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.

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!

20121018-092454.jpg20121018-092500.jpgWhat better setting could there be for an evening ceremony, with golden September light coming over the hills and through the trees just as the couple say their vows and kiss for the first time as husband and wife… Magical!

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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.

20121018-092612.jpg20121018-092617.jpg20121018-092625.jpgCheck out this cake! The detail work was amazing. And come on… who wouldn’t appreciate the zombie bride going after her as-yet human groom?

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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Look Who’s Blogging

Welcome to my blog. I can’t claim this will be the wittiest blog in the world. But that’s not why you came here, now is it? You came for the pictures. And that’s just what I plan to deliver. But first, a little about myself.

I started photography as a hobby in 2004, and taught myself by way of an old photography textbook and a Nikon FG 35mm film camera. For the first few months, I dutifully took notes frame by frame so that I knew what I had to do to produce the same results the next time. At the time, it helped that I worked at a photo lab at a nearby drugstore; can’t beat half off processing and getting to choose which images you want to print when you’re still working in film.

Soon enough, though, I started on with digital, and began photographing friends. Then friends’ weddings. Then friends’ babies. And wouldn’t you know, I was hooked. I have worked as a freelance photographer in this way since 2005, photographing not only friends and families, but also modeling head shots, singer-songwriter portraits, and even the occasional advertising campaign image.

In March of 2010, I began working as the Client Liaison (that’s fancy for “The Person Who Answers the Phones and Responds to Emails”) at Love Life Images, in Savage MD. The photographers and other team members are amazing, to say the least. Every day I feel honored and privileged to be a part of their crew.

Which brings me to my biggest point of all. I am honored and privileged to be doing what I love. Nothing compares to waking up feeling excited to have not only a job that you love, but also a lifestyle that you enjoy. Every day I have a session, part of me feels like I’m just hanging out with friends. I just happen to have a huge camera in my hand, capturing it all on “film.”

And now, for a few of my very favorite recent pictures. Since that’s what you really want.

the lovely Angelina:

the debonair Wes:

the cute Kirsten and Jon:

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life, and thanks for sharing in the milestone of my first blog post. See you again soon!