MEET ME

 

Hey there!

I'm Whitney! My journey to becoming a wedding photographer began with a friend asking for new headshots for her website. I adamantly refused, telling her I only photographed food and landscapes. She begged and pleaded and eventually, I found myself standing in an open field with her one cold November afternoon, second-hand camera in hand, taking her new headshots.

A few weeks later, I was second shooting for her at a wedding. A few months after that, it became my regular summer gig.

That was 2015. Three years later, I'm eternally grateful for that friend and her insistence that I take her photo. 

 

Today, I'm passionate about my couples and the bonds we form. I love smaller, intimate weddings and elopements that take place in the great outdoors.

I will never be that stuffy professional that shows up at your wedding after exchanging a few formal emails, stiffly shakes your hand, and tells you in a no-nonsense voice that I'm here to take your picture and that is that. I'm all about developing a friendship that will hopefully last way beyond your wedding day!

It's that connection that allows me to capture all the best moments of your day so let's do this!

I CALL THE ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS IN UPSTATE NY HOME.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

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Outdoor summer wedding photos in Lake Placid, NY
Adventurous Adirondack hiking elopement

In sum...Whitney is the best Adirondack/portrait/wedding photographer there is! HANDS DOWN. We wanted someone with a true eye for capturing genuine emotions and, well, there's no question she does that! Her style is absolutely beautiful, as one will notice within 30 seconds of looking through her portfolio. Not only that, she has a knack for producing true emotions in the moment, rather than just forcing robotic poses and facial expressions.

I am thankful my sister was already following her on Instagram, because she was the one that originally suggested her when I began my hunt for a photographer.

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Where do I even begin?  Mountainaire Gatherings perfectly captured our wedding weekend in every possible way. On your wedding day, everything goes by in a literal blink of the eye. I look back at the photos from our big day and I am in awe of the level of detail and the amount of love she captured, which is such an incredible joy for my husband and I, as well as all of our friends and families to relive. I can't tell you how many compliments we have received on our photos since I posted them to Facebook - everyone is in love with them. Me most of all. Whitney is extremely easy to get along with - from our first Skype call to she and her second shooter Amber's arrival at our rehearsal, by the time it was all said and done, it felt like we were old friends.

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We're so happy we chose Whitney to document our elopement! She spent time getting to know us ahead of time, was super helpful when we had questions about the area (we came from out of town), and very responsive.

Her calming presence truly put us as ease, and her photographs are absolutely stunning! She has a talent for capturing the natural beauty of the environment, while also showcasing the authentic happiness and joy in the passing moments. Whitney really made our day so much more special than we were anticipating, and we are full of gratitude for what she was able to do for us.

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Outdoor summer wedding at Brant Lake, Adirondacks NY

If I would be allowed 10 stars I'd give Whitney and Mountainaire Gatherings just that! I can't even call her a vendor, instead she's a "friendor."  She was amazing not only with our engagement photos but with our wedding photos. Don't feel photogenic? No worries she'll make each and every photo STUNNING! Feel awkward posing in photos? Whit makes you look magazine ready! Don't have many friends in the area? Whitney will be yours AND offer to help you with your favors (I'll never forget your offer!). Dumping rain on your wedding day and want to cry thinking you won't get any perfect outdoor photo shots? Whitney will come through and make you feel wonderful, look like a total babe, and be there to put a smile on your face.

 

Hire Whitney NOW because you're just crazy not to!

Adventurous first look at an Adirondack waterafll

KIND WORDS

I did a lot of research when looking for a photographer as I feel it is one of the most, if not the most, important roles in a wedding.

As a visual designer myself, I was very picky and knew exactly what I wanted, which was proving hard to find especially for a wedding in six months. I looked for awhile and was getting frustrated when my florist informed me of Whitney. We only emailed. We had no time to meet, or take engagement photos, before the wedding. From the first email I knew not only would I get along well with her but my husband, who does not do photos, would as well. She was cool, calm, collected, and professional in a fun way.

I've never had a camera in my face and following me around for hours before. It is a little intimidating.

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To put it simply, Whitney is just amazing! I couldn't imagine anything better. She kicked things off with a quick video chat, which was a great way to make a connection before jumping in front of the camera. She had great recommendations in mind for our engagement session location. Even when you decide to hike up a mountain before your engagement photos or hike down to a waterfall in your wedding dress, she makes you feel at ease. Both Whitney and our second shooter climbed down to the waterfall barefoot, just to capture that special location for us and we truly appreciate it. On top of all the adventures, I love every single one of our wedding photos! She captured all the moments big and small and really makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera. I can't recommend her enough!

MY APPROACH

RELATIONSHIPS & CONNECTION ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF YOUR PHOTOS

YOUR DAY SHOULD COMPRISE OF MEANINGFUL TOUCHES, TEARS OF HAPPINESS, AND BELLY LAUGHS, NOT STIFF POSES & FORCED SMILES.

THE REAL MEMORIES AREN'T CREATED WHILE YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE CAMERA, THE REAL MEMORIES RESULT FROM

THOSE MAGICAL IN-BETWEEN MOMENTS.

THE MOMENTS WHERE YOU LET YOUR GUARD DOWN AND BECOME YOUR WEIRD, WONDERFUL, AND QUIRKY SELF.

THE MOMENTS WHERE YOU'RE SMILING SO HARD YOUR CHEEKS HURT.

THE MOMENTS WHERE THE BOTTOM OF YOUR DRESS GETS DIRTY FROM RUNNING AROUND OUTSIDE, HAND-IN-HAND WITH

YOUR NEW SPOUSE.

THE MOMENT WHEN THE WIND WHIPS SO HARD, YOUR HAIR GOES WILD, YOUR EYES SPARKLE, AND YOUR CHEEKS FLUSH.

THESE ARE THE MOMENTS I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER FOREVER.

LET'S DOCUMENT HOW YOUR DAY FELT,  UNSCRIPTED,  RAW,  AND BURSTING WITH LOVE & HAPPINESS. 

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