Small Talk – Joe & Callie

I have never been one for small talk. I don’t want to talk about the weather with anyone. I would rather know something…anything about the person I’m talking to besides the obvious. Tell me where you spent your summers as a kid, tell me what your favorite flavor ice cream is. Tell me you listen to Neil Diamond regularly. Tell me you marathon watch the Discovery channel during Shark week. Tell me what makes. you. tick.

Some would call it nosey…I call it curious.

I find when you cut through the bullshit…there are layers upon layers of sooo much goodness about someone beyond the surface.  And it’s those little threads that make up a person that you might relate to. I think it takes one little tidbit of information to fall a little bit in love with someone. Even platonically. And maybe that’s a little overboard for some, but really it’s not for me. Getting to know someone is probably one of my favorite things about my job.

We all see and feel things differently, but when we take the time to hear about someone’s past, there is this connection I think. When my clients share their stories with me…they are no longer my ‘subjects’. They become people I realllllly like. And when that happens, it’s not about capturing the specific location or the outfits…as much as it’s about capturing them, their essence and emotion, and who they are together.


Some of Joe’s favorite memories were spent in Sag Harbor and some of Callie’s were spent on Long Beach Island. We spoke about Joe’s Grandma…and Callie and I even discussed Tyra Banks.  Ironically we even talked about the weather…and how Joe always wanted to be a storm chaser.

 Here’s hoping we all make time to get beyond the small talk…cause then we might be super lucky…to see the bigger picture.



Did I make you cringe with the word?

Here’s the thing though. If everyone has great chemistry, it’s the moments in between a pose that I love most.


A smile kiss…


A nuzzle…one of my favorite words.


 I love when my couples help pick a location that has significance to them.  There are sooo many wonderful places on Long Island that I have never been to.

When I’m blessed to go on an adventure, I feel like a kid in a candy store.


How fabulous are they?!


 I had such a crush on this town. It was so charming…just like them.


 They were so comfortable with each other and in front of the camera.


The infamous Sag Harbor theater in town…


Clam Island was a lovely little alcove beach that Joe and Callie had some fun memories of.


She told me she brushed up on her modeling skills when watching Tyra Banks. She even taught me a new word. ‘Smize’ = Smile with your eyes. Love!!

Callie, you’re lovely!


He was a guy in a band and she was a girl in the crowd…and waaalaaa. One day their stars aligned and they fell in love.

When he pulled out the guitar, Callie sang along softly…and held a tune beautifully!


Frolicking in the water…


I’ll end on this note…


Thank you Joe and Callie for sharing such an amazing place with me and humoring me with my many pit stops along the way with whatever caught my eye.

I loved hearing about your childhood’s and getting to know you both better.


Before you go, leave your thoughts below!

20 comments = complimentary gift for the happy couple!

  1. cjv+jjg

    August 31st, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks for being so fantastic despite the crazy humidity! We had a great time at the e shoot and can’t wait until the big day. Love these photos!

  2. Stacey

    August 31st, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I LOVED spending the afternoon with you both! SO excited for the happy day…

    S : )

  3. Casey Viggiano

    August 31st, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    What beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple! LOVE IT

  4. Jamie Fusaro

    August 31st, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Absolutely beautiful Stacey! You are amazing!

  5. Kristen

    August 31st, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Adorable! These two are the sweetest & you did a great job capturing how much they love each other.

  6. renee

    August 31st, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    This is spectacular! You two look amazing, definitely the best engagement photos I have seen. Way to go – can’t wait for the big day! 🙂 xoxo

  7. Dana Stenzel

    September 2nd, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I especially love the last 2 in the water.

  8. Stacy Harris

    September 2nd, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!! You both are very photogenic !! Hope to meet you and Joe when you are down on the island in a couple of weeks!!

  9. David Harris

    September 2nd, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Great photography! The subjects remind me of two I know on St. Simons!

  10. Aunt Jaye

    September 2nd, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Love you

  11. Suzanne

    September 3rd, 2012 at 12:49 am

    So sweet

  12. Autumn

    September 4th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Wow! Love those last two pics! It looks like they are walking on water! Beautiful pictures!

  13. Andy

    September 5th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    These pictures are incredible….but that gray vest is epic.

  14. Nancy Mott

    September 15th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Beautiful pictures and a loving memory forever.

  15. Nancy Viggiano

    September 17th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Even if you weren’t my daughter and future son-in-law, I would say these pictures are amazing.
    Love you both, Mom

  16. Stacey

    September 19th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Thank you Mrs. Viggiano for stopping by to take a peek and leave a wonderful comment! Looking forward to meeting you in June!

  17. Mom V

    September 18th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Even if you weren’t my daughter and future son-in-law I would think your pictures are terrific!
    Looks like your memories are in good hands with Stacey.

  18. Cathy Giarrusso

    September 21st, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Beautiful pictures u both look wonderful
    Love your venue lovely!

  19. Diane fox

    September 21st, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Just a beautiful couple. Can’t wait foe the wedding

  20. Eileen Burke

    September 30th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Amazing photos. You so captured their joy !

  21. Chelsea Burke

    September 30th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    So pretty. Almost dreamy.

  22. Kelley Burke

    September 30th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Aww… Callie and Joe you look so happy !

  23. EileenBurke

    October 30th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

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