We Lost Fred….

 




Today marks two weeks without my beloved brother. I can’t begin to explain how different the world is. Grief is this super weird rollercoaster without end or the ability to exit.
 
Most of you know how incredibly close I am to both of my brothers. We had been through so much as a family and they are my favorite people in the whole world. Even though John lived across the country, we always kept in touch and getting to spend time with him and my family has been the most precious thing to me. Seriously, have you ever heard me talking about getting to go home for Christmas? Who cares about Santa and gifts when you get to spend time with John and Thomas!!
 
We grew up in a house of Magic brought to life through our imaginations and my Mom’s creativity (pre-pintrest mind you). When we were very young, my Mom would always read to us every night and one of our favorite series was Harry Potter.
 
Because I am a super Nerd, I have always wanted a Harry Potter tattoo, but I didn’t want something typical. I wanted something different with layers of meaning like my other tattoos. Over 10 years ago, I told my brothers that I thought the Weasley’s W would be super fitting as it would represent them and W for our last name. When John and Thomas were little everyone thought that they were twins. They were always getting into mischief and they so reminded our family of Fred and George. The W was perfect, it was just a matter of when. Yesterday, my buddy Nick Reinert from The Factory Troy made this longtime intention happen and it is perfect.
 
I texted a photo of the finished tattoo to Thomas and his response… We lost Fred
 
In the books and movie, Fred Weasley was killed in the battle of Hogwarts. It was one of the most shocking and gutting moments for us when we read the series. I did a little google search and found this on PotterMore. The parallels gave me such chills.
 
“On the anniversary of the battle in 2015, J.K. Rowling tweeted how sorry she was at writing Fred’s death and all of the sadness came flooding back. Even now, many years on, his death is too much for words. His exciting young life cut short; the very notion of George without Fred; the dreadful effect on his parents and siblings. How could this possibly be?
”https://www.pottermore.com/features/harry-potter-most-devastating-deaths
 
How COULD this possibly be? I don’t know. But it is and now we are on this ride with no end called grief.
 
I find so much peace in that I feel so incredibly grateful that every time I got to see, text or talk with John – I told him how much I love him. I told him how proud I am of him and how special it is to be his sister. He was/is (I still &$%up the tenses) an amazing man and someone who I so admire. Maybe it is because we lived so far apart, maybe it was because we both were so busy. But in the times that I do get to be with my family (and friends) I tend to gush (sometimes obnoxiously) about how much I love and appreciate them. I do this because I have seen so many other families in grief and while I never understood the feelings until now – I recognized the importance of being present and connecting while you can.
Tell the ones you love how much the mean to you. Practice gratefulness for the gift that is now. 

 
Always…






Christmas has always been my most happy time with my Brothers.  





John and Thomas at Universal Studios – Harry Potter World






Dreamy Tuscan Dance Museum Wedding

The Love Story: Sabrina + Jake met almost seven years ago as work colleagues. As life would have it, they went down different paths and fell out of touch. It was almost a year and a half later before they saw each other again at a social gathering with mutual friends. They quickly caught up at the party and kept talking long after it was over. Those talks led to dinners and the dinners led to dates. Five years later, on the 5th of May, we got to celebrate their special love. It was a celebration with all of their closest friends and family. The love that they share is infectious – full of humor, romance and their super love for Jake’s sweet daughter Zoey. 

The Style: Sabrina wanted this celebration to be classy, stylish and to pull in some traditional Tuscan themes — giving a nod to her Italian heritage. Jake Allen from Fly 92.3 and 100.9 the Cat, was all about creating an amazing dance PARTY. And party they did with the help of our friend, and amazing DJ, Fernando of Piano Man Entertainment! 

This wedding was such a blast and we love you both so much! xo. 

















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































 





 

 

Venue: National Museum of Dance
Catering: Mama Mia’s
Coordination: Jessica Maguire
DJ: Piano Man – Fernando
Photography: YTK Photography + Film, Katherine Wright, Danielle Simmons
Video: YTK Photography + Film – Katherine Wright, Alex Fagan, Jess Fleurent, Maya Suchak
Flowers: Posie Peddler
Makeup/ Hair: Erin Marzilli, Danielle Pace
Dress Store: A Love Story Bridal
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Invitations: Bride + Toni (Sister)

Swanky 60 State Engagement Celebration

This engagement party was the best way for YTK to start off the 2018 year! Fatima is one of the most stunning brides. In some Middle Eastern traditions, when a couple agrees to become engaged, they hold an intimate religious ceremony and the next day the women come together for a big celebration of laughter and dancing! Fatima had some amazing gowns from her family’s store, Jocelynn’s Bridal. The bride makes a grand entrance to the hall and is celebrated with dancing, chants and later in the evening the men join. The couple is presented with gifts of gold jewelry followed by cake cutting and more dancing. 

I am so excited that I got to capture Fatima and Mohanned’s engagement party and am obsessed with the images that we were able to capture! Shout out to our all girl team who rocked this night! Leeann from Fyvie Films, Hair by Cassandra, Dj Caroline from Upbeat Occasions and our girl Kate from Nicole’s.









































































































































 







 

Venue: 60 State Place
Event Coordination: Nicole’s
DJ: Upbeat Occasions with DJ Caroline
Photography: YTK Photography by Katherine Wright
Videography: fyviefilms
Dresses: Jocelynn’s Bridal
Hair  by: Cassondra Schauble

Snowy Woodsy Bump Shoot

You may remember this beauty from her wedding a few years ago…. (if you don’t go check out her stunning wedding images). I can’t tell you how happy I am to have her back on the YTK Blog to celebrate her baby girl. Congratulations my friend! I can’t wait to meet your little lady! xoxox




















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Tuesdays, 3/6/18-4/10/18 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM | 6 Sessions
Member: $230 | Non-Member: $290 | Studio Fee: $30
Instructor: Katherine Wright
Level: Intermediate

Learn to use the photo editing programs Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Learn workflow options, how to sync between the two programs, and basic editing techniques, including image management, resizing images, cropping, color correction, and saving for various outputs. You will need a flash drive with 50 images, a notebook, and writing utensil. Experience with basic computer operations is necessary; Mac experience is helpful, but not required.

Have Questions? Contact Katherine Katherine@ytkphotography.com

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Snowy Upstate Engagement Shoot

If you ever have the winter blues, just picture this couple and all of your troubles will melt away (especially with such a hot red dress)! Tia and Brandon have an awesome engagement story and I was so excited to capture their Upstate Engagement images, especially since it was such a cold and icy day! But luckily, they like winter so it was perfect for them! The story on the Proposal – Brandon and Tia love winter sports and have been hitting the slopes quite a bit this season. On a recent trip out to Jiminy Peak, with friends and Tia’s parents, Brandon brought along THE RING and knew that he would totally throw Tia off if he proposed at the end of the night at the bottom of the Mountain. Brandon had the whole thing planned for months. He stalked her Pinterest boards for her favorite rings and then created the perfect custom design. He had already been hinting at proposing to intentionally throw her off so she would never suspect when it was actually going to happen. On a very cold and snowy night at the end of a great day of skiing, before their friends and her parents – Brandon got down on one knee and asked Tia to marry him. She burst out- YES, yes! Almost before he was done talking. It was perfect and so them. I got to see the video – and believe me, it was awesome. I couldn’t be happier for you guys and can’t wait for your stunning winter wedding! 





















































































American Red Cross of Northeastern New York

I am so honored to have been asked to collaborate with the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York in creating a video for their Annual Fire + Ice Gala. Immediately, I was filled with all kinds of ideas on what kind of piece I wanted to produce for this incredible organization. The American Red Cross does so much globally and locally for those in need. I started to think about that connection and the people who are impacted by such incredible hardship.

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”
― Ben Okri

I wanted to show the connection of humanity by using the sound (and symbol) of the heartbeat to carry us through the introduction, while addressing the massive suffering that we have felt around the world. Just in this past year we have had tragic earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, mudslides and mass casualties. In our own communities, we had fires, floods, mudslides and other tragedies. No matter what, no matter where, The Red Cross responds to disaster and is a sign of hope. We are the difference through donation, the gift of blood and volunteering.

In those moments of despair and disaster, we see each other as people stripped of labels and status – in those humble moments, we all are just human.

Thank you to The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York for asking me to tell this story. Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who do this work daily and step up in the sight of tragedy. And thank you, to all the wonderful people who volunteered to be part of this film.

Winter Engagement Shoot with Jess + Kyle

 
Like a good majority of our couples, Jess and Kyle are located out-of-state and are planning a wedding long distance. Jess and Kyle have had quite an adventitious time together, moving all around the country and then settling down in Charleston, SC. They both knew that they wanted to have their wedding in the 518 and fell in love with the Glen Sanders Mansion. Jess said to me that the style of the venue reminded her of southern architecture and had the elegance that she was looking for. For their engagement session, Jess and Kyle wanted to be light and playful. They were up visiting last week (when it was one of the coldest days of the year) and we set up our shoot. The cold kept them close, laughing and warm. I just love these two and can’t wait for their wedding later this year!





















































The Whiteface Lodge Wedding

Crystal + Eddie’s Whiteface Lodge wedding was a whirlwind of emotions. The day was filled with tears, laughter and some totally unforgettable memories. Filled with family, friends, music, dancing, and meaningful moments. Crystal connected a lot of her wedding back to how important her family is to her. Her brother was her Man of Honor and she explained to me while she was getting ready that the inspiration of her wedding dress choice was because of her Grandmother. Her Grandmother loved birch tress and when she tried on her Pnina Tornai gown it reminded her of them. And, can I please tell you about my most favorite flower girl of all time??? Seriously, watch the film to see what I am talking about – her name is Pearl and I love her. Crystal and Eddie are best friends who have been there for each other in the best of times and some of the hardest. I love that they asked a close friend to perform their ceremony and included this perfect passage from Winnie the Pooh during the readings – “We’ll be friends forever won’t we Pooh?” Asked Piglet. – “Even longer.” Pooh answered. That sweet little reading says it all for these best friends. It was nothing short of perfect and we couldn’t be more happy for this amazing couple. We wish you both a lifetime of happiness! 

 

 





Venue: Whiteface Lodge
Photography:  Tomas Flint Photography
Videography:  YTK Photography + Film By Katherine Wright + Alex Fagan
Dress:  Pnina Tornai (Kleinfelds)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
DJ: Total Entertainment Music
Flowers: Bouquet Valley Blooms
Hair: Lipstick N Lashes

Lavender Fields

Ready to take a break from the cold and the snow? Yep so am I! This shoot was so awesome for so many reasons. First of all I had the most stunning model – Look at Jess’ eyes they are amazing and we’re totally brought to  another level by the amazing Makeup skills of Leah Francesca! I am obsessed with everything lavender and loved getting to head up to Lavenlair Farm for our shoot. Lily of Saratoga shared this Martina Liana dress which fit Jess to perfection. I just love the detail on the back – it is stunning in every since of the word. On the photo nerd side – I used a mix of traditional film (120) and digital and experimented around with some very expired film.
















































Venue:   Lavenlair Farm
Dress Store: Lily Saratoga
Dress Designer: Martina Liana
Hair: Julie Potter

Makeup: Leah Francesca
Model: Jessica Lee