothy, the sunlight, my subject…… just beautiful.

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This is the shot, that we were hoping for all night. Her mom had this vision of Ainsey walking through the soy bean fields at sunset. Leading up to this we really weren’t sure the timing was going to work or if the clouds would cooperate but I don’t think it could have been more perfect.

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Doesn’t the black and white conversion give it a whole different mood?

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The sun had set and we made our way back down the hill, stopping at a few more spots. I back light the majority of my photos, but this time of night is also magical. Once the sun goes down there’s a small window of time where this soft light spreads over the landscape. It’s such a perfect light.

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And last but certainly not least, the final set of images we did was against this white wash wood barn. I am really glad we waited until the end of the session because the soft light really played into all the light colors. Great way to end a great session.

I truly enjoyed every second of this shoot and am so giddy over the amount of images we got. There were so many beautiful spots and totally different looks for each set. I am incredibly grateful to have been the one to capture the beauty (inside and out) of Ainsley!

caryn