Intimacy

Nov 23, 2015
Engagements
This morning I am thinking about intimacy and subtle gestures that convey so much. 
 
This photo is from Emily & Jack's engagement session in Central Park
 
I was taking this photo of them kissing beneath the Bethesda Terrace and I asked Emily to just touch Jack's face when she kissed him. It was a simple act with such visual meaning. 
 
Not that they didn't bring their own love and intimacy to the session. They did. They were touching the entire time, even when I wasn't taking their picture. There was electricity between them - it showed in just their body language. My job, sometimes, is to just pitch in here and there.  
 
Douglas

Olivia and Anthony | Perona Farms

Nov 7, 2015
Weddings
There are venues where you can feel the history. The minute you arrive, you realize these places weren't built as wedding sites--in fact that's usually the furthest thing anyone ever thought of at its conception. When I shoot a wedding at one of these places, I find myself wondering what went on here? How did it get to be a wedding venue?  
 
Olivia and Anthony were married at Perona Farms in Andover, New Jersey, which I learned was once a 260-acre dairy farm. It was purchased in 1917 by Emil Perona, who, after a few years realized he was going to have to take in boarders to pay his bills. His wife, known as Mother Perona, feed the hundreds of guests who eventually flocked there for respite from life.  
 
And now, four generation of Peronas later, "farm" remains in the name, but this place is really an elegant site for people to come together and celebrate. I am guessing while Emil and his wife meant to raise dairy cows, they would be happy to know this place hosts events filled with joy and happiness--Olivia and Anthony's wedding was most certainly one of these.  
 
Douglas

Right Now

Nov 6, 2015
Engagements
There are many images from this engagement shoot I adore. 
 
But this one is special, a gift from Brittany and Joshua. A moment I could not have possibly posed. This one came from them.  
 
Douglas

Right Now

Oct 28, 2015
Weddings
I shot this photo and said to Katelyn, "I don't know that I've ever shot an image I like better than that one." 
 
It felt like a poem.  
 
Katelyn & Steven you gave this to me. And I am so appreciative.  
 
Douglas 

Kristina and Alex | The French Manor Inn

Oct 8, 2015
Weddings
There's nothing more moving than when a bride and groom recite vows they've written themselves. Kristina and Alex did just that during their ceremony at The French Manor Inn.  
 
Before the ceremony I spent some time with Alex as he put the final touches on the promises he wanted to make to Kristina. I wanted to highlight those photos here because it was a really peaceful moment--it was a symbol of the way Kristina made Alex feel on their special day and in everyday life.  
 
With their permission, here is what Kristina and Alex said to one each other: 
 
"We vow to commit to a lifetime of learning, personal and professional development, and mental, emotional, physical and spiritual fitness. 
We vow to remain faithful to our spiritual way of life, and to walk our personal and shared paths with gratitude and integrity. 
We vow to address our conflicts head-on, recognizing that together we can weather any storm, and that each conflict presents an opportunity for growth and a progressively deeper relationship. 
We vow to cultivate gratitude for our lives and for our relationship, and to see and honor the hand of God in every facet of our lives."
 
 
If you are getting married in the near future, and you're reading this, I hope you'll consider writing your own vows. I promise you won't regret it. 
 
Douglas