Best of 2017

Jan 10

Best of 2017sayen gardens engagement photos

Best of 2017

Well, it’s a new year and I would like to recap on some of my best moments in 2017! Now, if I posted every single image and session we’d be here for a while but here are some of my favorites below! Be sure to read through as I comment on the sessions and some pretty memorable moments. πŸ™‚

I started off my 2017 year with a courthouse wedding in Jersey City. It snowed a few days earlier I believe and was frigid the morning I drove up. Thankfully, I had an assistant with me that day because as soon as I parallel parked in Jersey City, my battery in my car DIED! I was in panic mode, but thankfully my assistant Katy was able to stay with my car and wait for road service to jump my battery. Needless to say, we were both pretty nervous about moving the car from point A to point B (dinner after the ceremony) but we made it home with no issues! Sometimes, our years start off rough – and this was certainly one of those moments. Ha!

jersey city courthouse wedding photos


I got to photograph a wedding in the snow – while assisting Meely photography πŸ™‚
By the way, always bring three pairs of shoes — especially when it snows. Hah!

The Palace weddings at somerset park, Weddings in Somerset New Jersey, The Palace weddings, winter weddings in New Jersey

I even got to photograph some proposals and headshots throughout the year..

jersey city engagement proposal

asbury park engagement photos

This proposal happened the night of the SUPER MOON! Asbury Park was a great setting for this couple…

asbury park engagement photos, supermoon engagement

new york city head shots

professional dancer headshots

This gorgeous lady is now a member of the Philadelphia soul-mates dance team!

professional dancer headshots

kids first birthday photos

Of course we fit in some cute family and kids photos!

spring lake family photos

freehold family portrait photographer

LulaRoe blew up and I got the opportunity to photograph some of their finest retailers…

LulaRoe business photos

sayen gardens photos

These were my free engagement session winners from last year! Jersey city engagement photos.

jersey city engagement photos

I photographed over 50 weddings-Β  including this Lord of the Rings themed wedding!

lord of the rings wedding

I did some freelance work for Starland Ballroom events this year… and photographed this epic Batmitzvah designed by Magnolia West Events.

starland ballroom events, unique batmitzvah ideas

I went as far as The Bronx, New York to photograph engagements (well, even further to be honest).

fordham university

My couples even included some of their four legged friends in their engagement photos!

allaire state park engagement photos, engagement photos with your dog

badgley mischka wedding shoes


I got to photograph a wedding at THE BRONX ZOO! I did not even
know they did weddings! It was amazing though!


bronx zoo wedding photos

Some of my couples showed their patriotic pride… πŸ™‚


point pleasant engagement photos, new jersey beach photos

And even popped the bubbly to celebrate their engagement at their photo session!

princeton horse farms, farm weddings, NJ farm weddings, rustic engagement photos

engagement photos with horses

I loved mixing up my weddings and engagements with a few small events ..such as this baptism.

north jersey baptism

I loved my details from this year… I’ll probably do a post just about all the bouquets I photographed! Because, who doesn’t love flowers?!

rustic chic wedding ideas

Red bank baptism photos

rustic chic weddings

First birthday photos at The Milltown ice Cream depot!

first birthday photos at ice cream parlor, milltown ice cream depot

I photographed a bunch of weddings with Vanessa Joy, one of which included the cutest puppy!

hamilton wedding venues, dogs at weddings

I loved this Crystal Springs resort wedding!

crystal spring resort wedding, resort weddings in New Jersey, NJ weddings

I photographed this fun Jersey Shore wedding with Jessica Morrisy! Check out those clouds!

Jersey shore wedding venues, NJ weddings on the beach

Of course, I can never forget the gorgeous weddings I second shoot for Something blue by Susan Elizabeth!

Ashford estate weddings, Ashford estate ceremonies


I got to start a collaboration with a local fashion blogger! We shoot quarterly and this is one image from her session. Check out her page here!


NJ fashion bloggers, freehold portraits, NJ headshots

Jersey shore engagement photos, engagement photos with dogs

spring lake park engagement photos, devine park

rustic family portraits, family photos in NJ


VIsited the Skylands Manor for some amazing engagement photos with this couple, Stephanie and Jason!


skylands manor engagement photos, north jersey garden engagement photos

vintage engagement ring

hoboken engagement photos, hoboken waterfront


allentown wedding photos, ashford estate weddings

davidson mill park

park chateau weddings, east brunswick wedding venue


Check out that sun flare..I mean..Profoto light behind the couple πŸ˜‰


luxury wedding venues, newest NJ wedding venues

jersey shore engagement

I think this was the cutest first look ever, they were so shy and so sweet! I knew Jeff from high school so seeing him marry his girl was such a great joy! I loved being a part of friends weddings this year.


chestervalley golf course

chestervalley golf course

fun NJ couple ideas


I love repeat clients! Jessica got a gift certificate for her family portrait session!


family portraits at the jersey shore

jersey shore engagement ideas


I was completely overjoyed to photograph Devon and Michael’s Spring Lake beach engagement photos! I great up across the street from Devon – I can’t wait to see her as a bride on her big day!


spring lake beach photos

As many of you know, I travel a lot – Lindsay and Sean flew me out to Chicago to do their engagement photo session! I even got to meet their handsome Bernese Mountain Dog – Moose!

chicago engagement photos, photos with your dog


chicago skyline


multicultural family photos, davidson mill park

Liz and Jay had a Beauty and the Beast meets the library theme to their wedding! Details and styling by Magnolia West events!

library themed wedding

arizona styled wedding

united workshop photos

arizona weddings


Dana and Bo had a surprise wedding! Their guests thought the party was a surprise birthday gathering for Bo — little did they know, the surprise was on THEM!


surprise wedding ideas


I met the sweetest people this year.. I especially loved my time photographing Shannon and Steven. They were so funny and so sweet! They gifted me coffee πŸ˜€


asbury park weddings and engagements

My last wedding of the year was shooting for Vanessa Joy! This day was definitely a milestone in my career…

winter wedding ideas, kips castle

luxury wedding ideas

So many great families to photograph this year! I loved reuniting with some old high school friends!

family photos in New Jersey


family photos in NJ


Another gorgeous engagement photo session! I loved the Christmas tree theme – Erin and Alex pulled it off perfectly and I can’t wait for their wedding in 2018!



christmas tree farm engagement photos

comic book store engagement


My final proposal for 2017 was Frank proposing to Randi at her elementary school! The kids were a great help in asking Randi if she would marry Frank.


spotswood Teacher proposed to at school, proposals at schools


NJ maternity photographer



Thank you all so much for being a part of my journey! I hope to see you in 2018!


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