Growing up, I always dreamed of moving away from Maryland. In fact, until about two years ago, I still had those dreams. Don’t we all? Then something funny happened. We became surrounded by family and dear friends and with new eyes we started seeing the beauty in the place we once swore we would never stay.
Sessions like this one just remind me how much I love this “home”.
Deanna grew up in Damascus, MD and Brian is from Annapolis. They are the quintessential Maryland couple…down-to-earth…laid-back…and they show up wearing boat shoes. I love them for it.
Thank you for such a fun evening Deanna and Brian! Can’t wait to see you married next year!
We piled into the car on Sunday afternoon. It was packed to the brim. In between bathing suits and sand toys, my computer was wrapped and belted with a tiny promise that I would only do work if I had time. If you are struggling to understand what wedding season and mini season look like to a photographer…you just need to know this…An hour after pulling out of the driveway, we stopped on the other side of the bridge to meet one of my sweet couples and squeeze just one more session in.
Finally, by 7PM, with the sun finally down over my favorite bay, I found myself tucking my camera away. I closed my eyes to the sound of my husband telling me how awesome I had just been at what I love to do. I was happy to have had a great session with two people I adore, but admittedly I was even happier to hear the promises of the beach streaming towards me.
The next morning we awoke to a giggling girl, a puppy eager to run and a Nonna (my mom) ready for the beach. Aaaaaa…vacation.
Over the next few days my mom would wake-up early with Adalynn…toss her into the stroller and head with “La-La” to the beach. Sean and I would stumble back to bed and wake hours later to a salty, sandy little girl and a puppy ready for a nap.
Through out the week, I was able to keep my tiny promise. Family was always the first priority. Sean and I are blessed to have lives where we get to make sure that happens and certainly, on a long overdue family vacation, we did. Work came a far distant second. It happened, work that is…but in tiny productive increments. My mind enjoyed the break…my creative energy…a slow recharge.
On the ride home, I surfed through photos and longed to be going back. Time flew between conversations over coffee, homemade fudge and trips to the local book-store. A week later…I still am wishing my toes were in the sand and Adalynn’s giggles were rivaling the sound of the seagulls. There is nothing better for your soul then spending time with people you love, seeing the ocean and certainly nothing better than wearing pajamas on the beach.
The only reason God didnt make us sisters is because one mom couldn’t handle us both.
It’s no secret….we have too much fun together. Just ask our clients…or husbands… Whether we are shooting… shopping with my one year old and her 4 month old…or swapping kids so we can go to client meetings… it is ALWAYS an adventure.
And today happens to be her BIRTHDAY!
Happy Birthday sweet Nikki! I hope this coming year is full of blessings and I am so thankful to have you in my life!
There are so many things I love about these shoots. People like to call it boudoir, but in the words of Sue Bryce “I don’t take pictures of bums”. It’s not glamour photography (insert 80’s 90’s mall studios)…it’s just pretty.
Some people do them for their husbands and some people do them just because. Regardless, everyone walks away feeling pampered and empowered.
I worked with Primrose & Co on make-up and styling for this shoot. Thanks to Katie for letting me show-off a little bit of the fun we had.