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Sarah & Drew - A Central Park Engagement Session

This is one of those blog posts where I just want to start typing a bunch of exclamation points; I’m so excited to share these images. Really!!!!!!! I love this couple! (There, I got it out of my system.) ;)

Sarah and Drew are such a fun-loving couple and their attitude is contagious. I found myself laughing right along with them, and in all of our rambling around Central Park, I think I became just as excited about their wedding as they are. I don’t know what else to say except that I wouldn’t mind speeding right through winter to get to this wedding. But, for now, let’s get to the engagement photos!

I love that there were so many leaves out on the Great Lawn and the light was just right:

Drew is so good at making Sarah laugh!

We headed over to Bethesda Terrace to get a few images by the Angel of Waters Fountain. This place is always packed, and it was especially so on this amazing day, but I love that we managed to minimize the extra people in this shot.

They’re relaxed, happy, and in love. Makes for good engagement photos!

I was so thrilled when I looked through these branches of colorful leaves to find perfect placement for each of their faces. :)

This willow tree is one of my absolute favorite spots in Central Park. I loved it in the spring when I shot Neha & Joe’s engagement session, and here it is again with the leaves about ready to fall:

This couple is good at every look: romantic, joyful, serious. Here they are being fabulously fierce:

And incredibly cute:

There is such an awesome mix of natural daylight and fluorescent lights in this space:

So happy:

The colors on this afternoon were perfect. The last bit of autumn, and I think the best way to spend a day like this is by making photographs!

Finally, this is one of my absolute favorites. I just love everything about it:

Wow, Sarah and Drew, you guys are so much fun! I can’t wait for your wedding next year!

-S

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Jillian + Kyle - A Central Park Engagement Session

What can you do on a chilly, windy Sunday afternoon in New York City? Why not an engagement session? :) This fabulous couple and I had been planning on this particular afternoon for the past two months, since Kyle would be driving in from Pennsylvania. They had everything planned: Jillian’s super-cute red sweater, their perfectly faded jeans, and the evening after the session to be spent with family in NJ. I anticipated perfect fall colors and a mild day in Central Park, but didn’t quite get what I had planned! I’m always up for a challenge, and I had my good photo friend Nicole along for the ride, so we knew for sure that this photo session (however chilly) would be fantastic.

We split our time between the warmth of a hotel lobby and the cool air of Central Park, and I’m willing to say this engagement session has become one of my favorites. Jillian and Kyle, you were so awesome to tough out the cold; thanks for trusting me that we’d get great photos!

As always, here are a few of my favorites:

Aren’t they so cute together?

Here’s the hotel lobby where we spent quite a bit of time staying warm, and a great art deco doorway:

We did manage to find some trees hinting at autumn and I like the fun color in the fallen leaves:

I loved Jillian’s shoes:

It was great that they could just cuddle to stay warm and forget about being photographed:

Jillian has such a great smile!

We also stayed warm down in the subway for a little bit. Totally worth it, if you ask me!

I always like to try to snap a photo of couples holding hands. This one is really sweet:

And I never tire of finding reflections in an image. I love this one:

Jillian and Kyle, I’m so excited to photograph your wedding next year! Thanks for making this engagement session so beautiful!

-S

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Lily - New Jersey Newborn Portraits

This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing Andrea and Mark’s newborn sweetheart, Lily. (Remember their Pier Sixty New York wedding from last year?) Oh. My. Goodness. Lily is a beautiful baby and so alert and inquisitive for being just under two weeks old! At first I wasn’t sure if I’d get to see her in her wide-eyed stage as Mark and Andrea had told me I would, but after a few little naps she really did show us those gorgeous eyes!

She started out very sleepy:

So sleepy, in fact, that no matter what position we put her in, she still didn’t wake up. :)

But eventually, her eyes opened a bit:

And then she went back to sleep again. This time, doesn’t she look so happy in mom and dad’s hands?

Hello! I love this one. She’s looking at daddy here:

The pursed lips are too cute:

Aaaand, back to sleep:

Here’s a shot from her fabulous nursery. This wall art was skillfully painted by her grandpa!

And here she is looking pretty grown up for a two-week-old! She was really having a conversation with me. :)

And a cute look over mom’s shoulder:

Tummy play time was pretty fun!

I’m so glad I had a chance to photograph Lily. Thanks, Andrea and Mark!

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Mary Beth + Jim - Long Island Wedding Photography

I am so pleased with all of the incredible images from Mary Beth and Jim’s wedding day. Their ceremony was in a beautiful church in Babylon, New York, and their reception took place in their backyard. The details were amazing and the bride and groom were glowing.

As always, just a few from their day. :)

We had a full hour to simply stroll the beach and make these images. If you’re planning your wedding right now, consider blocking off a section of your day for photography that can be relaxed and not stressful so that you can make time for photos like these.

This is the Fire Island Lighthouse in Robert Moses State Park. Isn’t it amazing?! Mary Beth has a history with this lighthouse as she was a park ranger here for a few years. I love that it was special to them, and that they wanted to make time to capture it in their photos.

I mentioned the details. There were beautiful flowers, seashells, and of course flip-flops! All the various sizes were grouped together for guests to choose their size.

A first dance moment:

As the night went on, I wanted to capture the ambiance of the space. It was amazing!

Finally, I’ll leave you with something adorable. This flower girl totally stole the spotlight on the dance floor during dinner.

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Xander at Six Months - New Jersey Child Photography

I love it when my clients come back to me again after their weddings for another type of photo session. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of photographing the nephew of one of last year’s wedding couples, Andrea and Mark. (Remember their Pier Sixty, New York wedding?) Xander was just a perfect little guy during his entire session! He got a little sleepy near the end (play-time is tiring stuff!) but he wasn’t a crier at all … just a smiler. I like smilers. :)

Here are a few of my faves from his session.

My favorite part about baby portrait sessions is the time I get to lay on the floor and just talk baby-talk. He might have just been goo-goo-ga-ga-ing, but he was talking to me in this one! And he looks so inquisitive.

Giggles. Yep, he’s quite the model!

Of course he’s teething, so I thought a little thumb-in-mouth image was OK. We did our best to keep him from chewing on his little fingers though! :)

He was full of cute expressions. Even just a simple study of his hand and a glance up at mom were enough to make my heart melt.

And, yes, it was a fun little break from wedding editing. Now, back to it!

-S

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