Archive for February, 2013

February 28, 2013

caity and steve are friends with my couple cathy and rob and when cathy found out that her friends were expecting, she contacted me about doing a session with them. caity and I threw around some ideas about locations until we decided that working in their home would be perfect. once I got to their place and met them, I knew we were going to have a great session. they are expecting a little girl and are so excited and I can’t wait until our next session where I get to meet her!

thanks again for a wonderful afternoon and I’ll see you soon!!


February 22, 2013

it seems like every year our ‘off’ season window gets more narrow. as the studio has grown and projects outside of weddings have increased, we are far from taking it easy. in addition to shooting, editing and blogging I’ve been taking the initiative to seek other creative outlets. about 5 years ago I found myself in a rut – I felt empty and artistically stuck. unsure of where to turn and what to do I spontaneously signed up for a workshop. and although I did learn a lot about studio growth and marketing, just the simple fact that I was surrounded by 40 other creative women gave me so much inspiration and a ton of hope. they had stood in my frustrated shoes and I felt understood.. I was with my people. since then I have been blessed to have kris and liv join GPA full time and with our studio space, we are able to to work together everyday. just that simple act of bouncing an idea off of each other or seeing a really awesome image that one of them took is like a consistent flow of creative energy that bonds the three of us together. then in october as we were wrapping up our busiest season yet, we were flooded. beyond the obvious shock of the studio being under water for 3 days, suddenly we were working apart – each from home. it was then that I realized how much I depended on that magic mojo that came from being with them everyday and I felt myself sliding into that fear again – I was afraid of burn out, of becoming predictable in my work and of getting to a creatively dark place again..empty. because I didn’t really have the time or even the desire to attend another workshop, I went back to the basics that I learned at MICA. I reminded myself that as artists we draw inspiration from everywhere – we just have to be open to it. so I began to immerse myself in endeavors which had either been absent or sparse at best from my life. I meditated, I read, I wrote poetry, I tried new recipes and I knitted. I tried napping (which for whatever reason I simply can not do), I journaled and I made lists.. lots of them. not only for my photography but also for my goals as a creative woman, an artist, a friend and as part of my community. and even without the consistent companionship of my team that I’ve come to depend on, I felt myself beginning to dream…big dreams. I mapped out a personal photography project – something that I’ve wanted to do for years as well as a fine art idea that I’ve had shelved for far too long. as far as the studio, our first job is getting the office back up and running. to be honest, it’s just seemed too daunting – we basically have to start from square one. it has seemed like such an arduous task that I’ve done a pretty good job of ignoring it. but now I see it as a clean slate and a creative challenge. I’m looking so forward to revisiting it as a team and forming a plan using who and what GPA is in 2013 as our guide. I can’t wait to search through antique shops and push the big cart through IKEA and spring, being a time of renewal, is such an ideal time for this little adventure. I think sometimes it’s easy for us to sink into that fearful place of self-doubt, closing ourselves off to new possibilities and even other people – I know that’s true for me. but I think that it’s the beauty of growth. I never want to think that I have it all figured out or get complacent or get too comfortable and as long as I have such a big beautiful group of clients and my team by my side I know that I’ll always be reaching for that next star.

February 19, 2013

I photographed Jen + Nick’s wedding two years ago and we have been friends ever since.  They visit the shore quite often but live in the hills of Northern Maryland on a beautiful horse farm.  Jen loves + boards horses and Nick helps out around the farm on his days off.  When I saw their announcement that they were expecting their first child I was thrilled!  I couldn’t wait to meet baby Andrew. :) We had tried to meet soon after he was born but the winter flu had different plans for us all.  But I didn’t mind because it gave me a reason to head up to their gorgeous house and finally see the farm!  You see, Jen + Nick have always said that the invitation is open and the guest room is always available.  With hectic schedules we’ve never made this visit happen but now I’m sure that it won’t be the last. :)  Andrew was so mellow and just adorable!  (I think he sleeps more than me!)  Their other baby, Pre, hung out with us during the session and even got in a few shots!  Nick came in from working outside and got Andrew to smile for us.  I had an awesome day with my friends and am glad I got to meet their little addition to their family.  I am so happy for you guys + can’t wait till next time! :)

February 13, 2013

I think one of the many things I love about my job is all of the different locations I get to visit while working with my clients. it’s a shame, but rarely do I frequent all of the amazing places the mid-atlantic has to offer during my time off. for example, I live roughly 15 miles from the beach and hardly ever go unless it’s for a session. so when kiera and patrick said that they wanted to shoot their e-session around the DC monuments, I couldn’t wait. I met up with them at their alma mater, catholic university where we photographed the beginning of their session and then we headed downtown.  I think my favorite was the lincoln memorial which I hadn’t visited since high school – kiera and patrick were so much fun as we strolled the streets from monument to monument. I love this opportunity to get to know our couples better and think it’s the perfect beginning to our working relationship. it was a bit chilly out and as patrick would wrap kiera in a bear hug, their smiles said it all :)

thank you both for a wonderful afternoon – I am looking so forward to working with you on wedding day!

February 11, 2013

Rachel, Rob + I have been trying to schedule their e-session since last fall.  We had all envisioned a fun, playful afternoon with the fall leaves and a warm autumn sunset.  But life has it’s own plans- and sometimes it knows what it’s doing ;)  We finally set a date for February, which is also the anniversary month that Rachel + Rob started dating!  So we were all set to go.  ❅ Then life gave us a snowfall!!! ❅  We couldn’t have planned it better if we tried.  I met them at their home so that we could get some shots with their boys, Lincoln + Franklin and capture them doing some of their favorite things together.  I got a lesson in Banana Grams and learned that saying “Peanut Butter” would get the dogs’ attention and saying the Pittsburg Penguins’ “Sidney Crosby” would get Rob’s attention.  Then we all took a stroll to catch a few snowflakes.  It was a peaceful, light dusting and Lincoln + Franklin were all bundled up!  Afterwards, we drove to Bethesda for some shots in the city where it all began.  They had their first date at Jaleo and they treated me to dinner there.  It was so delicious!  We then visited Georgetown Cupcakes to top off the night.  I loved spending the day with you guys- thanks for everything!     

Thank you so much for dinner and an exciting evening!  Can’t wait till 10.26.13!

February 07, 2013

if you follow the blog you know that we are big fans of road trips – whenever we have a destination wedding we always block some free days to explore and for any occasion, if we can drive – we’re all over it! (never mind the fact that I’m not what you would call an enthusiastic flyer) so being as we have a small window of time off, we hit the road to north carolina. liv was supposed to come with us too, but she is having all of her wisdom teeth pulled tomorrow…. no fun. kris and I had gone to wilmington a couple of years ago to visit our friend and photographer millie holloman. it was our first time there and we loved it but it was a super short trip and we felt like there was so much we didn’t get to do so it seemed like a perfect destination. the weather was amazing and we spent 2 glorious days doing nothing but exactly what we wanted to do – including dinner with millie. she told us all about her newest venture pressed cotton (brides and wedding/event design professionals, you simply MUST check them out!! so many creative products for weddings and special occasions) AND got a tour of her amazing studio/office which was in it’s beginning stages the last time we visited. as we headed back to maryland we made 2 stops that made my heart smile. since leaving colorado 11 years ago, I’ve only had the opportunity to see a handful of my friends from boulder and it just so happened that recently 2 of them have brought their culinary talents east. we visited them both – one for lunch in greensboro, nc at the wolfgang puck pizza/bar and the other for dinner at the magpie in richmond, va. delicious meals and many shared memories got me SO excited for my upcoming trip to the rockies.  as usual, a wonderful time was had with my favorite co-pilot as we instagrammed our way through our latest adventure :)