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For those planning a wedding: 
To make your life a little easier during such an overwhelming and exciting time, I have asked some of The Classic Image Studio’s friends in the wedding world to share their advice and knowledge in their area of expertise with you.
These guest bloggers will explain their role in a wedding, what to look for when hiring a vendor in their field, and why it is important to have someone who offers their services for your wedding – anything they feel is important or that they are passionate about. 
I already have a list of people who are excited to help out with this project, including florists, DJ’s, and wedding planners, video artists and formal wear experts. I hope to make this a weekly event! 
Please contact me if there is a wedding vendor or expert that you would like to hear from – I would be happy to contact them to ask them to participate. 
If you are yourself a vendor or expert and wish to be a guest blogger, please let me know.
I hope you all look forward to our first guest blogger appearance next week!

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Schenectady Gazette’s Saratoga-Capital Region’s Bridal Show Extravaganza! It’s right around the corner Sunday January 26, 2014 from 11-3. This show features the area’s premiere wedding vendors including Caterers, Florists, Photographers, Entertainment, Dress Shops, Tux Shops, Salons, Decor and Rentals, Venues, Registry locations, Cake Shops and more.

Need directions?

The Hall of Springs is located at 108 Avenue of the Pines in Saratoga Springs NY

Thinking about having us photograph your wedding? Ask about our special gift for couples who retain our services on the day of the show.
This is the show to be at! Don’t miss the chance to meet all the local wedding talent! And of course stop by and say hi to us (Tim and Dana Shaffer) at The Classic Image booth. Check back here and on our Facebook page after the show for some photos from the day.  (Photos from last year’s show here.)

Wedding photographers in upstate New York have most of their bookings from May through October. We ¬†find that October is always one of our busiest months. It is a great time here. Erica and Dave’s wedding was on the 7th. The leaves had just started to change but the grounds in front of the Castle were still beautiful and green.

Beardslee’s Castle in Little Falls NY is a perfect place for a fall wedding. The reception room shown here in midday is completely white with a lot of windows looking out on to the grounds.


The bride and groom’s champagne glasses with bittersweet wrapped around a grapevine pumpkin.

At each table setting was a chocolate pumpkin with a note indicating the bride and groom had made a donation to the humane society in lieu of favors. I love the shadow from the star decor on the note.

This image reminds me of an old time photo illustration or a Norman Rockwell print. The room is full of activity as the bridesmaids are all busy getting the bride ready. I love how their little boy is standing on his tip toes in his diaper and socks with his hands clasped behind his back looking at his mother and himself in the mirror. It is such a wonderfully precious moment in time.

This next image has the same “moment in time” feel about it. They both illustrate a mood that can only be captured by allowing people to go about their day without orchestrating the event. When people ask for photojournalism style photography this is what we envision.


This next photo, while not strictly posed is certainly not photojournalism. In this instance, we suggested to the bride that she look out on to the garden where she would be getting married. Isn’t this a perfect window for this classic style image? Shown in black and white we see the leading lines of the shadow from the window bringing us to the bride and then the design in the rug as it repeats and echos the design of the folds in her dress.

A classic posed image here of our bride using just the natural light in the room, with a reflector to pick up the highlights in those beautiful blue eyes. Wow!


This photo of the groom is a must for every wedding:

After the couple walked back down the aisle , Dave hugged his son in this very loving embrace. We asked Erica and Dave to let us know some of the photos that they liked the most and this was one that Erica really loved. This wedding was about celebrating their love for each other but was also obviously a celebration of love for that little guy too.

Erica and Dave. Congratulations!

These photos are a lot of fun to do on a wedding day. A photo of the ladies with the groom and the bride with the groomsmen.

We like to make sure we allow enough time to get some really romantic photographs of our couples, giving them some images that will look great as a piece of art on their wall.



This was another favorite of ¬†Erica and Dave’s. Their entrance to the reception as announced by Pat Flander of Top Notch Entertainment.


Erica and her dad.

Wearing a tux all day sure can wear a fellow out! That and teaching the old folks all the newest dance moves!

The candle light on the table decorations was so pretty! Carving table numbers into the pumpkins was a great idea for this October wedding.

At the end of the night we find out who has been teaching the little guy to stick his finger in the frosting.




It’s hard to believe it’s only 4 weeks until Christmas. The temperature has been in the 50’s and even hit 60 the other day. There is no snow so we have still been riding our bikes and even made a trip to Moss Island for a photo safari. But you can’t fool the kids- they know what time of year it is.
And so does Santa. This is his busy season. And while he has a lot of work to do making sure his sleigh is packed full of goodies for good little boys and girls, he still has his P.R. work to do. You know, make an appearance here and there, listen to wish lists and have his photo taken with little kids. Kind of like a politician but with a different agenda.
Anyway, we have been asked to take photos of him at the Victorian Holiday Celebration in Sharon Springs next Saturday (December 3)
If you get a chance, stop by the Roseboro Hotel and say hello. Have your portrait taken with the celebrity of the season. Drop off your wish list with him and help our friends at the Schoharie County Community Action Group. We will be donating the proceeds to help them make the holidays a little brighter for those who are still in need due to the devastating floods resulting from Hurricane Irene. After all it’s only 4 weeks til’ Christmas. Believe it!
Photos from last year’s Victorian Holiday here.

Outdoor or tent weddings can be really beautiful and there are always a lot of great photo opportunities when they are held in a park or a back yard. When it’s held on your family’s own farm or ranch it means you get to use all the cool props in your photos. It also means you get to have one awesome limo ride from the ceremony site to the reception site.

            There is something about a white horse that reminds me of fairy tales and magic. We certainly had the beautiful princess bride to go along with the theme.

And the when we bring in the hero of the story:

Of course the horse only adds to the magic by bringing in a bit of comedy.

I had a really hard time picking a favorite which is why I included so many here. I think this might be my favorite. What do you think?

The detail shots from this wedding were hard for me to choose too. They were really different and perfect for a country style wedding.


I love the look Jenna is giving her dad in this photo as they start the father daughter dance.

And speaking of looks. You can see where Joe gets his good looks and great sense of fun from.


Sometimes when we are setting up the more more posed or requested group shots, the really fun image is found by turning around 180 degrees. Tim was photographing Jenna and her bridesmaids when I caught this interaction of Joe and the groomsmen. The best man was going over his three page speech.
It was a pretty funny-no holds barred talk that he read aloud to all the guys. It got this reaction from Joe:

The actual speech during the reception, was edited and abridged and cleaned up a little

but still pretty funny.

Signing the marriage certificate required a bit of discussion.


It was a beautiful evening and the sky was gorgeous so we took advantage of that to take one more romantic photo of the two of them. Sure to be one of our signature “Classic Images“.

Like I said when it’s your farm, you can have as big of a tent as you want! And I think with a DJ, a band and this crowd……they partied til the cows came home!

Thank you Joe and Jenna for having us as part of your very special day. We wish you lots of love and a
“Happily Ever After”
Tim and Dana