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September 08, 2017
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001the first time I met tiffany and wes, it was at a dunkin’ donuts. we had made plans to get together while they were in town from pennsylvania to work on some wedding details. tiffany’s parents were with them as well and a meeting that would typically last about a half hour, became a hour long visit with new friends. they are my kind of couple… fun, creative, spontaneous, and silly in love. fast forward to wedding day, with many conversations in between, and it was exactly as I knew it would be ~ personal, heart felt, and lovely. as she got ready, tiffany (and her ladies), had to hold back tears several times… everyone was just so happy and excited and the day was perfect. before walking down the aisle, tiffany and wes exchanged cards while holding hands around a corner ~ keeping with traditional, but still having a moment that was just theirs. this was kind of the theme of the day.. spending time with the people that they loved, but also taking the time to stand back, take it all in, and be with each other – just the two of them. I am so grateful to have met such wonderful people and am so very happy for you! I wish you so much happiness, joy, and love in your life together xoxo

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August 15, 2017
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1I can’t help but get a little sentimental in this post. if I’m honest, I’ve been looking really forward to this blogpost and dreading it at the same time…. just a little bit. see, I’ve been photographing this girl since she was 11. what began as a family session turned into a working relationship, which turned into a friendship, all of which has resulted in a creative collaboration that has given me so much inspiration and joy over the years. these are all wonderful things ~ indeed they are. working with lexie (and her sister payton) has been so amazing since day one.. she is not only is my friend – she is my little sister and my muse. but she is leaving. in just a few short days, she is leaving for college and while I am over-the-moon-happy for her I am going to miss her like crazy. every time that I have needed a model over the past 7 years, lexie has been my first call and every time that she has needed photos, I have been hers. I have dressed this child in mini skirts and popped her into the middle of a snow covered field during blizzard-like conditions. I have clamped her into wedding dresses before she was 14 years old. I have dressed her in faux fur, bell bottoms, evening dresses, and tutus. and during every session, she inevitably wears something of mine that I throw on her last minute. there isn’t anything that I have ever asked of her that she hasn’t done – with a professionalism that has always surpassed her years. I remember the first time the girls drove themselves to a session – it took me a second to realize that yes, they were old enough to drive. and when lexie said that her boyfriend was going to be joining us at the end of this most recent session, the notion of photographing her with a guy.. HER guy, made me smile from ear to ear. by the very nature of what I do for a living, I am around a lot of pretty people ~ but what makes lexie and payton as breathtakingly beautiful as they are is who they have grown into as young women. they are smart, they are funny, they are compassionate, and they are both so very kind. and so to commemorate this last session with my girl (for now…) I have pulled some of my favorite photos from all of my sessions with lexie leading up to our most recent shoot. I love you more that I can put into words and am so very proud of you, sweets  xoxoxo

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August 07, 2017
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001I met klaus years ago and once we learned of all of our common connections, it was surprising that we hadn’t met before we did. we basically live a stone’s throw away from each other and he is related to some of my closest friends. small town living folks… if you haven’t met your neighbors, you will and typically it’s under some pretty cool circumstances. shortly after meeting klaus, I met becky one night and it was clear how much they meant to each other by the small things.. a look, a laugh ~ things that only the two of them shared. fast forward many years and I was working in my home office when there was a knock at my door – it was klaus. ‘well, we’re doing it! we’re getting married! and we’d like to have the wedding on the fourth of july.’ he declared as he followed me into the kitchen. we went over some of their plans and I set about getting my schedule open to document this happy day. when I told mutual friends that I was photographing their wedding, many thought that klaus and becky had already married years ago – they are just that type of couple who has fit since day one and seemed destined to be side by side forever. the wedding was held at their home and was a collective effort between family and friends. from the decor, to the cake and the bouquets, everything was done for them by those that love them and all of these people gathered to celebrate them on a summer afternoon. a moving ceremony, a lovely reception, and even a finale jump into their pool made for a day all of us will remember. I am so very happy for all of you and wish you all of the love and happiness in the world!

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July 25, 2017
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1clary is the niece of some friends of mine who live where, I personally think, is one of the most lovely spots on the eastern shore. the farm has been a labor of love since the day I met them and every time I visit, it’s more beautiful than the time before… it also happens to be where clary and evan are getting married this fall. typically, I like to mix it up and photograph the engagement session at a different location than the wedding, but we made an exception for obvious reasons. not only could they show me where everything was going to take place in september, but we could also include their pup, keeva, in the session. very important indeed! we had a beautiful afternoon to work together for the first time and they are so adorable together and very excited for wedding day. keeva was a natural from the first photo snapped until the end of the session :) I am looking so forward to seeing you again soon for the big day!

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June 27, 2017
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1the first time I met clara and ray, it was during their engagement session. I was instantly smitten with them.. they are so much fun and have an energy that just invites you in ~ it’s pretty magical. that day was pretty cool for another reason – I fell pretty hard for a puppy named hugo :)  now, 2 years later, they are expecting their first child and I am so excited for them! obviously, hugo had to be a part of this session and I was so happy to see all of them. we spent a lovely afternoon in and around snow hill and had the opportunity to catch up. this baby is going to make an appearance soon and I can’t wait to capture some of it’s first moments with mom and dad… and of course, his furry big brother xoxo

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May 05, 2017
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1I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the 2017 summer season.. ashley and cj’s wedding was a dream from start to finish. I knew as soon as I walked into the bridal suite and met ashley and her girls for the first time, that this day would be special. for one, it was quiet.. really quiet. to be honest, at first I thought I had the wrong room. but as I walked in, ashley was getting her makeup finished and the other ladies were eating lunch and getting ready for this special day. as soon as she saw me, ashley reached out for a hug and I was so excited to work with her. she was beautiful, calm, and very ready to marry her love. for late april, the day was a bit steamy… in the 90′s, but it was glorious and the spring colors of the congressional country club were in full bloom. as we made our way outside for her and cj’s first look, I could sense ashley’s joy. this day has been a long time coming.. because of their school and work commitments, the two of them have spent a large portion of their relationship apart. during the toasts, the main thing that people kept returning to was their ability to make it work, despite time and distance. their’s is a love that was obviously meant to be ~ no matter what. the whole day was just so lovely – their friends and their families were so kind and fun.. I immediately felt right at home with all of them and am happy to have made some wonderful new friends. I am SO very happy for you both and wish you all of the love and happiness that the world has to offer!

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February 15, 2017
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001something was happening on green street last year… something big. one of the historic buildings in the heart of downtown was being completely gutted and it caught my attention ~ it caught everyone’s attention. this is life in a small town – nothing goes unnoticed and speculation begins. I think I heard that a candy shop was going in when I was at the post office one afternoon and I was intrigued – and then when I learned that my friend, melisa, was involved, I was excited! melisa grew up in snow hill and recently moved back from across the bridge to care for her mother. meanwhile, mark schramek, who calls both snow hill and DC home, had wanted to start a project with his daughter, morgan, to teach her about business ~ what better idea to peak a 13 year old’s interest than a candy shop? melisa and mark have been friends for 15 years and initially melisa was helping him with the design and branding for the shop, but soon a partnership formed. with mark’s business savvy and melisa’s marketing experience after many years with whole foods, it was a match made in confectionary heaven. together, they have created a timeless experience where both nostalgic candy favorites and artisan chocolates can satisfy any sweet tooth. they also partner with a local dairy, chesapeake bay farms,  to offer a rainbow of ice cream scoops, floats, and sundaes. since opening their doors in december, the shop has delighted locals and tourists alike as they are brought back to a simpler time.. in only for a little while. 2 3 3a 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 otcc-014 otcc-077 otcc-079

August 31, 2016
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1christine and dan were married at one of my favorite venues, gramercy mansion. it was a gorgeous day.. but it was HOT! as in let’s-move-the-ceremony-inside hot. but as I walked into the bridal suite to meet christine for the first time, she wasn’t bothered one bit. christine and dan were referred to me by one of my favorite couples ever, niki and mike. so I knew before even meeting them, that these two would be so much fun to work with… and I was right! from the moment that her dress went on, to dan awaiting her by the grand staircase for their first look, these two were awesome. they have such an easy way about being together and you can tell that they are best friends. after the ceremony that was picture perfect inside under the atrium, to the dance party that erupted during the reception, christine and dan, their friends and their families, wrapped up the summer wedding season with perfection. I wish you so much happiness and love in your life together!

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April 07, 2016
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001a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of driving up the shore to visit chesapeake college. this was my first time there and I as soon as I got onto campus, I was so impressed. the grounds themselves are beautifully landscaped and easy to navigate and the buildings are thoughtful in their modern design. my friend bridget lowrie is a professor there and had planned an event for students taking her law office practice and ethics class. bridget had invited some of the most respected legal professionals practicing here on the shore to come share their experience with the attendees. each panelist began with a brief history of their career and the changes that had come as their profession had evolved over the years. from the clerk of court to criminal law attorneys, there wasn’t much that either one or all of the panelists hadn’t had personal experience with during their lengthy careers. the attendees were a blend of first and second year students who had thoughtful questions regarding hiring practices, career growth, as well as advice for potential professional challenges along the way. I even learned a thing or two and got some new ideas as a small business owner myself. the event definitely made an impact, as the students continue to bring up in class the topics that the panelists covered that day and some specific issues which they elaborated on – each from their unique perspective. I had a wonderful time meeting everyone and hope to be involved with a similar event at the college.

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March 23, 2015
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the ladies of ShaDeeLa have done it again! just when we think that they’ve held the coolest and most inspiring workshop ever, they outdo themselves by offering a day of art, community, and expression. like the day of ‘FEARless painting’ with workshop leaders, dee, deb, and sharon, this day was a creativity reboot. the workshop was held at the green doors which was the ideal location for such an event – using reclaimed barn wood (some of it over 100 years old!) which was then cut into hearts, attendees were guided through new techniques as well as being encouraged to think about a message or a dream that they wanted to express through paint and found objects. so many new techniques were taught and as the hearts began to tell their story, it was such a lovely combined vision… there were no rules, no mistakes, only truth. if you haven’t taken one of these workshops, we definitely encourage you to visit their blog and sign up for their mailing list – you will have such a unique day of creativity, new friendships and community.

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up next for ShaDeeLa? their soul affirmations fabric journal workshop – head to their blog for details!

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