The absolute perfect fall woodland backyard wedding. Gabriella and Orlando really did their wedding right. The couple just recently purchased a beautiful wooded home and decided to have their wedding and reception there. The house was mostly bare with no furniture inside but surrounded by warm fall trees and the occasional acorn dropping from above during the ceremony. The love and affection that surrounds Gabriella and Orlando is uncanny; tears of joy and happiness were shed throughout the ceremony and reception. This is an undying love that blossomed in high school and it truly shows. I was stunned by how perfectly simple and gorgeous this wedding was.
I'm a little late to the game with this one but was feeling those cold wintery vibes today and figured I should post this wedding. TJ and Andrew had a beautiful wedding on a snowy day at Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs filled with wonderful friends, amazing dancers, and a whole lotta love.
Minnesota friends, Brooklyn and Manhattan backdrop... really couldn't get any better for this proposal shoot I did with Christine and Derek. I knew these two way back in high school and even played soccer with Christine back in elementary school. Derek and I had been chatting for months about how he wanted to propose on their trip to NY and have me photograph it for them. I was beyond ecstatic. I have never shot a proposal before and I honestly got tears when Derek bent the knee. The love between these two was so sweet and genuine, a love that was built in high school and continues to grow during their now long distance engagement. That's some strong love ladies and gents. In case it's not obvious, she said YES.
Cesar and Kevin are one of the most wonderful couples in the bunch. The love that flows through them and the people that surround them was so vibrant and true. We had an incredible day walking around Historical Philadelphia in the afternoon capturing fun and "Vanity Fair" images of Kevin, Cesar and their friends. Plus the guys and their whole crew looked like absolute rockstars.
The evening was spent at the Historical Powel House with delicious food, lots of laughs and waterfalls of champagne. Kevin and Cesar could not have orchestrated a better day filled with love, happiness, smiles, dancing, and bubbles. Love is love.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
Sam was my first boudoir shoot and I could not have asked for it to go better. When I asked Sam to be my first model he was flattered, nervous but SO down. We had a lot of fun talking about the shoot beforehand, getting inspired and executing the shoot. I cannot wait for more of these amazing and liberating boudoir shoots. I want to remind everyone, boudoir photography does not have to be for someone else. You can absolutely do it to feel self love, freedom and most of all just S-E-X-Y for you!
I asked Sam to write a little bit about his experience with me. Take a peek if you are thinking about a shoot :)
"I have a lot of deep seeded insecurities about my body that stem from middle/high school years, mostly. Needless to say, I went into this photo shoot feeling very anxious, nervous, self conscious, all the things. Never thought I'd be confident enough to model for boudoir photographs, but I kinda just held my breath and went for it.
Jaci made me feel at ease immediately. She's very intuitive, kind and personable. We talked openly about my problem areas, insecurities, what frames I liked, what frames she liked, flattering body positions, etc. Not having much modeling experience myself, I asked her to basically direct me as I learned. I began to relax and ended up having so much friggin fun! I already want do it again.
The actual shoot was a blast and ended up being surprisingly liberating, but I'm not kidding when I say that I have never in my life felt more attractive than I did after seeing those images. Jaci is the perfect combination of professional photographer and seasoned goofball. She helped me tap into more self-confidence than I thought I had and produced images that made me feel like an A-List movie star. I can't speak highly enough about my experience." - Sam D.H.
Some amazing dishes for a food shoot I did with Crazy Annie's in Washington Heights. BRUNCHHHHH!
This couple was such a blast to shoot. Rosy and Yosef were visiting NY from Miami but are originally from Mexico City. New York is one of their favorite places to travel and for this trip they were able to leave the kids at home and come have some much needed adult time. We walked around South Street Seaport and got some great shots of the them in the city.
Cathy and Rob are such a fun loving, happy couple. I photographed this wedding in April with the amazing and wonderful Jackie Jakaitis. We always have so much fun shooting together, especially at weddings. Cathy and Rob have a little bit of nerd in them which was so much fun as a fellow nerd. Rob had Star Wars socks, Star Wars cufflinks, and a Harry Potter tie clip. The family and wedding party entered to the Star Wars theme song, and not to mention the Buzz Lightyear tribute on their wedding cake. It was nerd heaven. Take a peek into their lovely day at the Litchfield Inn in CT.
My beautiful, creative, and wonderful friend Cate and I did a lifestyle shoot for her in the New York Botanical garden. Our aim was to capture the spring and summer vibes and showcase her clean, healthy lifestyle brand. Cate is an amazing yoga teacher and is starting to develop a brand where she creates kits with essential oils she makes, custom yoga pillows, and much more. She is a brilliant mind with an amazing vision. Take a look at her website for her services like personal yoga sessions, sacred space creation, graphic design, and more. Love working with this girl.
Blair and Levin are an amazing couple from Canada. We took a lovely little walk through Washington Square Park and the surrounding area for our shoot. They have only been together for 1.5 years but it felt like they've been together for years! And I mean, let's talk about the style here. They look AMAZING. While we were walking around we had 2 separate old ladies yell "YOU GUYS ARE A BEAUTIFUL COUPLE." (in a thick New York accent) We also had a group of people ask us if we were shooting for GQ or Esquire. I said Vogue, I would have believed me. Check out these handsome hunks shoot.