"When I look at you, I can feel it. I look at you and I am home. "
Gianna and Ryan...Engaged!!
I enjoyed doing this engagement session with Gianna and Ryan. I couldn't wait to get to know them better and I love showing couples one of my favorite places, the Historic Batsto village. The village is located outside of Hammonton, NJ. It has so many great spots for photos, including my favorite blue door!
Gianna and Ryan met each other thanks to Ryan's cousin. They met in high school and were friends for nearly three years before they began dating. Ryan's favorite thing about Gianna is her compassion about life. And...he loves the way she looks at him! Gianna loves that Ryan supports her and is always pushing her to be the best version of herself. You can see their love for each other in the way they smile at each other.
These two love to go out to eat and do a little shopping. They also think it is kinda cool that their families have known each other for over 40 years. Their grandfathers knew each other through Ryan's father, who remolded Gianna's kitchen.
When Ryan wanted to propose to Gianna he made sure her family could be there to take part in the proposal. This past Easter at a family gathering Ryan put the ring inside a plastic egg and hid it as part of the Easter egg hunt they were having. When Gianna found the egg and opened it Ryan proposed! Gianna loves her family and Ryan wouldn't have asked her to marry him without them being there, especially Gianna's grandfather.
These two are getting married next March and are hoping for a beautiful spring day. They are getting married at Lucien's Manor in Berlin, NJ. This venue looks gorgeous and I have heard so many good things about the beautiful gardens!
We had a gorgeous evening for their session. It was a little muggy but I love summer so I will never complain about the heat and humidity. We started out on one of the paths that goes around the village. The sun was setting and shining through the trees. It was beautiful light. We practiced some of the 4 core poses, which they had no trouble doing!
One of my favorite spots in the village is the old store that has a blue door. I love taking photos here. There are so many great places around the general store that kept us there for a while. I then took them over by the barn where there is a cobblestone wall, which I love. The last time I was there it was overran by huge bees so we weren't able to use it. For those that know me, know that I dislike bugs especially ones that fly, buzz and sting you. I was happy that the bees were gone!
We ended the session by the paper mill and then took few more photos by the old fence which is on the path leading out of the village. The sunlight was perfectly filtering through the trees. I had to stop and take a few more photos!
We had a fun time! I love engagement sessions. It is such an exciting time in the couples life. There is so much love and anticipation that these sessions are often magical with the poses and expressions that I capture.
Thank you Gianna and Ryan for dealing with the heat! I am looking forward to your wedding next March!
"Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about."
Christopher and Brittany
This was a special engagement session for me. I have known Christopher since he was a little baby. He is my nephew. He spent a lot of time with his uncle and I when he was a little boy. We loved spending time and doing fun things with him and his older brother.
When Christopher's fiance, Brittany, asked me if I would like to photograph an engagement session for them I was so excited and said: " I would love too!"
It took us a while to work out the time and place since he lives in New York, close to where I used to live and I am now in New Jersey. It finally came together when I was going to travel to Rochester, NY for my other nephew's graduation. They had the time off and we were able to get a session scheduled. Yay!!
Brittany wanted to use Christopher's classic truck in the photos and they had looked for a country setting. Christopher had asked his neighbor if we could use their farm as our backdrop and they said yes! The neighbor shared with them the story about the farm which was that many years ago she and her husband drove by the farm. She had told her husband that if she ever was going to live on a farm that would be the one. To her surprise after she said that, her husband handed her the keys to the farm and said 'It's yours!" That is so romantic and you could feel the love while we were there! The classic truck which was a surprise for Christopher from Brittany for his first father's day looked right at home in front of the old barn.
These two met, fell in love and had a beautiful baby girl that looks just like her daddy. Brittany is a beautiful lady, a generous soul, and a good mommy. I loved getting to know her better during our session. They are a cute family of 4. We also did some family photos of the 4 of them since they had never had any professional photos taken.
These two have such great chemistry together. You could see their love when they snuggled up perfectly! We did some with their truck, including a ring shot on the dash, then walked around the farm. I loved the tall grassy field behind the farm and ended the session with some photos of them in the tall grass. Those are some of my favorites!
When I asked Brittany where she got her dress so I could put that information in her blog she said she couldn't remember. She had told Christopher she wanted to get a dress for the session and he told her she would look great in the one she has worn before. He loved her in it that dress. Well, they went shopping and guess what,...the best dress for the session ended up being the one that Christopher loved her in.
I loved this session! Special people, a special location, and a special truck all together equals a gorgeous photo session!
Thank you for letting your Aunt capture these memories for you.
Memories by Maria
Every photo has a story and every story will have many photos.