Aquarium & Old City Philly Engagement

Brooke & Rob's engagement session started off with us meeting outside La Colombe, by the Liberty Bell in Philly. We were planning on heading straight to the Aquarium but I liked the red tables and chairs so first of all I had them take a seat there for a photo. It was also a nice spot to give them my pre engagement shoot pep talk and hopefully ease their nerves about the shoot. I guess I did something right because before long they were able to simply enjoy each others company without worrying about the camera.

The Aquarium was fun to experiment with photos in. There is lots of mixed lighting and thick glass that created crazy reflections. My favorite point was the big round windows that were in a dark hall so Brooke and Rob were silhouettes in front of them.


We were ushered out of the Aquarium at closing time and took a few photos on the waterfront before heading back over to Old City. We found our way to the first bank that sits beside Independence Hall. As We arrived we couldn't help but notice a slightly older couple standing just across from the bank, kissing intensely. I posed them on either side of one of the pillars, our wedding photographer had us do something similar on our wedding day and I wanted to try a version of it (Steal like an artist, they say). Then I perched them on the steps where they noticed that the couple we passed on the way, were still there. They were still there when we left too!... Ah, young love!

We were running out of light quite quickly so we sped walked through Washington Square park to a nice spot for street and alley shots. On the street corner I bent a branch down from a tree, thinking I'd be fancy and shoot through the leaves. It proved a bit of an awkward branch, so I told them to hang out for a second so I could figure this thing out. They proceeded to do my favorite pose of the day and at the same time gave me a pose I can use in the future. Happy days!

Rustic Wedding in West Chester PA

The first thing i noticed when I arrived at Taylor and Eric's wedding was it's rustic nature. Temenos Retreat center is tucked away in the woods near West Chester, PA. There is a stone cottage and beautifully weathered wooden buildings surrounding it. The lovely yet simple decor complimented the nature of the venue and I had fun noticing more plants and details as the day went on.


The guys were still all wearing t-shirts when I found them, so I was directed up a small trail towards where the bride and bridesmaids were getting ready. After photographing the final stages of preparation, the team stepped outside for a brief photo session.

I made my way back down the trail and to my amazement, all the guys were suited up and ready to go. Their officiant had one special request... He has a tradition that whenever he attends a wedding where he knows the groom, he has his picture taken with the groom carrying him. So of course, that happened.


One of the groomsmen played the.... Xylophone?... I think it's called something else and it sounds awesome. As the bride approached wth her father, I could see the pride and emotion he was feeling. It might sound a bit cliché but it's these moments that make wedding photography such a great job. I get to feel the happiness surrounding peoples wedding day and catch those emotions in photos.

During a lovely ceremony, the bride and groom were tasked with sawing a log. It's a German tradition which signifies the couple facing the first task together. I thought this was brilliant! It fit right in wth the location too.


After the ceremony, the bride and grooms family and wedding party gathered for some formal pictures. I then took the bride and groom to the trail I had walked up earlier for some more photos. We hit that time of day where the sun was beating down on every inch of the venue so we did our best to find shade and work with the light we had. I think we did alright!


The guests had the chance to play corn hole and frisbee before sitting down for the reception. Introductions are always fun. I caught some of my favorite expressions and gestures in these photos, particularly the best man and maid of honor wiping their mouths after downing their drinks.

After some heartfelt speeches I took a couple more portraits of the bride and groom because I was obsessed with getting the blurry bokeh lights n the background. Shortly after, it was time for dances and cake cutting.

Of course after they cut the cake, they wiped it on each others faces. And then wiped it off each others faces... And then broke out the ice cream. Because why not!

In the final picture, some of the guests saw a frog, tracked it through a bush, and retrieved it to show to Eric because he studied wildlife. I was glad I saw that just as I was leaving.

It was a much hotter day than expected for early October. So naturally, being Scottish, I spent the majority of the day sweating. Nevertheless, I had a wonderful time photographing Taylor and Eric's wedding day!