Archive for January, 2017

January 25, 2017

1my history with they myers family is a long one… not only have they been my friends and neighbors for the past 14 years, but mom, wendy, and I have known each other our whole lives. wendy grew up in the house next door to where I live now, and currently lives in the house across the street ~ while my grandparents lived in the house on the other side of mine. every christmas and most summers, I would travel down to the eastern shore from syracuse and spend months at a time here in snow hill. because wendy and I are close in age, we became fast friends when we were little and I always loved spending time with her during my visits. once I moved to colorado, I was rarely in snow hill for more than a day or two and wendy and I lost touch. but in 2002, I moved into my home and was pleasantly surprised that wendy was still here in town and we picked up where we left off. over the years, I have gotten to know her husband, jon, and I have watched her kids, reagan and riley, grow up in front of my eyes. they are such amazing kids… well not really kids anymore. in fact, reagan just left this week to study abroad ~ where does the time go? they have also welcomed david, a foreign exchange student from korea, into their family. his first round of study was last year and he fit into their life as though he had always been there. I remember wendy telling me that he was coming back for a second year and she was so happy! so while david was here and before reagan left, it was important to all of them to document this time together. we chose a beautiful but COLD afternoon to photograph a short but sweet session… according to riley, he couldn’t feel his legs :)  I love this wonderful family and am so grateful for each and every one of them xoxox

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January 23, 2017

1I love having the opportunity to document the evolution of a family ~ the anticipation, the slight uncertainty of the unknown, the excitement.. but most of all, the joy. when I photographed sarah and shane’s maternity session, they were over the moon about the life they were about to share with their daughter. and when lucy arrived, life was complete.  when I got to their home, I was greeted by my friends who were just beaming.. so, so happy! then I met miss lucy ~ and she is perfect. I am looking so forward to many more sessions with this special family and to watch lucy grow up in front of my lens  xoxo

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January 20, 2017

1in all of the years that we have been photographing weddings, we have never ceased to be inspired by our couples… and this year was certainly no exception. the couples of 2016 were romantic, creative, emotional, hysterical, fashionable, brave, and most obviously, best friends and blissfully in love. they know what the other is thinking with just a glance, they finish each others sentences, they have countless inside jokes, they reach for the other’s hand at the same moment… they wipe away a happy tear. we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for inviting us to capture such a special time in your lives. you made us laugh, you made us get a little misty (in the best way!) and you showed us time and time again what true love, friendship, and partnership looks like. it has been an honor and such a pleasure to work with all of you and we wish you SO much love, laughter, and joy in your lives together.. xoxo

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January 19, 2017

1considering that our 2017 season kicks off in just three short weeks, we wanted to begin to wrap up our ‘best of’ 2016 posts. in addition to the photos we take of them together (coming tomorrow) we always like to get images of our brides and grooms individually. typically, we photograph these either before the ceremony or during the first look. these times are always full of anticipation and excitement which is the perfect time to capture the emotion of this time. and… if we do say so ourselves, we have some of the most handsome grooms and beautiful brides on the planet ~ inside and out!

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January 18, 2017

1everybody loves a good party and this year our couples planned some epic celebrations! from grand events held in ballrooms with 300 guests to intimate affairs on family farms, we had the opportunity to photograph so much fun and love. there were lovely, heartfelt, and hysterical toasts… special moments between old friends, endearing traditions, big bands, serenades, string quartets + bluegrass. show stopping confections ~ wedding cakes and custom made cookies that were almost too pretty to eat and some of the best food we’ve ever tasted. 2016, you threw one hell of a shindig!

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January 17, 2017

1whether it was a big and beautiful gang of friends or just one sibling on each side, this year our couples had some of the coolest bridal parties that we’ve ever worked with. they braved inclement weather, created stunning centerpieces, and took on chauffeur duties at the last minute. they hoisted us up into trees so that we could get the perfect shot. they took care of the ‘dogs-of-honor’ and they mixed the cocktails – but most of all, they provided our couples with friendship, laughter, support, and love.

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January 16, 2017

1in 2016 our couples said ‘i do’ everywhere from local waterfronts and family farms to a winery in the mountains and historic DC landmarks. we witnessed many happy tears, spontaneous laughter, and heartfelt readings during these ceremonies. we worked at some of our all time favorite venues as well as having the opportunity to be introduced to some lovely and new (to us) locations. we traveled all over the mid atlantic and had the honor of documenting the weddings of several lovely friends. as fun as it is to shoot other moments of a wedding day, the ceremonies are our favorite. after all, this is the centerpiece and the reason that all of their loved ones have gathered.. to see two people commit to a life together and begin their journey to wherever it may lead.

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January 13, 2017

1this year so many of our couples made the decision to see each other before their wedding ceremony ~ and this year, more than any other, we had the pleasure of documenting several fathers seeing their daughters before they walked together down the aisle. we are big fans of ‘first looks’ for several reasons – one, usually (and ideally) no one else is there except for our couple. once the two of them see each other, there are such spontaneous, emotional, and lovely moments to capture. after 14 years of shooting weddings, many of our favorite photographs have been taken during this time. also, because we make an allowance for the first look in the timeline, it allows us to choose the perfect time for portraits that takes advantage of the best lighting and locations, regardless of ceremony time. but what these photographs really say is what it’s all about for us… it’s about this day. it’s about love.

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January 12, 2017

1perhaps it’s the advent of DIY wedding blogs and pinterest.. or maybe we just have the most talented and creative clients on the planet (we do!) but in the last several years, we have noticed more and more unique and personal touches included in the wedding decor and design. we love how the details reflect all of the varied interests and passions of our brides and grooms – sharing who they are, both individually and as a couple. whether it’s handmade favors, personalized cupcakes, perfectly chosen bridal shoes (toms!), or custom made cake toppers, our couples went above and beyond this year and the results were stunning!

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January 10, 2017

1since we started our 2016 ‘best of’ blogposts, we have looked forward to kicking off the wedding posts would start and today is the day! seeing as how we approach photographing weddings from a storytelling point of view, we are going to start where the everything begins on the big day…. getting ready. the anticipation and excitement that surrounds our couples as they prepare for one of the biggest days of their lives is something that we love to capture. mothers affixing to boutonnieres to their son’s lapel, best friends getting a little misty as the bride secures her veil.. there are such lovely emotions that are revealed in these small snapshots of time.

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