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.
paul and sarah are getting married in october and last month i got to explore the beautiful Ellicott City with them for their engagement session! they showed me all the amazing spots and took me to a graffiti bridge and magical forest wonderland that i had no idea existed, all while chatting about cats and coffee and sarcasm. so basically we had a GRAND time.
we spent an early saturday spring morning exploring the beautiful Jerusalem Mill in northern Maryland, comparing latest Netflix binges and having an amazing time. their dogs are one of the most important parts of their life together, so we made sure we got them some quality time in front of the camera. (read: river swims and frisbee games.)
Julie and Ryan met me on a Sunday morning in one of my favorite Baltimore neighborhoods, Fells Point. we spent some time wandering, giggling, making jokes, finding all the walls and alleys, and just having a blast. i am honored to be able to capture their kind, lighthearted spirits and incredibly beautiful selves and i could not be more obsessed with these images. Julie and Ryan, thank you for an amazing morning -- absolutely cannot wait for your day on September 8!
it's been a while since i blogged this beauty, even though we've had some amazing shoots together recently, so i figured i'd better remedy that asap! back in march we roamed around Georgetown in DC (a neighborhood that has literally endless photo locations!) and shot some style photos and portraits for her blog. check out her beautiful self below!
okay, so these two. i don't know how i get to work with some of the sweetest and kindest couples on the planet, but i do and i'm beyond grateful. beyond being the sweetest human ever in her emails, Kelly immediately agreed to the idea of an early morning time for her and Jon's engagement session. these two woke up at the crack of dawn to meet me in Patapsco Park, climb around the most random spot right off the road, fall a couple of times, get attacked by splinter bushes, all while being cute and silly and beautiful all at the same time.
finally FINALLY met this babe back in february after being Instagram friends for so long; that beautiful platform is seriously one of my favorite ways to meet amazing humans and olivia is no exception. obviously we had coffee and then wandered around shooting some photos of her gorgeous face! thanks for showing me your favorite back alleys lady -- can't wait to explore with you again soon!!
we had about 45 minutes to wander around Blagden Alley, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite corners of the city. they braved the windy cold, trusted me when i suggested heading into a random parking garage (until we were kicked out...), and put up with me climbing on chairs and tables at the end of our shoot as we warmed up with some lattes in La Colombe (a usual occurrence -- I've gotten used to the stares). a barista even provided us with a special latte art design in a heart when he saw me photographing these two cuties in the corner!
she's a hella talented photographer, but beyond that, she works two jobs, 7 days a week, and takes classes at the same time, with one goal in mind: moving back to California in the spring, living and working there and photographing every single day. that first day at Ceremony Coffee (my favorite), I'm pretty sure my jaw was hanging as I listened to how fearlessly she's pursuing her dreams.
from her bubbly and excited emails i knew she and kevin were going to be a blast to photograph, but i had no idea just how awesome the two of them would be. they showed me around the Naval Academy grounds, wandered through the back streets of downtown Annapolis, and then took me to the dock of kevin's host family's home to finish it off. they were SO happy, easy to laugh, ready for anything.
even though it was December and freezing (and i wasn't the one in a sports bra and leggings!), i had an absolute blast laughing and shooting our way through downtown frederick, collecting awesome fitness shots. kallie showed me her favorite parking garage (yes, she does have a favorite, and i was in photographer heaven) and then we ate incredible burgers to warm up afterwards.
Killian and Hernàn met years ago when she traveled to El Salvador for the first time, and after Hernàn's three-month long stay with her this past fall we explored the Clipper Mill area in Baltimore (near my favorite Artifact Coffee!) to give them photos to look back on in the coming months they'll be apart. i love the two of them so much it hurts.
Words can’t fully describe how much I adore this girl – ridiculously kind, gracious, driven, passionate, fun, selfless… I could seriously go on and on. She’s killing it in school, has one of the biggest hearts known to man, we have the same exact taste in food and when we get in the kitchen together it’s so freaking fun.
Not to mention, what even?! Do you see this beauty?! How is she only a senior?!
this was all shot at one staircase by Union Market in DC -- y'all, give me lines and white walls and i am in heaven. i had SO much fun working with sarah on this and these are by far some of my favorite images we've shot together. thanks for killing it as always lady -- still unsure as to how you're not a high-end fashion model yet.
i literally could not keep my exclamation points to myself in my response to kevin's initial email asking if i was available to shoot his proposal -- first of all, PROPOSAL. secondly, he was planning to do it at my favorite favorite favorite view of my favorite favorite favorite city -- on top of Federal Hill in Baltimore.
this lady needs no introduction around here, but i'll give one anyway: this is erin, we met through instagram, it feels like i've known her my whole life, the majority of my laughs come from her every day, and she always just floors me with her ability to rock a camera. (see below for what i mean.)
Anna showed up in my inbox back in November (she's friends with Liz!) asking if i would be down to photograph her and her fiancée Mike exploring around DC when they traveled back for a celebratory long weekend of re-discovering their favorite spots in the city they met. i pretty much jumped out of my seat because exploring-city-nostalgic-engagement-HECKYES that's what i'm all about. (that's a sentence, right?)