Category Archives: engagement sessions

megan and mark met up in my ‘hood to take some pics for their fall engagement session on a warm afternoon…

when megan first reached out to me about her bear brook valley wedding next year, we immediately hit it off! she did warn me that her fiancé was not much into pictures and that i’d have a challenge on my hands. challenge accepted! new jersey fall engagement session

mark looks pretty happy to me, hah… new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session

fall is my favorite time of year to shoot in my backyard… new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session

despite marks lack of love for being in photos, he was very cooperative :o) i like this GQ moment he gave the camera… new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session new jersey fall engagement session

even though mark explained that he really didn’t like to be in pictures, i love that he did this shoot for megan… to make her happy! i hope i made it as painless as possible for him. looking forward to their wedding next summer at bear brook valley!

i met up with jen and shaun for their liberty state park engagement session on a beautiful fall afternoon. the setting was fitting since shaun totally surprised her by proposing to her on a boat by the statue of liberty. it was a beautiful afternoon for a stroll along the waterfront….

love the laughter…

i think it’s funny when people ask me if my couples are real. yes, they are real, very real. my blog is filled with real people in real time…

some crazy sunflare action at the end of our session…. liberty state park engagement session

a great session with jen and shaun on a beautiful day. looking forward to their winter wedding at nanina’s in the park in a couple of months!

i love when a couple writes me and tells me my photography is ‘exactly’ what they have been looking for and then i meet them and they are ‘exactly’ the kind of couple i am looking for! meet christine and jason who have to wait a little more than a year for their fall wedding at the rock island lake club, but got some practice in front of the camera during their asbury park engagement session one pleasant summer evening….

a few minutes in america’s cup coffee & tea company to incorporate save the date coffee mugs… asbury park engagement session asbury park engagement session

it’s been done, the whole seeing the other person in the reflection of glasses, but i like this because i didn’t set it up and it wasn’t what i was going for… asbury park engagement session

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a little jaunt on the boardwalk… asbury park boardwalk new jersey engagement session

onto the beach… asbury park beach new jersey engagement session

only the earth can make up a color palette like this… asbury park beach new jersey engagement session asbury park beach new jersey engagement session asbury park beach new jersey sunset engagement session asbury park beach new jersey engagement session

what i love about this shot is that it truly is unposed. when you realize that, it makes it all the more magical. asbury park beach new jersey engagement session asbury park beach new jersey wedding photography asbury park beach new jersey wedding photography asbury park beach new jersey wedding photography asbury park beach new jersey wedding photography asbury park beach new jersey wedding photography

great evening, great shoot, great sunset with christine and jason. looking forward to their wedding next fall!

at first contact with shannon, i knew we were a good fit for one another for many reasons. one of them being that she is an absolute animal lover! when i had a chance to sit down and chat with her, i learned that her and her fiancé have quite a history in the sports industry. they both currently work in the golf industry, he was a minor league baseball player now turned pro golfer, she was an nfl cheerleader and dance teacher and both of their dads are golf pros. i figured they must have met at some golf tournament, but that’s not how it all went down. in fact, shannon’s family was saying there were enough golfers in their family… so a golfer is not what she was looking for, but she found one anyway! i guess some things are meant to be…

on our third attempt to schedule an engagement session, the weather finally held up!

shannon has a great smile!

brandon’s list of favorite things to do does not include being photographed. i fully understand and respect this, so i tried to make it as painless as possible for him. he was a really great sport about it all.

love this…

making use of the one blossom tree that wasn’t quite full yet…

don’t let brandon fool you with his dislike of being photographed… he has swag.

love!

i love all the laughter and big smiles, but i also enjoy the more quiet, intimate moments…

rescheduling their shoot a few times paid off… we had wind, we had sun, we had clouds, we had some blossoms to make for a great shoot. looking forward to shooting shannon and brandon’s ryland inn wedding in january of 2017!

when rosemary first reached out to me and mentioned that her friends think she is crazy for planning her crystal springs resort wedding in 7 months, i knew she was my kinda bride. while i have plenty of brides that plan for over a year and i admire their ability to do this, i can certainly appreciate a couple willing to debunk the wedding industry’s ideas that wedding planning needs to take a long time. plus, i planned my wedding with only 6 months of time as well and used the same group of resorts, they thought my baby was cute and rosemary and i both have ipads that are acting up, clearly, we are meant to be, hah.

rosemary and ed decided to head out to my ‘hood to do their engagement session. we spent some of the last hours of 2015 enjoying the beautiful nature of my area….

the sun peeked out for just a few minutes….

most people choose not to shoot in the winter, but the winter landscape can make for a really pretty backdrop….

i don’t claim to know anything about plants. despite a slightly freakish photographic memory, my brain just doesn’t have a memory for the names of plants. i call everything in the winter that is this color ‘winter wheat’ which is completely wrong, but i love me some winter wheat….

love this…

while nice for shooting, it is slightly freaky that on new year’s eve the grass was still green and later that evening i found a tick on me! 

i appreciated all the hiking around rosemary was willing to do in heels…

a little moodiness for the final hours of 2015…

while in my days of yore, i would have been on my way to a crowded bar or partying with a bunch of entirely too intoxicated australians in sydney harbor, i welcomed some fresh air and conversation with rosemary and ed followed by a quiet evening with my family, including a baby that stayed up until the new year (future party animal). times have changed, but life is sweet.