Yearly Archives: 2009

The whole family relaxing at home by the fire watching Elf! After such a ginormous year, it’s nice to be able to take it easy for a change!

We had a decent amount of snow come our way here in NJ the other day. Now, I don’t know exactly what happened to the kid in me who used to love playing in the snow, but sad to say he is gone. I am happy to report though that my daughter Zoe is quite “normal” when it comes to that kid/snow relationship. Perhaps her joy will rekindle my affinity for the white stuff, who knows! Anyway, I did take the opportunity to just wander around my back yard with my camera the day after the snow to see what I could find. I was pleasantly surprised! I’m a big fan of repetition, form, line, patterns and clean compositions in my work, and there was no shortage in my back yard! The snow only serves to accentuate many of these characteristics. So, I thought I would share what I saw with you all. This was a really good exercise in seeing shapes and patterns and organizing them into pleasing compositions.

I thought I would first start off with a little collage of some of the images I caught and then proceed to show the uncropped/larger photos as well.

I love putting these “best of” posts together because it gives me a great opportunity to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about all the great shoots I’ve been on this past year. But even more importantly, it allows me to really reflect on what it is I do for a living, which is preserving happy, loving memories for people through my creative eye. Last year’s best of was in the form of a slide show, and my initial plan for this year was to post a top 20 favorite photos from 209 list, but I have a really hard time narrowing down photos! So, because it’s my blog and there is no one to stop me, I am creating a top 20+ favorite photo list of 2009 engagement sessions. I don’t exactly know how many photos are here, but it’s more than 20! Also, I think if I were to make this list a week ago, or even a week from now it could be fairly different. Yes, I can sometimes be THAT indecisive! I’ve also decided that it would be too difficult for me to put these in a definitive order of “favoritism” so I will put some of my obvious favorites towards the top and then it will just kind of get willy nilly! So, a big thank you to all of my clients! YAY! Enjoy!

This one is actually my favorite of the year, that much I do know!

I met up with Cortney and Ryan in their hometown of Hoboken this afternoon for their engagement session. It was a chilly day in Hoboken, but we rocked it out regardless! Cortney and Ryan were so laid back and easy to photograph. We wandered around the water front for a bit and then headed through the streets of Hoboken to finish things up. Cortney and Ryan were such troopers, braving the cold weather, all the while looking fabulous in the process! I had an awesome time hanging out and getting to know you two today, and I’m really looking forward to your wedding next year!

If this wall looks a litle familiar, then you may have seen it on the show Cake Boss! It’s right behind his bakery, which had a line out the door the entire day by the way!

I love the kid in the background scaring the geese!

For some reason it took me a while, but we finally got that reflection off of Cortney’s engagement ring!

I love when things just come together like this.

After a few hours out in the cold we decided to warm up with some Starbucks coffee. Thanks for the Gingerbread Latte guys! mmmm

And as the sun was well on its way to bed, I convinced Cortney and Ryan for one last shot!

Having shot Shannon and Bryan’s e-session a few months ago in Hoboken, I already knew going in to today that these two had chemistry together. What I didn’t know, however, were the few set backs Shannon encountered just prior to me arriving. Let’s see, the florist crashed into Shannon’s mom’s car, one of Shannon’s bride’s maids became so sick that after showing up during the prep, she eventually became too ill to attend the wedding at all, and worst of all was that Shannon’s grandmother suffered a heart attack the night before. Shannon didn’t let any of this alter her plans for enjoying an awesome wedding day with friends and family! She took everything in stride and kept on keeping on! I had such a great time capturing Shannon and Bryan’s wedding day too! In fact, this blog post may very well hold the record for the largest number of photos posted from one wedding. Any of you silent blog stalkers out there have some free time to verify this?! Congratulations Shannon and Bryan, enjoy Jamaica!

I love the feel of this shot with all that light spilling in from the window.

I think this was Shannon and her sister’s special sign to keep from crying.

I love the “quietness” of this shot.

Shannon and her dad.

Not quite the largest bridal party I’ve ever worked with, but certainly the most I’ve ever shot indoors for sure! These guys were great!

Last shot of the night? Almost…
…During Shannon’s sister’s toast, she had mentioned that Shannon and Bryan have been to every Diner in NJ. This got me thinking, especially since there happened to be a Diner literally across the street from the reception venue. So, right after the last song I approached Shannon and Bryan and asked if they wanted to go for coffee at the Diner. You should have seen there faces light up with excitement! They snuck out the back door and I met them across the street so they could get some coffee while I got some shots of them in the process! Yay!

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