“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.” – Colin Powell

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Lauren Matteo Niedbala, our new studio manager, to the Andrea York Photography team!

Truth be told, Lauren isn’t exactly new to the team. We had the good fortune to have her baby whispering with our team at Yankee Candle during the 2015 holiday season. She also produced beautiful images on the weddings she second shot with us.  Lauren is a very talented photographer and an alumni of the prestigious Hallmark Institute of Photography!

In the short time that Lauren has been managing our studio, she has been instrumental in organizing some of our more complex workflows, editing a number of portrait sessions and improving our client response time. If you’ve been around me for more than 5 minutes, you’ve heard me say: “I just want to shoot!”. (I seriously need that on a tee shirt -with a Nikon camera of course!). Lauren, in addition to Ariel Grondin, our part time assistant extraordinaire (and Yankee Candle Holiday Project Manager) are allowing us to focus on what we love to do most – taking pretty pictures of amazing people.

Please join Donald and I in welcoming Lauren on board!! And if you’re shopping at Pilgrim Candle – feel free to stop in to the gallery to say hello to her!

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There is a flurry of activity going on now at AYP! Half of our weddings have already taken place and we are working diligently on putting the finishing touches on the beautiful images to deliver to our amazing couples. We are busy preparing for our upcoming weddings and meeting with our 2017 couples. At the same time we have begun our senior portrait sessions, we are collaborating on a fun project with Kat Kattler Photography, we are readying our new studio for official opening (even though we’ve already had 4 shoots there!) and in addition, we have some pretty big projects going on at the home front. If you know us, you know we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are sincerely grateful for all the opportunities and the people we have in our lives.
 
Yesterday, I was asked how we do it all. Firstly, this is nothing out of the ordinary for us. There are soooo many people we know tackling and juggling soooo much more. And most importantly, we truly love what we do. Truly. All of the energy that surrounds us, from our clients and friends and families keeps us excited and fueled! 
 
Secondly, speaking just for myself, I find my inspiration when I watch my husband in action. He has endless stamina! Everyone who knows him, knows what I’m talking about. I find inspiration in my daughter and son-in-law who are working incredibly hard to achieve their goals and dreams. I find inspiration in the places we go, the people we meet and through music. And I find tremendous inspiration in hearing our clients stories. 
After a photo session, wedding or event, when I’m culling images I need complete solitude. I need to remain focused on finding the very best images that represent the beauty and joy of each session. But when I’m editing or preparing the studio for a shoot, that’s a different story. I love the music blaring or a compelling Amazon audio book running in the background. During these glorious summer days, when I need a break, I hop in my convertible and take a drive through the country, breathing in the sweet smells and soaking up the warmth of the sun (sometimes it means having to have the ac going with the top down but it’s still a welcomed break). And very often have a pretty picture close by of a place that inspires me. It always reminds me of the fun we had on that outing and of the abundant blessings God has given me in my life. 
Here’s my photo for today…. taken in HarwichPort, Cape Cod in May 2106. I hope it inspires you too!
Wishing you all a glorious day!
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Dorothy is such a dainty little girl with the absolute sweetest smile we have ever laid eyes on! She and her mom and dad came all the way from Kennebunk, ME for her one year old birthday/cake smash session. It was such a blast! At first Dorothy wasn’t entirely thrilled with the smashing of the cake (further evidence that she is a dainty little girl!) but as soon as mom and dad encouraged her to get into it she had much fun grabbing a chunk and wringing her hands with the creamy frosting! We call this session, sugar and spice and everything nice! Just take a peek at this pretty little lady!

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It’s not a secret that weddings take a lot of planning and there can be a lot of stress the day of with worry over the details coming together. But if you had the great fortune to attend Lindsey and Marco’s wedding last June you’d be hard pressed to see or feel any stress. This day was the opposite of stressful. It was overflowing with love, laughter and family. Every detail at this celebration of love was absolutely perfect!

And dancing!  Sooo much joyous dancing! We’re not talking the eighth grade sway type of dancing. This was skilled, jaw-dropping, dancing with stars, rug-cutting! We’re not quite sure how they pulled this all off as Lindsey and Marco are owners of a popular local restaurant and package store. In addition to their very busy work lives and planning their wedding, they bought and moved into a new home before the wedding! All we can say is wow! And thank you for allowing us the honor to capture your very special day. 2016-04-07_0005

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It’s spring spruce up time at Andrea York Photography!

Please excuse any delays or interruptions on our site as we doll up our site and post some new pretty pictures over the next few days!

As always, you may reach us at andrea@andreayorkphotography.com

Thank you for your support and patience!

Happy Spring! AJY_4951

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