Welcoming Benjamin | Buffalo Newborn Photographers
 

When I was approached by our longtime friends to do their newborn photos, I answered back with one question: what type of photos are you looking for?  A newborn photographer I am NOT.  BUT a lifestyle photographer I AM. They simply wanted to capture this time in their life.  They were so in love with this tiny human they just brought into the world they didn't care as long as this time in their life was documented.  I approached them with an idea.  How about a documentary style newborn session?  No frills, no fancy backdrops.  Just the two of you and your sweet babe living REAL LIFE.  I want my photographs to document life as it happens, not life the way we think it should be. Diaper changes, snuggles, nursing and all.  Let's capture you at home, in your comfort zone, your safe place and the space you feel most close to.  They were on board instantly with no convincing.  Thus launched my documentary newborn sessions.  I arrived on a sunny, late afternoon in March to the Gerevics' home.  I remember it was the day before we departed on our family vacation for Florida.  The late afternoon sun was beaming into their home.  I walked in and was immediately greeted by Abby and Yogi, their two lovable dogs.  I made sure to give them some attention because I know how animals can be when a baby comes into what was once their domain!  Kaileen and Ryan were snuggling on the couch with Benjamin.  I immediately recognized that look.  I connected so strongly with the feeling of loving exhaustion I felt from them.  The "I'm so tired but he is just so awesome" feeling.  YES!  That one!  I immediately popped a lens on my camera and started shooting.  No expectations.  Just authentic moments between two people and the life they've created.  Watching friends we have known for a long time in this new role was especially touching.  These are the images I wish I had with my children.  The early days are so foggy, such a blur.  Life is moving so quickly and you're learning about eachother one step at a time.  I channeled that emotion and desire to go back in time to capture those early days for myself to create organically and spontaneously.  To capture the details I know I myself would have appreciated and in turn, give my clients the images I know they will look back on and be thankful for even only a couple years down the road.

This session was relaxed. Real. And filled with genuine joy and emotion.  It was the epitome of parenthood and what it's truly like to become parents.  The connection only a mother feels to her newborn baby.  The profoundly surreal feeling when you look at your child in the flesh and think to yourself "I cannot believe I created this and I cannot believe he's actually here, in my arms.  Perfect in every way imaginable." It was inspiring and brought me the connection I have been seekign ebtween my passion for empowered birth, motherhood and photography.  I know you will enjoy these images because they speak volumes of truth and love.

 
SENIOR PORTRAIT MODELING CALL | BUFFALO SENIOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS

Attention class of 2019 high school seniors!  Michelle Day Photography is looking for a few senior portrait models to kick off our season and represent Michelle Day Photography's senior portrait program.  If chosen you will receive a complimetary senior portrait session ($200 value) and 5 digital files of your favorite images.  PLUS, you'll be a part of our referral program and have the opportunity to earn extra goodies just for spreading the good word!  Interested?  Fill out the form below and we will review your info!

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Caroline + Brian | Buffalo Wedding and Buffalo Yacht Club Wedding
 

I like to think that as a photographer and a person, I attract the non-mainstream couples, the ones that want to do it a little different yet keep it classy and timeless.  Last season I had several opportunities to work with couples that had such a beautiful and fun story to tell and who chose to do things a little...different and non-traditional.  Enter Caroline and Brian.  To me, these two epitomize the classic military couple.  Sweet on eachother and timeless.  They have that kind of affection for one another that you can't help but soak up.  I remember when Caroline and I first spoke on the phone.  I was sitting in my home office watching the blustery winter day out my window as I worked.  I was smiling as we chatted.  Caroline told me of their plans to get married in Buffalo about a week before Christmas with just Caroline's parents and her good friend Sarah present.  The big party would come that following September.  Elopements and what I like to call pre-ceremonies are some of my favorite.  The pressure of the day is gone.  There is nothing to worry about except your presence and love for one another and you have no distraction from that.  We had the PERFECT winter day complete with a lake effect snowstorm (the kind only found in story books!) and for their September reception at the Buffalo Yacht Club the PERFECT late summer day! Hazy sunshine and blue skies.  The best part of my job though wasn't the weather or setting, but the relationship I built with these two on their journey.  I became a part of their lives and they part of mine.  We were like old friends and that is something I LOVE!  Caroline and Brian's testament of their wedding days are so great.  Enjoy!

 

How we met and how he proposed: "We were both living in Pensacola for our professions. We met at a bar one Friday night, and immediately hit it off.  Brian proposed at the top of the Ferris wheel overlooking Niagara Falls.

"We planned a small, intimate wedding while Brian was home from an overseas tour of duty. Shortly thereafter, Caroline joined Brian in Japan. Later, they held a reception for close family and friends in Buffalo, NY."

Brian and Caroline recalled their favorite memory from their wedding days: "Brian's favorite memory is watching his wife, Caroline, dance to 'Sweet Caroline' by Neil Diamond. Caroline's favorite memory was the surprise Buffalo blizzard during their imitate ceremony in December. It was truly a winter wonderland!"

 

What was running through your mind when you saw one another for the first time?

"Brian explains his thoughts as "seeing her for the first time." Caroline couldn't stop thinking about how she is the luckiest woman in the world."

Caroline and Brian shared some of their favorite things and what they most look forward to in married life:

"Laughing every single day.  We love traveling and going on mini-adventures, trying new restaurants, hiking, and cooking together."

Caroline and Brian shared what they love about eachother:

Brian: "Her warmth and sense of humor."

Caroline: "His drive to always do better.  It's contagious."

A funny moment and emotional moments...

"The Father-of-the-bride dropping all of his notecards during his speech. It was a riot!" 

"The Father-of-the-bride's speech. It was heartfelt and warm. He is my stepfather and his last line before our dance was "let's take the step out..."

 

Some words of wisdom for having the best wedding day possible...

"Don't overthink things. Everything has a way of working out just right!"

 

Caroline and Brian were so sweet to share some kind words about their experience with us...

"It is very easy to communicate with Michelle. She is able to take the lead for poses and is very receptive to our input. She is outgoing, joyous, and so much fun to work with!"

Venues: Buffalo Yacht Club, Hotel at the Lafayette and Inn Buffalo

Invitations/Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas

Hair and Make up: Groom Service Beauty and Dry Bar

Caroline's Dress: Sottero and Midgley

Brian's Attire: United States Navy

Florist: Christan Gould

Cake/Dessert: Quaker Bonnet

DJ: CJ Sound

 
Michelle Day