A New Look for a New Year

Last year I photographed some of my favorite weddings to date. The couples and venues were all amazing, and I can’t help but showcase these beautiful people and details on my site (which is also sporting a brand-new logo!). So excited to see what 2017 brings!

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“May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
D. Simone

Featured images taken at Shadow Hills Country Club, Valley River Inn, a family-owned tree farm, Washington, D.C., and a quiet little spot off the Umpqua River just West of Oakland, OR.

High School Senior Jenny

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Senior high portraits have come a long way from the stiff, cookie cutter images that used to dominate the yearbooks. I remember that for my high school portraits, we chose one of three days to go to the school where the photographer had set up the “standard blue” background. Girls got their choice between a blue or black boa, and had to wear a red velvet drape for the actual yearbook photo. Guys got to wear a fake tux. The result was a uniform (can you say boring?) set of images that all sort of blended together.
Today, many high school seniors get to choose who they go to for photos, and some even get to pick any kind of image they want to use for their actual yearbook photo. Which if you ask me is pretty dang cool.

Jenny is the daughter of a close family friend, who also happens to be very into photography. When she told me that she wanted to have me take her senior portraits and that she wanted to do some photos with a gun (Jenny hunts for sport and for food), my reaction was “Heck yes!” But she also wanted some girly, pretty shots, so we got a little bit of everything for her pictures. The photos were done on her family’s property, near Roseburg, Oregon.

I’m so thrilled and honored that Jenny chose me for her photos. She was such a natural, and I had so much fun!

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Jenny spends much of her non-school time helping around the family “farm,” and is very much a jeans and cowgirl boots kind of girl. But I have learned that even a jeans and cowgirl boots kind of girl likes to get dolled up every now and then.

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By far, one of my favorite images of the day:

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A girl and a gun (this beauty of a rifle was lent to Jenny by a good friend, though she does have her own):

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Loved this!

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Good luck to you in your Senior year, Jenny! I know you’ll do great.

Teaser: High School Senior Jenny

A pretty girl. A gun. A beautiful day. What more could you ask for on a portrait day?

Stay tuned for more soon…

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Nicole and Tom’s Meredith Manor Wedding

20121018-092426.jpgEarly in the year in 2011, Nicole wrote me about photographing her wedding in Pennsylvania in September of 2012. At that time, Josh was deployed and we had about zero clue that we would be moving to Oregon. So of course I said yes.

As soon as Josh and I knew we were going to be moving to Oregon, I changed the plane ticket that was supposed to be for my return trip (to Maryland after our own wedding in Portland) to a ticket to Philly. Aside from the obvious reason of getting to Nicole and Tom’s wedding, it was one last chance to see some of my Pennsylvania family for a while. Aside from photographing the wedding, I got to see my brother and his family, and my best friend and her new little girl (stay tuned for pics of her).

The wedding was held at the gorgeous Meredith Manor in Pottstown. I had never been to the site, and to be honest there weren’t a lot of images showing the grounds around the Manor online, so I was just in awe when I arrived. There is a winding road that leads up to the Manor. One side is lined with trees and the other side is one big open field. All around are these wonderful, old growth trees, and the manor itself is a stunning old stone structure. Really a beautiful place for a wedding. See for yourself!

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Ah, yes. The traditional men-with-no-pants shot. Wait… what? The story is that someone mooned someone while the group shots were taking place. (Who mooned whom and where this took place I could not say.) One of the groomsmen approached me with the idea of all the guys mooning the camera. I insisted that the only way this would happen is if all of them had boxers on, but the concept was modified to this version. Which I think is just hilarious.

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20121018-092633.jpgI loved the décor: it was a mix of Old Hollywood Glam and Fairytale Whimsy.

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Funn!!!

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A couple of parting shots for the night.

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Personality Galore

When taking portraits, I’m known for pushing people just a little more than they might be used to. In some cases, the person I’m photographing vamps it up even more than I could have expected (as if they were a model in a previous life). In some cases, the result is a portrait that is way different than anything they ever had taken of them before – definitely NOT the same as a snapshot from their pocket digital camera. But in any case, I have LOVED photographing individuals to bring out the best in them, or a side of their personality that they just want to show off.

Below is a sampling of some of my very favorite portraits from 2011. Some of these are “head shots.” Others are simply personality shots.

Think this is something you’d like to try? Let me know – I’d be thrilled to talk to you more about the possibilities.