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Jen & James Engagement Shoot | Tenafly Nature Center, New Jersey

So, one of my all-time best girls in the world (seriously, I’ve known her since grade school) is getting married! I am over-the-top excited for Jen and her fiance, James, and was happy to do their engagement photos for them. The day was cold at the Tenafly Nature Center in February, but we all endured and the newly engaged couple were great sports as we walked around. Their dog, Bella even came along for some photos!

Also, one of our other best friends, Sunday, is Co-Matron of Honor with me. She also took some photos of this day, which you can see here. The three of us have been friends forever, and I hope it never changes. You might also remember that I had done Sunday and her husband’s engagement photos as well a few years back.

Congratulations Jen and James! Can’t wait to celebrate your big day with you!

Football jersey and bandana.

Engaged couple pose with their dog, Bella, on a bridge in the forest.

Black and white photo of the dog, Bella.

Bella is happy that her humans are engaged!

Happy Bella!

Engaged couple pose with their dog on a wooded trail.

Black and white posing photo of engaged couple and their dog.

Jen and James walking their dog on the forest trail.

Jen and James walking their dog, Bella in the forest.

Newly engaged couple stop for a kiss in the forest.

Couple wearing jerseys walk their dog in the woods.

Kissing couple in football jerseys.

Engaged couple posing in their jerseys.

A closeup of Jen's engagement ring.

Jen hugging her fiance in the woods.

Beautiful engagement ring.

Bling-bling, lookit that ring!

Jen and James goofing off.

Some goofin’ around certainly happened. Haha.

Piggyback!

Black and white piggyback photo.

Jen and James comfortably posing as they look out over the forest.

Black and white photo of couple looking out over the wilderness.

Engagement ring and fancy, teal and gray nails!

A candid photo of engaged couple laughing.

I love candid photos!

Engaged couple looking at each other and smiling.

There’s just something about this photo that I love. <3

Snuggling couple in the forest.

Jenny snuggling up to James and showing off her new ring!

James holding Jenny in his arms to pose for a cute photo!

Man lifting his fiancee up for a kiss.

Black and white photo of couple goofing around.

Save-the-date photo on the bridge.

Black and white photo of engaged couple walking on a bridge in the woods.

Engaged couple walking along the bridge.

Walking with her fiance, Jenny stops to glance over her shoulder.

Jenny looking over her shoulder.

Newly-engaged couple posing with their dog.

Couple and their dog, Bella, posting for an engagement photo together.

Bella is wondering what the save-the-date sign means!

Bella is wondering what the save-the-date sign means.

Engagement save-the-date photograph.

Couple posing with their save-the-date sign on the bridge.

Engaged couple laughing with each other on a wooden bridge.

Kissing each other on a bridge.

Snuggling up to each other.

Newly engaged couple sitting on a bridge.

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Eastern State Penitentiary | Philadelphia, PA

A few weekends ago, I finally got to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary with my friend, Sunday (of Sunday Nissen Photography.) While our husbands had fun at the Philadelphia Auto Show, we decided to take an adventure to this wonderful place of history and mystery. I have lived in Pennsylvania for awhile now, and I cannot believe it had taken me this long to see this historic sight! Especially with my love for abandoned places, the penitentiary was always on my list of must-see locations. In the middle of February, however, it was certainly very cold, but I’m glad I had finally visited.

If you are near the area and have a couple of hours to spare, I recommend visiting the penitentiary if you’re able! You will not be disappointed.

Black and white photograph of a penitentiary gate.

An outside wall of the Eastern State Penitentiary of Philadelphia.

Inside the Eastern State Penitentiary of Philadelphia.

Black and white photograph of part of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Black and white photo of an old cell block.

A decaying cell block of an old penitentiary.

One of the sliding cell doors of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

A hall within a Philadelphia penitentiary.

A window of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

The Eastern State Penitentiary building.

A penitentiary cell block hallway falling into ruin.

A hall in the Eastern State Penitentiary of Philadelphia.

Looking down a cell block of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

A cell block hallway.

A chair resting in an old cell within the penitentiary.

A crumbling wall in the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Black and white photo of an old penitentiary cell block.

The decaying hallway of a penitentiary block in Philadelphia.

Cell block of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

One of the cell blocks of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

A decaying balcony of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Details of a penitentiary staircase.

A cell with peeling paint on the walls of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Black and white photo of a window in the Eastern State Penitentiary.

The decaying ceiling in the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Old sliding door of a penitentiary cell.

Light shining down on a stool in an Eastern State Penitentiary cell.

Inside one of the empty cells of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

An old, decaying room of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

One of the cells of the penitentiary.

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Lakota Wolf Preserve | Columbia, New Jersey

My friends and family took another trip to the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, New Jersey this past weekend, and it has quickly become one of my very favorite places to visit. If you are around the area, be sure to go if you’re able. It’s very affordable, but the wonderful people who work there and take care of these majestic animals also take the time to educate you on the preserve, the animals, and will answer any questions you may have. The preserve is a must see for wolf lovers!

As the wolves howled and roamed around the preserve, I tried to take a few photos with my telephoto. Same as the last time I visited, it was kind of difficult to get through the chain link fence, so there might be some light, blurry lines. However, I feel like it gives the photos a sort of ethereal look to them! And this time around, I managed to get a couple photos of one of the adorable foxes!

Click here to see the full album.

Arctic wolf hiding back in the trees.

Black and white photo of arctic wolf.

Wolf observing the visitors at Lakota Wolf Preserve of Columbia, New Jersey.

The yellow eyes of a wolf.

Resting timber wolf.

Sleeping wolf at Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia, New Jersey.

Jasper the fox being observant on his perch.

Sleepy fox at Lakota Wolf Preserve.

Black and white photo of fox.

Arctic wolf being observant.

Black and white photography of a wolf.

Resting black wolf at Lakota Wolf Preserve.

Howling wolves of Lakota Wolf Preserve.

Dark wolf with yellow eyes.

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SteelStacks | The Former Bethlehem Steel Plant, PA

A couple weekends ago, my husband and I met friends from New Jersey halfway in Lehigh Valley at SteelStacks, once the home plant of Bethlehem Steel. It is now ten acres dedicated to culture, arts, and all sorts of social events. Driving up, I instantly saw the iconic structures looming above the horizon, and found it wonderful to see an old memorable place slowly being transformed into something new and different.

I thoroughly enjoyed my walk around the campus that has once again begun to thrive. If you have never visited, I highly advise that you go check it out! Especially in the Fall when the foliage is just as beautiful as the old structures you walk next to.

SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Black and white photo SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA.

The towering stacks of Bethlehem Steel.

Black and white photograph of Bethlehem Steel stacks.

Black and white photo of one of the large stacks of Bethlehem Steel.

Black and white close up of one of the steel stacks at Bethlehem Steel.

A part of SteelStacks which used to be Bethelehem Steel.

The amazing structure of Bethlehem Steel.

The towering stacks of the former home plant of Bethlehem Steel.

Bethlehem Steel black and white photograph.

The large furnace at SteelStacks.

Bethlehem Steel plant in PA.

Bethlehem Steel plant in Pennsylvania.

Part of an old cargo carrier at Bethlehem Steel.

A black and white shot of the stacks at Bethlehem Steel, PA.

SteelStacks, which used to be Bethlehem Steel, still stands tall.

The sun descends behind the remnants of Bethlehem Steel, now known as SteelStacks.

The sun casts its glow over the towering stacks at Bethlehem Steel, Pennsylvania.

SteelStacks machinery in Bethlehem, PA.

The former Bethlehem Steel plant in Pennsylvania.

Nature always finds a way.Life always finds a way.

The former Bethlehem Steel plant still stands tall.

The sun descends behind the Bethlehem Steel plant.

Autumn at SteelStacks.

Gazing through the windows of an old building at SteelStacks.

Black and white photo of a building at Bethlehem Steel, Pennsylvania.

A building of the former Bethlehem Steel plant still stands today.

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Katie & Kenny’s Wedding | The Glasbern Inn – Fogelsville

I absolutely love Fall weddings, and last year I was very fortunate to have photographed two in the same weekend! Katie and Kenny’s had been the last of the season, and it was simply beautiful. Being friends of mine, it made it all the more special for me, and I was happy to document the special day for them. Kenny’s brother, Matt, was the groom of the very first wedding I ever photographed, too!

They were married in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania at the rustic Glasbern Inn in November where the season’s colors were in full bloom to create the perfect backdrop. It had been rainy, but the couple remained in high spirits as they celebrated with friends and family, and everyone had a wonderful time.

A simple wedding ceremony.

The groom and his brother await the rest of the bridal party.

The Matron of Honor making her entrance.

The bride being escorted by her father.

Indoor wedding ceremony with a Fall backdrop.

Bride and groom standing at the altar.

Black and white image of the officiant acknowledging the couple.

Exchanging vows during the ceremony.

The beautiful bride smiles at her soon-to-be husband.

The groom shares his vows.

The lovely bridesmaid watching the ceremony.

The exchanging of rings.

The best man goofs off.

The married couple smile at each other.

Bride and groom share a kiss.

Newlyweds pose under the Autumn leaves.

Black and white photo of groom kissing his bride.

Newlyweds strolling along a path.

Fall season wedding decor.

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Katie & Jeff’s Wedding | Meredith Manor – Pottstown

This past November, when the leaves on the trees changed to reds, oranges, and yellows, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph my first Fall wedding. Having lived around the Pottstown, Pennsylvania area for awhile now, it was crazy how I never got to visit Meredith Manor before Katie and Jeff’s wedding! It’s an absolutely gorgeous venue with well-kept grounds, and the perfect spot for an outdoors ceremony. They held their’s late afternoon, just as the sun was descending, in front of all their friends and family. A very laid back and pleasant couple to work with, they made my job that much more enjoyable, and I wish them nothing but happiness as they begin the next chapter of their lives together.

Mr. & Mrs.

Fall wedding table decor.

Pretty decorative lights during a Fall wedding.

Memory quilt.

Bride about to surprise her future husband.

The beautiful bride about to surprise the groom during the reveal.

The groom seeing his future wife in her gown for the first time.

Husband and wife-to-be sharing an intimate moment.

A kiss shared on their wedding day.

Married couple strolling through the garden on their wedding day.

Bride and groom smiling and laughing.

A beautiful Fall day for a wedding.

Eskimo kisses!

A kiss underneath the bridal veil.

A bride and groom all smiles.

The beautiful bride posing near the pond.

The future Mrs. Moore on her wedding day.

A gentle kiss for the bride.

Wedding smiles on a lovely Fall day.

Black and white photo of bride and groom.

Posing bride at the gazebo.

Smiling bride looking over her shoulder.

Groom standing at the gazebo.

Groom posing on his wedding day.

Artistic photograph of bride and groom.

Bride kissing her husband on the cheek.

Husband kissing his wife on the cheek.

Newlyweds taking a stroll on their wedding day.

Newlyweds gazing out at the lake.

Black and white photograph of newlyweds.

Married couple walking the path on a beautiful Fall day.

Wedding gazebo in November.

Meredith Manor in Pottstown, PA in the Fall.

Meredith Manor in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in November.

Beautiful Fall flowers during a November wedding.

Wedding ceremony as the sun goes down.

Ceremony candles.

Bride and groom during their ceremony.

The groom shares his wedding vows.

Bride smiling at her husband during the ceremony.

Wedding ceremony at Meredith Manor.

Aisle littered with Fall leaves during wedding ceremony.

Newlyweds holding hands.

Fall wedding decor at Meredith Manor in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

Delicious wedding cupcakes!

Black and white photo of couple during their first dance.

The new Mr. and Mrs. sharing their first dance.

Bride and groom dancing.

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Erin & Justin’s Wedding | Cairnwood Estate – Bryn Athyn

Living in Pennsylvania, the Winter storms can be brutal, but at least I get the chance to look back at the beautiful summer weddings I’ve had the opportunity to photograph over the years. Erin and Justin’s was no exception. Holding the nuptials in a church with a wonderful ceremony, they had their reception at the historic estate of Cairnwood in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. It was like a fairy tale, and the grounds were absolutely gorgeous! It was the perfect backdrop for their rustic, Disney, and geek inspired wedding in September. In between, we all stopped at Penn State Abington where the couple first met, to take some memorable photographs there as well. All in all, it was a great day, and Erin and Justin (along with their whole entourage) were absolutely wonderful to work with!

You may also remember this happy couple from the engagement session with their adorable dog, Sebastian from last March! He made a brief cameo during their special day as well.

Black and white photo of groom.

Groom posing.

Groomsman helping the groom with his bow tie.

Black and white photograph of groomsmen.

Cool groom hanging out.

Cute kid posing.

Strike a pose, groomsmen!

Strike a pose, gentlemen!

The groomsmen and their geeky cuff links.

Look at those fandom cuff links!

The beautiful wedding gown.

The beautiful bride getting ready.

Two bridesmaids smiling.

Details of the bride's dress.

Bride standing next to her dress.

Sister of the bride helping her get ready.

Cinderella bridal shoes!

Erin’s beautiful Cinderella shoes.

Arcs of a church ceiling.

The groom sees his bride in her dress for the first time.

The first time Justin saw Erin in her gown.

Bride and groom sitting patiently in church.

Soon-to-be newlyweds during church ceremony.

Rows of church pews.

Black and white photograph of the first kiss.

Beautiful black and white of a kneeling bride and groom in church.

Gazing over the church pews.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. as they leave the church!

Kissing right outside the church.

Group shot of bridal party inside the church.

Groom and groomsman hold up the bride.

Penn State bride and groom!

Close up shot of bridal party.

Groom with his bride walking with bridesmaids.

Following behind the bridal party.

Black and white of the newly married couple.

Groomsmen gawk over the groom's shiny, new ring.

The bride posing with her girls.

The beautiful bridal party bouquets.

Twirling bride shows off her lovely dress.

A traditional bride and groom kiss.

Wedded couple playfully dancing around at Penn State University.

Bride poses with the groomsmen.

Man looks adoringly at his new wife.

Bride and groom gaze at each other with smiles.

Young woman walks with her new husband.

A man and his childhood dog.

Justin’s childhood dog.

Bride and groom with their adorable pup!

It’s a happy, smiley Sebastian!

Black lab keeping a watchful eye on everything during the wedding photo shoot.

Bride sitting by window.

Black and white photo of a beautiful bride.

A bride waits patiently.

Black and white photo of bride seated by a window.

Close up of wedding rings.

Flowing wedding gown train.

Bride and groom standing upon balcony.

Smiling couple standing out on a balcony.

Black and white photograph of the walking wedding party.

The wedding party having some fun!

The beautiful bride posing with her bridesmaids.

The awesome and geeky wedding cake!

"We solemnly swear...always."

Father-of-the-bride embracing his daughter.

A fun photo manipulation of the wedding party.

Just a fun photo manipulation the happy couple asked me to do!

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The Forgotten Country Club | Abandoned Photography

This last weekend, my husband and I took a trip up to the Poconos to my mother’s camper, and I was sure to bring my camera along because I knew there was an abandoned country club somewhere nearby. With my brother in tow (who is also a budding photographer) we set off in search of this place I had simply heard about in passing. What we found was something eerily serene and we were instantly bubbling with excitement; unable to wait to explore the grounds that had been forgotten and left to decay by the hands of time.

Please note that I have not disclosed the name or exact location of this abandoned place in order to prevent further vandalism and arson. These beautiful, quiet and decaying buildings are already fragile and vulnerable, and I do not wish to contribute to their decline by disrespectful hands.

Abandoned motel in the Poconos.

The quiet, creepy motel in the Poconos.

Black and white photo of abandoned motel walkway.

 

Black and white abandoned photography.

Dark stairway to open door.

Light seeping through windows to illuminate the destruction inside a building.

Windows cast light onto building debris.

An open doorway through destruction.

The back of an abandoned motel.

Broken windows of motel rooms.

Abandoned Poconos motel room.

Abandoned and destroyed recreation center.

Black and white photo of creepy hallway.

Hallway of an abandoned rec center.

A recreation room lost and forgotten.

A piano left behind to gather up dust.

A broken chair.

Old chairs littering an abandoned country club recreation center.

A couple of chairs gathering dust.

A lone chair.

A headless doll left behind at an abandoned country club.

Beautifully arched ceiling of an abandoned gym.

Opened doors to a building of decay.

An abandoned swimming pool.

A lost and forgotten pool of an old country club.

A collapsed ceiling above an empty swimming pool.

An abandoned pool now overgrown by nature.

Nature will always find a way.

Broken windows by the swimming pool.

Broken glass litters this abandoned hallway.

Dark hallway leads to the outside doors.

Doorway to doorway.

Black and white photography of abandoned room.

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Horse Portraits | PA Animal Photography

This summer has been a brutal one. I’m sure we say this every single year, but truly this has been far worse than usual! Yet despite the heavy humidity, the horses and their loving riders at Hampton Stables still endured the weather for some photos. The girls (one being my awesome sister-in-law) wanted some portraits done of their beautiful (and very amusing) horses, and I wanted to share some of the results below. Even though it had been a very hot day, I enjoyed spending my time with them and these interesting animals, and hope to do so again in the future. What personalities!

Silly horse sticking his tongue out!

The very first photograph I took of Logan, a.k.a. “Eeyore”…

Logan the horse is secretly a unicorn.

All Logan needs is a horn!

He’s so adorable and laid back…and also needs a unicorn horn.

Adorable Logan.

Full bodied image of white horse.

Logan the white horse.

Kellie gives her horse, Logan, a hug.

Kellie loves her Logan.

Close up of Logan the white horse.

Close up black and white of Logan.

Logan, the white horse.

Black and white photo of Logan.

Lovely horse eyelashes!

Look at those lashes!

Close up of a white horse.

Logan is so affectionate with Kellie.

Kellie and Logan walking away.

A girl and her horse.

Niko is ready for his close up!

Handsome Niko!

Black and white portrait of horse.

Horse hamming it up to the camera!

Kellie and Niko.

A girl and her horse.

Kellie and horse close up.

Rider riding her horse bareback.

Kellie riding bareback.

Kellie riding Niko, leaving a trail of dust behind!

A girl riding her horse bareback around the track.

Kellie riding Niko bareback.

Black and white photo of Kellie and Niko.

Handsome horse.

Kellie loves her Niko.

Kellie and Niko pause for a laugh.

Black and white image of Niko in motion.

Rider and horse trotting away.

Kellie laughs with Niko and Logan.

Kellie with Niko and Logan.

Rider with her horses.

Kellie with her horses.

Horse portraits.

Horses nuzzle each other.

One of my all-time favorites.

Logan and Niko nuzzle noses.

Close up of Luna in black and white.

The lovely Luna!

Close up of Lauren's horse, Luna.

Portrait of brown horse.

Photo of brown horse.

Luna looks right at the camera!

Close up of Luna the horse.

Luna poses.

Lauren smiles with her horse, Luna.

Luna nudging Lauren.

Black and white close up photograph of Luna.

Pretty Luna.

Such a beautiful girl.

Lauren and her horse, Luna.

Black and white photo of horse.

Luna is ready for the camera.

Lauren gives Luna a kiss.

Kisses for Luna!