Ana and Chris have a special kind of chemistry.
We like to get to know our clients and spend some time with them at our initial meeting talking about life, love, values, relationships, traditions etc. Ana and Chris radiate a very warm, calm, romantic energy. They are so into each other and so good together. During our first meeting they told me and showed me how much they value each other and their families. When I asked them what they are most excited about and what they are looking forward to the most on their wedding day, they said : “ We just want everyone to have the best time. We want to celebrate and have fun and be happy.” Could it be any better? ;)
Our engagement session had 2 parts: first we got hit with a storm on a sunny day in July while walking around Manayunk… I had this vision of a nice warm sunset for their love and the second time we got lucky with great weather and all the charm that Valley Forge Park had to offer. Here’s some of our favorites!
This past Thursday was an unforgettable day when we all got to celebrate relaunch and rebrand of Slay Displays. Networking, meeting new people and making amazing connections - what can be better? Funny how I’ve been asking everyone how they met Julia.. and was happy to share my story: we first met at a styled shoot at Anthony Wayne House, a project I got interested in because I saw her name and wanted to meet another russian- speaking vendor in the industry! I got to meet her and her husband and got amazed by how much effort and hard work they put into their craft. All of their flowers, giant letters and backdrops are made by hand… it’s clear they pour all their energy and soul into what they do and always come up with creative ways to wow! Their letters are definitely show stoppers that would be an awesome addition to a surprise proposal, wedding, family celebrations and any other event.
It was awesome to meet new amazing friendors I ‘ve heard of before : Frost 321 are so unique and so cool! While we were filming them, I was literally mesmerized by the way their cocktails are made. Watching them do their magic made me think of summer rooftop parties and how great it would be to have them there. It’s literally entertainment + frozen tasty cocktails ( 2 in 1).
Huge thank you to all the vendors who participated:
Venue: LOCATION 215 @location215
Rentals: PARTY RENTALS LTD @partyrentalltd
Displays: SLAY DISPLAYS @slaydisplays
Photo/Video: Inna Ovsepian Photography @innaovsepianphotography
Hors D’oeuvres: Garces @ @garcesevents
Beverages: Frost 321 @frost321_
DJ: SILVER SOUND @silversounddjs
Balloon Arch: Peonies Events @peonies.events
Desserts: Danis Cake Pop Shoppe @daniscakepopshoppe
Make Up Artist: Just B Beautiful @justbbeautiful
Lindsey and Joe and their love story could easily be in a movie. They are absolutely sweet and the moment when Joe got down on his knee had us all in awe :)
Prior to his surprise proposal, I carefully picked up champagne, 24 red roses, a love note and a blanket and hid it while making it look natural and at the same time made sure it won’t fly away ( if you know the rotonda spot in Philly behind Museum of Art, you know how windy it gets there, especially on a chilly day ;) The time has come, it was about 5 pm, I made sure to clear the spot and was ready to capture the sweetest moment. Joe and Lindsay came from Washington and were enjoying their day off in Philadelphia. Lindsey didn’t have any idea what was about to happen in the next 5 minutes. Joe opened the ring box and she quietly nodded after a few seconds…. :) That was the cutest and sweetest moment ever!!! We popped the champagne and took a walk around museum grounds. We got so lucky with a few early cherry trees being in bloom at the end of March. They kissed, hugged, smiled and could not take our eyes off the ring.
I can’t wait to work with these lovebirds for their wedding! Happy Engagement!
Prem surprised Sarah with a shiny heart shaped ring and VIP tour around Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. The coolest part of this afternoon: divers with the sweetest sign “Will you marry me?”…. and Sarah’s reaction of course! :)
Congratulations on your engagement!
Thank you to Aquarium’s staff for being super caring and helpful.
Enjoy the sneak peek :)
She said yes!
👩❤️💋👨Fresh! She said yes!!! Saturday morning in misty Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania :) The sweeeeetest couple ever! The way Brianna looks at Joe blows my mind 💍😍🤗
#surpriseproposal #shesaidyes #FutureMrsKnellinger
The funniest part is that obviously Brianna didn’t have a clue while Joe coordinated every detail with me. On the day of proposal Morris Arboretum was crowded so we had to take a shuttle to the upper level. What do you think? Of course we happened to be on the same bus and Joe and I had to pretend nothing was happening. It was drizzling and they finally walked to Rose Garden when Joe got on his knee and asked Brianna to marry him. She had the sweetest reaction ever. You know the rest :) Tons of questions, from how he picked the best ring to who else knows….
They have been together for a few years and share so much together. Their little baby princess is so!!! adorable. We jokingly mentioned that she might be a flower girl for their wedding in a couple years from now :) I am so happy that I met these young, beautiful, candid lovebirds.
Happy engagement! Can’t wait to capture your emotions on your wedding day.
Jessica and James. Oh my.... you set that night on fire. The outpour of emotions, love, loyalty, passion, unitedness that was concentrated in the air is insane. That feeling of a " WHOLE" when the whole family gathers together for a celebration… that's probably what left the biggest impression on me. You went so above and beyond to make this celebration beautiful and provide for your guests. You made it yours, the way only you could do. It was so "homie", but at the same time so grandiose in its own way. Gorgeous grounds generously provided by your friends just made it even more unique and added some extra honey to already sweet wedding day. Everything was top notch- food, flowers, amazing live band, heartwarming speeches.
Thank you for letting me be a part of your sweetest moments and showing me how deeply you care, love, and affect those who are around you.
You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time...
Wedding reception is one of the tastiest parts of your wedding day! Yes, you heard (read) it right.
Excitement during bridal prep is gone, the emotional ceremony is over, family portraits are finished, as well as photos of bride and groom, and you are ready to party all night with your beloved family and friends!
Elegant ballroom, sun-lit backyard, artsy modern space ... it doesn't matter where you celebrate, it matters how and who you celebrate with.
Because there’s just something about those sparkly and elegant details that make emotional moments come alive for us. There’s something about all of your favorite people in the world getting together to toast, dance and celebrate the night away!
Our favorite receptions are crazy, emotional, meaningful, honest and raw! We absolutely adore watching parents say the most important things to their sons and daughters, we love seeing their tears as well as observing bride and groom getting emotional hearing that. We enjoy siblings and best friends sharing their personal stories during speeches, it's always super fun and allows to get to know our clients on a deeper level and just make sure one more time that they are awesome human beings! Our hearts come alive when we see grandparents getting down on the dance floor and couples soaking in those rare moments of universal, overwhelming happiness.
As long as our couple and their families are experiencing the night fully alive, we produce our best work! Not to mention how much satisfaction it brings to catch these moments.
What's your reception going to look like? :)
So, you are engaged! The ring is shining bright and every time you look at your hand, it takes you back to the moment when the whole world crashed on you and he was desperately waiting for your “ YES!” to the most important question. Congratulations on such a romantic period of your life!The little girl in you is probably already fantasizing about walking down the aisle in a gorgeous dress, seeing everyone’s happy faces.. you can’t wait to plan a perfect wedding day and marry the love of your life! But first, engagement and everything that comes with it. Undoubtedly, this time is blissful, but it also can be a bit stressful if you, like most of us, try to embrace everything and allow it to overwhelm you.
Let’s try to stay organized and prioritize instead. Of course, you want to tell the world that you are getting married! What’s the better way to celebrate your love than documenting it with a professional photographer? Plus, printed photos will make it a very special and memorable gift. Not only for each other, but for your families and your future generations. These tips will help you relax before and during your photo session, as well as understand the essence of your relationship and show you the true value of moments, documented by a professional.
1. Choose your style and theme
First of all, you need to narrow it down. Modern world offers too many options, and it confuses your mind. Think about where you and your partner will find yourselves comfortable. Try to imagine your photos and the final look they will have. Is it a green park on a warm sunny day? Is it a сute cozy coffeeshop where you two enjoy your favorite pastries? Is it a family farm or maybe a place where you spent your childhood? Are you a city girl and want to have that industrious urban style incorporated in your engagement photosession? Maybe you ( like me) can’t imagine your life without water and want to have your photos taken at the waterfront or at the shore? Do you enjoy big city lights instead?
2. Find the right photographer
Once your found your theme, find a professional photographer who specializes in weddings and engagements. It might sound easier than it is. These 2 tips will help you : when you look at photographer’s work, search for diversity. You should see lots of angles, lots of different lighting conditions, creativity, good eye, attention to details, and, most importantly, photographer’s work should speak to you. It should touch you and awake something in your heart. In other words, you want to BE that person in his (her) artwork. If you can picture yourself in front of his lens, you are on the right way. Tip number two: get in touch and talk to your photographer. Tell him A LOT, in fact the more you share, the better it is, the easier it will be to tell your story and capture real you. Share your vision. Share away! I get a lot of questions from the couples who ask me if I have any places for engagement session in mind. While I do have a list of my favorite spots and some hidden gems, I always ask my couples- what’s close to your soul? What’s meaningful for you? Is it a cafe where you went on your first date together? Is it the part of the city where you live and spend most evenings together? Is it that mountain you hiked where he proposed to you? Try to tell your engagement photographer everything that’s meaningful for both of you. Then make sure you communicate your vision and expectations, see tip number 1. Don’t be afraid to refer to photographer’s work and describe what you like in those photographs and if you want a similar style for your session.
3. Trust your professional.
When everything is scheduled, your hair and make up are done, your ring is cleaned, your manicure is impeccable, and you got to spend the next couple hours with your future spouse, stop for a second and try to clear your mind. Forget all the problems, insecurities and worries. Stop posing and overthinking. Do not ever dare to ask your photographer “ how do I look in these? “ 😉 Just be yourself and have fun! If you want to be romantic and playful, do it! It’s your time with your loved ones, don’t forget about it… Since we were kids, we are used to smile at the camera. I am not that photographer that will ask you to smile at the camera. I’m that photographer who will talk to you, ask you to share what your favorite moment of the proposal was, ask you to tell each other why you chose to be with each other and what you appreciate most in your relationship. I want to see real you, I want to be close to you, I want to be a part of your story, even if it’s just for a few hours.
P.S. Remember, it’s all about you. Trust yourself and your significant other, enjoy this time you get to spend together. Treat it as another opportunity to get closer and learn more about each other. In the end, if you go with me, you will love your photos so much you would want to work with me for your wedding 😊 Your engagement session will be a great rehearsal and will help you loosen up and get used to the cameras on your wedding day. You will feel more confident, more comfortable, you will know what to expect AND you will have a gorgeous album or a guest book for your guests to sign.
Enjoy your engagement!
There is a subtle magic in people. That magic that’s shining through on a dark grey rainy day. The magic that can heal you once you get lucky to touch it or just to hang around. That little string of connection and hearty warm hugs, conversations and that cup of coffee. The world exists in a way that usually separates those people from you. There is quite a distance. But you know what’s interesting? No matter how far you are, or how long you haven’t seen each other, one word and one meeting is enough to dive back into that comfortable warm pool of magic. It’s not going anywhere, it’s all there. Just stretch a hand, send one message, meet some day and take some portraits. Because is there anything better than a portrait of one’s beautiful soul? That damn magic speaks louder than any words or any explanation people have been trying to find for ages… Meet Sandra, she is #sundra.
Probably nothing shines brighter and brings more joy than Longwood Gardens in December. Their Christmas display truly offers something that will leave you in awe and make your spirits bright. Taking all of that into consideration and really just chasing some cool Christmas lights = we decide to take some fun engagement photos there. This amazing couple is getting married in Philadelphia area in 2018 and I am sure their wedding photos will be as awesome as their engagement! ( not even mentioning breathtaking location that Ken chose for proposal - a beautiful lake in Canada).
When I was heading downtown on a bright sunny Saturday morning to photograph a surprise proposal, I had a feeling it's going to be nice but I didn't expect it to be that emotional and vibrant. Guys chose Rittenhouse Square, one of our all time favorite spots for romantic souls ( see more @ https://www.innaovsepian.com/blog/oldcity/philadelphiasurpriseproposal for inspiration). Sean pretended he was taking a photo of Caitlin while I was hiding behind, ready to capture the most exciting moment. Then he got down on his knee and asked the most important question. Caitlin was shocked! She couldn't stop smiling and laughing... True, vibrant, strong emotions and a couple so in love with each other- I hope I managed to capture it all :) Their story is quite interesting and it proves one more time that what's meant to be is meant to be. Those love stories with running into each other on the street after not being in touch for some time add something mysterious and it just blows my mind every time...
After a short walk around Philly, we came back to where it all started. Sean and Caitlin had a brunch reservation at iconic Parc Restaurant, a stylish french restaurant that recalls the chic brasseries of Paris. Their first date was there. Their first date as engaged couple happened there as well. I can't wait to see what future brings for this lively, beautiful, emotional couple.
Enjoy the moments! xoxo
It's an incredibly great feeling when clients come back every year to do a fun family session with their beloved dog. Beau and Craig both enjoy living in the city, and so does their little furry ball of happiness, Butters. Last year we met at Race St Pier where Butters had all the freedom in the world to sniff everyone, say hello and play in the green hot grass while occasionally sitting still for photos :) This summer we decided to change the scene a bit, and chose romantic Kelly Drive on a warm August night. We got so lucky with gorgeous sunset and quiet intimate moments between these two. I am already excited about our photo session next year!
Although our love for Philadelphia, especially during these charming fall days is immeasurable, we absolutely adore Princeton, NJ and highly recommend our clients consider it when deciding on photo session location. Princeton University is truly magical and is probably one of the country's prettiest campuses. Here you can find gothic, romanesque, modern and postmodern styles, beautifully intertwining. These amazing buildings and gardens make the perfect backdrop for photography, whether it is romantic photosession, or a fun family lifestyle shoot with kids. Enjoy these peaceful images and hurry up to book your dream session with Inna Ovsepian Photography, fall won't last forever ;) We all know what's coming soon :)
I visited 2 sunny countries recently. Countries of "sun", as I call them. My forever sweet and bright memories don't let me go so easily and I keep telling myself how said it is that warm days are over. We never want summer to end, right?;) But the good news is everything comes in circles and spring will be here pretty pretty soon. And we all know what it will start with. Cherry blossoms, of course!
Today on the blog is a spring- inspired photo session with Rie. She's a lifestyle blogger, dancer ( fragile as a tiny statuette) and a beautiful soul who got impeccable taste, combines outfits in the most organic and unique way and loves to roam romantic streets of old Philly with a cup of freshly-brewed La Colombe.
Armenia gave us so much inspiration it had to pour into something beautiful. The word " beautiful" is not really enough. It was a magic trip, revelation and self- awakening all while discovering something deep inside your soul. This portrait session with lovely Arpine took place in one of the most remarkable, romantic and fundamental locations - Cascade. Enjoying Mr. Ararat from the top of Cascade became my favorite thing to do while in Yerevan. I can't wait to be back and work on more creative photoprojects while enjoying all the beauty and charm of this country. Here are some of our favorites from portrait session with Arpi.
*Proud to be an Armenian photographer in Philadelphia, specializing in weddings, engagements, lifestyle sessions and portraits.