Julia and Anel are the third couple to come out of a group of friends that works at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. I could quite happily photograph only couples from the IIN as they are all awesome: smart, fun, sweet, super cute, talented and very well dressed. 🙂 They also have this wonderful knack for making you feel like a lifelong friend pretty much immediately, and there’s something about all of this that makes me really want to push myself to create the best possible images for them. And so it is with great excitement that I bring to you the engagement session of the fabulous Julia – fashion blogger, nutritionist and all-round rad gal – and her gorgeous Bosnian firefighter/EMT/personal trainer/photographer fiance Anel. (Yes, he really does do all those things – and is an absolute doll to boot.)
We met up in Central Park, close to their apartment on the Upper East Side, and went for a little wander. I ADORE their outfits … and I still cannot get over the ridiculous cuteness that is Anel’s bow tie. Love! Also, a quick shout-out to two of Julia’s friends for their help: Arielle made Julia’s gorgeous necklace (and be sure to check out her ILOVEME collection) and Ashley was responsible for Julia’s flawless makeup – thank you ladies!
We came up on this bridge and I immediately saw the photo below. We had to wait for an excruciatingly slow school group to go through, then battled with another photographer, but finally got the bridge to ourselves. I think it was worth the wait, right?
Anel found this next spot for us; he has used it himself numerous times for photo shoots – and what a gorgeous spot it is. Love all those overhanging vines …
I was itching to head up to the High Line Park for the rest of our session. I first visited it a couple of months ago and knew that I had to come back with a couple for some engagement or wedding photos.
When I first started taking photos professionally, I was constantly scouting for great backgrounds … these days, it’s all about the light. I could care less about the background if the light is perfect … like right here:
And there’s something about this one … or rather, there’s something about these two …
As we wandered along, enjoying the views and the sunshine, I spotted La Newyorkina, a cute stand selling paletas (ice pops) in wonderful flavors (Julia and Anel agreed that the watermelon was scrumptious). Perfect photo opp!
I can’t stop!
This next image is called Love Is In The Air. 🙂
A bit more silly, followed by some more utter-cuteness:
And then some final sun-soaked pictures in a sea of bright yellow flowers – we couldn’t resist the perfect match to Julia’s luscious lemon branding for her lemons & loafers fashion blog.
Thank you both for a super fun afternoon, for racing around NYC with me, and for shelling out a small fortune for iced treats. 🙂 I hope you like your teasers. And, I can’t wait for your wedding at Glen Manor House next year!