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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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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Favorites of 2017

I can't believe we're already at the end of the year.

One of my favorite things to do is to always do a quick blog spot of MY favorite photos from this year and there is so many to choose from! While going through these photos it allowed me to take a walk down memory lane with those moments that have been captured with all of my clients. The moment right before Roman was about to propose, or the moment where Robert decided to be a ham and be the center of his attention during his new baby sister's shoot (blog post to come soon!). There are so many photos that immediately take me back into the moment that I clicked the shutter to take the shot. It brings back the joy, the nerves, the emotions (I cannot tell you HOW many times I teared up behind the camera this year!), and so many more FEELINGS. 

I've pushed myself a lot this year in many different ways; creatively, professionally, personally, and physically. I've attended more photography workshops and retreats this year, shot more weddings, done more shoots that pushed me to evoke more emotion in my images. I've learned from some of the best family and wedding photographers in the business this year and am so grateful to them to share with me their knowledge. 

Looking forward to putting everything I learned into practice in 2-0-1-8! 

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And through all of this...I've been lucky enough to be a mom to two amazing little boys who keep me busy.  Watching them begin to interact with each other as BROTHERS has  truly melted my heart...while also giving me heart attacks.  Thank you E & O for allowing me to be your mama. 

They allow me to lay down at night time and count my freaking lucky stars. 

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The Love Union

Back at the end of  February, I attended a truly inspiring event for creatives in Brooklyn hosted at 501 Union.  The event was called the Love Union; a networking/retreat/community collaboration for creatives. There are speakers, break out sessions, free classes, and an opportunity to network with other creatives as you station up and work for the day. I've been to it in the past, but this year I was able to capture a few photos of the event itself. I love this event for so many reasons, but a few of the many reasons  is that I am humbled by the ladies that throw this amazing event and I truly get energized and inspired by the people I meet and the spirit of it all.

I can't wait until the next one, November 13th-16th!! Come join us!

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I was also lucky enough to get some great new updated headshots from Amber Gress Photography. THANK YOU!

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Proposal: Roman & Madison

Roman reached out to me about a week before. He had been dating Madison since they were kids in middle school and they are finally "of appropriate age" to get engaged. They were visiting from Canada in celebration of Madison's birthday and happened to be in town  for July 4th weekend. 

Roman truly ADORES Madison and I could tell the moment I heard his voice on the other end of the line during our initial call. It was in the way he spoke of her, his tone, and his care in planning this shoot that I knew I was going to be capturing a truly EPIC moment as he got down on one knee to propose.

In order to ensure that Madison wasn't too suspicious but also making sure that Roman and I had connected in person, the plan went down like this. I gave Roman an exact spot in Central Park to meet at. He mentioned to Madison that he wanted to go to Central Park early that morning because he had something for them to do. When I saw them enter the park, I went up to them and asked if I could take their photos as "I was a new photographer looking to get some experience." Madison wasn't quite having it and I don't blame her! But luckily, Roman stepped in and said, sure why not and I walked them to the perfect spot on the east side of Central Park with the view of Essex House and the city in the background. After a few awakward photo captures, and Madison thinking why the he** was she standing in front of a stranger and letting this little girl take her photo, Roman jumped into action and got down on one knee. The PERFECT proposal! I have no idea what he said, but I'm sure a "will you marry me" was in it. I just captured the emotions around it and I loved every bit of that. They then humored me for a walk around the park as a proposal turned into an engagement shoot. 

Congrats again Madison & Roman!!! To many years of wedded bliss! Congrats to being "of appropriate age" to be engaged :) 

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The U Family

I've known Alana, Nick and Beckett now for a few years as our boys attend the same daycare. They treat each other like brothers from another mother and that includes all things from sharing super hero costumes, germs and the occasional snagging of each others toys. In fact, we've even done a round of potty training together. Their family is truly an extension of ours and while the girls are in fact out numbered, the boys treat their Mommas like queens and it makes it all worth it. 

When Nick's family was in town, I was able to capture the extended family in March. (I know, I know. I'm SOOO behind on my blogging!) Nick's parents flew in from Florida to celebrate their 60th birthdays and their 40th wedding anniversary with their kids and grand kids. The families wanted a family shoot to celebrate the patriarch and matriarch of the U family. I'm so glad the weather held out for us that day especially since it was 'technically' still winter.

We gathered together in Fort Tryon Park  which is at the very tippy tippy top of Manhattan. This park is also the home to The Cloisters . We had some fun with all the grand kids and even the adults humored me by laughing at some of my jokes. (Thanks guys!) We got some great shots before everyone bundled up and went inside for some hot cocoa. 

Happy 60th birthdays and 40th wedding anniversary! What a milestone!

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Ollie & Co.

This is an oldie but definitely a goodie. I had done a sneak peak of this in the Fall but really wanted to showcase so much more from Mike and Lindsey's fun session from way back in October and the leaves were at their PEAK at Mt. Hope Reservoir. Ollie tagged along for a few shots and then went off with my husband and our dog for a nice walk around the park while I captured some magic with Mike and Lindsey. It's always great being able to turn my shoots into a family affair. Especially this one since Mike is my brother in law!

I've literally known him since he started his freshman year in high school. I've seen him grow into the high school teacher he is now. He stood for us in our wedding and we even took him on his very first international trip to India to volunteer in the Himalayan Mountains. But that story is for another blog post. Hopefully, we haven't scarred him for life traveling to exotic third world countries!

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