Category Archives: engagements

alexi and stephen, a pennsylvania engagement

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alexi and stephen flew in from san francisco for their engagement session and we had the best time chatting about our shared experiences living in both california and new york. alexi had the brilliant idea of booking the broderie room at phipps conservatory for the first part of our shoot, which was a nice contrast to the snowy and beautiful schenley park. i cannot wait for their lovely greek wedding this fall in pennsylvania!

fuji 400h

pittsburgh, pennsylvania

lyric and hunter

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lyric is a musician and model from australia, and is roomies with her boyfriend, hunter .. who is also a musician (and well, might as well be a model). i met with lyric for portraits but with her boyfriend there, i did what i love most – shoot couples in love! i really love how simple and organic this shoot came about .. they’re just being themselves in their home. i think this is a good example of how an engagement shoot doesn’t necessarily have to be in a photogenic location or involve a lot of props to make interesting photographs. light, love, and your own personal quirk are all that we really need.

portra 400 and 400tx

new york, new york

yang and minh, a stroll through central park

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i got to be in on the surprise for this one:) yang had a master plan of surprising his wife for her birthday with a getaway to nyc, and on top of that –  a portrait session to celebrate her and her youth. i was touched to see her reaction when i gleefully introduced myself to her as yang “casually” scheduled this stroll through central park. as you can see, fall in central park isn’t an awful backdrop and this thoughtful husband and happy wife don’t make a terrible couple:) i couldn’t have asked for better because everything about this shoot was perfection. it was so much fun meeting yang and minh and celebrating her birthday with them in the small way i did.

portra 400

new york, new york

rebecca and howard, an engagement on abbot kinney

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how cute are these two? i’m honored to be shooting their wedding two weeks from today at the chuck jones center for creativity in costa mesa, ca. rebecca and i became friends in college, were roomies, and remained close friends all the years since then. rebecca is a beautiful person inside and out, and when i met howard for the first time, i knew he was special too. i’m so excited for this incredible couple .. i have a feeling i’ll need a kleenex on me while i work this one.

kodak portra 400

venice, california

tess and isaac, a virginia beach engagement

film is so beautiful in the way it renders colors in different types of light. by the time we arrived at the beach, the sun was already hanging low so we were racing to get our shots till the very last bit of the pink, golden sunset. even when fuji 400h is shot in the dimmest light possible, film has so much character, doesn’t it? i love the density, softness, and grain of these images  .. very beautiful in their own way.

as i work on this post, i fondly look back on my short but sweet trip to virginia this past spring.  i loved spending time with this couple, tess and isaac, along with ian, anina, and cassie. making new friends in new places .. i’m thankful for each and every opportunity!

fuji 400h

norfolk, virginia