2017 was pretty interesting. I met a ton of amazing people, connected on a deeper level with even more. Lost some friends, gained some more. Even managed to fall in love in the process. As I sit here updating my website, to make it more streamlined for clients, I got to see some of the memories I got to be a part of this year. It felt good to know that so many people entrust me with capturing the important moments of their life. From weddings to engagements to family to maternity and everything in between. Below are some of the favorite parts of my year. Thank you for taking a moment to stroll down memory lane of this past year as well as all the clients I got to meet!

If 2018 is even remotely as fruitful as this year was, I can’t wait.
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On the way to last week’s family session, I was making my way through Rumson and caught this park out of the corner of my eye.  In those few seconds, I knew I wanted to come back and do a session there. The opportunity to do so presented itself yesterday on the Ostrowski Family Session. It was time for their annual shoot, this time , bringing the parents and sister along to join in the fun. The park made for a perfect rustic backdrop , and the leaves were still on the trees and of good colors.  With one of the last few good weekends with good weather, we walked around and got to make some memories, here are a few of my favorites.Huber Woods , Huber Woods Family Session, Family Sessions in Rumson rustic, family session, rumson new jersey, new jersey, family photographers in rumson rustic, family session, rumson new jersey, new jersey, family photographers in rumson, grandpa, grandaughter Huber Woods , Huber Woods Family Session, Family Sessions in Rumson rustic, rustic, family session, rumson new jersey, new jersey, family photographers in rumson Huber Woods , Huber Woods Family Session, Family Sessions in Rumson Huber Woods , Huber Woods Family Session, Family Sessions in Rumson

Over the past few years, I’ve photographed the Corbran Family for various engagements, wedding, and family events. I  left my home the morning of their session and was stoked to start doing their pictures at , what turned out to be my new favorite location in Rumson. I remembered this park as I had been there a few years ago, pre Sandy, and was excited to see it was still in good shape. I always love bonding with tthe Corbrans, as over the years, I’ve got to see their family grow.We walked around, explored, and were led by Ethan around the park. On the way to another part of the park, we were discussing about how every time I come to ” work ” it’s always at a great time in people’s lives. It’s as if everytime you showed up, it was to mark a tiny point in time, with which to create memories.  Seeing kids grow up, watching as the years go by, so much so clients morph into friends. Pretty neat, huh?

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It all started many years ago, when I got to assist on Melyssa and Tyler’s wedding. Fast forward some years, and now their family has grown twice. So on an unseasonably warm day, especially for New Jersey in November, we took the troop to Monmouth Battlefield. I shot there recently and saw some spots I wanted to check out on my next trip there. The light couldn’t have been more perfect and loved getting in all the colors of autumn.

 

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I have known The Robertsons for quite a few years now. Laurie had suggested the Howell Living History Farm for her maternity session.  I hadn’t been there before, so with a quick google search, I found a few pics online to see what it would look like as well as the history of the farm.

The history of Howell Farm is long and varied. Since farming began on this site in the 1730s, just about every type of farming situation has occurred there. The farm has evolved from a grain producing farm to a dairy farm and over the years various crops have been grown, animals raised, products produced, etc. The farm has gone through periods of family ownership and occupation and absentee owner/tenant farmer occupation.

Today the Farm exists in its rural setting as both an example of farming as it was practiced in New Jersey in the period 1890-1910 and as a landscape where one can find the remnants of over 250 years of farming practice and life

I also saw it happened to be close to my favorite town in New Jersey, which is Lambertville, and knew by default it would be great. Fall colors, pumpkins, and rustic barns and I silently said to myself, yass… yasss. We walked, we talked, we got hissed at by a feathered friend, and a good time was had by all. I definitely want to go back here again as it was a hidden gem of beauty. I also wanna thank my partner in crime, Kelly, for helping on this session. Several of her images are in with mine.

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A few days ago, I got to photograph The Barsoum Family. Christina is also a photographer, so knowing how good the leaves were turning, and light was getting around this time of year, we headed to Monmouth Battlefield Park to make ample use of their grounds. What I love about this park is not only it’s size, but every time I go back there, I see something different. I loved so many moments from this session, here are just a few.

P.S. how cute is Cooper the doggy?

 

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.

 

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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