Elizabeth and Timothy met me in Rehoboth Beach on a beautiful summer day to talk a bit about their wedding that’s coming up at Salero later this year, and of course – so I could photograph their engagement session! The light was perfect… all of the way from the golden hour right through to blue hour. In a relative small area around the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk we were able to get a wide variety of photos.
Like a lot of couples, Elizabeth and Timothy were worried they wouldn’t know what to do when it came time to be photographed…. of course they were perfect, so cute together and had absolutely nothing to worry about. :)
Elizabeth & Timothy: Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Engagement Session
Tiffany and Jerry had two requests for their engagement session: they wanted to include Jerry’s awesome drag racing Corvette and they also wanted photos on a beach! I was excited to be able to suggest the perfect place for their Maryland engagement photos! Elk Neck State Park in North East, Maryland! I am very familiar with the area, since North East, Maryland is the first place I landed when I moved to the Northeast from Texas. We were able to get a lot of versatility out of the area with so many diverse and beautiful settings! I was so happy we were able to combine things they love and truly capture their personalities and cute interactions in a place where they felt so comfortable.
Besides all of that – isn’t Tiffany kind of like – drop.dead.gorgeous!?
I am excited to photograph their wedding at Swan Harbor Farm in Havre de Grace, Maryland. I’ve worked there in the past when I photographed another wonderful couple’s wedding!
Sandy and Brandon wanted me to take their Delaware engagement photos around their home. I loved the idea of photographing an engagement session that was truly unique to them and not just some pretty location we chose as a backdrop. This place has true meaning to them. I photographed their engagement session around their house in Smyrna on their family’s farmland surrounding their home. There have been some crazy days in the Northeast this winter, but we were fortunate to have scheduled this session for a beautiful (and warm-ish) winter day. Thankfully, the pretty white snow was still covering the ground. This is actually the first time I’ve ever done an engagement session in the snow! It did get a little chilly as the sun started to set, so we took the last few photos of the day with the sun falling below the horizon creating a breathtaking watercolor-like sky. Sandy and Brandon are very lucky to have their home surrounded with such a fantastic view of these kind of Delaware sunsets. :)
As you can tell, Sandy and Brandon are big time animal lovers – me too!!! (I think my dog, Violet, charmed Sandy when we first met and I credit her for at least part of the final decision of them deciding to hire me! ;)) We made sure to include Sandy and Brandon’s dog and cats in some of the photos, but I have to admit…. there was also a lot of curious animal photo-bombing going on that none of us had any control over (I kinda loved it.) :p
I’m looking forward their summer wedding which will be held at the Winery at Elk Manor in North East, Maryland.
T & P 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, T proposed in Philadelphia’s Clark Park with a long letter she read to her English major boyfriend. She handed him 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 his reply? Just as she 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 they were not opposed to snuggling together for warmth for a few more photos.
Philadelphia Engagement Photos at 30th Street Station and Rittenhouse Square
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! :)
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. ;)
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!! :)
Brandywine Valley Engagement Session in Longwood Gardens
In preparation for Elizabeth & Marc’s wedding at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware this Saturday, I photographed their engagement session at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I’ve included some of my favorite photos here, along with a few shots of their custom engagement guestbook / album! I LOVE LOVE LOVE making these! Why? After their wedding is over, they have a fantastic guestbook that is more than just a logbook of signatures on a page. These are meant to be filled out “yearbook style”. I create them with lots of white space on special art/watercolor paper in a layflat style, so the pages are easier to write on. Friends and family leave heartfelt notes and sentiments that will surely make Elizabeth and Marc smile more than just having a book listing the name of their wedding guests (not to mention that it’s another great reason to look at their beautiful engagement photos!) :)
This post is a sneak peak for them as well, because I’ll be bringing this album along with me to their wedding this weekend. I can’t wait for them to see it in person! :) I’m also super excited to photograph their wedding at the DuPont Country Club, which is one of the most beautiful Delaware wedding venues.
Sabra & Aaron met with me on a cold winter day at the very picturesque Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Thankfully, we were warm indoors and sheltered from the very chilly wind on this brisk winter’s day. This is why I love taking portraits at Longwood Gardens in the winter (or any season for that matter!) I am able to protect my clients from the elements, but still get the beautiful natural backgrounds that I really love. I am not a huge fan of being cold (understatement.)
During the shoot, we discovered that Aaron has a secret talent for making the “Blue Steel” face (Google: Zoolander Blue Steel!) You can see it in one of the shots below (but there were others. ;)) I think he pulls this look off better than Ben Stiller. Zoolander 2? I nominate Aaron! :p
I am really looking forward to photographing them again at their wedding in Maryland at The Kent Manor Inn! Stay tuned: maybe I can even pull out a few more Blue Steel looks from Aaron. :)