Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy New Year!

We rang in the new year in our typical way - staying home, watching the ball drop on TV. Katie (who is now 9) really hopes to stay awake, but hasn't made it yet - I usually have to wake her with seconds to go. Sometimes I think it would be great fun to stand in Times Square and ring in the new year, then I remember how much I love staying home... where it's warm.

January is a time for new beginnings along with planning for the year. Butch and I spend some time reflecting on the past year - what went well, what we want to do differently. We worked with many lovely couples and families in 2012. I got to travel to Colorado for engagement portraits, we had a rustic wedding on a family farm, and we even took Zombie wedding photographs.

This year is full of exciting plans - weddings at some favorite venues, new spaces - and even a destination wedding (hello, Cancun!). What are your plans for the new year?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Kristina & Glen

I met Kristina last spring, as she began planning her wedding. At a Panera Bread, I believe (not surprising, if you know me). She was so easy to talk to, and very excited about the Renaissance themed wedding that she was planning with her fiance, Glen.

We met up with both of them at the Maryland Renaissance Festival last fall for their engagement session, which was a blast. Who doesn't love to get dressed up in costume, eat meat off a stick Steak on a Stake and take portraits?

 Finally the day came for us to photograph the wedding - set at Chase Court.

 Glen, patiently waiting for his bride.

 Who else would deliver the rings, but a falcon! Kristina was so excited to plan this, we talked about it at least three times in the weeks approaching the wedding.
 I love this vantage point - peering out to the garden to watch the ceremony. Just lovely.

 Oh, yes. Just gorgeous.

 Much joy and happiness to you both!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Katie + Stephen

lWe are often asked how we met the bride and groom, or how they found us. Common responses include bridal shows, from the internet, or from a friend. Well, we met Katie a few years ago... when we photographed her senior portraits. After college, I met up with her again when she was teaching at my school. Last spring she found me again at one of our district planned meetings - happily showing me the beautiful engagement ring that Stephen selected, and asking us to photograph her wedding.

If you know Katie, then you know her Beetle. We talked about making sure to include it in the photos before we left her home and headed to the church. 
 I love this stained glass window. It is just gorgeous! Stephen told me that there are (I think) 27 different symbols in the glass? I could find about 5... I bet it would keep me focused during mass!
After the ceremony, we stopped at Valley Gardens before heading to the reception. I hadn't been there in a few years, and had forgotten about the stairs. Oh, the stairs. We definitely got our workout for the day - but it was definitely worth the walk.

Congratulations, Katie and Stephen!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sara {Seniors}

 Senior portrait sessions are a blast. Especially when the seniors are just as excited for the photos as we are. I have gotten to know Sara over the past year, and she is a delightful young lady. We met for her session early in the morning (I know, early and high school seniors don't usually go together!) and benefited from the gorgeous light among the trees behind our studio.
 Sara's dad passed away last summer. She brought some things that are special to them to include in her portraits.
Sara, I hope you have a fantastic senior year, and I know your mom will keep us up to date as you look ahead to your future!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tip Tuesday: the sunny side of a cloudy day

Many couples opt to take engagement portraits outside. When we pick a day we hope for good weather.  As the day gets closer, the first thing everyone does is worry about the weather - What if it rains? It's not sunny out! It looks like it could rain! My outdoor photos won't look beautiful!

This will sound strange, but I actually prefer cloudy days for portraits. Don't get me wrong, I love a good sunny day with bright blue skies. But clouds can act as a diffuser to soften the light of the sun. You won't be squinting and the light is more even on your skin. (added bonus - Carrie won't get a sunburn!)

This past weekend I had not one, but two portraits sessions with cloudy skies. The portraits were lovely and the couples were very happy with the weather.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Laura & John

 Laura looked just beautiful. We arrived as she was finishing with her makeup, then her girls helped her get dressed before we headed to the ceremony.
The wedding was taking place on the farm where John grew up. We drove down the tree lined driveway to find the tent for the reception and the chairs set up and ready for the ceremony.

One of the gifts for the bridesmaids was a monogrammed bracelet. John gave his men pretty sweet looking cufflinks, and a flask with a personalized engraving.
 Happy,  John's family dog, joined the ceremony and stuck around for the portraits. I didn't pose him, honest!
 Instead of a guest book, Laura and John had a jersey made up with their wedding date on it.
 The reception was great - the day was warm, but the air grew cooler as we enjoyed the golden light of the setting sun. Laura had talked with me about using sparklers after it got dark, and we played with them a few different ways. I think making her new last name (with the help of her bridesmaids) was my favorite.
Congratulations, Laura and John! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Grand Junction, Day 1

We are often asked where we will take the engagement portraits. Butch and I will offer suggestions - different parks, downtown places, even as close as our studio. Last week I think I traveled the farthest I ever have for this kind of session - out to Grand Junction, Colorado.

Both Butch and I couldn't travel together - someone needed to stay home and mind the fort. I asked a good friend of mine who turned out to be the perfect traveling partner-in-crime.

Now before you get excited to see the portraits we took - you will have to wait a little longer (ah, the suspense!). I wanted to reflect on the entire trip, so we are starting with Wednesday.

Between the two of us we had a few requests for the hotel - hot tub, continental breakfast, downtown. We stayed at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott - and it was the best choice we could have made. We arrived after our early morning flight, and could have spent the rest of the day there.

Instead we opted to go all out - two working moms without kids or schedules? we made a list (yep, a list!) of the things we hoped to do while in town. First up, we found a WalMart and bought some snacks, then got our nails done. Then we thought we were near the Colorado National Monument so we took a drive.

(I am so glad that I didn't have to do the driving. The roads were fine, and fortunately for me my friend is an excellent driver. My brain would panic as I looked out at the scenery... and down at the drop below! I was clutching the door handle until my knuckles were white!)

 I found a good rock for Katie,  and I wanted to take a photo of it in Colorado before bringing it home to her. And while my nails look nice, but I really could use some lotion!

We totally ended up with the best timing - we watched the sun set while we were at Cold Shivers Point. We turned around to head over to the car and saw the moon rising over the mountains. So beautiful.

We ended the day at the Rockslide Brewery, but at this point we were exhausted and neglected to take a photo of our meals.  We ended the very long day (um, we were up at 3am to get to the airport!) with a visit to the hot tub and a plan to sleep and wake up without an alarm clock. Fun times!