Jul
17

A Waterfront Summer Wedding: Kristyl & Curt

Categories: Weddings.

I could not have asked Kristyl and Curt’s day to be more perfect. They chose to get married at one of the most picturesque spots overlooking the Chesapeake Bay; Herrington Harbour. Despite the threat of afternoon storms, the weather was completely on point. It may have been a little bit warm, but the fact that we somehow were missed by the storms and given the most gorgeous, even light I’ve seen on a wedding day in a long time was nothing short of a miracle. These two have truly found the best fit in one another and I loved getting to document how deeply they love. Thank you Kristyl, Curt, and your families for including me in such a wonderful day in your lives!


The full gallery of images is available for viewing and ordering here.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Herrington on the Bay | Ceremony & Reception Music: Crow Entertainment | Catering: Herrington on the Bay | Bride’s Dress: Justin Alexander purchased from Ellie’s Bridal Boutique | Bride & Bridesmaids Shoes: Allure | Bride’s Earrings: Maertens Jewelry | Veil: Elegance by Roya | Hair & Makeup: Chesapeake Bay Resort & Day Spa | Cake & Cupcakes: Blondie’s Baking Company | Bridesmaid’s Attire: Alfred Angelo | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Jul
16

Published in Magnolia Rouge Lifestyle

Categories: Business & Photography.

I’m so excited to finally share this beautiful shoot that I teamed up with Cote Designs on earlier this summer. You can see the entire story in the newly released second issue of Magnolia Rouge Lifestyle. Packed with tons of gorgeous imagery of beautiful food, locations, and events, this issue is a real stunner. Kate really knows how to design a magazine; I just love the clean and simple layout and the use of small illustrations throughout. To read the entire issue or order a print copy, click here. I look forward to sharing the entirety of this shoot here on my blog soon.

Jul
15

Rachel & Matt

Categories: Engagements.

Rachel and Matt are just one of those couples who have a good time everywhere they go. They are the epitome of laid-back and easy going and both have an amazing sense of humor…which is clearly evident throughout their images. These two laugh together. A lot. And that’s one of my favorite qualities in a couple…the ability to just be together and laugh at literally nothing. Fortunately we had a lot to laugh about as we were rained on, I walked through who-knows-what infested street and Potomac River water, and I was given a whole lot of stink eye as I photographed them through an ice cream shop window. All for the sake of fun portraits! No big deal to me…I’ve always wanted to photograph an engagement session in the rain, an ice cream date, and what better place than charming Old Town Alexandria? Love these two and can’t wait for their big day next spring!

Jul
09

Our Backyard Chickens

Categories: Personal.

We’d been talking about getting chickens for forever, and finally this year we decided we’d go ahead and build a coop and finally get some! So that’s what we did…for a few weekends over a couple of months, Dustin and I, or Dustin and Landon if I was away for work, would slowly work away at our chicken coop. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s cute and has plenty of space for the chickens. We also learned along the way that a pre-req to marriage should be building a chicken coop together. Or building some big wooden structure. It’s pretty funny looking back (now) how big of a struggle it was for us to build this together haha. I think we learned a lot about communication while working on this project!

So our chickens have settled in for the last month and soon we hope to let them free range a bit. The rooster still drives me up the wall (and is completely unnecessary, but the boys wanted a rooster – I think probably a selfish desire to have a “real” Gamecock around here…obviously nothing for a Clemson fan to be excited about), but we’re loving having him and the three hens and can’t wait for them to grow a little bigger so that we can have fresh eggs!

Jul
07

Holly & Adam

Categories: Engagements.

Holly and Adam probably look familiar, and that’s because we got together for just half an hour or so back in November so that they could have a few images to choose from for their Save the Date’s. I wouldn’t be back up to Maryland fora while, and I really wanted them to have something pretty to send out to their friends and family, so we made it happen just before I had to leave for another session. Fortunately we were able to meet again this past weekend while I was in Maryland so they could have their full session at the location of their choice. They chose to have their portraits done at Adam’s family farm on the Wicomico River in St. Mary’s County. I was like a kid in a candy store…there was so many beautiful places to shoot and Holly and Adam had some really great spots picked out, too. They have amazing style, we had perfect weather (overcast for the whole first half then a gorgeous sunset the last half), and now I can’t wait for September to get here!