Jersey City Family Session | The K Family

I was lucky enough to capture this BEAUTIFUL family shortly after Ethan turned one. I’ve known Carly for so many years I’ve lost count. To watch this family grow pre-engagement, to marriage and now THIS little guy has been so rewarding! We wanted to capture their family session in their neighborhood in Jersey City and NYC was the perfect drop to where their family began. Ethan is the perfect blend of Carly and Mike and THE CUTEST!

I can’t wait to watch this family grow!!

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Myrtle Beach Family Session | Baby Ruby

This past summer flew by! My sister got married in Myrtle Beach (more pics to come from that soon!) but I was also lucky enough to update some family photos as well for this gorgeous family!

Ruby officially turned ONE last month. While her parents met in NYC in grad school at Parsons, they actually set up shop in Miami as her parents are both professors at the University of Miami. Ruby is totally laid back, easily entertained and laughs at all of my jokes and funny noises which makes her my favorite :) Check out these adorable photos of Baby Ruby!

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Engagement with Mike & Lindsey

I'm such a sucker for an awesome engagement session and this one did NOT disappoint. 

You would hope when planning anything that weather is pretty close to perfection. You would also think that the end of April would not bring below 50 degree temps on any given day. Welp, when the day came for Mike and Lindsey's day for their engagement session, it was FREEZING!!! And while they did a great job masking how cold they really were during this session, I was on the other end of the camera with a WINTER coat on. The things we all do for LOVE. <3

We trekked through Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan. This is such a hidden gem and if you're willing to make the trek uptown on the A train, (it's about a 30 minute ride from Columbus Circle. Seriously! Not that far!) you'll be able to hit up The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. GORGEOUS!! Hit it up on a warm day, explore upper Manhattan and you'll be amazed how much land on the island is still untouched. 

But back to Mike and Lindsey...They met after college and immediately jumped into a long distance relationship. Having been in one myself before getting married, I know they're not easy, but so worth it in the long run. This past February, Mike set up a special surprise for Lindsey and when she came home, there were cupcakes that had spelled out "Will you marry me?" on them. SO FREAKING CUTE! They're date is set for next Summer 2019. I can't wait for their big day!

For now check out some of my favorites from their session.  I have WAYYY tooo many favorites from this session. It's impossible to dwindle it down to just a few photos...so this is me trying. 

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"He's the most selfless person I know." ~ Lindsey


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"She leaves me love notes in my lunch...I save them all." ~ Mike


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The R Family

I adore this family.

They're beyond amazing. I've been lucky enough to capture each milestone for the last 11 years that I've known them as their family has continued to expand. We chose to have their family session at Liberty State Park close to their home in New Jersey; a spot where their family often goes for a family run, a picnic, or to hit up the playground. And I mean. THAT VIEW! Can you believe it?! I've always said that while New Jersey is NOT Manhattan, it arguably has the BEST view of the city. Soak it all in people! and just imagine what it looks like at night!!!! 

To see their kids grow in personality has been so much fun for me to watch. Robert has so much SPUNK in him; he's a poser, a kidder, and an all around mischievous little guy that I had so much fun with. Adrienne is a bit more quiet, observant, but likes to flirt a bit. She puts up with her brother and the two of them I know will be best buds as they grow! Can't say it enough. LOVE THEM!

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West Coast Travels

Back in my younger years, and definitely before kids, I used to be able to spontaneously book a trip at the drop of a hat. I've traveled all over the world; Ghana, Vietnam, Hong Kong, India, France, Switzerland, Serbia, Croatia, England, Costa Rica, Canada, Hawaii, Austin, Chicago, England, Italy and so much more. These days, having two toddlers in tow makes it a tad trickier. Not impossible but trickier. And actually, really intimidating! So much in fact my husband and I haven't really taken a big trip since, well, when we lived in Hong Kong where we found out we were pregnant with our oldest after being there for two weeks. 

However, we were feeling the itch and decided to check out any last minute flight deals that were happening during spring break. And can you believe it...we found a STEAL of a DEAL to shoot over to San Francisco on a direct flight...with two little toddlers in tow. The trip turned out to be one of our best vacations. All our anxiety and nightmarish situations that we had imagined in our head was just a thing that stayed in our minds. I was able to witness my boys bond together as brothers more so than I ever have before. We also visited with family and friends that we had not seen in awhile. All and all it was one GREAT week and we are no longer scared to travel with our babies. In fact, we're already looking towards our next adventure. 

Here are some of my favorite snapshots from our week as we explored San Francisco, Sausalito, Stanford, Sacramento, Berekely and more. 

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The boys had been asking to hit up the beach one last time before heading home. And while it was INCREDIBLY foggy and the water was probably 40 degrees-ish, we decided to live a little on National Siblings Day at Ocean Beach. Those smiles were totally worth it! Looking forward to our next family trip!

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The best in the business...

For the last few years I've been shooting with someone I have known for over 9 years; Trent Bailey, wedding photographer extraordinaire. I met Trent when he was an intern in college and I was helping college students pursue their dream careers thorough experiential internships (#pastlife). When Trent moved from Louisiana to NYC, I followed his journey to be the big time photographer that he is now. To see him build out his career and business the way he has the last several years has been nothing but inspiring. He's the best in the biz in NYC as far as I'm concerned. Anyone I've ever met in the wedding industry that has met or worked with Trent SINGS his praises. He's not only nice but brings a southern boy charm to the way he bends over backwards to help others. Working with him and his wife Dara has been some of my best wedding days. They keep it lighthearted and we support each other in a way that only dreamers do. They are a creative POWER COUPLE to say the very least and a force to be reckoned with here in the city. It's been awesome being their third wheel the last few years :) 

Below are some few snapshots that I've taken for Trent Bailey Studio over the years. A few have graced publications such as Style Me Pretty (Back from the Dead!) and The Knot.  

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I love this story...

Back in 2010, I got married to the love of my life. After 5 and a half years of being together, we decided to dedicate ourselves to each other for the rest of our lives in the backyard of the house I grew up in. It had been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to get married at my parent's house on Lake Barcroft. Below is NOT my backyard, while I'm sure many of us which it was our own. 

Finding a photographer for our day was a top priority for me. In fact, I'm 1000% confident it was the first on my to do list to book a photographer. My husband and I were both in grad school and I was the only one also working full time (pre-photography career) and were adamant about ensuring we were taking care and footing the majority of the bill for our wedding without asking for parental reinforcements. My husband found a no name photographer at the time who's side hustle was photography as she worked full time. She was talented and in our range but didn't have that many weddings on her website; maybe just a handful, maybe less than that. But I figured, she could do our engagement shoot and dependent on how that goes, we would book her for the big day. Because let's be real here...I needed to TRUST someone to capture one of most momentous days in our lives and know that we would get the quality that we wanted.  Abby Jiu killed it and we pretty much booked her for our wedding asap...which wasn't happening until the year after. 

By the time our wedding rolled around in August 2010, she had quit her full time job and dedicated herself to capturing love stories. I was lucky enough last year to shoot with her. It's been incredible to watch her get insta-famous and get the recognition that is so well deserved of her work. Being an Abby Jiu bride, on behalf of all your brides Abby, we are so grateful you quit your day job and found a new one. 

Below are a few shots I captured while shooting for Abby Jiu Photography.

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I have to tell you about a woman named Adrienne. She had 4 boys.  And grew to watch her boys grow up but never got a chance to see all of them marry.  Her boys built families and continued to have...more boys. 

But then one of her boys and his wife were expecting again. And in their true fashion, decided not to find out the gender of their child until s/he was born. (These are my people!) However, they knew that whether the baby was a boy or a girl, they would name the baby Adrienne/Adrian in honor of this little one's grandmother that they will not meet until it was their time. To the family's emotional surprise, Baby Adrienne was the lone girl who joined her brother and her football team of boy cousins. 

Baby Adrienne, I cannot even begin to express how ADORED you are by your parents. 

(*Sniff. I'm not crying. YOU'RE crying.)

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PUBLISHED: Love, Inc.

So excited to have our shoot from this summer showcased on Love Inc. last month! 

We had gathered a group of some of my favorite friendors together for a styled shoot at 501 Union on the day the solar eclipse happened. We could FEEL the magic of that day right when we stepped on site as we were prepping. There was an energy among us that bonded us in a way that I knew THAT day was going to be a great one! And while it was HOT as all H - E - double hockey sticks outside, we were able to not have it hinder us. We even got a chance to take a break from it all and stare into cereal boxes as we got a glimpse of the eclipse. Only to then have incredibly KIND Brooklynites who were walking by, lend us their official eclipse glasses. Game Changer. And just another  reminder why I GD LOVE New York City!

This was one of my most inspiring days I can remember in awhile. Everything seemed to be aligned; the people I was with, why we were there, and that we were all tapping into our creative juices. I knew leaving that day that this was going to be a fruitful one. And so beyond humbled that we got picked up by Love Inc

Check out some of my favorite photos from the shoot below. All vendors listed at the bottom. 

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HUGE THANKS to the following vendors for making Solar Eclipse day so magical for us all!

Cake and Desserts: The Awkward Scone

Dress: Loulette Bride

Florals: Gathering Floral Design

Invitations: Suite Paperie

Planning: Skylar Arden Events

Venue: 501 Union

Make Up: Kimberly Aponte

Linens: BBJ Linens

Dessert Plates: Paperclip Pottery

Table Settings, glassware, and flatware: Ikea

Models: Marteal Boniello (Lead Designer of Loulette Bride) and her IRL husband, Zach Mayer.

 

The G Family

I loved exploring Fort Tryon Park with this family earlier this fall.  It's one of the hidden gems in Manhattan I've come to love to bring families to. It's just high up on the island enough that many people will not venture to take in what is a BEAUTIFUL park.   

Nicholas welcomed a baby sister this last May and we wanted to commemorate it with a photo shoot.  Check out our last photoshoot from a few years ago here.  Watching this family grow up has been so heartwarming for me. Nicholas is so incredibly sweet with Baby Mila and seeing him step into a role of a protective older brother (most days!) has been awesome. Mila is one lucky little lady. 

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