ROSE+WAYNE – A Bronx Zoo Beloved Session (with a little bit of Edgewater, NJ) (NYC NJ Engagement Session)

I’m loving this autumn weather we’re having today.  I’m actually wearing a hoodie as I write this, and it’s as comfortable as I remember it being last spring… which was also (ashamedly so) the last time I updated this blog!

Well it’s certainly been a whirlwind summer for me and while I’m sad the summer months have waned, the fall brings some much needed cooler weather, colorful foliage and best of all, hot chocolate.  And for us wedding photographers specifically, it brings plenty of opportunities for engagement sessions, or Beloved sessions, as they’re called around these neck of the woods.

And with that in mind, allow me to introduce to you Rose + Wayne.  I first met Rose when she was a bridesmaid for Irene + Ricky back in April.  Irene and Ricky were referred to me by Peter and Julie, who were clients of mine at my previous studio a few years ago, who were originally referred by Rose.  Get it?  Not confusing at all, no?

Anyways, that’s not the important part.  The important part is that I had the pleasure to photograph these two (and a third wheel later on in the shoot) at a locale that I’ve never shot at before, the Bronx Zoo.

Shooting at an interesting place like that certainly ups the “fun factor” for me, but it also presents its own series of challenges.  Namely, the fact that the last time I was in the Bronx Zoo, it was in 1986 for a first grade field trip and I was this close (put your thumb and index finger about a millimeter apart from each other) to getting completely lost from my class and never being heard from ever again… to roam forever in the jungles of the Bronx.

Okay, that last part might be a little melodramatic, but the other parts are true.  I almost lost contact with my group because I ended up zoning out into space for a moment and when I turned around, my class wasn’t there anymore!  It was like… the rapture, before I even knew what the rapture was (when I did eventually learn of the rapture a few years later, it scared the living bejesus out of me for months, but that’s another random story for another Beloved session!).  For an entire two minutes, I was in that state where your stomach starts feeling like its turning inside out because you know you’re in some kind of deep shit.  Like the “Is this the moment I’m going to die?” kind of deep shit.  The “Will I ever see my mom again?” kind of deep shit.  The “Sister Nadine is going to kick my ass… if I ever see her again” kind of deep shit (I went to a Catholic school).

I digress.  Anyways, a moment later I found a different class from my school and the feeling of relief that came over me was so incredible, I can still feel it somewhat right now as I recollect all this.  I joined up with that class and I remember trying to play it off like I didn’t get lost or separated from my group.  Had it been another minute more before I found them, I’m pretty sure I would’ve been in tears.

So yeah, I had that trauma to deal with while trying to take awesome photos of these two.  Not easy.  Half kidding.  Rose and Wayne were such great sports, it felt almost effortless to photograph.  It doesn’t hurt that both of them are so photogenic either.  Shooting at a place like this, I had a lot of fun being bitten by the creative bug, while Rose was being bitten by real life ones.

Later in the day, we drove back to Jersey to pick up their dog, Nala for a few shots along the river walk in Edgewater, NJ.  There was some great lighting available then, and we were able to get in a few fun “family” shots before calling it a day and getting some Ramen at Mitsuwa, which was conveniently nearby.

Thankfully, no one got lost on this trip to the Bronx Zoo.  Instead, what we got was a couple hours of the day for Rose and Wayne to share and remember their favorite moments and memories of their relationship, all while creating new ones at the same time.  And that’s really what I truly love about my Beloved sessions.  It’s not only an experience for the couples, it’s an experience for me each time, as well.

Anyways, I’ve written entirely too much.  Hope I didn’t lose any of you.  But if you’re familiar with this blog, then I’m sure you just skipped all the writing anyways.  Haha.  Enjoy the photos everyone!



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New York City based wedding, beloved, street photographer.
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