She proposed with a red pen, and he said yes! :)
Tushara and PJ were unsure how their relationship would fare after she accepted a job in New York City and he stayed behind at home in Philadelphia. A move like this could make or break a relationship. Would it fizzle and burn out, or would the move fortify their bond? Their uncertainty was quickly replaced with solid understanding between them – their lives were meant to be shared with one another. So one day, after careful planning and coordination with their friends, Tushara proposed in Philadelphia’s Clark Park with a long letter she read to her English major boyfriend, PJ. She handed PJ a red pen as the note concluded, and asked: “Will you do me the extraordinary honor of editing my written correspondence for the rest of your life?” What was PJ’s reply? Just as Tushara predicted: “Let me sleep on it and I’ll give you an answer in the morning!“
Since much of their lives are spent traveling between New York City and Philadelphia, they decided 30th Street Station would be the perfect setting (indoors and warm) for an engagement session in Philly on a cold November day. After 30th Street we went to Rittenhouse Square for a few shots in the park. It was a bit darker (and colder) than we anticipated, but Tushara and PJ were not opposed to snuggling together for warmth for a few more photos.
This super cute and charismatic couple have chosen Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA, as their wedding venue. I can’t wait to photograph them again in such a gorgeous setting!
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Kristen and Jason picked the grounds surrounding my photography studio here in Delaware as the location for their photo session – I was so excited! They are the first couple I’ve had the honor to photograph there! Kristen is very creative and came with some of her own ideas for the shoot as well. We joked about doing a shot of them being chased by zombies in the surrounding scenery. A zombie shot would be very appropriate for Kristen and Jason, since one of their first dates involved being chased by zombies at a haunted house! :)
I think we got some excellent shots even without the zombies. They were naturals in front of the camera and so cute together! I can’t wait for their wedding at Kings Mills in Media, Pennsylvania this summer! :)
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After preparing for their wedding at the Hambleton Inn in St Michaels, Maryland, Sheri and Dirk were married in an intimate wedding ceremony aboard the Patriot cruise ship. They were surrounded by their closest friends and family members as they celebrated, sipped champagne and cruised down the Miles River in the Chesapeake Bay.
Following their wedding ceremony and cruise, they topped the perfect day off with dinner, and wedding cake at Harbour Lights Restaurant overlooking St Michaels Harbor. The decor throughout the restaurant was perfectly suited to the nautical theme echoed throughout the entire day. Their dinner was accompanied by the music from guitarist, Greg Jones.
Sheri and Dirk were among the first few couples to meet with me in my studio soon after opening. They will always be a very special couple to me. :) Thank you so much, Sheri and Dirk, for choosing me to document such an important day for you. :)
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Since this is the first Christmas in my Delaware Photography Studio I bought a lot of new Christmas decorations to make the place more cozy and inviting for the holiday season. I really love the warm twinkly lights and glow of a Christmas tree! I wanted my tree to have a photography theme so here is a cute idea I thought I’d share with you. :)
Using Social Print Studio’s Print Studio iPhone app, you can print any image directly from your iPhone or from your Instagram Account! (Android users: I am sure there are some sort of apps similar to this out there for you as well. :))
By the way, you can see my Instagram account here. Be sure to follow me if you have an account!
After discovering this app, I printed a ton of their minisquares to use as a photo garland on my tree. I was so excited when I got these in the mail because the quality was excellent (and shipping was super fast)! They are printed in a smooth matte finish on a thick piece of card stock-like paper. If you don’t use Instagram and would rather print images from your phone in the normal 4×6 ratio, you could always select their miniprints. In addition to the minisquares, I also purchased hemp cord [Amazon] and these little hinge clips [Amazon]. I decided to use hinge clips instead of just punching a hole in the images, so I could keep and reuse the photos after I remove them from the tree.
I measured my cord by stringing it around my tree to see how much I’d need and then cut it to length. Next, I tied a little knot around each of the holes on one side of the hinge clips. I tied my clips about a foot to a foot and a half apart, but of course you can tie yours as close or as far apart or as close as you desire. A tip: Before tying on each of the clips, you might want to cut the long string in half (or even thirds/quarters if your tree is large). I cut mine in half, because tying on each of those clips with such a long piece of string can get a little unwieldy. After the clips were all tied on, I clipped together two minisquares back to back so there would be an image on each side, even if the clip twirled around. After I clipped all of the images on, I strung the garland around my tree and I was done! :)
If you don’t want to make a garland, I’m sure you could make these simply as ornaments instead, by tying a loop on each of the hinge clips with the hemp string.
I love seeing some of my favorite memories hanging on my tree and best of all I think the entire process only took me about 20 minutes!
Instagram Christmas Tree
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If you follow me on Facebook, you may already be aware that I recently opened a photography studio in the Hockessin / Yorklyn, area of Delaware! I am constantly tweaking the space, but I think it is finally complete enough to make the big official announcement!
The studio is in a building that was once the science lab for the National Vulcanized Fiber Plant in Yorklyn, Delaware. Since the NVF factory closed it’s doors in 2008, the area fell into a bit of disrepair, but is currently undergoing revitalization in partnership with the state of Delaware. You can read more about the improvements and progress for the area on Yorklyn Village’s website detailing their restoration and redevelopment.
Collin O’Mara, DNREC Secretary, says: “This recreational space and redevelopment plan will create a destination for Delaware unlike any other in the country. With the beautiful, historic setting of Yorklyn as a backdrop, we believe the synergy created by the master plan, that includes a trail, an antique car loop, and railroad will make this a uniquely Delaware destination.”
The end vision for the studio was to give it an industrial loft sort of vibe, combined with a bright and airy feel. Much of the contents are recycled pieces reclaimed from the surrounding factory, and even the floor was reclaimed wood from another old factory that was listed for sale on Craigslist. I am so thankful to everyone who helped this all come together – they all know who they are, as I have thanked them profusely and as often as possible. :)
I was so lucky to find this hidden gem of a space filled with beautiful soft, natural lighting. The studio is in a nice tucked away place in the Brandywine Valley area of Delaware, and truly something special with multiple gorgeous backdrops and landscapes at my disposal. I can’t wait to photograph more and more clients in and around the studio. If you’re in the neighborhood, let me know – I love visitors! :)
Be sure to stay tuned this coming week for a special announcement detailing my official studio opening reception in December – with a very important visitor!
Without further ado, I’ll let these pictures speak their thousand words. :)
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Below are some of my favorite photos from Leslie and Dave’s barn wedding in Maryland. Leslie and Dave chose one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Cecil County, Maryland – a hidden gem called Spring Hill Manor. Spring Hill Manor has several beautiful backdrops, barns, gardens and interestingness wherever you turn.
Not only was I excited to photograph this cute couple in such a great location – I was also excited to see some past favorite clients at the same time. This is such a great and close knit group of friends. A past bride was the maid of honor and a past groom was the officiant!!! Leslie and Dave are lucky to have one another but they are also lucky to have such wonderful and long-lasting friendships with many good people. They went out of their way to make this wedding not only about themselves and their relationship, but also the relationships they have with friends and family.
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I am so excited to share photos of this beautiful couple who will be getting married this August in Washington state. Ken is an old friend of mine who moved to New York City a few years ago. I met his lovely new fiance’, Carolyn this past winter and we had a fun time together sightseeing in NYC along with my daughter and husband (also a “Ken”!)
This March, Ken proposed to Carolyn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in front of Claude Monet’s “Bouquet of Sunflowers” painting. I knew it would be a beautiful location for engagement photos, so after a stroll through Central Park we wandered around through the museum having fun and taking photos (which goes hand in hand for me!) Combine a lovely setting with this gorgeous couple (no, they aren’t models – but they could be) and I was a happy photographer. :)
Ken and Carolyn are both kind, funny and very sweet… a perfect match.
Oh — and don’t forget to check out Ken’s video at the end of this post. ;)
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Leslie and David chose Longwood Gardens for their engagement session – as I have mentioned here many times before, it is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the Brandywine Valley for a portrait session. No matter the weather – it’s always beautiful inside the Longwood Gardens conservatory.
I find engagement sessions to be so important, because it helps my clients experience a little bit of my photography style in a first hand experience in front of the camera. I also love that they can see just how beautiful they are in the resulting photographs, which leads to more confidence and being more relaxed on the most important day – their wedding!
Leslie and David were both a little nervous about getting their photos taken, but as you can see below – the nervousness was for naught. We had a fun time and they were such a naturally cute couple in front of the camera!! :)
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