A Sunrise Engagement

It may be cold and raining outside today but this past weekend was filled with so much joy.  I photographed an engagement and a celebration of life! On Thursday morning AJ proposed to his girlfriend Katie during a sunrise at the Manasquan Inlet.  Then on Saturday I had the opportunity to photograph the cutest couple with their daughter and soon to be son!

For Thursday's proposal AJ and I had planned to meet at the Manasquan Inlet around 5:20am, just before sunrise.  I arrived early and thank goodness I did! I had planned to get there around 5am to position myself and determine where I wanted to hide.  It isn't easy to hide on the beach when you're alone and there are very minimal people there. 

When I arrived I waited near the back of the beach where people enter.  I saw a young couple arrive but I couldn't see their faces.  The boy had a black sweatshirt on with the hood up and the girl had blonde hair and a Rutgers University sweatshirt on.  I instantly thought it was them because Katie went to Rutgers and has blonde hair.

A couple minutes into taking pictures, I heard some voices.  I quickly noticed that the couple coming up on my left were actually Katie and AJ! For a good five minutes I was taking pictures of the wrong couple! Thankfully I was able to re-position myself and start to take pictures of them.

While I was taking pictures of Katie and AJ I could see how much love they have for each other. It felt as though you could feel their love for each other.  Maybe it was watching them on the beach with each other or capturing their special moment.  But I left the beach feeling inspired, beyond happy and overflowing with joy.  Below are some of the photographs from Thursday morning.  Enjoy!