Ally: Personal Trainer + Martial Artist

The opportunity to capture people doing what they love has always excited me. It is obvious when someone is passionate about their work and I absolutely love that. So naturally I was stoked when Ally Mancino hired me for a portrait session so she could promote her business + passions as a personal trainer + martial artist. 

Not only does Ally keep her social media feeds packed with upbeat messages, inspirational quotes + videos of her busting her butt at the gym, but she has these handwritten inspirational messages tattooed all over herself. They just prove how dedicated she is to staying positive + strong, while these photographs are proof that where there's strength, beauty will follow.

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Ally's smile is beautiful + contagious. It's the kind of smile that makes my job easy.

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But don't let her baby face fool you, she is still one tough cookie.

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It was great to be able to capture her in both of her favorite places- at the gym + outside in nature. 

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Once she begun her martial arts routine, she became incredibly focused. It really inspired me to capture the strength + tranquility I saw come over her.

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An old friend of mine always used to say "just keep swimming" whenever I felt discouraged. Yes it's from Finding Nemo, an animated movie for children, but that movie offers more than a few pearls of wisdom. That scene in the whale belly? So applicable for those times when we doubt ourselves. I told Ally how much the saying means to me so we did one last set up, a more intimate portrait that showcased that awesome reminder.

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Just. Keep. Swimming.

New stationery + Fall promotion

It is no secret that I have a penchant for paper products. Everybody who knows me knows how I love stationery + printed products of pretty much any variety. When I first started my photography business almost 12 years ago, I *had* to order business cards...and stickers...and postcards. When I got married, we "needed" address labels and, of course, a new address stamp too (even though my name wasn't changing). At any given time there are at least 3 different types of paper in my desk with which I write notes or letters on. (Yes, I still write letters.) So naturally, the rebranding + relaunching of my photo business seemed like a perfect excuse to order pretty new things! 

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The luxe business cards are simply gorgeous. I really enjoyed the packaging too. (Kudos to the folks at Moo!)

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I ordered some postcards too which came out great + double as a 10% off coupon for this season. I'll be putting them in local shops in the Brunswick/Highland Park/Princeton areas soon but the promo applies to everybody! 

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Any shoots from now until December 17th will receive 10% off of any package featured here on my site. Call, e-mail or send me a message on Instagram or Facebook if you'd like a schedule a session. Happy fall!

Andrea + Anya NYC Engagement

Like the City itself, there’s never a dull moment with these two! With their bit of classy mixed with a whole lotta sassy vibes, NYC was certainly the one and only place eclectic enough to shoot these brides-to-be. The High Line was the perfect spot for lace dresses and quiet, stolen moments of sweet love. Then we headed over to the Lower East Side for some more festive shots...but not before stopping at Rosies in the East Village to mix things up with some spicy afternoon cocktails!

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I love how they matched their heels to each other's dresses!

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Not even a bit of rain could dim the shine on their faces

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A spicy hot michelada for Anya + a cool fresca verde margarita for Andrea

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Some action shots while we were on the search for murals

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The people of the Lower East Side were super supportive! People were shouting so many well wishes

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These amazing heart murals by Hektad were the most perfect backdrops we could have found

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When I found out Andrea has a thing for water towers we just had to stop mid-street for this quickie

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Andrea's laughter is so infectious

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Congratulations ladies! Your wedding this winter is going to be beautiful! 

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