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Hi! Thanks a million for visiting my blog! This is a place for my business, photography, ideas, inspiration, life stories and, of course, mounds and mounds of pictures. If you're looking for information about my photography services, i welcome you to view some of my most recent work here and then click on the portfolio link above. If you're looking for a place to have fun, relax, feel happy, and be inspired, stick around and grab something to drink! May I suggest the "what I'm sippin'" list of favorites to the bottom left?

M Family: Winter Portraits, Deep Creek Lake MD Portrait Photographer

I met Lindsay and her small family of three last summer in Cumberland, MD for a portrait session. Lindsay revealed that she had been following my work and was excited to finally get on my calendar! I really enjoyed hanging out with she, her husband and their little gal, and was so flattered she asked me to photograph her larger family during a weekend stay at Deep Creek! Not only was this session just 15 minutes away in a beautiful area, it was also with some awesome people. :)

Lindsay expressed wanting a snowy session since their Gracyn girl is a February baby. So we hoped for snow! And Garrett County delivered. Shortly before they came, we were blessed with beautiful snow and a wonderful backdrop for their pictures. But we were also given COLD temperatures! Lindsay wanted to push through and shoot anyway, so we met at their vacation home and took pictures outside…in 12-degree weather! Yep! Just 12 degrees! (Now you know why I call Garrett County the “Tundra of Maryland!) I suggested a plan of bundling up, hopping outside for ten minutes then going inside to warm up…and repeat! I never want any of my clients to be miserably cold when taking pictures, so giving plenty of opportunity to keep warm is a must! Thankfully the sun was out, which made things seem warmer than 12 degrees, and Gracyn didn’t mind the cold. She was the perfect little snow baby. :)

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12 degrees and smiling! :) I think it was partly because she loves the snow, but we were also singing “Let It Go”…of course this little girl loves Frozen!

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Love these next two portraits…

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Sweet little family of three!

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Snuggle time with mama with a warm blanket…

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A HUGE session favorite for me!

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Fun fact: The blanket they’re sitting on is from Bolivia! Brian brought it back with him a few years ago after a missions trip. I use it often during portrait sessions!

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Now it’s time to bring out some of Lindsay’s larger family! Her mom and sister joined us first. So many pretty ladies in one picture!

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I bet they have so much fun together. :)

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The whole gang!

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Love these candid portraits…

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Gracyn and her grandparents!

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And some final portraits of Miss Gracyn to round out the session…

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Thanks so much for having me again, Lindsay! I cannot wait to reunite with your family for even more pictures in the future! :)

Shelby & Randy: Engaged, Terra Alta WV Photographer

I met Shelby and Randy in January during some of the most beautiful winter conditions I can remember seeing. The skies were bluer than blue and the snow was whiter than white…AND sticking gloriously to everything in nature! It was truly a magical, wonderful WINTER WONDERLAND! And we were lucky to be in it for this session. :)

It was COLD…like 17 degrees cold. But Shelby and Randy didn’t mind one bit. They said they actually enjoyed the cold and that it “didn’t feel too bad”. I knew right away they were my kind of couple! Ready for an adventure!

These two lovebirds, and I’m sure it’ll be clear in their pictures that are indeed IN LOVE, are getting married in May. They’ve had a shorter engagement and haven’t known each other long, but they are so sure and so excited for marriage. And I’m excited to be a part of it all! Enjoy this adventurous engagement session, all! :)

On my way to Shelby’s parents’ house, I drove through this. A snow-covered road enveloped in beautifully snow-covered trees. It was a SIGHT TO SEE! I was so happy when Shelby and Randy agreed to travel back to it for the first round of their pictures…

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Shelby and Randy were immediately ready for snuggling in front of the camera! How cute are they!?!

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And how about his yellow cowboy boots! I encouraged him to consider wearing them on the wedding day, too. :)

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I couldn’t let them stand outside in 17 degrees without coats and hats for too long!

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A session favorite for me. :)

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On our way back to Shelby’s parents’ house, we HAD to stop here! The sun was harsher than I’d prefer, but how could we pass up those trees!? Was this real life!?! Were those trees really just 20 minutes from my house??

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The cat was sitting in such lovely light. :)

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Shelby and Randy LOVE coffee and wanted to incorporate that into the session. More snuggling was more than appropriate! :)

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And I just love the light that was pouring into the porch!

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These two are favorites for me, too…

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That blue sky! My goodness! Winterland perfection!

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Shelby and Randy are getting married in the middle of a field. Yep, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon on her dad’s property. I’m pretty excited for it because it’s going to be different…and a little adventure, just like this engagement session. :)

 

Anna & Matt: Lakeview Resort Wedding, Morgantown WV Wedding Photographer

I had every intention of blogging Anna and Matt’s wedding yesterday. Heck, even thought I could blog their engagement session AND wedding together in one post! But the life of a stay-at-home, small-business-owner mom, photographer and wife had other plans.┬áSo I’m a day late. But better late than never, right!?! :)

Anna and Matt had a beautiful wedding on January 3rd. It was just after the holiday season so there was still a hint of Christmas in the air (and in the decor of their reception…see below!). And of course, it was cold…and ICY! While I was having breakfast that morning, I found out via Facebook that the interstate was closed! WHAT?? That’s the road I need to get to the wedding! The icy conditions were so bad that they shut down a main highway for a good part of the morning. I tried not to freak out and THANKFULLY the road was reopened shortly before I left. And thankfully, the icy conditions weren’t expected to stick around. Oh the woes of a winter wedding!

Some of the things I remember most about Anna and Matt’s wedding day were the black bow ties (so classic!), Anna’s beautiful bridal portraits and the pop of red throughout the day. Oh and Anna and Matt. :) They are such gems. So sweet, so friendly and so calm-spirited, with a touch of spunk and fun here and there. They were just wonderful to work with! Here are my favorites from their wedding…

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These jewelry shots are some of my favorite detail shots to date!

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Because Anna and Matt got ready in the same hotel just down the hall from each other, I could easily hop between the two and take their getting ready pictures as needed and when able. Such a convenience!

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My second shooter Kristin captured the shot on the right! She was tucked in a corner with very limited space, but was still able to pull off some nice pictures. :)

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Look at all those ladies in red!

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I could not stop taking portraits of Anna! SHE WAS STUNNING! And so classic. There are so many favorite bridal portraits coming up!!!

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HUGE FAVORITE!!

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Love this classic getting ready shot of Matt!

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And definitely a new favorite groom portrait!

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Bride and groom. :)

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And these next bridal portraits of Anna…they’re pretty awesome, too!

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DEFINITELY LOVE THESE TWO PORTRAITS!

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I love a good grandma moment!!

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Their ceremony was held in the “library” at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown, WV. I’ve photographed a handful of weddings at this venue and I’m not going to lie, this room is HARD to shoot in! It’s not a large space, there are no side aisles, it’s covered in dark wood and there are no windows. But it’s a very intimate spot and the lights do help create a moody, romantic atmosphere…

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Kristin stayed back with the bride to capture these moments. So thankful I asked her to do so! :)

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Kristin’s angle!

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There were so many subtle, sweet moments between these two during the ceremony…

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They hung a mistletoe right above the ceremony spot!

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Their smiles. :)

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There was so much prayer and worship during their ceremony and it was powerful!

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Married moment!

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We headed outside for some pictures and thankfully the entire wedding party was on board! It was a cold one!

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I was able to snap SO MANY portraits of Anna and Matt in the time we had. There was plenty of time, but I tried to move quickly since it was so cold. And they did so wonderful considering the circumstances!

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Anna rocking her serious face, just like she did during their engagement session!

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Love this black and white portrait of the new Mrs.!

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Anna took advantage of the cold weather and wrapped herself in a fur coat! Love this bridal accessory on winter brides. :)

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The girls also had some fur to keep them warm!

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This is a favorite of the guys. I love that it shows class, but also fun. :)

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And to round out the fun and formals, I asked the group to gather around this wonderful window light and get serious. :)

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And of course I encouraged some fun, too!

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Oh, just Matt. Looking dapper and classic. :) I’m a big fan of the black tuxedo with bow tie after this wedding!

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And the beautiful bridal portraits just don’t stop with Anna!

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Candy canes for the guests!

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Love this first dance picture. :)

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DJ Paul McGrady asked everyone on the dance floor to smile for the camera! :)

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See, I told you they had some spunk and fun in them. :) Matt wowed the guests for sure!

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Another good grandma moment!

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Matt and Anna chatting with grandma while Anna’s parents look on. This happened naturally and I’m so glad I caught it!

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Anna and Matt did a candy toss!

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I try to give my couples both natural-light and flash images from their reception. The DJ’s colored lights and the subtle lights in the room helped with that during Anna and Matt’s reception…

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Another spunk and fun performance from Matt!

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One last song…

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And a non-sparkler exit to end the night! I love that they didn’t use sparklers, by the way. Sparklers seem a bit over-done and they aren’t the easiest things to coordinate for a reception exit. I think the petal-throwing worked nicely here!

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Anna and Matt, thanks for having me…and for being awesome clients! I really enjoyed your wedding day and I hope you’ll enjoy your pictures forever! I think your sweetness AND spunkiness are both displayed very well throughout. :)