Studio Engagement Session

How cute is this couple?!  We have their wedding coming up at a new place for us at Wadsworth Mansion in CT.  We very excited, the place looks amazing- and with couple and the way they are, it’s going to be a great day.  

Benmarl Winery Engagement and Proposal: Ashely and Anthony

My friend Tania from The Little Wine Bus asked me if I was interested in shooting a proposal to one of her regular customers at the very awesome Benmarl Winery, and of course I said yes!  Proposals are so exciting!  Tania and Anthony had it all planned out: both sets of parents were there ahead of time to surprise them and be a part of the proposal, and I think everyone on the bus knew as well.  However, Ashely had NO idea, and it all went down better than expected.  The weather could absolutely perfect- mid 60’s and sunny.  In fact, it snowed the next day and was 40 degrees at best and cold since- definitely a sign… Congrats to this very sweet couple and I hope I get to shoot the wedding!

Dominican Republic Engagement Session: Punta Cana

What’s better than an engagement shoot on the beach in the Caribbean at sunrise?  Absolutely nothing!!  Melissa and Elias brought us to Dominican Republic at the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana for their destination wedding, and we have been looking forward to this trip since we all discussed it last year.  We had originally wanted to do a sunset engagement shoot, but Elias realized that the sun set behind our resort.  Plan B?  Sunrise!!  It was a first for both Natalie and I, and man did it work out great!!  I must say, that sun rises QUICK, you have far less time with that magical light then you do with a sunset.  We were in go mode, and barley talked.  This is just part one of two blogs from this wedding, so stay tuned!    

West Point Couple Session: Tenille and Christian

I can’t say engagement session, because these two very sweet people are not engaged (yet).  Notice how I threw that in there…  Well, on this shoot, our little minion Kathleen came along for the hell of it to shoot some behind the scenes of me in action!  Looking back I would have NOT worn my dorky sneakers, but I can climb and walk around easier.  Overall, she did a great job, and I thought I would add them to this blog!   

Hudson Valley Engagement Session: Rachel and Brandon

How cute is this couple!?!?  I must say, this shoot was a challenge: they wanted to do the engagement shoot their hometown little church in Poughkeepsie, which for a photographer, does not have all the “church like” elements.  I brought one off camera flash, and 3 lenses: Nikon’s 70-200mm 2.8 VRII, 17-35mm, 2.8, 50mm 1.4  I think I did pretty good! Oh, and the close up shot was NOT done with a macro, nor with diopters- any guesses?

Cornwall NY Engagement Session: Coco and Ray

Raymond called me up a few days prior in desperation for an engagement session- wherever I like that I knew best.  So, why not Cornwall NY!  I’ve lived in this awesome little town my whole life, and I appreciate it more and more.  I know there’s far more places I can photograph a family or couple, but the park and landing always works… 

Mohonk Engagement Session: Kerry and Ryan

I know I’ve posted a lot recently from Mohonk Mountain House, with engagements, weddings, proposals, and another wedding this coming weekend in fact… but who doesn’t love Mohonk?!  Seriously, it’s so nice there, anytime of year!  For Kerry and Ryan, my first time meeting them, it turned out to be perfect weather.  She had her hair done at the salon there, then met just me that day for their engagement session.  Outside of coming across a few rather large snakes, it was a smooth shoot… I did have to pick one of them up an move him to some grass.  I don’t mind snakes!  

Mohonk Engagement and Proposal: Justin and Michelle

I really love shooting a proposal, and especially at Mohonk– everyone is on edge, nervous, and you only get once chance at this!  Justin contacted me a while ago, and I suggested my standard practice for a proposal,  “I’ll approach you saying that I’m shooting for Mohonk and I need a couple in the distance in a few shots- you’re face won’t be show, so no need for a release”  Of course they’ll agree, we find a spot, I set them up, and BOOM!  Proposal in progress!  It worked out great, however Justin could have given me more than 3 seconds before he went down on one knee!  We were all very grateful we had a quiet day…  

West Point Engagement Session: Salli and Shane

I can’t remember seeing Trophy Point at West Point so empty on such a beautiful day!  Salli and Steve really lucked out- no one was there for their engagement session, which was great for us!  Earlier that day, they got engaged!  Shane attended Salli’s graduation and asked her right up on the stage, a couple hours before our shoot- that he arranged two months prior with me.  He knew…  I love this couple, and hopefully we’ll be considered to shoot their wedding in Chicago when it happens- hint hint.  🙂

Mohonk Engagement: Winter Style with Holly and Mike

Even thought the weather was just ehhhh at best, Holly and Mike wanted nothing more than to do an engagement shoot at Mohonk Mountain House!  Here are some of my favorites from yesterday’s shoot.

Studio Engagement Session: Nicole and Jimmy

Now and then I get the quirky couples in studio that do exactly what I want them to without saying a thing: laugh, play around, and just be in love… Nicole and Jimmy are no exception! Here’s some of what we did last week: