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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!

Nikki & Kevin | Modern & Classic NYC Wedding

Nikki & Kevin | Modern & Classic NYC Wedding

Nikki and Kevin flew in from Los Angeles for their New York City wedding to get married in the same beautiful church where her parents were married years before. I was so touched by the sweet sentiment behind their decision. It was immediately easy to see why they chose this bright, gorgeous setting for their closest friends and family to witness their intimate ceremony. Once Nikki and Kevin were pronounced husband and wife, we took some family portraits in the pretty garden at All Souls Church before heading to iconic Central Park with the wedding party.

"If you can dream it, you can do it." | My Disney Fairytale

"If you can dream it, you can do it." | My Disney Fairytale

Once upon a time, there was a young woman in a hospitality program at a four year university who was a little lost. She wasn't quite sure what she wanted to do with her life when a school counselor suggested Disney could be the perfect place to start her career. She decided to make it happen then never looked back, and even started telling everyone she was leaving New Hampshire for California in six months, well before she had even applied for the job. And guess what!? That young woman was me! And, surprise - I got the job! I was accepted to the Spring/Summer 2009 Disney College Program. When I chose the position of a Photopass Photographer, I had no idea how much my life was about to change. 

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