I really enjoy engagement sessions because of the time I spend getting to know my clients at them. With this session, not only did I get to know Myron and Christine a little better, but I got an incredible tour of lower Manhattan at the same time! Intern Carli and I went up to NYC for the afternoon to visit with Myron and Christine and do their e-session around lower Manhattan – I don’t think I’d been there for almost 6 years so it was really fun to visit again. This couple was such a blast to spend time with as they are both so much fun to be around – they love to laugh together and they love conversation which I really appreciate. Myron made for a phenomenal tour guide as we walked around to some sites where they wanted to do some shooting. Thank you both so much for the mini-tour and the delicious NY pizza! I can’t wait to spend more time with this couple on their wedding day! Here’s some of my favorites from their E-Session.
I haven’t really gotten to travel too much with photography yet – it’s only this year that is starting to change. I was invited down to old town Alexandria, Va where Matt and Erin live for their E-Session and I was elated at the chance to shoot somewhere new. Erin and I went to HS together and it had been a long time since we got to catch up. It’s great to see old friends from my past at this stage in life where they’re filled with so much happiness and joy. I was honored that they chose me to capture their wedding day at the end of June and we had a blast spending some time around Alexandria for this session – here are some of my favorites. Oh, and thanks for the uh-mazing ice cream, you two!
What I love about E-Sessions so much is the time I get to spend getting to know the couples I work with. You really get a deep glimpse into their relationship and their collective personality as a couple. I really loved working with Mike + Anna because this is the kind of couple who are best friends with one another at the core of their relationship. They love to laugh together and simply have fun together and at the root of any healthy relationship this is crucial. It’s exciting and refreshing to capture smiles like these because they’re filled with joy and joy is what gives life to a marriage. Enjoy some of our favorites from this session!
I love when couples know how to laugh together and genuinely enjoy having fun together. It’s one of the most important things to a successful marriage – laughter. I am so happy for Mike and Tina because this is a couple that seems to understand that – at least that’s what I could gather from their engagement session. Their wedding is right around the corner in May! So excited to capture it. Here are a couple of my favorites from their engagement session…
I love when couples can be natural with one another. Like so natural that they don’t even act like I’m around – they just ooze adoration for one another. Danny + Jess were that couple. We were lucky to get a warm, early March day to putz around Phoenxville for their shoot. I really love getting to do engagement shoots in towns like this because we can just stroll around and create as we go – Phoenixville, even with it’s shadier parts – had plenty of options to spare. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot!
Longwood Gardens | Kennet Square, PA | Engagement Session
Bobby and Donna’s engagement session was such a unique one – mostly because it was Super Bowl Sunday so it was a frigid cold February day. Their wedding day was only about a month later so the clock was ticking to get on with the engagement session. The cool part was getting to use Longwood Gardens as our location – it was the first time I’ve shot there and I hope it won’t be my last. Because it was February, nothing outside was in bloom but there were still plenty of grounds to utilize for some great scenery. Then we could go inside where it looked like we hopped on a plane and flew south for the remainder of their shoot. We had a great time getting to see the beautiful sites as we went, too. Here are some of my favorites!
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2012 was no easy year – it was a complicated one. For years I had dreamed and talked about being a full-time photographer but just couldn’t get around to pulling the trigger. Lots of things kept stopping me but mostly it was doubt. Doubt that I could ever really do it or “make it” and doubt that I would be able to provide through those means for my growing family. And to a large degree I still suffer from those doubts today. I think about them every day when I wake up and every night when I go to bed.
The transition came like a mighty hurricane – one I couldn’t stop and one I wasn’t ready for. In July I was laid-off from my full-time job. It was a messy lay-off that resulted in a lot of internal emotional and professional struggles, but in the end, it was the best possible thing for me. That job, not the work I was doing, but the company culture and poor leadership was like a cancer eating away at me. I needed to be set free. God knew I wasn’t going to break the shackles; so He did.
Since July I picked up the pieces and began the balancing act with my time, focus, and energies – working to find that comfortable rhythm of life – not only with photography, but also with our music and freelance print and web design. I’m not there yet and I dont know when I will be. It’s the best thing and the most difficult thing all at the same time. Every day is filled with it’s own set of challenges and joys and I’m constantly learning, failing, and fortunately – succeeding.
In all of it, I couldn’t have made it through such a difficult transition without the support and encouragement of my incredible wife, parents, siblings, friends, and especially – my clients. I made this video more for me than for anyone else. I wanted to stare back into the eyes of a year that presented me with a terrifying and stressful life-changing challenge…and I wanted to smile right back in it’s face.
I am blessed in so many ways – This video is for all of those blessings – it features every one of them.