Archive for July, 2011

July 29, 2011

meet kelly and alex! I had the pleasure of seeing them last weekend where we shot the wedding of kelly’s brother kevin and his lovely bride katelyn. alex is actually the nephew of my surrogate parents ann and randy so when I shot their wedding I felt like one of the family – it was such a gorgeous day!

  • where and when did you get married? we got married on september 5th, 2009… a hot but gorgeous labor day weekend. the ceremony was at st. pauls in berlin and our reception was at the clarion resort fountainebleu in ocean city
  • was there a special reason for choosing your venue? we fell in love right away with the clarion. it was the total package for our out-of-town guests. not only did it have a beautiful ballroom but it was on the beach. what more could you ask for?! I knew immediately when they had an open date in september  that I had found the right place
  • what was your most memorable moment(s)? our most memorable moments had to be dancing the night away with our wonderful friends and families by our sides. the day truly felt magical and raye captured these moments so beautifully
  • if you had it to do over again, would you change anything and what/why? there is honestly not a single thing we would have changed – it was one of the happiest days of our lives :)
  • where did you honeymoon? we escaped to the island of antigua where we spent 10 days of bliss in the turquoise waters… we can’t wait to go back for a second honeymoon!

July 27, 2011

I love it when a couple has a plan and  as soon as I met danielle and josh I knew that they had an amazing vision for their wedding – so when planning their e-session I knew that they basically wanted to recreate their first date in downtown annapolis. from their first kiss at the dock to their favorite candy store kilwin’s, we had locations mapped out and we had a plan. unfortunately, as is sometimes the case, mother nature’s plan was different. the day before our session, explosive thunderstorms slammed annapolis, knocking out almost all of the power downtown. we didn’t know this until we started going to the various restaurants that danielle and josh wanted to use in the session – some had AC, most didn’t and it was over 90 degrees. we did what we could and then headed over to quiet waters park for a picnic which worked out great. knowing how important these other places were to them, I went back through annapolis the day after a baltimore wedding about a week later and, with the power and AC on, we finished up :)

I am so excited to see how all of your plans and dreams become realized as your wedding draws closer – see you soon!

July 27, 2011

I have a bad habit of just assuming that people know where I’m talking about about locations – so when jennifer and I were chatting about their upcoming session I suggested that we meet at the city dock in annapolis. well, when you’ve never even been to annapolis, the city dock is pretty vague. fortunately jennifer gave me a call and I walked her and andy down the street. as soon as we started taking to the streets to shoot I knew we were going to have a fun morning. during one of the first spots I put them in, andy put an arm around jennifer’s neck and at the same time she got a frog in her throat – the combination had me laughing so hard that we didn’t really stop for the whole session. these two not only have fun when they’re together but it radiates out to those around them

these two are getting married on saturday in their back yard which I love – it will definitely be filled with laughter and I can’t wait!

July 26, 2011

for some reason, this wedding brought me back into time – maybe it was the historic hotel or maybe it was military dress uniform and a gardenia tucked into a french twist updo. whatever it was, it was definitely wrapped up in one word – classic. pretty much everything leading up to mauro and caroline’s wedding has been romantic – mauro contacted me from london where he was stationed while caroline lived in chicago. they chose to marry in maryland because that’s where caroline is from and when I heard they were having the reception at the belvedere hotel I was over the moon. I met them for the first time when we shot their e-session and they were amazing together – on their wedding day, they were perfection

mauro did a quick change into a tux for the group photos and reception – loved it!

a cool story about the bouquet – pinned to it was a gorgeous pendant that I remembered caroline wearing at the e-session and I asked about it while we were at her parents house. as it turns out, while mauro was serving in iraq he bought 3 of these pendants: one for his mother, one for his sister and one for his future wife – he and caroline had yet to meet when he purchased them. but now one is hers *sigh* so romantic!

caroline’s dad john wrote her a song for her wedding day – that’s right wrote her a song AND sang it to her! there’s something about brides and their dads that gets me everytime..

caroline and mauro it was an honor to be a part of your magical day. kristie and I had the most amazing time and we wish you much love and happiness!

July 25, 2011

“so, do you miss it?” I get asked this question at least several times a week and typically my answer is an emphatic “no!” but if I’m really honest, the answer would be more accurately “kinda….” almost exactly one year ago my former manager/friend hope and I made the decision, sitting in her living room that we were both done – that our chapter with the palette was over. do I regret that decision? absolutely not! there were a lot of people who thought it was the wrong decision – calling me foolish and even selfish but for the first time in a long time I didn’t care what people thought. big decisions are always difficult and come with their share of pros and cons which to be honest we didn’t take a lot of time weighing out. I just  knew that I wanted to be a full time photographer and I’ve never looked back professionally – but what I DO miss is the people - our guests and my staff. see I’m not an overly social person by nature, but in owning a restaurant you kind of have to be an extrovert and put yourself out there. as a result, not only did I get closer to the regulars I have known my whole life but I also made some amazing new friends. and while I still do see these people, it’s certainly not with the regularity that it used to be. then there’s my crew – if you’ve ever worked in the restaurant business you know that you’re basically entering a family – you spend so much time with everyone and they see you at your best + worst. I think we all had lofty ideas that we would be less busy post-palette and be able to see each other and we do – I just wish it was it more often. I heard yesterday that hope got a cute new haircut and it makes me kind of sad that I haven’t seen it. but to see the restaurant now is a true gift – phil has done such amazing things with the palette and if you haven’t been in the last year you simply must. my husband and I make it in there almost every sunday for a post-wedding brunch that is to die for! it’s never been painful to walk through the doors as a guest – not even nostalgic. if anything, it consistently confirms  that the choice made last year has worked out just like it was supposed to… for everyone

July 22, 2011

meet brandi and will – like most of our couples, we’ve kept in touch with these two and are happy to call them friends. in fact, we are shooting brandi’s sister robin’s wedding next month – THEN the day after the wedding we are doing a maternity session with brandi! we couldn’t be more excited for them as they expect their first child and start their family!

  • where and when did you get married? clipper mill, baltimore october 3, 2009
  • was there a special reason you chose your venue? our venue was literally the back yard of our first home together. this definitely upped the special factor for us. the convenience wasn’t too shabby either
  • what was the most memorable moment(s)? favorite moment (and here I go tearing up) was probably our first dance. we surprised everyone and came out on a balcony overlooking the reception. the band played our song and everyone was looking up. I was so nervous, I’m pretty sure Will held me up the whole time. looking back at those pictures, that is definitely favorite for me. oh, and when my parents danced in the hot tub!
  • if you had it to do all over again, would you do anything differently and why? I wouldn’t change a thing. it really was a dream wedding from start to finish
  • where did you honeymoon? we took a mini-moon immediately to a B&B in saint michaels for the weekend. the following spring we rented a thatched roof cabana on the beach in tulum, mexico – I highly recommend

July 21, 2011

scott sent me an email while we were in jamica inquiring about a session with him and his daughters and once kris and I back we got everything set up. I was looking so forward to this session because come on…. a dad and his little girls – is there anything cuter? and while it ended up being mostly of the girls, with scott being pulled into a few the kids were SO great! there is usually a warming up “who is this strange tall woman with a camera?” period but they were instantly comfortable and made my job beyond easy! we started the session at his family’s home in south point and then moved to assateague island

my personal choice for this year’s chirstmas card :)

you all were a dream to work with and I look forward to working with you again!

July 20, 2011

I was really excited to meet andrea and heath – prior to this we had done all of our communication through email or over  the phone. and when andrea told me that they had chosen terrapin park as their location I was tickled because it’s just such a diverse place – everything from the shores of the chesapeake bay to wooded paths and everything in between. we met up in the parking lot and they we so cute together! out initial plan was to include their dog, darma – and you know how I love to have a dog participate – but darma is a newfoundland and it was HOT out! she would has been miserable – adorable… but melting. we started at the beach at this great little bridge they had found on a previous visit and strolled on from there…

I am so excited to work with you both and will see you soon at kristin + bryan’s wedding - thanks for a great afternoon!

July 18, 2011

it’s here and we couldn’t be more excited – well actually it’s been “here” for awhile but as we finish up everything connected with the rebrand I just couldn’t wait any longer. this logo took the talent, collaboration and the honest artistic + creative eye of the amazing brent holloman. if ANYONE is looking for new branding or logo, whether you’re a photographer or not, I simply could not recommend brent any higher – he’s incredible at what he does. the process started out with a questionnaire asking me literally everything about our current brand, the studio and our style – from my favorite colors and textures to the music I enjoyed and then some. although brent and I had met before this project, I feel the questionnaire told him everything he needed to know to work on graphic design specifically and individually for us. after the questionnaire came the mood board where he had everything from sari fabrics to funky fonts laid out for us – we picked what spoke to us and explained why. the next step was the concepts and good lord that was hard – kris and I were pouring over each one and just when we were afraid we wouldn’t be able to choose between several of our favorites, my computer dinged alerting us to a new message and there was an email from brent titled “just one more….” and the concept for our new logo was staring back as us. we really wanted a logo that would be timeless, not trendy, contemporary but whimsical and I loved loved LOVED this! the “g” is for gillette obviously but it’s also the outline of the front lens mechanism for a vintage yashica 120 format film camera. the colors evolved as again, I wanted to be able to use this for a long long time and the colors he used together were just perfect for us. in addition to the logo, brent has designed some amazing business cards, letterhead and a blog watermarking action. we are days away from having the signage for the studio and are just over the moon about all of the exciting things that are happening. thank you SO much brent – you are so talented! if you haven’t clicked on his link above, you can check out his blog by clicking here

welcome to our first installment of friday flashbacks! every friday we are going to revisit one of our fabulous clients to ask about their wedding day and re-post some of their images.  for our first post it only seemed fitting to feature one of our favorite couples ever – katie and james!

  • where and when did you get married? we got married at the govenor calvert house in annapolis
  • was there a special reason you chose your venue? not any special reason for the particular place. I really wanted to have our wedding in downtown annapolis and the calvert house had the right price and a fantastic space. and having our wedding right across from the state house was pretty amazeballs
  • what was the most memorable moment about your wedding day? cuttin’ the rug with our friends and family. we know some REAL party animals and it totally showed. I don’t think anyone actually sat down for the last 2 hours of the reception because everyone was having so much fun dancing.
  • if you had anything to do over again and what/why? I asked James about this one too… (hoping he would have the right answer, haha) and we both agree that we wouldn’t have changed a thing! if we HAD to do something different we would have made the reception a bit longer.
  • where did you honeymoon? the malliohauna resort in anguilla

thanks katie and james! we LOVED working with you both and look forward to seeing you again soon!