Kelly & Phil: From an Engagement to a First Look (and, everything in between)

True friendship is one that ignites your soul, encourages your passion, and supports your dreams.

Kelly and Phil have done all of that for me.

Since the day they've gotten engaged, they have asked me to be a part of their wedding planning process. From their engagement photos on Fire Island, to being a bridesmaid, and photographing all the moments in between, their wedding day was extraordinarily special for me. 

As a bridesmaid, I also had the honor to photograph the morning of their wedding, as well as, their first look. Entering Kelly's childhood home that morning was surreal; it felt like everything had become full circle. I love the "getting ready" process of the day more than anything; the excitement, the love, the emotions- it all just fills the room in a way that is hard to explain. After we both got ready, I slipped on my poncho (it rained all morning so we had to relocate the first look space to the backyard of Kelly's childhood home. In the end, it felt even more special) and sat with Kelly and her best friend as we waited for the groom and groomsmen to arrive. (On a side note, in Phil's trifold pamphlet that he gave everyone, he emphasized that the bridesmaids must be ready by 1PM... The groomsmen were the ones running 45 minutes late that day. Never forget that women run the world)

 

We settled on this beautiful spot outside that overlooked the Long Island Sound. I wanted to make sure Kelly and Phil had this moment, so after giving very stern instructions to the mass amount of people in the house to stay in the front of the house, I met Phil outside. One of my favorite moments was how emotional we both became standing outside. This was it, it was finally here. In natural Phil and Leanne fashion, we started to make jokes- after all, I didn't want to mess up my makeup. 

To be a part of their first look will forever stay with me. To bare witness to genuine, pure, love is a gift, and it is one I'll treasure for the rest of my days.

Here are some of my favorite photos along their journey; from their engagement, to Kelly's shower, to a secret boudoir shoot, to their first look. 

 

 

Lauren & Joe- Engagement Session

When Lauren asked me to photograph her engagement portraits, my first thought was "are you sure?" Naturally, being my cousin, she laughed and said "OF COURSE I'M SURE!!". 

It's nice to have people believe in you more than you believe in yourself. She asked me "early" in my photography endeavor- when I was testing the waters to see if this is something I would love. Her session ignited a flame inside that I didn't know could exist. 

Lauren and I discussed her vision, what she was hoping for, and what she would be using these for. On Halloween, I drove up to Westchester to meet her and Joe. We knew we wanted a sunset shoot, and initially we were going to shoot at this local farm up there. The best laid plans always have a way of forming chaos, and, unfortunately for us, the farm was on it's "holiday hours." aka- it was closed.

Fortunately for us, we found this amazing field. We're pretty positive it was private property, but, with my Aunt encouraging us from the car, we went for it anyway. Family, right?! In our initial discussions  we discussed using smoke bombs- unfortunately, it was a bit windy to use them to their full potential. 

Regardless, we still had so much fun. 

What I loved about this shoot was being allowed "in" on a different side of both Lauren & Joe. There's nothing more special than being able to witness true love, and, their story, dynamic, and laughter was extraordinary to be surrounded by. 

I wasn't allowed to share these until after her "Save the Dates" went out, which aligned perfectly with the launch of this business. 

Even now, Lauren is still encouraging me. She looks at my work, makes suggestions, and has helped me, a lot, with the ever changing social media game. There's nothing more powerful than family, and, I am more than lucky to have her and her sister as mine.

Thank you, you two- our group chat will always be my favorite. 

Here are some of my favorites!

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What's in a Logo?

 

As a Marketing and Management double major with a minor in psychology, I spend a lot of time obsessing over "Branding". And, while I have always known the logistical reasoning of what "makes a brand", I never had a "brand" of my own. 

Over the last year, I've spent time rooting myself in my photography style. Besides enrolling in school, I booked family shoots, first birthdays, fifth birthdays, portraits, headshots, concepts, boudoir shoots and more. Allowing myself to establish my style without the pressure of "building an empire" gave me a freedom I didn't realize I needed. It was the freedom to define my brand.

Insert, "Verity Moments". 

A lot of photographers name their studios after themselves; it makes sense, since it's their name and brand that they're building.  Names like "Leanne Audrey Photography" swirled in my head, but, I could never commit to it. 

On one of my last photoshoots, I watched as my husband ran to my backpack to grab my 85mm lens. It was an anticipatory grab, but, his instinct was right. As I watched him jog back, I realized my photography isn't just "Leanne". It's the "Verity's". Whether he's on a shoot with me or not, he's my support system. Mark, Emmett and myself are a nucleus. 

"Verity" translates to truth and trust. All things that encompass my style. "Truthful Moments." Genuine laughter, undying love, adoration for one another; all things I strive to capture.

You might notice the "V" and the "E" touch. "VE" is the last two letters of love, the two touching represents a binding and inseparable love. It's what I capture, and it's what I'm so lucky to have.

As for the three dandelions. some of my strongest memories from my childhood are of me stealing whatever kodak disposable camera was around, going in the backyard, lying in the grass and photographing the yellow dandelions. When they turned white, I sprayed their seeds like any young child does. As I grew older, I resonated with their circle of life. 

Yellow for the sun, glacial white for the moon, her seeds become the stars...

On this logo, the three dandelions represent Myself, Mark and Emmett. The three are rooted together, and are now "spreading" their "seeds" to new adventures. The golden color represents my favorite time to photograph: during the golden hours of the day.

The fonts were another meticulous choice. "Verity Moments" is consistent, strong, but still "soft" and "welcoming". "Photography" is a loose, fun, font- exactly how I see photography. 

A lot goes into something as simple as a "Logo". To me, knowing where the name comes from and understanding a little more of "me" allows you to see what I stand for. 

I hope you enjoyed that little tidbit. 

xx

Welcome to Verity Moments

Welcome to a new Chapter. 

Admittedly, for anyone following along it might seem like I try something and then give up. The truth is, for a long time I tried to be something I wasn’t. In January, I knew it was time to become more grounded in who I am. 

Since I was a young girl I have feverishly photographed the world around me. Starting with disposable cameras, I’ve grown to love and obsess over capturing the perfect moment. 

It took most of my twenties to build the confidence to dedicate myself fully to this. I never thought I was “good enough” to pursue this fully. Over the last year, I’ve been quietly building my confidence and portfolio. I’ve enrolled in school, spent my days off studying technique, and, now, I have no excuse to lie dormant anymore. 

Over the last six years, I have photographed people “on the side”. Families, birthdays, friends events, engagement sessions- and, now it’s time to share this side of my world. 

It’s important to know the person you hire, and, so, this little page of mine is going to show my truest self to you. After all, in Latin, “Verity” means truth- and there’s no better way to be than to live your truth.