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Double Trouble-The Sinclair Twins

This year I waited anxiously for the arrival of little Carter and Keanu, and I was lucky to photograph the family before there arrival and after. Big brother Kyle was great for the maternity shoot and I’m sure has been a big help to his mom and dad, whose wedding I did years ago and I’ve known them forever..

I was so excited I went prop shopping and found this great planter that looks just like a cut log! With much effort, we did get the big boys in there but their healthy size was a bit too much for the planter. Daddy is a loggin’ man and a tree guy, so I thought it was the perfect accessory. All in all though, nothing beats au naturale (naked babies!) , and that’s the shot I like best!

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>Marissa and Justin’s Trash the Dress shoot

> On Memorial Day weekend, I had the pleasure of doing a Trash the Dress shoot alongside Jennifer and Michael Walker of Beautiful Memories Digital videography. We had shot Marissa and Justin’s wedding last year, and so enjoyed them that we were thrilled when they expressed interest in doing this type of shoot!
We started out in Poughkeepsie along the waterfront and then by Mahoney’s Irish Pub for some portraits before we got them REALLY dirty.

We then moved on to the creek near The Overlook Drive-In in Poughkeepsie where we continued doing portraits and just started easing them into the wetter, dirtier part of the shoot. I had no idea it was so beautiful back there and both of them were open to all of the ideas we had.

We had one more portrait sitting in mind before we completely trashed the dress. I had purchased an old rust-red leather chair from a yard sale and really wanted to try an edgy shoot in the woods behind my house using that chair. A totally natural setting, but a little different and upbeat. Marissa and Justin took to it like fish in water! (and then we moved on to the REAL water!!)

Our last location was Pine Woods Park in Hyde Park. I had been there many times but never ventured beyond the swingset, so I was stunned when I saw the waterfall and beautiful creek running through. I snapped a portrait of Marissa on a log stretching across the creek that I am particularly fond of. She is stunning!

And then, we got to it! The waterfall was a little tricky to get to, but they made it and it was well worth it!

By the end, Marissa’s dress was filthy, and all of us were so excited to see the images and video we had made throughout the day. We all had a great time, and Marissa was totally pleased with her complete and total trashing of the dress!!!

Stay tuned to Beauiful Memories link on the right for the video portion of the day. I am sure Jennifer and Mike are cooking up something amazing!