Whenever possible, I love the opportunity to bring the engagement story into the engagement shoot. It adds another layer of meaning when we can be at special place or incorporate things that are unique to a couple. In this case, we had to include the Vespa that Scott gifted Heidi the same day he proposed. A teal Vespa had been on the top of Heidi's wish list for years – ever since she lived across from a Vespa store. Scott likes to say that the Vespa was the other carat. And when they were tallying up their list of important things, the couple's rescue dog Homer topped the list. So of course, he had to make an appearance. I enlisted my favorite stylist Amy Azzarito fromDesign*Sponge to bring along some cool props and help me style the whole shoot. She brought along paper props by Michelle Bablo and the perfect dress from one of my favorite bridal shops, Lovely. We met, bride, groom, Vespa, bike and dog at the Nathan Hale Homestead. The trees didn't seem to realize that it was already April, but even though there wasn't a leaf in sight, the red barn, setting sun and open meadow made up for it.
Vanessa and Jason wanted to commemorate their special day with a photo shoot this fall. Vanessa wanted photos that were sweet, romantic and fun. I thought Central Park was a great idea, so one beautiful October weekend day, I raced around the park with this fun and loving couple, discovering new places as we shot. They were both troopers – climbing up stairs, scrambling over fences and on top of rocks – we all had a blast – And I got to see first-hand their love for each other. It made my job easy.
When I spoke with Kinga prior to the shoot, she told me that she felt like a more industrial setting better expressed their personality as a couple rather than something overly romantic and sweet. So on an unseasonably warm day in late September, I persuaded them to come from New Jersey to the High Line on the West Side of NYC. This couple is up for anything (even standing in the middle of the street!) and we had a great day exploring New York City’s newest park. The High Line has everything from nature to more industrial settings. It was this perfect spot for this unique and fun couple.