Rehoboth Beach wedding

This year seems to be taking me lots of places other than Philadelphia for weddings. I’ve been to Arlington, VA, Ocean City, NJ and now Rehoboth Beach, DE. Megan and Sean had a lot of fun with their engagement session in Northern Liberties and Old City in Philly, but their beach wedding was very nice. With the ceremony just up the road in Lewis, on the inlet. The reception was at the Salero at the Henlopen Hotel on the boardwalk.

As the sun set, I “borrowed” the newly weds for a few fun portraits on the beach. Take a look at the festivities:)

Ocean City wedding photos

Heading down the AC expressway again, took me to Ocean City for Cammy and Luke’s wedding. Their engagement session a few months back at Valley Forge National park was very easy going. It’s a great way to get to know everyone before the wedding and get more comfortable and relaxed too.

The weather was spectacular the day of the wedding. Bright blue skies and lots and lots of guests to share in the memories. The whole day took place at The Flanders Hotel, right on the boardwalk. They did a wonderful job with the room and ceremony, and the food was delicious too! After a short ceremony, we did some family pictures and then took the whole bridal party to the boardwalk and beach for some fun portraits.

As the reception kicked off, Sid Miller and his crew (one of my favorite Philadelphia area bands) kept the crowd dancing the whole night – phenomenal job! Thanks also to my friend Ashley Bartoletti, for coming along and getting some spectacular images too!

Thanks Cammy and Luke, it was a blast!

Stroudsmoor wedding

On July 4th, my friend Cindy Guessford accompanied me to Stroudsmoor Country Inn, to photograph Willeatha and Jason’s wedding. Their engagement session in Brooklyn, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge was a lot of fun, and I could tell then that this wedding was going to be a work out:)

The bride and groom both looked great, and despite the heat wave we have had going on, everyone stuck together and stayed in great spirits. From the time that they first glanced at each other, they were full of smiles and love in their eyes (the way a wedding should be). It was a very emotion filled ceremony, that overlooked the valley below – what a scene!

Through out the night, there were fireworks going off in the distance in each direction we looked. Both families packed the dance floor and kept dancing all night.

Make sure you also take an extra close look at Willeatha’s dress. It came from Kleinfelds in New York City! It is a stunning dress.

Wilkes-Barre Wedding

Last Weekend, I was in Wilkes-Barre, PA for Kathleen and Tommy’s wedding. It was an easy drive up the northeast extension, on a beautiful day. I met up with Kathleen and her brides maids as they were just finishing up getting ready. The dress was stunning, and the girls all looked great. Soon after, I headed over to the Luzerne County Court house. Inside, is some awesome architecture (every court house should look like this). As the ceremony started, the girls made their way down the main staircase to the waiting crowd below. Tommy’s look, as he watch Kathleen and her dad come down the stairs was just full of happiness.

After a short round of some family photos, we headed over to the reception. The crowd was ready to dance, and lots of people took center circle to show off their moves! Congrats Kathleen and Tommy!!

Here is a few from the day.

bridal dress

bride getting ready

bride with ring

bridal portrait

luzerne county court house wedding

reception line

Groom portrait

bride and groom first dance

groom dancing

Philadelphia engagement sessions

Last week, Lisa and Mike came up to Manayunk for their engagement session. This part of Philadelphia, has lots of different areas that can be used as backdrops. We choose to use the walking path. One that that I look for when I start shooting, is not only the first smile, but the reaction of a laugh or something that each will say to the other. Look at the first image, then the second:)Mike definitely had a good laugh after the first!

Philadelphia Engagement session

Philadelphia Engagement session

Manayunk engagement photographer

philadelphia engagement photographer

philadelphia engagement photographer

Manayunk engagement photographer

Megan and Sean

I met Megan and Sean at their place in the Northern Liberties section of Philly. From the second I walked in, I knew it was gonna be a lot of fun! Their puppy, Kells, greeted me right away with a big sloppy puppy kiss. I love dogs, and when engagement sessions include pets, it adds a level of fun and another member of the family ;).

After a short walk around the block. We headed down to Standard Tap, for a quick drink (who doesn’t like to loosen up a little bit). We hoped in the car and drove down to Old City for the second half of the shoot. While it was really windy out that day, it was otherwise a beautiful day!

northern liberties engagement session

engagement session with pet

northern liberties engagement session

old city engagement pictures

old city engagement pictures

old city engagement pictures

New York City Engagement Session! – Chris & Nadia

Hey everyone!

I just got back in from a great engagement session with Chris & Nadia! The two of them actually made the trip from London and while in town we took the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful spots of New York. We visited Time Square, Central Park, and Grand Central Station. I can’t wait to go back as we only got to the tip of the iceburg.

Enjoy a few photos from the Engagement Session!


Willeatha and Jason

Last weekend, I took a quick trip up to New York for Willeatha and Jason’s engagement session. Having proposed to Willeatha on the Brooklyn Bridge, they thought it would make for the perfect backdrop for their engagement session.

It was really fun to hang out with these two before their wedding on July 4th! They are both full of smiles and laughter:)

Brooklyn Bridge engagement session

Brooklyn engagement session

New York city engagement photograph

Brooklyn Engagement photography

New York city engagement photographer

Urban Engagement Session

Baby R

A few weeks back, I met up with Eva and Brian at their home in Arlington, VA to take pictures of their baby girl! Baby R is SO adorable and lots of smiles:)It was such a treat and honor to be asked by a past wedding couple to come take more pictures for them.

Here are a few from their lifestyle portrait session. . .

Philadelphia Baby photography

Philadelphia Baby photographer

Bucks County family photography

Bucks County baby photographer

East coast family photography

Philadelphia infant photographer

Philadelphia infant photography

Lauren + Adam {Wedding} *Cindy Guessford

She brought them to me wrapped in their soft Prada cloth bag and when her hands reached in they slowly unveiled the most exquisite of shoes… The heels an intricate carving in blue so perfectly simple yet intricate at the same time suited Lauren and her taste. From the first moment that I met Lauren and Adam I could picture them existing in a time many years ago. A time where values and tenderness and old fashioned courtship and romance blossomed. A vintage like appearance and the kind of respectful, kind and genuinely lovely interaction could be witnessed. Today was no different than those first few interactions that I had with them.  Lauren has planned every detail from the exquisite shoes, amazing dress, breathtaking bouquet, antique jewelry – and all because two kids fell in love =) The details could be seen throughout the day. So, with the smell of gardenia’s in the air I proceeded to document their day and to say that I was moved on several occasions would be an understatement.   The weather could have been a hindrance to some but we were prepared come what may.  Storm clouds invaded and loomed over us for most of the day but no worries, they just wanted to add a little drama =)   I wanted to share a sampling of the images made that day because I just love them!  Do you want to see more images from Lauren and Adam’s Wedding ?

Lauren’s grandfather was unable to attend the wedding so we paid him a little visit beforehand. The reaction he has to seeing his grand daughter is so touching. I know it was bittersweet for him but through his tears I could see the smile and glimmer of pride that he had for her. Not just his grand daughter anymore. Today a beautiful bride to be. Just one more evolution of life…

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Georgi Anastasov - some great moments!!!

Craig: Jennifer & Omar’s St. Anne’s Wedding

Jenn and Omar may have had a windy, extremely rainy, day, but at least the best part was that if it had been colder we would have had 7 feet of snow! We all easily survived a bit of rain and took advantage of great locations and everyone’s positive attitude about the day. Rainy days at weddings are certainly a challenge, but I love finding locations that others may miss, and in this case, gave Jenn & Omar their first quiet moment of the day.

Why is Jenn’s hair blowing inside? Because the front door was open over 50 feet away and not only was it blowing, but it was raining inside!

This cracked me up…Dad said not to take that picture, but perhaps the last time Jenn can easily ask for money from Dad!

Omar’s family is from Peru, and the expression on his Dad’s face of seeing Jenn walking down the aisle was awesome.

Yeah it is okay to laugh and have fun during communion…I had to sneak this shot

Caught this little moment in the bridal suite…

This was a first, a “stripper”, clown, and their college mascot…long story, but the best man’s toast was a first for me.

Restrooms aren’t just for…well you know…restful moment.

This moment was shielded for me, but another reason to have a second photographer…thanks Heather for catching Dad’s reaction to Mother and Son dancing.

Sarah + Tom – Ski Engagement Shoot – Nicole Polk

Every time I meet with a couple and we talk about the engagement session, I always throw out little ideas I have – bowling, rides, snowboarding, etc.. for their session.  I got so excited when Sarah told me that she and Tom wanted to do their engagement session on skis!  Funny enough, we actually had too much snow for their originally scheduled date of the shoot.  The roads were an absolute mess and didn’t think we could make it to the Poconos and back.  Luckily, these big winter storms left us with plenty of snow to play with later in the month.  We were able to get a beautiful day and some yummy post shoot waffles at the waffle hut on the mountain.  Nothing is yummier than fresh waffles out in the cool winter air. First up, Sarah and Tom on skis.  Tomorrow – Sarah and Tom in the parking lot.  Yeah, that’s right, the parking lot.  It’s good stuff, I promise;)


Craig: Snow + Fun Couple = Awesome Engagement Session

A few days before the first of two huge snow storms, Jackie emailed me and asked about doing their engagement session in the snow. We made Plan A and Plan B…we ended up with Plan B since there was two feet of snow falling on the first day. The Sunday after, however, was absolutely amazing. Not a cloud in the sky and Jackie and Mike could not have been more fun. Every idea I had, they loved, so we had a blast. Here are a few of my favorites!

Mazzy – Santa Barbara Portraits – Nicole Polk

While on my way home from photographing an engagement session in Santa Barbara, I was delayed at the Santa Barbara airport.  With nothing to do, I decided to hang out right in front of the airport.  It’s this tiny little building with some grass and a couple trees out front.  So, I plopped myself under a tree and just reveled in the sunshine pouring through the branches.  While daydreaming, I discovered this beautiful little creature, Mazzy climbing above my head!  We hit it off immediately, both lovers of trees and after talking to Mazzy’s mom, had a little impromptu photo session!  Hope you enjoy these Mazzy and Leslie!  I’ll be back in LA and Santa Barbara for 2 weddings the 1st week of August for anyone who would like any kind of portrait session – engagement, family, kid, newborn, etc…  Please let me know if you are interested in a shoot.

After Mazzy and co left for their flight, I made some other friends…Cinderella style!

winter engagement photography teaser- Nicole Polk

Ok, I still have other things to blog before this shoot, but I got so excited to shoot out in all this snow I wanted to share a quick image I was working on to help get rid of my winter blahs.  Shoots like this will help me get through till spring!  Next week I have an e session with a couple on skis!  No need to wait till things are blooming for an e session with snow like this :)