A Little NYC Adventure

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This is what happens. We’re hanging out with our best friends Buddy and Jill and we come up with crazy ideas. For example, we were in New Jersey this past weekend at Buddy’s family’s house and Jill and I found crazy cheap flights to Texas for like $35! So we told the boys we wanted to go!!! That’s how it starts. One of us has an idea and then either Michael or Jill find cheap flights, hotels or RV’s and we just do it. These aren’t extravagant trips or adventures but they produce memories that we’ll cherish for a lifetime!!

We recently blogged our camping trip to West Virginia! This little trip I’m sharing today wasn’t quite as rustic, but it was equally adventurous! Michael and I drove up to New Jersey on Saturday and spent the night with Buddy’s family! They were so sweet to us and made us feel like a part of the family! We celebrated Buddy’s granddad’s 92nd birthday and then the next morning we took the Ferry over to NYC!

Michael found us a cheap hotel in Tribeca and so we crammed in one tiny room at the Double Tree! We didn’t care about being stuck in a small space together, we’ve experienced that before and still remained friends! haha (Remember the RV trip?!) We took our stuff to the room and then toured Freedom Tower and it was awesome! That was Michael’s one request. Then we went to The Meatball Shop! (That was Jill’s request) and then we walked around and ended up in a park where we spotted Julia Stiles and creepily followed her down a few streets. Then we found our way to 5th Avenue and went shopping. The boys were very patient! After that, we made our way to Times Square and grabbed some appetizers before going to Hillsong’s evening service! We loved getting to experience church in NYC and after we left there, we ate dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Easily one of the best decisions of the day! We all love Broadway and those waiters and waitresses can SING!

The next morning we ate Breakfast at some little place that was evidently really popular because it was PACKED and then we walked around Rockefeller Center and saw a proposal! Then the girls decided we were freezing and went into GAP and made an impulsive decision to buy coats. Best. Decision. of. the. day. Then we headed to Buddy’s uncle’s office to get a glimpse into what corporate life in NYC looks like!! We ended our little trip with Chipotle in Central Park and a mad dash back to the second stop for the Ferry because we missed the first one!!!

This trip made me so thankful for freedom in our schedules and for best friends who share the same lifestyle as us. Buddy and Jill are two of the greatest blessings in our life and we’re grateful for this season of life that allows us to make amazing memories together!! Enjoy some iPhone images from our time in the Big Apple!!!

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Student Spotlight July 2021

Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!


This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!


Rhett’s Sixth Month


Hope + Jesse A Gillbrook Farms Wedding

Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!


Rhett’s Fifth Month

Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.


This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!


Brian + Shannon A Wild Goose Farm Wedding


Tim + Megan | Engaged Countryside Engagement Portraits | Harrisonburg

This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!



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