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Josh and Vanessa

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My entire family took a day off last week to go on a little day trip with my cousin Josh and his new fiance Vanessa. Josh popped the question last weekend, and I gotta say, I haven’t seen him this happy since…..ever!

Anyone who knows me and Josh well knows that we’re not just cousins. I think of him as my brother, and really, the second best buddy I have on earth (the first being my wife, of course). He’s lived in New York for the last five years now, and his fiance is from Colombia. Since we’re all so far apart, this past weekend was actually the first time I had a chance to meet Vanessa in person.

Josh and I have always shared similar interests, photography being the latest endeavor that we both have really embraced in the last few years. In a very short amount of time, Josh himself has built up an extensive photographic portfolio, and he has become an outstanding portrait and wedding photographer in his own right.

He and Vanessa didn’t have any specific plans for engagement photos in mind, but I did bring the camera along during this day trip with our family. Every now and then we’d stop to take a few frames, and I picked just a few of them to display on the blog.

It’s not every day you get to do a shoot for a fellow photographer, but I must say, Josh’s extensive experience behind the camera made my job a whole lot easier than I imagined. We put our heads together and collaborated throughout the day, which is cool because you never seem to run out of ideas.

These two hadn’t seen each other in months. Can you tell they’re happy to be together?

They spent a couple more days in New York together after leaving San Francisco, and then parted ways once again as Vanessa returned to Colombia. Now it’s time to ramp up for the wedding that I’m totally not shooting, because I’ll be in it =)

Congrats Josh and Vanessa. Love you both.


Images: Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 | Nikkor 50mm f/1.4

Written by Jonathan

October 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

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  1. What great smiles. They are really happy. Nice at capturing that. I bet they felt extra comfortable with you being the photographer too.


    October 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  2. congratulations to them both! beautiful couple. have you already been hired to be their wedding photographer 🙂


    October 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

  3. Very nice, although I have never meet him I am happy for him Vanessa. You also did a very nice series of them both.

    Jim Dell

    October 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

  4. Great job with the pics!


    October 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

  5. Awesome shots dude! You and Josh are both some pretty amazing photographers, it’s no wonder you guys had a lot of fun this day. Congrats to him!

    Kelven Ng

    October 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm

  6. great engagement session, what a gorgeous couple… congrats to Josh!


    October 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  7. Aww! Congrats to Josh and Vanessa! And awesome, awesome photos of them, Jonathan! 😀 I was about to say… “I know who’s photographing his wedding!” But i guess wrong at the very end :p..


    October 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm

  8. Great job!!!

    Brandon Fiquett

    October 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

  9. such a cute couple,
    I’m sure they loved those beautiful shots 🙂

    I’m curious about the location of second to last photo.


    October 20, 2011 at 11:08 am

    • Thank you! Most of these, including the the second to last photo, were taken in downtown Sonoma.

      Thanks for the comments everyone!


      October 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm

  10. Congrats to them!


    October 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

  11. Fantastic set of portraits, Jon!


    October 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm

  12. […] Fleming, my cousin and photography mentor, took some wonderful engagement pictures of us, and you can see a preview here.  But… he’s my Best Man!  So… Who wants to shoot a wedding with TWO […]

  13. Awesome photography!

    Miriame Dorelien

    November 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

  14. Really love your use of rim lighting in these. Beautiful expressions, too. Your cousin and his fiance must be thrilled with these images.


    November 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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