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  • WELCOME!

    Concept Photography is a husband and wife shooting team that travels the world in search of amazing weddings and awesome clientele. It was designed through the simple idea that there should be a higher standard for creativity and performance in the wedding photography industry.

    One of our main desires is to transform the wedding scene – by picking it up, breaking the status quo, shaking it some more and putting it back in a new form.

    Please consider this as our way of introducing ourselves, as an invitation to check out our website and get a glimpse of something a little different in lifestyle photography.

    We really look forward to getting the chance to work with you and, together, rock the wedding scene!

    Wishing you luck + love,
    Jason + Sara

    P.S. - We travel EVERYWHERE!

Get to know the wonderful Jillian + Artem:
How did you meet? We met at the start of our sophomore year at Binghamton University. We were next door neighbors in Mountainview’s Marcy Hall. Artem and his dad were carrying a mini refrigerator and I was so excited to meet my new neighbor that I tried to shake his hand while he was holding the fridge – ha! We became friends over the first several months, but soon realized that we were falling for each other and started dating in March 2007. We got married almost 8 years to the day we met!
What attracted you most to your husband/wife?
Jillian: Artem is a kind, funny, intelligent, handsome and lovable guy! He is such a selfless and genuine person who puts others before himself. We have so much fun together, and I love spending time with him. I can’t imagine my life without him.
Artem: Jillian is so amazing that she makes me want to be a better person. She is always smiling (with that gorgeous smile) and is incredibly kind. I love spending time with her – whether it is traveling internationally, partying or just relaxing on the couch, we always seem to have a great time.
How did he propose? For our five year anniversary, Artem planned a night out in NYC to see the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Before the show, we went to a romantic dinner at The View, a revolving restaurant on the 48th floor of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The backdrop was the breathtaking views of the NYC skyline, and as Artem was taking my picture, he got down on one knee, pulled out a beautiful ring and asked me to marry him. I said yes! We called and texted family and friends while eating dinner and toasting champagne during sunset. After the concert, we met up with friends at a bar next to Lincoln Center to celebrate!
What inspired the vision for your wedding? The theme I always envisioned for our wedding was simple elegance. We wanted the look and feel of the wedding to be timeless and beautiful, with a fun pop of color to fit the end of summer season. The groom and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos, and the bridal party wore beautiful coral gowns. The pink, peach and coral flowers in the bouquets and centerpieces really complemented the gowns, and each groomsman had a coral rose (and socks!) to add a subtle touch of color to match the theme.
Tell us about finding your venue. When we visited the Greentree Country Club, which features a large grand ballroom with white marble floors, black accents, mirrored columns, beautiful chandeliers and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water, we knew we had found our wedding venue. It was the perfect mix of elegance and simplicity to fit our theme. During our first visit, the late owner of the venue captivated us with his amazing stories of generations of weddings at the Greentree, and so we knew it was not only a gorgeous venue, but that the staff at the Greentree truly cared about their clients’ weddings, and from that moment, we knew that it’d be a perfect spot for our wedding.
What was your biggest planning challenge? There are so many decisions to make when planning a wedding! Your mind goes in so many directions about which vendors to choose, what dress to by, how to wear your hair, etc. With so many resources for brides these days (i.e. Pinterest), it can get overwhelming! It’s also challenging to stay within your original wedding budget with the endless possibilities of wedding planning!
What was your favorite design element of your wedding? The flowers were definitely my favorite design element of the wedding. We had an incredible floral designer, Jerry Della Mura of Mr. Bokay Florist and Greenhouse. When I first saw my bouquet the morning of the wedding, I was overjoyed! It included light pink, peach, coral and ivory roses with ivory hydrangea and a satin ivory ribbon. It was the most gorgeous bouquet I’ve ever seen! The bridesmaids’ bouquets were amazing as well, complimenting my flowers and their beautiful coral gowns. The centerpieces on the table at the Greentree were stunning – the room was black and white and the table linens were a beautiful ivory, and the centerpieces added gorgeous pops of color to the room. There were also single rose buds placed on the bar and cocktail tables. The room looked so beautiful!
Did you have any DIY details? I did have several DIY details! We put together our favors, which were an almost exact duplicate of my parent’s wedding favors – small bottles of wine with a small bag of Jordan almonds, a small silk flower and tied with a ribbon with our names and wedding date. Since we had 240 guests, my wonderful bridal party and fiancé helped me put together the favors and welcome bags for the hotel room! My best friend, Lauren, helped me design my bridal shower invitation and ceremony programs. My friend and bridesmaid Monica created my monogram crystal cake topper. My other friend and bridesmaid Marissa helped me create and decorate our wedding envelope box. I created some cute wedding signs for our sweetheart table, entry table, bar and bathrooms. I also made “Will you be my MOH/bridesmaid?” gift boxes for the girls and decorated champagne glasses to toast while getting ready. It was definitely fun to add some personal touches to the wedding!
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?
Jillian: The most incredible moment of the wedding day was the moment the church doors opened. As I walked down the aisle with my dad, I saw my future husband gleaming at the altar. I saw all of my family and friends who traveled from near and far to celebrate our big day. I was always convinced that I was going to cry a lot at that moment, but I was just so happy! Looking around at all of our guests – some smiling, some crying – and seeing Artem’s big smile waiting for me, I felt a sense of peace and pure bliss that our big day had finally arrived! The ceremony and church music was absolutely beautiful, and the reception was a blast, but that first moment was truly magical!
Artem: Besides seeing Jillian in her dress for the first time as she walked down the aisle with her father, the most memorable moment of the wedding day was after our ceremony when we went out to a park to do our photo shoot. However, on the way to the park it was pouring rain, and we got flood warnings on our cell phones. Then, just when it looked like it could not get any worse, and that we would have to forgo the entire photo shoot, the sky cleared up, the sun came out and we got some beautiful pictures before returning to the reception and partying with all of our family and friends.
Describe your cake: Our cake was a four-tiered round cake decorated with the same beautiful colored roses that adorned our centerpieces and bouquets. At the top of the cake was a sparkling letter ‘D’ for our last name. Although the cake was supposed to be all white, the flowers and cake topper made it beautiful and unique. The flavor of the cake was mocha cappuccino with fresh raspberries, topped with white chocolate buttercream icing, and it was very delicious!
How was your experience with your photographer? Where do we even start?! From our engagement shoot to our wedding and day after shoot, Sara and Jason have been absolutely incredible!!! They are wonderful people who have a genuine passion for what they do. We feel so lucky to have found Sara and Jason through our good friends Monica and Dave who had their engagement shoot at Disney World. When Sara and Jason were in NYC for Monica and Dave’s wedding in June 2012, we had such a blast exploring Central Park, Times Square and other parts of Manhattan for our engagement shoot. The photos turned out so amazing, and we knew that we had to have Concept Photography as our wedding photographer. Sara and Jason are so talented and easy to work with. Our wedding day was better because of Sara and Jason, and it felt like they were part of our group of friends who simply belonged at the wedding and who graced us with some fantastic photographs. We are so captivated by their work, and hope to work with them again in the future (and will make sure all our non-married friends book Concept Photography for their weddings, too)!
What’s next for you and your husband as a couple? We are going to enjoy living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and continue having the time of our lives, but now as a married couple! We hope to travel to Europe next year, visit family, explore new places, and would love to start a family one day in the future.
Can you please list your vendors?
Venue: Greentree Country Club
Videographer: Small Moments Studios
Flowers: Mr. Bokay Florist and Greenhouse
Invitations: Always Impressive
DJ and Lighting: Andrew Klein-DJ Clockwork, Gotham Events
Makeup: Meredith Hayman
Hair: Christina D Hair Salon
Dress: Sottero and Midgley from RK Bridal
Jewelry: Tejani

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Is there anything more beautiful than the light just after the sun rises? Yes – Karrie + Tim’s smiles when they talk about their daughter being born in just a few days! We loved getting to know these two, and have no doubt that their baby girl will be as sweet and lovely as her parents. Congratulations!!

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Interview withe the adorable Sarah + Austin:
HOW DID YOU MEET? We met our sophomore year of high school. Our best man, Rick introduced us. We were friends until our senior year when we started dating. Nine years later, we got hitched!
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU THE MOST TO YOUR HUSBAND/WIFE?
Sarah: Austin is the kindest, funniest, most optimistic, and calming person I’ve ever met. As cheesy as it sounds, his spirit is so genuine, it’s impossible not to be attracted to it.
Austin: Sarah makes me laugh more than anyone else I’ve ever come across. Every moment I spend with her is just pure happiness. Her sense of humor and enjoyment for life is what made me first notice her.
HOW DID HE PROPOSE? We went on a cruise with my family last summer. On the last night of our trip, he finally got the chance to get my father alone and ask for his blessing. He came back to the room and dropped down on one knee right then. We were alone which made me way more comfortable but we also got to go right next door and celebrate with my family. It was perfect.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR VISION FOR YOUR WEDDING? Honestly, we just wanted everything to be laid back and fun. I didn’t want the princess fairy tale or a day of focus all about the bride. We wanted to celebrate finally getting married with the people we loved and for them to have a great time. I’m also super receptive to lighting and color so it was very important to me that my colors were calming blues and that the lighting was romantic and subtle. I love a lot of draping and flowing fabrics, so that’s where some of the design elements came in.
TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR VENUE: When we first heard about the Farmer’s Market, we were immediately skeptical. Both of us envisioned a flea market warehouse type location. However, we figured we’d give it a shot and go look at it. When we stepped inside, people were setting up for a wedding that evening. It was perfect. The market lighting, the dark floors, the walls with brick, etc. We loved every part of it. Plus, it was so relaxed and private. We loved that it wasn’t in a banquet hall or a huge hotel. It was low key and just had the perfect feel for our “boho chic” style that we were going for.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST PLANNING CHALLENGE? The biggest challenge in planning was all the decisions!! I’d never considered what plating style or napkin color or wedding favors I would want. I know a lot of people ponder on these things from the time they’re a little girl, but I never did. I never cared about any of it until the time came and then it was so overwhelming. Also, the fact that we are both huge procrastinators doesn’t help.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT OF YOUR WEDDING? My favorite design element was probably the different shades of blues that we incorporated into everything. I loved my bridesmaids dress colors and that we used one color with multiple shades. The cake, the flowers, everything was designed around that focus and I thought everything turned out great. I thought the colors went so well together. Also, I loved my blue bom orchids. I’d never heard of that flower before I met with my amazing florist and I immediately just fell in love with them.
DID YOU HAVE ANY DIY DETAILS? Our Mr. & Mrs. sign was probably my favorite DIY part. Austin worked on that for months, trying to hard to make it perfect. It turned out so cool. I had picked quotes from some of our favorite movies: Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, Sense and Sensibility and my sister printed them in on beautiful signs around the room. My mom painted frames, the birds, and our letters that hung behind us. The art teacher at her school made our table numbers as a gift to us. I also loved that our pictures on our tables were designed to correspond to each year we’d known each other. Our unity braid board was something that Austin created the night before the rehearsal dinner and although it felt rushed, it turned out pretty great too.
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF YOUR WEDDING DAY? Our first look. Definitely the best choice for us. Since then, we’ve both talked about being so stressed and uncomfortable the whole morning and afternoon before that moment. Once we were together though, it was as if the pressures and nervous energy immediately faded away. We were just going to get married. No big deal. After that, the day was an absolute blast.
DESCRIBE YOUR CAKE: Our cake was really due in large part to our wonderful designer, Mercedes from the Cake Studio. She was so sweet in working with us at the tasting and helping us design something that really flowed with our day. I had already decided on the ombre effect with my bridesmaid dresses and showed her a couple of ombre style cakes that I had considered. She completely ran with it! She suggested bringing our flowers into it and even lent us the cake stand free of charge, just to help us out. The flavoring was Amaretto Indulgence with alternating strawberry and raspberry filing. Our frosting was buttercream.
HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER? Honestly, where do I begin? You guys were one of our favorite parts. You gave us the right amount of direction so we knew what to do but without being pushy or annoyed with people that seriously have no idea what they’re doing. Our guests all absolutely adored you and were just floored by how wonderful you were.
I had fallen in love with the work years prior and everyone I knew thought I was a crazy person for being so dead set on a photographer. There was nobody else that I would even consider. After seeing our engagement photos and even just the few pictures that you put up at the wedding, I cannot tell you how many people have said that I was completely right. You have an amazing eye for capturing authentic moments in life. Looking at your pictures is like actually reliving an experience and that isn’t something that just anyone can do. During both of our shoots, we felt so comfortable and at ease with you guys. I relate so much to people’s energy and you both have such an amazingly calm, confident one. We really can’t say enough amazing things about you and we just really hope that you don’t mind hanging out with us too much because we truly can’t imagine anyone else capturing anniversary, baby and family pictures. So definitely expect to hear from us.;)
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND AS A COUPLE? It seems that our five year plan is forever and continuously evolving. For now, we are looking to buy a house somewhere in the area and get a ton of traveling in. Kids are a while off and we want to enjoy every minute of our alone time together before that happens. Austin starts nursing school in the spring and I have my Ph.D program all picked out and ready to go so we figure all that, working at the hospital, teaching first grade and two dogs are enough to keep us busy for a while.
CAN YOU PLEASE LIST YOUR VENDORS:
Caterer, Linens and Bar: Cocktails Catering
Cake: The Cake Studio
DJ and Lighting: Power Entertainment
Florist: Atmospheres Floral
Planner: Michele Butler Events
Venue: Winter Park Farmer’s Market

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We do not often get to combine and engagement shoot and a family shoot – such fun! Jenn + Scott and so adorably into one another, and we are so looking forward to spending more time with them when they tie the knot at Bella Collina next month.

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My wonderful friend Amalie Orrange and I just returned from Paris yesterday. To say our trip was magical is an understatement. For those of you who knew we were going, and expected periodic cell phone pics and Facebook posts, I hope this collection of favorite memories makes up for for my lacking. If you are curious where an image was taken (or the story behind it), let me know. I don’t think I will ever tire reliving each moment. #Pariscapades

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