Archive for 'raye'

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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August 11, 2017
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1ahhhhh… there are so many reasons that I love this session. the first and most obvious are these two amazing people… I first met kristin at (another) kristin and rob’s wedding where she was a bridesmaid. and although it was our first meeting, I already knew who she was because of a facebook. I shall explain… I photographed kristin and rob’s engagement session in saint michaels and posted the session on the blog a few weeks later. fast forward to the saint mikes wine festival and (this) kristin and fellow bridesmaid, jennifer, with the blogpost in hand on their phone, wandered the streets to ‘recreate’ the session in their own special way. once I saw their take on facebook, I was immediately in love with them both ~ it.was.awesome. since then, we have all stayed in touch and once I heard of kristin’s engagement to will, I was so happy for her and when she contacted me to photograph their wedding, I was even happier. they are getting married at rams head… a fitting location for a rock star. because she really is – a rock star that is. she is the lead vocalist in several bands in baltimore and I’ve had the pleasure of hearing her sing several times – amazing! it’s also the first wedding at rams head, ever, and I am like a kid waiting for christmas to document this epic day. so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me when kristin and will suggested artscape as a possible location for their e-session. without pausing it was a big yes, yes, YES from me. when I went to MICA, artscape was like our super bowl and I have usually been booked and unable to attend since moving back to the east coast. but when you have a session intersect with an event, there is no rescheduling.. even if the forecast calls for rain, or storms, and thunder + lightning.. and such. kristin and will didn’t bat an eye.. we were on, weather be damned and it was such an amazing afternoon. I love a truly collaborative session where I have my vision and my couple have their ideas and they all come together in the coolest of ways.. I could have kept shooting for days. this sneak peek into working with the two of you only makes me more excited for wedding day…. tock, tock – I will see you SOON! xoxo

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August 08, 2017
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1the last time we worked with the villani family was two years ago. jillian photographed this beautiful bunch shortly after their youngest son, evan, had arrived and to join siblings cate and ryan. needless to say, everyone has grown up quite a bit since then and we returned to the beaches of assateague for their latest session. when we met up in the parking lot, it wasn’t looking good… although clear, you could hear thunder rumbling in the distance and all the weather apps were showing doom and gloom but we decided to go for it – and I’m so glad that we did! the bad thing about an incoming storm is the uncertainty and there were moments that we took shelter under the walking bridge. but the awesome thing about summer storms is the dramatic sky and the lighting it provides and we took full advantage of this crazy weather. family sessions are typically a team sport.. with parents helping me with positioning the kids, letting me know the little things that make them smile, etc. but on this day, the whole family was on board! I’ve included some outtakes in this post that made me giggle.. from evan doing some mid-session stretching to big sister cate helping me to get a smile with her stuffed animal. I had so much fun with all of you and am looking so forward to the next time!

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July 21, 2017
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1I spent a wonderful afternoon on the beaches of ocean city with this big and beautiful family…. three generations of super fun personalities and lots of love were awesome to capture. each family was unique in their own way, with kids of varying ages – there was even a fresh engagement in the mix! I walked up the beach to meet them as all 23 made their way out of the hotel and was immediately smitten with this bunch. everyone was so nice and greeted me like an old friend and while each family was a little different, the joy this family shares spans all generations. and as we wrapped up the session, everyone gathered around the matriarch and you could see where everyone got their spunk and humor from. I had such a lovely time and hope to revisit all of you the next time you gather down my way!

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July 14, 2017
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001there is something about a vow renewal that I always find extra special. when a couple has been together for a long time and choose to commit their lives and their love again, that’s pretty awesome. and when they include their kids? it’s perfect. I met krista and dan on the beach at ocean city on a beautiful, but breezy evening. this was not your average ocean wind… these were gusts that pelted you with sand and practically knocked you over. but you would never know the inclement conditions once dan saw krista walking down the sand to join him. their ceremony was one that spoke of a life that had been experienced together for years, side by side. there was laughter and happy tears as they read vows written with care and with love. then their kids joined them in a sand ceremony that would commemorate this day and everything that it meant to all of them. I had such a wonderful time with all of you and wish you many more years of happiness and love together!

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1it seems like only yesterday that we were photographing kelly’s maternity session, but this little guy is already 6 weeks old! when I arrived at the house to meet baby dylan for the first time, I was greeted by proud older siblings, daniel and hadley. not that they would remember, but I had done this very thing with them and it was so cool to see them so excited for this time with their little brother. dylan could not have been easier to photograph… he is adorable, curious, and peaceful. to get all of the kids together for some photos was so much fun ~ there is so much love there and it will only get bigger as they grow up together. kelly and alex were as blissed out as they had been with every addition to their beautiful family… a little tired, maybe :) but SO happy! to document every silly moment, every tender gesture, and every hug and kiss was such a joy. I love all of you and am so happy for you xoxo

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July 08, 2017
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01I may be biased, but I think that the little town that my family has called home for 5 generations is pretty wonderful. once you become a part of this community, you are family and it’s a pretty cool thing to be a part of. so when someone gets married here, that is actually from here, I know that I am in for a very special day indeed. when alyssa’s mother, kim, contacted me regarding her daughter’s wedding, we met at her beautiful home and she shared their plans with me. the venue was river house – a favorite of mine, and she went down the list of everyone involved and I was thrilled ~ this was going to be awesome! but it paled in comparison to when I actually met alyssa and nick… they are such a lovely couple who had beaten the odds of spending most of their relationship miles apart. even alyssa’s father shared during his welcoming toast that he thought their distance would make it more than difficult. but when you know, you know. when it’s meant to be, then nothing will get in the way. this day celebrated that love and so much more ~ friendship, family, and community. it was such an amazing day and I am so grateful that I was able to play a small part. I wish you all of the love and happiness that the world has to offer!

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July 03, 2017
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1sometimes you have that moment.. or in this case a series of many moments during a session. the weather is ideal, the wardrobe choices are perfection, and the client is fun, fearless, and just gets you and your vision for the shoot. such was the evening that I spent with this lovely mother-to-be. cailyn is the younger sister of my dear friend and client, amanda. many moons ago, amanda and I worked together and I remember cailyn coming in to visit her sister… she seemed so young at the time ~ and she was. time has flown! not only has amanda had two beautiful children since then, but now cailyn is expecting her first. we had such a beautiful evening on chincoteague – given the time of year, it was downright chilly and glorious. cailyn was simply amazing as she went along with anything that I suggested and then some ~ this being her first pregnancy, she is so comfortable in her skin and it shows in the way she moves and in her sparkling eyes… she’s SO excited to be a mom and I am so very happy for her. I can’t wait to met your baby and the newest addition to a family that I love dearly xoxo

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