Story Behind The Image: Catch Me In New Jersey
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
By Michael David
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​I remember getting the call. The phone rang and Nicole was on the other end. She was living in New Jersey and she had come across my work and really wanted me to photograph her wedding. Was I excited? Absolutely! This would be my first out-of-state wedding and I was thrilled.


With her package came an engagement session. Normally I do the engagement sessions in Rhode Island, but being ambitious, wifeless, kid-free and single, I decided to make the trip to New Jersey. I was so eager I decided to do the shoot and drive back the same night. Getting there was no problem. In fact, it was a breeze. Getting home was a whole different story. More on that in a minute.


I arrived in Morristown, New Jersey in the early afternoon to meet Nicole and Eric. We met at their house and I knew right away that this shoot would be a special one. They were a fun couple and were totally in love with each other. We spent the shoot driving around Morristown looking for cool spots. Morristown is a farm town that totally reminded me of Woodstock, Conn.


I remember this shot specifically. The hill was long and flat at its peak. The grass was super green and the foliage was on-point. I went to the bottom of the hill, thinking it would be pretty sweet if Nicole could totally run into Eric's arms and kick her legs back. Easier said than done when it comes to photography. I had to time it perfectly. It took a good three to four tries, but what I captured was easily one of my favorite engagement shots I’ve ever taken. It was so worth the long drive home. Oh yea, about the drive home. It took me six hours for a three-hour drive. The George Washington Bridge and I are not friends. But it was totally worth it :)

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