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!!!
Kaylee and Trane are one of those couples that remind of a beautiful country song. They grew up across the street from each other and have been together since high school. I got approached to photograph their big day through Kaylee’s sister-in-law, a friend of mine. Once I met the couple and realized how close of a family bond they had, I was so thrilled to be able to capture their big day. The two had a beautiful ceremony in Indianapolis and their reception at Trane’s Dad and Stepmom’s newly built farm. It was a beautiful setting for the lovely couple. This was one of those families that just made you feel like you were a part of their family.
I actually miss the whole bunch of them. And I hope I get to go back and visit. I am truly thankful that I get to work with people like this, it makes my job that much more enjoyable.
Without further ado…
On with the photos!!
This one was a fun shoot for sure. There is something so exciting knowing you are about to capture an event of a lifetime before one of the people involved knows that day will be a milestone for them. This was completely the case with Abdul and Kara.
Abdul and Kara are both friends with my little brother, so Abdul contacted me about photographing the big surprise proposal! Of course I was elated and super pumped to be a part of the planning. Abdul put so much time and thought into this proposal in making every little detail perfect. The guidelines for the day were that Kara couldn’t see a photographer or she would know what was going on, so I basically had to pull a ninja act and hide in bushes until Abdul was down on one knee, then I could make my presence known.
It took a lot of creeping around and hiding in the vines at a vineyard to make sure I wouldn’t be seen when I saw them approaching the proposal area. When I got close enough to be able to shoot some close up shots from a few vines away, I was so nervous my breathing or my shutter on the camera giving away my presence, but once he pulled out the ring I knew it was go time and I snapped away.
Kara, of course, said yes and I was lucky enough to be able to be the first to congratulate the two! But that wasn’t all, Kara thought they were going to spend the day drinking wine, just the two of them and their trusty ol photographer. BUT Abdul arranged a gathering of all their close friends and family at the vineyard! DOUBLE WHAMMY!
So here is a HUGE congrats to the lovely couple!!!
Fun Fact: We even asked a lovely biker gentleman to allow us to do a few shots on his bike! His wife told me, when Abdul & Kara were posing on the bike, that it was the bike they got married on!! I love my job and the fun people I get to meet!!
Without further ado…
Where do I begin with this wedding. I know it’s odd to have three names in the title for a wedding blog, but when I am done with this, you will understand why.
I met Katie through a mutual friend and was asked to photograph her beautiful Nashville wedding. Katie was originally from Nashville and was were the lovely couple had originally met. Fast forward to our first meeting a few months later, keep in mind Katie and I were doing all of our getting to know each other meetings via email, I pull up to her mothers house in Nashville. After being warmly greeted by Katie and her mom, I then had the pleasure of meeting Miss Maggie. She is Katie’s 6 year old daughter and one of the most memorable little kids I have ever had the chance to meet. She was so full of personality and I was also told this was also Maggie’s big day too, of course! I left there knowing there would be no better day to start off wedding season than with this bunch.
The wedding weekend finally rolled around and all I can tell you is the group was truly one of a kind. Everyone came from all of the United States to come together for their wedding. The couple rented a beautiful house in Franklin where they spent the days leading up to the ceremony. The rehearsal dinner was held at the historical Franklin Theater and couldn’t have been more fitting for the two. I forgot to mention that Buck works on the hit television show “Two Broke Girls” in California and has been a film buff for quite sometime. The gentleman’s boutonnieres were made from actual film as well!
I could go on and on about how much fun I had spending a few days with this amazing group of humans and one incredibly wonderful six year old, but as per my job I will get to the pictures. I want to send my deepest congratulations and hugs to Katie, Buck and Maggie. It is people like you who make me thankful everyday I get to do what I do.
Without further ado… Let the photos begin <3
Take a peak a little way down and check out the “first look” shot I did with Maggie and her mom Kaite when she had the chance to see her mom for the first time in her wedding dress! Loved it!!
The team that made this beautiful wedding a success:
Second Shooter: Morgan Yingling
Event Planning: Music City Events
Hair and Makeup: Tarryn Feldman and Meg Boes
College Grove Musicans
Music City Tents & Events
Nashville Event Lighting
Pat Patrick Bank