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For those who have been following here is part 3 of Laura and Christian’s wedding blogged. We traveled to Binney Park for the formal photos. Natasha and I arrived ahead of the bridal party, although we thought we had not. As we approached the park we could see the bridal party strolling through the grounds and so Natasha gave them a huge wave from the car window and called out to them, letting them know we would be with them momentarily. We soon discovered it was in fact a completely different wedding party!

Once our REAL bridal party arrived we works as quickly as we possibly could so that the family members could get back to the hotel as it was a little chilly to hang around for too long. Natasha and I had a plan of action and so everyone had minimal waiting around time. Laura and Christian stayed on a while longer with us, so that we could get a great collection of bride and groom shots for them. Here are a selection of our favorites.

Mom-to-be, contacted me several months ago, after reading about my work on Park Slope Parents blog. S booked a maternity and newborn shoot. Baby is due at the end of May and so timing for a maternity shoot was perfect this Easter weekend. S and her husband met me on Prospect Park West and 9th on Friday morning. We went for a gentle stroll through Prospect Park. I was amazed at how deserted it was.

I was so impressed at how relaxed they both were in front of the camera. Anyone who knows me can testify how I do not like being on the other side of the camera and so I am always in awe of people who relax and look natural immediately. I need some coaching from my clients I think!

This is where we got started.

There are many, many more gorgeous images from our time together in the park. Cannot wait to release their gallery to them. Looking forward to meeting their baby boy very soon.

The boys have been off school this week and so things have been a little slow around here in the creativity department. However I have to say it has been lovely having them home and our routine slowing down for a few days. We always feel READY for a break from school just at the right time. It would have been even better if the weather was a little warmer, but it did not stop us from getting out and about.

On Wednesday we took the train into the city with some friends and headed to The Harry Potter Exhibit at Discovery Times Square. Unfortunately we were not allowed cameras in the exhibit, so I reluctantly checked my camera bag in with the security guard (I did not fancy my chances with the regular baggage check!)

We all had a great time checking out the movie costumes and props, which were displayed in settings inspired by the films sets – including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut and the Gryffindorâ„¢ common room. Having not read any of the books or seen the movies (shame on me) I was glad to have my friend Melissa with me to guide me through and explain everything as we went! I will be making it a project over the summer to try to read the books. Cameron has been wanting me to share the experience for some time now. He promises me I will LOVE them!

From there we went for lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp in Times Square. What a great place to take the children. Everyone had a good meal and a fun experience too. I think we had the best waitress EVER in NYC. Ask for Mandi, she was brilliant!

I loved having a little trip down memory lane as I spotted a Fisher Price toy similar to one I had as a child. I loved the movie Forrest Gump, I may just have to watch it again soon. I will see it in a new light.

The boys had several playdates and Cameron had a sleepover with his all time fav buddy, Kyler. It is going to be hard heading back to school on Monday, but not long until our visit to UK, for Alan and Alexa’s wedding. Cannot wait!

Time now to showcase some of our favorite images from the departure from the hotel to church and the ceremony.

Natasha traveled to the church with the bridal party, whilst I headed over to the church ahead of them to spend some time with the groom and his groomsmen. I have a sneaky suspicion he spent a little time hiding from me! However I did manage to track him now in order to get a few images of him in the moments leading up to Laura’s arrival. This ended up being longer than we anticipated as Laura and her party arrived fashionably late by twenty minutes! Kept us all on our toes.

All of the above images were taken by Natasha of Ponteuf Photography.

While all of that was going on Christian and their guests were patiently waiting at St Mary Parish, a beautiful Roman Catholic Church founded in 1874; located on Greenwich Avenue.

I love this image of Christian as he catches a glimpse of Laura for the first time that day.

Presenting Mr and Mrs Andersen.

I just love how Natasha captured the radiance and happiness of them both as they exited the church.

Part 3: Binney Park to follow soon.

At least in my head. I received a lovely email last night from my clients who came to visit on Thursday. I just have to share it:

Dear Debbie,

We loved the experience of watching the slideshow with you and on the big screen. As you saw, I was moved to tears, and Vincenzo too. I am happy we were the first ones to have the preview, as it made it more special :-)

We will buckle down and decide what prints or canvas, or book we want and let you know right away. So many beautiful ones to choose from.

You are truly talented and we feel so fortunate to have found you when we did to immortalize the first days of our precious daughter Sofia.

I will always be a big fan!!

We will be in touch soon.
All the best,
Cynthia

Here is the slideshow that moved them to tears. Be warned, you may need the tissues on hand too!

So very proud of Cameron – he went, with Craig, tonight to the swearing in ceremony for the Fire Department. Off he went with my old 50D to photograph the event. Wishing him luck as he went out the door, I told him it was ok to use the GREEN box.

Fast forward a couple of hours. He came back grinning from ear to ear, casually mentioning that he shot in manual as the flash was popping up in Green box mode!

PROUD MOMMY MOMENT!

PS The images are amazing and will be uploaded to the FD website!

I feel the need to blog today. Last night I arrived at a HUGE milestone with my business.

At 8pm on Thursday 7th April 2011 I welcomed clients into my home for a viewing of their slideshow and image gallery for the first time.

Excited
Nervous
SCARED
were just some of the feelings I was experiencing prior to their arrival.

However at the end of the evening the one feeling that came to my mind was:

PROUD!

I feel like I have made it!

Thanks hugely go out to Craig. Without his love and support none of this would have been possible. Cameron and Campbell were so excited for me. They waited patiently for C and V to arrive, so that they could meet them!

I got such a great feeling sitting alongside C and V as they saw the images of their beautiful newborn daughter that I had taken. Seeing the emotions that these images evoked was AWESOME! Hearing them telling me that my work is beautiful and that they are so happy that they found me makes me well up! If I could dance, I would be doing one BIG happy dance right now. But for those of you who know me know that I have two left feet, do not have ANY rhythm and tempo is like a foreign language. Aside from that I can barely move thanks to my awesome gym instructor for kicking my butt in Kettle Bell and Spinning classes this week!

I cannot wait to do it again! I love my job and my clients. THANK YOU.

I think I had just as many crazy dreams and restless nights leading up to Laura and Christian’s wedding day as they did (if not more). I blame Mother Nature. I was so concerned how the weather was going to be on the BIG day. Snow was on the forecast! It is APRIL, come up, warm up, please……. and it did. It was still a little chilly, but compared to the frigid temperatures we had been experiencing this was positively balmy!

Natasha and I meet up with Laura as she was having her hair and makeup done. She seemed so calm, relaxed and excited for the day ahead.

Wedding preparations took place at Enzo Riccobene Salon and Spa at Hyatt Regency

Carole-Ann, her Maid of Honor, waited patiently with Laura as the final touches were made to her hair and makeup.

Carole-Ann had given a speech at the Rehearsal Dinner the night before which was a little emotional by all accounts.

A little communication between Bride and Groom!

and then a little communication between Greenwich, CT and New Zealand. Laura’s friend Stacey got up at 4:30am local time to Skype with Laura before we headed off to the church. It was a little emotional all around!

The details

to be continued………

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