Anuj and Ambika’s New Jersey Indian Wedding Photography
I had the lovely honor of photographing Anuj’s and Ambika’s Wedding which took place in New Jersey last month. The Ceremony and reception took place at a newer venue called The Marigold which is popular for Indian weddings. I photographed Anjuj’s Brothers Wedding in NJ 3 years ago (see here), and Anuj’s Brother’s, Wife’s brother’s wedding (See here) in Atlanta 2 years ago (I know, a bit confusing) so I’m always excited to be around people that now feel like family to me. Let’s just say I’ve been around a bit!
Benjamin came along for the ride as my second shooter and photography assistant. The ceremony was a traditional Vedic yagia (sacrificial fire) followed by a day time reception in a large hall on the property. Talk about a beautiful display of food and details. The color scheme was a multitude of colors which seamlessly and surprisingly blended so well together. And OMG, they had the most beautiful wedding cake that I have ever seen! They also had the Mayapuris and Gaura Vani there performing some beautiful Kirtan (sacred music) to help usher in the festivities and lots of dancing. We headed to Rutgers university to do their formal pictures just as the sun was setting.
Favorite moment: Taking beautiful pictures of the gorgeous Ambika. Another Great moment was seeing Gaura Gopal there, whom is a famous speaker known for his funny spiritual talks. I was a bit star struck! You can view him in action here.
I was lucky enough to photograph this gorgeous couple’s Wedding Photography Portraits in New York City while there for another wedding. Benjamin, my second shooter and I went straight from our flight to meet them in downtown Brooklyn to shoot their wedding formals under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge in the gorgeous Dumbo neighborhood. Life has been a whirlwind of traveling as of lately, finding myself in different towns at least twice a month. With my busy schedule, I have found it hard to keep up with my blog as much as I used to. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing!
I meet this adorable couple earlier in the year in Orlando during their proposal session at Disney’s Boardwalk. We instantly clicked and have remained in touch ever since. Post wedding pictures are my favorite because there is no strict which allows for multiple locations and for taking our time.
Photographing Weddings In New York City is always such an adventure. It is always a challenge dodging people, finding amazing lighting amidst all of the tall structures and getting around if you drive (for the safety of all of our camera equipment). In the end though, it is always worth it! I was happy to have a couple of hours simply to focus on their formals in one of the greatest city in the world.
I had a blast photographing the Annual National BETA Club Conference which took place earlier this month at Disney’s Swan and Dolphin resort! The National Beta Club is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America that recognizes and honors high academic achievements.
Between the Junior Beta Club (grades 4-8) and Senior Beta Club (grades 9-12), the organization has helped nearly seven million students learn how to make a life for themselves. 20k + Kids attended the conference this year during the largest conference to date.
The event hosted a handful of talent competitions (and I mean, extreme talent), Fun group excersises, Living literature exhibits, art exhibits, and lots of other fun and friendship building exercises. I also did on-site headshots for 80 students and staff members. Here is a quick sneak peek and behind the scene of the conference.
Emily and Thomas Outdoor Themed Engagement Session
I‘m so excited to share Emily and Thomas super cute engagement session with you guys! I love when my couples get creative and really think their engagement session through by starting an inspiration board. The best way to start is by creating a Pinterest Board with Pins that reflect your personalities. If you love photography, maybe pin some Vintage cameras, or if you love to read, pin some books, library photos, reading glasses etc. These Pins will form a base for your engagement Theme, and lots of ideas will come out of them. Emily and Thomas wanted an outdoor themed Engagement session that represented their personalities and their relationship along with their love for the outdoors.
Emily happens to be super creative and brought some adorable props to our session including custom pillows, a pick-up truck for some snuggling pictures, a fishing boat, and their dog! Fun Moment of the day: We rushed to get on the fishing boat to catch the sunset on the lake and got pretty wet on our way there! The boat cruised at full speed to catch the last slivering of the sun as it set on the horizon. It was a warm and windy day, but the sky was blue with just a few passing clouds. It was really a blast and the pictures are just as fun and adorable. Hope you enjoy their sneak peek!