Nearly ten years ago, Gianna and Joe met at a job they shared working together at a golf course. She said he was easy to talk to and super down-to-Earth right from the start. He said she was more beautiful than anyone he’d ever met in his life. On a Friday night almost three years ago, they drove to Cape May to visit the Christmas Village at Congress Hall, and Joe proposed to Gianna right outside in front of the Christmas Tree.
Their wedding day was laid back, relaxed, and oh-so beautiful - it was such an honor and a privilege to bear witness.
Just after I sent their gallery out I got a call from Grace, she said she’d been sitting there at her computer crying over the photos and an email just wouldn’t suffice, a call was the only way to express her gratitude for how I had captured them - I may have melted into an actual puddle as she went on about how happy she was to have these photos to look back on for the rest of their lives.
This is the reason I do this, those words right there, “you captured her as I thought only I saw her.” Capturing for someone something they didn’t think possible to be captured. It’s what it’s all about. I preserve the way love feels, document it in a way that brings it flooding back to you when you look at your images decades from now, I photograph the emotion.
This was my second time photographing Courtney and Steve and this time to they were celebrate their wedding anniversary! We shot in Center City Philly and tried to create a set of images that told a romantic and timeless love story - head to the comments to share your thoughts on it!
Spent an evening on the Ben Franklin Bridge in Old City documenting the love and connection between this awesome couple. We had a magical sunset and shot right into that beautiful blue hour light with the city lights shining in the distance.
“As is true to the reason I went with you in the first place, you captured the real, raw moments of our relationship. I absolutely love them and I can’t help but notice how happy I look in nearly every one - not a fake smile for the camera, but a real one. Those unposed moments are what make our relationship so special to me, and that’s why I…”
Amanda is one of Philadelphia's best wedding photographers, and someone I call a friend. She’s one of those people whose joyful demeanor spreads like wildfire wherever she goes, and as you can see, she and Rich together have a pretty amazing energy. At the end of our session Amanda and Rich unexpectedly…
About an hour before we were scheduled to start, I stepped onto the beach to find a soft breeze, blue sky and sunlight shining on my shoulders - perfection. Our session was scheduled to start at 6:30, and at 6:27 I got a text from Sarah that read "Are you okay? Are you in your car?" ...That's odd. I thought, of course I'm okay, it's absolute perfection out here! And then it came. At 6:30 on the dot…
Our last morning in Maine was an epic one. It was just before dusk as I tiptoed across the old wooden floors toward the kitchen to heat the tea kettle. When I swung open the screen door a cold, salty breeze wrapped itself around my shoulders, painting a layer of goosebumps all the way to my ankles. It was my favorite kind of morning, the kind…
It doesn't have to be a special occasion to document your love, engagement photography may be the most common time for couples to experience a photo session but the many beautiful moments that happen after the wedding are well worth documenting. Click through to see more of this “just because” session with Courtney & Steve at Valley Forge Historical Park.
The perfect Spring evening spent photographing Catherine and Tom at Philadelphia's Wissahickon Valley Park. These two really are as funny, sweet and kind as they look. It was such a pleasure working with them and I am so thrilled that they get to call each other husband and wife in just a few months.
Sideways rain an chilly temps aside, I had a blast wandering the streets of Old City, Philly with Matt and Grace. These two share such a beautiful love and come on, you can’t even tell they were cold, am I right?
A cozy Sunday morning session celebrating Joe and Gianna's engagement. You don't always need a gorgeous scenic location for engagement photos, their adorable home just outside of Philadelphia was the perfect spot document their love.
These two have been married for more than thirty years and I was so honored to have the opportunity to photograph them at one of my favorite spots in Camden, Laite Beach. These may be some of my favorite photos EVER, check them out!
Couples sessions are becoming a fast favorite of mine, and with sessions like this, how could they not? This laid back Sunday morning session had all of my favorite things; hot coffee, laughter and two people who are crazy for each other. Thanks for inviting me into your home to document these moments for you!
This shoot came together relatively last minute, and from the first click or my shutter to the last, it lasted less than eighteen minutes - but DANG, did we make magic. Check out the story of how this “test the dress” shoot came to happen and of course, look at how gorgeous Sarah and her babe are!
Is waking up at the crack of dawn and getting your family photo-ready for a sunrise session worth it? Why, yes. Yes it is. Especially when that family photo session is happening in Port Royal, South Carolina. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a disappointing sunrise in this state. These four wanted golden light and a morning sky and I was happy to oblige.
This post is extra special because not only is it of one of my absolute favorite things to photograph - motherhood, but it’s also a session I did for some of my favorite people - my big sister and her babies.
Sunset sessions in South Carolina are some of my favorites, so I was beyond excited when Meghan reached out to book a mother-daughter session on Hunting Island Beach. It turned out to be a pretty chilly Fall evening, especially by the ocean, but we explored and played enough to warm up quickly and create some magic. This mother-daughter session is one of my favorites, take a look!
When Carolina (a fellow photographer!) planned her family’s vacation to Cape May, NJ she reached out to schedule a session to document those memories. It was such a pleasure photographing them! We met at Sunset Beach and were not disappointed with the beautiful sunset skies and warm weather we lucked out with. Vacation sessions are such a great way to document your family’s story.
This session with Kate and her family in Ocean City is one of my favorites. Her family is so full of love and is growing - she told me after we shot that she was pregnant with her second little one at the time of our session! We spent an evening on the beach in Ocean City and created photographs I think they’ll treasure for a lifetime. Plus, how romantic are the photos of mom and dad at the end?!?
Valley Forge in the winter is a DREAM. The brown fields and golden sunsets made for such a gorgeous backdrop for my session with Emil, Matt, and their daughter. Their love is one I can’t put into words (but I did put into photographs), click through to see this beautiful family and read a bit about stopping to appreciate the love in your life.
“In truth, I pray that my daughter sees me, and the world sees us, the way Morgan does. In a snapshot of an hour, I know that if documentation of love is ever called for, I want it to be seen in just this light. Morgan's sense of adventure was remarkably aligned with mine and came as an always welcome reminder to drink the wild air.” See what else Katherine had to say about her mother-daughter session in Megunticook Lake.
I want you to see more than just gorgeous images, I want you to see a family who for a brief time called this place home, who made similar memories on this shore and who will always remember it as a place of joy and adventure. I want you to see how comfortable their feet are upon the sand here while chasing the sunset…
Motherhood has always been one of my favorite things to document and I was so glad to photograph this gorgeous pair. Turning the unique connection between a mother and her child into art allows me to give them a glimpse of how incredible they are from my perspective. A view that looks a lot like this..
From the Seward highway to the maternity wing, here’s a glimpse at the growing family I had the pleasure of photographing in Alaska. There are so many incredible things to be said about them, and as much as anyone could ever want anything, they wanted to be parents, and it's safe to say that anyone who ever met them could tell that they were absolutely meant to be.
Photographing other photographers is always an honor and Tasha and her daughters were an absolute joy to work with. We explored under the Alaskan sun and even included their “stuffies” in some of the fun.
Trying to plan your City Hall Elopement in Philadelphia? You’ve probably already figured out that it’s not as easy or as spontaneous as in any of the movies you’ve seen. It’s cool though, because this post breaks it down for you step by step with links to the city website and tips on planning. From how to apply for your Pennsylvania marriage license, to everything you need to know to schedule your elopement ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall, and a few other details you definitely don’t want to leave out.
Traveling to Camden, Maine? You probably already know it’s one of my favorite places! This Midcoast travel guide covers what to do, where to stay, and, most importantly, where to eat during your Camden vacation.
A huge window overlooked the schoolyard from my 4th-grade classroom - most of us spent the better part of that year staring longingly toward it and dreaming of recess. I had a pretty defining moment in that room. The layout of the classroom changed pretty regularly, and on this particular day our desks were…
“How do I find the right photographer? How do I know I’ve made the best choice when choosing someone to photograph my family?” - I’ve seen these questions asked time and time again so I’ve put together a list of must-ask questions to consider before you book a photographer. These are so useful whether you’re searching for a great fit in a wedding, family, engagement, or adventure photographer. Regardless of your session needs, it’s important to…
Towels and flip flops were ripped from the sand quicker than I could even remove my sunglasses. Car doors slammed closed, their engines fading softly in the background. The sea was abandoned, crashing against a beach where only a handful of us remained. There were the locals, huddled below indigo blue umbrellas chatting over…
Since this post features my first ever couples session (this is vintage guys!), I want to share with you a bit more about what goes into creating these photographs. Many of the best moments during a session will happen naturally, but often, it's asking the right questions that create those intense moments of intimacy. It's one of the ways we put feeling into your pictures.