Katie & Ryan recently made the drive up to Maine from their home in New Jersey so that we could play at the fabulous Bradley Inn and the Pemaquid Light for their engagement session! And what a session it was. These guys are simply A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Utterly in love and game for anything, we laughed SO much through the session. Katie shines so brightly and is bursting with energy. Ryan has this calm strength and quiet solidness. Together, they are just right. They fit. And I got to hang out with them all afternoon!

We began at The Bradley Inn, where Katie & Ryan’s wedding will be later this year!

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Katie has a tradition that she shares with a young girl who she mentors…they put on Derby hats and have high tea! So Katie has a collection of very fabulous hats! And she knows how to wear them!

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Ryan happens to be an exceptionally talented tattoo artist and he claims Katie as his muse! If you are in the market for gorgeous work, check him out! Love!

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We headed to the Pemaquid Light for the finale and were treated to a classic, foggy sunset that was full of mystery and magic. I couldn’t get enough of it!

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Katie and Ryan, you guys are awesome! Thank you for a seriously great afternoon!!

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  • […] no way you guys don’t remember Katie & Ryan’s incredible engagement session from just a few weeks ago…you know, there was an amazing hat and coastal fog and the best dip […]ReplyCancel

  • Kid KillOWattMay 20, 2015 - 3:04 pm

    Wow! I can’t even pick a favorite photo because they are all stunning. Such a beautiful couple. <3ReplyCancel

  • Lisa and Bill E.May 13, 2015 - 9:25 pm

    Incredible photos of an incredible couple! Your happiness shines through!ReplyCancel

  • KenzieMay 11, 2015 - 8:13 pm

    Amazing!!!! You and Ryan look so happy :)ReplyCancel

  • Leslie SandersMay 11, 2015 - 8:41 am

    The hat pictures are gorgeous! The one with just your eyes behind the hat is the best! Best wishes on your wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlynn HubbardMay 11, 2015 - 8:37 am

    The picture of the two of you in front of the lighthouse is awesome! It looks like one of those historic pictures from the late 19th century. We cannot wait to see this lighthouse in person in just 1 month!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina DezaioMay 11, 2015 - 8:36 am

    Just perfect! The red lipstick looks great with that red dress. Love the shoes as well!ReplyCancel

  • Donni EricksenMay 11, 2015 - 8:35 am

    The woods pictures are my fave! The lighting is perfect and the yellow dress looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Suzi AndersonMay 11, 2015 - 8:33 am

    Love the photos on the rocks! Wish this photographer lived in Tennessee for my wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Katie KoehlerMay 11, 2015 - 8:30 am

    These pictures are beautiful! I love the lighting with the tree pictures! I cannot wait to come to Maine to celebrate!ReplyCancel

  • CathyMay 11, 2015 - 8:25 am

    Awww Katie these came out GORGEOUS <3 you guys look great! congrats again!ReplyCancel

  • RyanMay 10, 2015 - 10:45 pm

    Thanks again Cindy! The pictures are amazing. You made the whole process super fun. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • LisaMay 10, 2015 - 8:45 pm

    Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • ShaylaMay 9, 2015 - 8:38 pm

    Wow! These are my favorite getting married photos ever!! They are all fabulous! …I would totally hang the sexy leg one on my wall. How fun and wonderful- so happy to see an amazing, super-talented old friend, celebrating this wonderful lady that he found and this incredible energy that they have. These will be priceless as they continue on through life together! Can’t wait to meet her!ReplyCancel

  • ShaylaMay 9, 2015 - 8:37 pm

    Wow! These are my favorite getting married photos ever!! They are all fabulous! …I would totally hang the sexy leg one on my wall. How fun and wonderful- so happy to see an amazing, super-talented old friend, celebrating this wonderful lady that he found and this incredible energy that they have. These will be priceless as they continue on through life together! Can’t wait to meet her!

    What a talented photographer!ReplyCancel

  • TerryMay 9, 2015 - 6:41 pm

    The pictures were awesome. You could see Katie’s happiness beaming thru every picture. Ryan should be in for an adventurous life ahead. I liked the Light yellow dress and the wooded background.ReplyCancel

  • KenMay 9, 2015 - 6:33 pm

    Pictures are phenomenal!ReplyCancel

  • JohnnyMay 9, 2015 - 9:31 am

    Damnit you guys are so freakin cute it’s obnoxious. These pictures are stellar. If it were socially acceptable to blow these up and put them around my home I would. But that would be weird.ReplyCancel

  • RosemarieMay 9, 2015 - 9:11 am

    Gorgeous!!! Best wishes to the happy couple!ReplyCancel

  • AJMay 8, 2015 - 6:09 pm

    Gorgeous shots!!ReplyCancel

  • Lola BycroftMay 8, 2015 - 2:54 pm

    These photos are spectacular. The love REALLY shines through.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren ErricksonMay 8, 2015 - 9:45 am

    So beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen CarolaMay 8, 2015 - 9:03 am

    They look beautiful!!! Amazing pictures!! Love the ones on the rocks!! Brings back Maine memories :)ReplyCancel

  • MarisMay 8, 2015 - 1:54 am

    so beautiful and so obviously in love!ReplyCancel

  • carrie-anneMay 8, 2015 - 12:00 am

    SERIOUSLY!?! These pictures are gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • chris m.May 7, 2015 - 11:58 pm

    What a tremendously beautiful couple!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy CaldwellMay 7, 2015 - 11:13 pm

    Absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Heather TacovskyMay 7, 2015 - 11:07 pm

    These photos are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Gianni CorrickMay 7, 2015 - 11:02 pm

    Where to begin. While reading what this brilliant photographer wrote about my princess Katie, and Ryan…I immediately needed more! Once my eyes set their stare upon the two…it was as magic! I felt magic within me, and all I could do from there was to cry. Happy tears of course. The love, the tenderness, the fun, the REALNESS of the two…truly takes my breath away. My heart skipped a beat with every photo. Each picture spoke to me, however in a different language…different than I have ever seen. Magic and love came from each one…which left my heart full. xoxoox I love you Katie…my most beautiful princess. P.S. the piece about your Derby hats…took me to another dimension. You’re truly a wonderful gift Katie.ReplyCancel

  • CaileyMay 7, 2015 - 11:02 pm

    Aw what a perfect place! At Lake Pemaquid! <3ReplyCancel

  • Melissa SheaMay 7, 2015 - 10:15 pm

    You really were able to capture there looks of genuine love.
    Not easy to do…well done Madame.ReplyCancel

  • Kendall RussoMay 7, 2015 - 10:06 pm

    These are amazing!!! Love them all!!!ReplyCancel

  • Craig PiersonMay 7, 2015 - 9:54 pm

    Great couple, in the best place in the World!ReplyCancel

  • Megan KuhmannMay 7, 2015 - 9:54 pm

    These photos are spectacular! The location is amazing for your three looks. Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Ron ThompsonMay 7, 2015 - 9:54 pm

    The shots of Katie and Ryan are very impressive.ReplyCancel

  • JackieMay 7, 2015 - 9:26 pm

    Beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy KisielewskiMay 7, 2015 - 9:09 pm

    All these pictures really capture Ryan and Katie PERFECTLY! Every shot looks like it should be on a billboard somewhere. Absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Diana RussoMay 7, 2015 - 9:05 pm

    Every picture of Katie and Ryan is absolutely beautiful!!! I love them all!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jeremy ThompsonMay 7, 2015 - 9:02 pm

    They look amazing!!! I love the ones on the rocks!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer RiccardelliMay 7, 2015 - 8:35 pm

    You both look amazing! These pictures belong in a magazine!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shaun koehlerMay 7, 2015 - 7:05 pm

    Amazing pictures. I like them all!ReplyCancel

  • MauraMay 7, 2015 - 6:25 pm

    WOW!! These pictures of Katie & Ryan are STUNNING !!!! What fantastic work !!! I absolutely enjoyed them so much !!! GREAT SUBJECTS ~ AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHY Thank you ,
    MauraReplyCancel

  • Nicole's McTagueMay 7, 2015 - 4:59 pm

    Katie & Ryan look stunning in theses photos! The staging is awesome!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • GinaMay 7, 2015 - 4:56 pm

    WOW just WOWReplyCancel

  • FADSMay 7, 2015 - 4:52 pm

    Amazing work, these are outstanding. Katie and Ryan look great!ReplyCancel

  • TheaMay 7, 2015 - 4:26 pm

    These are quite simply the best engagement photos I’ve seen with two of the most gorgeous subjects, Katie & Ryan. The locations chosen are enchanting for the perfect enchantments between two magical people. Katie & Ryan, you look stunning. All love, my friends, happily ever after!ReplyCancel

  • amyMay 7, 2015 - 4:01 pm

    Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • JuliaMay 7, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    What absolutely beautiful photos! Amazing. Love to you both!ReplyCancel

  • EmMay 7, 2015 - 3:33 pm

    Absolutely perfect!!!! Can’t wait for the wedding!! XoxoxoReplyCancel

  • RobMay 7, 2015 - 3:30 pm

    Great pictures! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle GianniMay 7, 2015 - 2:55 pm

    These are ridiculously gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bryanna S.May 7, 2015 - 2:10 pm

    Ryan looks so handsome and Katie looks so sassy&pretty. Amazing pictures! xoReplyCancel

  • JamelaMay 7, 2015 - 2:07 pm

    The two most beautiful people to get married. Katie is a masterpiece and always shines through with her smile and amazing personality. These pictures caught all of the glory and I’m enfatuated with the beautiful scenery! Best of wishes and lots of love!ReplyCancel

  • LucieMay 7, 2015 - 1:26 pm

    So beautiful!! Love all of the pictures :)ReplyCancel

  • GageMay 7, 2015 - 1:17 pm

    Congrats! Beautiful setting and couple!ReplyCancel

  • SkylarMay 7, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    Amazing pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Damion deleonMay 7, 2015 - 1:08 pm

    Oh daddy like!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jac&julesMay 7, 2015 - 1:03 pm

    Amazing location. Amazing light. And most importantly an amazing couple! Gorg!ReplyCancel

  • EllenMay 7, 2015 - 12:49 pm

    Beautiful pictures – Beautiful couple!!! Congratulations Katie & Ryan <3ReplyCancel

  • jen burnsMay 7, 2015 - 12:33 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Congratulations guys!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMay 7, 2015 - 12:27 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!! Wishing them all the best in love and life!ReplyCancel

  • Jean WolfMay 7, 2015 - 12:02 pm

    Fantastic pictures in a beautiful setting! Both Ryan and Katie look relaxed and are clearly having fun.ReplyCancel

  • BrookeMay 7, 2015 - 11:42 am

    So incredibly beautiful! Love the artistic vibe! Perfect locations.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen LongoMay 7, 2015 - 11:17 am

    Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • kristinMay 7, 2015 - 10:56 am

    gorgeous pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Emily AdamsMay 7, 2015 - 10:53 am

    Absolutely stunning photos! I love Katie and Ryan and these photos capture their love perfectly! Great work! Can’t wait for the wedding!ReplyCancel

  • jodiMay 7, 2015 - 10:50 am

    Absolutely amazing !!!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis GoralczykMay 7, 2015 - 10:17 am

    Absolutely stunning couple and pictures!!!!Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • BarbaraMay 7, 2015 - 10:11 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! So happy for this amazing coupleReplyCancel

  • BeataMay 7, 2015 - 9:59 am

    Absolutely amazing! Congrats to Ryan and Katie!ReplyCancel

  • DenaMay 7, 2015 - 9:52 am

    These pictures are gorgeously inventive. Congratulations Katie and Ryan!ReplyCancel

  • KatieMay 7, 2015 - 9:36 am

    Cindy- you’re awesome! We love the pictures so much, and I just realized we are now pin-able! OMG! Just when I thought I couldn’t be more excited…
    xoxoReplyCancel

  • JessalynMay 7, 2015 - 9:17 am

    I LOVE this whole entire set! They rock and clearly so do you!ReplyCancel

  • VenusMay 7, 2015 - 9:14 am

    You guys look great! All my best!ReplyCancel

  • SusanMay 7, 2015 - 9:00 am

    Gorgeous pics!!! XoReplyCancel

  • DorothieMay 7, 2015 - 8:56 am

    love the pictures! Beautiful couple that deserves nothing but the utmost in happiness and love!! Many blessings to Ryan & Kate!ReplyCancel

  • JenMay 7, 2015 - 8:50 am

    You guys look phenomenal!! :)ReplyCancel

  • EmilyMay 7, 2015 - 8:30 am

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures of a beautiful couple!! So much love!! XoxoxoxoxReplyCancel

  • AmyMay 7, 2015 - 8:23 am

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE! CongratulationsReplyCancel

Dear friends of ours welcomed a new family member recently and I was honored to take some photos of their brand new baby girl and growing family! Between their cozy, gorgeous home and the crazy amount of love that fills it, it was a perfect afternoon. Here is just a tiny taste of my many, many favorites from the day!

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Thank you so much, you guys!!! We love your adorable little family so much!!!

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Bethany and Jake are real-deal Canadians…into hockey, good beer, and they are fearless when it comes to getting’ stuff done in sub-zero temperatures! We met up in their hometown outside of Toronto to shoot their engagement photos at a Christmas tree farm that is important to Jake. I absolutely love it when couples incorporate places that are special to them and very separate from their wedding when it comes to engagement sessions…it’s such a great way to tell more of your story and reflect some of the other facets of your life! Knowing that their wedding will take place in coastal Maine, it was so cool to capture some of home for these guys! And, not to brag or anything, but it was -22 degrees for most of the shoot (it got even colder at the end!) and these guys rocked it without complaint. Yeah, dog.

Speaking of dogs (how do like that segue!?)…in case I hadn’t already been convinced of their awesome-ness factor, Bethany and Jake are crazy in love with their fur-babies! You know I’m a sucker for dogs and the people who love them, and these guys totally fit that bill!! I can’t wait to see the fluff balls all dressed up for the wedding next year! Love love love.

Now…onto the good stuff! Bethany and Jake, y’all!

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Don’t forget…while I am not posting very often over here on Cuppa anymore, there is a lot happening over at Cindy Giovagnoli and on the blog there…stop over for a visit to see some recent work from El Salvador and Belize and look for more adventures from around the world and close to home coming soon!

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A little more than a year ago, I began to wonder. I wondered if it always really made sense to share some of my random thoughts here on what is, really, a wedding and family portrait site. I wondered where things like my travel photography fit in and the bits of editorial and stock. I wondered how to accommodate the amazing people who approached me about purchasing some of my travel images for display in their own homes. I wondered what it might look like to create a landing place for not only my “other” photography, but the rest of my passions and the writing that I’ve wanted to share here, but seemed out of place.

So I began to brainstorm. And sketch out ideas. I drove Justin batty as I attempted to articulate what I wanted to build, repeating and honing concepts off the sounding board of his endlessly patient ear. When I began to have a general, but increasingly concrete  vision in mind, I reached out to Kelsy Stromski of Refinery 43. You may remember Kelsy’s drop-dead-unbelievably-stunning wedding, but what you may not have realized is that she is a brilliant, creative, intuitive, and simply all-around amazing designer and branding consultant.  Long before any signs of a logo began, there were illuminating discussions as Kelsy pushed me to refine my vision over and over, until I had clearly defined what was at the heart of this endeavor. That process was unbelievably rewarding in and of itself!

And so.

Here we are.

Launch day.

I am shaking in my proverbial {winter!} boots as I put this new baby out into the world. Head over to the new site if you’d like to see what all this fuss was about, what all these months of work have built. I hope you’ll hang out for a minute and spend a little time checking things out.

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There’s a new blog and that is where I’ll be posting with much greater frequency from this point forward. But don’t worry, Cuppa isn’t going anywhere!

Cuppa will continue to feature my wedding and portrait photography. My packages and process haven’t changed with the exception that I will be posting far less frequently to this site. Over the next few months, I will likely be honing in on the places on this site that could use a bit of improvement and look forward to providing a better user experience here.

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In the meantime, I hope you’ll pour yourself a fresh cuppa and join me as I launch into this next chapter! I’m so, so, SO appreciative of the unwavering support you guys have shown me all these years! Without it, I’m not sure that this small dream would have had the space to take root.

Thank you!

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