Braving freezing temperatures, snowy roads, and bone chilling wind, these two nailed their session. Kelci and Matt came all the way from their new home in Michigan for their session, hoping for snow. The day before their session, it was rainy, gloomy, without a single flake to be seen anywhere. When I woke up the morning of their shoot to a fresh dusting of snow, I did a little happy dance, not realizing it was about three degrees outside. Kelci and Matt really held it together for their session. When we arrived at Nemaloin Woodlands Resort for their session, Kelci looked amazing (Jae Lee of JL Makeup Studio is a magician!) and Matt was rocking a super suave suit for their first look of the day. While they look like straight up models in these photos, they were FREEZING. We came up with a plan, using a lot of locations for short spurts of time while running to the car to warm up in between. There's thankfully no photographic proof but at one point poor Matt definitely was wearing my raspberry knit headband for warmth. After braving the freezing temperatures in their fancy outfits, it was definitely time for a little break. We headed back to Nemacolin to defrost and for the couple to change outfits. As the sun was setting, the temperatures dropped, so changing into some casual, warm clothing was a good choice. To contrast the fancy part of the shoot, I found a pretty grove of pine trees for this half of the shoot, and we managed to even catch some sunset shots! The really exciting part about the end of the shoot is as we pulled out of the resort, all of the christmas lights began to pop on. I was sad, we had wrapped the shoot before the lights came on, but as I drove off the hill, I saw Kelci and Matt pulled over, just as excited as I was. It was seriously the most perfect way to wrap up our day!
When Maria from Palermo Photo and I decided to head down to New Orleans for Thu and Chad's engagement session, we dreamed of warm days and pretty sunshine. Instead we got 40 degrees and overcast, the exact weather we had left behind in Pittsburgh. Thankfully, this sweet couple sucked up the cold temps in their normally warm hometown and headed out with us to create some magic. New Orleans City Park provided the perfect backdrop for this whole session, even with the uncooperative weather it really was stunning. While Maria and I were bundled up, the couple donned some fancy clothe for their shoot, Thu wore a lovely pinky-peach toned dress that popped against the spanish moss and blue greens of the park. The mix of nature and beautiful architectural elements in the park gave us a great variety for the session, and Thu and Chad were naturals in front of the camera. Since I knew we were coming down for this once in a lifetime session, I threw a fun dress in my bag in hopes that we would have time during the shoot to use it. Thankfully it fit Thu like a glove, and when she came out in her new outfit (after a beignet break to warm up of course), the sun peeked through the clouds and created the exact look we came to get! The bejeweled gown I brought with me in hopes of using for the session sparkled in the sun. We had about half an hour of gorgeous golden hour light and thankfully this sweet couple let us use every second. I just loved how the two different dresses and two different lighting conditions really created such different looks for our session and created a lot of variety even when we went back and re-used the same spots in the park!
I can't believe that just five years ago I was documenting Julie's brother propose, and now I get to be a part of her love story too! She and Garrett feel in love and made their life together in Philadelphia, so as a former resident of the Philadelphia suburbs I jumped at the chance to drive down and take photos of them in one of my all time favorite cities. It was so much fun getting to see the beautiful fall foliage and to take photos in spots of the city I had never seen before. We met in the early afternoon at Elfreth's Alley, the oldest residential street in the country! The narrow cobblestone road, historical row houses, and pops of character and color throughout the small alley worked perfectly for sweet portraits of this couple. I loved getting to explore the area with them while we laughed and took photos, finding funky little side paths and hidden gardens to stop in for shots. Since autumn seems to take a little longer to hit the other side fo the state, we still had some beautiful greenery sprinkled through this small residential area to break up the color of the old brick facades. Once we wrapped up in the city, we had to make an important pit stop on our way to the next location. It was time for them to grab their fur baby and head to the park! Despite growing up not far from the area, I had never been to Wissahickon Valley Park and was so excited when I saw how beautiful it looked in the late fall. While we had to race against the setting sun, the lighting worked perfectly to accent the fall foliage along the creek. It was the perfect way to wrap up a fun session and score some gorgeous orange leaves in our last few photos!