KanKan & Ryan – Whitehall Manor Bluemont Virginia Wedding Photography



First of all, let me start by saying I now think every wedding should come with lion dancers. Haha. If you haven’t experienced this at a wedding, you are missing out! :) It was not only a unique surprise for all the guests, but also pretty exciting to shoot. Anyway, you’ll see what that looks like a little further down in this post, but basically it is lots of bright colors, lion costumes, and loud drum beats. What’s not to love? But back to KanKan and Ryan… it’s easy to see how tender and sweet they are with each other, and also how the sense of humor they share keeps things playful and fun. For instance, they ran through their sparkler exit three times, not that I was complaining!

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Lisa & Mark – San Francisco Maternity Photographer



Lisa has been my best friend for practically forever (seriously, freshman year of college) and I’m so lucky to get to document her milestones through the years. I’ve never been a mother, but it’s really cool to experience it through your closest friends. I flew to San Francisco recently for Lisa’s baby shower and to hang out pre-baby. We did these maternity photos over two days, hoping for a sunny day each time, but the weather had different plans. In the end, I think the cloudy skies perfectly matched our locations! We drove around Hawk Hill for some views of the Golden Gate bridge, and paid a visit to the Sutro Baths. Lisa’s beautiful smile and Mark’s positive disposition made these two a joy to shoot. It’s easy to see how excited they are about Baby G, and I can’t wait to meet her (or him!) very soon.

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Levey Family – Washington DC Family Photography



You might recognize these beautiful faces from being on my blog before! They are not strangers to my camera and I love it. This family is one of my all-time favorite families, and getting to chronicle their life through the years is an honor and a treat. This time around I saw their new home and met their new babe, Caleb. Caleb has big shoes to fill from his older brother Judah being so photogenic, but he is well on his way! So adorable. :)

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Gaby & Matt – Georgetown Engagement Photography



Gaby & Matt sweat it out with me on a lovely but hot afternoon last week in Georgetown. None of us realized until showing up that the canals didn’t have any water in them (oops) so we just wandered around town and found all the best pockets of light instead. These two are cute and natural together, thus the smiles happened easily. AND! the added bonus of this session was learning all about clam digging (Matt’s new hobby) which I think is pretty awesome.

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Kaitlin & Jon – Terrapin Beach Park Engagement Photography



What a great sunset! I felt like I was at the perfect place to watch it at Terrapin Beach Park, and with some awesome people who kept me laughing throughout our shoot. Kaitlin is one of these people you can’t help but like, and immediately feel like you’ve known for longer than you actually have. Jon is notoriously not a fan of having his photo taken, but he could not have been nicer about it, and patiently indulged me and all my oddball ideas. Kaitlin told a funny story about how she knew something was up when Jon was about to propose simply because he was the one to suggest they take a photo together! But seriously, I had so much fun with these two (and their adorable dog Maddie and dog wrangler/friend Alison) and come on, how could I not in a setting this gorgeous?!

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Taylor Family – Baltimore Family Portrait Photographer



This was a treat. I loved getting to see Matt and Jenn again, five years after their wedding, and meeting their two beautiful children! We hung out, ran through sprinklers, and I even got to share in some ice cream. It was summer family fun at its best and I felt honored to be there to capture it!

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Sarah & Dave – Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant Wedding Photography



Sarah and Dave had the sweetest ceremony in front of all their family and friends at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant in Alexandria. Dave’s big family and Sarah’s small one combined to celebrate with quite the entourage of nieces and nephews and lots of love and laughter. I witnessed so many great moments and heartfelt emotion between these two. One of my favorite parts was the red cardinal that made an appearance (and quite a noise!) during their ceremony.

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Elizabeth & Curt – Running Hare Vineyard Wedding Photographer



The first thing most people notice when they look at Elizabeth and Curt is their serious height difference. And being so good-natured, they took a lot of gentle teasing about it during the toasts and throughout their wedding day. But when I looked at them, beaming and happy, it wasn’t the only thing I saw. I saw the way Curt grins when he looks at Elizabeth, and I saw how she is at ease and totally herself in his presence. I saw joy in their companionship and a clear, strong bond. And that speaks volumes, not inches.

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Marisa & Adam – Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding



From start to finish, this day was pure fun. I loved that Marisa and Adam wanted to embrace the quirky coolness of the Baltimore Museum of Industry and do most of their photos inside, because it challenged me to shoot some truly unique images. (Plus it was super windy outside and nobody wants a crazy windblown look.) The bridal party kept me laughing with their antics, and let’s not forget the reception – you know it’s a good wedding when there’s an epic pants rip!

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Wendy & Richard – Linganore Winery Wedding Photography



Wendy and Richard’s vision for a sunny and warm wedding day at Linganore Winecellars was a little crushed when the weather turned up cold and rainy all day long. But they didn’t let it get them down, and instead embraced whatever ideas I had for making pretty pictures, including using every patio and covered area on site. Haha. But seriously, we all had such a great time and I loved seeing their smiles and optimism! As always, Bobby Dawson of ID Pro DJ kept the dance floor full and the party hopping (not that this crowd needed any encouragement!)

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