Monday, July 1, 2024

Maegan + Ryan's Growing Family • Willowwood Arboretum


A few years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Maegan & Ryan’s beautiful wedding day. Last summer, I was thrilled to also capture their growing family's latest chapter as they were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their second baby. 

Willowwood Arboretum's serene outdoor location perfectly reflected the family's warmth and joy. The golden hour provided magical lighting, casting a soft, warm glow over the scene. The lush greenery added a touch of nature's beauty, complementing the family's radiant smiles. One of the highlights was capturing the pure joy and excitement of the parents as they anticipated the arrival of their new baby. Tender moments between the mom and dad, their loving interactions with their son, and gentle touches on the mother's baby bump spoke volumes about their deep connection and the love that fills their home. 
Their son was a delight to photograph. He showed excitement about becoming an older brother, making the shoot even more special.
This growing family session was more than just a photo shoot; it was a celebration of life, love, and the beautiful future ahead. Photographing this family's journey has been a privilege and a joy, and seeing their love grow and evolve has been truly special. 
It was a beautiful reminder of why I love what I do – capturing life's most precious moments and creating memories that will be cherished for generations.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day!


 "A father’s love is the foundation on which a child builds their life." —Unknown

Happy Father’s Day to the incredible father of our two wonderful children! From bedtime stories to homework help, you make every moment special. Your patience and love fill our home with joy.
Thank you for being a role model, a protector, and our kids' biggest cheerleader. We’re so lucky to have you.

We love you more than words can say. Enjoy your special day!
On this special day, I also want to send warm wishes to my dad in Poland. Love you, Dad!
Kocham Cię, Tato!

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Nicole + Tim • Bear Brook Valley Wedding


Nicole and Tim's wedding at Bear Brook Valley was a dream come true. 
Nestled in the heart of New Jersey, the venue offered a stunning backdrop for the couple's wedding. The overcast sky provided soft lighting that brought out the rich colors of the fall foliage, making the scenery even more breathtaking. 

Nicole’s bridesmaids were a vision in a beautiful array of rust and dusty rose dresses, with each dress adding its unique touch to the overall aesthetic. The mix of satin and velvet fabrics added a luxurious texture to the scene, perfectly complementing the fall setting. 

Before the ceremony, Nicole and Tim shared a private first look. They chose to exchange personal vows in this quiet moment, away from the hustle and bustle. This heartfelt exchange was filled with emotion, setting a beautiful tone for the rest of the day.

The outdoor ceremony was nothing short of magical. With the overcast sky providing a gentle light and under a beautiful arch, decorated with an array of stunning fall flowers, Nicole and Tim stood before their loved ones and promised their lives to each other. The setting was serene, and the love in the air was palpable. Guests were visibly moved as the couple exchanged rings and sealed their vows with a kiss.

As night fell, the celebration kicked into high gear. The reception was a joyous affair, filled with laughter, dancing, and heartfelt toasts. From the delicious food to the lively music, every detail was perfectly planned to ensure a memorable night for everyone.

Nicole and Tim’s fall wedding at Bear Brook Valley was a testament to their love and the beauty of that fall day. The mix of rust and dusty rose bridesmaids' dresses, the intimate vow exchange, and the joyous celebration all came together to create an unforgettable day. I was honored to capture these precious moments and witness the beginning of their beautiful journey together.

Congratulations, Nicole and Tim!

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Happy Mother's Day!


"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." 
- Agatha Christie

Every day is a reminder of the immense gratitude I feel for the beautiful journey of motherhood. 
From the moment my children came into my life, they have filled my days with love, laughter, and endless blessings.
Being a mom is a role I cherish deeply, and it's one that has taught me more about love, patience, and resilience than I ever thought possible. The joy of watching my children grow, learn, and explore the world around them is a gift that fills my heart with gratitude each and every day.

But as I reflect on my own journey as a mother, I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation for the women who came before me—my own mom, who lives in Poland, and my mother-in-love. Their love, guidance, and unwavering support have shaped me into the mother I am today, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

To my mom - your love knows no bounds! Thank you for the countless sacrifices you've made, for the lessons you've taught me, and for the unconditional love you've shown me. You are my hero, my role model, and my greatest source of inspiration. Even though we may be separated by miles, your presence is always felt in my heart. Kocham Cię, Mamo!

And to all the amazing mamas out there: May your day be filled with sweet surprises, warm hugs, and moments of pure joy. You are the heart and soul of your families, and your strength and love inspire us all. Here's to celebrating you today and every day. 

Happy Mother's Day! 

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Lauren + Josh • Central Park Engagement Session


I couldn't have asked for a more picturesque setting than Central Park in mid-November for Lauren and Josh's engagement session. And let me tell you, the park did not disappoint.

From the moment we started our session, it was evident that Lauren and Josh shared something truly special. Their chemistry was not only visible but palpable, and their love for each other so evident in every smile, every glance, and every embrace! As they strolled hand in hand through the park, each moment seemed to unfold effortlessly, allowing me to capture genuine and heartfelt images at every turn. Their sense of ease and comfort in front of the camera made my job as a photographer an absolute joy.  

Central Park may have provided the backdrop, but it was their love that truly stole the show. I can't wait to see what the future holds for these two, and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to capture a small glimpse of their love story through my lens.

How They Met
Josh and Lauren met on the first day of work in public accounting. They sat next to each other during local training in McLean, Virginia. 

Their First Date
Their first unofficial date was a Capitals hockey game. After that night, they started to spend more time together and had their first date at Momiji in Washington DC. Lauren has always been a huge sushi fan and this was where Josh was converted to a sashimi lover!

The Proposal
"I spent a few months trying to convince Lauren I had scheduled us a photo shoot to take our Christmas cards in DC. But, secretly I coordinated my parents, little brother, Lauren’s parents, sister, best friend from home, and grandma to make their way to DC and hideout behind the columns of the Lincoln Memorial to join in on the celebrations. Despite Lauren calling me out the week prior and calling my bluff around the photo shoot really being a proposal I think I still had her surprised as moments before I got on one knee she looked at me and asked why it felt like my heart was beating out of my chest. Few seconds later she found her answer and we got to have our special moment right before looking up and watching the family run down the memorial steps screening in excitement."

(From Lauren) What do you love most about Josh?
"Josh can brighten a room so easily with his cute dimples! We balance each other out with our personalities."

(From Josh) What do you love most about Lauren?
"I have never met another person so pure and genuine. Lauren gives so much love, not to just me, but to every person in her life whether it is family, a long time friend, or someone she has just met for the first time. I love how adventurous she can be and her willingness to try new things. Lauren is a role model to me, I love her work ethic and passion to do and be something great. She gives me the motivation I need, directly and indirectly, to be the best version of myself possible."

Lauren & Josh love to travel together. They would like to visit all 50 states and have a map in their apartment indicating which ones they have so far! 
Josh said: "When Lauren and I travel I would say about 75% of the time is planned. Both being accountants we certainly appreciate structure but we also know some of the best weekends and experiences we have had have been on a whim and spontaneous."

They mention a week long trip to Arizona they took in spring of 2022 as one of their favorite.  They rented a jeep and drove all across the state visiting Pheonix, flagstaff, the grand canyons, Sedona, and Scottsdale. They did everything from visiting local restaurants to renting atv’s and taking on the Arizona red rock trails.

They are super excited about their upcoming wedding and about being able to celebrate their special day with everyone they love, in one room!

Congratulations, Lauren & Josh!

Friday, April 12, 2024

Erica + Nick • The Reserve at Perona Farms Wedding



Last October, I had the pleasure of capturing the love story of Erica and Nick as they said "I do" at The Reserve at Perona Farms, a celebration that was full of warmth, joy, and unforgettable moments. From the first glimpse of Erica in her gown to the tender exchange of vows, every detail of their day was filled with love and meaning.

Despite a few raindrops during their first look, the weather only added to the charm of the day. As they stood together against the backdrop of the serene Perona Lake and surrounded by nature's beauty, it was clear that their love was as enduring as the changing seasons.

In a private moment, Erica and Nick privately shared their handwritten vows, expressing their deepest feelings and promises to each other. As the sun started to set, they officially tied the knot in The Reserve's garden area, surrounded by the love and support of their family and friends.

The evening was filled with laughter, tears, and heartfelt congratulations as guests celebrated the newlyweds with toasts and well-wishes. From the first dance to the last, the dance floor was alive with joy and celebration, a testament to the love that Erica and Nick share.

Congratulations, Erica and Nick! 
Wishing you a lifetime of laughter, adventures, and endless love. 
Cheers to the beginning of your beautiful journey together!

Friday, March 22, 2024

Brianna + Casey • Bear Brook Valley Wedding


It was truly an honor to photograph the wedding of Brianna and Casey at the breathtaking Bear Brook Valley last September. Their special day unfolded flawlessly, surrounded by the beauty of nature, dear family, and cherished friends.

Under the open sky, Brianna and Casey exchanged heartfelt vows in an outdoor ceremony that resonated with profound emotion. What added an extra layer of significance was the presence of the bride's aunt, Amy, who served as the officiant. She eloquently narrated the couple's love story, which had its roots in college where fate seemed to orchestrate their initial meeting. From that moment on, their connection was undeniable, as if destiny had aligned their paths.

As the day progressed, we were graced with a breathtaking golden hour, casting a warm glow over the vineyard. It was during this magical time that we seized the opportunity to capture some truly stunning photos, preserving the love and joy shared between Brianna and Casey.

Being a part of Brianna and Casey’s wedding day was an absolute privilege and joy. To witness the culmination of their love story and to document the beginning of their journey as husband and wife was truly special.

Here’s to a lifetime filled with countless 
more beautiful moments, laughter, and love for this incredible couple.
 Congratulations, Brianna and Casey!

Friday, March 8, 2024

Gianna + Aaron • New Jersey Botanical Gardens Engagement


In early September of last year, I met with Gianna and Aaron at the picturesque New Jersey Botanical Gardens. Their engagement session was not just to capture their moments together but to celebrate their beautiful union, blossoming against the backdrop of nature.

From the moment they stepped into the gardens, their smiles radiated with an undeniable warmth, reflecting the depth of their connection that had flourished since they first met in college back in 2014.

Each photograph captured not just their physical presence but the essence of their bond, and years of laughter, support, and shared dreams that had brought them to this moment.
Surrounded by the vibrant blooms and lush greenery, Gianna and Aaron's love story unfolded effortlessly. There was a simplicity in their gestures and a genuine warmth in their embraces.

As I clicked away, freezing these precious moments in time, I couldn't help but feel a sense of excitement building for the future. Looking ahead to August, I find myself eagerly anticipating the opportunity to document their wedding day, to capture the exchange of vows and the joyous celebrations that will mark the beginning of their new chapter. I feel truly honored to be a part of it.

Congratulations, Gianna & Aaron!

Friday, March 1, 2024

Samantha is 12!


Twelve years ago, our lives were blessed with the arrival of our precious Samantha, and today, we stand in awe of the incredible young lady she has become. As she turns the page to 12, we couldn't be prouder of all she has accomplished and the beautiful person she is inside and out.

This past year has been a whirlwind of excitement and growth for Samantha. From saying goodbye to elementary school and embarking on the adventure of middle school, she has embraced every moment with joy and determination. Moving up to middle school was such a big milestone.

One of the highlights of Samantha's year was joining the cheer team. From the sidelines to the pep rallies, her spirit and enthusiasm were infectious. She poured her heart into every routine, and her dedication shone bright.

But Samantha's achievements extend far beyond the cheerleading mat. With her sharp mind and diligent work ethic, she excelled in her studies, earning her a spot in not just one, but two honor classes for the upcoming year. Her commitment to excellence is truly commendable, and we know she will continue to shine academically.

The stage also became a second home for Sam as she took on the role of a Newsie in the middle school theater production. From rehearsals to performance nights, she immersed herself in the magic of theater.

Beyond the classroom and stage, Sam's adventurous spirit led us on two unforgettable trips. Whether exploring new cities or soaking up the sun on sandy shores, her laughter and joy lit up every moment, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Yet amidst her many achievements and adventures, what truly sets Samantha apart is her kind heart and generous spirit. Always quick to lend a helping hand and spread cheer wherever she goes.

And let's not forget Sam's love for all things Lululemon, Starbucks, and skincare! Whether she's rocking her favorite athleisure wear, sipping on her go-to Starbucks drink, or indulging in a skincare routine, she brings her unique style and flair to everything she does.
Plus, just a few days ago, we indulged in a little photoshoot, dressing up in fancy dresses and shoes, because who doesn't love a bit of glamour and fun?

Samantha, you are not just smart and driven, but also endlessly fun and beautifully kind. 
As you embark on this next chapter of your journey, know that we are beyond proud of the amazing person you are and all that you will continue to achieve. 

Happy 12th birthday, our shining star!

Monday, February 19, 2024

Amanda + Kevin • Crossed Keys Estate Wedding


Last September, nestled amidst the beauty of Crossed Keys Estate, Amanda and Kevin's wedding unfolded as a testament to their love and the joyous moments they've shared. 

The rustic elegance of Crossed Keys Estate provided a picturesque backdrop for the celebration, with its sprawling gardens and cozy cottages exuding a sense of warmth and romance. While the original plan was to exchange vows outdoors, the rain showers prompted a last-minute move indoors, adding an unexpected twist to the day's events.

Despite the change in plans, Amanda and Kevin's love shone through, brighter than ever before. With the ceremony now taking place indoors, surrounded by the rustic charm of the estate, the atmosphere was intimate and filled with anticipation.

One of the most touching moments of the day was the role played by Kevin's sister, who officiated the ceremony with grace and humor. Her heartfelt words painted a vivid picture of Amanda and Kevin's journey together, weaving in personal anecdotes and touching reflections that left a lasting impression on everyone present.

As the ceremony unfolded, laughter mingled with tears of joy, creating a truly memorable atmosphere filled with love and emotion. From the exchange of vows to the heartfelt speeches, each moment was a testament to the deep connection shared between Amanda and Kevin, as well as the love and support of their friends and family.

From the first look to the last dance, every moment was filled with joy and excitement, creating memories that will be cherished for years to come. As the sun set on their wedding day, Amanda and Kevin embarked on a new chapter of their lives together, surrounded by the love and blessings of those closest to them.

Congratulations to the newlyweds! 
May your love continue to grow stronger with each passing day, and may your journey together be filled with endless happiness and adventures.