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I’m Jill, a wedding photographer based in New Jersey — and I’m so excited that you’re here! Follow along with the blog to get a glimpse into the heart behind my work.

Classic & Chic Central Park Engagement

New York, New York


Such a beautiful evening in Central Park with Kate and Sam! Central Park can often be full of tourists, runners, and cyclists and it’s sometimes challenging to shoot there at any time other than right after sunrise, but we got super lucky for Kate and Sam’s evening session. It was wonderful finally getting to meet these two, and we were even able to catch the tail end of cherry blossom season in the park!

Kate and Sam are college sweethearts! As Sam tells it, “We met freshman year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Kate lived two doors down from me on our freshmen dorm floor. One day early in the fall semester, I saw her walk out of her room and I was mesmerized, I HAD to know who she was. I decided I would use a friendship with her roommate as my in and would make excuses to hang out in their room to get more time with her. After some playful conversations, I convinced her to come to a party with me and the rest is history. We had an amazing night, and obviously I made the first move. We have been together ever since, eight and a half years!”

Kate’s ring is a classic, single round diamond with a pave diamond band. Sam picked it out himself with his mother, and Kate loved it! Sam surprised her a few weeks later by proposing on the beach, and Kate (of course) said yes. As Kate tells it, “Sam had a company set up an elaborate beach picnic on LBI with candles, pillows, wine, charcuterie board, etc.! It was a Wednesday night, so I thought we were celebrating my new job as he initially had told me. Then he proposed and all his family and our friends came down to the beach with champagne and we celebrated all night — best night of my life (it included a heart-shaped pizza as well!).”

Together these two live in Jersey City and love binging documentaries, going to see live music, exploring new restaurants, going to the beach, traveling, and obsessing over puppy and kitten videos on Instagram. I cannot wait to capture their special day at Fiddlers Elbow next May!

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