Michelle & Nick

When speaking with Michelle prior to the wedding she was comically honest about pictures. She said that her groom to be, Nick, was NOT photogenic so candid shots were the best bet. That was it. The only specifics she had for shooting her wedding day. Shooting candidly is always my favorite. There is something so real about those shots that are not planned or expected because… well they are just that. Real moments. But man was I expecting the worst then what was her only direction. Nick must take terrible pictures if thats all I’m being directed on. Turns out that they both photograph quite, well I would say. Please enjoy a few snaps from this amazing, hilarious, loving couples special day.

 

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In memory Of Michelle’s Father

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This sweet girl endlessly told all of her family members she loved them. The sweetest thing EVER.

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This is what Nick and Michelle right after I said we were going to do a ring shot and right before I posed them
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This was my suggestion for the ring shot but theirs is equally wonderful

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Shout out to the dabbing going on to the right

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Beminet & Seth’s Vow Renewal… and all the BABIES!!

I have always found vow renewals beautiful. Just the idea of two people taking the time to reconfirm their love and commitment to each other feels really special. It’s confirming commitment after the honeymoon phase is over. When you learn each others quirks for good or bad and say “Hey I like you, lets continue to spend the rest of our lives with each other”.

Beminet and Seth were my first vow renewal. They were so down to earth and relaxed. They have the most adorable little girl, Abigail. Think precision moments doll in real life. I continually had to remind myself that this was not their wedding. When Seth saw Beminet in her dress it was as though it was for the first time. When they said their vows to one another, again it was as though it was for the first time.

Also there were so many babies at the ceremony. Don’t get me started. I swear all attendants were prime baby makers because they had the cutest kids I have every seen. During my swooning over the couple I barely realized that all the sweet little children at the ceremony were crying. It’s like they planned it. It was synchronized. Nearly all of the guests including Seth and Beminent were parents so nobody thought twice about it and it ended up being quite comical. So please enjoy the lovely couple…. and also the babies*.

 

*I use the term babies interchangeable for any child under the age of 12

 

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Casual

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We may have had a slight challenge with the short attention spans
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He was seriously the coolest

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Beach. White Shirts. Denim. Dogs. All American.

You know what I am coming to realize about photography? Having a good relationship with the people you work with is just as important as the actual pictures taken. This may seem obvious to you but it’s something I never had to think about prior to being a photographer. I would see someones style I like and assume that they were the photographer I needed. But no matter how beautiful someones photographic styling is if you don’t mesh well it’s not worth it. Being mindful of whether or not you feel comfortable and if there is a natural flow will more than likely give you an idea of how you will feel the day of shooting.

This family portrait session is one of those comfortable moments. Kristen approached me about doing family portraits as a Mother’s day gift. Seriously how sweet of an idea is that? Luckily we work together to a degree with beach weddings so we already knew each other. Her family was so down to earth and relaxed and it made what could have been a somewhat stagnant portrait session really fun. They were funny and didn’t take the portraits too seriously. There was even some sarcasm thrown around…. a match made in heaven in my opinion. Hopefully you can see the tone of how we were all feeling in the photos. Enjoy ❤

 

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Welcome To The “Real World”

Documenting important moments will always be a great privilege for me, but it’s even more special when you are close with the person on the other side of the lens. I had the honor of shooting Adwoa’s graduation photos. We have been friends for several years now and even worked together as bridal consultants.

Shooting her graduation photos really turned my wheels about post graduation. I started thinking about things I would have loved for someone to tell me post grad. It’s such a transition that I feel few people talk about. Recent grads this one is for you. I NEED to tell you something.

You will more than likely NOT have it all together right out of college. There is so much pressure to know exactly what you want to do and to have a 5 year plan to achieve it. If you think about the pressure that entails, it’s quite silly. If you know at the tender age of 20-21 what you want to do with the rest of your life that is awesome. If not, don’t be discouraged. Don’t rush your life, savor this time. Work a crap job just to save up to travel, take up a new hobby to get those creative juices flowing, start a pet rock collection… I don’t care what you do but don’t forget to do something that is fulfilling. You should be working hard to achieve your goals but taking time to simply enjoy life is also just as important. You may even find some of those life goals by taking time to marvel and explore.

So if I could give you one piece of advice that is it. Believe me I could give you more but I decided against ranting. This transition can be stressful but take time to enjoy the journey. Yuck, I hope that doesn’t sound too cheesy.

Adwoa is a good example of this. She will be pounding the pavement working on job hunting, but is first packing her bags and heading to Europe for two weeks. You go girl! Congratulations Adwoa and congratulations to all recent grads!!

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Hitched Bridal Shoot

I still have yet to figure out if I am wearing too many hats. I remember a time in college when I was speaking with a department store buyer telling her how I loved the idea of pretty much any career in the fashion industry. She suggested I really nail down exactly what I want to do instead of being so broad (which I found completely understandable). Forward a few years and I am doing wardrobe styling, hair, makeup, and now photography. Clearly I have yet to take her advice.

I have concluded that for now I really like wearing more than one hat. I feel like it keeps creativity alive and evolving. Am I hurting anyone by doing hair, makeup, wardrobe styling, photography, and dog walking? Ok so maybe I’m not a dog walker but that could be fun too. A few weeks ago I worked with my talented photographer friend Alex, some really great models, and the lovely girls from Hitched Bridal. The hat of choice for this shoot was hair and makeup. I can’t wait to see the finalized images Alex took. I highly suggest you check out Hitched Bridal Salon in Georgetown if you are looking for a beautiful and unique dress. I die for their dresses. Don’t get me started on the two piece sets and there was even an ostrich feather skirt… yes you heard me right. Anyways below are some sneak peak snaps I took on set of the girls hair and makeup.

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This Is What Happens When You Shoot Maternity Close To The Due Date

So here is the scenario. One of my best friends, Vickie, was VERY pregnant and had barely taken any photos to document that time. She eventually asked me to take maternity pictures for her. Mind you she is awkward in front of a camera, doesn’t like her picture taken, and is also not very photogenic (it’s ok people she is beautiful in real life and this isn’t groundbreaking news). This would be my first time shooting anyone and I also proclaimed that I would never shoot maternity because i think it can get weird pretty quickly. Has anyone seen the horendis yet hilarious articles of such maternity pictures?

It is very like Vickie to throw me a curve ball so I was not surprised when we ended up in this scenario. We started with the basics in front of a window and then a studio set up. Then I wanted to make her a hippy pregnant lady so we threw her in a skirt put a shawl on her and a headband, all things she usually wears anyways. Then something magical happened. She opened her arm, backlit from the window lighting, and shadows from the shawl fell onto her belly and that is when the creative juices started flowing. I inaudibly told her to hold that position while we shot with what little sunlight was left. When the sun was gone we rigged her shawl onto a studio light like madwomen thus creative some shadows on herself and the background. She has since had her baby boy, Henry, and everyone is happy and healthy. Great endings all around. Also did I mention her water broke when I was sending her her pictures?

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New Beginnings

I have been in the wedding industry for a while now, working mostly as a bridal consultant… but this takes the cake (pun intended). Asal and Sohraab were the most laid back and wonderful couple to start off this new venture of wedding photography. They had a traditional Persian wedding which was immersed in culture, symbolism and tradition. It was amazing to witness! They sat at a table filled with different objects carefully pieced together by their family members.

Watching the loving interaction of the couple showed the care they had for each other. Asal was constantly wiping lipstick marks off of Sohraab and fixing his hair when the wind blew it out of place. Sohraab was a champ and fixed Asal’s train so it could billow in the wind for a dramatic picture we wanted to capture. These little acts were really touching to see. I hope you enjoy a glimpse into their special day.

 

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This is a traditional table setup for a Persian ceremony.
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This was one of my favorite pieces on the table. The sweet candied fruit signify sweetness for the couples future.

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During the ceremony the women in attendance help hold the veil and also grind sugar cones over the veil, again symbolizing sweetness for the couple.

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BONUS! Asal & Sohraab are expecting!!!! Congratulations!!!

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These ladies didn’t waste a moment to start dancing…. and I love them for it.