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Liberty State Park Engagement Session in Jersey City

Brace yourself, because this is an especially epic engagement session. As some blog stalkers may know, Lincoln and I used to reside in New York’s Upper East Side. Thus, we jump at any chance to photograph near our old NYC stomping grounds. So when Tara & Matt told us that they lived in Jersey City and asked how we felt about photographing an engagement session at Liberty State Park, we excitedly agreed! Lincoln and I love traveling, and we find that visiting/discovering new places supercharges our creative juices. Now, since Liberty State Park overlooks the beautiful Manhattan skyline from New Jersey, it becomes swamped with locals, tourists and photographers during the day, BUT Tara and Matt were dedicated enough to start the engagement session at 7:30am (oh and don’t forget to give Lincoln and I some credit for waking up at 3:50am to travel to and scout the location!). By starting the engagement session early, we were able to avoid the crowds and also enjoy some absolutely heavenly morning light.

Tara and Matt came to the session full of energy, perhaps they’re morning people…or maybe they love coffee as much as we do. Either way, it’s so much fun (and easier!) to photograph couples that are just as excited as us to be there. None of our wedding clients are professional posers (though one of our recent favs told us that he practiced smiling in the mirror haha), so it’s all about keeping things fun/candid and laughing at the bad jokes we make. This engagement session is case in point, because you can tell that their true personalities absolutely shine through. Their cute little puppy, Piper, was perfectly well behaved, which we hope will translate to an appearance/role during the wedding!

Also, choosing to have a Liberty State Park engagement session was the perfect choice because they have a personal connection to the location: Tara and Matt live nearby and often run through the park, and the New York skyline commemorates their fond memories with the city. Also of note, Tara and Matt are just as obsessed with Disney as we are (that’s where Lincoln and I went on our honeymoon!), and they visit Disney every year to run in a race. We can’t wait until their Anthony Wayne House wedding next June! Update: Tara and Matt are now happily married and their blog post is live!

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