Welcome to my blog - it's here that I share some of my most recent work - be sure to check back often!! Kathleen Chapman Photography specializes in child and family photography in the North Country NY counties of Franklin and St.Lawrence in locations such as St. Regis Falls, Brushton, Malone, Massena and Potsdam. I offer studio and on location sessions designed to meet your creative vision!!
Had so much fun with this wonderful young couple the other night and love how the resulting pictures really seemed to capture their playful, loving relationship. The changing leaves and my wildflower garden were the perfect colorful background for this Fall session. I hope these pictures bring them as much joy as I had taking them - their happiness was definitely contagious!!
I had the pleasure over the last few months to meet and photograph three great extended families - the most recent being 31 members of the Armstrong family this past Sunday. I'm always honored when family groups of 10-30 people work together to identify an evening where they all come together for me to capture their unique family in pictures. One family member is usually the organizer of the group and the person I work closely with to schedule the date, time, location, etc. I give these ladies kudos for pulling each of their extended family sessions together - I know it wasn't easy but I'm guessing they would all agree it was well worth it!! Even though these large group sessions are busy with much to accomplish - I always try to approach them with humor, patience and a genuine desire to provide each family with a relaxed and fun experience that will result in beautiful portraits that they'll want to display proudly in their homes.
While the large group picture is usually the main reason for bringing the family together - it's the combinations of other family groups (4 generations, grandparents with their children, grandparents with grandchildren, cousins, individual families, siblings, etc.) that make these sessions so special and unique for each family.
I love doing extended family sessions because I know how special and treasured they are to my clients and will be for years to come!
The Armstrong Family
The Dowdle Family
The Hamelin Family
A shout out and great big thanks to my daughter Amanda for being such a great assistant and helping to make my extended family sessions run smoothly - couldn't do it without you!!
What a colorful September it was!! We celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary in August but didn't get a chance to take our anniversary portrait until this month in front of our beautiful wild flower garden. Some of my favorites this month feature flowers in my garden and pictures from our trip to the amazing Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glens Falls, NY.
Spent another very special girls weekend this month in Lake George with my Mom, sister, daughter and granddaughter and just had to take a picture of us all in our matching tie dye shirts. Some of my other favorites feature some of the special girls in my life and my beautiful wild flower garden.
Our 2nd year attending the Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glens Falls, NY was just as amazing as the first (minus the traffic getting to and from the festival from a hotel). This year we camped in our RV on a hill above the airport that overlooked the balloon launch area. There were about 100 RV's camped up on the hill and we were surprised when one of the balloons was launched a few feet behind our RV (see picture below). For information on camping at the festival check out Northeast Hot Air RV'ers. We camped Friday and Saturday nights and took advantage of the free shuttle to and from the RV area to enjoy the various balloon launches and activities that took place over the weekend. If you've never been to the festival please seriously consider going some time - it's an amazingly beautiful experience!! You feel like you're in a different world with all the huge, colorful balloons taking off and floating up above you! In addition to the balloons there's music, a craft fair, activities for kids, food and even Sunday morning church services under a tent at the airport. We heard festival attendance broke records this year - I'm guessing most likely due to the surprisingly beautiful summer like weather. We experienced the "Moon Glow" launch for the first time this year - so amazing to see the burners firing up and the balloons glowing after sunset!!