With Veteran's Day having just passed, it seemed like a great time to share Shawn and Marisa's wedding at the Star Spangled Flag House Museum in Baltimore! The red, white, and blue backdrop of the museum seemed like such a fitting place for these two lovebirds to tie the knot.
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!
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.
Casey and Nate tied the knot at one of my new favorite venues in Lancaster, the Cork Factory Hotel! Lancaster is quickly becoming a popular area for brides looking for rustic wedding venues. This place had everything - exposed brick, aged wood, and a completely open space with vaulted ceilings for their beautiful ceremony and reception. The little details of the wedding were perfect for the space, from the hanging flowers and chandeliers to the ornate, oversized Edison light bulbs incorporated into the decor. Everywhere you looked, Casey and Nate's wedding was gorgeous!
Mike and Ashley were the lucky winners of the Be More Inspired Wedding Studio Ultimate Wedding Giveaway last January and were married at the SwingTime Ballroom in Hydes, Maryland! From the bride’s gorgeous lace dress with custom sleeves to the Walking Dead cake, Mike and Ashley’s wedding was a blast!
I admire the ambition you both have towards following your dreams. An idea will pop into your heads and if it feels right, you make the next move. Whatever obstacles are in your way, you always overcome them with grace. I think everyone can learn from your positivity and determination. That houseboat that didn't float, that farm that you waited and waited for, and those silos that didn't look like much from the outside, but you had vision and now it's more than you ever could have imagined. You've created a brand, a lifestyle, and you've set an example that if you put your mind to it and stay true to yourselves, you can accomplish anything you dream up.
The sprawling hills of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania were the perfect backdrop for Katelynne and Jacob's wedding day! Between taking the fun and goofy shots of the bridal party to capturing the beautiful details of Katelynne's dress and flowers, it was a super fun day and I couldn't be happier for Katelynne and Jacob!
I don't think it could get any cuter than this shoot for sisters Brooke and Morgan and their dogs Scarlet, Gus and Milo! I've known Brooke and Morgan for years while their dad and I were volunteer firefighters together. Brooke and I also both wore the Ms. Fire Prevention crown! I even owe the adoption of our dog, Travis, to Brooke. Brooke is a Virginia Tech grad who works in the agricultural field and Morgan is a women's soccer coach at Loyola. I was over the moon when they reached out to take some photos with their adorable pups!
Fells Point in Baltimore is such a dynamic and exciting place to shoot engagement sessions. There are cobblestone and worn brick, a picturesque waterfront, and iconic landmarks like the Knoll Lighthouse. Jess, Mike and I took advantage of a gorgeous sunny spring day and explored Fells Point to find the perfect shots for their engagement session! As we were shooting, passers-by cheered them on and talked about how adorable they and their happy and energetic golden retriever pup Bailey were. The three of them looked like a perfect little family!
To celebrate Julie's daughter Isabella's fifth birthday, Julie decided to have mother daughter portraits made for the two of them! We had a bit of a challenge searching for locations in Hunt Valley to shoot the perfect portraits.
Valerie, Mike and I took a trip to Cloister's Castle for their fall engagement session! I had such a fun time shooting their engagement photos in such a unique setting and loved that they wanted something different for their location. We had a blast and Mike and Val were such great sports. They were up for anything! I can’t wait for their fall wedding coming up this October.
Today I'm sharing some things I've learned from my pregnancies that may help you out! I'm no expert, and this certainly isn't medical advice, but it might help out another mama in this stage of life! Plus, a few shots that I was so fortunate to get from Rosie Omar Photography!
Tracy and Noah are easily one of the most loving and faith-filled couples I've had the pleasure of working with. There has never been a couple more in love than these two! If there were ever two people who were ever "meant to be," it would be Noah and Tracy.
I love boudoir sessions - they give me the chance to help my clients feel beautiful and confident, and stretch my creative muscles to style the perfect shot! Recently, I was able to work with one of my oldest friends, Cait, to shoot a 1950's-inspired pin-up boudoir session, and the finished product is fierce!
I shot Kim and Nick's engagement session at Oregon Ridge on the most delightful fall afternoon. It was one of those crisp fall days that you wish could happen every day. They decided to bring along their fur-baby Tucker for the session, which added a whole other layer of fun! If the shots of Tucker's cute little face below don't make your heart melt, I don't know what will!
I'm absolutely in love with the stunning details of Jessica and Jesse's wedding! The two were married this spring at Our Lady of the Chesapeake and Anchor Inn in Pasadena, Maryland. Jessica's color palette was purple and ivory with gold and silver accents, which popped perfectly against the green and blue backdrop of Pasadena’s shorefront. I think Jessica’s floral hair piece deserves its own shout-out; it was absolutely gorgeous and incorporated the purple hue into her own look!
Lindsay and Lance celebrated their wedding at Nonantum Farm in Landenberg, PA in May. This charismatic couple truly have an incredible bond - their 'in-between' moments were just as, if not more, sweet and romantic than their actual portraits! They're a perfect match for each other, and that showed throughout their wedding.
Last fall on a brisk November day, Leslie, Dan, and I met at St. Mary's College of Maryland to shoot their engagement session. I have to say, St. Mary's College and Historic St. Mary's City have so many picturesque areas that I would happily drive another half a day to shoot more sessions there! We were able to take photos on a dock at a secluded beach AND frolic through fields all in the same session. Great day, if you ask me!
Happy Monday, everyone! It's been a while since I've done a Monday Mix-Up post, hasn't it? Honestly, I wasn't sure that people read it but I received a lot of feedback asking where these posts went! So thanks for actually reading these posts! ;)
Oh my...Caitlyn and Sean's 1840s Ballroom wedding couldn't have been more packed with stunning details that truly transported guests to the roaring 20s. From the cigar box floral decorations to the venue's nostalgic ambiance, this wedding was styled perfectly and definitely captured the magic of the 20s!
When my husband Chris and I first started planning our wedding, there were a lot of not-so-traditional ideas we wanted to incorporate into our wedding, from what everyone was wearing to the James Bond nod we kept for the reception. There were a lot of details about my wedding that I wanted to keep very untraditional and totally different than what I've seen before, so I threw the rulebook out of the window and ignored some wedding traditions to make my wedding more me.
When Angie reached out to me to shoot her engagement session with her fiance, Russ, I was instantly so excited to start working with them. Angie was my son Brody's kindergarten teacher, so I knew that she and I would have a great connection from the start. I'm beyond excited for Angie and Russ' wedding coming up in November!
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!