Only two words needed to sum up this Gianna, her family and this event.... Absolutely Beautiful! The Marina Del Rey in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx provided an incredible setting for our pre party portrait session. The Whitestone Bridge at sunset was a great place to start, giving us a beautiful backdrop for family and court photos. We then moved over to the outdoor lounge area where the pillars of fire allowed us to get a few interesting shots. We finished the portrait session at the awesome fountain in the lobby. We love backlighting water and Gianna was all about getting in place for the perfect shot. I had a really great time shooting this party. Thank you to Gianna and her family for putting so much value into our work. We are so happy that we were able to make our schedule work and make it to the party.
Hi! I’ve never introduced myself here so I thought I’d share my photo story:
I’m Sarah, a New York based creative natively from New Paltz, obsessed with photographing fleeting moments and chasing sunlight ~ I turn 25 at the end of this month, but have been in a deep relationship with photography for over 12 years! When I was in my pre-teens I would wander around the apple orchard I grew up in at golden hour with my point-and-shoot and force my neighbor/bff @alyssa_redenti_ to sit for portraits (laying in the snow... covered in glitter).
I fell in love with the Flickr community (talkin bout you, @annaszczekutowicz ) and realized I loved making portraits. A few years later, and most “hudson valley kids” had a MySpace default photo I had taken... and the rest is history, folks.
My favorite thing about a lifetime of photography is hearing someone say they remember their best memories vividly because of my old photos - and that is what I aim to do now each day: experience amazing moments with friends and strangers that they’ll later realize I secretly documented while they were busy living it
After high school I decided to study science illustration with interest in drawing and fears of “unrealistic” futures in photo, and so photography got placed on the back burner while I tried to build a career. After many years, weddings, and lessons, I’m blessed to run a creative business that includes all kinds of illustration AND photography (!!) and I couldn’t be more thrilled to start sharing my images with you, making new memories, and meet other creatives worldwide. THANK YOU if you read this far and I hope to meet you and hear your stories along the way!
Photo by @tylermagee
Those booking a Let it Snow/Christmas session are also going to be put in a drawing for a free canvas! Oh and of course there’s a hot chocolate bar with treats. 🎄 These are going to be so fun and magical. The kids are gonna love the snow. ♡
FRIENDS!! 💝 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As we’re gearing up for the beautiful holiday season ahead, I want to celebrate all that I am grateful for. Each day, from now until Thanksgiving, I’ll be sharing little anecdotes about all that warms my heart during this season. At the end of this countdown, I’ll be sharing some BIG news with you all! But more on that later 😉
For now, here are 7 things that I am grateful for: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
• Freshly brewed morning coffee served in one of my many decorated mugs ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Dancing around the kitchen to my favorite song (current jam: Body by Loud Luxury, who’s with me?) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• My sense of humor – laughter is truly life’s best medicine ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Getting to do what I love, every. damn. day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• Having the tools and platforms to create and share with all of you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• My obstacles. We grow during times of struggle and defeat. They shape us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
• My family and friends – my loved ones. I am in constant awe of their love, support, and downright craziness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ||What are you thankful for this holiday season? 💕
Hoyt House aka “The Point”
One of my favorite hidden relics of the Hudson Valley is this gothic-revival beauty that’s been withering away in the woods of Staatsburg for the last 50 years. Hoyt House and its grounds were designed by Calvert Vaux (Central Park, Olana, The Met, so much more) in 1855 for Lydig Monson Hoyt, a wealthy NYC merchant. The Hoyt family lived in the house until 1963, when they were evicted by Robert Moses’s parkland acquisition policies. The plan was to destroy the house and build a public swimming pool, but after funds fell through, the house was left abandoned. For decades it stood vulnerable to vandalism and neglect. When I first discovered it some years ago, it had become the source of silly legends and superstitions that claimed that the Hoyt family had all killed themselves within and that the home had secret underground tunnels for entering and exiting unseen. Luckily, in recent years, the Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance has worked to raise funds and restore Hoyt House. Their efforts have already resulted in a restored roof, gutters, and chimney and they continue to raise funds for further restoration. If you want to visit Hoyt House, it can easily be visited on a hike in the Mills Memorial State Park, but don’t expect to peek inside, it’s fenced off and alarmed 👮♂️