Archive for August, 2011

August 31, 2011
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the night before this session brandi took to the dance floor at her sister robin’s wedding and I turned to see her jumping up and down with the rest of the guests – I’m not gonna lie, I went over to her and put my hands on her shoulders “we’ve got to make it until tomorrow without this baby being born” I said with a wink and a smile and fortunately, brandi and will’s first child stayed put – still is as a matter of fact. today is the actual due date and according to brandi this morning, baby’s debut is not imminent :) I photographed brandi and will’s wedding almost 2 years ago and it was one of my favorite weddings ever! their venue, their friends and family and most decidedly the two of them made it a day to remember. I also made a friend at their wedding – will’s cousin trinity wheeler is an amazing photographer and we exchanged info that night. we’ve kept in touch via email and by phone since but this past february we both happened to be in vegas for WPPI. we got together one evening and while having dinner, trinity suddenly said “oh! you  know brandi and will are expecting right?!”  no I didn’t but I contacted brandi the next day. the proximity of her due date to robin’s wedding didn’t escape me so when nailing down a day to shoot their maternity session, the day after seemed like a great choice. brandi is always gorgeous,  but as a expectant mother she just glowingly beautiful – proud papa will isn’t too shabby either :)

I am so happy for you and I can’t wait to meet the baby – so exciting! I hope to see all 3 of you SOON! xo

August 30, 2011
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to say it was a perfect day is not enough… it was glorious! not only was the weather more than we could ask for in mid-august but from start to beginning robin and jason’s wedding was a celebration shared with all. the first time I met robin and jason was at the wedding of her sister brandi and we were all thrilled that brandi was actually there. why wouldn’t she be you ask? we she is due any day now with her and will’s first baby :) the wedding was at the cloisters and it was my first time shooting there – I loved it! talk about creative options – every room, staircase, window – all were amazing. and then there’s the couple – I have shot a lot of weddings so I guess as a result, it takes a lot to choke me up. I’m busy focusing on the job at hand… but when robin choked up during her vows and said ” I want to marry YOU jason” as tears streamed down her face – well, that did it. their eyes just held so much love for each other that it took my breath away. 

  

congratulations! I adore your big beautiful family and am so happy you invited me into your lives a second time. I loved every minute  – much happiness laughter and love!

August 30, 2011
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my favorite thing about family photography is watching them grow – both as individuals and as a family. this was my third time photographing the wonderful wilson family and when mom jessica said that they wanted to shoot at the beach this go-around, I was thrilled! there’s nothing much cuter than a toddler navigating the sands and surf of the beach. miss catherine was adorable as always – her eyes bright and her smiles big. she’s been an absolute joy to photograph since our first session and she was definitely more on the move since our second session! jessica and dad bryant have signed up for our “grow with me” collection and jessica joked around with roland, who tagged along with me to chincoteague, that they were going to re-up until catherine got married :) trust me, it would be my honor!

thanks for spending the evening with us AND for treating us to ice cream – yum! I can’t wait for our next session to see you all again :)

August 29, 2011
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first of all, let me begin by saying that I hope everyone who reads this blog survived this last week with as little damage and stress as possible – crazy and surreal it definitely was. I had a couple who was to be married on saturday and as it approached it looked less and less likely that it would happen given their venue is right on the banks of the chesapeake. once mandatory evacuations of the area were made, it was a done deal. kristin and bryan, I am SO sorry that it didn’t happen 2 days ago but am so glad that you were able to reschedule, that everyone is safe and that we’re still able to work together! during the weekend, I was able to get a lot of work done (could not believe we didn’t lose power!) and to spend time with a dear friend who was evacuated from rehoboth beach and came to stay with us during the duration. I was also able to dig through some of the tear sheets that I constantly collect. way before pinterest – although I am slowly and very surely becoming a huge fan – I have always had corkboards and folders overflowing with magazine clippings, photos, postcards, etc. that are sentimental, inspirational or just because I like them. when I was a teenager, I had a whole wall of my bedroom that was nothing but one big “mood board” about my future and my dreams. since then I still collect, tack up, rearrange and replace as the mood strikes me. I have supplies to put up a huge one at the studio so that collectively, kris, mel, liv and I can continue to build and enhance our creative vision as a team at GPA. inspiration was a huge word in MICA“what inspired this photo” “use this as your inspiration for your next assignment” and so on.. and looking back I am so grateful for the path that led me to this career. probably most importantly, at least for me, I am beyond happy that I learned with film. I feel sad for current photographers that have never experienced the magic of darkroom developing. you are missing out – big time. all of those required art history that I complained about at the time shaped the way I look at the world and approach my assignments. I had to take a required commercial photography class and to be honest, I dreaded the in-studio monotony of it. for example, there was this guy named dave that could light anything so when we got the assignment “pencils” he had constructed this elaborate tabletop set up where every pencil was perfectly and symmetrically highlighted with consistent shadows – it was flawless! I on the other hand, had a friend with crazy curly long hair pin up her hair with 30 colored pencils at random angles. the instructor hated it, going so far to say I had disappointed him -  but my other teacher jack, who later became my mentor loved it. it was the first time I was told I had an unique “eye” and that I had talent and a specific point of view. dave is probably making millions lighting and shooting luxury cars and I hope he is because that was his love, his passion – but not mine. jack’s words gave me confidence and every assignment after that was 100% me. later, I studied my heroes like annie leibovitz, sally mann and mary ellen mark and spent hours reading about them and absorbing their work – and while I was no doubt influenced by them, I never imitated them – how could I? they were these amazing women, firmly planted in their field and I was a little art school darkroom rat. but what I learned from them was a passion for my craft and the determination to listen to my voice. in the age of the internet, I sometimes fear about the lack of passion for the art of photography. yes the job of it is fun – the facebooking and the blogging and the marketing – trust me, I know how important it all is and I enjoy every minute of it. but everyday I see dozens of new photography facebook “business” pages and I wonder if they have seen a photograph that made them cry, made them swoon, made them know in their heart that photography was a path that was custom made for them to show the world how they felt by the simple snap of a shutter. or did they get a nice camera for christmas and so-and-so says that they take cool pictures, so hey! why not start a career? let’s just say I can make a pretty delicious cake, but that doesn’t mean I could or should open up a bakery anytime soon. I don’t know… I know it sounds cynical but sometimes I fear for where my industry is headed. what I do know is that quite a few years have passed since my art school days but my folders and corkboards keep filling up with new things that just light a spark for me. I hold tight to those lessons I learned and the questions that challenged me during endless classroom critiques as my inspiration was displayed on an 8×10 piece of ilford paper for the world to see and for that I am forever grateful.

August 29, 2011
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I met up with caitlin and brian in the beautiful town of saint michaels on a fairly ominous afternoon – as I made the drive, I navigated through some of the strongest rains I had seen in a ling time but the radar said that st. mikes was clear – and it was. but big dark scary clouds loomed. with a positive attitude we strolled through the historic streets, certain or at least hoping the rain would stay away – and it did… for a good part of our session. but while we were in the park, suddenly brian said “rain” and the skies opened as we sought shelter in a gazebo a short jog from where we were shooting. caitlin and I of course blamed brian :) but the deluge was short lived and we finished up. they are getting married in november at the oaks and I am so excited to work with them!

I had a great afternoon with you both and am really looking forward to your wedding – see you soon!

August 26, 2011
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cari and doug are at such an exciting time in their lives – not only is their wedding coming up but right before we got together to shoot their e-session, they found out that doug had gotten a job that would allow them to move back to maryland from ohio. so in the next month they have wedding plans to finalize and a move to make – no pressure! but if anything all of these exciting changes made their smiles even bigger. initially we met up at quiet waters which were anything but quiet – I was afraid they’d be taken away with the wind. so instead we walked around downtown cambridge until the gusts layed down a bit and then moved on to sailwinds park. their laughs were infectious and I am looking so forward to their wedding!

 

so happy for you both – see you soon!

August 25, 2011
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meet miss adeline! I had the pleasure of photographing addie’s mom and grandmother on the beach earlier this summer and mom alexa was glowing! to see that session click here - after the session alexa’s mom amantha asked me about getting a newborn session for the new parents and I was so excited. I almost always do newborn sessions at the family home – I just find it to be much easier and more serene for the parents and the baby if they are on their own turf – plus who really wants to pack up and head to snow hill when you’re sleep deprived? addie is so beautiful and was perfect to photograph. mom alexa is a radiant new mother and father dane is a very proud papa. of course I had to snap a few of their furr-babies as well  :)

congratulations! I’m so excited to witness your beautiful girl and family as they grow – much love!

meet paige! our senior rep for salisbury christian school. we started our day one session at furnace town – it was my first time shooting a senior session there and I loved it. her pup alice also came along for a few photos and while we were taking some shots, one of the many cats that preside over furnace town came into view. you’ll see in the photos below that the result was hilarious! as with most of my senior girls, we split paige’s session up into 2 days and on the second day we headed to the beach. in addition to her mom, her boyfriend tagged along and we snapped some cute shots of them too!

thanks for some awesome sessions – you were so great to work with and I loved alice – wishing you a wonderful senior year!

August 22, 2011
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when roland and I were married a little over 6 years ago, we were given this as a wedding present. I loved it immediately – yes I like frogs and yes, I like yoga a lot but there was something about the combination that I adored and it took up quick and prominent residence on our built in bookcase in the living room. a while later we were tucked into the deep cushions of our couch discussing our day as we often do, but on this day.. ugh it a been a day. now the worst thing you can do to a control freak is hand them a day or a set of circumstances that they can’t immediately “fix” and this was such a day. it wasn’t tragic or sad or really that important but I was in a funk and the world was going to hear all about it. the stunning beauty of my husband  is that he actually listens when I get like this. finally I had worked myself into such a dither that he reminded me to breathe and asked me to just slow down. then he glanced around and then back to me – “you just need some zen” he said, pointing to the frog “see? like him…” and for whatever reason, this made me stop talking and I put my hyper gesturing hands in my lap. THEN I burst out laughing – but the point was made… when there are things put in my path that I have absolutely no control over, I need to just stay put and be quiet and let what will be simply be. since then, our gold little friend has become code for “calm the hell down” but also is called on for both planned and unexpected good things. when I finally moved into the studio space of my dreams, that was a zen frog day. when the hubs calls to say that he’s won a bid that he’s worked really hard to get plus he just finished a delicious lunch – well that’s absolutely zen frog worthy and even something as small as a nice evening on the beach gets a tip of the hat to the frog man. I mean look at him, can you take like oh so seriously when he’s around? the beauty is is that even though he is just a “thing” he has a special little part in our life and relationship and has become a happy addition to the story of us.

August 19, 2011
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caitlin and keith got married almost three years ago – they were married in early november and we were blessed with one of the prettiest fall days ever.  theirs was also the first wedding that we ever got published – I was so tickled when I went to her house to see the article matted and framed on her wall :) caitlin and keith are also the first couple featured in friday flashbacks who have added to their family with the arrival of baby john who I had the privilege of photographing as a newborn. lots of “firsts” with this amazing couple!

  • where and when did you get married?november 1st, 2008 at the chesapeake bay beach club
  • was there a special reason for choosing your venue? I wanted a location by the water where a lot of my friends and family had never been to before
  • what was your most memorable moment(s)?seeing keith waiting for me at the end of the aisle during the ceremony and when my mother joined the band onstage to sing!
  • if you had it to do over again would you change anything and what/why? we wouldn’t change a thing, everything was beautiful and we lucked out with such a gorgeous day – I do wish though that I had taken a moment to just sit back and soak it all in – it went by so fast!
  • where did you honeymoon?barbabos