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How do I dress for an engagement session?
Now, the various answers to that often asked question is an entire post itself. But one of the biggest things I try to emphasize is: layers! Dressing in layers for your engagement session gives us lots of options and photographs really well. That cute black blazer Kristen has on? You could take it off and have a whole new look. But even with us keeping it on, it gives the eye a lot more to look at and makes her mint green shirt pop. And Robyn wore a collared shirt- it wasn’t a huge difference in color from her sweater she layered on top. And that’s why it worked! Small little things to break up an outfit work wonders.
My go-to advice for engagement outfits: Layer. Easiest way? Bring a cardigan or blazer. I personally love either a colorful blazer or a black/gray/navy blazer with a super bright top. Robyn today is showing this off in style.

I know everyone worries about their engagement outfit. Robyn and Kristen immediately asked “Is this good? Does this work??” when I met them in South Street Seaport. Before I could say anything, Robyn said “I know you said not to wear anything with a brand or words on the front but…” and I cut her off. Yes, she broke my rule. But she broke it for the best phrase, “Follow your heart”.
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I love August, when the Yale academic year starts to get going, and college kids start filling streets that were once still. The ebb and flow of the academic year in New Haven is something I like. I get the city to myself for breaks and summer…but then I miss the energy that the kids bring. Many of my couples are Yale Alumni, often coming back to New Haven to do their engagement session where they once were students. Maybe they met here and fell in love. Maybe they never got the chance. But New Haven pulls them back. Catharine and Paul silently held onto each other for the whole session. Yes, it was a Yale engagement session but New Haven also has a beach that many of the students love to come to. Paul would crack a smile when their dog would snuggle up, asking for pets. Cool fall air means close contact to keep warm. So we spent most of the shoot listening to the waves, keeping off the chill, and I just stood back to give them the chance to reconnect. Reconnect with this place they loved so much, now together as a family, puppy and all.
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Ashleigh and Cari and their too-cute-for-words daughter Madison, flew in to New York from Florida ready to elope in style. And they did. Cari looked absolutely GQ from the start. Totally smoking in her gray vest and purple tie. And I absolutely loved Ashleigh’s dress because it sort of encapsulates all an elopement can be. It was a freaking CONVERTIBLE dress. How bad ass is that? So for our trip to City Hall, the dress was short, sophisticated, and flirty. Perfect. Tulle was reserved for Madison.

After an victorious exit with Madison from City Hall, Cari and Ashleigh were ready for some romance. They wanted epic shots in quintessentially New York places. We started at the Brooklyn Bridge, where the couple was warmly greeted with congratulations by passers-by. They’d never been to New York, so everything about the experience was new to them, and it was wonderful for me to experience New York, and all its sights and sounds, through their eyes.

Once we got to Central Park the romance kicked into high gear. Ashleigh converted her dress, and all of a sudden their was a delicious swirl of tulle surrounding her. I LOVE tulle. There is so much you can do with a tulle dress to give motion and shape to photographs. It kind of makes me drool. From Bethesda Fountain to Bow Bridge, Cari and Ashleigh kissed and cuddled and made being in love in New York City look fabulous.

Want to see iconic New York and get great photos? Let’s chat about your dream New York City images. Cobblestone? Brooklyn Bridge? The highline? Bow Bridge which has been in dozens of movies?
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When someone tells me they have a surprise for their spouse beforehand, I get all sweaty and nervous. Can we pull it off? I’m SUPER bad at lying. My nervous, I’m totally lying 100% habit is to smile really big and laugh uncontrollably. Yeah, super slick. Carrie was going to pull off a first dance in central park. I just had to get out of the way and lie through my teeth about needing Ashleigh to…actually I have no idea what I said. I was so focused on distracting her for a minute so that Carrie could run to her bluetooth speakers, press the on button and run back to start her first dance, that I could have said anything. But that moment when the music went on and Ashleigh realized it was music for HER and not random central park music? She burst out smiling and threw her hands around Carrie’s neck. They swayed to the music, somehow not many tourist were nearby, letting the music just fill the air. Yes, they eloped in New York City. But they had their first dance too.

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