Central Park Engagements

Stephen + Tara | Central Park Lifestyle

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Stephen is from the UK + Tara is from Florida.  Their paths crossed when they were teenagers as Stephen's family took yearly holidays in Florida, and their family became friends.  After one of their first meetings Stephen told his siblings that one day he would marry a girl like Tara.  Years later, after high school graduations, college graduations, and several moves their paths merged once again in Florida.  The connection was instantaneous.  They began the long distance phone calls and emails, and a year later Stephen proposed, and a year after that they got married.

They're now celebrating their 2 year anniversary, and what better way to spend it than in NYC?  (I mean you really can't beat fall in New York!).  Tara + Stephen thank you for sharing your story with me + allowing me to capture you!

The best is yet to come!

XO,

Kat

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Central Park Engagements | Cody + Gina

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Photographing an engaged couple is one of my favorite things.  There's something so special about this specific season in a couples' journey.  The excitement, anticipation of what is to come, and this level of pure giddiness.  It's contagious!

Cody and Gina have a special place in my heart for a few reasons.  Cody is one of my brother's best friends, and I have heard amazing things about him and Gina for years but have yet to meet them.  And anyone my brother loves I know I'll love (because my brother is an amazing man!)

So when Gina reached out to me to photographer her engagements while they were in NYC this summer I got super excited.  Being with them just felt like being with a piece of home.  Thanks y'all for running around Manhattan with me on a hot, muggy, summer evening; it was a blessing!

XO,

Kat

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West Village Engagements | Mike and Gretchen

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There have been other brief moments of Spring in Manhattan over the last few weeks, but today felt different; it felt inaugural.  This city absolutely comes A L I V E with the sun.  It's freeing, contagious, and all consuming.  It was an honor to spend the afternoon with Mike and Gretchen traipsing around West Village and Central Park on this spectacular Sunday.  (Sometimes I still have to pinch myself that this is my job!  I am beyond grateful!)

Enjoy!  XO,  Kat

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2013 Engagements

Simply put:  I love love, and am honored that people allow me to capture moments on their journey. There were a few couples that touched my heart in a special way, and I wanted to share some of my favorite moments of them with you.  Happy 2013 friends!

XO,

Kat

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What started off as a beautiful fall day quickly turned into a freezing winter afternoon.  In a matter of an hour; it dropped about 15 degrees, and started sprinkling rain.  Jessie and Gerard cabbed over to Central Park with their dog Sadie, and they got stuck in traffic (typical NYC moment).  By the time we started shooting it was about 32 degrees, and the sun was quickly setting.  We had about 35 minutes, and had to call it a day.  But what happened in those 35 minutes was pretty special.  Not once did these two say it was cold, and going through the pictures all I could see between them was warmth.   Jessie + Gerard made my job incredibly easy!

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Karlin + Matt.  I'm not quite sure what to even say about these two except for that I think Karlin and I may be twins separated at birth.  This girl is my homegirl.  We connected instantly, and Matthew won my heart with his southern charm and hospitality.  We shot all afternoon in this natural light studio in Georgia, and it was fun to stay in the same place and try to make it new with each image.  When I sent Karlin a preview of the images, she messaged me back and said "how did I get such a hot husband".  Even writing those words; it just makes me giggle.  These two are pretty amazing.

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What I loved about Ellen and Jon's sunrise session on Brooklyn Bridge were those moments in-between.  I always saw pictures from Brooklyn Bridge where it was deserted, but now that I live here I realize that is hardly ever the case.  We arrived at the bridge before the sun was even above the horizon to get some shots without all the crowds.  There were still people scattered about, bikers, runners, people going to work.  When people got in the way I'd drop my camera and wait for them to pass, but then I realized those were the most real moments between Ellen and Jon.  The moments when it was just them; it felt real and there was this depth to them.

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Matt and Jenn are some of my best friends from LA.  When Matt called me the week before, and asked me to photograph his proposal I near about fell out of my chair.  I can honestly say I have never been more nervous to shoot anything in my life.  Tears were streaming down my cheeks as I saw Matt get down on one knee.  These pictures are extra special to me.

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Corrie + Jason drove up from San Diego to shoot at sunrise on Balboa Island.  They've been married for several years, and wanted to capture who they are now.  Photographing married couples is one of my favorite things because there is this level of comfortability between the couple that can truly only come with time.  Their love has surpassed that giddy puppy love honeymoon he/she can't do anything wrong phase, and has transitioned into this awareness of I see you, the whole of you, your good, your bad, your potential, your dreams, your failures, and I choose you.  All of you.  To me this is when love becomes more real; it becomes a choice.

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And lastly Kyle and Nicole.  This is one of the last engagement shoots I did in California before moving, and it was everything I hoped it would be.  That perfect golden light lingered for what seemed like hours, and we just slowly took our time.  We would take a few shots, and then just chat about life, take a few more shots, and then explore.  Kyle and Nicole are such calm and peaceful people, and everything about my moments with them exuded those beautiful qualities.

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Central Park Portraits | Gerard + Jessie

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Fall in Central Park may be one of the most magical things I have been able to experience in my life.  In fact, I was almost late to this session with Jessie + Gerard, because I literally got so lost in the park because I was in awe of my surroundings.  I just looked up and realized I had no idea where I was…thankfully Google maps helped me get to the Boathouse!

Jessie is a new and sweet friend out in the city (who happens to run one of my favorite blogs called Style and Pepper).  She and her husband Gerard and their darling puppy Sadie met me in Central Park for a quick portrait session and I'm so glad they did!

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These next three shots may be my favorite from the day!  These two have so much spunk, and I love it.

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