Happy Monday! This past weekend was filled with so much joy and love! On Friday I photographed Casey and Jack’s courthouse wedding portraits. We roamed around downtown Annapolis and celebrated their love with some images! The earth was so rich and saturated with color because of the rain. Then I zipped away to Virginia to photograph Kevin and Julie’s stunning day! Their wedding was held at Julie’s parent’s beautiful farm property. You guys are going to freak out when you see all of the hard work Julie put into her big day! I can not wait to share more!
Hello everyone! I am so excited to share Sophie and John’s bohemian beach wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation! Sophie and her friends made so many DIY pieces for the wedding, including the flowers. Sophie and John’s day was filled with sweet smiles, amazing weather, and lots and lots of love! Here are some of my favorites from their day.
These are the vendors that made this day possible:
Hair: Behind the Veil
Makeup: Behind the Veil
Florist: DIY by Sophie and her friends!
Caterer: Saucy Salamander
Gown designer/retailer: Paloma Blanca – Bridal’s by Elena
Invitations: Seaside Paperie (Sophie’s sister Chelsea)
Videographer: Madeline Maddock Good and Erica Matson
Wedding Cake or Dessert: Whole foods and Sophie’s Mom, Liz
and a big Thank You to my assistant Frankie!
Last September I started on a project with one of my best friends Frankie that would change my life. We had the privilege to make a documentary about The Samaritan Women Ministry (TSW), an organization that is operating a transitional residence program for women recovering from trauma and trafficking which emphasizes life-rebuilding and reconciliation. TSW is also leading a state-wide social justice initiative against human trafficking. During the process of making the documentary we interviewed various staff members and volunteers from TSW including Amanda and Nick. When I met Amanda last September, she was a single woman pursuing her passion for social justice. Later we met Nick, a volunteer who gave up everything to inform the world about human trafficking. They starting dating while we were still making the film. When Amanda called me and asked me to be her photographer for her August wedding I was literally in tears. They tied the knot on the The Samaritan Women property where they first met and fell in love! These two ran towards their passions and towards God and found each other in the midst. I feel completely honored to share some of my favorite images from their wedding day!
Here is the tale of the Seafarer’s Daughter (Amanda’s Dad was in the Navy) and the Star-gazer’s Son (Nick’s dad works for NASA) :
Hair: Angela Soto of Lucky 3 Studio
Make-up: Kimmy Gonzalez
Planner/Day of Coordinator: Lindsay Hocker of Simply Perfect Events
DJ/Band: Pedro Gonzalez
Caterer: Beefalo Bos
Gown designer: Maya Couture
Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Invitations/ Menus: PaperDolls Designs
Videographer: Frankie Films
Wedding Cake: Minted Sweets
Also check out Frankie’s sneak peek video of Amanda’s wedding HERE!
Last Friday I woke up early to meet Mike and Jenn for a sunrise session at Great Falls Park in Potomac, Maryland. There is nothing like cool crisp morning air. Jenn and Mike are so madly in love! Their portrait story near the babbling falls and jade green forest was true perfection. Here are some of my favorite from their session.
Hello! I am often asked what gear I use for my images. Today I wanted to share what equipment I bring to all of my weddings and portrait sessions!
I am a Canon girl who only shoots with prime lenses. Most of my gear was purchased on Amazon or B&H Photo. The Canon 100L is great for beautiful ring shots and shooting details.This lens is one of my favorites. Canon’s 135L is so stinking sharp. This lens is fantastic during ceremonies. The Canon 50L is a classic. Beautiful portraits and an all around solid lens. Ok so this may be my favorite lens. Canon’s TS-E 45mm allows me to create stunning artistic images. I love playing with planes of focus in my work. Canon’s 35L is a great wide-angle lens. It is pretty tact sharp and the colors it produces are always pleasing. I use this for wide shots and on the dance floor.
The Canon 5D Mark II is my back-up camera. The Canon 5D Mark III is an amazing camera! The colors it produces are stunning and it is an upgrade from the 5D Mark II in so many ways. I use a Canon 600 EX-TR Speedlite and a Blot battery pack for my on-camera flash system. I love this Jack by Jill-e designs leather rolling camera bag. It goes with my everywhere and holds all of my gear!
I use both Lexar and Sandisk 16 GB CF cards inside a super sturdy Pelican case. These Neewer video lights are easy to use. They help add an extra pop of light when needed.
A couple weeks ago I had the chance to photograph bride-to-be Kara from Politics of Pretty as she tried on a possible bridal look from bareMinerals. She choose to try on a hollywood glam look! Kara looked amazing with a fun orange-red lip and the smooth finish of bareMinerals foundation. (even though she is beyond gorgeous without make-up) The images were also on The Glitter Guide! Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot!
I met up with Paige in Stu a year and a half ago in London (their current home). They married in London but wanted to plan a wedding celebration for their friends and family in the States! Their day was filled with heartfelt tears, tender hugs and fun dance moves. Their friends and family from all around the world rejoiced in Paige and Stu’s sweet love. It was a blessing to be apart of their day!
Hair: Erin Brown & Becky Shearing
Makeup: Chandler Smith
Florist: Seaberry Farm
Planner/Day of Coordinator: Danielle
DJ/Band: Dusk Til Dawn Entertainment
Caterer: Kent Manor Inn
Gown designer/retailer: Betsy Robinson, Amsale
A little while ago I had the chance to photograph bride to be Caitlin as she revealed some beauty tips! If you want to learn more about the products visit the post on Style Me Pretty!