Whenever a friend asks me to do their photos, I of course feel very honored, but also incredibly nervous. There’s something about knowing a person’s response to your photography [more than just a kind email from a client thanking me] — you know, seeing which photos they use on social media, if they use your photos for a save the date, etc, etc…that makes it all feel a little more personal.
But then, on the other hand, when you get to work with one of your best friends and her husband-to-be during the photoshoot, it is an amazing experience — since you know how strong their love for each other is and how they came to be. That was my experience with one of my dearest friends, Lani, and her fiancé, Kenny, during their Hoboken waterfront engagement shoot.
Aren’t they just darling? Well, we had an hour to work with our sunset lighting [Kenny had to work late], and I put them to work. Here are a few of my favorites from our 60 minute session — yes, it CAN be done!
Like really…stop being so adorable!!
We even got a little GQ/silly. Aren’t they just too good to be true?
Lan & Ken wanted to do a few shots by the “150 Years of Hoboken” sign since they live in Hoboken, so we did, right before the sun went completely down — I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t come out, but bump up the ISO and you’re in business! There were too many good ones to choose from, even from an hour of shooting, so I tried to just skim through and pick my favorites. Hope you enjoyed!
They are just too cute. Love them to pieces. Can’t wait to be part of your big day!!
The couple that freezes outside during a shoot stays together.
My new mantra. It’s not often that I know the couples that I shoot before the actual shoot [even though I feel like I learn a ton about them during the shoot], but in this case, I had the pleasure of shooting my good friend Alexandra and her fiancé Anthony in Hoboken — and we had a blast. They wanted a mix of a “Hoboken feel” as well as some waterfront photography with some of the skyline in the background.
We started our engagement photoshoot in the Hoboken train station [since walking from our cars to the train station was already insanely cold we figured being indoors first was best]– and randomly found ourselves outside by the train tracks. Lo and behold, the money shot: tracks 10 & 9 — which happened to be Alexandra & Anthony’s wedding date of 10/9/15 next year. Talk about serendipity.
You’d think the rest of the shoot would downhill from that kind of high point, but I was just blown away by the rest of the shoot — most likely because they are absolutely adorable together and so photogenic.
A few black and whites in the train station whilst dodging the locals who were trying to find a place to sit and be warm was challenging, but we pulled it off! I saw the high window and couldn’t help myself — needed to capture this shot with the windows and couple:
Deciding between posting the color version or the black and white version of this image was incredibly difficult — I loved black and white too, but something about this golden light just wowed me. Aren’t they adorable?
A few more of my favorites from our shoot — it was so cold out, but Alexandra was such a trooper, even in open-toed shoes in January!
I can’t help but feature one more of the train station, because I seriously couldn’t believe our luck that morning:
Love these two, and can’t wait to attend their wedding in the fall!