Tyler & Brittany | Lake George, NY Engagement Photographer

I photograph a lot of destination weddings and engagements but then every now and then I'll get a local couple and it is always amazing to find those people we have in common (in this case it's my amazing oldest child). Tyler and Brittany were great to work with... it always makes my job easier when clients want my input on styling and timing for their session. Check out their lake side engagement in the heart of Lake George below.

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Bryan & Jaci | Mouzon House | Saratoga Springs, NY Wedding Photographer

I just love Bryan and Jaci's love story! Within 3 dates they knew that they were on to something good, and by terrifying honesty found out that they both wanted the same things out of life. When its right, it is right! They've been happy ever since and decided to tie the knot in Saratoga Springs, NY. Jaci started out at the Saratoga Arms and then they headed over to the Mouzon House for a simple ceremony in their garden area and a dinner with their close family.

THE WEDDING

THE SLIDESHOW

THE VENDORS

Accommodations: Saratoga Arms

Venue & Dinner: Mouzon House

Florals: Fleurtacious Designs

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Foy Family | YM PHOTOGRAPHY | Bolton Landing Family Reunion Portrait Photographer

When I get the opportunity to photograph a family in my hometown, Bolton Landing, I always feel so honored. Add in that this family of amazing business owners (Cate of Cate's Italian Garden (psst... check out their website for some of my food photography) and Ed of The Chateau on the Lake) and my teens' favorite teacher and we have the making of an amazing family session. And how right I was!

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YM PHOTOGRAPHY | Family Reunion Style Guide | Lake George Family Portrait Photographer

In the summer months, our portrait business consists of family reunions or large families over eight. One of the first questions we get is "What should we wear?" so we've put together this post to help you with outfit planning.

First, you want timeless images that stand the test of time... but your teen daughter is "soooo in love" with the worst color on the spectrum or your father-in-law refuses to wear anything other than a black outfit that looks like he's a mobster vacaying in Havana (your session is in the mountains)... well, let me tell you this... You have my full permission to blame outfit selections on me by using any of the following phrases:

1. She's such a temperamental artist but her photos are wonderful... we are only allowed to wear <insert your desired color palette here> as she says it compliments the location.

2. Yes, Honey, the photographer says I need to spend <insert amount here> on new clothes for the session. It IS a necessity.

3. Cindy, sweetie. I know you hate my telling you how to dress but this photographer will give you amazing photos to butcher on instagram so let's try to find something you love in the color palette we've chosen.

Okay, so we have to get real here. We have to talk about all the things that you shouldn't do.

1. Matching outfits went out in the 80s. Like selective coloring photographers everywhere finally rose up and said no more white shirted blobs in my photos (because that's what your images will look like on first pass).

2. Should you wear denim? Denim is fine, in moderation, in my mind. Mix it and match it in with different pieces (jeans here, denim dress there, etc) but if you glance at yourself in the mirror and like an 80s pop star in denim from head to toe... you may want to rethink your outfit choice.

3. Avoid too many patterns. Every year I have at least one client show up and one person with have plaid on, another a big floral pattern and a third with polka dots. There is just no way to make this look cohesive. When choosing patterns, stick with mainly solid clothing and throw in one or two pieces with coordinating colors to give the photos some pop.

Now on to some things to do!

1. Use neutrals to balance out your color palette. Cream and Khaki can even out a strong bright color, add pop to your photos but not make it look like you should be at a carnival. If you want a classic, timeless look stick with only neutral colors (grey, white, navy, steel blue).

2. Not sure how to add color to your photos but want that something extra? Accessorize! f your main colors are white and grey, having a coral bowtie on a little boy or a great statement necklace in teal on a woman while a third family member wears a shirt with both colors. This really makes the outfits flow while making outfit choices a bit easier for all members.

3. Texture is a great way to add visual interest to your photo

Choosing outfits is not one-size-fits-all (literally) so while we created style boards with outfits we love, it's mostly just to show you how some color combinations work together and how you can incorporate some of this season's hottest colors.

 

LARGE FAMILY STYLE BOARDS

WITH THE PANTONE 2017 SPRING/SUMMER COLORS

Trevor & Erica | Lake George, NY Engagement & Wedding Photographer

After three reschedules for rain, we finally got the perfect day for Trevor & Erica's lakeside engagement session. Even better they included their baby, Tank, who may or may not have stolen the show. Million Dollar Beach in Lake George, NY was the perfect location for this local couple.

www.ymphotography.com | YM Photography | Bolton Landing on Lake George, NY Engagement and Wedding Photographer