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I adore Newborn Photography! In the past few months I've been contacted be friends and clients who are expecting, and that is SO exciting!! With the increase, I thought I would celebrate! Contact me before Father's day to get scheduled and save! :)
I love spring! It's my second favorite season to shoot in- besides fall of course! This year it seems as though we skipped winter and are bypassing spring a little! I'm not complaining though, I love this 70 degree weather with no humidity! A few weeks ago I held my 2nd annual Easter Mini session at Tuckahoe State Park! It was so great! All of the kiddies did SO well during their session! I couldn't be happier with everything! Thanks to all of my wonderful clients for coming out! Here are a few photos from the minis! :)
Recently, I've been asked a lot about engagement sessions. What? Why? When? Where?
Why? is most frequently asked question.. so I thought I'd take a few minutes to talk about "e-sessions."
What is an e-session? Well, as you've probably guessed, at any point after a couple becomes engaged a photo session can be scheduled to show their love for each other.
When? Well, this varies greatly! As soon as your photographer is available or as late as after your wedding! Yep, you read that right! While, I typically like to shoot an engagement session after the couple has started to plan their wedding, within a year of their wedding, anytime is suitable for the session! Some couples miss out and do it after their wedding, but that's not a common practice.
Where? As with all of my photo sessions, I like this to be tailored to my couple. I can recommend a few places that I like to shoot, but depending on the couples style and their wedding theme I try to tailor it around that! Maybe a trip to where you were engaged? Maybe incorporate the city or location you are getting married? Maybe where you first met or your first home? The options are endless!
Now, why? "Why do we need an engagement session?" This is the most common question at wedding consultations! I include an engagement session with every wedding package that I offer. Is it mandatory? Nope, but why wouldn't you want to do it? I could go on and on about engagement sessions and why I love them, but this if for your newly engaged couples! Simply put, I love LOVE. Shooting an engagement session reminds me why I love what I do. And without an engagement session I will chat with the bride a few times prior to the wedding day. I might see the groom once, at the consultation but sometimes it's the bride and her mom/sister/etc. So .. why should you go ahead with the e-session?
First, you'll want to really get to know me, as I will you. This is the perfect time. I get to see what photos you love.. and which ones you don't like so much. I can see how you interact with each other. How do you show your love.. Soft kisses on the forehead? Laughing with each other? Or are you calm and shy? These two hours and more than you'll ever get together on your wedding day. Once I learn how you interact, I can use our 30+minutes together on your big day and make the most! You both will be totally comfortable in front of the camera and easily guided into poses. This is the most important reason. You want fabulous wedding photos and the best way to get those is to practice beforehand with no time restraint!
Second, for you these photos can be used for save-the-dates, to display at the wedding, use on favors, invitations, table numbers, guestbook, signing mat, etc. This is a great way for you to be more creative with your photos! These possibilities are endless! I used our engagement photos for our guestbook, favors, save the dates/christmas cards and for display at our reception. Now I have a beautiful book with our photos and the well-wishes from our wedding guests.
(From Billy&Laura Love's Wedding)
Last, this wedding process is going to fly by.. faster than you could have ever dreamed. Take an afternoon and fall in love with your fiancé all over again. These memories will last forever, and you'll be so thankful you did.
So dive in, and have fun! That's what this life is all about anyway!
The engagement photos shown are from a super fun e-session last month with Haley& Justin! They are getting married in July & I can hardly wait for their big day!!
I'm a little slow today! Apparently I can't tell time, sorry! :)
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Jenna & Seth were married on October 8th! It was a fantastic day!! Everything was PERFECT for them! I had the honor of capturing their day and it was SO much fun! Jenna & I are high school friends, so being apart of her big day was so exciting! her is a sneak peek into their wedding day, Enjoy!
On her parents Dock... Isn't she stunning?
The Wedding Party..
Probably my favorite first dance photo..
Thank you guys for choosing me to capture your wedding day! I am so happy for the two of you, and wish you all of the happiness in the world! Treat her good Seth ;)
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It's been forever since I've posted. This is THE busiest season every year and this year it is even busier! On September 17 Billy & Laura were married in Denton at St. Luke's Church. I was so honored when she asked me to capture their day for them! If you don't remember, we had a very fun engagement session over the summer (here!) They are such good friends of ours and I couldn't be more happy for them. The editing process took longer than "normal" but Laura was so patient with me as I worked through them all. I've never laughed and smiled so much while editing, and I'm so excited about them! I hope you enjoy a preview of their wedding day!
I started out at Defining Moments Hair Salon Where Laura & her girls were getting all pretty! Gina is the owner of the shop and she does a fantastic job with her team!
After everyone was all set, we moved over to St. Lukes where the girls would get ready and the ceremony would take place! We (and by we, I mean Laura) accidentally stumbled upon this cool place to do her dress photos! The stained glass had a light we could turn on behind it! Very nice!
Elmo & Big Bird helped keep the Ring Bearers happy!
Momma helping make everything perfect.
Laura & The girls
And her dad... So sweet!
And his boys!
This was their idea... & probably the only time that Jimmy was really smiling for the pictures!
Definitely made me laugh!
So... are you my uncle for real now? Isn't Gunner super cute?
Then it was time to get the ceremony started... Of course I took a few pics of the Guest book, Created by me! :)
This makes me smile :)
Here Comes Laura!
And her dad :)
The ceremony was short and sweet, perfect.
So many details...
And the Kiss!
This makes me laugh because the bustle is ALWAYS stressful, but dad got in their with mom and got it done!
hahaha... Billy & Bobby wanted to see what it was like to be like Laura..
What table are you at?
This was a very cool Grooms cake! Perfect for Billy!
And I highly recommend this man, right here... Steve Moody! He will MAKE your reception. So easy to work with and gets the crowd going! We hired his company as well for our reception!
The best man's speech...!
The Maid of Honors speech brought tears..
I love a good daddy/daughter dance.
But this one took the cake... More tears..
The rest is down in history as a great time ;)
A little cake smash...
And this would be my husband... I bring him for entertainment :) He likes to Dougie.. and apparently everyone loves when he does it.. Laura said "oh my gosh.. Buddy HAS to do the dougie!" :)
The girls did the wobble!
Who knew...? THis was fantastic!
Father & Son duo!
Best wishes to the newlyweds, Mr&Mrs. Love. Congratulations and thank you so much for choosing me to capture the most important day of your lives... so far :) Everything was so beautiful & I'm so grateful to call you both friends! :)
Ceremony: St. Lukes, Denton MD
Reception: Denton Fire Hall
Hair&Makeup: Defining Moments, Denton MD
Flowers: Murdochs Florist, Centreville MD:
Caterer: Helen Todd: (410) 758-2275
Music&Entertainer: Steve Moody