My only two part engagement session of the year began on a cold, windy and wet day at Melick’s Town Farm in Oldwick, NJ. Danielle, Phil and I started taking some pictures, but the conditions were not fostering much comfort. After shooting for a little while all our exposed skin was feeling raw, so we decided to call it and reschedule the remainder of the engagement session at a later time. In an effort to never waste time together with their photographer, Danielle and Phil kindly invited me for dinner and drinks at the nearby Tewksbury Inn.

Keeping a long and hyperbolic story short, we found out that we were eating dinner surrounded by billionaires. I shamefully ordered the “secret burger,” which they did not advertise on the menu, as not to offend their regulars. And I didn’t dare take off my jacket to reveal I was indeed not wearing a tuxedo. Nice casual dinner. Despite the apparent formality and legends of great wealth, the three of us sat around chatting like old friends, estimating how low we were dragging down the median income of their patrons. I envied Danielle and Phil’s friend with three kidneys that never suffers hangovers. And I’m pretty sure Danielle and Phil envied me for my burger.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and we all met up on a balmy, sunny day thanks to the erratic fall climate 2016 has gifted us. This time we chose Jockey Hollow Historic Park in Morristown, NJ. I hadn’t shot there yet, but I do hope to return as the grounds were massive and beautiful. The weather and open space was perfect conditions for Danielle and Phil to bring Kona (their charming little doggy). This time, things went off without mother nature slapping us around (unless of course you were my sensor which was slapped metaphorically by the beauty). The grounds were lovely, and so was the light. Danielle and Phil rocked it, and were only slightly upstaged by Kona. The personal two part engagement session, and the resulting images were a reminder that the foundation of what I do is about making people comfortable so I can get in there and capture their true self. It also reminded me to start blogging again.

Danielle and Phil, thanks so much for the chance to double down on an engagement shoot with you guys, thanks for dinner, and thanks most of all for letting me be the guy to shoot your wedding in 2017. Congratulations.

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