Wanderlust: Jingshan Park

My first full day in Beijing was jam packed. The first stop we made was Jingshan Park, which is also known as Coal Mountain Park. It's a local park where tons of the older generation hang out all day, although the morning is the best time to go. There are tons of activities and groups happening, and as it turns out, our visit coincided with the peony festival since they were blooming everywhere. There were singing groups, small bands playing music, people exercising and taking selfies (so many selfies), and best of all traditional dancing. The dancing went on for hours, non stop, and you'll notice in the pictures these were no spring chickens getting down. In fact, at one point the music stopped, and the old woman got very upset because "it was only 11:00!" 

Another reason people visit the park is because there's an incredible view from the top of the "mountain" (which is more like a hill really). We made our way up and took in the views of Beijing, including the Forbidden City, which is huge. It's neat to see it from the top, but I don't think pictures do its size justice. It's enormous. At the top I also made my first friend, a grandmother who was so excited to see a foreigner and grabbed me for multiple pictures. The real excitement though was that my friends brought their baby to the park with us, which caused actual crowds to form to admire him. But, there was also much scolding that the baby shouldn't be out in the wind, which is a serious concern to Chinese parents. My first observations of Beijing: there are people everywhere, and the selfie stick is under utilized in America.

Meghan + Mike // North End Engagement Session // Boston Engagement Photographer

Photographing love is always really special, but when you photograph people you love in love it's just even better. Meghan and Mike are some of those people for me and I couldn't be more excited to witness and document all of their special moments leading up to their big day! They're some of the best people on earth: genuine, kind, and a whole bunch of fun! Because they're getting married in Newport on the ocean, we opted for a more city vibe for the engagement pictures. We met up at Sail Loft downtown and wandered around the old North End streets, ending at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park where they got engaged! These two are seriously just the best. Stay tuned for their big day in July! Congrats you two!