Glen Falls House Wedding | Catskill Trash The Dress Wedding Portraits

I always work with my couple's on their Wedding-Day-Of-Timeline. Let's face it, they've never done this before and how should they know how much time I need for certain parts of the day, right? I talk with every couple about the Pro's and Con's of doing a First Look but I NEVER push them into it. So Laurena and Mark decided to see each other for the first time as she came down the aisle. And it was beautiful and emotional.

Fast forward to Cocktail Hour where we quickly photographed their large wedding party (like 20 people large!) and then their amazing Family and when all was said and done I had 6 minutes to photograph them as a married couple. And then that 6 minutes turned into 3 minutes when the wedding planner came and grabbed them to line up for Introductions. And my heart was broken. All this time and work for them to have 3 minutes of Bride and Groom Portraits. And the reality of it, is that this is common.

THIS is why the First Look exists. So we can knock out Wedding Party and Family pictures before the ceremony and in return, the Bride and Groom have as much time as they want for portraits.

A couple weeks after the wedding I got an email from Laurena. She said, "Sam, you were right. We had NO time. So what do we do now?"

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Mountain Engagement Session in New Paltz NY | Elle + Michael

And boy did it look like we were going to rained out, but I guess luck was on MY side, because we got these amazing moody skies instead. And I'm totally ok with the sky having personality. It matches my rad couples. Elle and Michael met me in New Paltz and we drove around my favorite back roads chasing light and laughing, letting their crazy cute dog out of the car, here and there, to totally steal the show, and strolling through the apple blossoms. Enjoy this gorgeous mountain engagement session in New Paltz, NY!

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Basilica Hudson Industrial Engagement Session | Brett + Talia

When you find out that your couple had a soul bonding experience at Burning Man in the first few months of dating, if you're anything like me, you do a happy dance! Brett and Talia were leaving Brooklyn last Thursday to come to Hudson, NY for a dress fitting so we scheduled their Connection Session for the same day. I am quite fond of Hudson and a little biased as I got married at the Basilica Hudson in 2014. The magnificent brick building sits on the very edge of town, in a seemingly forgotten area that houses broken down trailers, old industrial buildings long ago abandoned, several non-working railroad tracks, and it's eye candy everywhere!

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Red Maple Vineyard Wedding - Airstream Photo Booth, Secret Garden + Tea Ceremony

Upstate NY Vineyard Wedding Venue

This Red Maple Vineyard Wedding had a little bit of everything! An elegant bride, a handsome groom, an outdoor ceremony spot with a view of the Hudson River, a wedding venue that is also a vineyard, secret gardens, moody rain clouds, horses, tree-lined streets, romantic vibes, DIY reception details, super cute flower girls in lavender crowns, adorable ring bearer, grandmother's on the dance floor, an airstream photo booth, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and a killer dance party! Red Maple Vineyard weddings are truly the best. As a premier Hudson Valley wedding venue, they sure know how to throw an amazing party. 


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