Archive for 'raye'

October 16, 2017
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001a few years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing sisters, briean and whitney, with all of their girlfriends during a girl’s getaway to the beaches of delaware. and smack dab in the middle of all the festivities was their mother, joan. all of the ladies clearly loved this woman as much as her daughters did and it was such a fun evening to document. since then, we have kept up with each other on facebook and several months I could sense that something had happened in the family but didn’t want to intrude. then I received a message from briean and I knew… joan suffered a severe stroke earlier this year and in the time since, everyone has adjusted to a new normal. briean shared with me that her mother was confined to a wheelchair and was non-verbal which was devastating to learn. but then came the sentence that made my heart smile ~ she and whitney had decided to bring joan (‘the ultimate beach lover’) back to rehoboth and she asked if I could meet them over there to take some photographs. I don’t know what I expected, really, but I know what I witnessed and what I had the honor of capturing. I shoot weddings almost every weekend.. so I see love, I capture those moments of excitement, wonder, and joy. I’ve even photographed the birth of a child and the initial, indescribable love of a new family. but this was something different.. this was a love of history, a love of commitment, a love of hope. unshakable. whenever joan would look at her girls, her eyes would brighten and a smile would begin that grew wider by the second. once we got her toes in the sand, her whole body seemed to exhale and she relaxed into the arms of her daughters. we even had a pup come photobomb us mid-session to the delight of everyone. if you’ve ever been a caretaker of a parent, you understand the fear and the frustration and the tears and the hopelessness of the bad days. but you also know the joy and gratitude of the good days. this was a very good day…. xoxo

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October 13, 2017
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001I am always amazed by our couples… always. I have seen them approach their wedding day under some challenging circumstances and you would think they would freak out… the vendors freak out ~ trust me. we want this day to be EVERYTHING they’ve planned for, and more. but without exception… through hurricanes, evacuations, snow storms, mid spring flurries, and venue closings, our couples have just gone with the flow. because the thing is, once they have gotten to their first day of a lifetime to spend together, all that matters is love. on kelsey and andy’s wedding day, kris and I got there and were bombarded with a wall of wind as soon as we turned the corner to the river ~ I’d never seen or felt anything like it. and as we entered the space where kelsey was getting ready, we expected some disappointment.. but everyone was laughing and excited as they prepared for her walk down the aisle. music was playing, the champagne was poured, there was a visit from kelsey and andy’s pup, jack, and there were hugs and happy tears everywhere. by the time the ceremony was underway, there was no attention given to anything other than these two amazing humans getting hitched. wind? what wind? it was lovely and it was perfect. every moment of this day was filled with SO much laughter, friendship, and love. every time I turned around, I witnessed a happy embrace of reunion, a stolen kiss, and friends collapsing into familiar giggles. it was truly one of the most heartfelt events that we’ve ever had the honor of photographing and we know that yours will be a life together overflowing with love and happiness ~ cheers! xoxo

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October 03, 2017
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001six years ago, I shot an editorial session for my friend, andrea. she was opening her first salon, prim, in annapolis. we hadn’t known each other a very long time back then, but a sisterhood was born that day. she was going down a road that I had already traveled… starting a business is hard. even if you have all of the experience in the world, even if you’re the best in your field, even if you’ve dotted every I and crossed every possible T, you’ve put all of your hopes, dreams, and energy into this and when you open the doors to the public, there’s always that little voice in the back of your head questioning if you’re going to succeed. at least that was true for me and andrea. of course, she needn’t have worried ~ prim’s calendar was full from day one and their client list grew as their reputation surpassed the greatest of expectations. of course it did… my friend is pretty amazing. so it really didn’t come as a surprise when she contacted me earlier this year to share her exciting news ~ prim was growing and a new location was being planned in the heart of historic downtown easton. last friday was the big day and as her family, employees, clients, and friends gathered, andrea cut the ribbon and opened the door to this new chapter of her life. I am so proud of you and very happy for you and the prim family! I look so forward to what the future may bring xoxo

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September 28, 2017
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001the first time that I ever visited the home of my friends, matt and frances, it occurred to me then that this would be a beautiful location for a wedding. many years have past since then and their property gets more gorgeous each time I’m there.. and that thought has always stuck with me. so earlier this year when frances asked me if I had the date open for her niece, clary’s, wedding, I looked and was thrilled that I was available. then I asked her where it was……. hooray!!! I was soon in touch with clary via email and we set up a date to not only meet at the farm to talk over where everything would be, but I would also photograph her and evan’s engagement session. after spending the afternoon with them, there venue didn’t even matter ~ I was just looking so forward to working with this awesome couple on their big day! clary is just such a lovely person and evan is hysterical.. plus they are huge dog lovers who wanted their pup, keeva, in most of their session. once wedding day arrived, kris and I met up at the farm and took our places alongside our bride and groom. the place was like a fairytale with lush tree canopies surrounding the ceremony site were clary and evan would promise forever to each other. once everyone gathered under the tent for the reception, the new mister and misses floated out onto the dance floor to share one of the most beautiful first dances we’ve ever seen ~ appropriate since dancing is such an important part of their love story. we couldn’t have been happier to share this day with all of you and wish you both all of the love and laughter in the world as you begin your life together.

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September 21, 2017
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1from the first time I met liz and greg, I was smitten with them. they are one of those couples who just click in a way that it kind of magical. they can be lost in a romantic moment and then seconds later, be silly and dissolve into giggles. I was so happy to hear that they had welcomed their son, robert, a year ago… today!! happy birthday little man :) but we hadn’t been able to get together until recently when they took their annual trip to the beaches of delaware.  I was thrilled to hear that greg’s family would be joining us as well – when I photographed their wedding 2 years ago, I came to know the hendlers and they are such wonderful people. as soon as I entered their condo, robert crawled over to me and up into my arms ~ a first, for sure! typically, the new girl with the glasses and big camera is viewed with skepticism.. at least for the first few minutes. but robert is such a confident and happy little boy and took it upon himself to take care of the introductions. and once we all got to the beach, it was so much fun photographing all of them as the sun dipped low in the sky. I had such a lovely evening and look so forward to working with all of you again soon! xoxo

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September 21, 2017
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1as summer turns into fall, I’ve been keeping the season alive here in the studio while editing some super fun family sessions from the last few weeks…. and it doesn’t get much more entertaining than the cornely family! from the first snap of big brother, quinn, as he went into lotus :) I knew that I was in for a treat. sister, olivia, was the wrangler of the bunch and such a wonderful little assistant. and the twins.. oh how I loved grady and sean! they were full of giggles, especially when together. the kids were visiting chincoteague with parents tanya and kieran, and were winding down their vacation when we got together for the session. everyone was exploring the marsh and the beach, finding sand crabs shells, displaying their treasures with excitement. once we got to the ocean side, there was an attempt to keep everyone dry as the family was going out for ice cream once we were done, but as soon as the kids got their feet in the water, all bets were off. I had such a fabulous time with all of you and look forward to your return to our little corner of the world.

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September 18, 2017
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001I’ve known this family my whole life – as kids, when I would come down to the shore to stay with my grandparents for the summer, wendy and cindy only lived two doors down and we grew up together. since moving back almost 16 years ago, things have changed a bit… marriages and kids and whole new families have happened. but I still live next door to matriarch, joanne, and right across the street from my childhood friend (#trifecta). I have photographed family photos, senior portraits, and even a back to school and prom photo with this bunch ~ but never a wedding. I first met bobby’s fiance’, yana, when I received a text from wendy several months ago.. it went a little something like this. ‘bobby and yana see atticus in your back yard and REALLY want to meet him!’  so I brought atti out front and soon an epic lovefest ensued :) more recently, I got another text from wendy informing that me yana’s mother was going to be visiting from russia and they wanted to get married while she was here. done! I couldn’t wait to spend such a happy day with all of them. it was a beautiful afternoon when I met up with everyone at the church – yana was so beautiful and her mother was clearly thrilled to be able to be here for their wedding. I am always so inspired to witness and capture the love of this big and beautiful family and to see they welcome yana as one of their own was so lovely. there are still 5 more of these kids that may get married down the road and I look forward to many more amazing days such as these. bobby and yana, I wish you so much love and happiness in your life together.. and a puppy, obviously a puppy! xoxo

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August 21, 2017
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1I first met seanna when she was a bridesmaid in nettie + bryan’s wedding and have had the pleasure of getting to know her more at her sister, erin’s, wedding to nick, and then again when lindsey and jeremy got married.  but this is the first time that I’ve actually worked with her and her husband, matt. this was also the first time that I was meeting their adorable daughter, dylan, and family pup, ruca. we had an absolutely perfect day on assteague which is a favorite place for all of us. from the first snap of my shutter, I loved this session. dylan is such an adorable little girl and happiest when she is in the arms of her parents. and ruca.. we were soul mates from the get go. I had such a wonderful time and hope that this is one of many more sessions to come!

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August 18, 2017
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1several years ago, when I first met kristin and rob, I was struck by their kindness and their warmth… and I clearly remember thinking to myself, ‘they are going to be such awesome parents.’ since then, there has been a wedding and many sessions in between but as I drove up to annapolis to meet their daughter, amelia, for the first time, I recalled that first day. this sweet little nugget was awake, alert, and I swear that she gave me a little grin when I bent down to say hello. and my friends? they are so smitten over their girl, so in love with her and each other ~ to document such joy made my heart smile. I am looking so forward to watching you all grow together over the years.. love you!! xoxo

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August 15, 2017
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1when I get an inquiry about an upcoming proposal, I immediately get excited. so much planning goes into it.. the location, the time of day, the story to keep the surprise alive. and when luke contacted me, we only had a week! he and his (then)girlfriend, paige, were taking a road trip and were making a stop at chincoteague. because they had never visited before, figuring out exactly where to go was an interesting exchange of emails :) we decided on the lighthouse as one, it’s gorgeous – and two, it’s pretty tucked back there and it would be easy to find each other. as the morning arrived, I drove down to chincoteague and started texting luke… maybe pop the question at the top of the lighthouse? well, there was a really long line. could they bring their bikes up there? probably not. meanwhile, paige was enjoying the scenery and stopping here and there to take photos as they biked the nature trail while all luke could think about was getting her to the lighthouse so that he could ask her to be with him.. forever. I knew it was them as soon as they rounded the corner leading up to the lighthouse and after luke and I made some brief eye contact, he turned and got down on one knee. happy tears and laughter followed as paige said yes and luke got up to hug his new fiancé. I couldn’t be happier for you both and was very honored to capture such an important moment. cheers!

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