Category Archives: engagement sessions

christina and dane are fellow animal lovers who adopted from karma cat + zen dog animal society, the non-profit that my sister and i founded over 7 years ago. they are friends with fellow karma cat adopters/volunteers, heidi and lawrence, (whose wedding i recently shot and got to see christina and dane there as well). good, animal-loving people know other good, animal-loving people! while we had an iffy forecast, christina and dane came back to my ‘hood for their buck’s county fall engagement session.. and a jaunt in my backyard with a visit from my daughter and mother, hah! we met up just shy of one year to go until their lodge at stirling ridge wedding next year… Frenchtown New Jersey fall engagement session Tinicum park upper black eddy fall engagement session michelle Arlotta photography Tinicum park upper black eddy fall engagement session michelle Arlotta photography

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i love how i have so many grooms this year who are super into showing some love for the pics… Tinicum park upper black eddy fall engagement session michelle Arlotta photography Tinicum park upper black eddy fall pa engagement session michelle Arlotta photography Tinicum park upper black eddy buck buck buck buck

i brought my axe and cut down some trees to make a better composition… buck hunterdon county fall engagement session photography michelle arlotta

a jaunt in my backyard always makes for a great backdrop… hunterdon county fall engagement session photography michelle arlotta frechtown, New Jersey hunterdon county fall engagement session photography michelle arlotta frechtown, New Jersey hunterdon county fall engagement session photography

my daughter and mom came out to say hello. arlo wanted to hold hands with christina and dane. she showed up again a week later when i was doing another engagement session. total lovebug!

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with just a quick little rainshower, the rain held out and the clouds made for a beautiful backdrop with gorgeous light…

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a wonderful fall afternoon with christina and dane for their buck’s county fall engagement session. so fun getting to see them twice in one weekend. looking forward to their wedding next fall at landmark venue’s newly renovated lodge at stirling ridge in warren, nj.

sports are one of the things that deanna and nick’s relationship revolves around so we met up for a baseball field engagement session in paterson, new jersey. as i was photographing them, it hit me that they are not only my second couple to have met because she was his waitress, but they are my second couple to have met because she was his waitress and they are getting married at the rock island lake club. what are the chances??? katie and rob, who got married this past august at the rock island lake club, also met because she was rob’s waitress. it’d be crazy if it was the same restaurant, but still pretty random, huh? baseball field engagement session

deanna has an infectious laugh, love it! baseball field engagement session rock island nj wedding photography baseball field engagement session

april 27, 2018 at rock island lake club! nj baseball field engagement session nj baseball field engagement session paterson nj baseball field engagement session paterson nj baseball field engagement session paterson nj baseball field engagement session paterson nj baseball field engagement session

deanna made her own home plate save the date… paterson nj baseball field engagement session New Jersey engagement photographer New Jersey wedding photographer

we headed over to the paterson great falls to grab a few pics… rock island nj wedding photography rock island nj wedding photography rock island nj wedding photography rock island nj wedding photography

lots of love and laughter for deanna and nick’s baseball field engagement session. looking forward to their rock island lake club wedding this spring!

stephanie and steve, two busy professionals living in new york city, met up with me one afternoon for their west village nyc engagement session. our original date to meet up was an exceptionally hot and sticky day, but the cool thing (see what i did there) about engagement sessions is that we can reschedule them to suit our temperature comfort levels better. here’s to hoping we get the perfect fall weather for their new jersey wedding at the madison hotel in a couple of months. also, stephanie and i are birthday twins. of course, i’m a bit older than her, but that’s just a fun little fact. june 8th, for the win! madison hotel wedding engagement session west village engagement session nyc engagement session New York city west village engagement session

always love the cobblestone streets of new york city… New York city west village engagement session New Jersey engagement photographer

when a bus with a random raccoon labeled ‘new yorker’ passes behind your couple, you take the pic… New York city west village engagement session new york city engagement photography

a quiet street with some quaint staircases and one randoid lurking just out of the frame. i even went so far as to ask the man if these were his steps and he wanted us to move, but he said, ‘no’. ok dude, spectate, whatevs. New York city west village engagement session west village engagement session New York city engagement session

another woman stopped to tell us that the next house over was marc jacobs’ house. you never know whose steps you are sitting on in nyc… New York city west village engagement session

photobombed by a taxi cab… New York city west village engagement session New York city west village engagement session

a little stroll along the water while the sun begins to set… New York city west village engagement session New York city west village engagement session New York city west village engagement session

can’t beat that beautiful light beaming between these two… New York city west village engagement session

so happy we opted for the cooler summer day for stephanie and steve’s nyc engagement session. looking forward to their madison hotel wedding in new jersey later this year…

whenever i have a photography enthusiast reach out to me about photographing their wedding, i know my work will be analyzed to a whole other extent. needless to say, i was flattered when shana and rashade chose me to be their wedding photographer. we met up for their new brunswick engagement session near rashade’s alma mater, rutgers. rashade had some (admitted) lens envy…

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love the vibrant blues and greens… New Brunswick New Jersey engagement session

love the laughter… New Brunswick New Jersey engagement session New Brunswick New Jersey engagement session New Brunswick New Jersey engagement session New Brunswick New Jersey engagement session

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simple and classic… New Brunswick New Jersey spring engagement session New Brunswick Rutgers New Jersey engagement session New Brunswick New Jersey Rutgers engagement session New Brunswick New Jersey engagement session New Brunswick New Jersey Rutgers engagement session New Brunswick engagement session New Brunswick New Jersey engagement session New Brunswick engagement session

had to work in the ‘rutgers’ sign in at least one of them… New Brunswick New Jersey engagement session

loved the vibrant colors of spring for shana and rashade’s new brunswick engagement session. looking forward to working with shana and rashade later this fall for they nassau inn wedding in princeton…

i met up with lindsy, jon and their dog, eevee for their asbury park engagement session on a warm spring evening. ok, not really, it was really cold, but lindsy was a trooper. when lindsy reached out to me about five months before her wedding, i knew she was my kinda bride. i love when a couple is willing to plan a wedding in a short period of time. when they mentioned wanting to bring their dog to the engagement session… then i really knew they were my people.

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adorable eevee! asbury park engagement session with dog asbury park engagement session with dog asbury park engagement session with dog asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park boardwalk engagement session

asbury park is always great for some colorful murals! asbury park boardwalk engagement session

you can’t tell, but that’s bruce springsteen watching them walk by… asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park boardwalk engagement sessioneevee barking at all the seagulls… asbury park engagement session with dog

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love… asbury park boardwalk engagement session asbury park beach engagement sessionloved hanging out with lindsy, jon and their eevee. despite the cold temps, it was a success. looking forward to working with lindsy and jon in a couple months at bear brook valley