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January 15, 2014

this year our couples tied the knot everywhere from the beach, historic mansions and farms to a virgina zoo. we witnessed happy tears, spontaneous laughter and heartfelt readings. we worked at some of our all time favorite venues as well as having the opportunity to be introduced to some amazing new (to us) locations. we traveled to 6 different states and had the honor of documenting the weddings of several very close friends. as fun as it is to photograph the portraits and reception, ceremonies are our favorite because that’s really what a wedding day is about…. two people pledging their love in front of their friends and family – and in several cases this year, their pups!







  • we photographed 74 weddings
  • we photographed 92 portrait sessions
  • we worked with over 100 dogs
  • we traveled to 16 states
  • we added 3 new members to the team
  • we consumed approximately 2,894,454 cups of coffee
  • one of us is pregnant
  • 12 of our couples welcomed little ones
  • we danced the night away with a group of former brides, now cherished friends
  • we recovered, renewed and rediscovered our studio after hurricane sandy
  • we photographed 2 major music festivals
  • we did many happy dances
  • we had a spiritual moment with flavor flav
  • we ran through rainbows
  • we found peace in the mountains and the desert
  • we hung out with the nfl
  • we made plans for a trip of a lifetime
  • we reconnected with dear friends and made many new ones

looking back at this year leaves us feeling so very grateful. without all of you, there would be no ‘us’ and you have made this a truly epic year. tomorrow will begin our ‘best of 2013′ posts and y’all made it SO hard to choose!!! we love and appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to a hopeful, healthy and happy 2014 filled with love, laughter and plenty of road trips! xoxo

as some of you may or may not know, we first met our associate photographer laura when she was a GPA bride. shortly after we met her and husband derek, they adopted their dog cooper who they are madly in love with. so when we announced our annual santa paws event here at the studio last year, they quickly signed up. seeing as how they came from baltimore for a 25 minute session, they made a little side trip out of it but we loved that they came all that way for our little charity shoot. then this year, as a member of the team, laura made the suggestion that because so many of our clients are across the bridge, that maybe we should have a santa paws shoot in baltimore. I thought it was such a great idea and laura quickly got a location lined up with downtown dog resort. as soon as we announced santa paws for both our studio and in baltimore this year, we were happily booked up within hours – I love how popular this event has become because not only does it help rescue organizations, but I could work with dogs all day, every day and be very, very, very happy. as soon as I arrived at downtown dog, I met the manager jim and he simply could not have been more accommodating and wonderful to work with. we saw some old friends as well as meeting some new folks and of course there were the pups…. we had such an amazing time with all of you and are looking so forward to next year!

  • we wrapped up our wedding season with some beautiful events in annapolis, baltimore, DC and here on the shore
  • we welcomed the colors of fall
  • we danced the night away at several concerts with former brides who have become close and treasured friends
  • we photographed 5 new additions to our ever growing GPA family
  • we welcomed a new puppy
  • one of our family members got engaged (congratulations em!!)
  • we had our first ever baltimore santa paws event hosted by the downtown dog resort
  • we were once again reminded of all of the many reasons we have to be grateful

this has been such a wonderful year for all of us at the studio! and as we wind down to the end of 2013 we are reminded just how many wonderful people we have had the chance to meet and work with. you have all made this a year to remember and we are so happy to have you as a part of the GPA family. we wish all of you a joyous holiday season and look forward to seeing you again in 2014 – cheers!!

November 14, 2013

If you follow the blog you know that we here at GPA not only look at photography as a career but also as a way of life.  I am always so grateful for the opportunities that I come across and the people I meet along the way of my journey with my camera in hand.  It’s always a bonus + blessing when I form lasting friendships and view a couple more like friends than “clients.”  Such is the case with Rachel + Rob! :) I knew after their engagement session that this couple and I would remain friends even after they said “I Do.”  After a glass of wine and meeting their fur babies, Lincoln + Franklin, we strolled through their neighbor and talked all about their big day.  I should mention to you that Rachel designed + made a lot of the decorations herself and it was wonderful to see it all unfold!  They wanted to incorporate their Dachshunds in anyway they could since Link + Frank couldn’t stay the whole day.  I thought it was a brilliant idea when Rachel asked if we could schedule a doggie photo shoot so that they could represent the table numbers!  With squeaky toys and lots of peanut butter we were able to get the boys to smile long enough for our photos. Even though it was 8 months away at that point- time seemed to fly by!

I was so happy when Rachel + Rob invited me to join them and their family + friends for their rehearsal dinner.  Everyone was able to meet and catch up over steamed Eastern Shore crabs and beer.  I felt like a friend with camera and was even able to hand my camera off to Chris, one of the best men and be in front of the camera!  Everyone was so excited for the next day.

The next morning Laura, Curt + I all headed to The Oaks Waterfront Inn which overlooks a quiet cove off of Edge Creek in St. Michaels.  The weather was perfect for late October and I was greeted by an elated bride.  Rachel and her girls got ready in the cottage while Rob and the guys were hanging out on the docks of Harbortowne.  Rob gave Rachel a bottle of their favorite wine and a strand of Tiffany pearls for her to wear on this special day.  The girls all had matching robes and shared a champagne toast to Rachel + Rob’s new future.  I loved her succulent bouquet and the colors of their wedding- mustard + grey (yes, they just so happen to be GPA’s colors too…). :)  She had her mother’s cameo and a Dachshund pin that her mom gave secured tightly to the burlap on her bouquet which complimented the tie pin Rachel gave Rob!  They wanted to hold hands and talk to each other before tying the knot without seeing each other and we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to bring Lincoln + Franklin over!  Guests meandered down to the ceremony spot underneath an old pine with mason jar lights and it was finally time for this couple to get hitched!  Rachel + Rob exchanged their personal, hand-written vows (I love when couples do this!) and after their first kiss came a big surprise…

Rachel mentioned to me that Rob is a huge fan of a cappella music and that she wanted to surprise him with the talented Georgetown Phantoms as they receeded down the isle.  The members of the group secretly hid within the crowd and all stood up after Rachel + Rob’s first kiss.  I’d say by the look on Rob’s face that the surprise factor was a success. :)  They headed to a boat ramp up the creek and guests hung out by the Adirondacks enjoying the raw bar and cocktails.  The new Mr. + Mrs. Karish made their grand appearance via boat with guests waiting at the shore.  The fun didn’t stop there!  During the reception we had a Father Dance Off, a bride with a cowbell and an energetic dance crowd!  I loved all of Rachel + Rob’s details- she hand made the cake topper, had stickers created for the cookie + doggie take home treat bags, made a few of the dessert stands with antique plates and jars and even used one of her mother’s old stained glass window panes as a decoration for the cake table!  A lot of Rob’s family from Pittsburg contributed their home made goodies to the famous Cookie Table and the desserts were out of this world!  I loved how everyone came together and celebrated this monumental day in Rachel + Rob’s life.  I am so happy and thankful that I met you two (four!) and can’t wait to see you again!  Thank you for letting Laura, Curt + I be a part of your wedding day.

These wonderful vendors helped make Rachel + Rob’s day special:

flowers + mason jars: Seasonal Flowers

hair + makeup: Serendipity

cake: Julie Bakes

band + videography: Onyx of Washington Talent Agency

a cappella: Georgetown Phantoms

officiant:  Bill Cochran