Claudienne & Isidore’s Anniversary Session

Claudienne & Isidore’s Anniversary Session

Tonawanda, NY

Claudienne & Isidore thought that the photo session was a lovely anniversary gift from her mom. Pretty straight forward, right? Well, what they did’t know, was that it wasn’t the only gift. It was only step one in an evening full of surprises. I had so much fun leading them to their surprise anniversary party where all their friends and family were eagerly waiting for them. Don’t worry, you’ll get to see their reactions at the end!

But let’s rewind a little… We planned the session for Ellicott Creek Park, which was the perfect backdrop, with cool bridges, lots of greenery, and of course the creek! It  also happens to be conveniently close to Michael’s Landing, the venue for their surprise party! 😉  Their session was so relaxed and full of laughter. These two have such an beautiful connection, which surely will continue to grow and deepen in the many anniversaries to come!

Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography

As we wrapped up the session, I asked Claudienne & Isidore if they would humor me and head to one last location. ‘I have the perfect shot in mind. Just on the other side of this gate is a great view’  They opened the gate, and there was their family and friends welcoming them with a big ol’ “SUPRISE! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!”

… I mean I had to get a little sneaky right?
Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography

Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography Claudienne & Isidore's Anniversary Session - Suprise anniversary couples session with Buffalo & WNY lifestyle photographer Kelsey Gene Photography

It is so evident that the people that worked hard to plan the party have sooo much love for Claudienne & Isidore!  They are certainly fortunate to have such a loving group of friends and family.

Thank you Claudia for allowing me to be a part of such a great evening. <3

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Elliott’s Newborn Session

Elliott’s Newborn Session

Get ready for some major baby swoons… <3  Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 

Meeting little Elliott within the first few weeks of his life was such a privilege. It is so evident that this little man had brought so much joy to his parents’ lives.

For the session Amy & Brad really wanted to keep the images natural & minimal, focusing in on Elliott’s features. For that reason I chose very simple props and natural poses and reflect how curled up Elliott was in his mom’s belly. He loves to stretch his little legs out long and straight. He also really likes have his hand(s) up above him rather than at his sides.  I am really looking forward to being able to photograph him again as he grows, and grows, and grows within this first year.

Elliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candid

Elliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candidElliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candidElliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candidElliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candidElliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candidElliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candid

Elliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candidElliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candidElliott's Newborn Session - WNY & Buffalo Lifestyle photographer specializing in family photography, authentic wedding photography. Real emotion candid

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Hazel’s One Year Milestone Session

Hazel’s One Year Milestone Session

I have to admit, sharing this session is a little bittersweet. It almost feels like the end of an era. I have had the wonderful privileged of photographing this little girl as well as her older brother from the time they were each just a few days old.  The fact that she is already a year old is just crazy! How does all that time go so fast!?

I certainly hope that I will be able to keep on photographing these kiddos as they continue to grow. But most importantly, I am so glad that her parents have these beautiful images to remember each milestone and stage of growth. (Check out her previous sessions, here & here.)

At a year old, Hazel is still rocking her adorable baby rolls and chubby cheeks. The latest addition? All those teeth! She is certainly growing up quickly and getting cuter by the minute.

Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom. Some of my favorites from the whole evening might be those big wide grins of both kids on the swing set. That’s what childhood memories are made of right there. <3

Hazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personalityHazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personalityHazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personality

Hazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personality

Hazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personalityHazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personalityHazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personalityHazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personalityHazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personalityHazel's One Year Milestone Session - Buffalo & WNY family lifestyle photographer - kelsey gene photography. Capturing authentic moments and real personality

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Colleen & Matt’s Beach Engagement Session

Colleen & Matt’s Beach Engagement Session

Woodlawn Beach State Park 

We came so close to calling this session off. It literally poured right at the exact time we had agreed to meet….and then something incredible happened. The sky over the lake completely cleared, giving us the absolute prettiest sunset ever. Colleen & Matt were a pleasure to spend the evening with. Their radiant smiles and easy going personalities set the mood for their session, despite the uncertainty of the weather.

I already can tell that their wedding next May at Salvatore’s Italian Garden, is going to be an evening filled with laughter and lots of energy!

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Shannon & Daniel’s Wedding Day – Hayloft in the Grove

Shannon & Daniel’s Wedding Day – Hayloft in the Grove

One thing I have really come to appreciate about photographing weddings, is that each wedding day is as unique as the couples themselves. Sure, on paper most weddings have a lot of things in common… dress, flowers, ceremony, first dance, etc. But what I mean, is that the people, emotions, the aura or ‘vibe’, as the kids say these days, is totally different for each event.  When I think of Shannon and Daniel’s wedding, one word keeps repeating in my mind. Joy.

Obviously when looking at pictures it is not always possible to tell what is going on in the moment of the image. Are they staring into each others eyes like that because they are so in love that they just can’t possibly look away or is it because the photographer asked them to have a staring contest? See what I mean?  Well with Shannon & Daniel, it was most certainly the former. These two love birds were both absolutely beaming the entire day.

While my trusted second photographer, Rachel documented the morning with Daniel and his groomsmen, I had the privileged of spending time with Shannon’s family in her childhood home. Among many family photos and no doubt countless memories, Shannon’s supportive parents and siblings all got ready for the big day. I sooo appreciate how welcome they made myself and assistant, Isabel, feel throughout the morning.

After their ceremony at St. Peter & Paul’s Church, we all headed to the Hayloft in the Grove for a wonderful evening. I absolutely love how much variety we were able to give the newlyweds. There are so many great photo spots on the grounds at the Hayloft that we were able to achieve a lot in just a short period of time. 

 

 

 

Venue: Hayloft in the Grove

Food: Lucarelli’s 

Music: Moving Music

Flowers: Maureen’s Wholesale

Dress: David’s Bridal 

Bridesmaids Dresses: JJ’s House

Hair Stylist: Corto’s Salon & Spa 

 

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