I have a special place in my heart for the Hudson Valley. Upstate New York is not only where I grew up, but is also home to many firsts for me. It’s where I first held a camera, first fell in love, and first learned that my passions would lead me to where I am today. It’s about time I photographed my first engagement session there!! I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to spend the summer afternoon with then Jacqui (formerly Jacqueline Lombard, Bravo’s Top Chef contestant) and James, who worked with Jacqui for six years before he finally admitted to his ‘crush’ for her. I’m so glad he did ask her out!

We spent the afternoon around James’ parents home in sweet Ancramdale, NY where downtown consists of a church and a restaurant and a few homes surrounding. The rest is farmland that perfectly served as a setting, with quiet and quaint memories that brought us together with love.

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