I got to meet the Brennan family this week at a local park in Westfield. They are friends of friends, and now we are friends haha. I loved this session because I got a bunch of candids as well as exercise while chasing the little one around. We found out as time progressed that somebody loved it when leaves were falling from the sky on him… Thankfully mom and dad did the throwing while I snapped away.

 

I met Lorin and Greg a few years ago and haven’t seen them since I moved to California. Now that I am back for a bit, on an overcast day, I got to meet up with them at Cattus Island and they showed me around some cool spots. For a photographer, every few feet was an even better place to take pictures. Here are a few of my favorites from their session

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This was probably one of the best weddings I have done… There, I said it. But seriously though. The love and laughter Katie and Simon share is seen by all by both friends and family alike. On a hot summer day in August, I arrived at bride prep and photographed Katie at  The Grape Leaf Inn . Aside from it having the absolute coolest bathroom and shower, the suite was like it was taken out of a page from Anthropologie. After I got some of the getting ready shots, I headed to Foley Sonoma. Having photographed numerous winery weddings over the years, never before had I been impressed by both the layout, service and architecture of such an establishment. It’s almost as if they had consulted a photographer when building it, because there were so many little nooks for photos.

For the first look, we opted to make use of the shade as it got to a high of 107 that day. While walking up with Katie to get her in the spot, she affectionately told Simon, and I quote ” you look good from behind “. I knew at that very moment, the tone was set for the day. Before Simon even turned around, he already started smiling. We took a few portraits then it was onto the ceremony.  The ceremony overlooked a landscape of rolling hills and the vineyard, which is pretty cool if you ask me.

When it started to cool down, we took them out for some sunset photos at the exact right time. Soft dirt couldn’t stop Katie from walking into the vineyard with her Jimmy Choo’s for some portraits of the two of them. Side Note: I love when couples throw caution to the wind and go above and beyond for the photography. It always shows in the photos when it’s more about them then what may or may not get some dirt on it…

I loved this wedding so much and not just because they had a mini donut station that I went back to for seconds ( and thirds )

I want to give a shoutout to the staff of Foley Sonoma, Stephanie Beer of Covenant Coordinating and her team for making sure everything ran smoothly, as well as my two shooters, Rhett and Arjay

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In the past few months, I’ve had something in the back of my mind. That something was a feeling I would get when traveling day to day places. I had it in my mind that I wanted to start photographing couples in non-conventional spaces. While I love photographing in fields and parks, I always wanted to try somewhere unique. The universe musta heard my thoughts and this past weekend I got to photograph Joyce and Kevin at IKEA. Inspired by 500 days of summer, they wanted to have their engagement session there.Being as this was my first time there in god knows how long, I wanted to incorporate the elegance of design as well as them in the respective spaces that were set before us. I loved this session so much and hope this trend continues of cool places to shoot.

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While I was in Portland recently, I got to meet Kimi, Nate, and their two beautiful children through a mutual friend. On my last day there, I got to head to a local park and photograph their family session. Afterwards, we all had an amazing meal and now I have some new friends I hope to visit again as soon as possible. Here are a few of my favorites.

 

 

 

 

Often times you photograph a lot of things, but not very often, at least not recently, have I shot stuff to use for both my portfolio as well as just for fun. That all changed the other day when my friend Kira was passing through and we got to shoot a variety of looks in just a short time. Below are some of my favorites and the square one was 46 images stitched together!

If you’d like to book a shoot with her, you can contact her here: Floofie

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I get a message on Facebook one day, my buddy Jeff tells me he will be fairly close to me as he is taking a lil vacation with his girlfriend. I say, “oh awesome – let’s hook up and I’ll shoot the both of you “. That’s where he said he was bringing something shiny and blingy with him on the trip. So that’s when we started planning what day and when. It happened to be on a day I was free, so I headed down early to scout out some potential locations. Even a speeding ticket on the way up to Monterey couldn’t stop this event from happening! Being as the time they would arrive, the park we had selected would be closed, so onto back up location one. Cool park, but didn’t scream ” California ” , if you know what I mean. We decided to go with the beach in Carmel, as it’s absolutely beautiful and offered tons of places to shoot, well that, and Aubri loves the beach. Now mind you, the whole time this is going on, Jeff and I are speaking in code through texts , so the off chance Aubri reads one, she will be none the wiser as to what is going to go down. Things like, ” Oh yeah, the beach is really beautiful around 11th ave.” as well as ” I know when I go to the beach and take pictures, I usually travel light, with say a flannel and black camera bag. ”

Then it happened. I caught a glimpse of the two of then, and that is where my Oscar worthy performance came in, as well as 500 shots of random stuff, to pretend I was shooting waves, or surfers, birds what not. I saw them walk past me onto the rocks, he layed his camera down, and approached me to take pictures of them. I exclaimed I usually just shoot birds and landscapes , but I would do my best. That is when it happened. This is my first proposal and I feel like a crack addict as I want to do more and more. Seeing your friend asking his girlfriend to spend the rest of their lives together, right before your eyes, is something I will not soon forget. I mean, the happiness and tears weren’t just coming from them, if you know what I mean. I am so overjoyed that they have found each other and am looking forward to nothing less than utter and complete happiness from them both.

Thank you Aubri & Jeff for having me there!


This is when I spotted them, but she still had no clue what was up

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  1. Denise said:
    John, the photos are breathtaking.....Thanks for being our eyes at this most happy occasion!!

    ~Denise (Jeffy's Mom)
    March 13, 2017  4:09 am
  2. Tracy (Aubri's Mom) said:
    Thank you, John, for so skillfully catching every blessed moment and expression of a True Love that inspires us all! These moments you have captured will be imprinted on our hearts for years to come.
    March 13, 2017  3:40 pm
  3. Mary said:
    These photographs are so beautiful,and the tears began to fall, I missed Breezys graduation as I was in the hospital,but all of a sudden sunshine filled my room and my heart, and I did get to be a part of seeing her being Jeffs partner ,for life. Thank you for making my grandaaughters heart so fullof joy Breez'ys grandmother,Mary.
    March 24, 2017  6:06 pm

What first started off many years ago as a fun modeling session, has over time turned into an amazing friendship. It then turned into photographing her wedding, and most recently, family photos and now maternity session. On a recent trip to South Jersey, I got to photograph my bestie’s maternity session in her 3rd trimester. After we shot at the park, we did a little boudoir/maternity which was fun because I have never combined the two.Maternity Session, New Jersey Maternity Photographer, Maternity Sessions in New Jersey Maternity Session, New Jersey Maternity Photographer, Maternity Sessions in New Jersey Maternity Session, New Jersey Maternity Photographer, Maternity Sessions in New Jersey Maternity Session, New Jersey Maternity Photographer, Maternity Sessions in New Jersey

I met Megan and Paul through a friend. Their session was a family /couples shoot/birth announcement/and photos with their dogs… all wrapped in one. I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved this session. Standing on a mountain, with 360 degree views of phenomenal landscapes, with a beautiful couple…it really can’t get better than this. I am so stoked about these images as it also marked a new way of seeing and editing. So for me, it meant a pivotal moment in terms of the way I shoot. Here is just a smathering of the images I shot. I literally want to put all of them up, but I digress… you will just have to be content with these =)

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I hadn’t seen Christina and Dave since I photographed their engagement session a few months ago, so when I arrived at prep today and saw a bunch of photos on their wall from the session, it gave me the warm fuzzies to see my work on actual walls instead of just Facebook walls. Nikki, of the infamous Nikki & Chip Photography helped me photograph the details as well as Chip, before he headed to groom prep. We got to shoot in my old stomping grounds of Ocean Township, which both the couple and I are from . We did their first look at Deal Test Site and couldn’t have picked a better location if we tried. Below are a few of my favorite moments and I can’t wait to go through the rest of their images!

I want to thank Nikki and Chip for all their help today as I couldn’t have done it without them!

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