Carolyn - Portrait Session - Old City Philadelphia

Hello! I am very excited to share these images from Carolyn's portrait session with you. As with all of the sessions that I have done this year, I've been trying to take meaningful images that capture each person's personality. I've known Carolyn for a couple of years, but even if I hadn't I would've asked her several questions and gotten to know how great she is. She works really hard at everything she does. She is also very caring, happy, and fun to be around. She's the type of person who even when she is tired and has been working or studying all week, she still smiles all day and remembers to ask how your kids are doing. Knowing all of that, I tried to capture images that would remind her and others of who she is.

We got to the Race Street Pier at 5:45 in the morning in hopes of getting an awesome sunrise over the Deleware River, but due to the pending storm the clouds covered it up. We still had an awesome time, and it didn't rain like it was supposed to! I wanted to try out a new lens that I had gotten on ebay, so we did that first. It's an old 180mm Nikon lens from the late 70's. It's a manual focus and I really liked how dreamy the image quality is.

The first five minutes of a session, people are always stiff and awkward. It's a weird feeling getting photographed at first. You can't see what you look like and you're not sure if your arms, chin, hair, nose, eyes, legs, ankles, feet, or smile look good. All you know is that of the 600 selfies on your phone you only like how you look in two of them. At first it's hard to trust that what the photographer is capturing is going to make you look flattering, but that's what I do! I got Carolyn loosened up by trying some different poses: hands on hips, one hand on hip, turn away from me a little, not that much, pull your hair to the other side...stuff like that. Once I got the lighting right and got some good poses, then we started rolling. I got her laughing by telling her to imagine one of our male friends in a bikini. It worked well and she laughed and smiled. We took some great stuff under the bridge despite the yoga class attendees occasionally jumping in the shots. Then we walked around Philly. We changed outfits and took some shots in an alley. We also got some magazine lifestyle shots. I was going for a shot of her looking like she was off to a meeting at work. I really liked how they all turned out.  

I hope you can get a glimpse of who Carolyn is through these portraits. If you would like to to do something like this, let me know. I would thouroghly enjoy working with you to create some good memories.

Jamie and Jimmy's Wedding, Smithville Inn, NJ

Jamie and Jimmy had an awesome wedding at the Smithvile Inn. Everything was perfect, except for maybe the freezing wind, but we made it work. I first met Jimmy when the Italiano family had me come out to take family pictures a couple of years ago. I got to know him and Jamie a little better at their engagement session. We had a blast! We were up at dawn for the sunrise at Batsto Village. Jimmy is really into music, so he brought his guitar for some of the shots. They are seriously in love with each other and you could easily tell that just by watching them together.

On their wedding day, there was a cute little two story suite in the middle of the village shops where everyone was getting ready. There's nothing better than mimosas and bagels while getting your makeup and hair done! We did the "first look" on the big bridge near the carousel. I know Jamie was freezing, but she was a trooper and stuck it out. We took some portraits and videos around the village and then got the bridal party out for some group shots. That's right about when the tempurature dropped another 20 degrees, so we retreated inside. Before getting ready for the ceremony, we took some family pictures. I loved the sibling shots! They seriously cracked me up. When she walked down the aisle, Jamie was absolutely stunning and radiant. I always get emotional when the fathers hand over their daughters to the groom. It's definitely a big moment. 

Everything from the first dance, to the cake cutting was perfect for the bride and groom and I couldn't be happier for them! Jamie and Jimmy, may God bless you and guide you throughout your life.

I'd like to thank my second shooter, Kate Mcarthy, for shooting with me all day. She's amazing and her images really helped tell their story. 

Also, a huge thank you to Mike Hook with Lux Events. The film he made for them was beautiful! Check it out here. LUX

 

 

Lesley and Pete's Wedding - Rehoboth, Delaware

It's always the last minute weddings that I have the most fun with. Lesley and Pete wanted to get married near their family before moving out west and they invited me to be part of their big day! Lesley and Pete's wedding was intimate, romantic, and unique. I hope you love the images and the story that they tell.

Lesley and Pete, may you have many long years of happiness. Congrats!

 

 

Gwen + Dustin

Hey hey!

I've been wanting to do a shoot in the water for quite sometime, and today is the day! I planned the shoot with Gwen and Dustin a long time ago, but we kept postponing it. We finally got everything in order and did the shoot. These two are some of my favorite people in the world. I got to shoot their engagement, wedding, family photos, and now these just for fun shots. The abandoned building was in Egg Harbor City. The river is close to my home near Weymouth, NJ. I hope you enjoy these portraits as much as I do!

Naomi + Mark - Maternity Portraits - Parvin State Park NJ

Hello all!

There are a lot of different types of photography out there, and when I first started out I tried them all. That helped me to find out what I loved and what I didn't. For instance, I found that I don't care for landscape, product, commercial, architectural and stock images. They just don't do it for me. On the other hand, I love weddings, portraits, and maternity sessions. If you didn't catch that, my passion is people! People are what make a photograph meaningful to me. They are what make me emotional when I look at them and this session was amazing for me because of the people in it. 

Naomi is one of my dearest friends. I am also the godfather of the baby she is carrying, so this shoot was very special for me. I invited my friend Andy Lydick to come shoot with me for some extra collaboration and his shots were incredible! I hope you love the images. If you would like to remember the best parts of your pregnancy, please contact me and we'll chat. 

The dress was custom made by www.facebook.com/sewtrendyaccessories. Thank you for your awesome sewing skills!