Congratulations your upcoming wedding! 

We've put together some information for you to look at to get a better feel for what we do at YM Photography, answer any questions you may have and just get to know us a little better.

Please look through each section and if you need any help at all, please contact via phone or email at any time!

Who is our ideal client? You!

Okay, so that sounds totally like a sales pitch, which it kind of is, but at the same time it's completely true. I'm all about tailoring my wedding experience to my client and I absolutely love DIY, bespoke weddings. The more YOU that's in your wedding, the more it rises to the top of my faves.

So what is a bespoke wedding, anyway? It's a personalized event in which the planner or couple has taken the time to plan unique details such as a pie table instead of a traditional cake, a 1000 hand folded cranes hanging from the ceiling or table numbers in the form of countries that the couple has traveled to during their time together. It's these details that set our brides apart from more traditional brides. By the way, each of these examples were actual details planned by my couples.

A bespoke wedding doesn't mean you have to start learning origami or have the most extravagant flowers ever... it just means your wedding is about you and your love... your family and what makes your story unique and wonderful. Probably one of my favorite bespoke details was at a backyard wedding where the bride used the same china that her mother used at her wedding 40 years before! It's that sentiment that gets my tear ducts swelling.

It's for this reason I do not take weddings at wedding centers who provide the same exact wedding experience for every couple they service. It's why I am just as happy to photograph your wedding in your grandparent's backyard surrounded by your family and friends as I am to spend the day with you at the high end resort you've dreamed of as your wedding location since you were seven.

Contact me today to schedule a chat by phone or in person (I dig coffee... a lot... so I'm always up to meet in person).

 

Yesenia is a curated lifestyle photographer. Lifestyle photography captures people during real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner while finding the art in the everyday.

curated lifestyle

In curated lifestyle, the photographer will help events unfold in a setting that is magazine publication worthy. The primary goal is to tell stories through imagery. Details are highly styled with touches from your wedding day: silk ribbon borrowed from a chair and included in the photo of your stationary suite, your bouquet photographed with the view you saw as you stood at the altar. However, it's not just about the styled moments. It's a beautiful, but cohesive, editorial view of the little heartfelt moments and months of planning that went into making your perfect day.

It is for this reason that Yesenia carefully selects the best of images of your day to present in your final edited 800-1500 image wedding gallery. Curating is not about deleting moments. It's about choosing the best photos we took of them.

 

We know our brides and grooms are busy. You don't want to have to wait to hear back from a wedding professional or have to sit through a lengthy consultation just to find out if a photographer you love is in your budget. For that reason, our wedding pricing is listed on our wedding pricing page through the info and pricing link above.

CUSTOM PACKAGES

Every couple is different so wedding packages should not be one size fits all. We always offer you the opportunity to make a custom package based on our service and product offerings and what will complete your perfect day.

Please note: We do not offer discounts for removal of print credit or the complimentary engagement session as we consider these to be gifts included with your package.

 

Additional Fees

 While we try to include everything in one package, a few items that may incur additional fees are:

Travel outside of 25 miles from Bolton Landing, NY

Lodging if wedding is more than 90 minutes from Bolton Landing, NY and/or wedding ends after 10PM.

Parking or Entrance fees. Must be pre-paid.

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Discounts

REFERRALS: We love, love, love referrals! It means that our clients love us as much as we love them! 

discount: 10% on full day wedding packages

See our referral program for additional information

MILITARY/FIRST RESPONDERS: As a military retiree, I so value those that make the choice to serve our country in one capacity or another. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service!

discount: 10% on any session offering

Eligible for two discounts? Rather than limiting our discounts to just one, we offer a 15% discount if you are eligible for both. 

 

We consider each and every one of our clients like family. So we felt that a special rewards program was the way to show how much we appreciate them!

 
 

FREE THANK YOU GIFTS FOR REFERRALS

Our favorite way to say thanks is by giving you stuff. 

Referral One: $75 thank you credit

Referral Two:  Free 5x5 mini parent album and $75 thank you credit

Referral Three: Free 8x8 duplicate album and $75 thank you credit

Referral Four: A year of portraiture photography for you or as a gift (includes 4 sessions with digitals)

Note: While our normal print credit only covers prints 10x13 and below, our thank you credit can be used on any print or product we offer. 

Please note: Referral Credit is only give for Full Day Wedding choices and does not apply to portraiture services.


exclusive portraiture services

At YM Photography, 95% of our portrait clients have been working with us for years. We've watched babies grow up to toddlers, Seniors come back for their weddings and this truly brings a little tear to our eyes. We love that feeling of family. It adds to our images.

When we moved exclusively to wedding photography in 2015, we made the decision to limit our portrait services. We only offer two sessions per month to new clients for vacation or family reunion sessions only. But like I said, our wedding clients become like family... As such, we extend all portrait session types to all our YMP wedding clients (that includes a 10% discount on every session and print/product order). 

Album Design Timeline

6-8 weeks after your wedding: Your wedding gallery delivered

2 weeks after gallery delivery**: Album Image Selection Email Sent

1-2 week after Album Image Email*: Design process begins

1 week: Proof Delivered for first complimentary revision

1-2 weeks after receipt of requested changes*: Final Proof delivered for order approval

1 week after Final Proof Approval: Album Delivered

Average Total Album Design Time: 5-6 weeks (2.5-3 months post wedding)

*Length of time during these phases are entirely dependent on client as these are times when we are awaiting client response or selection.

**Directions for how to favorite images for album and link to album design form are sent with initial gallery delivery. This means that your design time could be less. However, most couples are extremely busy in the months immediately following their wedding and we have found that a reminder at two weeks works best. We begin the design process as soon as image selection and album design form are received. If no album order form or response to our reminders is received within 90 days of gallery delivery, a wedding album will be custom designed by YM Photography with the most popular album choices and printed without proofing.

For an indepth look at our album design process, add-ons and pricing at www.ymphotography.com/albums. Albums included in our wedding packages are offered at discount.

 
 

it's planning time...

Planning your wedding day can be stressful and we want you to know that we are here to help. 

Using your the wedding day questionnaire in your client portal and our online timeline worksheet, we hope that we can make it a little easier for you. 

We've put together a blog series called "The Girlfriend's Guide to Wedding Planning" to answer any planning questions you may have from a photographer's perspective... but remember, if you have any additional questions, we are always an email or phone call away. 

GIRLFRIEND'S GUIDE TO WEDDING PLANNING

 
 

Below are a list of our favorite vendors. We have worked with each one of the following.

HAIR & MAKE-UP

JL BEAUTY: Jessica LaFante is an amazing make-up artist in the local area that I've had the pleasure of working with on several occasions. CONTACT: 518.813.4045 | www.jlbeautyinc.com


FLORISTS

BLOOM'S FLORAL DESIGNS: In a serious tie for my fave florist spot is Bloom's. Their arrangements are simply gorgeous and immediately make every wedding they adorn... a luxury wedding. CONTACT: 518.232.3317 | WWW.bloomsfloraldesign.com

BLOOMS FOR ROOMS: I had the opportunity recently to work with Carrie from Blooms for Rooms and I am just blown away by her beautiful yet modern arrangements. She definitely made the "tie" for first place happen. CONTACT: 518.281.6145 | www.bloomsforrooms.com


DJS

DJ ANDY PRATT: Andy Pratt is definitely my fave local area DJ. He's so easy to work with and I've seen him play a variety of music without sticking to one generic playlist. CONTACT: 518.644.9762 | www.djandypratt.com

PURE SOUND NOW: A new favorite vendor of mine for the 2017 season is Eric of Pure Sound Now. He and his team (yes, he brings a team!) are a pleasure to work with. CONTACT: 518.859.1780 | www.puresoundnow.com


GINGERSNAPS CAKE SHOP: Gingersnaps is the new kid on the block but Sandy is quickly becoming the most sought after baker in the area. CONTACT: www.gingersnapcakeshop.com

BAKERS


SUGAR BATCH COOKIES: If you've visited me at a bridal show then you've probably raved over sugar batch cookies. The cookies are hands down the best sugar cookies I've ever tasted (decorated soo pretty & and extremely affordable). CONTACT: Sugar Batch Cookies on Etsy

FAVORS & GIFTS


BRIDAL ACCESSORIES

Z CREATE DESIGN: Another etsy fave of mine is Z Create. You can get everything you ever dreamed of in bridal accessories and gifts. . CONTACT: Z Create Design on Etsy


TABLE SETTINGS

PIECEFUL SETTINGS: One of my all time fave vendors... EVER. Sheila is absolutely amazing at what she does and you can't go wrong with her beautiful collection of vintage dishware. CONTACT: www.piecefulsettings.com


VIDEOGRAPHY

MOUNTAIN MINT FILMS: If I had to describe mountain mint films in two words, they would be: modern and beautiful. I was so impressed when I worked with them that it's now the only company I'll recommend. CONTACT: www.mountainmintfilms.com


PRETTY POLITE PRINT BOUTIQUE: I met the gals from Pretty Polite at a trade show and they were just incredibly amazing people with a product that I loved that I CONTACT: www.prettypolite.com

INVITATIONS


Hi there! We are always happy to share our complete work and feel it's very important for future couples to see the range of images we capture. If you would like to see a wedding at your venue (or one similar) please send us an email and we are happy to share any of our 65+ weddings.

BRYAN & REMI

Old Daley on Crooked Lake

Style: Modern Rustic

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Password: Coming Soon

Bryan and Remi chose full day coverage with first look.

GLEB & JENN

The Takk House

Style: Modern Urban Minimal

Password: Coming Soon

Gleb and Jenn opted for a half day wedding

package with reception coverage.

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MIKE & KELSEY

Sagamore Resort Hotel

Style: Traditional Lakeside

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Password: FRwed2016

Mike and Kelsey chose full day coverage with first look.

MULTIPLE COUPLES

Barn Venues

Style: Rustic Barn

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Password: ymbarn

All barn venue weddings shown were

6-8 hour packages.

 

 

 

 

Want to see a quick look at our recent weddings? Below you'll find the slideshow previews we send all our clients while they are waiting for their wedding to be edited.

Please note that this page is only updated every few months.

 

The Bolton Landing, NY wedding of Michael & Kelsey beside Lake George at the Sagamore Resort Hotel

The half day wedding of Corey & Myava at a private vacation rental in Canajoharie, NY. 

The half day wedding of Gleb & Jennifer at the wedding venue, the Takk House in Troy, NY.  

The ocean side wedding in York, Maine of Phil & Nicole at York Harbor Inn.

Athol, NY Burlap and Beams summer barn wedding of Scott & Kate in the Adirondack Park.

The beautiful Adirondack mountain wedding of Brad & Liz at Dunham's Bay in Lake George, NY.

Albany, NY wedding of Santiago and Isabel at the Treviso by Mallozzi's and Hilton Hampton Inn.

Brant Lake, NY private residence wedding of Jordan & Nicole as featured on WellWed NY.

Rochester, NY church and inn wedding of Corey & Audrey.

The Averill Park, NY wedding of Bryan & Remi at the Old Daley on Crooked Lake.

The Saratoga, NY wedding of Stephen & Renee at the National Museum of Dance & Skidmore Wilson Chapel.

The half day wedding of Chris & Jeri at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort Boathouse in Lake Placid, NY.

The Adirondack themed wedding of Nate & Kinga with reception at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY.

The Rotterdam, NY wedding of Tom & Melissa at the Mabee House Historic Site.

Saratoga Springs, NY wedding of Eric & Liz at the Hilton Embassy Suites.

The Lake George wedding of Trina & Ericka at the Boathouse Restaurant and Lodges at Cresthaven

The Fern Lodge in Chestertown, NY wedding of Howard & Edilene, a true Adirondack event.

Thurman, NY Burlap and Beams barn wedding of Jonas & Macon as featured on melissa hearts weddings.

You can read all our reviews at the following sites:

However, we've included some of our favorite reviews below:

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From Mike & Kelsey:

I'm not even sure where to start with Yesenia! She is the nicest, most talented photographer, and she's completely organized. She totally helped me capture my dream wedding day, and made sure I got every picture I wanted. She kept in touch throughout the wedding planning process and had me fill out questionnaires to be sure she knew what I was looking for. She even had a very organized payment schedule, which made it easy to stay on track with payments. Her second shooter, Natalia, was just the best! She photographed the groomsmen, and they adored her. They all said she was so funny & so much fun to have around (and how many guys would say that about a girl constantly taking their picture?). I had the best day ever, and it was so nice having Yesenia there, and knowing I could completely trust her to capture the day the way I wanted. I have not received our wedding pictures yet, but I have no doubts that they will be terrific. We had our engagement pictures taken with her and were blown away with how great they all were, so we have complete confidence that the wedding pictures will be no different. Thank you for everything Yesenia

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From Jordan & Nicole:

Yesenia is simply wonderful! She is not only a fantastic photographer, she is a genuinely good person with a great personality. From our first phone conversation to the choosing of the album (which we are currently doing), she has been a bride's dream! First off, we only found her about 5 months before the wedding, and instead of scoffing at my procrastination like some others I contacted, she was professional and helpful. She insisted on doing and "engagement" shoot even though we had already been engaged for almost 2 years and didn't need save the dates or anything. She explained that it was for her and us to meet and get comfortable and "practice" for the big day so we agreed. Well... let me tell you, this was great! She helped us find fun and unique locations, and had us fill out an extensive survey to really get to know us and our personalities. From this shoot she gave us great tips for looking natural and relaxed on camera. Those pictures came out great and we used them for our registry site! As for the main event... she had us fill out another survey, which again, was great because I hadn't thought about half of the things she brought up. This really helped us and her figure out what we wanted photographed. Our wedding ceremony and reception took place on a lake-front and during the rehersal, Yesenia looked at me and said "I hope you don't think I'm being unprofessional by taking my shoes off, I just want to get in the water to get the best shot..." Are you kidding?! that's the most professional thing you could do - anything for the shot! Yesenia also go on a moving boat and took beautiful photos for us as well, like it was nothing! Immediately after the ceremony... the skies opened up and it didn't stop down-pouring all night. It didn't stop us from dancing in the mud and rain and it certainly didn't stop Yesenia and her second shooter from being right there every step of the way. They even went and found a white umbrella, a wireless flash and took some gorgeous photos in the pitch black rain - on the fly! If this isn't enough to convince you, just check her super-reasonable rates and book her now before she's full! I can honestly say Yesenia was an integral part of my wedding's success and I am so so thankful to have found her!

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From Corey & Audrey:

YM Photography is the most beautiful centerpiece you can add to your wedding hands down. Not only does Yesenia capture the “must have” movements and portraits, she captures the ambiance and flow of the day in captivating, gorgeous shots. You will not get back just photographs from her, but living, breathing works of art that showcase every emotion and feeling that encompasses the event and your day. For the quality of YM’s work and the dedication Yesenia puts into satisfying her clients, YM COULD price their wedding package at astronomical rates - and they would totally be worth it too. Luckily, YM’s competitive pricing makes their timeless art THE BEST investment you could possible make for your wedding. We found Yesenia’s profile on The Knot and immediately were drawn to the emotion and beauty in her world. After contacting her cold, we got a really good vibe from her. She patiently explained her photography process and was completely upfront about her photography and editing style, which I really appreciated since all I knew was that I wanted beautiful photos! We pretty much hired her on the spot. Even though she was located hours away from us in Rochester, Yesenia agreed to shoot our wedding (yay!) and meet us for an engagement session in the Finger Lakes. Yesenia is so down to earth and really makes you oh-so-comfortable during the photo shoot process. During the wedding she fit right in and seamlessly directed everyone into beautiful formations for shots without being overbearing or taking too much time (of course we had places to be - like the party!). I also want to mention that one of the members of my bridal party was in a wheelchair and she did a really beautiful job of laying out the shot so everyone looked just right in terms of heights and leveling. I really appreciated that and she just did it instinctively! I have a feeling that very soon the secret will be out about YM’s work so I would make sure you book YM for your date as soon as possible!

 

From Stephen & Rene:

Stephen and I just watched our preview together and chrome-casted to our TV so we could enjoy watching it for the first time together as large as possible...and no joke, but he started crying. :) He's only cried about 2 other times we've been together in 7+ years. I just wanted to let you know how touched we were by your work.

My photos are so beautiful and we got them early. It was a nice surprise during the bumpy time we're going through at the moment.

Thank you again!