Juni and Lela found us through a mutual friend, and were really excited to get some engagement photos taken. We’re so glad to have worked with them, especially since they picked the perfect time for their photos (Spring) and an awesome location (Branch Brook Park).
Not a lot of New Jerseyans know this, but Branch Brook Park in Essex County is home to a beautiful and vast collection of cherry blossoms. Since we went during the height of the blossom season, the cherry blossoms were still on their branches and were full of great color. With a neat mix of pedestrian bridges, romantic walkways and a myriad of spring colors, we’ll definitely be returning to this location soon enough.
Juni and Lela– thanks again for choosing us, and congratulations on your engagement!
On the morning of their engagement session, Jon got to Princeton University a half-hour early to do a little more exploring of the campus. While wandering around the Theological Seminary, he kept hearing brief spurts of TAP TAP TAP, then a pause, then more TAP TAP TAPs. He soon realized the sounds were coming from atop a tree– a woodpecker in search of it’s early morning breakfast (See photo #1). What a cool way to start the morning!
Not long after, Brian and Sara arrived and Jon’s attention was reverted to bigger and better things. Princeton is a great place to take couples because the opportunities for photos are endless. Many buildings on campus are known for their High Victorian Gothic style of architecture. Since it was spring time, the trees and the flowers were all showing off their vibrant colors.
Here’s a super-quick listing of where we went & what cool things took place (photos ordered accordingly):
a. The woodpecker (can’t start off a photo blog without something scenery-related)
b. Speer Library- Brian spent many hours hitting the books as a student, and we also revisited the very place where he asked Sara to marry him!
c. Outdoor garden area of Speer Library- doors were locked, but we got access via the outer gates
d. Awesome gothic architecture around the general Princeton campus
e. “The Chapel” as stated on Princeton’s official maps.
Sunlight + Red stainglass windows = awesome red lighting
f. Magnolia trees had just shed their petals, making for some cool downward-looking photos
g. Very cool tunnel on campus
h. (Downtown) Small World Coffee – Brian and Sara’s official “first date” spot
i. (Downtown) Halo Pub – This great little ice cream & dessert nook is where we ended our engagement session. Ironically, I asked why Brian was covering his face and Sara replied, “He’s getting camera shy.” Moments later, it seemed to be contagious. (photos to prove it!)
Rami and Jen were such a great couple to shoot. I (Howie) had a blast getting to know them, they were really relaxed and chill. We had two shoots over the course of a six day period in different areas of NYC. Anyway enough typing and more pictures!