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Susan & Jeff Engagement Session- Spring Lake Beach

Two weekends ago I met with Susan & Jeff for their Engagement photo session at Spring Lake Beach  here in New Jersey.  I work with Susan’s wonderful mother and I’m so excited that she was intertested in me doing their engagement portraits for them.

It was my first egagement session so I was thrilled at the opportunity – especially on the beach!  What a beautiful beach they chose!  Jo Ann and I went about an hour early and found the perfect spot with a beautiful Jetty.  We decided what photos I would take and we prepared my list of “must have” shots.

We met up with Susan and Jeff and got right into it.

 When we got there I spotted this cute little beach hut where they sell the beach badges and I knew I had to have some shots there.  I love the teal color…

At this point in the day Susan & Jeff had an audience of Susan’s sister and Susan’s brother in law sitting on the bench right across from the hut as well as every single passer-by being super curious about what we were doing.  

We heard lots of funny jokes and congratulations for the couple from those that made their way through our photoshoot.

If can imagine the little gal with the big camera either laying on the board walk in a contored pose, laying in the sand or standing up on a railing or a bench… and then you had Jo Ann holding a huge silver reflector… we’re quite the duo!


Susan’s ring was gorgeous. Little pink diamonds surrounding the large diamond.  Nice job Jeff!! 


I love moments like this…. Big Sigh

We decided to live dangerously!  There’s a big fat fine if you go on the dunes… so run, pose, snap, get off!

Yes, I certainly did lay down on the boardwalk to take this.  I’ll do almost anything to get a cool shot.

It took a little convicing to get Susan to do this shot.  Her brother in law did the jump shot with Jeff first and then Susan agreed to do it.  I think it’s so cute!


Another big sigh moment:


I stood up on the bench and loomed over them for this moment… 

 We were all packed up and ready to go when Susan’s brother in law pointed out the full moon over the ocean.  Of course I had to take the camera out and make them take one more shot with the moon in the distance.

I had a good time getting a workout running around in the sand with Susan & Jeff and Susan’s sister Heidi and brother in law Jim. 

Susan & Jeff were great to work with and patient with me and all of my poses and ideas.  Thanks to Jo Ann for being a great assistant…your arms get really tired when you have to hold that reflector up forever as I snap, snap, snap!  And thanks to Beth for asking me to do this session for your lovely daughter and future son in law!! 

Best Wishes Susan & Jeff! 

September 11, 2008 - 3:36 pm

La Fayetteville - Great photo shoot. They all look genuine and caring. Keep up the great great work!

August 28, 2008 - 3:40 pm

Jen - Thanks Julie M, Heather & Mike, I like that shot a lot. I love her expression there and that conversion is my favorite coloring for a B&W/Sepia toned shot.

Sue – that made me smile. I should make a permanent list for myself of my pose ideas…so when I do these I can just refer to it. I did a list for this session andit was really helpful.

Wolf – Thanks! I love beach sessions. They are just so beautiful and I was lucky with the weather 2 weeks in a row!

PS: Glad you liked the string bean recipe! YUM!

Oscar – Thanks ROCK too!! :)

Meleah – Lets find you someone to fall in love with….then I can be your personal photoog for all the engagement & wedding stuff!

Bob – You picked some of my favorites! The bicycle sign is one of my top favs. As soon as I saw the hut w/ the sign I pictured them sitting right there for the shot. I actually work full time and do this on the side (on weekends, etc. so I guess you can say that I’m am turning into a weekend “pro” :)
Clinton is close to me (about 40 minutes from home and 10 or more minutes from my work). It’s a beautiful area for photography and I’ve done some photos out that way but I need to put it on my list to re-visit more in depth.

Julie L – Thanks my friend. You’re very kind. Glad you like them all. :)

August 28, 2008 - 3:02 pm

Mike Palmer - KILLER SET R2 – I really love the tonality of the BW edit – my fav

August 27, 2008 - 9:11 pm

julielawsonphotography - Great set Jen. You really really did a fantastic job with this. I love the one near the shack, the ones on the dunes, the one with the moon in the distance………..heck I love them all. You do an outstanding job, my friend

August 27, 2008 - 8:34 pm

banjo bob - Wonderful shots Jen and good lighting. My favorites were of them next to the Bicycles Allowed sign, the low angle shot on the boardwalk and the jumping shot. They will certainly treasure these shots in the years to come. I’ve been meaning to ask you do you do this professionally. Also we spent the night in Clinton NJ on our way back from Maine. It looked like it had many photo opportunitys in the historic district but we had driven 12 hours by the time we got there and I was to worn out to shoot. Is Clinton near you?

August 27, 2008 - 6:39 pm

meleah rebeccah - Best Wishes to Susan & Jeff. These make me REALLY want a boyfriend!

These photos make me want to fall in love!!

August 27, 2008 - 2:53 pm

Oscar - Awesome shots Jen! They look real happy! I love beach shots = u rock!

August 27, 2008 - 1:59 pm

Enigma3 - Nice work Jen. What a great place you chose for an engagement shoot. All the photos look real and natural.

Believe it or not – Your green bean recepie sounded so good to me that I made it yesterday as a side to a steak. I used romano cheese instead of parmesan and boy was it good.


August 27, 2008 - 1:46 pm

suehenryphotography - My latest question is “when are you publishing your book of creative poses?” I have never seen anything like your creativity with posing. Bravo.

August 27, 2008 - 1:30 pm

oneshotbeyond - I love the one where you “loomed” over them as you put it. Did you use your 50mm for this shoot or another lens?

Love engagements on the beach!! :)

August 27, 2008 - 11:21 am

juliemcleod - Great engagement set, Jen!
My absolute favorite is the b&w you took from above. A fantastically creative angle and the b&W makes for a wonderful mood.

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