Vanessa and Ross chose Central Park for their Engagement Photos during one of our favorite times of year – fall! We also started the session with their dog Miley! We love when couples decide to include their pets in their engagement session. After a few shots though, we parted ways with Miley and left the rest of the session to the adults. We shot around the beautiful Bethesda Terrace area before switching into more formal outfits. We love having an outfit change right at the mid-way point of a session as it allows everyone to regroup and finish off the session in a new look. Vanessa and Ross chose such wonderful colors in their attire – just look at how they pop and grab your attention. Great choice! We loved shooting with Vanessa and Ross in Central Park for their engagement photos and can’t wait for their wedding day next year! Central Park Engagement photos by Mike Ngo for Michael Justin Studios.
There’s a reason Central Park is our top location for Engagement Photos – it’s absolutely GORGEOUS! You have all the wonderful architecture, beautiful greenery and trees, and spectacular water views. It really has everything! Jessica and Kyle met us down by the Bethesda Terrace where we started with some traditional shots of the two of them together as well as solo shots.
Next we headed inside the terrace and grabbed one of the iconic NYC shots by the steps. It was the first time we’ve ever shot there that we didn’t have to photoshop people out of the steps! Incredible!
Then we headed to our favorite spot of the area – the Mall. The best part about the mall is that on either side are wonderful canopied trees that give you the exact look of the Mall, but without the crowds. We took a few shots there and then headed back towards the Bethesda Fountain.
We finished off the session just after sunset overlooking the water where we got one of our all-time favorite images!
Jessica and Kyle, we hope you love these images as much as we do and they bring you excitement for your wedding day next year!
We were so excited to hear that Alexa and Blair wanted to shoot their fall engagement photos in Boston, that when they asked if we would travel there, we jumped at the opportunity! We always love it when our couples select places that mean something to them and for Alexa and Blair, it’s where they currently live and are making memories while engaged. Alexa and Blair, we can’t wait for your wedding day next year!
If you’d like to listen to some music while looking at these photos, click on the slideshow we put together below!
We were so excited to shoot the engagement photos of Christina and Joel last week in and around the Highline. Back in June we shot a wedding at the Standard Hotel and one of the photo locations we scouted was a quaint cobblestone street nearby. We decided to head there to start our session but quickly realized that construction was all around us! Luckily we found a little patch that had really beautiful light and grabbed some great formal portraits.
We then headed to the Highline where we captured a bunch of different looks – some silhouettes, some shots through trees, and probably our favorite in that set – a few dancing shots!
We hopped in a cab and headed to the West Side Highway to hopefully grab a few sunset photos. The sunset gods were looking out for us b/c we had a breathtakingly beautiful sunset that night!
Christina and Joel, we had an absolute blast with you two photographing your engagement and we can’t wait for your wedding next July!!
Amagansett, the forgotten town of Eastern Long Island, is sandwiched between East Hampton and Montauk. Within Amagansett sits Napeague beach, a stretch of gorgeous sand and sea on the southern coast of Long Island and although a public beach, might as well be private given the number of people who use it. This beach is special to Daniel. He and his family have been going out there their whole lives and shared many memories in and around that beach. Kaylee, a Long Island girl born and raised, had been going out to Montauk her whole life as well. So when it was time for Daniel propose, he knew it had to be done there. He knew Kaylee would love this beach proposal.
It was Memorial Day weekend, and after enjoying themselves with friends at The Sloppy Tuna, they headed home to shower and get ready for a nice romantic date night. Before heading out, Daniel suggested he and Kaylee walk the beach and enjoy the beautiful weather. And so they did. They walked up and down the beach holding hands, taking selfies, enjoying the seclusion and picturesque views, and looking for sea glass (or ‘glass rocks’ as Daniel calls it).
As Daniel and Kaylee walked, they searched for sea glass to add to their memory book – something they’ve been keeping since the start of their relationship . It was at that moment he let Kaylee walk ahead of him and without her knowing, got down on his knee.
“Oh I think I found a piece!” he shouted.
When she turned around, she saw him there.
After the proposal, Daniel and Kaylee continued down the beach to head out for their date night. But when she turned the corner she saw something magical: her mother, father, grandmother, sister, and brother, along with Daniel’s family, all there to help celebrate the occasion. They hugged and kissed and we snapped picture after picture taking in all the wonderful memories.
What a magical moment for two incredible people.
Amy: I was 24 years old and had just recently left a career in Manhattan’s fashion industry, to start a career in education. Needing credentials, I enrolled at Hofstra University to pursue a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. My whole life I always wanted to get married and have a family. But at the time I met Brian, I really wasn’t looking for anything serious. I was just trying to figure out my career and I had kind of accepted the fact that I probably wasn’t getting married anytime soon.
Brian: When Amy and I met I was very comfortable with my life and at my job. At the time I was managing a small craft beer bar in East Northport and still living with my parents in West Islip. With no rent to pay and having a few years under my belt at the bar I worked at, I have to admit that I was a little too comfortable with my life. Writing this it sounds like both good and bad thing and looking back Amy couldn’t have entered into my life at a more perfect time because she’s exactly what I was and wasn’t looking for at the time – thank god for that!
Amy: I was out to dinner with some friends from my master’s program and Brian was working as a manager in a quaint pub in Northport. This is when Brian swept right into my life and we exchanged numbers. We went back and forth for a few weeks before Brian decided to pull the trigger and ask for an actual, in-person date. I was hesitant because I didn’t really know much about him.
Brian: I’ll never forget it. I still bug her about the long scarf that she wore around her neck and head and it pretty much covered her entire face! I literally could barely see her and I remember saying to myself, “What is this girl wearing?” and, “I hope she’s hot underneath there…” I think I was wearing a black sweater and that’s only because in the past Amy has reminded me about how good her memory is when we first met.
Amy: It was raining, and Brian was picking me up from my house. So I ran out to his Suburu with a big scarf wrapped around my head and a winter coat (it was December). I also had on black jeans and this big plaid print cardigan. I was feeling nervous, but I was acting like going out with a stranger was normal. Brian will tell you I didn’t talk the entire ride and that he wasn’t nervous at all. But I’m telling you he was – he had this very polite phone voice going on.
Brian: I was very intrigued by Amy. She was not like any girl I’ve ever met because to be honest I never went out with girls like Amy. She had a very calm and cool persona and talked and laughed just enough that I kept trying to get her to talk and laugh even more. I definitely was consistent about following up with Amy. I remember I was the one who texted her right after we met but one thing that I think caught her off guard is that I also called her a couple times after we met. I remember thinking about her all the time and just wanted to see her again.
Amy: After that first encounter in the car, I was more excited to see how the date went because Brian just seemed like a really nice guy. After the date ended, I think it was a mutual follow-up but the persistent follow-up from Brian took me by surprise. The fact that he was interested and wasn’t trying to play a game to show me that he was interested was refreshing.
Amy: So our first encounter was really when Brian picked me up for our first date. We went to Vine Bar on Merrick Rd. in his car. The conversation came easily. We told each other about ourselves and our families. And then the food came out and it was TERRIBLE, so that really broke the ice. When the date ended, we walked back to his Subaru to take the four-and-a-half-minute ride back to my house. But when we got in the car and Brian turned the key, it would not start. His car battery was dead. Always eager to make a new friend, Brian flagged down an unknown driver for a jumpstart.
Brian: I picked her up in front of her house and I remember I was about to get out to open the passenger door to let her in but she walked out really fast and my master plan didn’t work out. On the way to the wine bar, Amy was very quiet or maybe I was just asking too many questions but as I remember, she said few words. Then words started coming out of her mouth when a song she liked came on the radio and she started singing decently loud. I smiled and laughed because it wasn’t making sense to me but I instantly liked her a lot. At the dinner table I remember two things that “broke the ice.” First is when I asked her if she liked the wine she was drinking, but I asked her when she was in the middle of drinking it so she responded with a very happy eyebrow raise – I thought it was so cute. Second, is when we ordered some appetizers and I asked her what she thought of the food. We both agreed that the food sucked which made us laugh and we still tell people about it today. It’s just a shame because we never went back! Conversation was easy, but as I mentioned she would talk and laugh just enough to get me to keep trying to keep it going.
Amy: That Brian is always making new friends and always ready to make a bad situation a good one.
Brian: I realized that Amy and I are an “opposites attract” kind of couple. We always talk about it and we both love it. The first date was us being us and that stands true today, we continue to surprise each other and she still keeps me wanting to make her talk and laugh more! Also, Amy continues to wear that same scarf wrapped around her head when it’s cold out. It’s funny because it always reminds me of our first encounter and first date but at the same time I really don’t understand it.
Whenever you schedule a shoot so far in advance you’re taking a gamble with the weather. As wedding photographers, we’re used to this and shooting in all conditions. But when it comes to engagement sessions, we usually have the luxury of rescheduling if the weather doesn’t look promising. That wasn’t the case with Katie & Eric’s session as we had to fly down to Baltimore and booked it months in advance. As the months, weeks, and days passed, the weather became more and more of a concern. The weather forecast was so bad that the day before our session we asked Katie about the possibility of a Sunday morning shoot. Luckily though, the inclement weather changed to overcast skies and the session went off without too many issues (if you don’t count the cold)!
We started the session in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and got lucky with a row of Cherry Blossom trees that had bloomed. We spent a good portion of the session there and as you can see, it was well worth it! We then hopped in an Uber and headed to Fells Point where we shot aroun the cobblestone streets, a place Katie used to call home for a few years.
Katie and Eric changed and we spent the final parts of the session up at Federal Hill. And as luck would have it, just as the sun was setting, the clouds parted just enough for us to get a few epic sunset shots.
Katie and Eric, you guys were so much fun and such great sports – we absolutely can not wait until September when we get to be part of your big day!
Baltimore Inner Harbor Engagement Session photos by Michael Justin Studios
What an incredible engagement session we had with Nikki & Greg at Gouveia Winery in Wallingford, CT. It was everything you could hope for as a photographer – a fun and good looking couple, gorgeous weather, and a location with breathtaking scenery! We started the session over by this big weeping willow tree where we shot individual portraits of Nikki and Greg as well as some fun shots of them together. We then made our way over to the pond area and followed that up with some shots over in the vineyards. We were hoping to get some photos of Greg and Nikki with the nearby horses, but they seemed more interested in other things!
At this point the sun was dropping and we were getting that magical golden hour light. It was perfect! We snapped a few more shots in the vineyards and even managed to get the drone in the air for a few. We concluded the session after the sun had set with a night shot. Nikki and Greg, we can’t wait to photograph your wedding in September!
Gouveia Winery Engagement Session photos by Michael Justin Studios
How did you meet each other?
SAC Capital. Nikki had looked on LinkedIn to see who she might know at the company before starting and noticed Greg and thought he might be the brother of one her sorority sisters. A few weeks after starting, Nikki went up to Greg’s desk and asked if he was Bari’s brother and introduced herself. We became friendly after that and socialized at work functions.
Bring us back to that first encounter. What were you wearing? What were you feeling? Who made that first contact?
Nikki – probably some sort of dress. It was August. I remember feeling nervous and hesitant before I went to his desk and wondering if I was weird for doing so. I had a pep talk and told myself it was something my mom would do and it’s nice to be friendly.
Greg – probably a button down and slacks. and definitely a crew neck undershirt (yikes!). I didn’t really have any feelings other than that she was slightly weird.
After that first meeting, how did you feel about the other person? Who made the all-important follow-up phone/text/email?
Nikki – no feelings other than happy to know someone new.
Greg – no feelings other than slightly embarrassed when a co worker asked why HR was at my desk and if she was my girl.
THE MOMENT: 2011 Holiday party. Greg and I ended up near each other and hung out most of the night. I initiated a FB message and asked for his number.
Tell us about your first date? Where did you go? Did you meet at the location or did you go together? What did you talk about? Was conversation easy?
January 21, 2013. It was MLK day so we were both off of work. Greg went into the office to catch up on somethings and to work out. We think Nikki initiated drinks that night and we met at a restaurant that has since changed but is still one of our favorite spots. We met there and Nikki had a mojito while Greg had a beer, We talked about work and family. Conversation was easy and enjoyable…so we planned dinner for that Thursday.
What was one thing you took away from that first date that still holds true today?
Greg: Nikki talks a lot
Nikki: Greg is a good listener and very easy to talk to
Nikki: His heart. He loves very fully and deeply.
Greg: The way she treats others
What is the one thing you’ve learned from the other person as a result of your relationship?
Nikki: the importance of details and that people communicate differently
Greg: how to be compassionate and a real appreciation for food and wine
What was the moment or moments that lead you to know you were in love?
Nikki: It was all the little moments that added up. We had months of great meals, great conversation, and a natural progression into the deep affection we have for one another today.
When you are apart from one another, what do you miss about them most?
Nikki: everything. The way he holds me and sniffs me.
Greg: The way she smells. And having my person around to tell everything to.
Rye Beach Engagement Photos by Michael Justin Studios. Rye Beach is only 15 minutes from our office, yet we’ve never shot there in the 8 years we’ve been in business! Can you believe it? It wasn’t until Jaclyn suggested Rye Beach for their Engagement Session that we were able to change that. Rye Beach sits next to Rye Playland – a really fun amusement park that has been a staple in Westchester County for decades. We started the session with a bike ride around the grounds of Rye Beach where we were able to get some fun photos of Jaclyn and Ryan. After taking advantage of the beautiful setting sun, we made our way over to the beach area. Jaclyn came prepared with an outfit change so they quickly swapped clothing and we continued our session. It was at this time that we got really lucky – the sky turned this amazing blue color and the tide was heading out. We quickly got them into the water and took advantage! Photos by Michael Justin
How did you meet each other?
After that meeting, I had an incredible feeling/hunch that he could be it for me. Before that night, I had never had that much genuine fun with another man.
What was the moment or moments that lead you to know you were in love?