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This little cutie turned one and I cannot believe it. It feels like just a few months ago I drove to the hospital to meet her and congratulate her gorgeous Momma! The invites for Ella's 1st birthday bash had been sent and the theme was to be Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; everything gold, pretty, and pink. Mom wanted a few fresh pictures of this peanut's face before we did the traditional cake smash. Ella lit up and embraced her job as model, but the minute the cake came out she was done. Mess? No thank you! Happy birthday, Ella!
Last weekend my teacher and photographer life collided. One of the students I taught, and adored, last year just gained another sibling. Mom contacted me, wanting to capture a couple family pictures with their newest addition. I meet the family at their home. We set up a little studio in the corner of their kitchen. Then we walked to the park to do a few family portraits. We ended the day with the boys in their baseball uniforms in the most ADORABLE photo ever! Just scroll and see...
When your bad-ass sister-in-law messages you the week before her 35th birthday and tells you she wants to do a cake smash, you burst with excitement! Rachel ordered a tutu and picked up a cake. After our Saturday morning kickboxing class, Rachel went home to shower and I went home to sketch out her chalkboard facts. We went to her favorite spot in Patapsco State Park, blew up the balloons, and got started. When she was just about to pop the champagne, a park ranger drove by... "Are you Rachel?" (ut oh, we're in trouble) "Happy Birthday," he said as he pulled away. It was a fun day & I think her images capture her, perfectly. Happy Birthday Rachel!!!
Last weekend I packed up my gear and headed up 895 to Antrim 1844 in Taneytown, MD. This 24-acre estate is renowned for its superb cuisine and upscale accommodations. Even in the sparse and chilly month of March the grounds offered a beautiful backdrop for this sweet couple patiently awaiting, baby #2. A little girl they plan to name Daisy! Katie and Pete contacted me off a recommendation from a friend and I'm SO GLAD they did. I loved the location they selected and they were an absolute delight to chat with. Katie was my favorite kind of client! She came prepared with ideas and props, making our session fun and hopefully, exactly what she wanted.
If you've been following my blog or work for the past year, you've probably become familiar with a few families - especially this one! Mom, Nicole, contacted me with ideas for this year's Christmas card and I was excited. Unfortunately, Mom and Dad's work schedule's left us with no daylight hours - so we improvised. I think the final product was pretty fab. And I can't lie, their Christmas card was my favorite :) Go "Team Santa!"
Meet the Cavallucis! This adorable family and I met at Jerusalem Mills in Kingsville and it instantly became one of my top 3 favorite places to photograph. It was so rustic, historic, and beautiful. In addition to the venue, the coordinating colors everyone wore were on point! Mom and I had originally scheduled this shoot for a few weeks prior, but we had to reschedule due to, and I'm quoting, "hurricane grade winds." I believe mom's perspective was that she loved the Wizard of Oz, but the wind would not do for all their hair. In the end, it certainly worked out. We had a beautiful day and their photos reflect how beautiful their family is. Thanks so much for introducing me this location!
Back in November, before ole' man winter arrived, I drove to Owings Mills and met the nicest, cutest couple. They're both teachers and were expecting their first child. Mom had sent me inspiration prior to our shoot, which I love! So when I arrived we got right to work. We captured baby girl's nursery, some photos around the house, and even some with their fur-child, Cannon. So, I know I'm super delayed... but I loved meeting these two & want to send a huge congratulations!
Like most moms, Alison wanted some fresh family portraits. Dad & little man, Josh, arrived in the most adorable matching plaid. Aside from being dressed for his portraits, Josh wasn't into it. We wandered around hoping to find a location that interested him, but all he wanted to do was get back in the car. Despite him being a typical one year old, we had a great time chatting as we walked the various paths. In the end, we captured some great shots. Enjoy!
Sometimes your day goes according to plan. Sometimes you get a flat tire and end up running frantically late. Last Saturday was one of those days. Fortunately, I was meeting the sweetest family ever! Meet the Stays. A family of 6 with the kindest hearts and lightest of spirits. I met the family at Patapsco State Park and we quickly got to shooting. The kids loved wandering and climbing trees while dad came up with playful tasks to keep everyone close by and happy. They totally turned my rough start around and I hope they find their photos are charming as I found them.
You might remember these cuties from a family shoot I did last fall. Heather and I were sorority sisters in college and then coworkers when she began teaching at my previous school. A lot has changed since our college days. She's met the love of her life, had an adorable daughter, they purchased a home, and most recently - they got a pig! Omg, the cuteness! Anyway, a few weeks ago, Andrew popped the question. The two were hanging out at home. Heather says Andrew put some music on, like he usually does, but then insisted she dance with him. He put on her favorite song, and they danced. When he spun her around, she found him on one knee. Ring in hand. And of course, she said "yes!" Or was it, "about damn time"? Either way, I could NOT be happier for them! Congratulations love birds!
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