There appears to be a trend this past month or so where I’ve been shooting high school/college sweethearts, and I think that’s pretty awesome. When a couple has been together for that long, there’s a sense of comfort and familiarity in each other’s humor, quirks and sensibilities. Their body chemistry between each other just flows, and my work then becomes pretty ridiculously easy at that point. If this is the case for high school/college sweethearts, then what about middle school sweethearts? Was I about to photograph one of the easiest photo sessions in the universe? You betcha :). According to legend, a very brave adolescent Chris interrupted a father-daughter dance at Emma’s bat mitzvah (and lived to tell us about it), and the rest was ancient history. This Piermont engagement session tooks us from the quiet Hudson River waterfront, to the main streets of town, where they reminisced over coffee in some of the squishiest sofas I’ve ever seen :).
The best thing about rainy days in the city is that we (generally) have the park all to ourselves – with the exception of unusually large European tour groups who can’t necessarily reschedule their trips, and always seem to have their cameras ready. This was pretty much the case for Angelina & Patrick’s rainy engagement session in Central Park. Thankfully for us, there was plenty of downtime between tour groups, which gave us all the privacy we needed for this wonderfully beautiful engagement session. Luck was definitely on our side, and if you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you may have heard the rumor that it generally doesn’t rain when it’s time for me to shoot. While this is “mostly” true, I can’t contractually guarantee it :). At the end of the day, the rain did hold off during most of our shoot, and after making all our usual stops along the Bethesda Fountain, we made our way to Lincoln Center right before the torrential downpour began. It was perfect timing – what else can I say?
Every year, right before Spring officially begins for us on the East Coast, we’ll get a deluge of engagement session inquiries that coincide with the peak bloom of cherry blossoms at Branch Brook Park. Because peak bloom is highly dependent on weather conditions (and this year had already been so unpredictable, to say the least), it’s always difficult to time it properly. Luckily for us, we were still able to find ourselves several trees at various stages of bloom for Melanie & Shay’s cherry blossom engagement session in North Jersey. After an arduous wedding planning process (of which I was honored to be a part), these two lovebirds are high school sweethearts who will be tying the knot in Long Island. We absolutely can’t wait to get these two in front of our cameras again!
As a person who studied the english language in college (so that I could one day have unemployable skills beyond a mildly useful vocabulary), it’s a little secret that metaphors are sorta kinda my jam. This appreciation did not escape me during Katie & Joe’s engagement session, as I was riding on a ferry towards a Civil War-era prison on Governor’s Island. Our current circumstances did not escape Katie either, however it still remained to be seen who the ball-and-chain was in our little metaphor :). Katie’s previous life as a tour guide/Park Ranger on the island gave us unbridled access to many of the awesome features of Governor’s Island; rooftops, cellars, golf carts and not to mention, pre-season access to the island itself. Not only did we get to photograph these two high school sweethearts with one of the BEST views of the NYC skyline that I’ve ever seen, we started this engagement session adventure with one of the most amazing breakfast items of all times: donuts sprinkled with fruity pebbles. What kinda sorcery is this, and how am I only discovering this now?!
Alex & Michael came all the way up from my old stomping grounds of Northern Virginia to spend a beautiful morning with yours truly in Central Park. After their engagement session, I’m already looking forward to my return to the area, if only for the sheer reason of indulging myself in one of the tastiest burgers in the universe (according the groom). Needless to say, they totally had me “burger”. Fun fact: did you know that Central Park features no less than 5 waterfalls? And it only took me 7 years as a wedding photographer to figure this out – shame on me :). Alex & Michael would be among the first beneficiaries of this recent discovery, and we’re so happy they were willing to make the trek for their amazing NYC engagement session!