Anne Marie & baby William: July 24th, 2016

Little precious baby William! Anne Marie chose me to capture baby William's baptism and an intimate outdoor celebration with their family and friends. Anne Marie wanted to have photographs to look back on with her loved ones and of course, of her precious baby boy.

It was amazing to see the love and bond between mother and child. It was equally amazing to see the love and bond baby William already had with every person that attended his special day.

 

Rock Island Lake Club Wedding Photographer | Sparta, NJ

I met Ashley last year when she inquired with me about wedding photography. I had photographed her friend's wedding a few months prior. The minute I met Ashley I could tell that this wedding was going to be amazing. She radiated happiness, she was a giggly woman with a bubbly personality. I couldn't wait for her wedding!

Ashley & Angelo held their wedding on April 22nd, 2016 at Rock Island Lake Club, a stunning venue in Sparta, NJ that sits on a lake with beautiful views. I'm so grateful Ashley & Angelo decided to have me be their photographer. I felt like I had made a friend with Ashley, she is such an inviting person. Made me feel like I had known her for years. I love when I can relax and be myself with couples, and luckily I've been blessed with so many couples that I just click with. 

So I don't keep rambling about how amazing Ashley & Angelo are together, check out these awesome photos we captured throughout the day!

 

Thank you so much, Ashley & Angelo! You two will always have a special place in my heart. I wish you both nothing but happiness and lots of giggles!

Venue: Rock Island Lake Club

Cake: Palermo's Bakery

Florist: Gala Florist

DJ: Platinum Entertainment

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero

Desiree Dean Designs Promotional Shoot: March 11th, 2016

Desiree Dean, owner of Desiree Dean Designs, hired me to take her promotional photos for her website and other marketing materials for her business. Desiree is a brilliant florist and is my go to when it comes to incorporating florals in any of my shoots. From bouquets to centerpieces and beautifully constructed succulent and floral crowns, necklaces and bracelets. Every time I order something from Desiree Dean Designs, I'm beyond stunned.

We had decided to hold the shoot at Cattus Island Park in Toms River, New Jersey. It's an amazing park with trails, bodies of water and hidden areas perfect for photography. As soon as Desiree arrived, she was in heaven! Desiree is a dog lover and while we walked through Cattus Island Park, her eyes instantly lit up at the sight of the multiple dogs being walked around by their owners. We wound up settling at a rustic picnic table where Desiree set up a sweet tea party setting complete with her custom floral arrangements. Her attention to detail was an instant reminder of the reasons why I adore her. The arrangements photographed lovely and simply showed off Desiree's eye for the art of florals.

The day of the shoot, Desiree went all out. She had hired a clothing, hair and makeup stylist and everything just worked! Desiree was so comfortable in her element; setting up for her editorial shots, the pops of colors that highlighted her face with her outfit, the warmth of the mock table setting had made the experience so sweet.

It was a delight to photograph Desiree. Desiree wasn't just a client. She's more than a client, she's my friend. A fellow female business owner, a collaborator. A talented florist that goes beyond your typical arrangements, she's an artist; a floral visionary.

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Desiree Dean Designs

Hair by: Elan Studios

Makeup by: Blush by Elan

Location: Cattus Island Park

Ang & Chris Mini Couple Session: November 29th, 2015

Ang and Chris are just the sweetest couple. They hired me for a Mini Couple Session, just because; which I absolutely loved! I feel that couples only feel that they only should hire a photographer for their engagement and wedding, but that's not the case! Sometimes, you just want to have a little photo session for yourself to show off your love for one another and that is just as beautiful. And let me tell you something about Ang and Chris...they are so very much in love. There is a connection between the two of them, a bond, a shared adoration. They're the couple that are best friends, too. You can tell by their smiles, how they looked at one another, their body language. I loved photographing them.

We decided to have their couple shoot at Allaire State Park in Farmingdale, New Jersey. Allaire is a beautiful park, it was once a 19th century iron making town; so there are plenty of places to photograph. Historical homes, churches, etc. it has to be one of my favorite places in New Jersey to hold a photo shoot.

Ang, Chris and I got along instantly. As soon as we met our energies just clicked and it made for a wonderful day and shooting environment. As I photographed their love, we talked about Chris being in the U.S. Air Force and how they met. I still think back on this day and remember how much fun it was, how calm it was and how cute they were.

Every couple is different. Every couple has their own style, their own way of showing what they mean to each other, their own way of how they carry themselves. Ang and Chris have this warmth about them; individually and as a couple and I love to photograph such spirit. I truly hope I get to work with them again, one day.

Here's to forever Ang & Chris,

Meghan Leigh