Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What to Wear: Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland Photographer

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hello, Lovely!

More often than any other question, I’m asked “what should I wear?”  Now, chica, I love me some clothes!  Without a doubt, I could walk into my closet and pick out what I would wear, so let me give you some advice to give you the same confidence!

First rule:  Wear something that makes you feel amazing!  

I don’t care if it breaks all the other rules… when you feel good, you look good!

For my engagement session with Marcella Treybig Photography (right), we went with a red, white and blue palette.  With my session with Terra Dawn Photography (left), we went with a mustard, brown and blue palette.
Red, white and blue: Renzo (slim fit, wide plaid shirt from Express—his favorite company; favorite jeans) Eddie (ASOS midi-length dress in navy and J. Crew (one of my favorites) striped pumps)
Brown-mustard-blue: Renzo (slim fit, white shirt from Express, brown tweed vest from J. Crew, favorite jeans) Eddie (high-low mustard dress from Express, Jessica Simpson nude pumps)

Second rule: Coordinate without being matchy-matchy.  

In the 90s, we all wore jeans and white tops, ran around barefoot, chased by our black lab... on the beach.  Hey, it still works!  But, you also have the opportunity to showcase you and your style.  Think stripes, plaids, florals, tweeds, and consider including multiple textures in your image. One person in florals and the other in stripes for instance.

Think of three colors you like together and in your home or your wedding colors, and find clothes of different textures and pattens in that color palette.  When in doubt, refer to rule one!

Cassie of Primitive and Proper does color and layers of patterns better than just about anyone I know.

Mustard, blue and brown (left) | Red, white and blue (right)
Great minds think alike!

Third Rule: The don’t s.
Stay away from big chunks of black or white. Both are horrible to photograph.  The lighting needs to be juuuuust right or you’ll just wearing black blob (think: my black leggings will look like I'm wearing a floor-length tube skirt).  Or, your white shirt will be the brightest thing in the image, and your faces will play second fiddle.  Sooo, no white button downs or black leggings.  (See also rule one.)
Avoid tight patterns.  Tight plaid, seersucker, etc. will look a little psychedelic online and in print. 

See this suit? Depending on the screen or printer, the pattern will be wavy like a topographic map.  Don't see it, move your head up and down paying special attention to the material around the grooms left shoulder blade, and it will look like the pattern is moving.

Rule four: Remember the details.

Details make you look polished in a photo and make you walk into out photo shoot feeling like… hmm, I’m looking good today!  Remember to match your hair tie with your hair color, think about your socks and jewelry.  Also, think about oomphing your look.  Maybe with killer earrings, spot on socks, or bowtie.

Sneak peek of my shoot with Citizen Frederick.

Finally, rule five: Wear what you feel good in.

Layering patterns, following all the don’t s, etc. won’t mean anything if you don’t feel like a million bucks.  If you want to break “the rules” that’s fine by me.  I will make it work the best way I can.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fresh Flowers | #SomeOfMyFavoriteThings

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Hello, Lovely!

Recently, I’ve been working on a number of super exciting projects—I can’t wait to share!!  I was recently featured in a **big** publication there is a flower garden in the works, and I’ve been invited to speak at my first, national conference.  Hole. Lee. Smokes.

I just wanted to check in and let you know that I’m still plugging away.  Still editing like a banshee.  <<-- Do banshees edit? 

In the meantime, I have quick photo of #SomeOfMyFavoriteThings.  I’m a horrible cook and have an uncanny ability to kill any plant by simply being in its proximity.  I’m trying to improve on that. 

Some of my favorite things are fresh flowers.  I would love to bring back my yard by filling it with beautiful flowers.  Sure, these are store-bought, but in a few years, I’d love to meet you for coffee with a brown paper-wrapped bouquet of fresh flowers.

Until then, enjoy these:)

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.

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