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katie & jeff - hoboken engagement

July 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Katie & Jeff for their engagement session in Hoboken. It was such a fun session and I've been meaning to share the pictures with everyone since I finished editing them! However, life gets in the way sometimes. Long story short, a lot has unfolded in the last couple weeks that ate up all my time (thanks air conditioner for failing us in a heat wave). But here I am, finally getting a chance to share this fun shoot!


I've lived in New Jersey for 5 years, but somehow never have made it to Hoboken. And if you're reading this and have never been, add it to your list! It's such a neat city with so much to see and do. Jeff and Katie were very familiar with the area, and we did a mini-tour through pictures. It was so refreshing to capture their fun spirits along with the amazing backdrop of Hoboken and NYC. Check out some of my favorites:

Katie & Jeff - thanks again for allowing me to be apart of this special time in your lives! Looking forward to your big day in October!

ryan & kristina - sayen gardens engagement session

May 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

I don't know about you, but to me it felt like a very long winter. It felt like Spring would never arrive... But finally we're in May and it feels like Spring in the air (or maybe summer, but I won't complain). And what better way to kick off this warmer weather than an engagement session surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees at Sayen Gardens.

I feel repetitive when I say this, but I love meeting and working with my clients. It's one of my favorite parts about being a photographer! And working with Ryan and Kristina was no exception! The happy (and adorable) couple brought a great energy with them and they were ready to laugh and smile throughout their session. As I've said many times before, I love bringing out the natural expressions in each couple, and laughs are a great way to do that!

But beyond the fun and games, one of the qualities that struck me the most about Ryan & Kristina was their true love and trust in one another. The way he wrapped his arms around her, the way she looked up at him, and the way that they caught each other's eye told me their story with no words at all. 

Ryan & Kristina - it was a pleasure working with you for your engagement session and I cannot wait to share in the happiness on your big day later this year! 

Sarah & Aaron - Old City Engagement Session

March 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Hi friends!

After a long (and very relaxing) winter, I am back in the swing of photoshoots! While the winter was so nice to catch up on the not-so-glamorous side of the business, I definitely missed the nice weather and working with the best clients :) Saturday was my first engagement session of the year, and while the nice weather part is still missing, I loved working with this cute and happy couple!

Meet Sarah and Aaron. A couple that met back in their home state of Texas where they went to the same school. Many years later, they are engaged and getting married in November! While Philadelphia is only their temporary home (as they're headed back to Texas this summer), I was so excited to tour Old City with them for their engagement session. 

I always say it; I work with the best couples. And this one was no exception! Upon first meeting the two, I could instantly feel the love and connection between them. They were so fun and open to all of my picture ideas! Sarah & Aaron - I wish you two all the best in the months to come and your life together! Enjoy your last few months in Philadelphia and your life ahead in Texas! 

holly & tim - engagement session

November 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Engagement sessions are one of my favorites when it comes to photography. I love meeting the couples and learning about their story and future together. My session with Holly and Tim was no exception! They were such a fun couple and they were troopers on the chilly November evening! And learning about their story made it all the more fun :) Check out some of my favorites from their session below!


lianne & scyler - engagement pictures 10.22.17

October 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Every engagement session, I enjoy working and getting to know each and every couple. Everyone has a different story and unique bond and I love sharing in that, if even just for the couple hours I get to work with them! But when I met Lianne & Scyler for their engagement pictures, I quickly realized this couple had something really special. Their love for each other is so strong, and they've been through so much together (which has only made them stronger!). I really appreciated hearing their stories and getting to know the wonderful couple that they are. 

We met at Holmdel Park in Monmouth County early Sunday morning. And by early I mean sunrise early. I've said it before, and I will say it again, I LOVE sunrise photoshoots. There is something so calming about taking pictures when most people aren't even awake. And not only that, but there is no prettier time of day! Lucky for us, Sunday was no ordinary sunrise. First off, it was freezing (not literally, but after we've been spoiled with warm fall weather, it felt like it!). But there was also a fine layer of mist skirting the entire park. With the fall colors on top of that, it was literally breathtaking. 

Lianne & Scyler - I wish you all the best with wedding planning and your future together!! It was so nice meeting you (and your adorable pups!) and thank you so much for sharing your story with me! 

Check out some of my favorites from their session below: