We first met Gina Corso  of Jersey Gina Entertainment, as she played for one of our recent fall weddings.  Gina is tough not to notice.   A tall, willowy blond who is just as beautiful to watch playing her violin, as it is to close your eyes and get lost in the music.  It’s always a thrill to photograph musicians.  There’s a certain intimacy to creating a visual portrait of someone as they create sound, and as Gina creates smooth, sweet tones with her instrument it’s easy to forget the outside world and live fully in the moment.

Winter is always a challenging time to shoot.  Although we’ve toyed with the idea of having a studio, part of our signature look comes from the inspirations that locations inspire.  Setting up a lights in an empty studio is easy.  Finding a location that resonates with the shoot, that adds to the mood and creates a more complete scene, is where the magic happens.

For our shoot with Gina, Paul found a rustic, historic barn overlooking a snowy road in Buck’s County.  I loved the big glass wall flooded with natural light.  With warm wood floors, a loft and stone walls it had the perfect combination of empty space and interesting nooks and crannies where it would be easy to feature both Gina’s acoustic violin and her purple electric.  And for the next 2 hours, we climbed rafts, smeared filters with vaseline, jumped up and down trying to stay warm, and got lost in the combination of Gina’s melodious tones, and the lovely view through our lenses.

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There’s nothing better than photographing weddings in a location that is deeply personal to a bride and groom.  We have been fortunate to have photographed a romantic, rustic YMCA camp nestled in the woods of Medford, New Jersey twice now.  Once at the boys camp, Camp Ockanickon, and this season, it was time to visit the girls side, Camp Matollionequay.

Bride Jessica grew up spending her summers at Camp Matollionequay, and the back woods of her family’s home leads right to the camp.  When Jessica and Evan began looking for the perfect location to begin their family, the camp was the perfect choice.  One of the camps bridges which held special memories for the couple was the perfect spot for one of the most beautifully light filled first looks that we’ve ever photographed, followed by a charming wedding in the camp’s chapel, fall decor lovingly done by mom with loads of chrysanthemums, candles, a fireplace, and of course, their adorable dog in attendance.  Gina Corso and her violin provided the perfect soundtrack for the intimate event.

After the ceremony, and as we worked our way through family formals, we began to notice a few of the important men from Jessica’s life missing.  ‘Cause what would a camp wedding be, without a few of the guys grabbing some fishing poles and sneaking out to the lake?  Absolutely perfect.

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