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Liberty state park in Jersey City overlooks the downtown Manhattan skyline. It is a gorgeous place, the Statue of Liberty stands tall to the far right , while the Empire State building looks small next to the new Freedom Tower.
Chris and Irma and I had planned a spring engagement shoot. Our winter sessions were delayed and we were hoping for daffodils and a warm breeze.
What we received from dear Mother Nature was a bitter cold and extremely windy afternoon. The wind was blowing off the Hudson River and was bone chilling. Never the less, Irma was a willing and lovely lady-freezing, hair blown and still sweet and beautiful. And Chris a handsome, light hearted model. The 911 memorial provided some relief from the wind, but we just had to have that skyine.
I love the wind blown images. they are as warm as the day was cold.
There are so many photographers you may choose from. We come from many difference walks of life from Urban hipster to a quiet country shooter. So many options, so many different prices.
I have learned as an experienced shooter that to capture the intimate moments we desperately want to document, a couple needs to feel safe in our presence.
At our first shoot, usually an engagement session, I take time to get to know my "subjects"
I know how difficult it can be to be in front of a lens, waiting for that awful click when you just. know you made a bad face. I know how self conscious it feels to stand still for what seems like a eternity. I know how bad we can feel when we see a less then flattering images of ourselves.
The one constant comment I hear always is" That was so much fun" and "I love these, how did you make us laugh so hard?" "I actually love these and I hate all pictures of myself"
I think it is the ability to listen and really be present with you. I want to hear your story, and be more then some hired hand, but a photographer that actually blends into the wedding without standing out or being in the way. After initial prep shots, everyone stops posing and let's me be as a fly on the wall-there but unnoticed, unless I am helping dry a bouquet or smooth a dress.
Here a few moments that I was lucky enough to be able to witness, without anyone feeling as though they had to hide the emotions from me or my camera.
As a photographer, one of the greatest joys is to be there when one lover proposes marriage to another. I love the intimacy, and I have mastered hiding until the moment
From a rooftop in NYC, strewn with rose petals, to a Christmas tree farm, to Poets walk with a majestic view of the Hudson, or a gorgeous estate in December with a crunching snowy carpet.I have hidden successfully capturing that one moment in your lives. Often, shortly following the couple sharing kisses and excitement, I come out of hiding and we have a quick, impromptu photo shoot. The images are always so emotional and a wonderful memory.
I am here to document this once in a lifetime moment.The beginning of two lives joining together to form a family.The beginning a an adventure like none other
Sometimes I feel so amazingly honored and inspired by a couple . Theresa and PJ's enthusiasm and trust in me and in each other made it possible for me to take risks with light, and let them enjoy each other in the process.
A sunny day, a gorgeous couple, not gonna lie. Could not get better.
Two years ago around Christmas, Joh contacted me to photograph his surprise proposal to Natalie. I was very excited and waited at a Christmas tree farm, Ninja Photographer, behind a fat xmas tree for him to say the magic words. As I watched him walking along, acting as though he was choosing a tree, he suddenly disappeared behind one, far far away from me. a moment later I heard Natalie's voice echoing across the valley..."OH MY GOD"
I raced down, waited a minute or two to be invited into this intimate moment and captured the most amazing moment between two people so very much in love.Natalie could not stop crying. so sweet and touching.I was carried away with emotion,trying to remain a objective photographer
We revisited the scene of the crime a year later for a casual engagement shoot, while the two really did shop for a tree.
I was beyond pleased when Natalie asked if I would photograph the wedding. Of course I said YES
here are a few of the many many images from the amazing, vibrant, joyous day
Today was the most perfect spring day in memory. The leaves are the yellow green just before bursting into full leaf. The grass suddenly blinding bright green and the sky, without a cloud and deepest blue.
Montgomery Place is a lovely spot even on a grey today, but today it was sublime.
Kristen and Jason met me for a maternity, baby bump, prego shoot. Call it what you will, it was wonderful photographing this really sweet couple as they await the birth of their first baby.In a couples married life this can be one, if not the one, most wonderful time in life. Heralding in all the expectation, the joy, the responsibility of a growing commitment called family.
I loved taking these photos today...it was magical, funny and touching