Melissa & Greg – Brookside Gardens MD Engagement Photography

I photographed Melissa and Greg on the hottest day of the season, and it felt more like summer than fall except for the pretty colors and changing leaves. We roamed around the beautiful Brookside Gardens, and they showed me a few new places to add to my repertoire. I love the way these two crack each other up because it means I have many more smiles and laughs to look forward to on the wedding day!


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Ashli & Thomas – National Arboretum Engagement Photography

Ashli and Thomas asked for fall colors in their engagement session and the fall colors delivered!

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Lily & Craig – Cylburn Arboretum Baltimore Wedding Photography

I tried writing this blog post about three different times, but knowing where to start is hard when there is so much awesomeness to talk about. Together, Lily and Craig are one of the kindest, funnest (can we just make that a word already?), and funniest couples I’ve met. My cheeks were sore from grinning so much. I really loved everything about this wedding, and I’m not just saying that. Lily has a way of making everyone feel included and valued, and I could quickly see how Craig perfectly complements that. They are adventurers and explorers, and while their wedding day was a beautiful representation of that, I have no doubt that the best is truly yet to come for these two!

Cake: SugarBakers
Caterer: Rouge Fine Catering
Ceremony and Reception: Cylburn Arboretum
DJ: Sal / EventPro
Flowers: 41st Flower Design Studio
Hair: Lluminaire Salon 
Hotel and getting ready: Sagamore Pendry
Makeup: Artistry by JoBeth
Photographer: Emily Chastain Photography
Second Photographer: Jennifer Smutek
Videographer: Reflexion Videography
Wedding Planning: NoLo Weddings + Events

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Taite & Troy – Washington DC Family Photography

I’m doing more and more family portrait sessions these days, and loving them all. I love that there are so many awesome families out there, with awesome parents raising awesome kids. Taite and Troy and their beautiful children fall into this category. Everyone’s smiles were on point, and no one seemed to mind all the family hugs and fake laughs I made them do! Waiting for those moments when the fake laughs turn into the real ones is always my favorite part. This family was truly a joy to shoot, and I think we all had some fun in the process.


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Ashley & Kevin – Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding Photography

Ashley and Kevin’s wedding  was one I’d be happy to shoot over and over again. These two are clearly so perfect for each other, and I’m pretty sure the combining of these two families happened way before the wedding day! Ashley’s best friend is actually Kevin’s sister, so they’ve known each other since high school. I loved seeing all the familiar faces (I shot Ashley’s brother’s wedding a few years ago) and working with a great team of vendors on this one.


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Shari & Adam – Mt Washington Mill Dye House Baltimore Wedding Photography

So. Much. Laughter. I loved it. Everyone was so happy on this gorgeous wedding day at the Mt Washington Mill Dye House and it really showed through in the photos. I adore photographing happy people, and I’m so lucky to have clients that make me smile! Adam and Shari are absolutely some of those.


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Ellyette – Orlando FL Newborn and Family Photography

Last week I had the privilege of meeting my niece for the very first time! My brother and his wife live in Orlando with the newest addition to the family, baby Ellyette. I’m used to photographing families and babies, but it’s kinda different when it’s your own family! At one month old, she is of course the cutest and most special child alive (sorry, I get to say that as a first-time aunt.) I loved laughing at her many expressions and puzzling over who she looks most like. Can’t wait to see her grow and change (and maybe one day recognize me!) and I look forward to documenting it along the way!


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Mike & David – Washington DC Engagement Session Photography

Mike and David are so easy to talk to, and I loved photographing all their natural smiles! Pretty sure their wedding next year will be equally awesome. :)


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Yessica & Matt – Mary’s Land Farm Ellicott City Wedding Photography

Matt and Yessica are a “met at a bar” success story! They share so many common interests, and in their words, they “feel a sense of relief to be able to laugh at things others would never understand.” I love that description and found it really true of them on their wedding day. There were a few logistical set-backs, which included the ceremony starting over an hour later than planned, but they kept smiling through it all and were so clearly happy to be married it never even mattered in the end! I think I also got some of my most favorite first dance photos ever, and a special thanks to an awesome guest who volunteered to vape the smoke for a neat photo idea I had (see below).


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Tori & Sean – Private Residence Maryland Wedding Photography

There were so many things I loved about this wedding, but the moment that keeps coming back to me is during the wedding vows when the officiant was repeating all the things Tori and Sean love about each other. Tori loves what a good and attentive father Sean is to his two girls, and Sean loves how Tori has welcomed his daughters into her life and her heart. All of this was touching and sweet, then the funny moment came when Tori said she loves that Sean is also a redhead, and thus will never make her go to the beach, and will always be there to apply her sunscreen. It made me laugh. But seriously, have you seen a more beautiful redheaded couple? These two rocked the portrait time (and gave me lots of it, awesome!) and we explored all the nooks and crannies of Tori’s father’s property in Kingsville, which turned out to be the perfect place for this gorgeous outdoor fall-but-felt-like-summer wedding.


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