Wild and Fun Backyard Portrait Session

I walked in the house to find the two boys pretending to be Ninja Turtles. That was my first clue that this was going to be a fun session!

Add to that an adorable baby sister and two awesome parents? Yeah, we had a good time. I really enjoyed getting to know this family as we made images all around the house. From the Halloween decorations in the front yard, to the waterfall in the backyard, and the stunning chandelier in the dining room too! 

But the biggest smiles came when dad picked up the boys by their ankles.  How can that not be the best shot of the day? 

I look forward to seeing these guys again soon! Hope you enjoy a glimpse into the session.

This is why we shoot RAW... always.

Some photographers shoot RAW. Some shoot JPG. Some hop back and forth depending on the day/job/requirements.

If this is gibberish to you, I'm going to show you the difference right now. But first, let me explain the situation. 

My husband and I were on a remote hiking trail in Hawaii. 4,000+ miles by plane, an hour of driving, and then 6 hours of strenuous backpacking to get to this spot. The trail was narrow, muddy and shaded by trees. At the head of the valley was the Hanakoa Falls that I had been dreaming about for days... weeks maybe. It was my goal to swim at that waterfall, come hell or high water.

We made it there, and into the icy water I went. My husband was on shore to take the photo, but as he grabbed the camera it started to rain, which quickly turned into a downpour. He pressed the shutter without a chance to glance at the settings, which I had set before the clouds came over us. The resulting image on the left is what we got... and as you see, it is incredibly underexposed.

We scrambled to get the camera and our towels under cover, but the rain didn't pass. It continued on for the rest of the night. 

This moment -- me swimming at the base of a 440 foot waterfall... by myself... in the rain... 4,000+ miles from home-- almost didn't turn out. This is one of the only photos we have from what is honestly the highlight of the entire trip!  A once-in-a-lifetime kind of moment, if you will.

But when I got home, I used Lightroom plus that RAW file, and was able to bump it up 3.15 stops to get the image on the right. 

Swimming in Hanakoa Falls

Swimming in Hanakoa Falls

This right here is why I will always shoot RAW. Because there are moments too important to lose to a bad camera setting, and this memory is priceless.

If this image had been shot JPG, it would have been basically useless and ruined. 

In our line of work, we find ourselves quite often capturing once-in-a-lifetime-moments. So rest assured, we will protect your memories.


Melissa & Brian: Watkins Glen Engagement Session

We traveled down the thruway for a beautiful evening with Melissa and Brian. It was warm, and a little buggy but a fun night! Brian brought Melissa here for their first hike together, so it was the perfect place for their engagement session.

We hiked down into the gorge, walked behind a waterfall and took in the beautiful scenery around us. Brian is a bit of an avid hiker, having climbed some of the peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, so this was probably an easy walk in the park for him.

It was exercise for me, to be sure - but completely and totally worth it. Brian and Melissa, we can't wait for your October Wedding! ~ Erin

Nikki : Outdoor Holiday Mini Session

This was another Christmas gift session! Nikki's boyfriend is in the service and she thought a portrait of her would be the perfect gift for Christmas this year.  The final product had to be something small that he could take with him, so we ended up making an accordion mini book for him. They are both outdoorsy, enjoying hunting and hiking. (Hard to picture Nikki with a gun!) We photographed Nikki at Corbett's Glen Park in the late fall. It was definitely chilly, but we braved the cold, and had a great time! red jacket in woodswaterfall girl portraitred coat at corbetts glengirl by water red coat

Don't you just love that red coat?

Jessica : Senior Portraits, Wayne Central High School

Jessica is a classic country girl – right down to the cowboy boots. For her senior portrait session, we hung out at Corbett's Glen, walked in the water a bit and then headed over to a barn for a rustic way to end the session. She brought her boyfriend Zack along and we all had a great time. I love how Jessica just relaxed, had fun with us, and flashed that wonderful smile. senior girl on the rockssenior girl on path in woodssenior girl with barn tiresenior girl in the watersenior girl with boyfriend

Special thanks to the owners of the barn for lending us such a great backdrop!

To see more from Jessica's session, check out her video on our Facebook page!

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