Thursday, September 30, 2010

{Rainy Day}

It has been raining for the past four days where I live. I am not one that really likes the rain, especially when it makes me have to cancel a "just because" shoot that I was looking forward to very much. It is ok though, this rainy day gave me the chance to go out and get some nature shots that I have not done in quite a while. I am pleased with the results, although I wish it was sunny and I were shooting at Longwood Gardens right now. I hope you enjoy them too.

I also have these, as well as other prints for sale at . Go on over and take a look. Hopefully the rain will end soon! It is definitely interfering with my fun time.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

{Wedding: Rita and Michael}

This past Saturday I photographed the most epic wedding ever.  Well, it was actually a vow renewal, but epic none the less.  Why was it epic?  It was a pirate wedding!  9-25-2010 was the first fay of Pirate Weekend at the Maryland Renaissance Fair, which I attend quite often.  So I was stoked when Rita asked me to cover her vow renewal at the renaissance fair itself.  Everyone, including the officiant were dressed as pirates.  This was Ritas' first time being dressed in ren garb, as a person who is obsessed with garb, I told her she will never feel the same at the ren fair unless she is in garb. It is just that fun to dress up.  It was great! And let me tell you, pirates know how to party.

The officiant was quite amazing, in the sense that his speech did not go in the traditional sense.  He welcomed the scallywags, pirates, and all those other pirate related words.  There was a reference to pirate booty, and at one point he said something that was hilarious and caught me off guard, in which I ended up laughing (as did everyone else.  And i'm usually very composed during a wedding.  But it was amazing seeing their vow renewal after many years together, and that they still have fun with each other.  A wedding at the renaissance fair is like no other!

Here are a few preview photos.  The shenanigans that took place at the Dragon Inn are reserved for the (again) bride and groom.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

{Happy Anniversary-Sara and Miguel}

I've been so busy the past couple of days that I almost forgot to wish a past couple of mine Happy Anniversary!  Sara and Miguel were married 9-18-2009 at Nassau Valley Vineyards.  It was a gorgeous wedding with beautiful scenery.  What I loved about the wedding was the colors, the shoes, bridesmaid dresses and flowers were hot pink!  So for their anniversary, here are a few of the photos from their wedding day:

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

{Baby Portrait Session: Callia Mae}

On Friday, I had the opportunity of photographing the adorable little Callia Mae.  This time though, it was a real session instead of me mobbing the little one with the camera at a Labor Day bbq.  When I say she is adorable, I mean it.  This little one is definitely full of smiles and giggles, and loves to smile it up for the camera.  That is, unless it is nap time.  If she is tired, no one gets a smile out of her!  She looked absolutely adorable in the pink tutu that I made for her.  Baby girls in tutus, you can't go wrong!

It is the nature of babies to be in bliss
-Deepak Chopra

I call this one...The Fist of Fury!

Mark and Samantha, you have an adorable little girl.  I thank you for letting me into your home and photographing her and her little smiles. I definitely look forward to seeing her grow up and being there to capture all of her major moments!

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

{Maternity Session: Shasta}

We are officially in fall! But today definitely did not feel like fall.  I believe the temperature reached 88 degrees today.  I feel kind of funny now being that I packed away all of my summer clothing, it looks like fall is trying to hold on.

With fall approaching, wedding season is winding down.  But I am not sad, because my 2nd love is winding up!  Portraits!  I love, love, love portraits.  I have maternity sessions, family portraits, and engagement shoots set up for the upcoming weeks, and I am very excited about it.

The first session to mark off my portrait season was with Shasta.  Shasta is due in 2 weeks, so I was very happy to get a chance to do her maternity session.  Her husband Fred was on baby duty since she can go into labor any day now.  Shasta has the same addictions as I do:  renaissance fairs, costuming and science fiction.  We spent the time after her shoot discussing how her daughter is going to be costumed to the nines, and she better like it!  There were so many great shots from Shasta's session that it was hard to pick just a few to show you!  So here they are,

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.

~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

And the fairies dance all through the night...

Because ice cream makes everything better...

Thanks again Shasta and Fred for allowing me the opportunity to photograph what is about to be another special moment in your life. I cannot wait to see the little one, and of course get her in front of the camera!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

{The Photobooth Chronicles: Danny and Brads Wedding}

So, the "photobooth" I set up at Danny and Brads wedding on 9-18-10 was...a hit!  Their guests absolutely loved it, and it looked like everyone had a lot of fun.  The fake mustaches as props...another hit.  I am so glad that they enjoyed it, because it only makes me want to set these up at future weddings even more!  And I will definitely work at making more props.  I want to make more mustaches, but also more lips and smiles, just general random mouth motions.  Definitely in vibrant colors, like a comic book.

I posted the pictures on my facebook fan page (that's a hint to click and become a fan!). But I wanted to add some music to it, and put it in a video. And thanks to Animoto...I did!  Enjoy

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{Wedding: Daniel and Brad}

Yesterday was Daniel and Brad's wedding.  In one word to sum it up...amazing.  It was truly amazing to see their family and friends gathered to support them and love them as much as they do.  On Wednesday, Daniel and Brad went to Washington, D.C. and were legally married with their parents and closest friends present.  Yesterday was their ceremony and wedding reception.  Delaware still does not recognize same-sex marriages, which is why they went to D.C. Nonetheless, their wedding was absolutely magical.  Held in the Wilmington Grand Opera house, it was definitely a theatrical event.  It was so much fun.  I don't think I have ever laughed nor cried as much as I did at their wedding.

When I got home, I was beat from having so much fun shooting their wedding.  I truly, truly felt like part of the family.  Daniel's parents are hilarious, and really sweet, as are Brad's parents.  Also, the "photobooth" was a success!  Apparently everyone loved it, including the fake mustaches that I made as props.  I am so glad everyone enjoyed it.

Daniel and Brad, thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to share your beautiful wedding with you.  Both of you are two of the sweetest souls I have ever met, and to be there to witness your love, I cannot even begin to tell you how thankful I am that you entrusted me with your wedding day.

Who would give a law to lovers?  Love is unto itself a higher law.  ~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524

Now, one of the best parts of the event was the photobooth. I absolutely love the pictures that came from that, but alas, I will have to post them later.  It's Sunday, the weather is gorgeous, and my husband and I are going for pizza and a day at the park (before the weather gets too cold).  Till next time!

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