Durand Eastman Beach | Carlie + Calum Engagement Session

Calum and Carlie met while working  and attending Harvest Bible Chapel, just outside of Chicago. Carlie, originally from Rochester, serves as a worship coordinator at Harvest. Calum, also a worship coordinator, is originally from Scotland.

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The perfect pair dated for a while, but thought it best to part ways and eventually broke up. However after some time Carlie and Calum decided they couldn’t be without each other and started dating again in January of this year. With only a few months of being back together Calum thought it was time. Durand_EastmanEngagement_Beach_0014 Durand_EastmanEngagement_Beach_0016 Durand_EastmanEngagement_Beach_0015

In the spring of this year Calum had a plan to propose to Carlie while riding on the Ferris wheel. The plan got thrown to pieces when the weather decided not to cooperate. Instead, Calum thinking quick on his feet, took Carlie to the top floor of the Hancock building in Chicago, the very place they had their first date. Surrounded by thick white clouds, Calum proposed and Carlie could not help but say yes.

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Carlie and Calum, I wish you all the best as you continue to plan your lives together. May the Lord bless your wedding day and marriage abundantly.

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xoxo,
Michal-Kathryn

Webster Park Engagement Session | Kara + Brad

Brad was a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Kara, lived in, their hometown of Rochester, New York. It wasn’t until September 3, 2011 that their paths crossed. Kara was to attend her dear friend’s wedding (aka Brad’s sister) after hearing many stories she finally had the opportunity to meet Brad. They hit it off and a month later began their long distance relationship. It was a year and a half before Brad would become discharged and return back to his home in Rochester, NY. Just in time for Kara to leave for Eastern University, located in Philly. Through long road trips, weekend visits and late night phone calls the couple endured.

Finally, Kara graduated and returned to Rochester, NY. For the first time in over three years the happy couple could enjoy their relationship from the same state.

After the long anticipated wait, on December 21, 2014, Brad proposed. He played it off as an evening to celebrate Kara’s graduation, but had a few tricks up his sleeve. Brad took Kara for a night of ice skating in Rochester. After pretending to adjust his skate, Brad fell to one knee, told Kara he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Without hesitation, he asked her to be his. Filled with joy and tears, she said yes!

Brad and Kara, I cannot wait to see how God unfolds the rest of your story. May you live out each day filled with grace, forgiveness, the ability to pick your battles and the mindset of always serving the other above yourself. xoxo

Canandaigua Inn on The Lake | Wedding Photography | Allora Salon and Spa Bridal Fashion Design

The creative team for Allora salon and spa did not leave the audience wanting. They were selected as the artistic team for the hair and make up for this year Rochester Wedding Magazine’s Runway bridal fashion show that took place on June 7 at The Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua New York.

The artistic talents of Emily Chen, Stephanie Jones, Chris, Erin Welch, and Megan Shapiro we’re showcased on the study models. The wedding gowns were provided by the amazing Stella’s Bridal Boutique. The fantastic runway music was provided by Whirlin’ Disc DJ.

After the runway show the models and I took to the grounds of the beautiful Inn on the Lake to curate the spring/summer 2015 Allora salon and spa bridal fashion shoot.

We hope you enjoy!

Rochester NY Engagement Session | Attack of the Zombie | Jill + Ryan

Jill and Ryan are super fun and energetic. This crazy engagement session says it all about their personalities. I’ve had a blast getting to know these two and becoming friends with them. 5 days til the big day. Can’t wait!!!! XOXO #meetthetafts

Rochester NY Cake Smash Sessions | With J-Cakes Bakery

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I am so excited to announce my partnership with the talented J-Cakes Bakery. I have hired Joanna for several professional and personal events in my life and she never disappoints. This year my love bug turned 1!!!! (I can not … Continue reading

Rochester NY Fashion Photography | Allora Salon and Spa Event and Bridal Hair Design | 2015 Winter Look Book

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2015 started off with the collaboration of the artistic minds. I was honored to style, design and photograph Allora Salon and Spas winter event and bridal fashion shoot. I had a blast with Michal-Kathryn shooting for Allora Salon and Spa. … Continue reading

DIY Home Studio: Making the Most of What You Have.

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I want to post this a few weeks ago when I was doing Silas eight month photos. Right before Christmas I noticed a lot of new moms doing their own baby photos. This season of life can definitely be difficult. … Continue reading