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Asbury Park Beach Engagement: Michelle & Jim

You can almost feel the ocean breeze with this fun engagement session–  Michelle & Jim explored a rocky pier together, took in some colorful art and just hung out in one of their favorite places, the beach and boardwalk at Asbury Park

Michelle reached out to me looking for a natural, personalized photography experience.  She said, “We both liked that you weren’t a big company and that you were so personable.  We also liked that you seem to capture more natural moments in your photos, but can also take great more traditional, posed shots, too.”

I started out with a natural moment,  Michelle & Jim are silhouetted in the reflection of a shop on the boardwalk in the photograph above.  The image below is a more traditional photo of the two of them in front of one of the murals along the boardwalk.  If you look closely you can see that the art work is made up of numbers…

I really liked the texture of the boardwalk with its sand and ocean-worn wood and thought it would really provide a sense of location for the photograph of Michelle’s engagement ring.  I also thought that the more gritty look of the boardwalk would really make the intricate detailing of the ring stand out…

I travel quite a bit (NYC, DC, etc) capturing couples favorite places and spaces and really enjoyed having the beach backdrop to work with for Michelle & Jim’s session.

Michelle explained their choice of location saying, “We both love the beach and spending time outside. Any day we have free in the summer we try to go down and enjoy a day there. We even go down off season for lunch or dinner and to go sit/walk on the beach.”

She continued, “We love Asbury Park because it offers more to do than just sit on the beach, there are plenty of little places nearby not to mention the historic buildings and murals are fun and interesting to look at.”

You will see quite a few of those elements in the photos to come– as they walked down the board walk I made sure to capture the unique, historic architecture!

Michelle explained a bit of the backstory of their history of the beach sharing, “Jim was never one for the beach but he went along with me and now he loves going.”  I thought this shot of Michelle pulling him in was kind of perfect for that comment, haha!

I love the soft, romantic feeling of this photograph…
Michelle shared, “Jim is incredibly caring and knows how to make me feel calm. When I am stressed about anything he knows just what to say and do.”

Jim shared,  “Michelle is loving, honest and selfless.  I see that in her dedication towards her work and friendships.”

I love incorporating art into engagement sessions— it gives me so much to work with visually.  Here Michelle & Jim are met with a kaleidoscope of color at one of the stunning Asbury Park murals.

Jim shared, “Michelle & I work so well together.  We make have similar goals and lifestyles and make each other laugh.” 😉

He continued, “We always enjoy each other’s company, whether we are doing something more intimate like cooking together or watching a movie or out and about golfing, skiing or attending each others’ sporting games and events.  We happily maintain an open and honest relationship.”  It shows!

I love the intimate feeling of this photograph, part of it is their expressions as they are so comfortable together and Michelle’s natural look, it is also my choice of lens and angle… I focused right on Michelle’s beautiful eyelashes and wisps of hair.   😉

I told you the art was cool!  Here they are posing by a vintage boombox piece– it’s so fun!

Speaking of fun, Michelle explained, “For as much as we enjoy quiet moments together we also like going on adventures…”

They snuck under the pier and were surprised to find stalactite-like formations created by the salt water.  The water had washed a temporary wooden fence under the pier as well and I used it to give them some privacy…

I like to capture interesting perspectives throughout the session and here I climbed up a balcony to get a birds eye view on the happy couple.  

It was quite a windy day and Michelle’s hair blew in front of her face, Jim smiled and tucked it behind her ear, such a sweet moment…

Michelle explained, “One of our most memorable adventures is hiking up Mount Washington together.  It was something I had always considered to be a lofty task.  Jim is athletic, so I was excited to have someone to try it with.  I brought up the idea and he was on board immediately!”

Jim offered, “I had never really done much hiking before, Michelle told me I’d need hiking boots, so I started to figure this was going to be more intense than I had expected.  Eventually I came to realize that it is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States!!!”

They shared, “One thing we learned after climbing a mountain together is we can go on adventures, take on challenging goals and be there to help each other achieve them, every step of the way.”

They continued,  Over the course of the hike, we encountered difficult situations that required teamwork, communication, and patience. While these situations could have easily led to an argument or us giving up on hiking further, we worked together to come up with a solution and ultimately reach our goal.  Hiking the mountain was a testament of our commitment to one another.”

Michelle and Jim summed it up, saying, “”We love each other more than anything and will always be there to help each other succeed, through the easy and the tough.”

Take a closer look to find Michelle & Jim elegantly silhouetted in the photograph below…

Michelle & Jim, thank you so much for reaching out to me to photograph your incredible engagement photos at Asbury Park!  I think it was the perfect location for you two as there was so much to explore together and you two were in your natural element!  I cannot wait to photograph your wedding next year at The Palace and Somerset Park!

KateJuly 7, 2017 - 12:26 pm

Hi Lisa –

I had met you very briefly during this afternoon photo shoot. I was having coffee with a co-worker when you. Michelle, and Jim walked into Convention Hall. I am blown away by your photography. Just beautiful. If you are ever down by Long Beach Island, be sure to stop in the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce to say hello!
Have a great day! 🙂

Outdoor Adventure Wedding Engagement Photography: Dana & Joel

From hiking to the top of a mountain together to boating with their pups then pitching a tent and roasting s’mores– every moment of this extended engagement session was an adventure!

I thought this would be a sweet ring shot for a couple who is happiest in their hiking boots…

Dana and Joel reached out to me after checking out Fearless Photographers in search of an international award-winning wedding photographer in their area.

Dana shared, “We started reviewing Fearless award winners in NJ, PA, and NY area. When we came across your profile and looked at your website we were immediately drawn to your work because of how unique, crisp, and vibrant your photos are. We also loved how your photos define the couple!”

She continued, “Each session is personalized and tell a story. We could just see our story being told. Also all the different angles and lenses you use to make them not just your everyday photos are amazing and unique, but you also do superb traditional photos, too.”

Dana and Joel began their session in a rowboat.  It wasn’t what we had planned, but Joel, who tends to be the spontaneous type, noticed the boat rental.  I loved the idea and so did Dana and Joel’s dogs, Peanut & Fluff.  Dana, who tends to be the super organized type, actually had doggie life jackets along and was game, too!

The act of rowing the boat itself spoke volumes about their relationship and personalities!

Joel dove right in with rowing, but wasn’t exactly sure how to do it and began rowing the boat backwards! Dana tried to explain, but ended up “taking the reins” rowing the boat “properly” which Joel found both annoying and slightly amusing. After a minute or two they were rowing in sync, laughing and enjoying the water with their dogs.

Dana explained, “This is exactly what happens in our daily lives and how/ why we work so well together. We give and take, eventually it just works out when we work together as a team.”

This photo shows Dana digging in her oar and leaning in to avoid the brush ahead, haha, while the pups are perched so sweetly on the back of the boat…

Family photo!!!

Dana explained, “We wanted to get some shots with Peanut and Fluff because they are part of our little family :). We are very active with our pups – we take them kayaking at the lake where we live, so going on the rowboats with them was second nature for us and we knew they would love it.”

Here are more traditional portraits of the pups…

And of course a more classic portrait of Dana & Joel as well.  I used a shallow depth of field to allow the forest (and a trail blaze) to be in the background, and allowed leaves to cross into the foreground to add some visual interest.

Dana’s maid of honor was awesome and came along on the trip, watching the pups as Dana Joel and I hiked to the top of a mountain and manning the fire and tent (yesssss those pics are coming up soon and so much fun)!

As we leave the lake behind to start the hiking part of their adventure, I’ll transition with this photograph…

Dana shared, “The Appalachian Trail has a special meaning to us because we have hiked many parts of it. Dana hiked the entire length of the AT in NJ one summer with her parents and Joel has done pieces in PA, NY, NJ.”

Dana said that the Appalachian Trail passes through not only their engagement location, but their wedding venue as well.  I asked if she could circle the location on the map using her ring– here it is!

Throughout our time together, I noticed how well-matched Dana and Joel are– there was a lot of laughter, team work, thoughtfulness and trust.

Dana elaborated, “Joel and I share many common interests and that’s what originally attracted us to each other. Joel is a very hardworking, caring, and loving person and always has our best interest at heart.”

I love all of the vibrant foliage, intense light and shadows in this photograph…

Joel shared, “Before I met Dana, I struggled a lot with self confidence, I kept to myself as much as possible. But since we’ve been together, I’m willing to go out and adventure a lot more.  Where I lack she excels and vice versa.  I love how strong she is!  I’m so happy to have Dana in my life!”

I like the symmetry in this photo!  I think it really shows the balance in their relationship…  it also shows off the trail blaze, hehe:

Dana agreed about balancing each other out, “We pretty much fill in each others weak areas and complement each other.  We fit together like a puzzle, we belong together.”

This has to be one of my favorite photographs from their session as it really shows Dana and Joel in their element, having a blast!

When Joel sat on the log Dana was whipped up into the air, haha…

Dana shared, “It was like being on a teeter totter it took trust and teamwork and was so much fun!”

As we neared the summit, there were so many rocks and nice places to stop for a few moments…

They climbed to the top while I stayed below.  I had this shot in mind with it’s vibrant colors and dramatic lighting…

Wow!!!  What a view!!!  Hold on tight, guys!!!

Just incredible– I like how the sunlight is creating rainbow colored orbs that are delicately through the scene.  It gives it such a warm, emotional feel…

They have been through a lot together and support each other, they also have a very bright future ahead of them.  I think this photo really captures that…

The sun was getting low in the sky and I really had wanted to be back at the water by sunset…

We made it!!!

They headed to the campsite…  They shared that one of their life goals is to visit every national park in the USA!

Dana shared that her parents instilled in her a love for the outdoors, that she has been to more than 20 National Parks.  Joel added the he is an Eagle Scout and spent a lot of his time outdoors as well.  Dana explained, “Our shared love for the outdoors was part of the reason we fell in love!”

Here they roast s’mores while wearing their favorite national parks sweatshirts, I like how you can see the warm glow of the fire and cool twilight colors in the background…

I focused on the floating embers of the fire and allowed Dana and Joel to fade into the background…

I love a challenge and photographing a couple in the woods in the dark is just that!

Dana and Joel hung out in the tent while I tried various lighting techniques…

This is my favorite… take a closer look to see the stars:

Dana and Joel, I absolutely loved working with the two of you!!!  I’m so glad that you decided to book the time to go on so many adventures together during the session– from the boat with pups, to the hike, to the view and campsite and fire… I loved every minute :).  I am eagerly anticipating photographing your upcoming wedding at  Crystal Springs Resort!

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Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographers: Allison & Rob Part II

You won’t want to miss this vibrant, sporty fun engagement session for two middle school basketball coaches…

Right from the start Allison and Rob shared, “We love everything about your photos!!!  Your pictures are clear, colorful and everyone looks like they are having so much fun and just being themselves!”  They also mentioned loving basketball and it was really the perfect way to get fun, natural photos of them in their element.

You may have already seen Part I of their engagement session which was a very romantic setting with breathtaking views and sunset.  For Part II we met at a local basketball court and played a little one on one. 😉

I like this image because it shows a unique perspective– you are able to see the basketball court setting, their shadows and her ring sparkling in the sun… game on:

Allison shared, “Basketball is a big part of both of our lives and always will be. We both played basketball from the time we were toddlers all the way to playing at rival high schools! You can always catch us shooting around and playing 1 on 1 against each other.”

I really think their joyful, fun-loving personalities shine in thee images…

Allison continued, “Now we coach fifth and sixth grade boys together and hope to coach our own kids someday!”

I love using creative photography techniques with my photographs.  Here I silhouetted Allison & Rob against the bright blue sky and caught the ball in mid-air…

I knew that they loved color and really tried to play up the vibrant colors surrounding us in these photos.  Here I used a fish-eye lens to really make the image pop– I like the look of their fingers and funny shadows below…

Rob shared, “We are both pretty easy going and laid back. It doesn’t really matter what we do with each other, as long as it is together (as cliche” as that sounds it is true!) We both honestly bring out the best in each other.”

Allison added, “Rob and I clicked from day one. We both like to just go with the flow and are up for any kind of adventure at any time… there is such much to love about Rob, but I really appreciate how comfortable he makes me feel”

They were always joking around and messing with each other, I had a blast working with them!

Allison commented, “We both were taught how important teamwork is at an early age by our parents and throughout all the sports we played growing up. We both realized very quickly how it is almost never a one person show. In relationships, working together is so important and the only way it will work. It makes life so much easier too. When coaching, our main focus was having the boys respect each other in order to work as a team. It’s not always easy but it for sure is worth it.”

Teamwork makes dream work!!!

Dunk!!!!!!  I can’t even tell you how much I like this photo…

Allison & Rob it was such a pleasure to work with you and I cannot wait to photograph you and your families again for your Lehigh Valley Wedding at Woodstone Country Club next year!  If you haven’t had a chance to check out Part 1 of their engagement session, you might want to, here.  

Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographers: Allison & Rob Part I

Stunning views of the Lehigh Valley, an incredible field of vibrant yellow flowers and a rope swing on a massive tree– you won’t want to miss this colorful, unique engagement session…

When Allison first contacted me she wrote, “I’ve heard such great things from so many people!”  I’m not sure exactly who all of those people are (thank you!!!) but I know that I worked with her sister and brother-in-law for their engagement photos and a few other family members since then.

At our first meeting Allison and Rob shared, “We love everything about your photos!!!  Your pictures are clear, colorful and everyone looks like they are having so much fun and just being themselves!”

They also mentioned liking that I offered an eclectic mix of photos, some that were candid or showed an entire scene (like the tree-swing photo above) and some that were more traditional portraits (like the image below).

Allison shared, “There is so much to love about Rob, but the thing I love the most about him is how comfortable he makes me feel. From the moment I met him I felt like I have known him my entire life. Rob and I immediately just clicked.”  They are so happy together!

Allison and Rob knew that Mary Immaculate had a gigantic tree and brought a rope swing kit along.  They used teamwork and had it assembled in no time!

I have several images of them swinging, but I really think this one is sweet…

From the edge of the hill we had a breathtaking view of the Lehigh Valley.  It is one of the highest points in Lehigh Township!

They sat and enjoyed the view together, talking…

They explained, “We also chose Mary Immaculate because it is a beautiful property with a great view of the Lehigh Valley. We both grew up here and plan to raise our own families there someday!”

Allison’s ring was beautiful!  I really like how it caught the light here:

 

Back to fun and spontaneity– as Allison shared, “We are up for any kind of adventure at anytime!”  I like the way the tree-lined drive creates leading lines that draw your eyes down the image to Allison and Rob…

Rob shared, “We are both really easy-going and laid back. It doesn’t really matter what we do with each other, as long as it is together (as “cliche” as that sounds it is true!) We both honestly bring out the best in each other.”

He continued, “The thing I love most about Allison is how caring and genuine she is. She always puts other people first, especially me and our relationship. From the day we started dating, I felt a confidence in our relationship that I have never felt before and I knew she was the perfect person for me.”

On our drive from the basketball court (more on that soon) to Mary’s Immaculate we passed beautiful rolling hills filled with yellow flowers.  Allison and Rob were naturally up for anything, so we stopped back there during the golden hour as the sun was low in the sky…

It almost doesn’t look real!!!

I liked how the sun peeked through the leaves of the trees here.  I shot-through the foliage which really gives this image an intimate, romantic feeling…

The sunset view from Mary’s Immaculate was incredible…

This makes me think of the movie The Princess Bride– “As you wish…”

After dark, I used some fancy lighting at Mary’s Immaculate– I love how the drama of the illuminated columns…

Allison & Rob, it was such a pleasure to spend the evening with the two of you and on this incredible land!  I hope you liked Part I,  Part II involves BASKETBALL!!!  So stay tuned 🙂

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