I first met Abbi on my porch. If you didn’t know already I have a sweet affection with my porch. I can never get enough of it and I am always looking for a good reason to sit on it and have long conversations. When a mutual friend said she wanted to introduce me to her friend who was in need of a wedding photographer, I grabbed the wine glasses and headed to my favorite little spot. Abbi was clearly crazy in love and that night I knew I couldn’t wait to photograph her and John’s wedding.
If you couldn’t tell Abbi and John can’t get enough of each other. They laugh easily…smile easily…and love easily. Abbi has a smile that makes those around her happy and if her smile is any inclination of the life ahead of them, I would dare say they have one sweet life ahead of them.
Abbi and John, thank you for sharing your love story with me and for showing me South Carolina! I am so blessed to know you both and can’t wait to see your marriage grow!
A quick little post before I head out the virtual door for the weekend to see these two wonderful people tie the knot. Stephanie and Tyler’s wedding weekend is here and I couldn’t be more excited to celebrate. I am heading out to Westminster, MD, home of my alma mater and I am looking forward to the scenic drive and fresh air. Congratulations you two and see you soon!
Also, don’t forget to sign up for holiday minis if you haven’t already! xoxo
Let’s be honest, if you live in the DC/MD area, you are probably thinking about snowfall. These 90 degree days are begging for some relief. So what’s better than a little Christmas in July (It is the 25th after all!)
In an efforts, to cool off we have set our minds on the season Sessions are 30 minutes long and include 10-12 digital images. They are $175 for returning clients and $225 for new clients. Couples and families are welcome! These have sold out the past two years so spaces are limited!
And in the spirit of the holidays, a little gift for you….Book your session by August 3rd and receive our special rate of $150 for returning and $200 for new clients as well as a complimentary 8×10 art print.
The fine print. Payment in full is due at the time of booking. Dates will be in October. If you are out of town, a make-up day will be selected based on client need. For families larger than 4, please add $25 for each individual person.
This is a shoot I had in my head for awhile. Ever since I met Nicolle a few years back, we had talked about getting a generation shoot on the calendar when her sweet Grandmother was in town. Nicolle’s business, Libby Lane Press, is named after her grace-filled, sweet, soft spoken grandmother. Nicolle often refers to her as the “real” Libby and it was an honor to meet her. With Nicolle’s daughter Sophia turning 5, and the “real” Libby in town, we decided it was time to make it happen. We packed, four strong women in front of the camera and the tender photos that evolved say it all. I know these photos will be passed on to other generations and my heart is so full to have been given the privalage of documenting this.
There are many types of love stories. I think I am lucky, because I get to hear the ins and outs of them on a regular basis, but after many of these stories, I can confidently say that I think there are three main categories. First, there is the whirlwind, love-at-first site running down the aisle stories. Enter…the short engagement, let’s get to this wedding asap. Secondly, there are the can’t eat, can’t sleep without thinking about him, but we are going take our time stories. But finally, there is the time-tested, long over due, let’s get to this wedding…FINALLY love stories, and that’s exactly what Jen and Phil’s wedding was.
Jen awoke early in the morning to the hum of golf carts and the gorgeous view of Sugarloaf. I see this view often from the Maryland side, but loved taking it in from across the river. Jen prepped for the big day with the help of her closest friends.
Phil spent the morning, as well as a good part of the afternoon at the pool and golf course. Then he headed inside to prep with his groomsmen.
I loved the contrast of “details” from the girls, but hands down the most sentimental and poignant detail went to Phil. Tucked inside his jacket were his parents wedding bands. His father passed away suddenly, just last fall and it was a way of bringing him down the aisle with him.
After many laughs about how these two were so ready for the wedding day to be here, it finally was time.
With music from the cocktail hour already going and light fading, we snuck away for portraits of their bridal party and a few as the new Mr. and Mrs.
Jen and Phil were eager to get to their wedding guests and from the minute they entered the reception you knew they were going to literally dance the night away.
Ok…maybe Phil was the one who really danced the night away.
Congratulations Jen and Phil. Thank you for letting me be a tiny part of your big day! Cheers to a life of many happy and love filled years together.
I am working away at editing the crazy beautiful weddings I have had in the past few weeks. I keep finding myself loving the little details my brides included. I don’t think lots of details are absolutely necessary for a big day, but the ones that make you feel beautiful are especially important to capture. I am so excited about these images above being included in a beautiful album. They are the tiny but parts that are representative of the larger love story I was able to witness.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday. xoxo
Earlier this year I was selected to sponsor a teenager, Alex, through the Confirmation process at our church. This was a 6 month process that involved church meetings, bible studies and service projects. It was one of the very best experiences of my church journey. I had never learned much about the history of my faith. I had the privilege of listening to our Pastor, Pastor Rick, patiently and carefully tell the story of who we are. And among a group of teenagers…let me tell you…this is no easy feat. Not only did I grow closer to Alex, but over the months I grew in my own faith and had a new found respect for the man who was a leader of our church.
I was so excited about the culmination of this six month process that I had to take photos. Admittedly, I often hesitate to pull out my camera during personal events. The stigma of being the photographer with the “hulkin” camera, the need to be perfect, to edit every photo, to find time to work on a photo during the busy wedding season; it seems daunting.
Now, just barely a month later, I find myself looking at every detail of these photos with a different perspective. I received a call last Wednesday that Pastor Rick had died suddenly. Now I look at these photos and I am so thankful that I took them. They will become a part of our church’s story, but more important part of a story a man that impacted so many lives. Knowing it was Pastor Rick’s last Confirmation and last Communion I find myself ignoring my own photography to focus on what really matters.
When Sean and I first started attending Mill Creek we were welcomed with open arms. Churches are supposed to be that way, but our church really embraces the open door mentality in a way that makes me so proud to be a member. Upon our first communion at Mill Creek, Pastor Rick addressed me by name “Brittany this is the body broken for you.” It was the first time a Pastor had addressed me by name during Communion. It resonated in such a different way…”This is the body broken for you?” For me?? For little old me? It is something that has never left me.
When this past Sunday’s service came, with heavy hearts and burning eyes, people stood up to tell stories of Pastor Rick. Stories of quiet kindness, gentle leadership, a giving heart and a loving father and husband. I know, the weeks ahead of us will certainly be packed with more stories of Pastor Rick. After all, in the week that he died, he led a work camp in Appalachia with our teens, presided over a wedding and a memorial service, hosted our church at his home and died planting Black-eyed Susan’s for his wife Susan. What a story! The stories we will hear will make us laugh, they will make us cry and they will make us grateful to know such a wonderful man.
The stories we tell through our lives, with photos, with words are the stories that shape us. Those are the stories our kids will tell their kids. They are the stories that will heal our hearts when they are sad and make us pause in the middle of a busy day. So today… please tell stories of those you love, tell people that their story matters and make your own worthy of being told.