Five reasons to book an engagement session with your wedding photographer

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Five reasons to book an engagement session with your wedding photographer

Weddings are about more than coordinating every last detail, assembling the perfect vendor team to execute your big day, and finding just the right color scheme to pull every piece together. More than anything, your wedding should be the best representation of who you and your fiance are and should celebrate your relationship and the life you want to live together. What better way to celebrate than scheduling an engagement session?!

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Top Things To Do After You Say I Do | Maryland Wedding Photographer | Wedding Tips

Wedding planning can be overwhelming, right? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news- but it's not over after you say "I do"! Once you've caught up on sleep and come home from the honeymoon, there are some loose ends you'll need to tie up. Here are the top things to do after you say "I do"!

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REVIEW VENDORS
Coming from a photographer, this is huge for me! First of all, nothing makes my day more than getting the notification that someone has written a review for me. Vendors appreciate and need these reviews more than we can express. So much of our business is gained through word of mouth! Hint: we like to get 5 stars and reviews on multiple platforms- but you can totally copy and paste ;)

PRESERVE YOUR GOWN
That gorgeous gown that cost you a pretty penny? Let's not leave it in a pile on the floor in the back of the closet caked in mud. The thought makes me shudder! Do your research and ask some recently married friends where they took their gown to get cleaned and preserved. It's one of those chores that's easily forgotten about but is also such a relief once you can cross it off your to-do list!

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WRITE THANK YOU CARDS
This one is SO important! Friends and family flew in from out of town, took time off of work, threw you a bridal shower, and who knows what else in preparation for your big day. Please remember to take the time to send them a few handwritten sentiments. Happy mail is hardly sent anymore! Get some cute cards, pretty stamps, and practice signing your new name!

DRY YOUR BOUQUET
Your dreamed of a gorgeous bouquet filled with amazing flowers that smelled like heaven. Your florist made your dreams a reality. Ok, now what?! This is a step I suggest you take BEFORE you leave for your honeymoon! It's super easy to dry your bouquet and I've done it a few times with great success. All you need is a dry area, room to hang, and patience. First, let your bouquet dry out a little. Take some string a hang it upside down (I did this in my basement). Spray it with the most aggressive strong-hold hairspray you can find. Ignore it for 3-4 weeks. Once it's completely dry, spray it again. Voila! That's it! I have mine on display in a vase. Other people have pressed their bouquets but I can't give you any advice on that- I've never been successful!

Your married now! Enjoy being a newlywed- the time flies!

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Monday Mix-Up | March 2018 | Baltimore Wedding Photographer

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Monday Mix-Up | March 2018 | Baltimore Wedding Photographer

This new season as a mother of two certainly takes some getting used to! Baby feedings, diapers, and snuggles mixed with homework, chores, and legos on the floor is not for the faint at heart. Dylan is 3 months old now and I'm starting to get into a groove that works for our family. Now to get into a groove that works for work! So here's a recap of life in my house lately!

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Fall Engagement Session with Kristan and Tyler | Maryland Wedding Photographer

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Fall Engagement Session with Kristan and Tyler | Maryland Wedding Photographer

All of this frigid January weather with its snowstorms and bitter cold spurts makes me wish we were still in the season of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and drinking warm apple cider in cozy sweaters. Kristan and Tyler's engagement session at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center seemed like the perfect shoot to feature on the blog for those of you who want to daydream about fall, and possibly pick up some of your own ideas about what you might want for your engagement photos! 

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Emily and Matt | Baltimore Museum of Art | Maryland Wedding Photographer

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Emily and Matt | Baltimore Museum of Art | Maryland Wedding Photographer

Emily and Matt's wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Art was sophisticated and classic, from Emily's stunning Sareh Nouri gown to the ornate stone steps of their venue. Their wedding was the perfect black tie affair, complete with a band and even a live painter painting the reception throughout the night! Having a live painter paint during the reception was such a unique way of capturing the night and paired perfectly with the art museum venue.

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Behind the Scenes | 2017 Wrap-up | Baltimore Wedding Photographer

Well, here we are. The end of another amazing year in business! I still feel like I need to pinch myself on the regular to make sure that this isn't a dream! Working with awesome couples, being  a part of amazing weddings, and everything that goes along with this is seriously a dream come true.

This year I actually have enough behind the scenes photos to write one of these super fun posts! I always look forward to my photogra-friends posting theirs- so here's mine! You'll see my belly grow throughout the season. You'll see variations of my famous messy bun. You'll see my love affair with my Holdfast Moneymaker. You'll definitely see me asking a group of groomsmen to empty their pockets for photos and what happened because of that! You'll see me helping grandma, fixing a broken bustle, hanging with livestock, wrangling children... you name it!

So grab a chair, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, and get comfy! Photo overload coming your way in 3.... 2.... 1....

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Leslie and Dan | Pond View Farm Wedding | Maryland Wedding Photographer

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Leslie and Dan | Pond View Farm Wedding | Maryland Wedding Photographer

I can't get enough of the contrast between purple wedding accents and the lush greenery of a rustic outdoor venue. Leslie and Dan's wedding at Pond View Farm in White Hall, Maryland, was full of vibrant purples and green backdrops. It was the perfect summer day with just the right temperature, especially for August. I loved shooting every minute of it! 

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Engagement Session on the NCR Trail with Jon and Stephanie | Maryland Wedding Photographer

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Engagement Session on the NCR Trail with Jon and Stephanie | Maryland Wedding Photographer

Stephanie and Jon are such an adventure-loving couple. They love being outdoors so much that for one of their first dates, they rode bikes on the NCR trail. Because of their history with the NCR trail, Stephanie and Jon decided to shoot their engagement photos there! We had a blast adventuring on the trail and capturing some amazing shots of Stephanie and Jon with their adorable Boston Terrier Ginny during the sunny fall afternoon. 

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My Office Assistant | General Travis Magoats | Baltimore Photographer

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My Office Assistant | General Travis Magoats | Baltimore Photographer

Travis is such a big part of my life (pun intended) that I thought I really ought to share a little more about him! Travis came to us almost four years ago in December. I have ALWAYS been a dog person and have had dogs literally my entire life. I've had english bulldogs, labs, and mutts, but Travis is my first mastiff! And let me tell you, I am completely infatuated with him! 

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Caitlyn and Shaun | Fall Engagement Session | Maryland Wedding

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Caitlyn and Shaun | Fall Engagement Session | Maryland Wedding

Just in time for Halloween, it's finally starting to feel like fall in Maryland! I've been incredibly busy with doubleheader wedding weekends, attending the AKP retreat in Baltimore, and preparing for the newest member of our little family, but I'm so excited for spending my in-between moments indulging in all things fall - I'm talking pumpkin spice, hot apple ciders, snuggling by the fireplace...enjoying the sweater weather season while I can.

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