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I had the pleasure of photographing Gwen and Emmett’s small at-home ceremony this winter—on Christmas Eve!—after their original wedding plans were sidelined. We met up at the beginning of spring at their original wedding venue, to photograph them in the wedding outfits they never got to wear. Though it was a windy and chilly morning, they braved it beautifully and I am in love with what we captured on these unique sweeping grounds of Glen Ellen Farm!
Christian kept everything a secret and we worked together with the wonderful staff at the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan to pull off the evening. I was hiding on the rooftop, playing from my wireless speaker a playlist Christian had sent me earlier, when the two of them walked up after their dinner at Brothers and Sisters (Tiffany under the pretense the staff wanted to show her the view for her birthday). Tiffany was blown away and I don’t think any of us could stop smiling—you can see for yourself in the photos!
Beth, Mike and I met at Loch Raven Reservoir last October to walk through the glorious, vibrant autumn foliage for their engagement session. I loved the casual coziness that their first look lent to the woods and the effortless elegance their second lent to the lake as the sun set around us.
I started talking with Shannon and Ryan about photographing their wedding back in August 2019, but I met them all the way back in 2017 at Nicole and Mackenzie’s day at Fathom Gallery in Washington, DC. We met on a hot summer morning before the Baltimore humidity really struck, wandered the piers of Fells Point and then finished up at Aveley Coffee Roasters for a few last snaps.
Clare, Ben and I coordinated a time for a larger group of family members and their wedding party to take the formal and celebratory portraits they missed after their original April 2020 wedding plans had to shift. It was so incredibly special for me to see everyone again, not to mention create these golden portraits with two golden people.
There’s so much to share from this incredible shoot that included editorial portraits with some family and documentary work sprinkled in—some of my favorite kinds of photographs to take. It was the clearest possible October evening as we shot through increasingly golden light while the sun gradually sank. Take a scroll through to watch our portrait light change from yellow and direct to honeyed and hazy, see Sarah and Laura glow in their sister portraits, and experience Maddie frolic through her home while she hung out with me during the in-between moments of outfit changes and slight location shifts.
Like so many couples this year, Rachel and Joe had to rethink their wedding plans—but wanted to keep their original date. Though their larger celebration is postponed until next year, they gathered on October 10th with just a handful of their parents and closest friends in Fells Point, Baltimore to say their vows outside. After Rachel and Joe were officially married (!!!) and had spent some time with the family and friends in attendance via Zoom, we wandered downtown Fells to capture some portraits of the newly married couple in one of their favorite Baltimore neighborhoods.
Rachel and Dave’s original wedding plans—as you might guess—had to shift significantly this year. While they postponed their larger celebration, I was able to meet them in June for a short but beautiful ceremony in front of the Towson Courthouse, just north of Baltimore, Maryland.
Before they moved in, we’d never had neighbors quite like this, and I could not be more honored to have photographed their family last November. We met at Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore, Maryland for a short shoot on a crisp morning—and if I wasn’t already convinced that Barrett and Everly weren’t some of the cutest children on the planet, their outfits here sealed the deal. It was difficult not to include every photo for the post, but as today is Rob and Lauren’s anniversary, I’m so excited to finally share this sweet session! We love you all so much—happy anniversary!
Some moments from Jenna and Florian’s late July engagement session! We hiked up through the Catoctin Mountains in western Maryland and reached Chimney Rock just in time for the sun’s last moments on the horizon. Sarah, the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet, made it up the mountain like a champion, never hesitating to ask for kisses from her parents when we stopped for a photo.
When Jillian and Bejan mentioned they were hoping to get a few photos with their dog for the first half of their engagement shoot in Georgetown, Washington DC, I was thrilled — and then when this beautifully warm November day arrived and I met up with them in Book Hill Park and found them fixing a tie around this pup’s neck, I just about lost it. His name is Marbles, and he is the cutest and most suave pupper I have ever had the pleasure of photographing.
I met up with Pearl and Tobe early in December for a short, sweet, and amazing engagement session near where they live in Laurel, Maryland. They immediately trusted my odd gravitating towards a run-down corner of the street, and I am so grateful for their good-humored embracing of walking along busy roads and running down crosswalks to create these images! I especially loved contrasting their fabulous classy outfits against a more industrial backdrop, then working with the beautiful pop of color in their traditional Nigerian ceremonial clothing in a more natural wooded area.
Tiffany reached out to me last year for some portraits with a moody, editorial but friendly vibe to match her stylish, beautiful self. We finally met up in July 2019 at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC and spent a morning creating some of my absolute favorite images to date. It was such a perfect mix of filtered and dramatic light and of minimal and dynamic art and architecture, and I could not be more thrilled with what we came up with.
These two and their friends and family absolutely radiated joy and love the entire day. We photographed their portraits right outside the Dye House, where Caroline’s beautiful dress was perfectly windswept (the veil got a little carried away in a few photos!) and Billy’s handsome navy suit perfectly complemented the winter palette and pinecones of their bridal party and flowers. The ceremony was lit by string lights and could not have been more simultaneously cozy and elegant; the reception was a love-, laughter- and dessert-filled party.
When Morgan and Patrick suggested Capitol Stones area of Rock Creek Park for their engagement session, I had no idea what I was in for. We explored a dumping ground of marble stones from a 1958 renovation of the Capitol Building, where they were piled for future use — and left for 60 years abandoned. Now, it’s an eerily beautiful playground of moss-covered marble that was the most perfect spot to adventure with these two for their shoot.
This shoot from April 2019 has to be one of my favorites with Sarah of Fifty Two Thursdays. (I may be biased, considering I tend to spend the majority of my days in art galleries.) I loved drawing inspiration with Sarah from my favorite pieces in the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art!
Jenna reached out to me in need of some content for her business, Mind Body Nourishment, where she offers a wide variety of integrative wellness services. The morning I spent with Jenna in May of 2019 was one I will never forget — she immediately made me feel at home (with a cup of freshly brewed coffee) and I have absolutely loved getting to know such a positive, kind, genuine, empathetic, beautiful soul.
Wanting something intimate and true to themselves, Samantha and Kristos already eloped in Vegas a couple months earlier but were ready to celebrate with family in DC. They got ready together in a hotel near CityCenter and pretty much danced their way to and from their small, romantic ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in their rented limousine. We had an absolute blast grabbing portraits of their beautiful (and hilarious) bridal party under the amazing autumn leaves, the installation above Palmer Alley, and then moved on to party and eat some of the best food I've ever put in my mouth at Momofuku -- where I am pretty sure I did not stop laughing or smiling for hours.
Every single moment – from their relaxed, easy, excited hours getting ready with family; their emotional and touching and intimate first look; their gorgeous ceremony in the woods of the Catoctin Mountains; the heartfelt and soulful words both spoken of them and from them during their toasts and reception; their hilarious and happy and fun and joyful reception – was overflowing with love and gratitude and respect.
I think I’m going to run out of happy and loving adjectives to describe Julie and Ryan and their wedding, so I will let these images tell the story of the beautiful day they said their vows surrounded by love under the trees.
Yesterday I recapped the amazing weddings and couples I photographed in 2017, but I couldn’t finish a reflection on the year without sharing images from all of the portraits and lifestyle work I was able to do. I love shooting portraits just as much as I love documenting weddings and I think it’s because in all of it, photography is an honest art that documents humans as they are. It never fails to amaze me how beautiful people are when they allow their hearts to shine through their eyes and smiles and I am so grateful I have been able to document those moments and capture these gorgeous souls in an image.
Here is every couple that hopped in front of my camera last year. It was insanely hard to pick just a few favorites from every wedding and one from every engagement or couples shoot – I clearly have a lot more to blog from the fall wedding season and that’s coming as soon as possible. I want to share every image from every one of these weddings because I love these people so incredibly much.
hannah and sean met me on a really *warm* june evening at Cylburn Arboretum for their engagement session, and friends, they. are. HILARIOUS. not only did they brave the heat and willingly sweat through some of their clothes with me (you can't tell because they're still beautiful), but i'm pretty sure i was laughing the entire time -- and the entire time i spent editing afterwards. i couldn't stop myself from including a couple of bloopers and goofy photos from our shoot.
i clicked with these two the second they walked into our first coffee date at Red Emma's in Baltimore. and when they suggested Rawlings Conservatory for their engagement session, i'm pretty sure i jumped up and down.
Casey is an incredible photographer in DC and we spent a morning last spring drinking coffee at Grace Street (because duh, of course our shoot started with coffee) and wandering through Georgetown capturing some images of her gorgeous self. casey, you are beyond stunning and i am so happy i got to photograph you! thanks for an amazing morning!
an hour of torrential downpour on their wedding day didn't even make them blink; Alexa and Mike are truly some of the most laid-back, kindhearted, genuine people i've ever met. their wedding day at Rockfield Manor in Bel Air, MD was an honor and joy to photograph. from a beautiful first look in gorgeous just-before-the-storm light to a Jewish tradition-filled ceremony and reception with loved ones close by, from a homemade ice cream bar to crazy and hilarious hours of dancing -- i had an absolute blast!
i absolutely loved getting to hang out with these two for a couple of hours on a Saturday evening in July, taking photos on the beautiful water in Pasadena, MD to celebrate their engagement and sticking around afterwards to photograph a little of their party at Sunset Cove with their close family and friends (complete with alllllll the cute decorations!). proposals never fail to get my heart racing and make me feel like a super ninja photographer, and the moments after are seriously some of the sweetest i've ever seen. thank you, Brandon and Courtney, for allowing me to be a part of such a special moment in your story!
if you've followed me a while, you probably know that i sometimes enjoy the beverage known as "coffee". these three ladies also sometimes enjoy said beverage and happen to be incredible photographers. after months of running into each other all at the same time at one Baltimore coffee shop or another, we decided to actually plan to get together last week. obviously, coffee was involved (Artifact Coffee, one of my favorites!), as was a photo spree afterwards in the beautiful Clipper Mill neighborhood next to Woodberry Kitchen.
so excited to share these! Katelyn and Garrett are Baltimore people, tying the knot with a small ceremony in Annapolis in October, and suggested the Library of Congress for their engagement shoot last spring. so basically, they're incredible. if their soft kindness, quiet love, and gracious willingness to be goofy and laugh at my constant stream of babble throughout our shoot doesn't speak something about how beautiful they are inside and out -- y'all, they brought me a bag of Baltimore coffee, the "Umma" blend from Dooby's, because they know how much I love coffee and because they said it reminded them of "Emma". I LOVE THEM A LOT.
Alma and Mike. I feel like a broken record every time I try to write something about these two but I just keep coming back to an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and love. It feels like I've known them my entire life when in reality it's only been about a year since we connected. From Alma's first enthusiastic email, I knew they were going to hold a special place in my heart.