Month: January 2010

ruth ann + michael

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Sunday was the perfect day for an engagement session in January (in Buffalo). It was nearly 40 degrees, which was like a heat wave to us Buffalonians! Seriously, for our last two winter engagement sessions, I had to wear those self-heating foot warmers in my boots, so this weather was a welcome change. :)

Winter engagement photo sessions can be tricky, because everything is so gray; but, when you have a couple like Ruth Ann and Mike, who are so absolutely perfect together, you hardly notice anything else (except, of course, Ruth Ann’s fabulous green coat…an excellent choice for “photo shoot attire,” as far as I’m concerned).

Ruth Ann and Mike wanted to utilize some of the awesome architecture that Buffalo has to offer, so we decided to start their session at the Buffalo Historical Society. Instead of using the main building on the premises, we opted for this smaller building off to the side. Totally adorable…

Buffalo Historical Society

adorable couple

another shot

buffalo winter shot
I love this shot of Ben’s! This is a prime example of how important it is to have two photographers at your wedding. I was shooting this from the front, and had no idea that he even took this shot; but, I love, love, love it! Having two different perspectives really does make a difference.
romantic scenery
We found this super-cool stone wall with ivy growing all over it, so, of course, it had to be used…Ruth Ann is STUNNING!
favorite photo
I think this one might be my favorite of the day…but it’s hard to say; I think I have, like, 20 favorites of the day…
on the way down to the Japanese Gardens

Awesome wrought iron gate on the way down to the Japanese Gardens….
wrought iron gate

having two photographers ROCKS
And, yet another example of how having two photographers ROCKS! I got behind the fence to sneak this shot, while Ben was busy capturing…
A contrast-y masterpiece
THIS!!! A contrast-y masterpiece…LOVE it!
Down by the Japanese Gardens…

GORGEOUS photos
Down by the Japanese Gardens…
GORGEOUS photo
See what I mean about these two? GORGEOUS photos in the dead of winter…
not a photomontage

City Hall
I couldn’t resist :)
City Hall #2
After the gardens, we headed on over to City Hall. These are our faves…
Niagara Square's beautiful light display

LOVE
Niagara Square’s beautiful light display…
buffalo photography

the couple
We walked around downtown for a while, stopping at random places along the way. This is one of my favorite “randoms” – LOVE
the ring
Our last stop of the day was this building, which is arguably one of the most impressive in the city of Buffalo (as far as architecture is concerned). *The inside is even more amazing, but unfortunately, we were chased out by an over-eager security guard…
city of Buffalo

If I could post 20 more shots from this session, I totally would…there were SO many that we loved, and it was very difficult to narrow them down.

Ruth Ann and Mike – you guys are unbelievably photogenic, and we cannot WAIT to see you two in your wedding day attire! Thanks so much for hanging out with us on a gray Sunday in Buffalo; we had a great time! Looking forward to seeing you soon! :)

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Awwwww! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Jolyne! We appreciate it sooooo much. :)

  • Jolyne SAYS...

    These are absolutely breathtaking!!! I love your work and can’t wait to get to work with you soon!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks so much, Laura! Looking forward to working with you! :)

  • Laura Linder SAYS...

    These are amazing! I especially love the jumping shot – so much fabulous personality! :)

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    It is kind of symbolic, isn’t it? :) Thanks for taking the time to comment, Jamie!

  • Jamie SAYS...

    The shot where they were on the brick path looks as though they are embarking upon thier life journey together.

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks so much, Marissa! :)

  • Marissa Rodriguez SAYS...

    Her green coat is making me want one of my own! :) Beautiful set and I’m loving the framing you did with some of the photographs! Love it!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks, Shannon! This is the most amazing comment that anyone has ever left us! :)

  • Shannon SAYS...

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your photographs! The elaborate detail you somehow manage to weave into each makes every photo an artistic mini masterpiece. I especially enjoy reading each “story” in relation to the photograph. It’s evident that you take the time to truly appreciate and identify with your clients before photographing their lives. Your photography is notably remarkable!

katie + tony

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New Year’s Eve, 2009 – our last wedding of the year, and our first time shooting at the adorable Chapel Vandervoort in North Tonawanda. For anyone who is planning a small, intimate ceremony, this is a place to consider having it. It’s tiny, yet warm and inviting; compact, yet architecturally stunning; simple, but charming. :)

Katie and Tony wanted to keep things low key, with coverage of just the ceremony, and a portrait session afterwards. It was very cold and rainy that night, making outdoor portraits out of the question; so, needless to say, we shot the heck out of the Vandervoort!

We could not come to a compromise regarding whose bouquet picture was better, so we had to post both. Although it is killing me, I have to remember that we are not competing against each other, so I will refrain from divulging which one is mine and which is Ben’s…they are both lovely, either way.  


I have never been to a wedding that was this stress-free.  Everything was so calm and fluid.  While Katie was getting ready upstairs, we took some shots of the empty Chapel, and some wedding guests milling about…

Tony’s mom pinned on the corsages…

Some pre-ceremony portraits…LOVE this one of Tony waiting patiently for his bride to appear!  The Chapel Vandervoort has all sorts of bits and pieces of decor that make for great photos.  I happened to see Tony’s reflection in this candlestick and couldn’t resist!
A lovely pre-ceremony portrait of Katie…
I thought this was kind of a cool image – the bride makes her entrance, while her brother rehearses his reading for the ceremony (in the foreground)…



Married!
The newlyweds meeting and greeting their guests…

After the meet ‘n’ greet, we headed back to the altar for a quick portrait session.  I really like this one of Tony and his brothers…dramatic lighting and a sweet chandelier give it a cool, gothic look.
A very nice portrait of Katie and her mom ?
And, finally, our stunning couple!

Katie and Tony – thanks so much for having us! We had a great time shooting your wedding! Hope you had an awesome time at your reception. :) You guys are a super-fun couple! Talk to you soon!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thank-you, Joyce! We’re so glad you like them! :)

  • Joyce SAYS...

    You’re right, tough call on the bouquets as they are both very pretty. Great photographs! We could not make the wedding just the reception so you really brought it together for us, beautifully. Thank You!!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks, Jennifer! :)

  • Jennifer SAYS...

    Beautiful pictures!!

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    You are awesome, Steve. I still won’t tell whose is whose, but you are awesome. :)

  • Steve SAYS...

    The first bouquet picture is better. But it is close.

  • Ayres Photography SAYS...

    Thanks so much, guys! We’re so happy that you love them!

  • Tony SAYS...

    Fantastic shoot. I am so honored to have had you guys shoot our wedding. These photos are amazing and beyond anything I could have ever imagined!

  • Katie Bundy SAYS...

    Words cannot even express how much I love these photos. I think my two favorite so far are Tony in the candlestick and the Bundy brothers shot!