Liberty State Park Engagement Session with George Street Photography

CJ2_0037.jpgToday marks 3 months until Miguel and I tie the knot so I’m happy to announce that I can officially share more of our Engagement Photos here on the blog.I picked just a few of our favorites because there were so many.

CJ2_0020.jpgI just want to thank our photographer Carlo David from George Street Photography for shooting these amazing photos. He was so fun and easy to work with. He felt like a friend which made it so natural. We are so happy with them and will be creating our guest book with these beautiful memories.

Quick story about this day: April 4, 2016 about 4pm we headed to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. This day was the coldest day in April feeling more like December. My fiance and I could barely feel our face or hands during this session but we pulled together and it definitely paid off.



I hope you all loved our photos as much as we do. Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below.

Until next time…



Vendor Feature: Ily Grantham Photography!

Hello my friends! Today, I am sharing with you a very talented portrait and wedding photographer, Ily Grantham, from the beautiful sunsets of Phoenix, Arizona. Ily randomly emailed me with some very kind words about the blog. I’m so happy that she did because I’ve really enjoyed getting to know her through her words and gorgeous photos!

Ily has been shooting professionally in Phoenix for the last 3 years and has been doing weddings for the past 2 years. As a self-taught photographer, Ily, has dedicated hours of practice and sleepless nights of researching.

Ily describes herself as passionate. “I’m a passionate person and I love what I do, what I see, what I photograph… The words you would hear more often from me are I love this, I love that… I’m a “I love” person.”

Also described as a “Nikon girl” Ily’s photographic style is romantic, modern, artistic and fun. Her inspirations come from her clients, brides, her children and families. Ily indicates that she loves getting to know her clients as much as possible which helps her really show their personalities within her photos.

One of my favorite things about weddings are the themes. Destination weddings will always be my number one which is why I was excited to see Ily’s dream wedding destination spot: “I would love to shoot a wedding in Ireland! But to be honest any part of Europe will be a dream, but Ireland is my #1.”

Ily’s favorite part about being a wedding photographer is after the ceremony. She explains “when is just me, the bride and the groom, I always say to my brides… we did it… now you can relax and enjoy! I like to let them know that I’m there for them.”

I’ve always admired wedding photographers and the tough job they have before them. You most definitely need the talent and patience to excel in this business. Ily tells me that being a wedding photographer is very changing. It makes her think faster forcing her to learn and know her camera. During a wedding, Ily has to work fast to capture moments, “I have to run from point A to point B in just seconds, I have to capture ceremony details and portraits all within a tight timeframe and with limited control. Wedding photography is making me a better photographer for sure.”

Lastly, I’ve asked Ily to give some advice for my bride and groom readers: “Hire the perfect photographer for you! Take the time to get to know her/him, there are so many photographers out there but not all of them are the perfect fit for you, so take your time and get someone you will click with, the one you will trust, your photographer will be the person you spend the most time with on your wedding day.”

Ily is currently setting goals for more weddings! She is looking to travel more and keep growing as a photographer. Her other goal is to shoot more weddings outside of Arizona so if you are interested in Ily Grantham Photography visit her at:

We want to thank Ily for having her work on our blog today and we wish you a very successful and bright future!

Photo credit: Ily Grantham Photography

DIY ‘I’m One’ Banner

Hello my friends! Today, I’m sharing with you a DIY banner that I made for my photographer friend, Jamilie, at ‘Jamilie Costa Photography!’ Jamilie recently did a cake smash session for her beautiful goddaughter and I was happily honored to recreate an adorable banner for her and bring her vision to life!

Most of you who follow my blog know that I’ve done a few so far. This one was one of my favorites, because of course, it had a cupcake in the middle. 🙂

If you would like to recreate this banner here is what you will need:
Tan color card stock paper (Acmoore 33cents each) I bought 3.
White, Yellow, Black and Pink card stock paper. I used left over paper that I had, but you’ll only need one of each
Glue Gun & Glue
Hole puncher
Brown string or ribbon (I bought string for about $2 at Acmoore)

I made a 4.5 x 2.5 square on my computer, traced it on the tan card stock paper and cut out six squares. I then cut an imperfect triangle out the bottom on each square. To create my letters: I drew them free hand on the white card stock paper. You can use your computer for this too; however, I tried that, but I couldn’t get the letters big enough the way I wanted them. You can also buy the sticker letters if you prefer.

To create the cupcake: I traced a picture of a cupcake onto the pink card stock paper to get the shape I wanted and just added black paper to the bottom for the cupcake liner. I then glued all my letters and cupcake on. I placed a small amount of glue between the pink and black paper and tapped some sprinkles on for a 3D look. I sprayed some hairspray onto the sprinkles to keep them from falling off and I let everything dry overnight.

To add the string: hole punch all the corners and place string in and out the holes. Remember to tie the ends a few times so it doesn’t come apart.

Jamilie was nice enough to let me share with you some photos from her cake smash photo shoot! You can check out more of Jamilie’s work over at


Photo Credit: Jamilie Costa Photography, Okskinny


The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination- Albert Einstein

So this is the part where you all get to know me . And here is how I plan to begin, born & raised in Brazil; moved to the US in 1995. I have lived in New Jersey ever since i first embarked in the states. I was introduced to photography in 2011-2012 by one of the greatest people i was blessed to have ever met, my father in law “Edvardi Centeno”. To him, I dedicate this blog & my work. I began photography as a hobby, taking pictures of trees and birds. My first camera was a Nikon PX100. After a couple of years I decided to upgrade to a Canon Rebel xti and currently that is what i use to shoot. So who is Jamille Costa? … I am a daughter, a sister, an optimist & a realist (i battle between the 2 all the time). My favorite idol is Albert Einstein. I like to think we are similar in many ways . He loved chocolate, as do I and he enjoyed his privacy. He believed in himself, and he didn’t care what anyone thought of who he was …

How would I describe my photography style?

I think i am still discovering who I am as a photographer and where my passion lies. I love trying new things and have done several random shoots for different occasions. I can say that I dont like big events such as weddings and parties…I prefer portrait sessions where I am in control of the session. I would say my style is somewhat vintage with a modern twist. Hazy, and soft. In love natural lighting and sessions outdoors.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I would love to have my own studio in New Jersey. I see myself traveling the world, meeting and learning about new landmark locations and new species of animals. I see myself backpacking across Europe or the amazon in Brazil . I see my photography being displayed in National geographic .

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For any photography bookings or questions please email me

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