Well this was a shoot that crept up out of a friend posting an American Horror Story Freak Show image on my Facebook. It got quite a lot of traction and a lot of girls were interested in being transformed into something a less typical than my “girlie sessions.” These were girls that were willing to let us take our creative control and turn them into characters in our vision of a Freak Show.
We were inspired from the television show that is airing, but we put our little sexy take on it. Caitlyn Meyer, hair and makeup goddess, took the helm and helped to create these awesome outfits spending days hunting down the perfect ensemble. Brandon Russell was there along the entire trip and helped put together the characters you see below.
We also had help from the INCREDIBLY talented Two Back Flats with the stunning hats and collars you see below.
Hair and Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer
Hats and Collars: Two Back Flats
Styling: Brandon Russell
Photo Assistant: Vanessa Funk
Hair and Makeup Assistant: Rachel Lane
Cast of Characters Include:
All of the gorgeous ladies did an AMAZING job with this shoot channeling their inner actress and letting their guard down to allow us to create something we would be proud to show off.
So without further ado… the B.O.B. Freak Show Characters…
Where to begin with this family. Well for starters I have known Bryan and Tonya since I was 19 years old. Bryan has grown up and been best friends with my fiancé since they were kids. So needless to say this family holds a special place in my heart. They are like my own family.
We shot off these images on a terribly cold day in November and managed to knock out these shots in about 15 minutes with full cooperation of everyone involved. Lydia sure knows how to ham it up in front of the camera.
Without further ado… I present to you the Roland’s family photo shoot!
I met this amazing couple through a wedding open house and we instantly hit it off. Fast forward a few weeks and after a coffee meeting they officially asked me to be a part of their big day!
Needless to say, we had a blast photographing their engagement session on Federal Hill and at Oriole’s Stadium. Cannot wait for their big day in August 2015!!
When working in the line of work I do, sometimes you are lucky enough to meet a couple and you feel like you have known them forever. This is one of them.
I met Hannah and Eileen through a mutual friend when I recently searched for a couple to shoot at the GORGEOUS Verdant Valley Farms. I had over 20 people respond but after briefly speaking with Hannah, I knew this was the couple I wanted to work with.
We decided to meet pre-sunrise, I am talking 6:00 am… and I am not a morning person, and it turned out neither were they We all pulled our bums out of bed to meet and catch the beautiful sunrise, but it was cloudy. However that didn’t stop us from creating some of my favorite engagement photos to date.
Hannah and Eileen are two of the most down to earth people I have ever met. We spent most of the time laughing and talking about music when Eileen and I were’t coughing. Also turns out we both had bronchitis but we all wanted to make this shoot magical so we went and did it anyway! Waist deep on the coldest morning of the year, frozen dew covered sunflowers and we still managed to pull off the beautiful images you see below.
It’s times like this, where you meet people and realize you are in the right profession. It makes work fun.
I am so happy for these two love birds!
Cannot wait for their big day in September 2015!!!
Fall is now in full swing and so are family portrait sessions! I had an idea to photograph a kid portrait session on my best friends family farm, Verdant Valley Farms. It is one of the largest sunflower patches in MD, holding 2.8 million sunflowers.
So when I talked to Tenley’s mom, Meghan, about shooting there she was all for it! Tenley has this adorable little smile and she kept me on my toes the entire time. It was such a beautiful day and chasing her around the farm became a game and I think we captured some great shots!
Here are some of my favorite images from her fall session!
I don’t even know where to begin with these two. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Xan for over a year now when I photographed her cousin’s wedding, who is also a close personal friend. So I was incredibly honored when Xan contacted me once she got engaged to ask about photographing her wedding.
Xan is one of those people who has an infectious smile that you can’t help but appreciate. She doesn’t take life too seriously and is always smiling. Cory is cut from the same cloth and I feel they truly bring out the best in each other. Of the 50 times I have looked over their wedding images, there is not one time I haven’t closed the file with a huge grin on my face. Needless to say,the pair together are a photographers dream. Some of my favorite wedding images were taken of her and Corey on their big day. It was a beautiful overcast day in Baltimore and their ceremony was held on Federal Hill. The reception was at the 1840’s Ballroom. We had about 30 minutes to sneak away to Fells Point to go and shoot some post ceremony shots.
I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of their wedding day!
Congrats again Cory and Xan!
So happy for your both!
Two blog posts in one week?! I know… crazy!!
So this is a recent shoot I did with a little girl named Summer. I have known Summer’s parents for about 12 years now. We all lived in the same house in college and had some crazy times together. I was there when they got hitched several years later and now through crazy circumstance, live in the same town again.
Summer is one of the adorably sweet little girls that has knack for adventure. She kept me on my toes chasing her through most of the shoot. Which made for some great photos. The last shot in this sequence is quite possibly one of my favorite photos I have ever taken. It reminds me out of something from a movie.
I had such a great time photographing her for her 3rd birthday.
Happy Birthday little one.
I spend quite a bit of my time traveling around the U.S. and receive amazing opportunities to photograph weddings. One of my favorite locations will always be beach weddings.
I was contacted by my good friend and go to hair and makeup artist, Caitlyn Meyer, to see if I could photograph her Dad and his soon-to-be bride, Cindy’s wedding in Fenwick Island. So of course I said yes! Not only is Caitlyn one of the kindest people I know, but after spending some time with her wonderful family, I can say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
The entire family was incredibly sweet and kind and welcomed me in like I had known them for years. There was SO much love on this beautiful day. TJ and Cindy both have two children, the day focused around the two families becoming one big one. And I will say one of the highlights was meeting the legendary Agnes Meyer. She is Caitlyn’s Grandmother. And if I could be anyone in the world when I grow up, I want to be her.
She was the perfect mix of Sophia and Blanche from the Golden Girls. Her husband passed away a few years back and there is a photo below of TJ holding his Dad’s dog tags from his military days. But I digress, I could talk about this wonderful human all day, but back to the wedding.
The day was beautiful and it was so much fun to capture a wedding that was relaxed and not rushed. Tj and Cindy were hanging out while she was in hair and makeup, which was a welcomed change of pace from most of my other weddings.
I spent about two hours shooting the prep and ceremony. I will cease my ramblings and move onto some photos from the day <3
Congratulations you lovebirds!!
P.S. For those of you wondering, Agnes is the lovely spit fire in the coral shaw.
P.P.S. Second shooter for this lovely day was Tony Fonash. It was his first hand at shooting a wedding. I am very proud of him!!!
I was approached by Inked Girls to use some photographs I submitted to them over a year ago in the July/August Issue of a dear friend of mine, Caityln Meyer.
If you follow much of my work, that name will most definitely ring a bell. Caitlyn is the magical hand holding down hair and makeup on the majority of my work since I have moved home and most of my trips home over the years. Caitlyn and I have a long goofy past and I am now most fortunate to label this lovely human as one of my closest and most talented friends. I absolutely LOVE photographing her and working with her.
Here is the spread I shot with her at the top, followed by a few favorites that didn’t get into the magazine. Despite spending the majority of my time on weddings and portraits, I TRULY love getting to work with ladies and make them feel beautiful behind the camera!
Oh and i made it to the contributor page for the issue along with some incredibly talented photographers I know from my days living out on the left cost <3
Good Morning my lovely friends!!!
Here is a session I was so thrilled with! I had the pleasure of working with someone I have known for years. Erik has been close friends with my little brother since early college. I have seen him grow up into a wonderful person and have always considered myself lucky to know him. Fast forward a few years and I was e-introduced to his now fiancé!!!
I couldn’t have been happier that he found such a lovely soon-to-be wife, Shana. So obviously when they asked me to be a part of their special day I jumped at the chance. Here is their beautiful engagement session! We had such a fun day! I cannot wait for their beautiful wedding in May 2015!!!
Here’s to love!!!