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Taylor & Justin: A New York Engagement // Fall in Central Park

It has always been a dream of mine as a wedding photographer to photograph an engagement session in Central Park. With Taylor & Justin, I finally got that opportunity to do so and am very thankful for that experience.

The beginning journey of me becoming a photographer started out with me studying and practicing my craft and listening/watching my weekly episodes of RAW talk with Jared Polin ( on YouTube. He's a photographer out of Philadelphia that has made a business out of educating amateur and professional photographers from his YouTube Channel. I had the extreme honor of having my website featured in one of his episodes and that really propelled my business to another level, due in part to the wide reach of Jared Polin's subscriber base. Coincidentally, Justin is a photographer and follows Jared Polin's YouTube channel too and found me by watching the episode I was featured on. It's pretty amazing how these things happen and I'm very thankful to be Taylor & Justin's wedding photographer!

By the way, please check out Justin's website at:

He has an incredible blog post of how he photographed his own proposal here:

My trip to the East Coast included Natalie & Garrett's Philadelphia engagement and Rosemarie & Brody's Boston engagement. As soon as Taylor & Justin booked me as their wedding photographer, they left Oregon to start working and going to school in Pennsylvania. They currently reside in Hershey, Pennsylvania (yes, the hometown of Hershey's chocolate). I proposed the idea of having them meet me in New York on my last full day on the East Coast to photograph their engagement shoot in Central Park and they were all for it. We had an incredible time and am thankful for my friend and videographer, Rhys Logan to get us some video of our time in New York. Enjoy!

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Rosemarie & Brody: Proposal at Edmonds Beach

Wow, what an incredible Sunday.

Photographing couples for engagements and their wedding is spectacular in itself, but today, for the first time ever, I was able to photograph and be a part of a proposal.

The plan coming into this proposal was that Brody was going to take Rosemarie on the beach for a walk. All the while, we would place a big bottle on the beach near the water to mark the spot we would want Brody to propose. I was situated near some driftwood with a long Canon 300L lens and had a pretty decent idea of what my composition was going to be.

While we were waiting for the couple to arrive at the beach, we had two occasions where we had to have people move away from the bottle. One instance was when a girl sat down by the bottle and started making sandcastles with it. Politely, we asked the girl to leave. The other occasion was when a couple, walking by hand in hand, noticed the bottle with a note and started examining it. While my assistant was briefly explaining to the couple about our set up, Rosemarie & Brody arrived to the beach. The couple that was holding the bottlec quickly placed it back down and my assistant casually walked away from the scene.

Brody took Rosemarie to a bench and was smoothly and slowly taking her to the bottle down by the water. They then took a brief detour and stopped by a bench about halfway from where I was and where the bottle was situated.

Reading Brody's face expression, I gathered that he couldn't find the bottle on the beach and started to walk Rosemarie out a little further before he got down on one knee. That's when I laid completely flat on the ground, viewing underneath the driftwood and photographed one of the most amazing events I'll ever see in my life.

It was magic. You can tell from their faces that it was and I couldn't help but smile myself because it's a moment they'll remember and cherish for the rest of their lives. I am incredibly honored to have witnessed this proposal and to be able to share this story with you all.

Here are photos from today's proposal. Enjoy!