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JOANNA & RICHY’S 30TH STREET STATION ENGAGEMENT – PHILADELPHIA ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

A few weeks ago, I finally had the chance to meet Joanna & Richy in person and shoot their engagement session. The forecast was bleary – high of 50 with a 50% chance of rain, but Joanna didn’t want to wait any longer. With their June nuptials coming up fast (!!) and their trips to the city limited (they’re planning from afar), she knew that we’d find a way to work around the rain. And so we did. Quite successfully, I might add.

We started out at an adorable little cafe in Northern Liberties sipping on coffee and then worked our way over the 30th Street Station…. but not without a clearing from the rain and a short bout in the park first. What I loved most was that we tried to make the session tell a little bit of a story. You see, when Joanna & Richy first started dating she lived in Philadelphia and he in NYC, so Joanna spent many evenings waiting at 30th Street for her train to go see him. Once he’d stolen her heart, she eventually moved much closer, but it wasn’t without weeks of travel first.

And, as they say, the rest is history…

Seriously, who doesn’t love swings?

Love these so much – Joanna, you are GORGEOUS.

And then on over to the hub-bub of 30th Street Station. I love how these two look like they’re completely wrapped up in their own world despite the hustle and bustle.

Hands down… FAVORITE (below).

Mrs. Limestone - All%20wonderful%20but%20Im%20just%20loving%20the%20shot%20thru%20the%20mirror%20and%20on%20the%20stairs.%20%20Gorgeous%20as%20always.April 30, 2012 – 9:40 PM

Joanna - I love the way these turned out!!
Amanda was SO easy and good to work with. The whole photoshoot went better than I expected.
Can’t wait til the wedding!May 4, 2012 – 8:59 AM

Lisa Friedberg - I love ALL of these pics!!!! What a beautiful
couple!!!!May 4, 2012 – 9:53 AM

MARCH SELF-PORTRAIT: PAINTED PROGRESS

A few weeks ago I walked into my neighborhood grocery store, like I do nearly every afternoon and as I checked out with my regular cashier, he says to me “So, what’s the deal? Do you paint for a living or what?” Yep, that’s right. I had walked into the store covered in paint so often now that they’ve decided I simply must paint for a living. Yikes!

This post probably won’t mean much to many people, but to me, it’s huge. Epic, even. This is just me sitting on a sofa. Right? No images on the walls. Pillows looking frumpy. But you know what’s significant? It’s me, sitting in MY OFFICE. With walls that are no longer neon green (we’ll talk about that later). It’s been a month of a ridiculous amount of office-improvement projects, but one that I believe was well-spent. While the office still has a long, long way to go, it’s finally starting to reflect me and my business.

So, consider it far from a “welcome to my office” post, it’s certainly a peek at my new little humble abode. More details to follow, promise! In the meantime, I’m just reveling in this short, sweet little glory. This baby has come a long, long way and we’re just getting started. What about you, have you ever finished a project that has made you want to do somersaults of celebration? That’s kinda how I’m feeling right about now.

For more information and a full explanation about the self-portrait project, please see this post.

Tina - Can’t wait to see it now that it’s done! You’ve made SO much progress!April 2, 2012 – 8:21 AM

Kelly Rowles - SQUEE! The place looks amazing! I want to see!April 2, 2012 – 9:01 PM

Wedding Invitations - Lovely portrait I must say :)April 17, 2012 – 8:55 AM

MELISSA & JEFF’S OLD CITY ENGAGEMENT SESSION – PHILADELPHIA ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Melissa and Jeff are one of those couples. One of those couples that are just so completely natural. The way they look at each other. The way they laugh at – I mean – with each other. 😉 From the moment I met them I felt instantly comfortable around them. Melissa’s laugh is completely infectious, and the way Jeff adores her is completely apparent.

And, their engagement session was no different. Plus, when they said they were up for (a) shooting wherever I wanted and (b) loved the idea of wandering Old City, I knew we’d have some fun. As usual, I loved exploring Old City – taking them both to some of my favorite little nooks and crannies as well as venturing out and exploring new ones together. Heck, we even made friends along the way (right Melissa and Jeff?).

We even hit up the epic Franklin Fountain for some amazing old-fashioned ice cream. To you non-Philadelphians, this is a place to visit if you ever come this way. Even the food channel says so… and they know what they’re talking about.

Kelly - I love shooting around this part of Old City! So many great places, especially now that winter has almost completely left us. :)

Lovely photos as always!March 27, 2012 – 11:00 AM

Ashley Bartoletti - Beautiful! I love that big blue door!March 27, 2012 – 11:05 AM

Dee Nikolaidis - Awesome – such a cute couple, beautiful backgrounds and what gorgeous pictures.
Congrats !!! :-)March 27, 2012 – 6:28 PM

Cait - GORGEOUS – love that teal door! So pretty. And such a gorgeous couple!!March 27, 2012 – 8:49 PM

OVERCOMING MY FEARS WITH A TOUR OF THE CAMDEN AQUARIUM

No, I’m not afraid of fish. When my dear friend Isis originally invited me to attend the Association of Bridal Consultants (South Jersey Group) meeting at the Camden Aquarium…. I have to admit, my gut reaction was to say no. And then I reminded myself of my #1 goal for this year: network more. I do fine in small groups, but large masses of people with no familiar faces tend to make me nervous. Actually, I’m lying. They make me super nervous. Like that first-day-of-school-crazed kind of nervous. What if no one likes me? What if no one talks to me? What if I do something really embarrassing like fall flat on my face?

But the lure of tackling one of my goals, and an excuse to explore the awesome Camden Aquarium (WHERE YOU CAN HAVE YOUR WEDDING!) was too much to say no to. So, I asked my first question: can I bring my camera? And, when I was told yes, I knew I was golden. As long as I have that pretty black hunk of metal, plastic, and glass to hide behind when my nerves get to be too much then I can do pretty much anything. And so I went.

And, of course, rather than any of my fears coming true it was quite the opposite. It was a lovely evening and we got an awesome, winding tour of the amazing aquarium and learned a lot about having weddings there. For instance, your reception room can have the shades lifted to reveal giant windows into the shark tank to wow your guests (see below, first two images). Heck, you can even have your ceremony in front of a giant aquarium window. The long winding pathways with glass windows looking in the tank can be filled with cocktail tables or reception tables so your guests can actually even be surrounded by the amazing sea life while they eat. And the photo opportunities? Endless. After getting to hang out there for the evening I am absolutely itching to shoot a wedding there. So, brides, let’s do this!

A huge, huge thanks to the Association of Bridal Consultants, South Jersey, and to Isis of Posh Events. Also, a thank you to the people who made me feel especially welcome…. I won’t mention them all here for fear of forgetting someone, but you know who you are. So lovely getting to meet so many talented individuals in the wedding industry.

See, right here (below)… you can have your ceremony RIGHT HERE. Amazing.

And the final sunset I caught as I left the aquarium. Five-image stitched pano of the Philadelphia skyline.

Jenna - Love your opening statement! I’m pretty sure no one assumed you’re afraid of fish, but you never know! :] xxxMarch 26, 2012 – 12:33 PM

Isis of POSH Events - You my friend, are awesome beyond measure. I’m glad that you joined us last night and look forward to many, many more.March 26, 2012 – 1:02 PM

Tina - Yay for you! I need to get out and do those things more often:)March 26, 2012 – 1:42 PM

Dee Nikolaidis - WOW ! Absolutely gorgeous. You got some amazing shots and I loved your composition ! Glad you had a good time ! xoMarch 26, 2012 – 6:13 PM

NJ Wedding Videographer - I know I was one of the cool people to make you feel welcome. It’s ok, you can shout me out next time. No one should take offense because that’s just how I roll!! LOL

Seriously though, Amanda, great post and it was wondeful meeting you. Hope to see you again soon!March 27, 2012 – 11:59 PM

Jessica Ares - Wow, first I must say I love your opening story, second your pictures are beautiful and third, you are good. Congrat’s I have been networking more as well. It really helps.March 28, 2012 – 12:01 AM

[SNEAK PEEK] WANDERING THE CITY

And, on the day before the first day of Spring, I had the pleasure of getting to explore the city with the awesome Melissa and Jeff (and our friend Melvin, but that’s a story for another day), who had me laughing the whole time. Here’s just a peek at the fun we had. More soon!

Tina - LOVE those doors, awesome shot! Can’t wait to see the rest:)March 23, 2012 – 10:02 AM

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