Archive for May, 2014

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one of the true pleasures of what we do is to form long lasting relationships with our clients. being able to document the lives of a couple as they experience the excitement of getting married is always amazing, but then to continue to tell their story as they start a family is truly a gift. one of the best examples of this is the esworthy family. since photographing their wedding years ago, I have been so happy establish wonderful friendships with erika and josh as well as watching their beautiful daughter hayden grow up in front of my lens (to view past sessions, click here, here, here and here). they are such a special and fun family and I always look so forward to every session we do. this year, we decided to hit the boards in ocean city where we had such a great time! hayden is such a lovely little girl and so great to work with – I am so grateful to have friends and clients like you all and can’t wait until next time!

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May 20, 2014
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it’s pretty rare these days that I don’t meet a couple before wedding day. whether it’s during a consultation or their engagement session, I usually am pretty familiar with the bride and groom before their big day – and if I’m honest, if we haven’t met, I always have a small case of the ‘I-hope-they-like-me’ butterflies. well… I needn’t have worried. as soon as I met kerry, she greeted me with a big hug and started introducing me to her sizable bridal party of equally as nice and welcoming friends. with hair and makeup in it’s last stages, I had the opportunity to tour the venue which was stunning! kerry had handled all of the decor herself and her attention to detail definitely showed in everything from the escort cards to the handmade centerpieces and included a chalkboard with their wedding instagram hashtag (#kerrygotrobbed) – everything flowed together so well and was both lovely and playful. the spring day was simply perfect as guests arrived for the ceremony and took their seats. kerry nervously peeked from the windows as rob and his guys took their place at the end of the aisle.. and then it was her turn. as the pastor spoke the words that kerry had rob had prepared for this day, family and friends looked on and celebrated with them. apart from getting to know kerry, rob and their friends and families, I must admit that one of the highlights of my day was when their dog rayleigh joined us for portraits – whether it was the bustling activity all around her, or only because she was super happy to be with kerry and rob.. rayleigh was definitely excited and a hoot to photograph. once we left to go to the bridge for the portraits of just the two them, it was so clear to me just how in love these two are. in the small pocket of quiet time that they had, they wrapped each other up and got lost in several moments, just for them. I had such a wonderful time spending the day with all of you! you were such a fun and friendly group to work with and had me laughing all day. kerry and rob, I wish you so much happiness in your life together and I am honored that you invited me along for this chapter.

 

 

 

May 19, 2014
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I met Courtney two years when she was in the wedding industry while working a wedding in Bethesda together.  She mentioned her long time boyfriend, Charlie and was absolutely smitten whenever she brought up his name.  So when I received an email from her saying that Charlie proposed I was thrilled for them!  Courtney + Charlie love traveling, being outside and going to the beach.  It was so fitting that he proposed on a family vacation in Maui, Hawaii!  We thought it’d be fun to photograph their engagement session on the beach!  I was excited to meet him and once we began shooting I let them take the lead.  I love their chemistry and I had such a fun evening.  They’ll be getting married on their 6th year anniversary and I know it will be a day full of love + fun!  Thank you both for a wonderful night- I’m so happy for you!

May 14, 2014
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in march I had the pleasure of photographing the first set of zenna’s aerial yoga portraits (to read how these sessions came about and what they consist of, click here). the response that zenna’s owner, chrissy, and I had was so positive that we decided to schedule another shoot a few weeks ago. like before, everyone who attended was so wonderful to work with as chrissy guided them through their poses – some had never even tried aerial yoga before and it was so cool to see them embrace the flow from each movement to the next. these sessions have become a favorite of mine.. I not only look forward to the photography, but also learning even more about this practice and meeting some truly special people along the way – I am already brainstorming for our next collaboration! I’m seeing acro… :)

 

 

 

May 13, 2014
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Jillian + I are firm believers in fate and that everything happens for a reason.  After reading how Michelle + Marshall met I knew it wasn’t a coincidence. :)  Michelle attended a New Year’s Eve party hosted by Marshall and she accidentally left her peacoat at his house which caused them to keep in contact.  The following December of 2012 Marshall proposed and the wedding planning began!  Yesterday we featured Michelle + Marshall’s rehearsal dinner at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on the blog.  I was so happy to be invited to photograph their rehearsal and met a lot of their close friends and family.  After seeing how everyone connected and shared the joy for Michelle + Marshall I knew that the next day was going to be a celebration to remember.

Jillian + I headed to the Inn at Perry Cabin to meet up with Michelle + the girls on the sunny morning of April 26th.  The streets of downtown St. Michaels were fluttering about with visitors in town for the wine festival but nestled + tucked away on the West side of the Inn we found Michelle surrounded by her beautiful ladies. :)  Natasha Mohammed from Rodi Hair Salon was styling hair and Georgia Mechlin was applying finishing make-up touches.  Jillian headed over to meet up with Marshall and the guys and we all reunited at Christ Church.  Family + friends filled the 200 year old church as Michelle + Marshall exchanged vows.  After walking through a curtain of bubbles as they headed for the limo, guests headed back to the Inn to party!  With corn hole, croquet and the upbeat sounds of 410 (four ten) rolling over the lawn everyone enjoyed the sunshine and hors devours.  Amaryllis Floral + Event Design made the Commodore Room absolutely gorgeous and we all made our way over there for dinner and dancing.  After Michelle + Marshall shared their first dance as a married couple, Tim Tyler & Lane from Music Garden got the dance floor moving with their rock piano + guitar.  Guests provided a beautiful glow stick archway to send Michelle + Marshall off at the end of the evening.  Jillian and I are so happy we could be apart of your big day!  It was so wonderful to see the visions of Julianne + Mindy at SOIREE. unfold for your wedding!  Oh, and GO WAR EAGLES! :)

Two weeks ago GPA had a wonderful kick off to our wedding season in St. Michaels with an amazing couple!  I met Michelle + Marshall the day before their wedding for the rehearsal dinner at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  The weathered boathouse and the secured vessels gave an overall serene feel on the glassy water.  Inside, the Edison lights and rustic ambiance made me feel like I had stepped back in time.  Guests arrived from the church with the lovely vibes of Chris Dunn’s classical guitar playing in the background.  The Belmond Inn at Perry Cabin prepared a delicious meal and Michelle + Marshall decided to incorporate a little Eastern Shore heritage with Smith Island cakes for dessert!  The boathouse was bustling and filled with energy as family and friends met and celebrated Michelle + Marshall.  I could tell that their wedding the very next day was going to be filled with so much love and laughter.  Julianne + Mindy from SOIREE. and Amaryllis Event Design helped make the evening beautiful!

Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow to see Michelle + Marshall’s wedding day! :)

May 07, 2014
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ioana and rolfe are good friends with two of our couples – they were guests at the wedding of maureen and justin and we actually photographed part of casie and frank’s esession on their dock. so while we had met briefly a couple of times, I hadn’t had the opportunity to really work with them. this changed when ioana contacted me regarding a session with their son avrum and I was looking so forward to getting the chance to get to know them all better. I arrived at their house which is a gorgeous home located bayside in ocean city and it was a perfect spring morning. avrum was still sleeping, so ioana, rolfe and I chatted over coffee about life with a new baby as well as their recently completed home renovation – which was beautiful. once little man got up and moving, he was one of the happiest babies I have ever met! on the rare occasions when he would get a little cranky, all it took was some soft words from ioana’s mother who was in town visiting from romania. you were all so wonderful to work with and I am so happy for you as you begin this new chapter for your family.

 

May 07, 2014
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I have had the pleasure of working with the cooper family since our first session in 2010 when daughter lillian was just a newborn. in the years since, their family has grown as emily and rory welcomed their daughter cecilia. every time they contact me for their next session, I always look so forward to working with them and seeing how much the girls have grown. for this session, they suggested that we go to the capitol, where rory works, as well as the surrounding grounds. the weather has been anything but predictable this spring, but we lucked out with one of the first gorgeous weekends and DC was in bloom and glorious! I am looking so forward to seeing you all again soon!

May 05, 2014
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on any given day, new orleans is a pretty magical place. I’ve been there 4 times and every time I go, I fall a little more in love with this unique and beautiful city. but going there for the this year’s annual jazz and heritage festival (aka jazz fest) was one of the more spontaneous things I’ve done lately. late one night this past january, I stumbled across a link that led me to the line up video of this year’s musicians and each artist seemed more amazing than the next. on a whim, I texted one of my best friends kerry with a simple question… jazz fest? within minutes we had contacted heather, another one of our best friends and former roommate when we all lived in boulder, and a plan was hatched. bippity, boppity, boop – hotels were reserved and flights were booked. as it turns out, it was probably the best idea that we’ve ever collectively had in the 20 years that we’ve been friends. as we reunited over the first day and a half, not only were we thrilled to all be together, but we were ready to hit the streets of the crescent city where we strolled… marveling in the cuisine, the architecture and the energy that seemed to change.. just a little, from street to street. then there was jazz fest…. I have been incredibly lucky in the last year and have had the opportunity to go to several music festivals – all awesome and so much fun! but there is something about jazz fest, the way that the culture of a city as diverse as new orleans is woven throughout the music, art and food that makes it pretty spectacular. I was able to see some of my longtime favorites like keb mo, john hiatt, branford marsalis and public enemy as well as see performances by artists I had never seen but definitely loved. john popper from blues traveler made a surprise appearance which had the three of us screaming like 12 year old girls. as we spent our 5 days, that went by way too quickly, we would often start our sentences with ‘okay, so next time…’ and I don’t think any of us will be surprised if we get that middle-of-night-text next winter…. jazz fest? hell yes!!!

 

May 05, 2014
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I first met jennifer when she was the coordinator for the wedding of one of my favorite couples, megan and chris. with multiple locations all over DC and the impending threat of a thunderstorm that day, jennifer kept it all together and on schedule and I immediately liked her. since then we have kept in touch and several months ago I learned that she and her husband brent were expecting their first child.  I was thrilled when she asked me to not only photograph their maternity session, but also the newborn session once the baby arrives. we chose a location close to their home on kent island and had a beautiful afternoon to work with. jennifer and brent asked if their 4-legged ‘kids’ boomer and ralphie could tag along for a few photos and I was only too happy to oblige – such cute pups! I had such a wonderful time with all of you and am so excited to meet your daughter! xoxo