I met Theresa, her ADORABLE little boy Talan, and Chris, her fiance, at Big Pipe Creek for their engagement session. I asked Talan how old he was and he said, “free”… So CUTE. This location is great because there is so much space to run! There’s even a little playground… Look at his face as he was debating on whether or not to venture down the slide… Love it! But he did it! And he loved it… Chris was there to catch him! Talan did so well with his job of holding their Save the Date sign that Theresa made, too! …For gummy bears of course! (Yummy…) And Theresa’s dress reflects the colors of their wedding next September, which I love! She’s one of those adorable, DIY, crafty brides! I love how comfortable these two are with being cozy and kissy in front of the camera! They were so playful and cute! I am so excited for their rustic wedding at The Union Mills Homestead next year! It was so fun watching Chris and Talan play together… And Theresa’s face just LIGHT up around her little boy… He was so patient while we were shooting! Thank you so much for having me capture your love, Theresa and Chris! It shines through your photos radiantly! Having fun together is KEY!!
OK so generally when I blog, I try and pick shots that tell the story, show off the details, highlight my favorite photos from the session…
But for this family photo session? I literally could not delete a single photo as I was reviewing them…
I love posting previews for my clients very soon after their session or wedding day! I am excited to see them like they are! I love to give them a taste of what I captured and build their excitement for the rest of their gallery… But what is also fun for me is going back through as I edit, a few weeks after the photos were taken… I forget what the frames looked like so it’s fun to be refreshed as I see them, especially when they make me laugh!
Photographing kids is so different than photographing anything or anyone else. They may listen for a few frames, start to finally realize they are supposed to look in my direction after about fifty “hi!! gasp!! hellooo!!!”‘s and calling their names… IF they will even pose! And that’s why I LOVE to photograph them. Because that – right there – is THEM at this age. And that’s the point of these photos, right? To capture them? Anything and everything grabs their attention, makes them laugh, makes them cry… And it’s just so darn cute to freeze those moments too. I mean what 3 year old is going to sit perfectly with a huge grin on their face consistently for even 15 minutes?? Adults aren’t even comfortable with that! And then sometimes there’s the sibling “cooties” issue. “We’re hungry…”, “We don’t waaannnnt toooo….”, or “NO!!!”, etc. But then, there are moments like one you will see here… where their love for one another – even at 2 and 3 years old – is so strong and so prevalent. A kiss for his little sister. Checking to make sure she’s OK.
We met at Amber’s family member’s log cabin! Perfect setting… I think these sequences are just adorable. I texted Amber and told her… “So I’m throwing the ‘outtakes’ in as well… Because your kids are just too darn cute!”
See for yourselves…
Katie and Hank. Such good people. Just about as down to earth as a couple can get! The day I met these two, it was like we had known each other before meeting for their initial consult. I felt so comfortable with them and they were just so sweet and easy to talk to! They seemed so cozy and cute with each other, too. I could tell that they’d been together for a while, knew exactly what they wanted, and were SO ready to marry each other… I was excited to book with another warm and wonderful couple!
When I arrived the morning of wedding day to Katie’s parent’s home, I could immediately tell where Katie gets her cool, calm, and collected sweetness from! Her parents! They were so welcoming and inviting. Her mom was just so sweet and proud, and her dad was just elated and all smiles all day! I could tell that she is very close with her parents, and I love that!
The girls had their hair and makeup ready and were lounging in the kitchen munching and sipping Mimosas. Katie had ordered custom robes for them all that had just finally shipped the day before (eeep!) so thankfully they came just in time! Katie looked so happy! Love her big brown eyes! The light in their backyard was perfect! Katie was just glowing… It was so peaceful and lush back there! And the sun was trickling through the trees so beautifully. It was such a glorious day… Beautiful weather and barely a cloud in the sky!
I was seriously OBSESSED with their cake table. I couldn’t stop shooting it. Each cupcake was decorated differently and the topper was just so perfect in all of it’s simple beachy loveliness! The flavors… Oh, the flavors! The reception was fantastic… The atmosphere was great! It was nice for the guests to be able to spend time outside on the porch or down by the water, sitting at the bar or on the dance floor! They had a bunch of blinking light rings for everyone too which added such a fun vibe to the night! Katie’s dad gave a super sweet speech to the newlyweds and everyone just enjoyed themselves dancing, dancing, and dancing!
I feel so blessed to have worked with these two! Their families were so dear and the day went absolutely perfectly! Thank you both for having Tyler and I… Best wishes to you both!
Katie’s Dress | Macy’s Bridal Salon by Demetrios
Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Amanda Ritchie
Tuxedos | Jos A Bank
Florist | Floral Impressions
Caterer | Royal Affairs Catering
Cake/Cupcakes | Flavor Cupcakery
Hair & Makeup | Renaissance Salon and Spa
Officiant | Sharon Winterling
DJ | Beat2Beat
You can ask my husband – I came home from this wedding in tears. I did. I walked in the door, put down my bags, and just sighed. These tears were coming because of the sweet satisfaction I had in my exhaustion. He came around the corner saying, “what’s wrong??” and I just simply said, “Nothing, I just… I love my job…” And he rolled his eyes at me and laughed, helped me put my stuff in the office and wind down… As photographers, we spend 10-12 hour days on our feet, no “breaks” really, going and going until it’s all said and done. But each ounce of tiredness that I feel matches each ounce of happiness and gratitude that I equally feel, that this is what I do for a living. Truly. It’s such a rewarding profession for me. There are so many touching moments, emotions, details… I mean come on, it’s their WEDDING DAY! So so special. Each and every one. And Emily and Matt’s wedding was no different. The Bollinger family home is absolutely LOVELY… They live on their family farm, with “Grammaw” right next door with her adorable little self, working hard and keeping up with the land! I’ve always passed this property and thought it was so lovely! We shot their engagement photos there last fall, and had such a fun time riding around on the hills through the cow pastures with Lexi their pup! And in no time at all, the wedding day arrived! In meeting prior to the wedding, they were describing the “theme” and “feel” to the day. They have both traveled to SO MANY PLACES in their young ages! So they decided to go with that idea for a little thread that ran through their wedding day. The tables were all different places they had been. The place settings were little luggage tags. Maps. Suit cases. So clever! My lovely friend and also very talented local photographer Tori of Tori Nefores Photography second shot with me and captured some wonderful images with the guys while I was with the girls… More on that later, hehe. (Thanks Tori!) Love her! I arrived to Emily’s family farmhouse in Westminster that morning, pumped and ready to capture the preparations and mingle with the girls, snapping away as they got ready and anticipated the day. I was so excited to see the details of their day. The girls from Blade Runner came to do hair and makeup! They did such a great job! Her colors were navy and she had bouquets of sunflowers! Need I say more??? Matt sent Emily flowers that morning… So sweet! I loved being with everyone! I felt so comfortable! It’s not hard to in their beautifully cozy home! Emily & Matt were married at Big Baker Chapel on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, MD… It’s so beautiful! And up to the Wyndham in Gettysburg, PA to celebrate! The speeches were great… Emily’s sister had Matt as a teacher in high school, so hearing her tell about going to class was pretty funny, and Matt’s best man, Brandon, had everyone in hysterics! Once the garter was caught and the bouquet was tossed, Emily’s friend who caught the bouquet actually put the garter on Brandon… It was hilarious! Everyone was laughing and having such a good time… They had a company come in to do everyone’s “Old Time Photo” which they got to take home, as well as sign a copy for the bride and groom in a special scrap book of everyone’s photos… Such a good idea! It was so fun to watch everyone dress up and pose! The “anniversary dance” had me tear up… (yes – I cry at these things sometimes too, ok?? Hehe..) and the final song with everyone surrounding the bride and groom was just so sweet and touching!
Tori and I had such a great day with this couple and their families. Definitely one of my most memorable and favorite of the season! Gorgeous bride, handsome groom, good people, great love, and a beautiful day! I hope for nothing but the best for these two! Best wishes and congrats to Em & Matt! Xoxoxo!!!!
I sat at Birdie’s Cafe in Westminster people watching and sipping my hot cup of chai while I waited to meet Brandon and Ashley for our initial consultation several months back. The bells chimed on the door and the cutest cheery little blonde walked in. It was Ashley. She came over and we introduced ourselves and waited for her fiance to arrive. Once he did, they ordered their fruity iced drinks, they sampled one another’s, and we began to get to know one another. Immediately I was just taken back by how cute these two are as a couple. Their story is adorable. Their humor is adorable. Their smiles are adorable. They’d finish each other’s sentences and giggle and laugh as they told me their story. They told me about how they met at a friend’s party and Ashley decided to make pretzels and Brandon decided to help. The sparks flew, and they had their first date sampling different pretzels, and that they of course were planning to have pretzels as a part of their wedding (mid-reception snack)! They love to hike together, and one day while hiking the Appalachian Trail, Brandon popped the question with a pretzel in one hand, reading a letter to Ashley in his other hand. Her ring is amazing… a yellow diamond! Brandon is a dentist and Ashley is a teacher… They are just so in love and so happy. The joy that they have in one another is infectious when you are around it. So they booked with me right then and there, and it was now time to count down the days until their August wedding day!
I’ve had the pleasure of shooting at Shade Trees and Evergreens in Libertytown, MD quite often this season! Ashley and Brandon’s wedding took place there as well! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, which for August, can be questionable! I arrived as Ashley and the girls were finishing up hair and makeup…
Ashley has such delicate beauty and lovely taste! Her jewelry was just exquisite… And her dress was gorgeous! I loved these details… LOVE LOVE LOVE the YELLOW dresses! Everything went so perfectly… The guests munched on popcorn, and sipped iced tea and lemonade as they waited for the ceremony to begin… A friend played guitar as they came down the aisle… And the night went on to be wonderful and memorable! The bridal party performed a synchronized dance once they were all announced which was SO fun to watch! The guests ate it up! Great speeches… Touching dances… Yummy food… And adorable cupcakes! Thank you Ashley and Brandon for the opportunity to capture your amazing day! You two will blossom and grow in your lives together in such a beautiful way! Best wishes to you both! Xoxoxo!
Venue | Shade Trees & Evergreens, Libertytown, MD
Centerpieces | Flower Purses by Teresa Kessler on Etsy
Programs | Southern Fried Paper (on popcorn boxes)
DJ | Simply Yours Entertainment
Catering | Canapes in Frederick
Cupcakes | Georgetown Cupcakes
Jessica and Mike.
These two are ADORABLE.
Jessica is the sister of my friend Amanda. We all grew up in Carroll County, MD. Country hills, cows, fields of green, and farmland… Jess wanted their session to take place at River Valley Ranch, close by to where we grew up! It’s been a camp and ranch for over 60 years! So needless to say, I was so excited to spend the afternoon with them at this location!
On MY wedding day, my girlfriends and I ventured over to The Sunflower Garden in Westminster, MD to pick all of the flowers for the big day. This was the second location Jess picked. I was elated, of course. We all know how much I love my sunflowers…
I just loved spending such a fun session with these two! I can’t WAIT for their wedding in TEXAS this coming March!
There’s always something special about shooting a wedding for someone you know! Heather and I graduated together and when she asked me to do their photography, I was beyond excited to! Heather is an incredible artist! We had a few art classes together in high school and I remember she had talent for sure! She designed her programs and painted her own thumbprint tree… And did so much for her wedding! Love my DIY brides! She does pet paintings! Visit her shop on Etsy!
We had such a great time at their wedding! The weather cleared up just in time and the whole evening was full of laughter, lots of dancing, and fun! I am so happy for these two!
A few things about the bride – country girl, animal lover, avid oil painter and graphic designer
A few things about the groom – New Yorker, loves and coaches hockey
These two met while both attending Towson University over drinks The Crease and have been together for over five years. He proposed with a painting of Natty Boh proposing to the Utz Chips girl that read, “Will you Marry me?” They love bike riding, going out to dinner, trips together, and quality time just hanging out with their dog Bailey.
HAIR & MAKEUP | Jaclyn Bossi (friend of Heather’s)
DRESS | The Bridal Boutique in Columbia, Maggie Sottero “Tracy” dress
SUITS | Men’s Wearhouse in York, PA
FLOWERS | Cremer Florist, Hanover, PA
PROGRAMS | Heather
COORDINATOR | Liberty Mountain, Karen
DJ | Shew-sical Entertainment, Nicole and Jeff
CATERER | Liberty Mountain
CAKE | The Broken Cookie Bakery, Hanover, PA
CAKE TOPPER & WOODEN ACCESSORIES | Etsy
PHOTOGRAPHY | Kirsten Smith Photography
Such a popular venue with my brides this year! And I can see why! Shade Trees has just about everything a bride could ask for and more! It’s such an intimate “hideaway” with a beautiful view! Even though I’ve captured many weddings here, each and every one makes me feel like I’m there for the first time! It’s an easily “customizable” canvas. Jaime and Jason decorated in Orioles Orange and Ravens Purple! And it all came together so beautifully and I just loved the pops of bright color everywhere. Look at Jaime’s shoes – the color is so rich and gorgeous! She gave personalized hangers to each of her bridesmaids, with a little bag of jewelry attached. Jaime is a cosmetologist! So all of her work family was there to pamper her and beautify her! (They didn’t have to work too hard! Jaime is just stunning… She has such perfect skin!) Her sisters and her mama helped her get ready. It drizzled a bit before the ceremony began but we were still able to snap some images! The groomsmen wiped down the seats in time for the ceremony to begin… And the weather cleared for the remainder of the evening! I love seeing the shepherd hooks at each wedding I shoot here. They’re always so lovely and reflective of the couples decor! The dance floor was wild and crazy! It took everything I had not to jump in and dance right along with them! They had money jars for the guests to throw cash and change into to see who the guests wanted to wear the cake more… I think they both did! Jaime and Jason’s wedding day was full of infectious FUN and each and every person there was moving and grooving and celebrating their love! I loved capturing every single moment! Best wishes to you both! Xoxo!
Kelly is from Michigan, and Matt’s from New York. They met in Baltimore through mutual friends on a flag football team (so perfect because they both love sports), fell in love, and decided to tie the knot in the city where it all began… Kelly is just stunning! The room was full of YELLOW (yay!!), gorgeous flowers, delicious sangria, and smiles as the girls got ready… We had great weather on this July day! The rain held off and we were able to take some really fun shots outside! It was such a fun night! Such a great couple! Thank you both for having us! Best wishes to you both!
Venue | Sheraton, Baltimore, MD
Flowers | Little House of Flowers
Wedding Planner | AJK Events
LOVED this wedding.
Loved this COUPLE!
I feel so overwhelmed with it that I can’t even blog about it. I want to just let the photos speak for themselves…
Jen and Ken got married at Chanteclair Farm at Deep Creek Lake. This place was so fun! It’s so quirky and unique. Everywhere you turn, there’s another little surprise to look at or a decoration you’ve never seen before. There was even a blue 1960 F250 for us to have fun with!
I had the pleasure of having Jenna of Jenna Shriver Photography second shoot with me! We had such a great time shooting together and were both loving every detail! Ken and Jen did such a great job of making this wedding their own. I loved the different touches they had. Ken’s sisters wore mint green dresses, and Jen’s other girlfriends wore a pale pink. The maid of honor had a lavendar shade and the various dresses made for such fun shots! They all looked lovely! Rather than a sand ceremony or a unity candle, they planted a tree with soil from each of their backyards… Both families were so generous and fun! So much love!
OK, enough words, more photos! Here we go!
Can’t wait to work with these two again in the future! They are just rays of sunshine! Best wishes to you both, the new Mr. & Mrs. Ken Miller! Xoxo!