Meet Beatrice Gillar, or Bea to you. Bea and her family celebrated her birthday at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange, NJ, just a short walk from the Turtle Back Zoo. You might know Bea as a published songwriter, a college graduate, trumpet player, mom, a grandmother, an aunt, cousin, friend, and now a centenarian.
CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Trustee Emeritus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Captain of the Princeton football team, subject of a NY Times article, husband, father, grandfather… George Sella Jr.’s list of accomplishments seems endless.
Having spent a lot of time in Stillwater, NJ growing up, I was surprised and excited to be back in the woods for Alysa and Sean’s wedding at Brook Falls Farm, a venue I’d never been to before.
Alysa and I go pretty far back… like, pushing two decades back. We met in high school, went to shows together through college, and even worked together for a little while. So when I rolled up to her venue, I couldn’t have been more excited to see her marry Sean.
Newton, NJ has been known for many things over the years... its massive shoe factory in the late 1800s, being the birthplace of Wet Hot American Summer star Janeane Garofalo, and now for miraculously transforming its shopping district into the magical Diagon Alley from the world of Harry Potter.
When Heidi first reached out to me to inquire about capturing her wedding at Triplebrook Camping Resort, she used three descriptive phrases in particular that I explicitly remember: Simple, local, and "really laid back", and that couldn't have been more true. Sometimes it can seem like a pipe dream for a bride to be calm and collected on her wedding day, but I think even I ended up being more worried that everything would be perfect!
Back when I first met Kimmy, we were sharing the stage in our high school band (though admittedly, her saxophone was way cooler than my trombone). Fast forward ten years and I found myself meeting Liam, her soon-to-be husband and their two awesome boys.
When I got the message asking if I could photograph a wedding two weeks from that day, I didn't ask questions. But when I met Richard and Bob at the Crossed Keys Inn in Andover, NJ, I learned that they put the entire wedding together in just over two freaking weeks.
My paternal grandfather was presented this month with the highest honor of his temple, Man of the Year, at a stately ceremony in Brooklyn, NY. Les Schenker, or Poppa as I know him, was lauded by long-time friends and family, with pleasantries and wisecracks, both of which he was acknowledged to be known for as well.
That seemed to be the overall sentiment at my cousin Neil's wedding to Karen, a member of our family for much longer than she's been legally obligated to be. Caity and I were graciously invited up to New Haven for a "casual brunch" on the beach to watch Karen and Neil tie the knot.
I got to spend my day off traveling back in time to the old west for Transformation Church's annual Kids Camp. This volunteer-run event invited kids from age 4 through 6th graders to come play, craft, dance, and adventure in the old west... well, the old west on the TC campus!
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If I didn't already say it to you, Happy Mother's Day! We all acknowledge the day differently, from the "conventional" families to the single moms or dads that pull double duty, it's important to still take the day to recognize the people that we consider our moms.
I was asked by Lead Pastor Joseph Nieves to bring my camera along to capture a special service just for the moms of the world at Transformation Church in Middletown, NY. Here are some of my favorites from the day!
Another year, another giant It Works! event! In April 2016, New Jersey saw its largest event to date with over 300 guests in attendance. Hosted by Kim Haber and joined by It Works! top-earner Melody McFarlane, the event brought people from across the continent (shoutout to Team Canada who drove 9+ hours!) for information and training.