Kat & Val- Maternity

On February 8 2014, I traveled up to New York to meet and shoot Kat & Val’s engagements. In July, I shot their wedding and on February 7 2015, I went up to New York again to shoot their maternity photos. I’m so lucky to have met these two and am very happy to call them my friends.  I spent 8 hours in NYC this time and drove all around the city and to their house in Queens. Baby Gabriella Grace Benitez is due in March and I can’t wait to meet her!

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Kat & Val:: Wedding

I don’t even know where to begin on this one. I had the pleasure of meeting Kat & Val in February. My friend Katy [fetsch events] was planning their wedding and they asked if she knew of any photographers. One thing led to another, and well, magic (and friendships) happened.  I met Kat & Val at Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY.  There was about a foot of snow on the ground and their wedding in July couldn’t come soon enough. The moment I met them, I could tell how much they loved each other. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other and had no problem when I suggested a kissing picture.  After getting to know them, we found out that Kat’s family and my Miami family knew each other and I felt like we were long lost cousins.  Their engagement photo session was so smooth and they were so easy to work with I left thinking, “I can NOT wait until July”.

Fast forward to July 26, 2014. I walked into Kat’s suite at the hotel and was greeted with mimosas and happiness.  I began snapping away while my sister and second shooter, Sam, was hanging out with Val and the guys getting ready. We were both welcomed by both families like we were apart of them and it made the day go by so easy.  Fast forward again to the ceremony.  It was a catholic ceremony, and it was BEAUTIFUL. I had to hold back the tears while taking pictures and looking over at Kat & Val’s mom embracing each other the whole time was so heartwarming.

The reception, also at Benmarl Winery, was so much fun!! It helped that the weather was perfect for an outdoor reception.  The blue sky and green of the vines and trees on the mountain were so vibrant, it added so much color to the photos. Everything about the reception was perfect, the DJ, the SELFIE STATION (genius), the his and her sangrias.  We even lucked out with some beautiful sunset shots, but are you even that surprised? I just can’t even describe how much fun I had (even though I was working) and how I felt like a part of their families.  Here’s to new friends & new families, I hope you enjoy the photos!

live in the sunshine

I took one of my favorite quotes & photoshopped it onto my favorite picture from Punta Cana. I plan to one day get the quote as a tattoo, until then, I will take Ralph’s advice and live in the sunshine.

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Ana & John- Engagements

Well, there is not much to say about these photos, they clearly speak for themselves. I’ve known Ana for about 22 years and she was easily my first best friend. We were inseparable & wore the same clothes (thanks moms). Her family was my family, and my family, hers.  As I was getting ready for work one morning, I got a text from Ana with a picture of her hand & gorgeous ring telling me to get my camera ready for some engagement photos. Luckily she picked Old Town Alexandria because there is always great locations for photo ops.  With the forecast calling for storms all night, we definitely lucked out with just some cloudiness.  I feel so honored to have captured these for Ana & John and I can’t wait to stand by her side on their wedding day. Love you guys xoxo

Hi!

Welcome to my website! It only took a million hours, but I think I have figured it out! Please take a moment to look around and see some of my work. My blog  will be where I am posting most, so check back often! If you’re interested in a session or more information, please contact me! Now, I’m going to go enjoy a drink!

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xoxo

Amanda