Jeff & Caralyn

Jeff & Caralyn

There is something about a rustic wedding that really makes me wish I were at one every weekend. Rustic weddings are filled with textures, natural patterns and other characteristic details like wooden antique wagons, tractors, tall grass, and long dirt roads.

This was a true DIY wedding. The bride and groom spent months cleaning up this old barn that is not typically a wedding venue and is used to store a friend’s antiques and tractors.

When I first went to see this property in early April, the land and barn clearly had some potential and this couple seriously had a vision and worked hard to turn it into the most perfect place for this special day.

So, maybe the lights went out a few times because the circuit panel wasn’t design to handle dozens of lights along with a top notch DJ, but it didn’t stop this couple and their guests from celebrating. Seriously though…not a person was standing still at this wedding from the moment the music got turned up.

They also had a VW bug as a wedding cake. How cool is that?

Many thanks to everyone that made this day so successful and I want to give a very special thanks to an incredible wedding planner, Wendy Lawrence with Fine Affairs. She’s a joy to work with and very accommodating and creative!

Thank you Jeff & Caralyn for having me and I can’t wait to share more photos with you!

Wedding Coordinator: Wendy Lawrence with Fine Affairs
DJ – DJ Truemastr
Flowers – Balet Flowers & Design
Catering – Birch Hill Catering
Bride’s Dress – Something Bleu
Bridesmaids and Groomsmen – JCrew

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Macro party! Canon 500d Close Up Lens vs the Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Macro party time!

Canon 500d Close Up Lens vs the Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM

I’m considering selling my 100mm macro ($900) but before I picked up a canon 500d close up lens ($149) which works like a filter. So today I’m going to compare the two options.

About the 500D

The 500d is a small double-element lens that threads onto the filter threads on a standard (non-macro) lens. It allows that lens to be focused at a much closer distance- resulting in a higher magnification of the subject.

Close-up lenses such as the 500D result in higher magnification when used with longer telephoto lens. The 500D is intended to be used on lenses with a focal length of 70mm-300mm.

I have a decision to make. Use the 500D on my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens or keep Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens for my macro photography.

My thoughts were to sell the 100mm and get the Canon EF-85mm f/1.2 L II USM.

I gave the 500D a try first. The quality of the 500D is very good. Overall I am very impressed with the 500d close up lens. It’s a very affordable option which can be used to make some fun macro photos.

However, I personally found the narrow focus distance range to be limiting. In addition, the quality of the pictures taken with the Canon 100mm Macro Lens were better. It’s also much easier to hit your focus when using the 100mm. I could also take a wider variety of pictures with the 100mm than with the Canon 500D Close-up Lens attached to another lens.

At this point I think I’m going to send the 500d back and keep the 100mm lens.

Here are some of the fun pics.

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Noleen & Mike – 5.16.2016

Congrats Noleen & Mike on your recent engagement!

Talk about being organized, Noleen & Mike have the bulk of their checklist completed with still more than a year remaining until their wedding date.

I had the honor of meeting Noleen & Mike at an open house at Burlap & Beam which is where they will be hosting their wedding. I am very honored that I was selected as their wedding day photographer and that I got the green light from Noleen’s dad who has worked as a wedding videographer for over 20 years.

I’m looking forward to the big day on May 16th, 2016!

Engagement Photos take in The Village of Lake George, NY


Jillian & Greg – 9.6.2014

This was truly and amazing wedding! I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jillian at several weddings because she’s a wedding coordinator for Katie O’ Weddings and Events. The planning of the day could not have been any more perfect. The wedding preparation began at Ann’s Washington Inn in Saratoga Springs and we then went over to the Saratoga Springs Race Track for the first look and wedding party photos. Getting approval to go into the race track after season close is a lot of work but well worth it. I would recommend planning this well ahead of time and if you need help coordinating this just let me know. After the first look we moved over to Fasig Tipton which is one of the most amazing wedding venues in all of Saratoga. So much amazing character and simply a beautiful venue.

Congrats Jillian & Greg!

Wedding Coordinator: Katie O’ Weddings and Events
Ceremony & Reception: Fasig Tipton
Caterer: Mazzone
Hair: Kaitlin Bray, Strut
Make-Up: Jacqueline Nanci, Strut
Ceremony Music: DJ Playground
Floral Design: Fleurtacious Design
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