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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!
The beginning of October I had the pleasure of both attending and photographing a 1920's murder mystery party. It was meticulously planned in the prohibition era with two "rival gangs" in attendance. Also in attendance were many "prominent members" of society. Upon arrival, the guests, who were decked out in 1920's fashion, were greeted with champagne and a money envelope. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour before the investigation portion of the party began. I played the role of Veronica Lodge, Maryland City Gazette's rebellious reporter. Everyone looked fabulous and had a great time!
Last weekend I met this adorable family at one of my favorite locations, Patapsco Valley State Park. Mom wanted some updated family photos for, what I'm going to call, their week of anniversaries! Not only does this week contain their wedding anniversary, but it also contained their son's 1st birthday! We wandered around the park, hitting all the cute nooks the right side has to offer. Their little man, Silas, just started walking so as long as he could move, he was happy!
Sometimes, you're so busy planning your son's birthday party you forget to schedule his birthday photoshoot. Being a photographer and the best friend, I stepped right up. One evening, while mom and dad went out to pick up Zayden's birthday present (a bike, shhhh don't tell him) I tossed some props together, grabbed a batch of balloons, and came over to hang out with our soon to be four year old. Fortunately for us all, they live a short walk to the water and Zayden is pretty cooperative. I am over the moon at how well these turned out. Happy birthday Zayden! "Bam Bam" loves you!
This blog post has been, hands down, the most difficult to draft yet. I simply cannot narrow down my favorites. However, a blog post with 300 pictures would probably be a little overwhelming. Sigh. Last Thursday, on their 8th anniversary, these two cuties said, "I do!" You may remember Nicole and Tony from their ADORABLE maternity shoot last year. It featured their two fur-children and the cutest baby bump you ever saw. I didn't think much could top that level of cuteness and then they asked me to photograph their courthouse wedding day. Just scroll and see!
Last week, I received a message from one of the beautiful chicks I cheered with in high school. Her family is preparing to sell their 1st home, and while moving some things, she realized she never had her wedding dress professionally cleaned. Since it was already in need of a wash, she was interested in having some photos of her daughter taken in the special gown. We met at the horse farm at Andover Park. Meghan loved watching and chatting with the horses then we pulled out mom's wedding gown and the real fun began! Shoots like these are one of the many reasons I love photographing! Reconnecting with old friends AND capturing precious giggles like these. Dream come true!
You might recall this precious new mom and dad as Angela and Matt, subjects of my most recent maternity shoot. Oh my goodness did they make the most precious of babies! Meet Ella Jean. Born June 19th in the wee early hours of the morning. The birth story is one for the books, starting with nearly 48 hours of contractions while dolled up at a wedding and ending with 2 quick pushes and those 3 exciting words, "it's a girl!" I could not be MORE excited for you two. You're already totally rocking this parenting thing. Enjoy these moments, I hear they fly by!
Until this year, I'd taught at an elementary school in Baltimore County that's staff was so close and strolled to the same universal vision, they became family. This beautiful momma-to-be is a member of that family. Meet Angela and Matt. A fun-loving, bar hopping, beach going, Raven rooting Maryland couple. In just three short weeks their family will be growing by 2 feet. Girl, boy? Who knows! They've decided to wait. And while the anticipation kills me, I think it's absolutely perfect! I caught up with Ang and Matt at Federal Hill Park downtown on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon.
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