A first for me. A proposal.
I got asked to do this proposal Friday! The proposal took place that Sunday. It was very last minute - but I wanted to try and squeeze this into my extremely crazy fall session schedule. So, I thought. I thought. I thought. How can I make this work....
Chris & Nicole - I have never met them before. But they know my best friends. So - I knew I had to make this work. For everyone involved.
I decided if this was going to work - I had to bring the whole family with me. We would have to hike altogether (get there about 30 minutes before the couple - because, hiking with two kids takes a bit of time - water breaks, rock throwing breaks, falling breaks, snack breaks, all of it) so I had John skip soccer Sunday morning and we headed out at 8AM to get to the trails for 9:15.
I told Chris to text me AS MUCH as he could to keep me posted without making anything too obvious. He did just that. He kept me posted at the main landmarks of the hike - it has about two/three views before the actual peak at the top! Which was where we were meeting.
Everything was going great. Kids were doing great - the weather was gorgeous - timing was perfect.
We got to the top of the peak. I had told a bunch of women who were around the flag (the spot we had discussed him proposing) about what was going to go down and if they can clear the way a bit. They were so excited this was happening - they slowly started to tell others around them. It was super cute. They actually ended up VIDEOING it on their phones and then sending the video to me and I sent it to Chris & Nicole. THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE on this earth!
Anyways. So I finally see them. Chris had given me a description of what they were wearing along with pictures & I told him he really couldn't miss US but sent him pictures of the gang too!
So. Let's go through what happened....
As they got closer - I was testing my lighting and trying to take some pictures of the spot they were going to stand in. So I overly said things like "JOHN, MAKE A SILLY FACE!" so that they knew I was just a crazy photog mom taking pictures of her kids.
Then they came over. I snapped this as sneakily as I could.
Then. They were disturbed. This was pretty funny. I was ready to start snapping away. Everyone was ready for it to happen. THEN. These guys approached Chris. And everyone thought it was part of the plan. IT wasn't. These two guys went to high school with him and they haven't seen each other in YEARS so they literally STOPPED him from popping the question. Like he was about to get down on one knee. THANK god it was perfect time and it was actually a very smooth distraction. She had no idea. But WE WERE ALL LIKE.....WHAT THE HELL! Did they really just do that?
Then. IT HAPPENED. He got down on one knee...
&&&& SHE SAID YESSSS!!!! They hugged. Everyone around them CLAPPED!
She stared at the ring box.
They hugged some more.
Then - he put that ring on her finger! He did it! Everyone congratulated them - they made some phone calls and then he brought out some champagne! It was adorable. And I am sooo happy I got to capture these pictures for them. Enjoy these sneaks!
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I had been actively looking for a photographer in the area to grow with me and my family. Lynda had a model call for a sitter and after looking at her website, I felt her style was exactly what I was looking for. Her photos really capture personality - which is what I wanted more than anything! Luckily we were selected and after our session, I was extremely happy. I have a family / milestone session coming up this month and can't wait for the results! Lynda as a person is very relatable. She is a NJ mom just like me so we were able to have real conversations. It made me so comfortable to tell her what I was looking for in my photos. She also takes the time to edit and select your photos for the gallery - and even does a reveal session in person to make it personalized!- Katelin, NJ
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During a newborn session for my second daughter she made my older daughter feel super special and important during the shoot. This was extremely touching to me because my older daughter went from being the star, single child, sole grandchild on both sides of the family to having to share the spotlight with her new sister and new cousin who are 11 weeks apart! Lynda is caring and compassionate. As a current teacher I see the former teacher in Lynda come out when she works with children. Most of the qualities you want in a teacher is almost everything you want in a photographer, too- PATIENT, calm, enthusiastic about her work, patient, knowledgeable, friendly, loving and oh did I mention patient? - Maria, NY (Newborn Session)
I wanted a fresh take on my photos and had promised to give her the opportunity. She definitly delivered. It was so easy!! Nothing felt rushed or forced. She knows exactly where to place you, and has tons of patience. It was a pleasure. I didn't have to think about anything...except how I'm going to choose my favorites from all the awesome shots she got.She really knows how to get the perfect shots with light, etc. and makes it so easy (even with a 2 yr old in the shots! - Stephanie, NJ (Family/Maternity Session)
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