anniversary session : Sarah + John

Mary Dougherty

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With so much emphasis placed on wedding day photography, people often go years without having pictures taken again. They look back on those pictures which capture a specific and very special day, but they have grown and changed, learned more about each other and fallen deeper in love. That is where anniversary sessions come in, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy shooting these. All of the fun but none of the pressure of a wedding day situation. No time line, family or decorations to worry about, just an opportunity to get together and document where your lives are now.

For Sarah and John, that came about one day before their third anniversary. She recently finished her masters and he found his way to nursing school after working in a different field and they have grown and changed together since their wedding day. Their lives are intertwined more deeply, and I have to say it generally makes my job a lot easier. Since I like to document real life they didn’t have to do anything but be together and be in love. They were naturals.sj_02sj_03sj_04

Whenever a couple asks, “can we bring our dog along?” I say yes! without hesitation. Having two dogs myself I know how much a part of the family they become and they always have so much personality to capture. Pongo was patient when we shot without him and quite photogenic for the pictures!  sj_05sj_06sj_07sj_08sj_09sj_10

We met in Ellison Park in Rochester, New York since I love a natural setting. Sepia seemed to fit this wide shot below with the tall trees and soft light peeking through. sj_12sj_11sj_13sj_14sj_15

Sarah you’re gorgeous and John you bring that out in her. We ended the session by flying kites. It was a success and it’s always fun to incorporate an activity into the mix. I had fun photographing you two and congratulations on three years!sj_16

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