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Veronica and Nick

Being from New Jersey, Veronica and Nick wanted the beauty of the shore but not the beach.  We chose an off beat location that had the feel of the ocean and beach complete with a pier.

Now I get to celebrate their wedding with them tomorrow!

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Kayti at the Ventnor Beach


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We had so much fun at the beach. Who can resist a cutie pup like Oscar. The weather was warm and the water wasn't too bad either.

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Flyers Gymnasts on the Beach

I really wanted to take these very talented girls out of the gym and photograph their talent in nature.  Since we are a shore lined state we chose the Jersey Shore.

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We took four of the Flyer's Youth Fitness & Fun Medal winners to the shore one evening and photographed them doing what they do best. I hope you enjoy their talent as much as I do.

They are the most talented ladies I have ever met!

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And we had to have a little modeling fun at the end...

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!!!

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Since we had a particularly chilly and snowy winter, I thought it to be appropriate to say goodbye to winter in style. This is the first year in my almost 10 years of photography that I had the pleasure of photographing a few weddings and a few engagement sessions in the snow! The only other time I have photographed portraits in the snow was a family photograph of my own family years ago. I had so much fun and the couples were amazing and so willing to walk and even play in the snow for the sake of some epic photographs!  And the first photograph is one I took at Longwood Gardens prior to one of the snowy engagement sessions.

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I am looking forward to a fantastic 2014 wedding season South Jersey and Philadelphia!
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I love it when the leaves turn green to gold, orange, and red. The fall colors were in full swing for Katelyn's Confirmation portraits.  The colors brought out her complexion and dress to create stunning combinations. There wasn't one bad photograph.

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A Family Portrait at Batsto

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Family photographs at Batsto are so much fun. There are plenty of options ranging from the historic village to the trails which are wondrous and the lake and other small rivers and ponds.

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This particular day was rather chilly. Although they were cold, no one looked cold at all.

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Engagement Portrait in Old City

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Shot for George Street.

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Janice and Matt EP

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Shot for George Street.
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Valley Forge National Park, Take One and Two!

I had two Engagement Portraits in one day at the Valley Forge National Park. It was the first time I had ever been there. It is absolutely gorgeous!  I couldn't have asked for a nicer day, better couples, or more amazing scenery!

Take One: Jenny and Mike

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Take Two: Meghan and Brad

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Shot for George Street.
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Christine and Kevin: Getting to Know You

What a great family.  We were privelidged enough to photograph their daughter and dog as well.

Their Engagement Session was so much fun.  I love it when couples pick unique different locations.  Christine and Kevin picked Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City.  Such a beautiful and varied location, we had boats, water, rocks, grass, and trees.

Stay tuned for their wedding images!!
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Eastern State Penn Model

Photographing models in unlikely places is one of my favorite things.  I get to come up with some different ideas and create amazing images.

This model was photographed in the Eastern State Penitentiary.

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High School Seniors

Meet Cody.

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He is our newest High School Senior Ambassador.  Such talent and accompanied by the nicest personality!

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It's after Christmas and you still haven't gotten your Senior pictures taken. Never fear, we can help!

While you may still need to get your yearbook photo taken by the school photographer, you are now allowed to have your senior portraits taken by the photographer of your choice!


I love photographing senior sessions.  While you may not be a professional model, we try to treat you as such, and have a lot more fun.  :)

While you may still need to get your yearbook photo taken by the school photographer, you are now allowed to have your senior portraits taken by the photographer of your choice!

We love photographing senior sessions.  While you may not be a professional model, we try to treat you as such, and have a lot more fun.  :)

Call and schedule your appointment today. 609-561-5322.

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You might recognize him from other Martial Arts photographs I've done.  He is amazing.

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A junior in high school, he is my High School Ambassador and is very photogenic.  We chose to do his portraits outside and found some great additional props, and some tall grass that I think added to the whole outdoor portrait experience.  And of course we did some additional Martial Arts photographs.

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This is one reason I love doing High School Seniors' portraits, it's very individual for the person and can be as artistic and different as the imagination leads.
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Family portrait in PA

Once we got to the location in PA and drove around a bit, we found a location that would be unmistakably the best location for the family portrait.  Large weeping willows, lush greenery, a little pond, a bridge, a bench, and other trees.  In between the rain drops, we started the shoot off with a gorgeous family portrait that included everyone.  By the time we were finishing up the smaller groups and individual family shots the rain had stopped, the sun had come out, and it was warm!

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Engagement on the water

Congratulations on their engagement to Gaetan and Kalynn.

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We had wonderful weather for their engagement session on the water in Sweetwater, NJ. These photographs speak for themselves; you can't get better color and light than this.

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Congratulations Monica and Rigoberto!

It was a sweet backyard BBQ Wedding. So intimate and wonderful.  I love these. Closest friends and family share in the intimate joy and love between the bride and groom.  Delicious food. Beautiful weather. Great company. A loving couple. A recipe for a wonderful day and wedding.  A photographer really can't ask for anything more!

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Aspiring Model :)

This little girl is only 8 years old and has been dancing since she was 3!  As you can see from her photographs she is a very fun and photogenic young lady.  No wonder she is an aspiring model.  We did the photo session in Batsto; a historic village right next to the Wharton State Forrest.  For this shoot we stayed in the village so that we could use all the wonderful textures of the old buildings.

It was a beautiful evening and we got some great photographs!

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Art and Love

We were surrounded by art this wonderful warm night.  Architecture... we shot this awesome couple at the Waterworks in Philadelphia with the Art Musuem in the near distance.  Love is definitely in the air with these two.  They were so fun and one could tell they are into each other.  So with the beautiful columns of the waterworks and one of the rivers flowing through Philadelphia in the background we spent almost a full two hours documenting the love between Elise and Robert.

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We cannot wait for their wedding in August!

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A wonderful Happy Birthday to this very special girl. She turned 15 this year! The party was like no other, with an Alice in Wonderland theme.  It can't get any better than having the Cheschire Cat on your Birthday Cake.

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We had a private portrait session several weeks prior to the Quinceanera, so some of the photographs are from that as well as from the party.

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Gibraltar--Take 2

If you recall, I wrote a blog2 a while back about a place called Gibraltar in Delaware.  I have noticed that Delaware, at least the parts I've visited, have the most gorgeous estates.  I love to go photograph the landscapes, throw in some models as well, and share the results with all of you. Well, I loved Gibraltar enough that I took my sister, Patience, and Dennis, my second photographer, back. Of course, Patience modeled once again.  You know there is never a lack for good photographs at such a beautiful place.  Thank you, Patience, for being such a great model.

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And there is always little hidden treasures just waiting to be photographed.


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I am looking forward to "Take 3."

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