Kate + Thomas. A Family Session on Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid.

The weekend I photographed this family session was pretty crazy.  I photographed my buddy Matt's family on Friday, then a wedding on Saturday, and then set up to photograph Kate's family on Sunday.  Kate is a floral and event designer based out of Philadelphia and does some killer work.  We started chatting about a year ago to discuss a family session and just kept in touch.  Finally, we were able to nail down a date and she made the trek up to the Adirondacks solely for the session - which I think paid off.  

These guys were awesome.  They were fun, playful, and her daughter had a blast climbing up Whiteface Mountain.  She had a lot of energy and it was on display on the peak.  While that can be a bit scary for her parents, it was gold for me.  I didn't have to tell her, or them, to do anything really.  They just did their thing and had fun doing it.  I was just along for the ride and was happy to be a part of it.

So here it is ... my 2hrs with The Farley Family.

Anna + Austin. A Lake Placid Lodge Wedding in the Adirondacks.

I received the timeline of events for Anna & Austin's wedding at Lake Placid Lodge a few weeks prior to the date and the first line stuck out to me:

8am.  Austin, best man, and father of the groom - fly fishing the west branch of the Ausable River.

What?  Yes, please.  

Even though I wasn't scheduled to start for several hours after that there was no way I was going to miss it.  I didn't care how early it was.  In my head I was having visions of fog and mist, sunlight, fly rods and and an endless amount of trout leaping out of the water and into the nets.  And while that's not even remotely what it was like, I can safely say it was still awesome to experience and I had a blast documenting it.

Following that my buddy Aron and I got some breakfast at a killer diner in town, relaxed for a bit, and then began the day refreshed.  From the time I spent with Anna & Austin at their engagement session last fall, I knew their wedding day was going to be super chill and fun.  It was an intimate wedding at a great venue in Lake Placid - in the peak leaf season - and had a great serving of views, people and pictures.  It was a wonderful, memorable, wedding.

Well Reviewed.

The following statement is an exact email from a bride whose wedding I recently photographed.  I haven't blogged this wedding yet, however I will be shortly and I'm looking forward to it.  In the meantime I felt this testimonial describes my approach to weddings nearly perfectly.  To hear this from an outside perspective makes me incredibly happy and satisfied.  If you booked me for a wedding in 2015, or are considering it - THIS is what I want to accomplish for you.

It's a bonafide humble brag.  And quite honestly, one I'm damn proud of.

Mike,

Holy. Shit. I've felt a bit speechless since I looked through them, but I'm gonna try....

These are incredible. I seriously cannot comprehend how every single photo is meaningful and beautiful in its own way. Not a single one is without purpose. I'm sure it's easier to click away and deliver wedding after wedding but it is so evident that instead of doing that, you truly capture each wedding individually, and it amazes me to see how you captured ours. You'd think you had known us all for years, the way you put us on film. Going through them has been like reliving the day - this time without nerves or exhaustion, only with the happiness, joy, and love we felt. But I'm actually really grateful that some of the photos show our nerves and exhaustion because we never wanted a glossy representation of our wedding, just the true sense of it in all its strangeness and wonderfulness. I love the photo of Jerrod and Josh practically carrying me up the hill, I love the one of my niece looking grumpy at the end of the reception, I love the one of my maid of honor picking dead bugs out of my veil, and I even love the cake cutting ones where we both have no idea what we're doing, have like 6 chins between us, and forgot to kiss afterward :) And of course I love the epic Aspen grove ones, the ceremony photos, and the ones from the first dance and father/daughter dance which we will cherish forever. You either have crazy intuition about what your clients will like, or you just shoot what you like - either way I feel very lucky. 

It felt serendipitous to find you as our photographer - part of the reason why I felt like it was going to work out great. I'll be honest, it was tempting to go a safer route and hire someone with lots of safe photos on their blog. Thank god I resisted that. I am so much happier with what you have given us than I would have been with anything like that. I imagine it's also tempting sometimes for you to take the easier route, but I hope all your clients tell you after they get their gallery that you gave them the truth of their wedding and their love through your art, and that that is a wonderful gift to receive.  

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

Molly & Tim. A Terrain Wedding in Glen Mills.

Very rarely due I not get to meet a couple prior to their wedding.  If I don't it's usually due to them living across the country, or even in a different country.  And even in those circumstances I will usually get in a Skype meeting with them - just so we can meet each other on some level.  But in the case of Molly & Tim's wedding, I didn't meet either of them in person, or online, before their wedding at Terrain.

So you may be asking yourself, why?

Here's the answer:  I'm friends with Tim's sister - Sarah - and she hired me to photograph Molly & Tim.  I've photographed Sarah's family a couple times and love them as people - so I assumed her brother would be just as awesome them.  My assumption was correct.

Molly & Tim's wedding is one of those weddings where everything works out perfectly.  The weather, the people, the locations, the style, and the all around general emotion and atmosphere.  It's a wedding where the father of the bride pulled me aside just after his dance with his daughter and said the following to me:

"You're a fucking awesome wedding photographer.  I said to my wife in the car on the way over (to the venue from getting ready) that this guy is fucking awesome."

Can anything beat that compliment?  Perhaps not.  But that sums up the day for me.  It was just fucking awesome.