2014 Highlights: Engagements, Portraits & Proposals | New York City Lifestyle Photographer

Continuing on with the aweseomeness that was 2014! A grab bag of shoots that fall into the portrait category. This past year in addition to weddings and elopements I also got to shoot some lovely engagement sessions, a senior portrait session, family portraits, maternity sessions, and even my first couple proposals! (Side note to any folks looking to pop the question: I would LOVE to shoot more proposals!)

This year brought me all over the city, from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden up the Cloisters. I photographed couples walking the quaint streets of Park Slope, having fun with blue whales in the Natural History Museum, and even an afternoon playing video games at Barcade. I had fun back in Minneapolis and finally got a couple to one of my favorite escapes in the city at Governors Island!  Cheers to another amazing year!

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2014 Wedding Season Highlights | New York City Wedding Photographer | Destination Wedding Photographer

Holy moly. This past wedding season was amazing! A HUGE thank you to all my awesome clients for making this past year one of the best yet! While I’ve been shooting primarily elopements nowadays I still love the energy that comes with big weddings and 2014 gave me the honor of capturing 17 celebrations, bringing my big wedding total up to 67. I am constantly overwhelmed by gratitude that this many couples have invited me to be such an integral part of their special day.

This year was especially fun with the opportunity to shoot in so many beautiful locations. I got to head back to Vermont, one of my favorite places for weddings, twice this year to both the Grafton Inn and West Mountain Inn. This past summer I got to enjoy my first wedding in the Berkshires at the Race Brook Lodge followed by two wonderful summer camp weddings, in both the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. This fall I traveled up to the Catskills and then on to Lake Placid for some stunning weddings up north.  I also got to shoot back in my hometown of Minneapolis with a super fun wedding at the Day Block Event Center. In the city I also got to finally shoot at the Prospect Park Picnic House, along with the Knockdown Center, Coney Island, and Eleven Madison Park.

Congratulations and best wishes to all my 2014 couples!

For the purposes of this highlight reel, since the line sometimes is a bit blurry, I’m separating weddings and elopements by size with elopements being those events with 20 or fewer guests. 

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Diana & Shalev | Summer Camp Wedding | Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer

While I’m working on sorting through my favorite images from 2014, I thought I’d keep you all entertained with more awesome weddings from this past summer. I love Hudson Valley weddings, and getting married at a summer camp? How much fun is that? Diana and Shalev were married at the end of August at Camp Kinder Ring in Hopewell Junction. We had a lovely time wandering the grounds for their photos before their beautiful lakeside ceremony. The ceremony could not have been more perfectly timed, as just a minute after their exit with guests blowing bubbles, the sky opened up and one of the fiercest rainfalls I’ve seen in awhile came pouring down. But no matter, by that time everyone was cozied up inside the dining hall and a super fun dance party was about to start! Loads of fun was had by all.

A huge congratulations to Diana and Shalev, thanks so much for having me! Best wishes to you both!

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Pauline & Leanne: Sneak Peek! | NYC Elopement Photographer | New York City Hall Wedding

Hey everyone! I’m back from an amazing trip and ready to kick off the 2015 season. I can’t think of a better way to start things off then with this super fun city hall elopement. I had an absolute ball with these two aussie ladies this morning. We got through City Hall in record time and then they were troopers through the cold and we had a great time wandering all through Tribeca and down to the waterfront.

Huge congrats to Pauline and Leanne! More to come, safe travels back to Sydney!
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Happy New Year!! | Out of the Office: African Adventure!

First things first. A huge thank you! Thank you to all my incredible clients and clients to be. To the blog readers, and the cheerleaders, and all the amazing supporters of this little business all the way around. 2014 has been so full of awesome for De Nueva Photography I really can’t believe it! So cheers to all of you!

There will be a best of post round-up coming in January highlighting all the fantastic moments this year entailed, but for now more travels are first up on the list. What better way to kick off a new year then with a grand adventure? As a travel addict, I have to say I can’t think of many.

So, without further ado, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be out of the country until January 18th. Alex and I will be heading first to Zambia to explore Victoria Falls and then trekking deep into the bush for a safari in South Luangwa National Park. From there we will jaunt over to Mozambique for what will hopefully be a mix of culture, adventure, and a bit of relaxation on the beach.

I will be checking email occasionally as allowed, however a good portion of this trip will be either completely off the grid or in areas where the internet will be quite slow at best.  I promise to respond to everyone promptly as soon as I return.  Thanks so much for your patience in advance!

For now, I wish you all a wonderful new year filled with love, happiness and adventure! Cheers to 2015!

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Kenny & Ron: Sneak Peek! | The Palace at Somerset Park | New Jersey Wedding Photographer

A quick sneak peek before I hop on a plane tomorrow morning! This wedding was SUCH a wonderful way to finish out the year, grooms who tap dance their first dance = awesome! ;-)

Lots more to come! Kenny and Ron, thank you so very much for having me, you guys are wonderful. Congratulations and best wishes!

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Travel Tuesday: 2014 Round-Up! | Destination Wedding Photographer

Travel Tuesday for 12.30.14: Year in Travel Round-Up

This year has been a fantastic one for travel! One of the many wonderful things about being self-employed is the ability to have a flexible schedule and put it to good use seeing the world. This year I was so fortunate to explore so many awesome destinations.  My original hope for this series is that it would not only be a chance to showcase my travel work but also act as a bit of inspiration for those hoping to travel near and far. There are so many amazing destinations out there to explore! If you ever want to talk travel and how it can be done affordably, shoot me an email and we can chat for days.

My hope for next year? Shooting a few more weddings and elopements in far flung locations. Are you planning a destination wedding or elopement? I would love to hear about it! New travel specials are set to roll out for 2015, contact me for details!

Without further ado, year in travel!

February: Colombia

My friend Lindsay and I spotted a cheap ticket, and off we went to Cartagena. We spent a little over a week frolicking through the beautiful colonial city, heading into the mountains on a motorbike in Minca, and then relaxing on the beach in the incredible Tayrona National Park.

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March: Lisbon and Sintra, Portugal

In March I took myself to Portugal to run a half marathon in Lisbon, one of my favorite cities in Europe. From there I also day-tripped to Sintra, a beautiful town full of fairytale castles in the mountains. I had a fantastic time running my first international race and hope to make it something of a tradition. I also love solo travel and aim to get in a trip on my own every year if I can.

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April: Italy

In the spring, Alex and I hopped one last time across the pond to explore Italy. We had about 10 days to wander through the jaw dropping scenery that is Lake Como, Cinque Terre and Tuscany.

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May: Quebec City, Canada

For an anniversary weekend getaway in May, Alex and I road-tripped up to Quebec City. We’d spent time in Montreal previously, but head never trekked further north. We immediately loved this charming town and hope for sure to come back some day!

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September: Iceland

In September, I joined a cadre of other adventurous women for a road-trip back-country highland trekking Icelandic adventure. Some of the most amazing landscapes I’ve ever laid eyes on. This country is a photographer’s dream.

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October: Lake Placid

In October, I was fortunate enough to have a couple bring me up to Lake Placid for a wedding and I managed to tack on some extra time for mountain exploring. This area of the state so beautiful, especially in the fall.

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So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore! :-)

Tomorrow we head off for our first adventure of the new year! Stay tuned for details!

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Kyoko & Nami: Sneak Peek! | City Hall Wedding Photographer | Brooklyn Bridge Park Elopement

I had such a lovely time with Kyoko and Nami, my very first couple from Japan! City Hall was a complete madhouse today, but we made it through! After their ceremony at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau, we headed across the bridge to shoot in Brooklyn and enjoy the perfect winter sunny afternoon.

Kyoko and Nami, enjoy the rest of your trip to NYC, more photos to come! Congratulations!

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Esther Maria & Manny | Elope in New York | Central Park Wedding at the Ladies Pavilion

Esther Maria and Manny eloped in a beautiful evening ceremony at Central Park’s Ladies Pavilion earlier this summer.  These two have known each other for many years and decided it was finally time to tie the knot. They are both avid travelers, getting engaged on a trip to Italy in Florence, so I was sure we would get along wonderfully!

The ceremony was attended by their families and then they sped off for a romantic dinner. Perfection.

Congratulations Esther Maria and Manny! Best wishes to you both!
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Travel Tuesday: Jökulsárlón, Iceland | Destination Wedding Photographer

Travel Tuesday for 12.23.14: Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Traveled: September 2014 with Lindsay, Becca, and Karolina

As it’s late December, I was craving some chillier images. Home in Minnesota, I thought maybe I’d even get to shoot some snowy scenes. Alas, it’s pouring rain outside and we’ve barely seen a flurry in New York. It’s also been quite awhile since I’ve traveled in the cold, so I thought perhaps icebergs were the next best thing.

The handful of images below are from the famous Jökulsárlón, an iceberg lagoon in southern Iceland. While it’s certainly a major tourist attraction, dozens of coach busses line up to see this place each day, it’s with good reason. It’s kind of mesmerizing to watch the huge chunks of ice drift by as you stare at the mountains in the distance. And yes, they really are that blue. I visited twice on this trip, and both times were completely different depending on the weather and the light, and the formations in the lagoon are constantly changing. If you visit, be sure to take a walk and go to the black sand beach across the road, some gorgeous views to be had from there as well. (Photos coming in a future post!)

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