Autumn Adventure-Styled Shoot

FINALLY blogging this styled shoot. I feel like every blog post recently has started off with me saying that I’m “finally blogging it”…but it’s true! I’m so excited to share this post. I’m publishing it on International women’s day and I guess it’s a happy coincidence! My favorite lady, and hair and makeup artist, Molly’s Tanzillo (@mollys_chair) and I, put together this styled shoot. Sometime’s it’s hard to find vendors who are available when you are, and I just love styling sets and doing little DIY projects, so this was a fun little shoot that we put together!

Molly and I made the bouquet, boutonniere and flower arrangements all ourselves with flowers we found at the local markets as well as greenery from around my parent’s backyard! The ceremony set up, as well as the sweetheart table were set up at my parent’s house where most of my shoots go down! The second half of the shoot took place on a random road close to Newtown Pa. Every season this road looks different, I’ve shot in it when there was corn lining one side as well as little straw like bits growing on the other. I just love this location and it’s versatile looks that it can bring to a session!

Michaela and Andrew modeled for me and did amazing per usual. Michaela wore a vintage crocheted midi length dress that I had thrifting years ago and just finally put to good use. I thought it was a cute alternative to a floor length gown, and made this little “Elopement” style session more casual. Andrew’s outfit was something I put together from Old Navy and Target. I loved the floral pattern on the shirt as well as the rust color that came from the pants. The pants are one of my favorite colors and honestly one of the first things I purchased when I thought of doing this shoot!

My best friend, Maggie, (@maggiemmartin) obviously had to be apart of this shoot in some way. She hand wrote Mr. and Mrs. on these marble slabs with gold ink to mark the Bride and Groom’s places at the table!

Molly of course did the hair and makeup for this shoot and made Michaela look so effortless. She decided to do a half up half down look so that we could have some braid action in there while still making the hair look casual and not too formal. With the makeup, she kept it very simple and glowy. Neutral tones on the lids and a little bit of glow on the cheekbones to make Michaela’s natural beauty stand out!

If you made it this far, thanks for checking it out!! Molly and I loved doing this shoot and all of the planning really worked out for the best!!

Check out these lovely people!

Hair and Makeup-Molly Tanzillo
Model’s-Michaela & Andrew

Kim & Ashley-Philadelphia Proposal

Proposals have become one of my new favorite things to capture. This proposal between Ashley & Kim was so incredibly special and thought out. Ashley contacted me a couple months ago asking if I would be able to photograph her proposing to her girlfriend, Kim! The original plan was to do the proposal somewhere in Manayunk, but Ashley ended up finding this AMAZING hotel/restaurant that would be the perfect backdrop for the proposal.

We planned for weeks and finally the day had come. February 2nd. I met Ashley earlier in the day at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons to help set up the space, go over the plan once more, and to photograph the space before anyone came in. Ashley also had a bouquet made from Belovely Designs and it was absolutely perfect! Kim had no idea this was about to happen, she thought it was just a date night in the city at a fancy restaurant in Fishtown to continue celebrating her birthday which had happened a few days before.

Ashley then surprised Kim with a hotel room, and a little present for her to open up. The present contained a drawing made by artist, Megan Olsen, also known as Cartoonaday on instagram. The drawing was a cartoon of Ashley proposing to Kim right in the very spot they were standing in the hotel room! Of course, she said yes! Kim LOVES her engagement ring. I mean LOVES it. If there isn’t at least one instagram story a day showcasing it, then there’s a problem. Lauren of L.Priori Jewelry helped Ashley custom make a pear shaped champagne diamond ring that is just out of this world!

Kim was in total shock and had no idea any of this was going to happen. Kim had been following me on instagram and told Ashley how much she loved my work, it was so amazing to be able to capture this moment for the two of them! After the initial shock of what had just happened and Ashley and Kim took a moment to soak in the moment, I photographed them all snuggled up all around the hotel. I mean, the space was too beautiful to not have a mini photoshoot in!

My time was done and the two got to have a lovely dinner where Kim had another surprise of seeing the lovely bouquet at their dinner table while they had a romantic candle lit dinner as a newly engaged couple!! Thank you so so much to both Ashley for having me capture your proposal to Kim. You two are so sweet and kind! Can’t wait to plan your engagement session!!

Hotel/Restaurant: Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Enagement ring: L.Priori Jewelry 
Florals: Belovley Designs
Cartoon: Megan Draws

Hope & Joe-Winter Engagement

Where do I begin with this session?! The beautiful lady in these images is one of my good friends and fellow wedding photographer Hope. She’s getting married to her man, Joe, in upstate New York this summer, and I had the privilege to take their engagement photos! I can’t wait for their wedding because it’s going to be my first wedding as an actual guest since I was a flower girl when I was like 8!

Hope had a vision when she asked me to do her engagement session. She wanted warm tones and a session full of adventure and uniqueness. She got her favorite ladies to do her hair and makeup, and one of her favorite florist friends to create a bouquet for the session. We walked through Tyler State Park at sunset and adventured to the dam down one of the paths.

We ended the outside portion of the session with some glowy golden sunset portraits of the two of them snuggled up. We all couldn’t feel our hands by the end of the session, but it was definitely worth freezing to get these shots!

The final portion of their session took place in my parent’s stone farmhouse. I’ve shot tons of boudoir sessions here, but never a couple. We headed up into the attic and I photographed the two of them with just the candlelight. These images are probably my favorite from the entire session. They’re so different and unique than any other engagement session I’ve done. I’m so happy Hope suggested to do some indoor shots because these definitely made their session so special!

Thank you so much Hope and Joe for trusting me with your vision! I can’t wait for your wedding day!! It’s going to be so magical!

Hair by: Ariel Katrina Hair
Makeup: Makeup by Emily Dimant
Bouquet: Bloom Flower Co.

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