Kaitlyn & Jonas Engagement Session

It was quite the adventure running around Baltimore with Kaitlyn & Jonas a few Sundays ago. I've never shot inside an aquarium before and had no idea what the lighting situation would bring. But, of course, we got creative and made it work for us!

These two were great. I'm excited to work with them again next May! Not expecting to see any sharks next time though ;) 

Baltimore is a really cool city. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven't. Take a look!

 

Diana & Robert Chicago Engagement Session

My weekend trip to Chicago consisted of not one but TWO engagement sessions. Both near and dear to my heart.

Diana and Rob's Sunday photoshoot was probably the sunniest day in February that Chicago has ever seen. The wind did not disappoint either! You might recall my blog post on their engagement last May. Since then, Diana has asked me to be the maid of honor! 

September will be here sooner than we all know it. I'm excited to be apart of this journey with you both!

This one will give you #allthefeels. Take a look.

 

Leah & Drew Chicago Engagement Session

We started off my trip to Chicago with a few too many drinks and far too many laughs on Friday night. Saturday's portrait session seemed like mission impossible. However, I have learned that anything is possible with these two (who double as professional models of course).

I am lucky to call these goons my best friends. Their energy can cure any hangover, it's infectious, you'll see.

Love you both and can't wait for October!

 

Teresa & Ryan Philadelphia Engagement Session

It's February!?

I was looking forward to this engagement session for a few months and secretly crossing my fingers for snow. However, as we all know, the unseasonably warm weather was an even better surprise. It was a fun afternoon wondering around the city with these two who's love shined just as bright as the sun.

Congrats to Teresa & Ryan!

Family Photos Featuring the Philadelphia Skyline

It's nearly impossible to recall yesterday's beautiful weather with the unfortunate circumstances outside tonight. However it was an absolutely perfect end-of-fall day. Brittany and her family originally wanted some photos with the skyline in the background and we decided to take it one step further to incorporate last bit of fall colors that we could find.

Brittany and her family are originally from Georgia. Their southern charm and warm hearts will make you melt, I promise! 

Bob & Diana Proposal

I wasn't at all surprised when my brother told me that he was proposing to his girlfriend. These two have been inseparable since the day they met and frankly, she's quite the catch for him. Bob, now temporarily based in Chicago, and Diana, holding down the fort in Philadelphia, have made it through the torments of long distance dating for the past 2 semesters. It doesn't seem to bother them in the slightest as they frequently end up at each other’s doorsteps, rotating weekends in the "neighboring" cities.

What did come to a surprise to me was the proposal itself. Completely to Bob's credit, he pulled off the unthinkable - lying about his whereabouts in the era of location tracking phones, completely surprising his intelligent and intuitive fiancé (to be), and seamlessly created the most genuinely heartfelt proposal I've ever heard of. I had never known my brother to be such the charmer until I saw it unfold last night. I believe the images will tell the story themselves.

Bob and Diana, I wish you both all the best in the future! It was an honor to share this special moment with you. AND I walked out of it with a new sister! Woop woop!

 

 

A Week in Central Europe

First and Foremost...

So many thanks to everyone for the suggestions and help planning our trip to Budapest, Vienna and Prague! It was a blast. We took every recommendation to heart and because of your help - our trip was practically flawless! I am FINALLY starting a blog. I figure I can share some of the photos as a way of thanks. My writing skills are sub-par and I am not writing much - but hey look cool photos! 

Now to the good stuff...

Budapest

Budapest is the city of my dreams. Once we arrived in the city center, I knew this place was like no other. Budapest felt large to me, however it was fairly easy to walk everywhere.  It was peculiar in a Wes Anderson kinda way, creepy and intriguing. It was the kind of place that pulled you in and made you want to explore more and more. This town is full of color, art, design... it is a photographer's dream. Because of it's location in Central Europe it seems to be a destination for the more adventurous tourists, not overrun by tacky souvenir shops or crappy restaurants (however the food left something to be desired...). Budapest is known for the famous Turkish Baths (photo available on instagram @jenn_nagel), caving under the city and its metro (the oldest in Europe). It became known to me as a place for cheap beers, amazing views and fabulous nightlife. The touristy stuff was cool too. The weather was absolutely perfect! An enjoyable 75-85 degrees the entire stay. 

3 things to do if you're ever in Budapest:
Szimpla Ruin Bar
Caving
Ride the metro

3 things to bring if you're ever traveling to Budapest:
Old shoes
Bathing Suit
Camera

 

Vienna

Austria in general is known to be incredibly beautiful. Our trip to Vienna was entirely too short to do it any justice. Vienna is a bike-friendly city like many of the cities in Europe. Their bike routes are comparable to the autobahn, everyone knows where they are going and moves very fast - except for tourists like us. The first day we biked out to the Schoenbrunn Palace, which had incredible gardens, statues and a beautiful view.  Our second day was spent in the city center, dodging the tourists that were visiting for the Eurovision song contest and seeing as many of the sites as possible. Unfortunately it was raining and a bit cold during our stay in Vienna. This seems like an awesome city to visit in the middle of the summer season.

3 Things to to if you're ever in Vienna:
Rent a bike
Schoenbrunn Palace
Eat chocolate

3 Things to bring if you're ever traveling to Vienna:
Rain Coat
Euros
Fleece Jacket

 

Prague

The last leg of our trip started with a train ride through the Czech Republic into the city of Prague. The views from the train were breathtaking. Czech Republic has a beautiful green countryside with little villages hiding in the landscape. It's completely different than what we are used to in America - they have so much more space and nature. We arrived in the city and checked into one of the most lively hostels in Prague - the Czech Inn. The next few days consisted of much more site seeing, new friends, old friends, absinthe tasting, beer gardens (photo @jenn_nagel on instagram) and nightlife. This city loves to party and it was a great way to end the trip.

3 Things to to if you're ever in Prague:
Letna Beer Garden
Lennon Wall
Prague Castle

3 Things to bring if you're ever traveling to Prague:
Sunglasses
A pocket guide - http://shop.lonelyplanet.com/czech-republic/pocket-prague-4/
Backpack

 

Again, THANK YOU ALL for your help in planning this adventure. Feel free to contact me for more detailed suggestions for these cities!

 

PHOTOS 

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