Greg and Kramer’s beautiful wedding day began on a warm Autumn day in downtown Albany. Each groom got ready with their respective “Pride Party,” sharing laughs, tying ties and cracking jokes. Once ready, the couple shared a sweet first look in a private garden before traveling around downtown to take couple and pride party photos. Emotions were running high and it was clear to everyone involved that these two were eager to exchange rings and embark on a lifelong marriage. After photos, a visually dramatic ceremony commenced at the top of the NYS Museum, overlooking the State House and Empire State Plaza. The nuptials were performed by a close friend, who captured Greg and Kramer’s love in a meaningful and touching ceremony. At the first kiss, cheers erupted from all and the newlywed’s joy was palpable. The evening rewarded us with a stunning sunset and smoke bombs provided a unique background for night photos (and unintentionally alarmed the security guards!). After boisterous intros and a smile filled first dance, the grooms shared dances with their mothers and laughs during speeches. The night really got rocking after supper, with awesome dance tunes and impressive dance moves. Congratulations to this fun-loving and handsome couple!
My husband and I strongly recommend hiring Caitlin Miller of Caitlin Miller Photography. This review will focus less on Caitlin’s outstanding photography skills and instead will explain why one of the toughest parts of our wedding day was having to say goodbye to her. The excellence of her work is clear on her website and is cited by many other reviewers. The pictures she took for our engagement and wedding are phenomenal and we have received so many compliments on them. We found Caitlin through a recommendation from another vendor, and I remember the first time we spoke with her. We had to use Skype because I was out of town on business. Before we hung up the phone, I told her that we would be in contact soon with a decision. We had already spoken with two other photographers and needed to choose. Within seconds of hanging up my fiancé called me and we both exclaimed, “She is our photographer, hands-down!” Within a week we had booked with her. I think what sold us that day was her warm and sunny personality mixed with a drive and clarity that we knew would be useful on a busy wedding day. During the initial call when we were unsure of a specific detail or plan, she did not put pressure on us to decide. She knew that this was the first time we had worked with a professional photographer and made sure to take the time to explain the details and answer our questions. We also felt that her packages and pricing were straightforward, and customizable. She made a stellar first impression.
Our engagement shoot occurred about 6 months later, and it went great. We selected a location that she had never shot at and that we hadn’t fully explored, and Caitlin was completely open (and excited) about it! We hit it off from the start, and at times got a bit preoccupied with chatting with Caitlin. Luckily she is flexible and allowed us to get through all our “must-have” photos. As with any couple the way people are positioned in photos matter, and as a same-sex couple that balance can be trickier to strike. Who sits higher on the hill, or wraps their arms around their partner from behind? Caitlin showed her expertise that day, and we ended up with photos that were diverse and that captured a range of emotions. The moment we saw those first photos from our shoot we knew we had made the best decision.
Fast-forward many months and our wedding day was upon us. As we neared the day communication from Caitlin was always efficient and clear. She prompted us to think about the structure and timing of our first look, to consider having an unplugged ceremony, and made sure to clear-up exactly how we would handle photos with our family. She also shared in our excitement about using smoke bombs to make a dramatic rainbow effect in some of our pre-ceremony photos. Every step of the way we could tell that Caitlin was passionate about her work and always willing to try new things. She made us feel special, even though we knew she had so many other couples that she was working with. The other thing that we appreciated was that she was willing to share her own ideas and opinions-we were so grateful for those and took many of them (she is the professional after all!). Photography on the day of our wedding was perfect, we had a second shooter as well, Carolyn, who was great. My husband and I agree that the best thing Caitlin brought to the day of our wedding was a clear plan (built based on our input) and the confidence to tell our guests, “Hi, sorry-I need the grooms to come with me.” In effect, making herself the “bad guy” in order to ensure we got all the right shots. Caitlin did an awesome job balancing our time with our guests with the importance of capturing the day. In no way did any guest ever have a bad reaction to this, but it was nice to not have to be the one to tell our guests we had to go. We would just point at Caitlin and say, “Oh, Caitlin needs us!” With so much pressure on you the day of your wedding, having this level of support is an absolute necessity. And, again, because Caitlin is so kind and warm-everyone who engaged with her walked away with a very favorable impression. In fact, many guests shared how impressed they were with her style and how unobtrusive she was throughout the event. She is just that good! And for all these reasons, my husband and I are not being overdramatic by stating that saying goodbye to Caitlin the end of the night was hard for us. Caitlin is an amazing photographer, and a great person. She will have your best interest at heart, and you too will be sad to say goodbye. Luckily, you get to continue to work with her after the big day. We are enjoying going through our wedding gallery and look forward to selecting final photos for our wedding album. Photos that capture my husband and I perfectly because Caitlin has the skills and took the time to invest herself into our wedding.
—Greg & Kramer