Mohonk Proposal Photos: Dan + Ruthie

Future groom:  “Hey Jimi, I’d like to have you photograph the proposal to my girlfriend on the highest point at Mohonk Mountain House in the dead of winter…”  Me: “Um, I’m sorry- what?”  Just kidding…  Of course I said yes, and even though I’m not really a hiker nor am I a big fan of snow related activities, I do like a challenge- and that it was. The plan was to meet them in the ski house to do my normal incognito photographer thing, get snow shoes, then head up the mountain to a spot that is sentimental to the couple.  However, when I found out the hike was almost an hour (far different from the 10 minute hike Dan originally stated), I definitely sported that surprise emoji face.  None of us had that much time, nor prepared for over 2 hours of hiking.  So, we improvised on the fly- and worked out very well!  Perhaps even better than planned.  Because now, whenever Dan and Ruthie go back to Mohonk, it will be an easy walk to where they got engaged. I certainly hope in time I can share with you their engagement photos, and then wedding photos- I’d be […]

Benmarl Winery Engagement and Proposal: Ashely and Anthony

My friend Tania from The Little Wine Bus asked me if I was interested in shooting a proposal to one of her regular customers at the very awesome Benmarl Winery, and of course I said yes!  Proposals are so exciting!  Tania and Anthony had it all planned out: both sets of parents were there ahead of time to surprise them and be a part of the proposal, and I think everyone on the bus knew as well.  However, Ashely had NO idea, and it all went down better than expected.  The weather could absolutely perfect- mid 60’s and sunny.  In fact, it snowed the next day and was 40 degrees at best and cold since- definitely a sign… Congrats to this very sweet couple and I hope I get to shoot the wedding!

Dominican Republic Engagement Session: Punta Cana

What’s better than an engagement shoot on the beach in the Caribbean at sunrise?  Absolutely nothing!!  Melissa and Elias brought us to Dominican Republic at the Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana for their destination wedding, and we have been looking forward to this trip since we all discussed it last year.  We had originally wanted to do a sunset engagement shoot, but Elias realized that the sun set behind our resort.  Plan B?  Sunrise!!  It was a first for both Natalie and I, and man did it work out great!!  I must say, that sun rises QUICK, you have far less time with that magical light then you do with a sunset.  We were in go mode, and barley talked.  This is just part one of two blogs from this wedding, so stay tuned!    

Mohonk Engagement and Proposal: Justin and Michelle

I really love shooting a proposal, and especially at Mohonk– everyone is on edge, nervous, and you only get once chance at this!  Justin contacted me a while ago, and I suggested my standard practice for a proposal,  “I’ll approach you saying that I’m shooting for Mohonk and I need a couple in the distance in a few shots- you’re face won’t be show, so no need for a release”  Of course they’ll agree, we find a spot, I set them up, and BOOM!  Proposal in progress!  It worked out great, however Justin could have given me more than 3 seconds before he went down on one knee!  We were all very grateful we had a quiet day…  

West Point Engagement Session: Salli and Shane

I can’t remember seeing Trophy Point at West Point so empty on such a beautiful day!  Salli and Steve really lucked out- no one was there for their engagement session, which was great for us!  Earlier that day, they got engaged!  Shane attended Salli’s graduation and asked her right up on the stage, a couple hours before our shoot- that he arranged two months prior with me.  He knew…  I love this couple, and hopefully we’ll be considered to shoot their wedding in Chicago when it happens- hint hint.  🙂

Mohonk Engagement Photography: Winter Style with Holly and Mike

Even thought the weather was just ehhhh at best, Holly and Mike wanted nothing more than to do an engagement shoot at Mohonk Mountain House!  Here are some of my favorites from yesterday’s shoot.

Rustic Engagement Session, Family Farm: Michelle and Jared

This engagement session at Jared’s family farm was the first time I was able to play with external flash during daylight hours.  I know it’s done all the time, but I just never had the chance.  So, my minion Kathleen and I headed to Granite Springs NY and experimented- as you can see from the last behind the scenes photo as we tried to fake sunlight… I’d say we did pretty good!  The previous photo has zero photoshop, and looks just like the sun.  Natalie and I will be shooting their wedding next year in CT, and we can’t wait!  

Mohonk Engagement Photography: Kristel and Mickey

What and amazing day at Mohonk for and engagement session!  …and for the brides to be that are reading this, please remember that photographers need TIME to get all the hits.  This engagement shoot with Kristel and Mickey is a perfect example.  No one was rushed, and we went all over- far more than this blog even shows.  The pics below were taken in exactly an hour, and there are well over 200 more for this awesome couple.  I must say though that this past Sunday was a perfect day: overcast, then sunny, and no humidity.  The flowers were at full bloom and it was perhaps the best I’ve ever seen Mohonk.  Their wedding will take place  a year from now, and Natalie and I can’t wait!!!


It’s a been a great year for weddings, portraits, and everything else in between!  We’d like to thank everyone that was in front of the lens, behind the scenes, and all around each and every shoot.  We appreciate each and every one of you!!! Here’s some of our favorites from this year, and we’re very much looking forward to a great 2014!

Hudson Valley Engagement Photography: Edeli and Greg

These two are one of the cutes couples you’ll ever see.  Edeli and Greg wanted to do something local to them.  So we hit the Cornwall Landing, the Trestle, and Cornwall High School.

Brooklyn Engagement Session: Tiz and Brian

In all of the 15 years I worked in NYC with Local 600 and even non union film shoots, I never shot in Coney Island– nor have I ever been there!  It’s great!  A lot of history, boardwalk shops, and of course- NATHAN’S HOT DOGS!  God damn they’re good…  Growing up, Brian went there all the time, so doing an engagement shoot there was a must.  Natalie was a trooper with lighting and a broken toe.  Can’t wait for the wedding!!!  

Engagement Session at Buttermilk Falls Inn: Jessica and Kevin

On an afternoon that called for thunderstorms all day, Jessica and Kevin and I lucked out with the weather.  We went to the beautiful Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa which I have been too many times, and rain or shine it’s a great place.  We braved the heat, the cicadas, a small shower, the eyed click beetles, and a stray cat that scared the hell out of me!  Overall, it was a good day.