Siming and Andrew’s Central Park Engagement Portrait, NYC

Siming and Andrew’s Central Park Engagement Portrait, NYC

A Central Park Engagement Stroll

I’m so excited to share Siming and Andrew’s Central Park Engagement portraits. If you’d like to go for a stroll through Central Park, there’s a sweet spot created just for this called The Mall. Lined with trees, it runs right through the middle of the Park from 66th to 72nd Street. This walkway leads to the beautiful Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. To the right there’s a bandstand. To the left is a sweet cityscape with a little protected area of gorgeous old Elm trees. In the summer, it’s bustling with life, and very romantic.

Posh Summer Casual

A lot of times before a session like this, I get asked by brides and grooms to be what to wear. I do provide some information to all of my couples to make the photos the best they can be. But here’s some sage style advice: you can’t go wrong with the classics. Siming and Andrew did a great job with this in their palette of navy, blue, and black; Siming’s pearls, nude pumps. and bright, oversized handbag are the perfect accessories. Hair and makeup is the same — less is more!

Celebrating in the Springtime

Siming and Andrew are getting married in the spring, and asked me to capture them strolling through their favorite spot in Central Park. The tree and bench lined path along the Mall makes for a classic New York moment while the architecture near the Fountain creates a different sort of elegant backdrop. They are totally in love and completely at ease with one another, and it shows in the photos. It’s always exciting when a location has so much variety. I’m looking forward to the spring and shooting their wedding!

Gallery: Central Park Engagement Portraits

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Katie and Joe’s Bethesda Terrace Engagement Portrait, NYC

Katie and Joe’s Bethesda Terrace Engagement Portrait, NYC

Summer Love in Central Park

Bethesda Fountain, a Boa Constrictor and all kinds of love! Oh my! This was a very fun Bethesda Terrace Engagement Portrait shoot. Central Park is so exciting in the summer, offering something new and completely different each time one returns. My goal is to follow the light and find a great background, but Katie and Joe, drawn to a GIANT snake, dared to incorporate it into their portrait session. Her name’s Helen.

Pretty and Playful in the Park

Katie’s fun summer dress left her comfortable enough to move around in the park and have fun with some action shots. Her floral pumps added just the right amount of fun and polish to her look. The only other accessory she needed was her beautiful engagement ring! Joe’s simple blue on khaki look also looked great against the classic NYC landscape that is Central Park. We found beautiful arches to play on, making pictures that Katie and Joe will love to look back at for years to come. The rowboats on the lake always remind me of lovers enjoying the summer sunshine too. That made for a natural backdrop for the last shots of film on my roll. I couldn’t help but ask them to kiss! Stay tuned for their wedding.

Gallery: Bethesda Terrace Engagement Portrait

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Megan and Devon’s Sweet City Engagement Portrait, NYC

Megan and Devon’s Sweet City Engagement Portrait, NYC

A Sweet City Engagement in Greenwich Village

Megan and Devon met in 2011 and have been head over heels for one another ever since. I was delighted to capture their sweet city engagement portraits in Greenwich Village this past spring. Greenwich Village is a wonderful place to shoot, particularly in the evening time. The bright, clear day offered perfectly golden light, giving many of Devon and Megan’s portraits a stunning glow that can only be captured on film.

Diamonds, Cupcakes, and Love

The shot that every couple always wants during their engagement portrait session is a beautiful photograph of the ring. For me, there are several secrets to success to getting the perfect shot. The first secret is, no two perfect ring shots will be the same! So doing something fun to make yours unique is highly recommended. We went into an adorable little bakery to pick up a sweet, simple cupcake for an extra touch. It made for several fun portraits. The other thing to remember is to have nice, simple nails so your ring really shines. Megan’s whole look is elegant and allows for her ring and smile to take the spotlight. Plus, I love the pop of red in her shoes!

Devon and Megan smiling at one another on the steps of a Greenwich Village townhouse Bride and Groom to be Megan and Devon sitting on steps in golden light closeup of Devon and Megan smiling at one another on the steps of a Greenwich Village townhouse closeup of hands- Megan's engagement ring is visible Red pumps on the sidewalk with pretty evening light the window display of a bakery in Greenwich village for this sweet city engagement cakes on display inside a classic New York City bakery Signage and pretty aprons inside a New York City Bakery Megan smiles, leaving the bakery with a box of cupcakes and Devon in tow A cupcake and an engagement ring in a sweet city engagement Megan makes a silly face and holds a cupcake as Devon Smiles at his bride to be Devon laughs as Megan licks cupcake icing off her finger Megan and Devon kiss on the sidewalk in the sweet city engagement session Megan and Devon kiss on the sidewalk with magical sunset light in the sweet city engagement session Megan smiles over her shoulder as she and Devon walk down the street holding hands Bride and groom to be kiss on the sidewalk under classic NYC signs Megan and Devon walk towards the Hudson River Skyline and riverside views at sunset for Megan and Devon's sweet city engagement portrait Skyline and riverside views at sunset for Megan and Devon's sweet city engagement portrait Crossing the street with Megan and Devon during their sweet city engagement portrait

Liz and Ted’s Greenwich Village Engagement Portrait, NYC

Liz and Ted’s Greenwich Village Engagement Portrait, NYC

Sophisticated Spring Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits

It was so fun photographing Liz and Ted’s Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits in NYC. They’re adorable and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding! I love working with couples before their wedding as we all to know one another. I get to learn everyone’s best angles. Overall, it can build of confidence to have an engagement shoot to see what you look like on film, giving couples one less thing to worry about on their special day.

Perfectly Sweet Playful Style

These two are probably going to have a gorgeous wedding, if this springtime Greenwich Village engagement portrait shoot is any indication. I simply LOVE Liz’s sunny yellow dress! The clean lines paired with her sweet pink scarf and nude kitten heels were stunning. They were perfectly complemented by the spring cherry blossoms which we found in the park nearby. Ted wore a smart, well fitted navy suit. That’s always a great choice for this type of occasion. The whole shoot was tied together by the unique downtown architecture of Greenwich Village and the iconic architecture of Washington Square Park.

Sunny, Complete with Ice Cream!

In conclusion, we all had a such a pleasant afternoon wandering the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village in search of the next perfect spot to pose. Perhaps most noteworthy, we managed to stop for an ice cream cone. It made for an adorable shot of Liz’s engagement ring and happy smile. Liz and Ted were complete pros at smiling and looking in love.These photographs were shot with a combination of film and digital. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Gallery: Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits

Ted kisses fiancee Liz on the cheek in a doorway
Ted kneels to take a photo of Liz in a Yellow dress on the cobblestone street
a panoramic photo of Liz on the cobblestone NYC street
Ted wears a dapper blue suit on the cobblestone street in the West Village
A photo of Liz and Teds shoes on the cobblestones
Ted and Liz pose on the street for a Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits
Liz and Ted celebrate their engagement under a red brick archway in NYC
Liz and Ted kiss under a red brick archway in Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits
Liz's pink scarf is perfectly complemented by cherry blossoms in Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits
Engaged couple Liz and Ted smile at one another in a square portrait
A classic, romantic spring portrait of Liz and Ted in the park in Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits
Liz and Ted sitting on a bench in black and white
Liz and Ted pose under the arch at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits
Liz's engagement ring shines as the couple enjoys an ice cream cone
Liz smiles at Ted in front of a blue doorway in Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits
Ted and Liz cross the street in NYC in black and white
Leigh and Marin’s Engagement Portraits and Party, Colony Club, NY

Leigh and Marin’s Engagement Portraits and Party, Colony Club, NY

Congratulations, Leigh and Marin!

This happy couple held their celebratory Colony Club Engagement Portraits and party on the same day. Getting dressed up for pictures is fun, but getting dressed up for pictures AND to raise a glass to celebrate with family and friends is better. The party was just as smart and classy as Leigh and Marin themselves. The Colony Club is a beautiful experience in and of itself. Some very notable ladies in history have been members. One of my favorite parts was the gorgeous painted portraits of historical members. It cast an air of glamour over the whole event. I can’t wait for their Maidstone Club wedding!

Gallery: Colony Club Engagement Portraits and Party

Newly engaged Marin and Leigh Leigh and Marin smile at each other in NYC Leigh and Marin outside their Colony Club Engagement party Leigh's engagement ring as Marin holds her close Leigh and Marin pose outside the colony club in new york Leigh and Marin kiss on the street of NYC Black and white photo of Leigh and Marin kissing on the street of NYC The fountain at the Colony Club Leigh and Marin sitting at a table before their Colony Club Engagement party Smiling at one another at a table before their Colony Club Engagement party Kissing across the table before their Colony Club Engagement party Holding hands before their Colony Club Engagement party Leigh laughs and Marin smiles before their Colony Club Engagement partyCustom cocktail napkins at Leigh and Marin's Colony club engagement party A painted portrait of a Colony Club member An intimate tea table at the Colony Club in NYC Florals at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement Table decor greenery at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club Engagement Party A painted portrait of a Colony Club member Florals on the piano at the Colony Club Engagement Party A guest plays the piano at the Colony Club engagement party closeup of hands as A guest plays the piano at the Colony Club engagement party A portrait of a Colony Club Member hanging over a table A man at a table by the window at the Colony ClubEmbracing Leigh as she enters the colony club Leigh and her girls on the couch at the Colony Club engagement partyLaughing on the couch at Leigh's Colony Club engagement party Leigh's mom laughs and smiles by the window at her daughter's colony club engagement party Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Guests by a painted portrait at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Painted portraits keeping watch at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Guests at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Guests at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Guests at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Guests at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Guests at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Leigh's mother and a guest at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Leigh's mother and Guests at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party Guests at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party A smiling guest at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement partyLeigh's parents at Leigh and Marin's Colony Club engagement party