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Mandy + Jeff // Evansburg State Park Engagement

Mandy & Jeff met me a few months ago to discuss the details of their wedding at a local Starbucks. We talked about the details of their wedding over coffee and they took their phones out to show off some photos of their adorable niece. I knew then that their engagement session would be a blast. They share a deep connection that goes beyond words. Then, when Mandy said they wanted to bring their sweet puppy Clark along for a few shots, I squealed with excitement! Clark did not disappoint and neither did his puppy parents. Enjoy some of my very favorites from that evening in Evansburg State Park.

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Danielle + Lance // Phoenixville Engagement Session

You would think after a 2.5 hour drive from Cape May that Lance & Danielle would be groggy, miserable and generally not ready to trek around Phoenxville with me to take photos. Well, you’d be wrong.

Danielle & Lance are film & book lovers. They spend their time together watching old musicals projected onto a big screen in their living room in Chicago. Lance makes awesome short films about their lives  (see here) which I’ve recently become a big fan of. So, it seemed perfect to take them into Phoenixville down to the classic Colonial Theater on Bridge Street for a few shots. From there, we went up Bridge Street to “Retold Tales” & then “Deep Groove Record Shop”. Hanging out with these two for an afternoon makes you want to go home and binge-watch every old film you can get your hands on (See: My Netflix Queue).  They’re relaxed with each other & it’s easy to tell that not only are they completely in love, but they’re very best friends.  Danielle & Lance share the same interests and have fun doing everything & nothing together.

I’m so excited to be photographing their wedding this fall at the Chalfont Hotel in Cape May. I want to thank them for coming into town Saturday night & giving me the opportunity to get to know these cool cats better. Here are some of my favorites from our night together.

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Aisling + Eddie // Marlton Engagement Session

He waved me into a spot they kept open just for my arrival. She came walking out in an adorable sundress & Clark’s ankle boots, all smiles, holding a purple Gerbra Daisy potted in a baby blue tin-A gift, for me. Then Eddie handed me a bottle of water & thanked me for making the drive to Marlton. Aisling asked me if I needed a snack before we headed out, and Eddie insisted I use the lady’s room before we go (my mother would high-five him for that one). I hadn’t even had the chance to take my camera bag out of the car & I was immediately overwhelmed with love, hospitality & appreciation.

That feeling never left me the entire session. Eddie & Aisling took me around their neighborhood in Marlton to the most gorgeous spots. From a neighbor’s lakefront backyard with a canoe (hello!) to a picnic on the sandy beach at sunset paired with the most gorgeous light, it was visually everything I could ever dream it could be. Eddie looked so sharp in his oxford shirt & slick hair & Aisling’s adorable outfit I could borrow every day of the week! All that means nothing without chemistry & a spark between the couple.  As you may have guessed, Aisling & Eddie aren’t short of that either. Aisling is as sweet as they come, and Eddie is chivalrous & so, so kind.  It’s obvious that they bring out the best in each other because together, they are collectively the nicest people I’ve ever met.  I can already see their children & grandchildren gushing over these two and saying things like, “What a wonderful example they’ve set for us over the years.” These two have what it takes & I can’t wait to photograph the beginning of that journey in July.

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Keaton // 6 Days Old

I was completely elated when Marc & Lindsay took the ultrasound photo out of the car at the beginning of our session together last summer. We met up early one morning in July at French Creek State Park to take photos for Noah’s first birthday. After doing Noah’s newborn session, 3  and 6 month session, I thought this would be the last I would see of the family for some time. Lindsay assured me we would be meeting up again when baby #2 arrived & that made my heart swell.

Flash forward roughly 9 months and here we are! They’re in a new house, Noah is talking & Keaton is here.  It’s obviously really incredible to watch the strides that the children make between sessions, but what sometimes makes an even bigger impression are the parents. Watching them grow into more confident parents & photographing them as they show me their little inside jokes with their child & all the funny tricks they know each time is so much fun (see Noah’s “Mean Face” as an example). Being in the moment & capturing these relationships is such a wonderful privilege that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Thank you Marc, Lindsay, Noah & Keaton for having me in your home last week. It’s never dull & I always leave excited to upload the images after our time together. Here are some of my favorites from this time around.

 

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Dearest // 1914 Love Letters

I’ve been wanting to share these letters since Kyle found them in our Maryland basement 3 years ago. I’ve kept them in a special place & every so often, I try to decipher them (the gentleman’s handwriting is quite poor). They were written 100 years ago to a woman named Gena Edwards in Sag Harbor, MD (or, as she is referred to in the letters, “Dear”.) from a man named “Al” (or maybe “Ed”, not positive) from New York. I don’t know how their story began or ended, I just have these 2 letters (one incomplete). The writer isn’t terribly romanic; these aren’t the letters novels are made of. I think this is just an honest depiction of what communication in a long distance relationship looked like in 1914. Am I an authority on long term relationships in the early 1900′s? No, but if you read the letters, you’ll see what I mean.

I feel honored having a physical token of a time passed where people put pen to paper to write each other every day, could NOT drive in the rain, sewed their own clothes & went to dances on Saturday nights.

This one’s for all the romantics out there. Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

 

Dearest xxxxx,

Well dear, it is 7:30pm and nothing to do but sleep all day if I want to. How does that sound? I wish you could too, for I think a good rest would do you lots of good. Well I got here all night last night, it rained and lighting all the way up, I wish I had stayed down, for it is too foggy & worse today.  Why didn’t you tell me it was going to rain? And say, dear, don’t ever try to tell me that you keep me for going again just as if I wanted to go. Of course you keep me dear, but not in the way you meant.

I wish you had told me whether you were going to the dance Saturday night. For if you were, I was going to see if I could get Shiffer to take us down, but don’t know if I will see him again. I would like to know what was the matter with you Saturday night. I suppose you had your reasons, but I felt as if you were not very anxious to see me and it hurt, dear. As said in your letter, dear, that you wished we could agree on more things. I wish we could too, dear.  You say I wont try & see things the way you do, dear, do you ever try and think the way I do about things?

So you are real busy sewing are you? Well when you get done those dresses, dear, I wish you would come up and sew some buttons on my shirt for me because there is some off of every one that I own. Do you suppose the time will ever get here when you will do your sewing right on my lap? Well dear, guess I will have to stop and go mail this. So goodnight, dearest. Please write again & I will see you Friday.

xxxxxxxxxxxx Your Loving Al 

 

Dearest xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I suppose that you will be expecting to see me tonight & I expected to be there dear but I feel quite tired tonight dear and it looks as if it might rain any minute over here. So I guess I won’t start start.  I hope that I haven’t kept you from going anywhere by saying that I was coming but you will understand won’t you sweetheart ? xxx

I will miss seeing you, for I had counted on it . I wonder if you miss me as much dear? Tomorrow might I will have to go to S.H so, dear, I will see you Sunday night. Where will you be? Can you write again before that? I got your letter last night and was very glad to get it. Say, dear, why do you mind so much when I tease you a little? I don’t see why you should. It’s raining now guess it’s a good thing I didn’t go. Just wait until Friday night and I… {incomplete}

 

Makes you want to pick up a pen & write to your Valentine, doesn’t it? Go ahead, I dare you to do something sweet.

 

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