Stone Barns / Rockefeller Preserve Engagement Session, Tarrytown, NY. Fatima and Michael are getting married at the Briarcliff Manor in the Spring of 2019, when Michael finishes his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Given their busy schedule it made sense to plan their wedding and photograph their engagement session in advance. I must admit that I am not a big fan of engagement sessions, as they can be awkward. I personally hate to be in front of the camera (an ailment inflicting many photographers) and empathize fully with what clients are feeling. I of course do my best to make it easy but engagement sessions can still be difficult. The wedding day to me is much easier, my subjects emotions are bursting and very little prompting on my part is required. Fatima and Mike’s engagement session, however, was a breeze. These two are clearly in love and care deeply for one another – and are both absolute sweethearts. It was not difficult for my camera to find genuine moments of joy between these two.
We started our session at the Rockefeller Preserve in Tarrytown. The preserve is an oasis in Westchester County. The walking road provides many scenic backdrops. On the way back to our cars we meandered past the amazing Blue Hill Farm and through the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. This place always leaves me in awe. The old barns, stone walls, gardens and farm provide numerous photo locations. It is simply gorgeous. Even the rain that began towards the end of our shoot, did not diminish it’s magic or Fatima and Mike’s mood. As Fatima mentioned, it also happen to rain when Michael proposed. I am so glad that Fatima and Michael choose this locale and for me to be their wedding photographer. I know I say this often, but it is simply true – I have the best clients. Enjoy your engagement, Fatima and Michael! I am am honored and excited to be a part of this time in your lives.
* A photo from this session was included in Hudson Valley Photographer, A Roundup of Favorite 2017 Photos