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Batsto Village Engagement Session | Taylor and Mike

Ohhhh man what an absolute treat it was to photograph Taylor & Mike!! And you know what the best part is? I get to photograph their wedding next fall!!!!

Okay so Taylor and Mike booked me for their Delaware wedding this fall (yay!), and since their wedding package included a complimentary engagement session we got to planning straightaway! Taylor wanted the engagement photos to be done during the same season as her wedding photos so they would all have the same sort of vibe. To all my engaged couples out there, if your engagement timeline permits this, I highly recommend it!!

After going back and forth on a few locations, we finally settled on Batsto Village in South Jersey. I had never been there but I did lots of research before the session and it looked like a super cool place where my creative energy could thrive!! I was SO excited. I got to the session extra early so I could walk around and get a feel for the place before Taylor and Mike arrived. Once they got there, we said our hellos and started chatting as we walked into the park!

As we got to the first photo spot, Taylor pulled out a sign that she and Mike MADE FROM SCRATCH to include in their photos. Ummmm … holy cow this couple is talented!! Mike literally cut the wood that Taylor painted on!!! We got a few cute pictures with the sign at the beginning and I made a mental note to get creative with it later on as the light got softer. But in the meantime while the light was still harsh, I looked for shady spots with light pouring through the leaves to highlight Taylor’s BEAUTIFUL long hair … y’all, these pictures from the beginning with the light are some of my favorite from the whole session!!!!

We continued walking around the park, looking for cool spots to take photos (which there were PLENTY of). We came across this rustic house with a front porch — stairs! I can always use stairs hehe — and had fun with lots of different poses and angles! I mean I was basically telling Taylor and Mike to snuggle in different ways while I squealed about how cute they were and took lots & lots of pictures. It was so fun! We also played with this weird barn structure that had an opening going through it. I didn’t really understand the purpose of its shape but, hey, it made for some cool photos so I’m not complaining!!!

There was a beautiful pond/lake/body of water close by, but I wanted to wait for the light to get a little softer before taking pictures there. So we continued walking around the park until coming to another cool house structure. I had seen this one online —  there was a picture of a couple inside a doorframe that I made a mental note of to use as inspiration! So naturally I told Taylor and Mike to get in the doorframe and, after a few poses that looked a lot better in my head, I directed their attention back to each other and they started being all cute and I got an AWESOME picture of them (better than the one I used for inspo)!!! I mean, they’re literally the cutest. I could tell how in love they were and which makes my job so easy!!!

It’s almost lake time! We started heading down to the water but I stopped them suddenly (which happens often during a photoshoot lol) because of this really cool trail lined with the most beautiful fall-colored trees!!!!!! I almost couldn’t talk straight because of how excited I was about this discovery!! I got some super cute close ups and wide shots to capture both the stunning color of the trees and the depth of the trail. Biiiiiig fan.

Okay, NOW it was lake time!! Lol. I had Taylor show off her ring and got a little creative with my composition to show off the water. Then I ran back to the bridge we walked over to get a different kind of wide shot of them next to a beautiful big tree. And then I freaked out over the stunning light (again) and had them get all cute and cuddly on a park bench. Once we were finished there, we started making our way to the other end of the park for part two of their engagement session.

I could tell the light was getting softer as we were walking. The sun is crazy like that — it looks stationary in the sky but if you’ve ever watch the sun set over the horizon you know just how fast that thing moves. As we got to the field where they were going to have their picnic, we saw the CUTEST pale blue barn with this awesome speckled golden light shining on it through the trees. I had SO much fun getting creative here with them and I got some more shots with the sign from earlier!!! (Remember that mental note I made for creative photos? It involved me laying in the dirt on my stomach and changing my camera settings for a unique look but hey we got there 🤣)

To end the session, Taylor and Mike packed a picnic!!!!! I am a MASSIVE fan of bringing props to your session (I mean look how adorable these pictures are with the sign and the picnic blanket!!!). They even brought champagne !!! which made for some romantic photos and added to the vibe of the picnic blanket. Taylor and Mike were even down to barrel roll on the blanket, and I am SO happy they did because not only did they get lots of belly laughs out of it but we got some dang cute photos as well! Taylor and Mike, thank you for being down to try my crazy ideas hahaha 😝

As we wrapped up the session, we talked a bit more in depth about their wedding. Mike has this insanely awesome idea to have a MAGICIAN during their cocktail hour!! And he wants a crazy amount of pyrotechnics 🤣 which, if allowed, would be DOPE. And instead of champagne glasses for the toast, Taylor is going to make custom TEQUILA GLASSES since she met Mike for the first time doing a tequila shot on St Paddy’s Day!! (Also how incredible is that meet up story?!)

Taylor and Mike, you two are so much fun and I cannot WAIT to photograph your wedding!!!!! Let’s make some more magic, yeah? Sweet. Much love 💛

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- Melissa & Johnnie

“Gabriella was absolutely amazing!!! Words cannot even describe how perfect she was, but I’ll try my best. Right from the beginning, I knew she was the one. She was so caring, calming, organized, and just a genuinely happy person. She made me feel even more excited for my wedding. She was so helpful throughout the entire process right down to the big day. AND THE PICTURES - OH MY GOD. They are absolutely breathtaking and she definitely tells the story of your day in the most perfect way. She captures every precious moment while having a smile on her face the whole time she’s with you. I can’t say enough amazing things about her. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to have the BEST photographer for any occasion. We had such an amazing experience with Gabriella and we can’t thank her enough!”


- Aaron & lydia

Gabriella is the BEST photographer and we could not have asked for anyone better to capture our proposal! I had intentions of interviewing multiple photographers, but after seeing her work and talking to her over the phone, I immediately booked with her. Her passion for photography is so evident. She goes above and beyond to make your shoot about YOU. She does a great job of taking control and guiding you with poses that you will love, and her candid shots are unbelievable. She had a smile on her face the entire time and we felt like a close friend was there doing this for us. Would recommend her 100 times out of 100!

Gabriella was absolutely amazing. She made the photography session so easy and effortless. Her personality is so warm and inviting, she made us feel so so comfortable during these pictures. Gabriella went above and beyond for us and I’m so grateful my significant other found her as a photographer. I would highly recommend!


- Alex & mike

Gabriella is not only an amazing photographer, but she is an amazing person! She was incredible to work with and made everything from our engagement photos to our wedding day extremely easy. She really understands your vibe and does everything she can to help make that come true! My husband is extremely camera shy, but he was so comfortable with her and the photos were amazing!


- kevin & riya

Gabriella is the BEST photographer and needless to say she went above and beyond our expectations! She was hired by my fiancé for our surprise proposal and she did a phenomenal job at capturing every single detail of it. She made our lives easy by understanding us, our personality, the way we wanted to be captured and she did just that! From showing us every beautiful inch of Longwood gardens to telling us about different poses to capturing the beauty and essence of nature! She made my dream come true with these beautiful pictures. We spent 2 hrs with her and there was sign of rush of ending the session and it was more like whatever we felt in the moment which is what I truly enjoyed. She sent us our sneak peak pictures the day off just several hours later and needless to say not only did our jaws dropped but every single person who viewed those pics while asking who the photographer was! We proudly share her information with every member of our family and friends because she truly deserves the best❤️ Thank you Gabriella for capturing the most beautiful and intimate moments of ours and We can’t wait to work with you again!


- brandon & nasia

Gabriella captured our special moments perfectly! She photographed our proposal, Holud night before the wedding, and wedding day. She was very easy to work with and always communicative and responsive. She was able to handle a 300 person wedding with ease and always got the shot. I've only seen the sneak peek from our wedding weekend but I am already in love with the pictures. She truly captured the joy and happiness of the weekend through her photos, which I will treasure forever. She is also just a genuinely kind person, which makes working with her even better :) Highly recommend.