So today we are setting out on a little journey that we will be sharing with you (if you care to follow along).

But first, I want to share the (abbreviated) journey and a couple of defining moments that brought me to this point.  (I am often asked how I made the leap from corporate executive to professional photographer. This is the nutshell version). 

January of 2010 – The wake up call. I sat in a corporate meeting and was delivered news that broke my heart and my spirit. I was going to have to lay off several senior and junior executives and several long term sales associates (not because of poor performance but because of a company wide initiative). Average time in jobs for the affected staff was 24 years of dedicated service. I could write a book on this alone but suffice it to say, these were very low and dark days for the staff that was affected, their families, the staff that remained behind to pick up the pieces and for me. I began strategizing (plotting) my own exit strategy after 34 years in the industry. When I once thought my future held a not so happy status quo end game, this event allowed me to dare to dream of what could be. 

September 2012- the first day of my official creative journey. I began classes at the Hallmark Institute of Photography. That morning I arrived early and sat in the parking lot filled with trepidation as I watched very young adults file in through the back door of the school under inspirational banners. I missed the very young adult cut off by 30 years or so. And at that moment, in that parking lot I was realizing that I was the only ‘not so young adult’ in this HIP class. True story  – I actually started my car twice to drive off. But my desire to be a professional photographer, to soak up all the knowledge and to experience the experience was stronger than the nagging dread. On my way to the door, with my Vera Bradley lunch bag in hand, another student approached me, introduced herself and confided that she was very nervous and she had been waiting in her car for me to enter the school. I assured her she was going to be fine. 

June 2018 – while readying to photograph a large wedding, a former Hallmark classmate/ friend stopped in to my studio to see me. He ‘stopped in’ from India.  He was traveling around the States to personally invite his friends to his upcoming wedding celebration in India. I was thrilled to be on that list! This young man is one of those rare individuals that is able to maximize both the creative and logical side of his brain. He has talent and the drive to see his vision come to life through his lens. And he’s a sweet and caring human being. 

Today. Today Donald and I will travel to Delhi and next week to Jaipur India to witness our friend Aniruddh get married and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with him, his beautiful future wife and his friends and family. 

Funny thing about journeys, even though we tend to think about them retrospectively, the sum of our every-days is what makes up our beautiful life journey. Today needn’t be epic, but for me, it helps me make the most of it when I think about it as a new chapter in my life story.

I am blessed beyond words that God has guided me and helped me to navigate through some very messy defining moments of loss and devastation and graced me with moments of incredible joy and love, which led me to today ….and to yesterday and to the much-anticipated tomorrow.  

Take the leaps and only look back to see how far you’ve come in the world of possibilities. 

May you all be on your journey of joy in 2019 but if you find yourself at a lower point on your lifeline, know that it could very well be the defining moment of an entirely new path full of hope and happiness.

Xoxo

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As high school senior photographers, we’ve had the absolute pleasure to celebrate and document a very important time in several high school senior’s lives this season. We traveled to Boston, the Berkshires, into Central and Southern CT and all over Western, MA with our Class of 2019 Seniors this year. Throughout the journey from consultation to session to reveal we learned a great deal about each of the young adults we spent time with. They all blew us away. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again. The future is bright with these kids who know who they are and what they want. Even the kids who didn’t have a concise post grad plan, knew what direction they wanted to go in. Almost all of them are taking AP courses, excelling in athletics, the arts and sciences, are active and giving back in their communities and churches and are polite and happy young adults.  We love these seniors!

When we first met with the kids we asked them several questions to get to the know them and what they envisioned for their session. We asked them to tell us three words that best described who they are. Most were able to answer right away. And most of the parents were proud as can be when they heard their child’s responses. A few of the moms even teared up a little. (we had to make a serious investment in tissue this year!). Interestingly, every single parent was in complete agreement with their child’s self-assessment.

We thought it would be fun to share the senior’s adjectives. So here is a word cloud that combines the answers of all of the Class of 2019 kids that we had the privilege of photographing. The larger the word, the more frequently we heard it to describe this year’s seniors. We found this fascinating. We hope you do too! Enjoy!

Side note: To all Andrea York Photography current and past seniors….stop in to see us during your break (either at the studio or up at Yankee Candle!).  We’d love to catch up and give you a welcome home hug! Best of luck on your finals!



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Never in my wildest dreams did I know just what this crazy photography journey would hold for me. Running your own business is not for the faint of heart (mad respect for all that do this every single day!). There are some days filled with business challenges that test my limits.  Thankfully, for every one of those days there are 20 days filled with exciting photo sessions, countless creative outlets and the thrill when I click that shutter and my vision comes to life. 

But above and beyond all of that, what I love most about this roller coaster ride is the team that surrounds me (family and friends), the collaborations with my super talented peers and other industry creatives and our interesting, amazing, kind, intelligent, beautiful clients (turned friends). I am so very THANKFUL for all of you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! 

May you all find peace and harmony in the day devoted to giving thanks and may it resonate in your heart during this holiday season and beyond. 

 

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Recently we had the opportunity to do a fun shoot with some of our 2018 seniors. It was a blast! During the shoot our good friend and videographer Brian Hale of HaleChannel Photography And Wedding Films took some behind the scenes and in the air video. He also conducted some wonderful interviews with the kids participating in the session. 

All we can say is wow!  I am personally inspired by each and every one of our seniors and I am truly humbled by their sweet sentiments. Thank you all for your support of our business and for the joy you have brought into my life. Oh the places you’ll go!

 

 

 

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We are thrilled to announce that Sarah Roux is joining forces with the Andrea York Photography team to offer our clients professional hair and makeup services for their photo sessions. She will be available for our brides (many of you are already working with Sarah which is a great indicator that this will be beautiful collaboration!), our high school seniors, professional branding clients and on our beauty sessions. On a side note, Sarah provided hair and makeup services for our daughter’s wedding and I think we all looked pretty spectacular!

By way of introduction, here’s Sarah’s bio…

Sarah is a makeup artist and hairstylist with over 10 years of professional experience. She specializes in formal events, combining her talents for both hair and makeup to create a complete look. She enjoys in-depth consultations to assure the guest is comfortable and happy with their service.

In addition to working behind the chair as a stylist, Sarah has traveled locally and internationally on photo shoots. She has worked backstage at New York Fashion Week since 2010 for both Aveda and Maybelline. She assisted Aveda Global Artistic Director for makeup, Janell Geason, at Aveda Congress in Minneapolis, MN.

Sarah graduated from Springfield Technical Community College in 2010 and continues advanced education with the Aveda Institutes in Minneapolis and Boston.

In her personal life, Sarah loves spending time with her husband and two young children.

Welcome Sarah!

 

 

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