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We made this image for one of our high school seniors as part of a graduation party invitation.

It is a combination of an image taken in the studio, and a few taken on the football field. The combination of the photos with the design elements makes a really powerful portrait, one that works well for our senior, a football player and all-around athlete.

This is the front of the invitation; we used the back of the card to illustrate his love of baseball. We will feature that in a later post – it’s a surprise for him and I don’t want to spoil it!

Lake George in itself is an impressive background for wedding photos. But the perfect moment comes when the Lac Du Saint Sacrement is right behind the wedding party!
Starting the day.

 Jessica and Jason


I love this shot of shot of Jason’s arms around Jessica. This is one of my favorite ways to capture the details of a wedding because of how much it captures in one image: the bridal bouquet, the engagement ring, the intricate details of the wedding dress and the finishing touches on both bride and groom. I love it for the way it encompasses all those things and includes the couple — rather than a series of product shots.

Our pre-ceremony photographs included a “first look” – when the bride and groom spend a private moment together before the ceremony.  While not for everyone, pre-ceremony photos allow for an intimate moment together before the action starts – a chance to take a moment out of the day and enjoy the thought that you will soon belong to each other. It makes for great memories — and of course, gorgeous photographs.

The signing of the Ketubah or wedding contract was held in a private meeting room with their witnesses and immediate family. Then a round of good wishes and loving advice was given.


 The next part of the wedding ceremony was held lake side.


Jessica and Jason’s chuppah was built by On Thai of Surroundings that morning. Isn’t it amazing? His floral work always blows me away.

The ring exchange.

Jessica is just so gorgeous. She and Jason were both delightful to work with. With that great smile, you wouldn’t even know how chilly it was!

The candle lights and flowers for the evening reception on Shelving Rock.

The little kitty cake topper was so adorable. The cake was made and decorated by the Sagamore in-house!

Is that really the groom with those amazing dance moves?

So who knew? Turns out Jason and his friends belonged to a break dancing group in college so when they told the DJ they were going to be doing some break dancing, he wasn’t sure if they were pulling his leg. We had discussed it with them earlier so we assured the DJ that there would be some pretty awesome moves on the floor that night.

And this was only the beginning of a night of great dancing!

The horah is always a lot of fun to watch and it looks like our couple is enjoying it too!

See what I mean about these flowers?

Thank you Jessica and Jason for being such a wonderful couple! It was truly a pleasure photographing your wedding.

We wish you much happiness and love,

Tim and Dana

Like everyone else, we love to go on vacation and visit some of the places on the tour guide maps. I think it is also important (and fun!) to visit our own local attractions. So when Tiegen and Brad were looking for a fun thing to do on a Saturday afternoon, a suggestion of an Ommegang Brewery Tour was greeted with enthusiasm.
We got there right after a tour went out so we checked out the restaurant and the gift shop and in the interest of making good use of our time, decided to join in the beer tasting first.
On tap

I have to admit it was not our first tour, but the brewery had grown since our last one and it is always really interesting to listen to how the different beers are made.

Belgian Style Ales-It is important to keep all the details under control!(love the line up!)
This tour is a great deal! Filling this taster glass up six times with the different ales and keep the cute glass as a souvenir for $3? One more reason we offer this as an idea for a day trip to our visitors!
 Perfect place for a grill! Doesn’t this look like an invitation to a great party?
A little information from their website on these tanks”The large outdoor CCT’s hold 300 barrels(9500 gallons or 4,00 cases”


After a walk in the Village of Cooperstown, we stopped at one of our favorite lunch places, Doubleday Cafe. These baseball fans from the college in Oneonta were a reminder that there are even more fun things to do in Cooperstown.

And don’t forget to check out the side streets in Cooperstown. After our lunch we walked by StageCoach Lane and noticed that the  Cooperstown Back Alley Grille has added an “Upper Deck” since our last visit. We can’t wait to go back!

If you read through this post please leave a comment below so we know you enjoyed the virtual tour!


Wedding Photographers in Scotia NY: The Classic Image: Tim and Dana Shaffer
Going back through some of the weddings we photographed last year reminded me of how magical photography can be.
The images of Travis and Valleri’s wedding were no exception. I was instantly transported back to this July wedding with all the pinks and greens of summer, the lush foliage along the river, and the warmth of this couple and their family.

Travis and Valleri were married at The First Reformed Church in Scotia NY. The large arched windows of the church allow the light to pour in and reflect off the white walls and pews.
The white walls of the church heighten the bright glow of happiness and excitement on Valleri’s face as she walks up the aisle with her dad.

The kiss!

The photo above is a favorite image of mine. With two photographers, we can get this shot and still be ready for the “other kiss” – the spontaneous kiss the couple share after they have again walked down the aisle, this time together:

One of the signs of a newly married man – checking out the feel of the band on his ring finger!

Another sign: that great big happy smile!

A triptych showcases all the little details that went into Valerie’s wedding day style.

A close up shot of Valleri’s hands shows off her ring and the intricacies of her dress, as well as her gorgeous pink rose bouquet. The pink on white and pink on black color theme was carried throughout the details of their wedding.

This cake was made by Villa Italia in Schenectady. Regular readers of our blog know my obsession with wedding cakes. And eight months after the wedding, the photos remind me not only how beautiful the cake was… but also how delicious it tasted.

Riverstone Manor in Glenville NY is really great for photographs, with its stone walls, brick patios, stately centuries old shade trees and meticulously manicured grounds that gently roll down to the banks of the Mohawk River.

Valleri and Travis head in to their reception and make a striking black and white contrast to that green summer lawn.

More of that great black, white and pink! July in New York is known for its changeable weather, and it did start to sprinkle while we were photographing some of the groups. The ladies in the bridal party were good sports and used their bouquets to protect their hair until it stopped.

The overcast skies did make for good shooting, though! We took advantage of the nice even light to get some of these wonderful couples portraits. The pergola on the river is used for the outdoor ceremonies held here but also provides a background along with the river.

Here the bride peers through the intricately detailed train of her dress as her bridesmaids and mom help to bustle it (one of my favorite photographs of the night).

Once her dress was bustled, Valeri hit the dance floor.

A dip and a kiss at the end of the first dance. It’s great to see the bride and groom surrounded by everyone who loves them to watch their first dance.

The rest of the evening was full of fun and laughter.

All the ladies turn in their keys now that Travis is a married man!

And I think everyone was pretty happy about who caught the bouquet.

I can’t sign off without one more shot of the happy couple enjoying those July greens – and each other.

Congratulations Travis and Valleri!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us.
Tim and Dana