Charmainne + Deven {engaged!}

Most of you guys know that I'm a nurse full-time {photography is my side hustle}. Well, Charmainne and I go way back. You see...I started my nursing career with her on night shift on the same unit. She was there when I had to stick my first live patient with an IV {so much blood everywhere...}, we helped each other hang meds, answer call bells, change patients and give bed baths. So many memories! So when I found out that Charmainne and her main squeeze Deven were getting hitched I had to photograph these two lovebirds myself. We were joined by our friends Emma and Austin (also nurses!) and made a day of it at Planting Fields. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Michael {happy first birthday!}

Michael, Paul and Helen's darling son, turns one next month. And what better way to commemorate this milestone birthday than with a mini photoshoot?! This family rocked it with multiple outfit changes, a cake smash, and a last minute schedule change due to weather. It's always hard trying to get a baby to focus and look at the camera but mom and dad were skillful in keeping him occupied and giggling even when he was ever-so-slightly sleep deprived on an early Sunday morning. Happy birthday sweet boy!

Jennifer+Andy {expecting!}

I met Jennifer at Helen's baby shower and we found out that our husbands are also acquaintances! Goodness what a small world we live in. So I was thrilled when Jennifer and Andy asked me to take their maternity photos and was even more excited to go back to Alley Pond Park {my fave place to take portraits}. Jennifer and Andy are also expecting a November baby--a baby boy!

Ana+Sopeark {engaged}

My dear friends Ana and Sopeark are finally getting hitched after--ten--yes you heard me, I said TEN, years of dating. I would say that patience is a quality that they must share because they braved a super humid summer morning to take photos at Queens Botanical Garden. The couple kept their cool while we navigated through hoards of tai-chi practitioners, sword dancers (???), and swarms of mosquitos. Check out all the love and warmth in the photos below!

Helen+Paul {expecting!}

My dear, dear friends Helen and Paul are expecting their first child--a baby boy!--this fall. I've had the privilege to walk alongside them during their courtship and their marriage so I am very much looking forward to figuring out this whole parenting thing together. We spent a summer morning together at Planting Fields, a beautiful historic state park nestled in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Can't wait to meet, love on, and take photos of the little one when he arrives!