Jennifer & Manny | Coney Island Engagement Session

One morning, in Texas, Jennifer was scrolling Offbeat Bride when she happened upon a wedding I had photographed being featured that day. She and her new fiancé, Manny, had a trip to NYC planned and thought an engagement session in the city could be fun. When Jennifer reached out and told me they liked street art and bagels (two of my very favorite things), I knew we'd be friends.  

Their session ended up being on one of the hottest days of the summer during a week filled with thunderstorms. We got lucky with a lot sunshine! In order to beat the heat, we took a stroll down the pier to feel the breeze and obviously had to stop for ice cream! I loved their relaxed vibe, Jen's colorful engagement ring, and the way they had each other laughing the entire time.

Congrats to this super fun, very happy couple! 

Theresa & Chassitty | Astoria Engagement Session

A year ago, Theresa and Chassitty contacted me about booking an engagement session. They openly shared their story with me right away. The couple wanted me to know that they were doing things "out of order" and had privately eloped six months earlier, but never had photos taken. "Since we're a queer couple," they said, "we decided to get married before [the most recent] inauguration." Doing things non-traditionally is my favorite and while I was very happy for them and the start of their new life together, my heart also broke a little for all the queer couples who feel as though their love is less than.

As a queer photographer with an offbeat vibe I was able to make "out of order" work perfectly for these two. Our session took place in Astoria Park in Queens, New York, where the couple often jogs and watches the sun set together. 

Theresa and Chassitty met in 2015 at a BBQ hosted by a mutual friend around the time they both started their PhD programs. The party guests were enjoying a bonfire and playing Psychopoly (psychology-themed Monopoly) when it turned in to a drinking game involving fireball. During the game, several friends ventured off to the snack table and eventually these two were the only players left. Theresa realized she was interested in Chassitty, who was oblivious to the flirtation. Their friendship grew deeper and they bonded over shared interests in psychology, volleyball, hiking. It took a couple of years of Theresa dropping subtle and not-so-subtle hints before she finally sat Chassitty down directly to share her feelings. Everything immediately clicked. The couple just so happened to be planning a week-long hiking and meditation trip together and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. It was like they were in love from the very start and felt right in a way that no other relationship ever had for either one.  

Wishing you both the happiest year and a half anniversary!

Eliza & Eric | Puzzles & Pups LA Couples Session

For years, I've been trying to get my youngest sister, Eliza, and her boyfriend, Eric, in front of my camera. On a recent trip out to Los Angeles, it finally happened! 

These two are so cute together, completely compatible, and beyond GORGEOUS. It's actually quite difficult for me to find the right words to write about them. When this session happened on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I had no idea that Eric had already chosen an absolutely stunning diamond ring for my sister and would be proposing a few days later! They enjoy staying home on the weekends, watching movies, doing puzzles, and caring for their adopted dogs, Walter and Zoe. Just like their couples session, and a lot of their relationship, Eric's proposal was quiet, very personal and took place at home.

We are thrilled to welcome this amazing man to our family! I am so excited to help Eliza plan her wedding, as she is doing for me as my Maid of Honor, best friend, and sister! Congratulations to this very happy and special couple. I love you both!

Belle & Jaimie | Austin "Engagement Session"

Normally, I like to start off my blog posts with a story about my couple. For this one, take a look at their downtown Austin session first and you can read more about Belle & Jaimie below! 

How gorgeous is this pair?! My camera almost couldn't handle how hot they were! Their chemistry was insane and I absolutely LOVED shooting these two, it's definitely a session to remember.

Now, would you believe me if I told you they aren't a real couple?! They actually met the morning these images were taken!

Last summer, I was heading down to Austin for Mallory & Clayton's hill country engagement session when I thought it would be fun to do a couples shoot near Sixth Street, too. There is something I can't explain about Austin, I just love the grittiness, the weirdness, the artistry of the city, and the vibe it gives off. I started looking around on Instagram and found this cotton-candy-colored goddess via hashtags! I knew I needed to photograph her immediately and reached out. Fortunately for me, she was totally into the idea! After a few weeks, she then used social media to find Jaimie!

We met on top of an Austin parking garage on a HOT Texas morning and clicked right away. They had even brought completely unplanned coordinating outfits! It couldn't have gone more perfectly, don't you think?! Thank you both for being amazing models, people, and for letting a complete stranger from NYC talk you into this crazy photo shoot!

If you're near Austin, check out Belle's Beauty Box and keep up with Jaimie's surfer/skate lifestyle here