Are you a super-organized, type-A planner who has the details of their wedding planned out way in advance of their big day? If you are, great!! If not, you could benefit greatly from having a helping hand with your wedding planning.
Wedding days are filled with fleeting moments that you wish you could capture and keep forever. Truth is, there are simply too many smiles, reunions with distant relatives, corny best man jokes, and group hugs with your besties to keep in you mind forever. That's where your wedding photographer comes in! I'm here to capture the moments from your wedding day that perfectly sum up the laughter, tears, and joy you share with your nearest and dearest. But, which of these moments should be on your ultimate shot list for the day? I have a few opinions about that, and would love to share them with you!
In the ever-changing, fast-paced world we live in, it’s no wonder we often find ourselves requesting just a few more hours in a day. Truth is, no matter how much time we have, we always need just a little more to feel somewhat accomplished. We have access to so much information and convenience right at our fingertips, and sadly, most of us don’t use that power to it’s fullest potential! I may not be able to give the gift of time, but I certainly can share with you some wonderful time-saving tips that have worked wonders for me. All you need is a computer or smart-phone, and a little wifi wouldn't hurt either!
Wedding days are always full of surprises. As much as we all hope a wedding day will go off without a hitch, there's always a chance you might need a plan B to get you through a sticky situation! I always pack some essentials for weddings I cover, so I love when brides and bridesmaids bring their own emergency kits to get them through the day! It’s always a great idea to pack a wedding day emergency kit JUST in case you hit a last-minute snag on your wedding day!
I’ve lived the entrepreneurial dream (insert sarcasm). I was a single mom, working three jobs, and juggling my dream of wedding photography on the side. Through some struggles, uphill battles, amazing people in my corner and some tough lessons, I’m finally where I want to be – working full-time as a creative entrepreneur and living my passion every day.
Your wedding day timeline is the most important tool for vendors to keep your wedding day running as smoothly as can be! From a photographer's perspective, the timeline is crucial to keeping the perfect times for the photos you want to capture during your big day like bride and groom portraits, getting ready shots, family portraits, and bridal party photos. I broke down the shots that most couples want to be taken during their big day, with some tips for how to stay on track and not fall behind in the wedding timeline!
At the beginning of each year, the Be More Inspired Wedding Studio hosts a Bubbly Soiree, an intimate get together for brides and their fiances to get to know the partner wedding vendors at Be More Inspired and (what else?) sip bubbly! Throughout the night, Adam from Jamology DJ services announced the winners of the several giveaways we offered to guests, including a free wedding dress from K&B Bridals, a free cruise from Travelworks International, and discounts on photography services from yours truly!
Life around here has been going and going and going lately! I guess that's what happens after a winter of hibernating with a new baby. Once spring rolls around- you're in full swing! For photographers, spring means engagement sessions, family shoots, and the start of wedding season. For moms, it means end of the school year activities, assemblies, field trips, and summer prep!
For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m a huge Joanna Gaines fan. My perfect Friday night consists of my couch and an endless supply of Fixer Upper re-runs. Recently I spent an amazing afternoon shooting a lifestyle home session with the Baileys, Baltimore's cutest couple and owners of a home that looks like it was styled by Joanna herself!
Last week, we had a little heart to heart about why you should schedule an engagement session with your wedding photographer. Now that you know all my opinions about why it’s such an awesome thing to do with your fiance, I’d love to chat about what you should plan on wearing during your session so you walk away absolutely loving your engagement photos!
I’ve made your Mothers Day shopping really easy this year! Here’s a quick gift guide with some of my favorite things (all available on Amazon) that moms are sure to love!
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?!
Have you ever had an idea pop into your head that just feels SO right? You can't stop thinking about it and just know that you have to put it into action? For a long time this was never on my radar. I never pictured myself doing this. But, that feeling didn't last forever and on that note...
I can't tell you how much I love living in Baltimore. Between the culture, restaurant scene, and tons of destination spots only a short drive away, you can always find fun and new things to get into with your tribe.
How are my fellow work-at-home boss lady mamas doing?! Are you feeling energized, organized, and completely on top of every little detail required to make a family, home, and business run smoothly? No? Good. Neither am I! Let's just face the reality of the nearly impossible. It's hard work. All of it!
Waking up on April the 9th and the meteorologist is still talking about freezing temperatures. I just can't take it anymore! It looks like we'll hit 70 degrees by Thursday, though! Here's what's been going on in my part of the world!
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"!
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!
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!
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!
I'm extremely excited to share one of my favorite weddings, Will and Theresa's big day at Martin's West! Will and Theresa are absolutely perfect for each other. Both die-hard Harry Potter fans, Will and Theresa got engaged at Hogwarts! These two self-proclaimed nerds are clearly in love and are each other's perfect match!
I spent a lovely fall day in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore capturing the magic of Daniel and Lindsey's classic wedding at the Star Spangle Flag House Museum, right on the harbor. The sun was shining and the trees were turning beautiful colors for Lindsey and Dan's big day!