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Jolene had a very specific vision for her portrait session, and I was so thrilled to bring it to life for her. When she shared her ideas with me, I knew I wanted to take her to Soho at sunset to capture the frenetic energy of NYC at rush hour. The results are just what I was hoping for. I get to shoot individual portrait sessions so rarely, but I absolutely love it when I do. (And I want to do A LOT more of these!) Jolene – thank you for trusting me with your vision! I had such a great time photographing you!

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Katie & Tristan traveled from Australia to elope in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and I absolutely adored working with these two. I met them at The Ludlow for a few getting ready photographs. They started off their wedding with some donuts from Donut Plant, so I knew immediately it was going to be an awesome day. We then headed off to Brooklyn for their ceremony, officiated by the always wonderful Genevieve Dreizen. Afterwards we wandered around DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights for portraits, catching the sunset on the Brooklyn Promenade. I just love the photographs we ended up with! Katie & Tristan – thank you for everything and congratulations!


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Sometimes I build walls around myself. I always have. It’s a weird self-preservation thing, I think. Ending most of my personal blogging here a few years ago was one of those walls. In this society of over-sharers, I will share very little. Clients don’t care about that stuff anyway, right? Except that I think they (you) do on some level, and I’m missing a point of connection that I used to have. I’m thinking about writing more here, in between the elopement photography goodness. If you don’t care, you can just ignore it. But maybe I’ll enrich some of the connections I’ve made through this space, and that would be kind of nice.

I wasn’t sure I should write about what’s been going on with my work and in my head for the last year and a half. I could be making a mistake talking so openly about this internal struggle I’ve been having for a while. But I feel like I have to now; I feel like writing about it will help me find the path forward.

Last year I lost my fire. I had photographed 100+ elopements the year before. I was unexpectedly pregnant with twins (uh… just the twins part was unexpected, I should clarify), completely exhausted, and trying so hard to push through, but last year was just a slog. Despite being generally exhausted, I photographed a lot of beautiful weddings, and my clients last year were beyond amazing. When I was with them, in the moment, shooting… I felt great. It was just the drudgery of everything else in my life… trying to continue to run a business at full steam, preparing for and taking maternity leave, facing a future that was completely unknown. I am a known work-a-holic, I admit it and I’ll own it. How was I going to do this with two tiny humans to take care of? I was drowning in “what ifs,” and I kind of mentally decided maybe I was done. I’d find something else to do, something else to work on, focus on my kids… maybe my heart wasn’t in this anymore and it would be for the best.

I decided to only take on a few clients this year and next, work on building my family business on the side, and that would be that. Privately I told friends and family I was in the process of completely quitting elopements. Then I started shooting again. I sorted out child care. I got better at not working all hours of the day and night; set boundaries for myself. I figured out how to do this working mom thing, and do it kind of well. My kids made me a better business owner. It’s not perfect… I’m not perfect. There will always be a struggle on each side, I’m sure. But all of the sudden this summer I kind of realized… whoa, my fire and energy are back.

So. I’m not quitting. I’m going to keep going. Suddenly I feel rejuvenated. It’s been a hard year and a half, personally. Amazing and wonderful and beautiful… my girls are awesome. But it’s a huge adjustment, this parenthood thing. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. And I think my personal struggles clouded my professional outlook for a little while and things got so muddy in my head. But the truth is… I love elopements. When I’m out there with my clients creating beautiful photographs, I feel so alive and inspired. I want to keep doing this for a long time. I hope you’ll let me.

Photo of me by Sarah Day-Boodhoo.

  • Lorraine

    Yey! So pleased you have found your fire again, and so pleased your wedding magic will continue! x

  • Kerry

    Love your honesty here – you should continue to do it, you rock at it!! We are proud to have worked with you this year.
    Lots of Love K&B x

Yesterday I photographed Susie & Stephen’s elopement at City Hall. These two were so wonderful in every way, and despite the gloomy weather, we had such a great day together. After their ceremony at City Hall, we headed up to Central Park for portraits. I actually love shooting in the rain – it makes photographs so much more dramatic and gives NYC such a different feel. Here’s a small sneak peek – much more to come. Susie & Stephen – thank you so much for everything! Congratulations!

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  • Gary O Brien

    Now that really was an Elopement NYC Style. Love the photos. Wishing you a beautiful marriage . L. O Love , the 4 O Briens back in windy Dublin.

After a lot of interest in the last couple weeks, I’m announcing one more date for fall mini sessions! Here are the details…

Riverside Park Mini Sessions

25 minute portrait session in Riverside Park, with up to 5 people

20 photographs delivered via digital download by Monday, December 7th

Perfect for holiday cards!

Open to couples, families, or for head shots

Five slots available, starting at 2pm


Get in touch to book your spot! I can’t wait to get you in front of my camera!

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