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Brooklyn Cocktails & Sunrise Engagement Session in New York City ~ Callison & Conrad


Conrad planned an amazing day for Callison, leading up to a heartfelt proposal.

“We started our day off right with Brunch at a lovely little cafe. We talked about our new favorite places around the neighborhood and what we should do for our birthdays as they were fast approaching. After satisfying our belly’s, we headed off to the city to see Waitress. We got to the theater and we’re inundated with Pies before the show started. We realized that pie had now become something that we would have to have after the show. The show was beautiful, filled with moving lyrics and and a beautiful story. Callison was weeping  by intermission, and by the end we were inspired and very emotional.

I then did my best to not ride any suspicions and get Callison back to Brooklyn before the the botanic garden closed. We barely made it before they closed the gates. We strolled our way through the gardens taking in the fall foliage till we found a nice spot by a pond. I got down on one knee and said some things that came to heart. She said yes! And proceeded to call everyone she could think of as I casually suggested that we go back to her parents apartment to pick up a package that we had been expecting. Little did she know I had planned a surprise party for her with many of her close friends. She had no idea. We partied into the evening and she kept looking at her ring saying something like, ”it’s so pretty”!” – Conrad

One week later, we planned Callison & Conrad’s engagement session in NYC. We started with some evening cocktails at their local Brooklyn bar, the Pelican.

You might recognize Callison & Conrad from their National Parks Inspired Backyard Wedding in Narrowsburgh, New York.



The following morning we set our alarms very early to catch the sunrise at Battery Park, located at the southern tip of Manhattan. We were rewarded with an (almost entirely) empty park and watched as the first rays of sun reached the Statue of Liberty.





“Our engagement photo session with Julia was such a magical experience. Julia exudes professionalism, but she also made us feel so comfortable and at ease during the whole session. She captured our personalities and our relationship so well, and the experience itself was as beautiful as the photos that came out of it. We loved our photos so much that she will also be photographing our wedding in May, and we can’t wait!” – Callison








By the end of the session, the city was full of bustling energy, and I was so grateful we had decided to get up extra early to make these photographs.


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