Mar 16, 2011 | Engagements

I’m so excited for this post!  Lara and Jessie are only the third gay couple I’ve ever photographed (our mutual friends Kelly Alice and Chris were the first) and they’ll be my very first full scale gay wedding couple this coming April (I also photographed this sweet elopement in the fall).  Yeah!  Jessie and Lara invited me down to NYC for their engagement session as it is both where they live and – more importantly – where they met (under the clock in the center of Grand Central Station, to be exact).  We started off in their cute-as-a-button apartment in the middle of Manhattan (Times Square is their neighbor) for some photos with their awesome pooch, Raji.  Raji is a girl doggy, but her name means King in Indian.  She is most definitely majestic – especially considering her diminutive size.  🙂

Love this next image of Raj from above:

After the photos at home, we took a little tour of some of Lara and Jessie’s favorite spots in their neighborhood.  First up, the magnificent Bar Forty-Four at the Royalton.  The bar was sadly closed, but the staff was so nice, letting us take pictures there anyway:

Love all those crazy light fixtures!  Our next stop was Bryant Park.  The light was perfect, with the sun coming out for our little tour of the park:

These guys are super cute together.  🙂

Finally, a quick trip through Grand Central Station, to the spot where they met …

And of course I can’t resist posting one last favorite from Bryant Park.  Thank you both for a really fun afternoon, and for the beer at the end of the session!  I can’t wait for your wedding in just a few short weeks!

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  1. What a beautiful couple…and gorgeous images Kate! The Bar Forty-Four images are my favs, especially the last one. 🙂

  2. Lovely session and I simply adore the first shot from the bar!

  3. Kate, thank you for taking such beautiful engagement photos in our favorite places. We absolutely love the shots! You are an amazing photographer.

  4. These pictures are truly amazing. I know the couple fairly well and this suits them perfectly!!! PLUS you captured the pure essence of my niece, Raja 🙂 Great Work! I will keep you in mind for the future!

  5. These are SO incredible, I love them all!! Kate, thank you so much for such a fun day and such amazing pictures. We can’t wait to have you at our wedding!

  6. Thank you all for the super sweet comments. 🙂 Lara & Jessie, see you again soon! I can’t wait!

  7. Love the photos! Sounds like a great adventure taking photos & they convey how much you love each other. Can’t wait to share you wedding day. And Raja’s adorable as always.

  8. Beautiful photos! You two look very relaxed, playful, and absolutely stunning! Little Rajineesh is a little rock star!!

  9. These shots are just lovely! And is there anything cuter than a Boston Terrier?


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