April & Gellyn Engagement

September 23, 2010

April, the Southern Belle and Gellyn, the Haitian Sensation…lol. This couple has to be one of the funniest and my all time favorites. I’ve known Gellyn since quarter juices and frozen cups so when I got the call they were looking for a photographer (Thank You Yashica), I said, ”COUNT ME IN!”

Watching April and Gellyn interact is like seeing two bad kids on the playground who have crushes on one another. The chemistry between these two is undeniable; they should really have their own reality show. When I asked the couple how they met, there were two completely different stories. If you let April tell it, Gellyn was a young schoolboy passing notes through a friend, which he adamantly refutes. According to Gellyn, it was all part of his master plan. Although, I am still unclear of the “real” story, what it is evident is the love between the two.

When planning this engagement shoot, I knew I wanted to capture the big personalities of the couple. While April and Gellyn wanted to appease their families and have a traditional studio session, I convinced them to take it to the next level. These images had to tell a story and illustrate the essence of their love and their playful interactions. In order to pull off this concept, I solicited help from my super friends, Apuje Kalu for the styling/creative direction, Jay Fierce on hair/make-up and fellow photog Louis Samuel. Apuje pulled pieces from April and Gellyn’s personal clothing to put together all of the looks and Jay worked with him on the hair and make-up to complement the looks. Getting professional hair/mua & styling for these shoots are well worth the investment because the picture are forever.

I was truly blessed to have had the opportunity to shoot the “April and Gellyn” Show and look forward to shooting their Haitiansissippian Wedding in the fall…lol. Take a look at the engagement session below. Comment & Enjoy!

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  • Rhonda · Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm · Link · Reply

    Cendino, your work is AMAZING!!!! Congrats to the beautiful couple as well.

  • Grinette · Posted September 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm · Link · Reply

    Great photos Dino!

  • Kanesha · Posted September 24, 2010 at 8:30 am · Link · Reply

    Cendino, this is sooo amazing!!!!! Got me excited to get engaged just to take pictures lol

  • April S · Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:43 am · Link · Reply

    Look at my namesake! April, you two look great! Good stuff, Dino :)

  • ciliana · Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:56 am · Link · Reply

    love it you are so talented……and one favor I do need from you…when I graduate I need some awesome picture taken…i mean awwwwwwwwwwwwwsome please

  • David Robinson · Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:31 am · Link · Reply

    Very nice! Congrats for the couple. Ok LB, pics looking good

  • Akeem Davis · Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm · Link · Reply

    Very well done, Brother Teme! The photos did well to exhibit the couple’s chemistry. The still shots coming down the stairs are fresh.

  • Tanesia · Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm · Link · Reply

    This shoot was absolutely INCREDIBLE!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the last shot of them looking out into the bay…

  • Yashica · Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm · Link · Reply

    No problem darling. When folks want the BEST, I already have you in mind. Heart ya!

  • Jemier · Posted September 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm · Link · Reply

    This is soooo nice! excellent work! AMAZING!

  • Carlisha · Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm · Link · Reply

    I like your photos! I love how you are able to capture their love. GO YOU!!!

  • Carlisha · Posted September 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm · Link · Reply

    I like your photos!!! I love how you capture their love. GO YOU!!!

  • Christine · Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm · Link · Reply


  • J-Sweet · Posted September 25, 2010 at 12:34 am · Link · Reply

    Amazing work Dino!!

  • Shante Section · Posted September 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm · Link · Reply

    Cendino! I just clicked on the link from FB! You are soo gifted, I’ve been staring these pictures for 20mins now! …ok back to work! take care…please be available for my wedding…whenver that happens! lol

  • Chaiqua Harris · Posted September 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm · Link · Reply

    I personally know the couple and these photos capture and exude the true love and essence of their relationship!! Extraordinary photos!!:)

  • Miriam · Posted September 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm · Link · Reply

    Wooow!!! Speechless!!! You Are talented Cendino! Congrats to such a beautiful couple! I wish you could take pic of me, my daughter and my hubby ( family pics), I can trust that you will do a magnificent job! Wow! I hope you do well and excel in such unique talent you have capturing life existence.BEAUTIFUL WORK!!!

  • West · Posted September 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm · Link · Reply

    So editorial…I LOVE!

  • Monique · Posted September 28, 2010 at 7:12 am · Link · Reply


  • Shatoria · Posted September 29, 2010 at 11:57 am · Link · Reply

    These pics are great!!! I dont even know the couple, but after looking at these pics I feel like a close friend. Dino you did an excellent job capturing their love & happiness in these photos. Great job and congrats to the Bride and Groom to be!!

  • Courtney Askins · Posted September 30, 2010 at 4:12 pm · Link · Reply

    Hey man… this is some gorgeous stuff… you were always good.
    This is the first time Ive been on your blog… Definitely have to go with you sometime on a shoot.

  • Divinne Betty Joseph · Posted December 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm · Link · Reply

    I applaud you on another job WELL DONE!!! You turned your hobby into a passion. I am definitely loving your passion.

    <3 Betty

  • ManWifeDog · Posted January 21, 2011 at 11:31 am · Link · Reply

    Loved this so much I added it to my weekly link love feature: Fab Posts Friday!



    Have a good weekend!

  • Longont plumber · Posted February 5, 2011 at 7:40 pm · Link · Reply

    You made various fine points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all folks will go along with with your blog.

  • FeFe Fashionista · Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm · Link · Reply

    This is really nice. The shot on the stairs looks worthy of a Macy’s commercial. Congratualtions to the couple and once again, amazing work from you.

  • Rhonda D. (BK) · Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm · Link · Reply

    April!!! They look great! Wonderful pictures Cendino!

  • Ebonie · Posted March 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm · Link · Reply

    These photos are AWESOME and speak volumes!! Your work is so amazing… amazing, amazing.

  • Jeanson Benoit · Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm · Link · Reply

    Great depiction of life/love through all these portraits and shoots. Keep up the nice work, will post your link on my blog.

  • Courtney A · Posted July 1, 2011 at 1:48 am · Link · Reply

    Awww, this is my mentor. These pics are beautiful!! Good job Dino :-)

  • meeka boom · Posted July 26, 2011 at 8:33 am · Link · Reply


  • Kertia · Posted August 5, 2011 at 9:31 am · Link · Reply

    I love these engagement photos!

  • Jasman Roseboro · Posted March 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm · Link · Reply

    Beautiful! Love the moving photo shoot and the dancing shots! Great Job, and cute couple

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  • Rene Forges · Posted January 27, 2016 at 11:57 am · Link · Reply

    Wow Mr. Attis, You Sure Did Love Her!

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