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It’s not often that your very first date happens to include your mother and grandmother, but that’s how it was for Jess and Matt. It was orientation at West Viriginia School of Medicine, and Jess was in the bookstore with her family, gathering together her textbooks. Out the corner of her eye, she spotted a tall handsome gentleman wearing a green shirt and tie. She smiled at him and jokingly told him that his outfit matched the grassy landscape of West Virginia. Matt laughed at her joke, and marveled at his luck that stunningly beautiful new student happened to be talking to him. Not wanting to let any time go by before he got the chance to get to know her, Matt spontaneously invited her to the local Irish Pub that evening, encouraging her mother and grandmother who were visiting to come along as well.
It’s safe to say that action alone probably endeared Matt into the hearts of Jess’s mother and grandmother, and most definitely got Jess’s attention. Over the next few months, Jess learned that Matt was funny and smart, unafraid to be himself and committed to pursuing his dreams - whether they be becoming a doctor or winning her heart. Matt discovered that Jess was sweet and genuine, always willing to go on an adventure and never afraid to say what was on her mind. They dated throughout the rest of medical school and have stayed together in spite of hectic schedules and miles between them as they navigated moves to other states and the demands of residency positions.
Eventually they both ended up living in the same state, if a few hours apart. Shortly after Christmas that year, Matt and Jess were on their way to the airport to pick up both of their parents who were coming to Florida to spend New Year’s Eve with them. Matt made a detour on the way to the airport, saying he needed to stop at a bookstore for a textbook. He distracted her with details of the book he was looking for as they walked through the store and then surprised her by pulling out a ring and asking her to marry him.
That night they celebrated their engagement with both of their families. It was a nod to the very first day they met - a special connection at a bookstore and then a dinner with family that solidified the promise of very good things to come.
* Fun fact: Jess and Rob were students together at Sacred Heart University. Back in 2002, she told Rob, “When I get married, you’re going to be my photographer.” That was two years before Rob even photographed his first wedding, when he was mostly just the guy on campus who always seemed to have a camera in his hand. It was an honor for us to get to go down to Florida and make good on the promise Rob made to Jess 12 years ago. *
Maureen and James met when they were both thousands of miles away from home, spending a year studying abroad in Ireland. They each came from Irish families and loved being immersed in the Irish Culture as students of Trinity College in Dublin.
They didn’t tell me for sure, but I would say it’s easy easy guess that James was drawn to Maureen at first by her smile. It’s bright and unrestrained, the kind of smile that makes her eyes sparkle and implores you to smile in return. And when Maureen got to know James, she was no doubt captivated by his crystal-blue eyes and Southern-gentleman charm.
Maureen and James got to know each other over the course of that year in Ireland. When their friendship turned to something more, they were pleasantly surprised. They had been a bit tentative at first, not knowing how in the world they would manage a long-distance relationship when they would return to the US, to home states over 1,500 miles apart. But as Irish novelist James Stephens says, “What the heart knows today, the head will understand tomorrow.” Their hearts knew they wanted to be together, their heads would just have to figure out the logistics. Because when you really love someone, obstacles like distance don’t seem so challenging.
They spent the next few years in school - James at graduate school while Maureen completed her undergrad and then Maureen going to grad school in Boston while James started law school in his home state of Louisiana. This year, after Maureen completed grad school, she moved down to Louisiana to join James. They are finally living in the same city (something they haven’t done since the very first year they met), enjoying all of the same things that they did way back then; hearing about each others day over a drink in their favorite local pub, finding a new place to explore over the weekend.
And there’s little doubt that the same things that drew them to each other so many years ago, her bright smile and his undeniable charm, are the very same things that make every day together that much sweeter, especially now that they are finally back in the same place once again. This summer, they’ll stand in front of their family and friends and pledge what their hearts knew back on the campus of Trinity: that they are meant to be together and that no matter what the obstacle, their love will always find a way.
I love it when we get a call about photographing a maternity session. Yes, I think to myself, capture this time. Because it’s so easy to spend an entire pregnancy looking forward. In all the prep work - the nursery decorating, birth planning, etc. - you can lose track of the truly amazing thing that is happening right then, before the baby even arrives. We love it when a couple sees the importance of recognizing the pregnancy itself (the beauty of it, the way it can bring a couple that much closer) by planning a photo session just for that very reason. Not only will they cherish those photos, but, one day, so will that baby. Plus, let’s be honest, pregnant women are pretty amazing and photographing them is a true honor. After all, it’s pretty incredible to grow another human.
For all of those reasons, we were delighted when we received an email from one of our fall brides, Elena, letting us know that her friends Estee & Socrates were interested in a maternity session and having us capture part of their baby shower. Luckily, we were available for their date because we had so much fun with Estee & Soc. Their shower, held at ABC Kitchen, was not only gorgeous (Estee had thought of everything) but so sweet. It set such a perfect tone for the arrival of their baby, with both parents-to-be in attendance and a select group of their closest family and friends surrounding them to celebrate.
We met back up with them about a week later for their maternity session and lucked out with a gorgeous day in Madison Square Park. We thoroughly enjoyed spending that afternoon photographing the sweet connection between Estee & Soc and getting to know them both. They are such kind, generous people with big hearts and a great sense of humor. It’s no doubt that they are going to be amazing parents.
It started as an idea, a passing mention to Tim from his cousin, Bryan. “I know this guy, Scott. He would be perfect for you,” Bryan said. Tim was intrigued and, to be honest, a bit skeptical. Nearly 100 miles away, Scott was feeling pretty much the same way, having heard about Tim from Bryan as well. It took a few months, but on the day after Christmas 2009, Tim finally decided to bite the bullet and get in touch with Scott, sending him a text. Scott was happy to finally get the chance to get to know the mystery guy he had heard so much about. There were a steady stream of texts in the week that followed, from Christmas to New Years, with both Tim and Scott pleasantly surprised at how much they liked one another.
By New Year’s Day 2010, Tim had already started to think that maybe, just maybe, his cousin had been right all along. Maybe Scott was the perfect guy for him. With that in mind, Tim knew that he needed to meet Scott in person. He wanted to hear Scott’s voice and look into his eyes. Knowing that Scott was working that day, Tim decided to surprise him at work. So he hopped in his car and drove eighty miles, from NYC to New Haven, because something deep down told him that was what he should do. Only problem was, the retail store Scott worked for had several locations, and Tim wasn’t exactly sure which one to go to. He ended up calling Scott only to find that Scott was on his way home from work anyway. He gave Tim the address to his apartment and about a half an hour later, Tim and Scott finally met face to face. It was then, standing in his apartment talking and laughing with Tim, that Scott, too, figured out that maybe, just maybe, Bryan had been right. Maybe Tim was the perfect guy for him.
Nearly three years to the day later, New Year’s Eve 2013, it was Scott’s turn to surprise Tim. They planned an evening with friends: dinner, drinks and general NYE merriment at their apartment in Norwalk. Their friends arrived and dinner went great with everyone relaxed and cheerful. Everyone knew what was in store for the evening - well everyone except Tim who was blissfully unaware of what Scott had been planning for weeks. As the clock crept toward midnight, Scott & Tim’s friends shared their New Year’s resolutions. Scott went last, reading a poem he had written earlier that day, confessing his greatest resolution not only for that year but for the rest of his life - to be with Tim forever.
Donna and Barton had been lying to their family and friends for months. They would have a private wedding ceremony down at City Hall, on the morning of their seventh anniversary, they had told everyone. It would be just the two of them. That’s how they wanted it. They would celebrate with their friends and family, of course, but that would be in the evening.
By the time the day of their wedding arrived, they were ecstatic. As the sun was setting and the city lights began to fill the sky, their guests gathered under a ceiling of lightbulbs on the rooftop terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel to celebrate the happy couple.
Donna and Baron flittered around the room, filled with nervous excitement. They were greeted with words of congratulations and hearty embraces. Questions about the morning ceremony received short, quick answers and a change of subject and Donna and Barton would steal glances at one another, sharing a knowing smile. Soon, the time came for them to slip away from their guests.
No one noticed they were gone at first. Then the music changed. The first few chords of “At Last” filled the room as Barton entered from the back, working his way through the crowd of guests. He stood at the front of the room, grinning from ear to ear. The chatter in the room grew quiet, everyone wondering what was about to happen. Then Barton looked to his left. In walked Donna, now changed into a white dress and holding a bouquet - the vision of a beautiful bride.
The room erupted in applause and Donna’s cousin Rachel stepped forward. The truth would finally be told. “Donna and Barton didn’t get married this morning,” she said. “They wanted to share the moment with all of you.” Rachel went on to share that not only had Donna and Barton kept this secret, but she had been keeping one of her own as well. She would be performing the ceremony, having secretly become an officiant over the past few months. Tears were flowing freely at this point, and many of the guests were holding on to one another, moved by what they were experiencing. As if that wasn’t moving enough, Donna and Barton then exchanged their own vows. Vows that were honest and raw with emotion. Vows that emphasized their mutual feeling of overwhelming gratitude that life had brought them together.
It may have been a (white) lie that brought everyone into that room that evening, but the truth that was laid bare that night; that truth had been evident for years. It was as clear as the way they complete one another, the sheer joy they bring to each other's lives. The way they are so obviously meant for each other. It was that truth that is so fundamental to Donna and Barton's lives, the truth that they wanted to share with all of the people that meant the most to them in the world: the people they surprised that evening.