Category Archives: Real E-Sessions

Cornell Botanic Gardens Portrait Session, Ithaca, NY ♥ Sara & Aaron

We’re excited to share our recent Cornell Botanic Gardens Portrait Session with Sara & Aaron, in Ithaca, NY! The gardens are absolutely gorgeous and have become a very highly requested place for our clients’ engagement sessions, and there’s no doubt that we’ve come to enjoy them as much as our couples! Each and every time we’ve visited, we have a new and unique experience, finding something we hadn’t seen before. Like this sweet little overlooked spot that Sara and Aaron enjoyed surrounded by the lush greenery as they sat for a few portraits.The Lewis Building is a fantastic spot on every side, and makes for lovely portraits no matter which side you choose.It’s been a while since we had time to visit Houston Pond, and we were happy to get the chance to get some portraits there as the sun began to set.They say that timing is everything, and whoever “they” are, they really know there stuff. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought the portraits below were taken during a lovely autumn evening. But actually, the setting sun cast a very vibrant orange glow along the trees behind the pond. And as if one view wasn’t enough, the perfectly positioned Houston Pond gave us twice as much to fawn over, with the prettiest reflection. We were fortunate enough to include little Emma in a couple of portraits too. There was the threat of a cold and rainy day for our session, but Mother Nature came through for us with a stunning sunset. Before our session ended, we…

Martisco Train Museum Engagement Session, Marcellus, NY ♥ Jess & Mike

Jess and Mike’s recent Martisco Train Museum Engagement Session in Marcellus was a fun and unique way to celebrate their engagement, and for us to spend a little time getting to know them before their upcoming wedding! This was our first visit to Martisco, which is one of the two museums here in Central New York. For anyone with an interest in trains, and the railway system, this was a great place to go, and they were kind enough to open up out of season, just for Jess and Mike!It was a lovely evening, and we had a great time photographing them. We are really looking forward to joining them again soon to celebrate their nuptial with friends and family! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg All content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2017Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

Elopement Inspired Engagement Session, Syracuse, NY ♥ Christine & Dan

Christine and Dan’s elopement inspired engagement session was one of the most fun sessions we’ve had the pleasure of photographing! What started out with a conversation about dogging some burgers in a white dress, emerged into a fun session around downtown with a couple of our very own celebrities. It’s no secret that we really love engagement sessions with our clients, because it gives us a chance to get to know each other and have fun – with no timelines or guidelines to adhere to. It’s especially fun when the couple has some ideas on what types of images they have in their head. This is a perfect example of how a crazy little idea can quickly turn into something wonderful! There aren’t too many words needed to tell the story of our afternoon together, the images tell the story themselves, but we had so much fun here near the Onondaga County Court House,  and in Columbus Circle! We made a quick stop at Lemp Park…Walked the city streets, and made our way to Sky Armory, where the couple will soon be celebrating their “real” nuptials with their friends and family. All of this love stuff, and having your own personal paparazzi team will make any good-looking couple hungry and thirsty.The staff at Liehs and Steigerwald were happy to serve up some big fat burgers and tasty fries. And they were especially forgiving of their paparazzi, too! A couple of refreshing brews and some darts made for a good follow-up after wolfing down those juicy burgers!What an awesome time we…

Rustic Farm Engagement Session, Hector, NY ♥ Erika & Dan

You may be questioning it, but Spring is here! And now that we can see the grass again, it means we’re in full swing shooting! A lot of us here in Central New York are feeling a bit of a slump after so many dreary, cloudy and rainy days, but there is one thing that we can say without a doubt – we’re glad it’s not snow! Though it may not have been a traditional sunny warm spring day, Erika and Dan didn’t seem to mind when we met with them for their recent engagement session. They brought along their friendly pups for a few fun portraits at their beautiful farm land in Hector, NY. We had a really great time with them for our first engagement session of 2017, and are looking forward to their wedding this fall! We got a quick sneak peek of their venue, and we’re telling you for sure – it’s going to be breath-taking! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg All content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2017Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

Lourdes Camp Engagement Session, Skaneateles, NY ♥ Martha & CJ

We just adored Martha and CJ’s engagement session at Lourdes Camp, in Skaneateles! It was a delightful fall afternoon and the perfect place to have their session, with all of the leaves changing colors!Lourdes Camp is situated right on Skaneateles Lake at Tenmile Point, where the scenic views from the beach are just breathtaking! They brought along their cute, furry little friend, “Boo”, who totally wanted to steal all the thunder away from them, right from the very start!He tried so hard, too! He was just so cute, that we couldn’t help but let him have a little bit of attention.The dry summer that turned into fall left the creek bed nice and dry – a perfect place to put these love birds for a portrait! Boo really didn’t give up on being the center of attention.In fact, he even upped his game as the session went on. But, Martha and CJ still managed to keep in a romantic mood despite the antics of their four-legged fur baby. Especially with the campfire, and some cuddles to keep them warm.Our time with them came to a close when the skies opened up and the rain that threatened the session all day finally made an appearance. But we didn’t mind a bit! What an awesome session this was, Marth and CJ (and Boo, too)! We really had a great time, and the two (or three) of you were so easy to work with! We are eager to be there with you again next year for the wedding! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all…

Ventosa Vineyards Engagement Session, Geneva, NY ♥ Lisa & Casey

Lisa and Casey’s engagement session started out at the beautiful Ventosa Vineyards, in Geneva. It was such a lovely autumn day and we had the vineyards all to ourselves, overlooking the sparkling Seneca Lake!Well, almost! This little fella wanted to see what all the fuss was about. After a few close ups, he let us get back to work.The pretty blue skies, and the golden autumn sun helped make some very pretty portraits!Oh, and we couldn’t leave without a photo of the donkeys. The kept their eyes on us to make sure we were doing a good job.After we left the vineyards, we headed over to Sampson State Park where Teddy joined us for a few portraits by the lake.It turned out to be a gorgeous evening, even though it was pretty cold at the end. We had a wonderful time with you three, Lisa and Casey, and we are super excited for your wedding next year! It’s going to be fabulous! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the video below for more highlight images from their session! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2016Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

Elmwood and Onondaga Parks Engagement Session, Syracuse, NY ♥ Lauren & Dan

Lauren and Dan’s Elmwood and Onondaga Parks engagement session was just perfect on a lovely autumn day in Syracuse. Native to Syracuse, Lauren and Dan felt right at home at our first stop in Elmwood Park.With a shortage of rainfall this summer, the water levels in the creek were nice and low so we took advantage and went right down into the creek bed for some portraits.In addition to its pretty creek, the stone steps are another beautiful feature of Elmwood. We then took the short drive over to Upper Onondaga Park.Well-known for its pond, and gazebo, the park made the front of many postcards. We think that Lauren and Dan made the park look pretty good that day, and would make a nice postcard all on their own!Ahh, the beautiful sunlight! Most people seek the variety of colors that the foliage brings in the fall. As photographers, the colors are lovely, but the true beauty is that warm, romantic sunlight. It makes even a black and white photograph “shine”.And of course, who could “overlook” the views of the city, and the iconic Carrier Dome? Nothing like being able to capture a portrait in front of a city you know and love so well and these guys looked pretty adorable doing it! Thank you for hanging out with us for the afternoon, Lauren and Dan! And for choosing us to join you on your wedding journey! We look forward to being there for the big day next summer! Congratulations! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be…

Critz Farms Engagement Session, Cazenovia, NY ♥ Caitlin & Edmund

We are so happy to share Caitlin and Edmund’s Critz Farms Engagement Session! We got quite a giggle out of the fact that they were worried about looking awkward in their portraits, especially since they look so natural and fun! We had the farm to ourselves… well mostly. There were some pretty nosey animals, that just had to watch everything we were doing. The goats and the donkeys definitely made their presence known, and gave their approval while we worked.It was nice being able to have their session at a place they have enjoyed spending time at. And while it’s not quite time to start picking out Christmas trees, they sure did look pretty with Caitlin and Ed standing next to them.We finished up their session with a cool shot outside the barn. Their sweet silhouette behind them was a fun little bonus to what was already going to be a dramatic portrait! Thank you so much, Caitlin and Edmund, for spending your evening with us, while we played and had some fun on the farm. A big thank-you to Critz Farms for letting us come by, and giving us some wheels to get around! Really looking forward to working with you two again one year from tomorrow on your wedding day! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the video below for more highlight images from their session! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2016Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

Ithaca Engagement Session, Cornell Plantations and Myers Park ♥ Laura & Patrick

Engagement Sessions are our absolute favorite, and Laura and Patrick’s session in Ithaca was no exception! It was a warm and sunny autumn evening and the beautiful flower gardens at the Cornell Plantations gave us the perfect pops of color to spice up their portraits.   After some fun and romantic portraits at the plantations, we headed over to nearby Myers Park to get some sunset portraits by the lighthouse. The sky gave us a stunning array of colors to use as the backdrop for some silhouettes facing the west side of the fantastic Cayuga Lake. It was an absolutely awesome little adventure with you, Laura and Patrick! Thank you for tagging along with us, and making it a very enjoyable engagement session and sunset for us! We look forward to the wedding next year! Congratulations! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the video below for more highlight images from their session! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2016Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.  …

Lakeside Engagement Session, Ontario, NY ♥ Christina & Conor

We had an epic evening with Christina and Conor for their lakeside engagement session in Ontario. They chose to have their session overlooking the beautiful Lake Ontario, on a privately-owned family cottage.The cottage, nestled in a quiet, wooded area, made for a peaceful and romantic setting for their portraits.No shortage of paths, greenery, and charm, it provided the perfect backdrop for their portraits celebrating their engagement.The lake views were breathtaking, giving the couple something to enjoy, and us some great opportunities to spice up their portraits!The photos by the rocks are some of our favorites – don’t they look so adorable together?The setting sun made for some beautiful warm light, and the skies above the water looked more like paintings.We had such a great time with them, and can’t wait for their wedding next year! It’s always a pleasure to return to one of our favorite venues, and with this sweet couple it’s sure to be an amazing day! Congratulations, Christina and Conor! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the video below for more highlight images from their session! Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2016Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

Engagement Session at Beaver Lake, Baldwinsville, NY ♥ Heather + Adam

It was the perfect night for an engagement session at Beaver Lake. Sounds kind of like the opening line of a cheesy mystery novel, but rather than being fiction, it’s 100% accurate. Let’s be honest though, Heather and Adam were not completely sold on the idea of even having one at first. And this one, once it was actually on the books, almost got canceled. Mother Nature can, and will dish out whatever kind of weather she darn well feels like. The day of Heather and Adam’s session, a huge storm cell was making it’s way across Central New York. While weather really doesn’t scare us off much, it did look like it was going to be a complete washout. Fearing that a session at Beaver Lake would yield nothing but soggy results, we called and left a message that maybe it might be a good idea to consider rescheduling. That was a call we were not too eager to make, since in all of our six years, we’ve had this many engagement session reschedules: 0. Yup, zero. Even on days that it’s rained, the precipitation has stopped long enough to complete our sessions, and then delivered the absolute most beautiful sunsets. And well, this time was no different. A couple of hours later, after completely obsessing over the Doppler, we made another call to renege. Thankfully, Heather was completely on board to keep the session time, and we went ahead as originally planned. Sometimes, the term “engagement session” scares people into thinking that it’s going to be some rigid…

Portrait Session in Cherry Valley, NY ♥ Amy + Liam

It seems like forever since the weather was nice enough to have an outdoor session! So we were really looking forward to our return visit to Cherry Valley, and the beautiful property we’ve become so familiar with! It was a warm, but beautiful evening spent with Amy, Liam and Lael, as we wandered about inside and out capturing the beauty of such a sweet family, at the home that has so much history for them and their family. The lush green fields filled with dandelions, the cattle and the rustic barns made for an idyllic backdrop for their session. Once the sun set behind the trees, darkening the valley, we went indoors for a few more portraits inside the house. It almost feels incorrect calling it a house, since once inside, it feels like a step back in time, filled with history and memories, and mementos of a bygone era. Thank you Amy and Liam, for inviting us back to share a lovely evening with you all – it was such a pleasure! We are looking forward to coming back again this fall, to celebrate another wonderful wedding, and see some familiar faces! Can’t wait! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg Be sure to watch the highlight video below for more images of their session!Content, images, and video are © Solas Studios 2016. Reproduction, screen captures, and use of content are prohibited without written permission.…

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