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    Michele Calderon is an award winning photographer specializing in fun, unique fine art portraits of newborns, infants, children, and families, as well as wedding photography. She serves New York's Capital District, including Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, and the Southern Adirondacks, plus the greater Hudson Valley area.

    All sessions are conducted on location or within our beautiful loft studio space on State Street near Proctor's Theater.

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July portrait session openings

I’ve just returned from watching the final launch of space shuttle Atlantis in Florida.  Because of the uncertain nature of launch dates and their tendency to get delayed, I didn’t schedule any portrait sessions for the month of July.  Now that Atlantis has launched, I am back a bit earlier than expected, and July dates are open again.  Email me or call if you’d like to book a session!  And since no post is complete without a picture (or 2 or 3….), here are a couple from last week’s launch.

This was my 3rd time seeing a shuttle launch, and my second for Atlantis.  I admit I was both excited, but also very, very sad to see the shuttle program end.  What a wonderful and dramatic way to see her off………..emotional already with being the last launch (yes, I cried on lift-off…..), and then the up-to-the-last-minute go/no-go weather uncertainty, the heart-stopping announcement at T-31 seconds that “We have had a failure” and the energy of about a million other spectators!  I met people from South Africa, Australia, and England who had come to the launch.  There is nothing like seeing a launch in person, with the ground rumbling roar of the engines.  Farewell Atlantis.  Safe landing on July 21st, and we’ll see you on display at Kennedy Space Center in a couple of years. :(

These were taken at about 20 seconds and 45 seconds after launch, respectively.

These were taken from Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral.

And just for good measure, a couple of point and shoot pics of the pre-dawn launch of Discovery last year.

T plus 20 seconds or so.

About 2.5 minutes after launch, after the jettison of the solid rocket boosters.  Discovery was traveling over 3000 mph at this point.

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In the Park with Kate | Saratoga Baby Photographer

Kate’s family is one of my baby planners (which allows them to get 3 sessions for the price of 2, plus other cool stuff) and a few weeks ago, we did her second session.  I didn’t think I would have time to get her on here, but I just couldn’t stand it – she is adorable, her brothers are a riot, and look at those cute little shoulders!

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Victoria and John | Albany NY Wedding Photography

I had the pleasure of photographing Victoria and John’s wedding on Saturday in Vestal, NY, with my wonderful photographer friend Kim Prochazka.  The weather forecast was for a perfect 75 degree sunny day, but it started raining about 5 minutes after I arrived.  Luckily there was a crowd of assistants to help Victoria get into the church!

The girls took their jobs a bit more seriously…

After the ceremony and all the formals, it was time to head over to Traditions on the Glen in Johnson City for the reception.  While Kim was photographing the girls, I hung out with these guys.

The groomsmen enjoyed goofing off, but when it came down to it, John and Victoria’s love always shone through.

Victoria’s twin sister gave a really touching toast.  Even I teared up!

Victoria’s dad spoke about the arrival of his girls, and at the end, welcomed John as the son he now had.

Congratulations Victoria and John!  May you enjoy many long and happy years together.

Many more images on Kim’s blog!

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