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!
Bling-bling, lookit that ring!
Some goofin’ around certainly happened. Haha.
I love candid photos!
There’s just something about this photo that I love. <3
Bella is wondering what the save-the-date sign means.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strike a pose, gentlemen!
Look at those fandom cuff links!
Erin’s beautiful Cinderella shoes.
The first time Justin saw Erin in her gown.
Justin’s childhood dog.
It’s a happy, smiley Sebastian!
Just a fun photo manipulation the happy couple asked me to do!
Early last month, I had the pleasure of working with these two lovely people for their engagement shoot. Although it was very cold and windy at Green Lane Park in Pennsylvania that Sunday afternoon, they stuck it out. And their adorable dog, Sebastian loved every moment down by the lake! I cannot wait to document their big day in September as well!
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.
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!
The very first photograph I took of Logan, a.k.a. “Eeyore”…
He’s so adorable and laid back…and also needs a unicorn horn.