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ABINGTON FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Moms and Dads and whoever is out there reading this, I want to let you know that you don’t need the most picturesque park with the perfect barn or weathered fencing to have gorgeous family photos. All you need is your family and something you love. This adorable foursome is serious about baseball so when they said they wanted family photos to celebrate their 3 and 1 year olds at a baseball diamond in Abington, I was definitely on board! After playing a little bit of t-ball we did what happens in every family session which is take a walk and play! We walked on bleachers, ran the bases, played in the grass and had a great time. While there may be plenty of Abington family photography sessions, I’m sure there aren’t too many quite like this, and the same goes for this kind and caring family of four!

 

To book a family session with Noreen Turner Photography please inquire using this form on my site.

FALL WEDDING AT READING TERMINAL MARKET

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There are so many reasons to love this job and two of them are Alisha and Rick. I can’t say enough good things about them. From our first meeting together to discuss their fall wedding at Reading Terminal Market, to our correspondence before the wedding and then on the actual day, they were awesome to work with and a joy to be around. In the morning I met Alisha and her family at her home while she got ready for the big day. I loved chatting with her dad while photographing details and feeling like a member of the family! Rick and Alisha chose to do their first look and some portraits at their home, which is also where Rick grew up. They also signed their marriage certificate at the same dining room table that was a part of Rick’s childhood home. It was important to the happy couple that their home was used in their photos before heading into the city for their wedding.

After arriving in the city we took cover from a little bit of rain and took several family photos at the Courtyard Marriott and City Hall. Afterwards our Bride and Groom and her newly engaged sister and soon-to-be-brother-in-law walked to Love Park for a few more portraits. After waiting in traffic caused by the naked bike race we finally were able to finish up our bride and groom portraits in Rittenhouse Square. Finally it was time for the ceremony with Rick served as the officiant which made it that much more special. The bride’s sister Nicole said a few words before announcing Rick and Alisha as husband and wife!

Reading Terminal weddings always vary between couples and I love seeing how mine use the space as a blank canvas to create exactly what they want. Alisha and Rick chose classic white linens, gold chiavari chairs, and simple greenery with white candles as their decor which pairs amazingly well with the industrial vibe of the market. The new Mr. and Mrs. started the party with their first dance to Sea of Love by Cat Power and then ultimately broke into a high-paced choreographed dance to Now That We Found Love by Heavy D, which will go down as my favorite first dance ever! The rest of the night was full of laughter, dancing, amazing food and drinks, and a great celebration of our newlyweds.

Congratulations Rick & Alisha!!

Bridal Gown: Rosa Clara at BHLDN
Ceremony: Reading Terminal Market
Reception: Reading Terminal Market
Wedding Planner: Bree Tomar at All About Events
Florist: Fabufloras
DJ: Rhythmix Entertainment
Hair Stylist: Nicole Lacek
Makeup Artist: Maria Allegretti
Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Photography: Noreen Turner Photography
Photo Locations: Philadelphia City Hall, Courtyard Marriott, Love Park, and Rittenhouse Square
Jewelry: L Priori Jewelry
Invitations: Hooray Creative

 

 

To book a wedding with Noreen Turner Photography please inquire using this form on my site.

ATLANTIC CITY WEDDING

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This job as a wedding photographer is pretty incredible but it does have moments where you feel like a complete failure. It’s difficult to meet couples that end up booking with other photographers but you have to keep reminding yourself that the couples you are meant to work with are out there. I had a previous inquiry for Nichole and Kyle’s wedding date that didn’t work out and I’m so glad that I ended having this day open! It just so happens to be the same day as my own wedding anniversary. Nichole and Kyle’s Atlantic City wedding was just fantastic. The intimate brunch reception followed a short and sweet ceremony where the couple said “I do” in front of close friends, family, and most importantly, their daughters.

Everyone had a blast dancing away the afternoon and enjoying amazing food provided by Carmine’s at the Tropicana. After the reception was over we strolled over to the Atlantic City boardwalk, taking photos of the bridal party and ending the day with photos of the new Mr. and Mrs. Messina!

Congratulations to the happy couple and their families and thank you for having me as a part of your day!

Hotel: Tropicana Hotel
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Ceremony: Carmine’s
Reception: Carmine’s
DJ: DJ Tony
Hair and Makeup: Kristen Kramer
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Photography: Noreen Turner Photography

 

 

To book a wedding with Noreen Turner Photography please inquire using this form on my site.

OLD CITY PHILADELPHIA ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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It’s always awesome when couples want engagement photos. It’s a major bonus when the bride and groom to-be show up perfectly styled! This Old City Philadelphia engagement session couldn’t have worked out any better. The weather cooperated which was rare for the summer we had and the locations were perfect! We started out in Elfreth’s Alley which is close to the couple’s home. I loved exploring areas that they have never visited despite living so close! After a quick outfit change we walked down to Race Street Pier and were able to catch the beautiful pastel sunset. I had such a great time getting to know Chelsea and Tony during our walk around the city and am really looking forward to their wedding at JG Domestic this October!

To book your wedding or engagement session please complete the inquiry form on the contact page!

PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS INDIAN WEDDING

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Welcome to my new favorite photo shoot! Do I say that I every time I do a session? Perhaps…but seriously, this one was incredible. I loved working with this amazing team of wedding professionals to create this styled Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Indian Wedding. PAFA is branching out and accommodating more and more Indian brides in the Philadelphia area so this styled shoot was a great way to show what they can offer in terms of ceremonies, receptions, and especially sangeets. This rockstar team really went above and beyond and made this shoot what it is and I can’t be more appreciative of their amazing skills!

Photography: Noreen Turner Photography

Venue: Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Hair: Ariel Katrina Hair

Makeup: Makeup by Emily Dimant

Event Design and Florals: Lax States

Accessories: Simitri Designs

Model: Gopi – Squats and Swatches

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We started the day with portraits of our stunning model, Gopi. Gopi wore a traditional cream and gold lehenga for these portraits. We were able to use the rooftop at PAFA for the first part of the day. I loved this because so many weddings and portraits happen during the brightest parts of the day and many times photographers are left to figure out how to work in that bright full sun. In these photos I just accepted the full sun and used it to show that you can still make great portraits on a bright and sunny summer day.

We didn’t last too long outside because the heat was intense and poor Gopi was wearing about 30 pounds of beading. We made our way to the historic building first to showcase their stunning interior.

The possibilities of working inside the historic building are endless and I could have spent the entire day there! I had to wrap things up though so we could head over the modern building and see what the team at Lax States created! Lax States set up the most perfect event decor. The colors, textures, florals and every little detail worked together to flawlessly create the setups you see here.

These setups would primarily be used for sangeets, ceremonies, or even mendhi ceremonies.

I may have gotten a little sidetracked here when the idea popped into my head to showcase the view from the Annenberg Gallery.

Back to these gorgeous setups …

We ended the day by coming full circle and going back to the historic building just to show the versatility of the spaces and the event decor. Lax States brought over pieces from the sangeet setup over to the the hallway near the rotunda and we were able to capture these gorgeous photos.

Thank you again to all of the vendors that collaborated on this project!

To inquire about Indian or American wedding collections and availability please contact Noreen using the website here.

NEW YORK CITY ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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This New York City engagement session topped off one crazy “vacation” week for me. I use the term vacation loosely because while I took off from my day job (did you all know I have a day job? I do and it’s pretty cool but very different from photography), I had a full week of shoots and vacation-esque activities planned.

Day one of my vacation involved heading to the Big Apple for this lovely engagement session! Now if you haven’t caught on yet, I am obsessed with big cities. I love the architecture and that amazing feeling when you really think about how people, like you and me, built something so incredible. When Carrie asked if I would go to New York to photograph their engagement session there was no doubt in my mind that I would do it.

Carrie & Pat are seriously an amazing couple. Smart, down-to-earth, and all-around awesome people. The day of their session was HOT and muggy and just plain gross. Can you tell? Nope! They were awesome to work with and didn’t complain once about the heat and instead made jokes about it!

We started here at the Highlines Park. The elevated railway was a bit more narrow than I imagined but we were able to make some cool photos along the side stairwells and also when the crowds thinned out for a few seconds.

After leaving the Highlines we walked to La Colombe for a pick-me-up and outfit change!

This area used to be a train station in the meatpacking district but has been renovated to include La Colombe and some other shops. It is closed on the weekends so we were able to take advantage of the free space and air conditioning!

Since I had to head back to my bus by a certain time in order to make it home, we decided to continue our walk, mimicking one of the walks Pat & Carrie would take around their neighborhood together. We considered walking along the Hudson River but the sun was still pretty high and I wasn’t confident we would get great photos there. We tried to stop into the Javits Center but were quickly told that we couldn’t take photos there. Luckily just around the corner was this cute little park which barely had any crowds!

It also had a great view! Although when you’re in New York, are you ever without an amazing view?

I also want to note that I didn’t pose them like this, they just sat down and I told them to get comfortable – how adorable are they??

And finishing the session with one last city backdrop…

Carrie and Patrick are getting married in March 2019 at Hotel Du Village in Pennsylvania. I can’t want to see what their wedding day has in store!

And while I’m not going to share posts from my “vacation” which included a short trip to Longport, NJ for some relaxation on the beach, and a slightly longer trip to North Carolina to visit my in-laws, I will eventually be sharing one epic styled shoot at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts!

Noreen Turner Photography specializes in Philadelphia weddings and engagement sessions but also works in New Jersey, the Jersey Shore, Bucks County,  Delaware, and now New York City.

Book your 2019 wedding with Noreen Turner Photography by inquiring here.

LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTO SESSION

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I can’t say enough amazing things about this family! First of all, they have been with me since the beginning.  I have had the pleasure of watching their family grow from our first session in their Philadelphia apartment, where I mistakenly arrived at the Drexel University dorms instead of their actual apartment! Now here we are, photographing their second daughter’s first birthday. Seriously, where does the time go?

This lifestyle family photo session took place in my Riverton, NJ studio on a hot summer day. They all looked perfect in their whites and pinks! Everyone knows I’m in love with clean and simple!

While big sister was warming up to the idea of photos (even though I swear we were best friends at their last session) we took photos of the birthday girl! She did not disappoint and gave me the cutest little expressions.

We added mom in for a few photos as well…

And we can’t forget dad!

Still working on warming up for photos so in the meantime, we had some nice family snuggle time.

And then dad steps in to save the day!

I love getting to see this awesome family every year and sometimes, multiple times a year! Even when we think a session will go badly, it really just ends up being the perfect opportunity for family snuggles!

Noreen Turner Photography’s studio is located in historic Riverton, NJ. To book a family photo session with Noreen Turner Photography please inquire here.

WILDWOOD ENGAGEMENT SESSION

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Meeting new couples is an awesome perk of the job, but it’s  even cooler when an old high school friend reaches out with the great news that he is engaged! Ted and I were friends in high school and lost touch over the years like so many people do. I was thrilled when he wanted  to book me for his engagement session and I was so excited to meet the soon-to-be Mrs! Their Wildwood engagement session was rescheduled originally because we thought the weather looked bad one Saturday back in May. Of course, it turned out to be beautiful. We planned on another Saturday in June and the weather was perfect!

We started their session at the now closed 2nd Street Annie’s where Ted and Vicki first met. The sun was high in the sky but gave the dramatic look I was hoping for.

After 2nd Street Annie’s walked to the boardwalk and headed for the carousel for a few fun photos! The sun flare and the colors made this part of the day awesome! It was not awesome when I was told I could not stand on the outside during the carousel ride, which ruined the perspective I had planned! But it all worked out anyway…

When we were done at the boardwalk we took  a short drive to the beach! I was very impressed with Vicki’s skills at getting changed in the car while driving! The beach was absolutely perfect and has me rethinking my love for Philadelphia and architecture! The water, sand, and sunlight were to die for.

Next stop – light house! How gorgeous are these gardens?

And last but not least we stopped along the water near Ted’s family’s home to close out the night where we even got the dog into a few photos!

Congratulations Ted and Vicki and thank you so much for having me create these photos for you!

To book your engagement session or inquire about wedding photography please check out the website and fill out an inquiry form!

 

WEDDING PHOTO ALBUMS

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Ok guys…I’m going to take a break from posting recent sessions to talk a little bit about wedding photo albums. I’m going to be completely honest here. My wedding album was included with our package and I didn’t even order it until my third anniversary. At that point I wasn’t sure if my photographer still had my photos because I never asked her how long she would keep them. Luckily, she still had the photos and was able to make our album. I was so excited to get the final product. My husband and it looked at it that day and then packed it away in storage for years. I did bring it out again for our 10th anniversary to show our kids though! I loved hearing that I looked like a princess because Lord knows I do not look the same as I did 10 years ago. It was fun showing photos of our relatives, some people who they never had the joy of meeting, and how much younger their grandparents looked. After an evening of reminiscing, the album was again packed away.  I don’t know when I’ll look at it again.

So in between the time I got married and now, I became a wedding photographer. I never pushed clients to order wedding albums because I’m not a salesperson. I want my clients to want an album just like they want my services. If they don’t want it, I’m not going to push it. Because if I am being honest here, do you really need a wedding album? No, you don’t. There, I said it. From someone who does this for a living, you don’t need a wedding album.

Recently I have been cleaning out the house of clutter and things that have become meaningless. I was been doing pretty good but still felt like we could stand to get rid of even more. My husband and I, over a delicious homemade chicken enchilada dinner, watched the documentary “Minimalism”. I immediately felt like if we just cleaned the clutter from our small home, we wouldn’t need to move somewhere larger. I felt motivated to make our home really work for us which means we would have to renovate the kitchen and finish our basement into an extra living space. My husband says I didn’t completely get the point of the documentary and maybe he’s right. But what I did take away from it was that we definitely need to stop buying the meaningless junk that piles up in our home. I may be good at getting rid of things, but I absolutely contribute to filling up those empty spaces with more finds from my beloved Target! The documentary also got me thinking about what is truly important to me. The next day I started digging through my closet and bedside table and really asked myself what I wanted to keep or what I felt a connection with. I quickly filled up two garbage bags of clothes and other items to go to goodwill. What ended up staying, and what will always stay, are my photographs, albums, and of course my wedding album.

Have you ever noticed how wedding albums always make it through? Many years after my husband’s parents passed away we were given their wedding album. We don’t have much to remember his parents but having this small symbol of their marriage was so significant.

A good friend of mine was helping her grandmother move into an assisted living facility where she unfortunately couldn’t bring most of her belongings. Her wedding album, of all the things from her life, remained as one of the most important. After pulling it out of its storage space, her family gathered to go through the pages and reminisce with gram.

Many times, wedding albums are all that remain at the end of your days or when the time comes to downsize. When grandchildren and other family are saving the things from your life, the wedding album is always a keeper. When photos are saved, they are the wedding photos. The wedding photos are eventually what sum up your life.

So would a wedding album bring value to your life? Use your album as an heirloom and make it the most beautiful thing you own, next to your marriage.

Noreen Turner Photography is a boutique photography studio located in Riverton, NJ. We specialize in Philadelphia weddings and engagements but also work in South Jersey, Bucks County, and Delaware.

To book your wedding with Noreen Turner Photography please head over the website and complete the inquiry form or check out the portfolio.

FAIRMOUNT PARK MATERNITY SESSION

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I look forward to yearly sessions with some of my most loyal families. Most of these sessions take place in the fall or around Christmas for card photos. Once in awhile though you get an inquiry for a mid-year session to celebrate a pregnancy. Mom always scouts out locations that work out great but this Fairmount Park maternity session was my favorite so far. We had the area all to ourselves and it was close to the family’s home.

I have had the pleasure of photographing this family for years now. I loved capturing their first maternity session, newborn photos, a first birthday, Christmas photos, and now a second maternity session. Their first session set the bar pretty high when once of their photos was chosen as the cover of Philadelphia baby magazine. It would be pretty amazing if that happened again but regardless, this session was fantastic. We won’t even get into the fact that I hit a major pothole on my way home, flattening my tire and bending my rims, leaving me stranded for a few hours. This session was so beautiful that I almost forget the drama with my car that evening!

To book a maternity session with Noreen Turner Photography please complete the inquiry form here.