Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Life is a Highway | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Hello, Lovelies!

Wow!  Wowzaaa… these last couple of weeks have been crazy.  Crazy!  One of the biggest accomplishments, if I can call it that, is I accepted an offer on our Reston house.  Man, I love that house!

Okay, more on that amazing house soon.  Today, I have another test drive.  These two lovebirds finally realized something clicked on a long road trip… with Katie’s boyfriend.  That’s right, folks.  When you’re stuck in a car for hours, you can either look across the center console, stare a little too long, smile, and karaoke-style bust out the road tunes… or stare blankly out the windshield and glumly think to yourself, “when is this going to be over.”

I love road trips with my husband.  Even when I’m mad, I’ll clench my jaw, maybe shed a tear.  My husband might also be mad and give the stink eye to every passerby… but within minutes, he turns on the heated seats because he knows I’m always cold… turns on the wedding station on Pandora to make me smile… a reaches across to hold my hand.  I melt, and he pulls my hand to his lips.

Life is a journey.  Enjoy the ride.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Boudoir Studio Development | Northern Virginia Boudoir Photographer

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Hello, Lovely!

On this snowy day, I’m working away at ALL kinds of projects with a husband needing help in the basement, a daughter home from school, and an infant with a bad case of the “mamitis.”  For more on this life changing affliction, see here.


This we finished a house project that I’m excited to showcase—the development of my boudoir! 

As many of you know, I purchased a nearly 300-year old house in an effort to be able to work more from home—most especially with my photography.  Everywhere I turn in Northern Virginia and Maryland, it seem like there are restrictions and fees.  Restrictions and fees are especially true with boudoir where you have to purchase a hotel room, are sometimes prohibited from shooting boudoir, and the hotel rooms are obviously limited in style, décor and space.

No so when your home has SEVEN bedrooms and you also own an antique furniture business.  Here is one of the beds we recently finished. 

I’m excited to slowly develop my photography business in the house and around the property of this awesome home.  Next up, painting.  I’m thinking something like <<this>> for wall behind the bed.  Maybe a different wall color? ... I'm LOVING the cement look.

Monday, March 2, 2015

St. Ignatius and Love Birds | Washington, D.C. Wedding Photographer

Monday, March 2, 2015
Hello, Lovely!

So, I met these two at an expo.  MANY photographers “fish” for clients.  They pester hunt work hard to attract potential clients.  My philosophy is to put out my best work, and if something strikes your fancy?  Let’s talk!  If not, I’m not your photographer.

These two glanced at my booth….walked… glanced…walked… glanced… walked by… stepped back… glanced… then finally stopped.

That’s what I want my work to do to you.  Shamelessly flirt.

When they stopped, I found out they are getting married at the St. Ignatius Chapel in Georgetown.  This church is mad beautiful.  Natural light from the lofted ceiling, a square church, and history-history-history.  This church was built in 1794. 

These cuties are getting married in this church because it is where the bride’s parents attended daily mass.  Even more history.

This church is on my DREAM photography, must-shoot list.

Here’s hoping it is with these love birds!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ray of Sunshine | Maryland Wedding Photographer

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Hello, Lovely!

This weekend was such a fun, crazy weekend of car shopping, our girls (and my sweet boy), friends, meeting with potential wedding clients, and so much more!  Someone once told me if you surround yourself with positive people and positive “stuff,” your whole attitude will change for the positive.  Pffff, <<--that sounds like a Hallmark movie that would have me rolling my eyes. 

Here’s the thing.  It’s true.  I am really thankful for my friends.  Dudette, happy people just make me happy.  And, it’s so much easier to roll by the dumb stuff.

PACK your life, and pack it with stuff that makes you smile.

Catherine and Sergey are a perfect example of finding that light.  These two are awesome.  Their wedding day is all about celebrating their love… not following what they are “supposed” to do.  Getting married at a courthouse, celebrating in a train station, and filling the evening with their mutual love—dancing!

And look at that smile!  From the moment Catherine looks at Sergey, her lips open in the most beautiful, full smile.  Sergey tries to hide his sheepish smile, but look at him.  She melts in her sunshine.

… and just looking at them makes me smile.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Branding 2015 + | Washington, D.C. Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Hello, Lovely!

I’ve started to work on my branding, which until this point, came along organically.  I think it is important, however, to intentionally direct how and where my business goes, so I’ve embarked on calculated changes to my business.

As a first step, most marketing specialists ask you to decide on three words describing your business.  Almost allllllways, wedding photographers choose “romantic.”  Vomit.  It makes me think of photos shot off kilter (dutch angles) with only red roses, and “Lady in Red” playing on the Sony bombox.

Something like this.

HA! Did you see how many red roses were in this video?  Something like 9,286.  Honestly.  Go back and check. I LOVED this song in high school.  LOVED!  I think I even had a red dress because of this song… but, this is not the type of “romantic” photos I want to give you.

I think everyone wants their wedding photos to be romantic, so I need a descriptor that better fits my business of how I want my couples to “feel.”  So, I came up with:

Parisian elegance


Fresh * Organic * Local (Yes! Like the farmer’s market slogan!)

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I know.  Each is more than **a** word.  I’m a rule breaker!  Over the next month, I share a few posts with you about how I’m giving clients an experience based on these phrases.

Oh, and because every good post needs a photo, here is a sneak peak of a shoot with Silk andBurlap in Frederick.  I’ll have some more info on my budding collaboration with Silk and Burlap soon, but in the meantime, here is type of romance I want in my brand—Parisian elegance.

Lady in red and all.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cassie and Phil | Bluemont, VA, Wedding Photographer

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Hello, Lovely!

Today, I have a test drive with the lovely Cassie and Phil.  Lucky for me, Cassie and Phil braved the weather to come out to our test drive AND were okay shooting inside… it was cold outside.  Like super cold.

My husband says I need to turn in my Alaskan card.  Pahish.

It was a great opportunity to use natural window light!  I love-love-love using natural window light because the source is so strong, and the interior of the home is so dark.  The effect is a strong shadow and a beautiful, moody romantic look.

What I love about these two is that they are ready on the same page.  Of course, both Cassie and Phil have their own likes and dislikes, but they seem to easily “make room” for the other’s likes and dislikes. 

As a perfect example, Cassie loves the rural, rustic setting of northern New York.  Phil likes more modern lines.  Somehow, location and style are melding for their beautiful day—and in such a way that they are smiling until their eyes crinkle.

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