Cesar & Kevin, Philadelphia, PA

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.

 

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Sam Boudoir

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
 – Buddha

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.

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Rosy & Yosef, South Street Seaport

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 & Rob, Litchfield, CT

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.

 

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Cate Eilee: Yoga & Wellness

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 & Levin, Washington Square Park

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.

 

Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co Collaboration: Part 2

Part two of the amazing time we had tearing it up in a Jeep and camping for 3 days. 

 

Quick pit stop to enjoy nature

Quick pit stop to enjoy nature

Always dreaming of the road and the wind in my hair

Always dreaming of the road and the wind in my hair

Appetizer course: Blistered Shisito peppers with sesame oil, lime juice and topped with nori salt.

Appetizer course: Blistered Shisito peppers with sesame oil, lime juice and topped with nori salt.

Main course! (For Matt, no animals for me) Pot of clams with bacon, tomatoes, onions, parsley, and crispy crunchy bread.

Main course! (For Matt, no animals for me) Pot of clams with bacon, tomatoes, onions, parsley, and crispy crunchy bread.

After dinner adventures commence!!

After dinner adventures commence!!

Evening light portraiture

Evening light portraiture

The site at dusk

The site at dusk

Sipping on that evening drink

Sipping on that evening drink

Evening walks and fires

Evening walks and fires

Cranking up that smores game!

Cranking up that smores game!

Fireside long exposures. We keep our site kind of clean?

Fireside long exposures. We keep our site kind of clean?

How to relax: A Jaci and Matt Story

How to relax: A Jaci and Matt Story

First attempt at doing a shot like this. Will be trying again next trip but I think this one is pretty great too!

First attempt at doing a shot like this. Will be trying again next trip but I think this one is pretty great too!

Back on the road, headed home. 

Back on the road, headed home. 

Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co Collaboration

Over the past 3 days I was deep in the woods of Upstate NY working on a collaboration with Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co. I discovered this amazing company by stumbling on their Instagram (@roamingconyc) after Ashwinn liked one of my images. We then built a bond over the outdoors and creating new imagery for this adventure company's website and social media.

Ashwinn's Upstate Roaming Co is a very unique company. They straight up drop off a fully outfitted badass Jeep Wrangler right to your front door stocked with camping gear for up to 5 people. I mean, could you really ask for much else? From top of the line tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags from Big Agnes to relaxing hammocks by Kammok. Ashwinn really thought of it all when packing up the Jeep, it's got all the cooking gear, first aid kit, even a deck of cards and all kinds of flash lights so you can explore at night. I had such a serene and stunning camping trip that was chocked full of food, bourbon, motoring, and relaxation. See for yourself in the images below what you can discover and experience with Ashwinn's Upstate Roaming Co! 

Ashwinn dropping off the Jeep right in front of our apartment! And a view of the lake when we arrived at Cherry Plain State Park.

Ashwinn dropping off the Jeep right in front of our apartment! And a view of the lake when we arrived at Cherry Plain State Park.

The gear all packed up by Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co before we unloaded at the camp site

The gear all packed up by Ashwinn Upstate Roaming Co before we unloaded at the camp site

Awesome sleeping gear by Big Agnes. Green: Tent. Yellow: Sleeping pads. Gray: Sleeping bags

Awesome sleeping gear by Big Agnes. Green: Tent. Yellow: Sleeping pads. Gray: Sleeping bags

The big guy in front of our site

The big guy in front of our site

Woof! Look at that spread!! And there was MORE!

Woof! Look at that spread!! And there was MORE!

Tent set up, light rainbows, dog face!

Tent set up, light rainbows, dog face!

Let the games begin...

Let the games begin...

Cooking some cheesy veggies with Lodge

Cooking some cheesy veggies with Lodge

Dinner coming together on night 1

Dinner coming together on night 1

In the works, I was super helpful by sitting down and drinking bourbon most of the time.

In the works, I was super helpful by sitting down and drinking bourbon most of the time.

Ok I helped.

Ok I helped.

If this doesn't look good to you you're probably a psychopath. Roasted portabello burgers with Vermont white cheddar and roasted tomato with thyme on a foccacia roll. Side of cast iron broccolini with fingerling potatoes, more cheese, and chopped chilis.

If this doesn't look good to you you're probably a psychopath. Roasted portabello burgers with Vermont white cheddar and roasted tomato with thyme on a foccacia roll. Side of cast iron broccolini with fingerling potatoes, more cheese, and chopped chilis.

My cooking champion on a little evening stroll by the lake.

My cooking champion on a little evening stroll by the lake.

So much praise to the moon and the stars!

So much praise to the moon and the stars!

Good morning day 2 and dirty hands

Good morning day 2 and dirty hands

Wake up, shoes on, fire built, coffee and tea made.

Wake up, shoes on, fire built, coffee and tea made.

Off the beaten path

Off the beaten path

Wishing I was back here gazing at these gorgeous mountains

Wishing I was back here gazing at these gorgeous mountains

Time to pack up for bed time. Long exposure.

Time to pack up for bed time. Long exposure.

Stay tuned for the rest of the images from the trip coming in tomorrow! It's the rest of day 2 and the morning of day 3!

Point Reyes, CA

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” - Moslih Eddin Saadi

Another day on the road meant another day with the wind tugging at my hair, the calming scent of the sea breeze, and the slight pain of not having cruise control. Driving to Point Reyes was another journey at left me in awe. Every turn a new sight to see, a new quirky town, or another giant towering Redwood tree. Once I arrived at Point Reyes, I happily had the beach to myself. I landed right around golden hour which as we all know, is totally amazing. I was welcomed by a few seals that quickly scurried back in to the water and to the distant barks of elk that were living on the preserve. I wish I could have spent more time on this beach, but driving down those crazy windy roads at night through the forest seemed like something to be saved for another day.