Heidi + Ryan | Engagement Session

I met Heidi and Ryan in their neighborhood for their engagement shoot. They live in the vibrant Ironbound District in Newark, and at first we were going to head straight over to Branch Brook Park for some photos in trees and nature, but I really wanted to incorporate a few of the amazing buildings and backgrounds I saw near their apartment. This neighborhood has tons of character, from the Portuguese influence in the restaurants and architecture, to the Spanish-style churches, to its streets of family homes decorated with lots of color. There is alway something going on in Ironbound, and it’s just steps away from Newark Penn Station and downtown Newark proper. It’s really a happening place, and folks were out shopping, eating, and socializing up and down Ferry Street (the main business district) when I was there to photograph Heidi and Ryan. Oh, and I should mention they were so much fun to photograph!

Ryan told me that this alleyway was usually hidden behind a gate, but the day we were there it was open, and I’m so glad it was. I love the old brick texture and the flood of light all around.

I also couldn’t pass up a quick shot in their doorway to capture the fabulous mustard-colored paint!

I loved the tile work and the combination of yellow, white and green of this typical Ironbound home! There were great textures everywhere for their engagement pictures!

So, after a quick walk around their neighborhood, we headed over to Newark’s largest park, Branch Brook Park, which actually spans about four miles. We only saw a tiny glimpse of all the park had to offer! You see, we weren’t about to walk more than we had to since it was 94 degrees outside! I love their smiles and how it’s so easy for them to have a great time with each other.

After I thought I had shot the final photos of the day, an ice-cream truck started singing nearby. We had to stop for a treat, and I had to shoot a few more frames which ended up being really cute. :)


Heidi and Ryan, thank you so much for sharing an afternoon with me. I had a blast! I can tell your wedding is going to be a fun, laid-back, joyful day and I can’t wait to photograph it!

-S

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