When you sit down to write out your wedding to-do checklist, what's the first big to-do that pops into your head? Finding a wedding venue! If you're like most brides, starting the search for the perfect setting for your big day is pretty intimidating. Narrow down the front runners by asking yourself these questions while you sort through the seemingly countless options!
Stephanie and Jon tied the knot on a rainy April day at Lakeview Farms in Dover, Pennsylvania. Although the weather wasn't ideal, Stephanie and Jon's good spirits made the skies clear for a gorgeous golden hour for their portraits!
Going into business for myself was scary. I mean, really scary. Each decision feels like a make it or break it moment and, in my mind, one misstep could cause ten more potential problems. Of course, risks are just part of doing what you love, and without them there wouldn't be that "YES!" moment when you feel all of your hard work paying off. So, I thought I'd share with you some of those decisions that turned out to be turning points for my business, and helped me enjoy being my own boss!
Macy and Dave celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary in June, and I met with them to capture their anniversary photos at Hampton Mansion in Towson, MD! We spent a gorgeous summer day roaming the historic mansion and grounds, which turned out to be the perfect backdrop for Macy and Dave's session!
This adorable couple and I had an instant connection, which may have had something to do with our mutual obsession with Gilmore Girls!
There is so much to say about Andy and Becca! Let's get the obvious out the of way- they're a seriously photogenic couple! Becca is petite with the most amazing beachy blonde waves and Andy is preppy and has his own set of golden locks. I met them in high school and any memory I have of them includes them as a couple. It was only a matter of time until they got married and I'd say it was well worth the wait!
I met Katelynne and Jacob at Piney Run Park in Carroll County for their engagement session last fall. We were blessed by mother nature and had the most beautiful weather and stunning sunset for their session! I was thrilled when Katelynne called me what seems like years ago to book her wedding. She was so sweet and easy to talk to- I felt like I made an instant friend with her.
Last fall Katelyn and Jimmy tied the knot at Rockfield Manor! I wish I could hop in a time machine and go back to their wedding day. Jimmy and Katelyn definitely knew how to throw a good party! Their awesome playlist made everyone hit the dance floor. I loved seeing all their friends and family bust their dance moves. Wedding receptions always make the best stories ;)
Earlier this spring I had the pleasure of meeting Caroline and Travis at Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore for their engagement session. The sun was shinning bright and the gardens were DREAMY! Being surrounded by beautiful trees, luscious grass, and gorgeous flowering bushes was SO romantic. Clyburn Arboretum has become one of my favorite photography spots because of the gorgeous setting and tons of different areas to shoot in.
Calling all brides!! Do you need help making your timeline for your wedding day? Are you feeling totally lost? I'm sharing a few tips to help you create your timeline with ease. It's SUPER important to set a realistic timeline for your wedding day. It can seem overwhelming trying to organize a schedule but it's fairly simple if you take a few minutes to think through everything. You might need revision here or there, but once you get through the first draft the rest comes easily! Check out these tips- I promise it'll make your life a little easier!
Annapolis you are my FAVORITE! I was ecstatic when Will and Theresa told me they wanted to do their engagement session in Annapolis! As I've said before, there's just something romantic and dreamy about getting photographed by the water. Trust me, romance was in the air during Will and Theresa's session. You can totally see how much they love each other by how much they laugh together. They were constantly giggling and smiling the whole time!
Second shooting is a great way to dip your toes into wedding photography and it's how a lot of wedding photographer get their start. It gives you the opportunity to see everything it takes to shoot a wedding. If you’re a photographer trying to get your foot in the door, second shooting is the perfect way to gain some understanding. I’ve been in the photography business for about 4 years now and I STILL love second shooting. No matter how much experience you have, you can still benefit from second shooting. I've also made some lifelong friends through second shooting. So today I’m sharing with you 3 reasons why I personally love second shooting!
You might have noticed I have been doing a lot more sessions in Annapolis. I think that everyone looks better in Annapolis!! I love the boat docks, the ducks greeting everyone, and the nautical vibe. There's just something so romantic about taking photos by the water. I was SO excited when Lindsey and Daniel told me they wanted to do their engagement session in Annapolis!
There are many reasons why women decide to take the leap and have a boudoir session. Most women take boudoir photos as an anniversary present for their significant other, to celebrate a weight loss goal, or as present for their soon to be spouse on their wedding day. But Miss. W had a different reason. She felt like she needed a confidence boost and boudoir photography had always been she wanted to indulge in. Miss. W felt a little self conscious in her own skin. After gaining some weight and few stretch marks, she decided that it was time to start loving her body even if she wasn't her ideal weight. And I was SO delighted that she contacted me to join her on this journey!
Walking in a winter wonderland...or at least that's what Autumn and Garrett were hoping for!! Autumn had her heart set on being surrounded by snowflakes for her February wedding. But mother nature had other plans! The couple was blessed with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures in the 70s. It was the kind of weather all my summer brides are praying for!
Running your own creative business is TOTALLY worth it. But I would be lying if I told you it was easy. There are so many details to focus on from a business and creative perspective! Whenever I'm struggling with a particular task, I sit back and think, "There HAS to be an easier way to (fill in blank)". After some searching and brainstorming (and phone-ing a friend!), I usually find out that there is a way to make my life a tad easier. So today I'm telling you about some tools that have made some details of my business become effortless. FULL DISCLOSURE-I'm in NO way computer or technology savvy, but I definitely try my best ;)
Monday is here, again! Crazy how that keeps happening! Getting the blog out a little earlier than usual today because we're all headed to the zoo! It's spring break for Brody this week and we have something planned for almost ever day! I can already tell I'm going to need a nap...
I love romance! It’s SO inspirational to meet couples that finally found their soul mate. And then they choose ME to help capture one of the most important days of their lives! It’s a job I don’t take lightly folks ;) Today I’m telling you about how I was involved in a surprise proposal. You might have read about it on Love Inc.!
Oh friends, the time has come! Since today is 4 months since Chris and I got married, I figured it was a perfect excuse to share some of our wedding photos! I have shared a few here and there but today's the day! I tried not to pick too many... but you can be the judge of that! ;)
Today I'm sharing my top three reasons to have a first look with your fiancé! The first look is one of my most favorite parts of the wedding day and I'm talking about the benefits! I'm speaking from a personal and professional standpoint here since my husband and I chose to do the first look on our wedding day!
Spring = engagement sessions!! To get back in the swing of things, I’m throwing it back to Casey and Nate’s engagement last fall. They are getting married this June in Lancaster at the Cork Factory Hotel. Believe me folks, June will be here before we know it!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting with Alexandra Kent for a mentoring session. Folks, this girl is going places!! I started mentoring sessions because I truly believe in following your passions in life. And let me tell you, Alex is eager to enhance and expand her photography career. She's a bubbly, super sweet photographer serving the Annapolis area. She loves Annapolis mainly for the nautical vibe (don't we all?!). Alex knew there can be challenges transitioning from portrait to wedding photography so we met at a coffee shop and got down to business!
Couples that DIY together stay together, right? I love that Jerrett & McKinsey worked TOGETHER to prepare all the details for their wedding day. Love was literally flowing from all the elements of their wedding. The 3 sweetest details at their wedding were…
It hit me yesterday evening. I knew it was coming up but hadn't gone back to check the exact date. Yesterday was the anniversary of me leaving my day job to go all in and pursue a photography career! It's been quite a journey and today I'll show you what that time looked like for me.