Engagements

Sagamore Hotel Engagement Bolton Landing NY | Kate and Erik

Sagamore Hotel Engagement Bolton Landing NY | Kate and Erik

Fun loving couple who are beautiful and silly and just love life? These two. They are a super chill couple who love a good adventure, but they also love being low key and easy going. We were being silly and overly dramatic and just having FUN all day on the property of the Sagamore Hotel and the day could not be any more GORGEOUS. They are having their wedding at The Barn at Lord Howe Valley and I could not be any more excited! We wouldn’t be super close to the water of Lake George, so why not an engagement session near the water to compliment this prospect?

Oh yea, We also practiced turns and twirls because her dress was SUPER FAB. It needed to happen. I was obsessed.

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Montreal Engagement Session | Abi and Mathieu

Montreal Engagement Session | Abi and Mathieu

I first got contacted by Mathieu on Wedding Wire looking for a wedding photographer to travel to Spillian, little did he know that I’d be more than willing to travel to Montreal as well! I love this city with its rustic charm and its modern sensibilities. Funny enough, Abi and Mathieu met in Japan, and at this time Mathieu lived in Montreal and Abi lived in New Jersey and their fate was just meant to be! 可愛い (Kawaii) is only breaking the surface of how I should describe him, but most important thing of all, we had so much fun together, and things were so easy for them. I love that they were willing to be silly, to be sultry and especially allowing me to enjoy this Beautiful City of Montreal!

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Engagement | Katie and Pierre | Jay Zhang Photography

Brooklyn Bridge Park Engagement | Katie and Pierre | Jay Zhang Photography

Katie and Pierre love being silly with each other, even if the camera makes them both super nervous. But in the way they snuggle and whisper and hold each other close, there is without a doubt something that just resinates between them. I don't know if I have the right words for this light fluffy heart feeling that comes with love and care for another person but thats how I would describe it. They love TV shows and they love going out on the town for some adventure, they work hard and they play hard, so the time they spend together is easy going, and low key.

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Saratoga National Historic Park | David and Joe's Engagement | Jay Zhang Photography

Saratoga National Historic Park | David and Joe's Engagement | Jay Zhang Photography

David and Joe are two silly people. Everything about them reminds me that life is way to short to be so serious. They just constantly were laughing and having fun and enjoying themselves and thats exactly what I wanted them to do - to just exist with each other in their space. There was just so much laughing there wasn't enough time to think about negativity and insecurities, only time to think about having fun, being in love, and laughing all the way home. It was a perfect day filled with perfectly real people.

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Washington Park + Capitol Plaza Engagement | Albany NY | Katie + Ryan

Washington Park + Capitol Plaza Engagement | Albany NY | Katie + Ryan

Katie and Ryan are very sweet, they are down to earth and they are so chill. They're both super beauties and I don't think they know it (But sometimes though Katie definitely shows that she KNOWS she's beautiful - aint that right? Cause you are, Flaunt it girl.) They are definitely well prepared and easy going people who just love being together. They love their life, they love their dog, and they love each other. I can't say how much more full they are with love from all over, and its pretty cliche but they got their stuff together, and this wedding is going to be gorgeous! I can't wait for their day (even though I say that for everyone, its true!) They let me be creative and be inspired and I can't wait to give them something inspiring for their day in 2019 :-)

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Hall of Springs Engagement | Chelsea and Joe | Jay Zhang Photography

Hall of Springs Engagement | Chelsea and Joe | Jay Zhang Photography

These two have so much fun. The energy these both share and exchange with each other tells me that they are never short of always laughing. Yes they are romantic, yes they are like any normal couple, but man do they make every moment more fun than the next. I would usually say between all the laughter there are a lot of quiet moments, but really though... between all the soft kisses and the warm embraces and the sitting in silence together, are the belly laughs and the silly faces and the constant back and forth of trying to out comedy the other. I couldn't stop laughing, I want you all to not stop laughing either. My heart is so full.

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Yaddo Engagement | Rachael + Craig | Jay Zhang Photography

Yaddo Engagement | Rachael + Craig | Jay Zhang Photography

Rachael and Craig are a one of a kind couple and they LOVE to laugh and it definitely shines through. Besides being gorgeous, they are super silly and love to just have fun. We walked around Yaddo on a day where no one else was around, lucky us, because we could make this session MAGICAL. I think their shenanigans and their beauty will just speak for itself.

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Woods Hollow Nature Preserve | Ali and Josh's Engagement

Woods Hollow Nature Preserve | Ali and Josh's Engagement

The theme of this Engagement session? Laughs, giggles, silliness ALL DAY LONG. Exactly what it was supposed to be, and my heart is so full from this session! I can't lie, it wasn't a perfectly cloudy day with no rain, it definitely rained, and they were definitely up for the adventure in this magical nature preserve. Ali and Josh were not nervous at all, if anything, they were excited, and they were willing to do whatever I wanted with a few requests - typically what my creative heart loves to hear!

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NYC Central Park Engagement | Peter and Jason

NYC Central Park Engagement | Peter and Jason

I can't lie, it was a rainy Sunday in the middle of the city and there was no evidence of it stopping anytime soon! Fortunately, these two were up for the adventure as the rain sometimes took some moments to waiver in its strength and allow us to be less wet. Might I add that the penguin umbrella was not planned? It was essentially the perfect prop for the day, and we played in the rain. regardless of where we decided to take photos, things were quiet, allowing this hard working hyper focused couple to really enjoy their time with each other.

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Yaddo Gardens Engagement | Angela + Dan

Yaddo Gardens Engagement | Angela + Dan

I first met Angela and Dan at the Century House Wedding Show and they won my free Engagement Session! They were nervous, as are most couples when they have to be in fornt of the camera, but once they warmed up a little and were able to be a little bit open with each other. It turned out spectacular.

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Averill Park NY | Meghan and Bill's Engagement Session

Averill Park NY | Meghan and Bill's Engagement Session

Meghan and Bill live in their home here in West Sand Lake, and where better place to take some Engagement Photos than on their deck overlooking the Lake. Oh of course since we were so close we had to take advantage of the town beach :-) Lighting was great and perfect, it was an easy going day with a lot of laughs, and lots of smiles. I can't wait for their wedding next year!

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LIC Landing + Astoria Park Engagement | Anna and Kirstie

LIC Landing + Astoria Park Engagement | Anna and Kirstie

Anna and Kirstie are private people, which for more intimate photos can be a small challenge, but once Anna was giving a million kisses and warming Kirstie up, it was game time and love just shown through. We took a couple of photos within the apartment that they are leaving for Philadelphia with their dog and cat. Excuse the excessive animal photos. We moved through Astoria Park and eventually ended up at LIC Landing for a beautiful skyline. Smart, easy going, and dedicated, they would go the extra mile for the other in a heartbeat.

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Troy NY | Karla and Brian's Engagement

Troy NY | Karla and Brian's Engagement

Karla and Brian have this look they give each other as if they fall in love with each other over and over again. Both teachers of movement, one dance, the other track, one about elegance and finese, the other about strength and precision. They have this energy about them the entire session that I just fell in love with as they easily fell into one another and just laughed, and continued to laugh and smile. It was a good day. I can't wait until Novemeber! Come sooner pleaseee!

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Philadelphia Engagement | Grace and Tim's City Engagement

Philadelphia Engagement | Grace and Tim's City Engagement

Grace and Tim recently just moved to Philadelphia and they Couldn't be ANY happier. This is a city that they love so much, it only made sense for me to take a trip and revisit this cute little city that is Nuanced with its influences from history mixed in with contemporary architectural styles. The rustic historic parts of Philadelphia is where they love the most, and it is without a doubt the most charming.

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Best Engagements + Couples 2016 | Jay Zhang Photography

Best Engagements + Couples 2016 | Jay Zhang Photography

Engagement Sessions are super fun, they help couples get comfortable in front of the camera, but I also get to find out more about them, and draw out their personalities and special interests whilst keeping everything casual and focused on them. Its the perfect thing to take up from a photographer if they offer it as part of their wedding packages because it help you get ready for what to expect on the wedding day. Here are some of my favorites from the 2016 Year!

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Thatcher Park | Alisha + Carl's Engagement Session

Thatcher Park | Alisha + Carl's Engagement Session

Have I said Fall was my favorite yet? BECAUSE COLORS. It was a beautifully fall day filled with colors and it was almost too much for me to handle all the excitement. They are having their wedding in Fall around the same time! What a dream! I can't wait for their Wedding! This strong opinionated and loving woman is ready to marry this easy going, tough and understanding man!

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Emerson Park Engagement Auburn NY | Kristen + Rick's Engagement

Emerson Park Engagement Auburn NY | Kristen + Rick's Engagement

I got to travel to Auburn NY, super cute small town out in West New York and shoot Kristen and Rick's Engagement photos! It was one of the best mornings I've ever had getting to photograph a wedding for some friends of mine. It was a breezy Sunday Morning but it was one of the nicest mornings being so close to the Lake. The Sunrise was gorgeous and the day was amazing. I can't wait for their Wedding at the Spring Side Inn!

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Peebles Island Engagement | Nikki + Reilly's Engagement

Peebles Island Engagement | Nikki + Reilly's Engagement

FALL IS MY FAVORITE and these two were OWNING their Engagement shoot like a BOSS. PLUS we had an adorable sidekick along with us who just wanted to explore! There were lots to see and lots to do and beautiful colors all over. I can't wait for their wedding at the Troy Kitchen!

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Engagement in Hartford CT | Mike + Adrian

Engagement in Hartford CT | Mike + Adrian

Mike and Adrian just recently moved to Hartford, but that won't stop them from having a wedding at Birch Hill in Castleton. Life doesn't stop, not even when opportunities arise so it was appropriate to give them an engagement session in their new city where they will reside. I think they are settling in pretty nicely. Check out my favorites from the session!

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