Somewhere, in the void of the internet, there’s a ten year old photo of Megan resting her head on Bill while he is operating a camera. It was one of the first photos I took of a couple.
I thought about this as I sat in my car before their wedding. Normally I take a minute to gather my thoughts and focus on the big day ahead, and of those thoughts I couldn’t help but think of that day and smile.
Their wedding was a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Avanti Mansion in Hamburg, NY. The Fall weather came through and the light held out for an amazing wedding to send off the 2019 wedding season.
And for those who are wondering where in the void they can find that ten year old photo, follow @derosacreative on Instagram. I may have shared it.
When I first got started in photography, I, like a lot of people, had this weird focus on abandoned buildings. As someone who grew up in Niagara Falls, I had plenty to choose from in my teenage years. I loved walking through these desolate places and imagining what they used to be. I don’t know if it was the textures, or the architecture, or just the spirit of these once-great structures that drew me into many a vacant space.
I’ve been following the Niagara Post Theatre project since the beginning. Within walking distance from my home, I am thrilled to see such an awesome piece of culture come to life in my own town.
When I had the opportunity to photograph the facility for their “before” pictures, I could feel 18-year-old Cristian losing his mind. I had a great time walking through the building and listening to not just what the theatre used to be, but what it is going to be.
For more information on how to volunteer, donate, or just stay in the loop - check them out at https://niagaraposttheater.org/.
The majority of the weddings that I work with are referrals from friends, family, and people that I have worked with in the past. Most of my time is spent keeping my ego in check from this insane compliment. However, what is beyond flattering to me is when someone that I know personally asks me to document such an important day.
Grace met Lucy in college. Both being hard workers with a quick-witted sense of humor, they instantly hit it off and became good friends. Even after college, they have always kept in touch to bounce ideas off of each other and collaborate on different projects. So when Lucy and Josh asked me to be a part of their big day, I was thrilled.
The forecast called for rain, but in true Buffalo fashion, we just settled on the cold. This didn’t slow Lucy or Josh down one bit. We had a great time walking through Silo City and making the mandatory pit stop at one of our beautiful murals to snag some pictures with their dogs. Once I felt like I had put Lucy through enough of the pre-winter weather, we went to the reception at Dinosaur Barbecue.
Every wedding photographer does things a little bit differently. That is because we all see things entirely differently, and some of the times we notice the little moments that make up your big day like when your best man is straightening your tie or when you’re throwing on your wedding-day apron for some grade-a barbecue. While these moments may vary on a case by case basis, the point remains the same - every bride should have a wedding-day barbecue apron.
Body - Canon EOS R
Lenses - Canon RF 24-70 f2.8, Canon RF 35mm f1.8