2013 marks my fourth year working as a wedding photographer with my friend, Rob Korb. We have photographed around 40 weddings together throughout the past three years (with many more to look forward to this year) so you could say we’ve kind of gotten to know each other. :)
When Rob told me his plans for proposing to his girlfriend, Angela, I was so happy for them both! Angela is kind, beautiful and FUN to be around. They are a wonderful match and the perfect couple. :) THEN — he asked if I would photograph the proposal! OF COURSE I WOULD! Truly – what an honor to photograph a proposal for a photographer whom I respect so much. I’m not sure who was more nervous… me, or Rob. I was so excited for them — I had to make sure I set my shutter speed high enough to compensate for my own trembling and tears.
Rob told Angela that we’d be photographing an engagement session on Assateague Island and I really don’t think she suspected a thing. In fact, she didn’t want to get out of the car, because it was raining! With a little coaxing from Rob, she finally decided to come along. She worried the couple wouldn’t arrive because of the rain and then “it wouldn’t even happen”. Rob assured her: “something will happen.”
Angela walked out to the end of the pier – no couple. I decided to walk toward the entrance…. whadyaknow – no couple! As Angela made her way back to Rob, they peered into the distance, wondering if “the couple” was further away and on another pier. well, the rest you can see in the pictures below. :) After Rob’s successful proposal, he took Angela and myself to Sunset Grille in Ocean City, Maryland for a delicious celebratory lunch and champagne toast (the champagne was graciously provided by the owner of Sunset Grille.)
Congratulations to this beautiful couple and thank you so much for including me in this pivotal moment in your lives. I can’t wait to watch you grow old together. :)
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When Elizabeth was a teenager attending her high school prom in Delaware, she gazed over the DuPont Country Club’s Crystal Ballroom and thought to herself, “This would be a beautiful place to have a wedding.” In fact, she hoped she would have her own wedding at the DuPont Country Club someday, which brings us to this very day – the day she married Marc.
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In preparation for Elizabeth & Marc’s wedding at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware this Saturday, I photographed their engagement session at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I’ve included some of my favorite photos here, along with a few shots of their custom engagement guestbook / album! I LOVE LOVE LOVE making these! Why? After their wedding is over, they have a fantastic guestbook that is more than just a logbook of signatures on a page. These are meant to be filled out “yearbook style”. I create them with lots of white space on special art/watercolor paper in a layflat style, so the pages are easier to write on. Friends and family leave heartfelt notes and sentiments that will surely make Elizabeth and Marc smile more than just having a book listing the name of their wedding guests (not to mention that it’s another great reason to look at their beautiful engagement photos!) :)
This post is a sneak peak for them as well, because I’ll be bringing this album along with me to their wedding this weekend. I can’t wait for them to see it in person! :) I’m also super excited to photograph their wedding at the DuPont Country Club, which is one of the most beautiful Delaware wedding venues.
Check back soon for photos from their wedding!
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If you are a bride contemplating a Beach Wedding in Maryland, Ocean City is the perfect place! This super cute couple decided to do a “first look”, which is when the couple sees each other for the first time before the actual wedding ceremony. It allowed them to have a quiet moment together before being in the “wedding spotlight” for the rest of the day. I love when couples decide to do this, because it gives them the time and privacy to see each other for the first time, without a huge audience. I’ve seen quite a few grooms shed some tears gazing at their beautiful brides. :)
After the first look was completed on the Ocean City beach, the couple went on their way to their wedding ceremony in Berlin, Maryland at the Temple Bat Yam. Following their wedding in Berlin, was their wedding reception at Harrison’s Harbor Watch in Ocean City, Maryland.
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2012 has been an incredible year for me. I had the pleasure of working with some really great wedding clients, photographing weddings throughout Delaware and Maryland and even some in New Jersey and New York. We had fun, shared laughter and I was fortunate enough to be able to witness life changing moments with some fantastic people.
Being a wedding photographer can be an odd thing. While I like to become friends with my clients, the fact is that I am not someone who is a big part of their daily life. I do not *really know* who they are inside, but being there on their wedding day is like taking a course on what makes my clients special and deeply loved by family and friends.
I try to be like a butterfly on a wall (see what I did there?) and witness events as they naturally occur around me. Quietly clicking my shutter as I see important moments evolve and unfold. I see a mother’s eyes swell with pride as she realizes that her beautiful little girl has now grown into a breathtaking young woman. I see a father’s thoughtful gaze as he realizes he is about to walk his daughter down the aisle to the new “most important man” in her life. I see vows spoken between two people who make lifelong commitments to stick together through everything -good and bad- that life throws their way. I see men and women leading toasts and reminiscing about their fondest memories with their very best friends. I see friends and family members celebrating the life, memories, the past and future of people they truly care about and love.
I’m just an acquaintance at the beginning of the day, but by the end, as I’m packing my bags to go home, I have learned so much about the people I photograph. I feel very fortunate that my photographs – these memories I’ve captured in photographic form – will be around years and years from now, so that when a grandchild says, “tell me about when you married Grandpa”, a grandmother can say – “I would love to tell you that story. Here, let me get my wedding album and -show- you!”
Weddings are one of the very few moments in our lives during which we celebrate both memories and new beginnings. This January I want to celebrate the memories of some of my favorite photos from 2012, as I look forward to new beginnings with my 2013 clients.
If you are recently engaged or friends with someone who is, I would love to be the one you invite into your life on such an important day.
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Sabra & Aaron met with me on a cold winter day at the very picturesque Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Thankfully, we were warm indoors and sheltered from the very chilly wind on this brisk winter’s day. This is why I love taking portraits at Longwood Gardens in the winter (or any season for that matter!) I am able to protect my clients from the elements, but still get the beautiful natural backgrounds that I really love. I am not a huge fan of being cold (understatement.)
During the shoot, we discovered that Aaron has a secret talent for making the “Blue Steel” face (Google: Zoolander Blue Steel!) You can see it in one of the shots below (but there were others. ;)) I think he pulls this look off better than Ben Stiller. Zoolander 2? I nominate Aaron! :p
I am really looking forward to photographing them again at their wedding in Maryland at The Kent Manor Inn! Stay tuned: maybe I can even pull out a few more Blue Steel looks from Aaron. :)
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My daughter was fortunate to receive quite a few Christmas gifts from friends and family. All of these thoughtful gifts deserve an equally thoughtful thank you note. So… I thought. :)
It would be unrealistic for me to make my daughter color a pretty little note for everyone, so I designed one using fonts and vectors I found online (and slightly modified.) I printed it out for her to color and then scanned her newly prettified ‘Thank You’ notes. I sent these off to my favorite printing lab – and yesterday UPS delivered my beautiful thank you notes personalized by my daughter! She loved them and said, “They didn’t even fix it! It’s exactly how I colored!” (What she means is: outside of the lines – which is perfectly fine in our house.) :)
I thought it would be nice to share my creation with everyone, since I did invest quite a bit of time into putting it all together. So here you go! My Free Thank You Note Template (PDF). Of course I left my daughter’s name out of the PDF. I suggest having your little one fill in this spot by writing their own name. You can print these on regular paper for coloring (8.5 x 11) and then order the colored version as a 5×7 flat thank you note.
The final product could be printed at home on 5×7 cardstock, or you could find a printing lab online to do it for you. I used my preferred professional lab (ProDPI), but in doing a little Google searching, I found that MPix will print DIY 5×7 2-sided greeting cards and they would be my first suggestion.
Another option: I would be happy to customize this with your child’s name, or create an entirely new and personalized design with their name (dinosaurs? hearts? stars? a cartoon of them?) for your child to color. Contact me for a quote of very affordable custom design prices.
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Back in November I posted one of my favorite photos from my session with this beautiful family in Odessa, Delaware. Doesn’t this little girl have the most beautiful smile, and breathtaking eyes? I think she is the perfect combination of her two parents. I have been excited to post some more favorites from the session, but the Christmas season kept me quite busy (I am so happy to be able to say that.) We had a great time laughing together on this unseasonably warm November day!
Cristy originally found me via a Google Search for “Delaware Wedding Photographer” and I ended up photographing a very special wedding for of a couple of her friends in the very same park that she chose for her family session. Thank you to Cristy for showing me one of Delaware’s beautiful hidden gems.
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John and Sara’s October wedding was held at Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church in South Millersville, Maryland and their reception followed at the Maryland Yacht Club in Pasadena, Maryland. Thankfully, a much dreaded wedding guest – hurricane Sandy – decided to skip their wedding and showed up on the Maryland shore just 1 day later! The impending bad weather, however, did nothing to distract from their perfect wedding day.
John and Sara had so many friends and family members in attendance that had nothing but kind words and fun memories to share of their times with this couple. We should all be so lucky to have the friendships, memories and lifelong relationships they are fortunate to share with so many people.
John and Sara contacted me via a referral from a family member. Their brother-in-law, Blaine, is a great wedding photographer in Detroit, Michigan. Thank you so much for sending this special couple my way. :)
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Every December since December 2006 when my daughter was 6 months old, we have taken her to see Santa Claus at the Christiana Mall here in Delaware. Every.single.year, she has smiled her beautiful smile while sitting happily in Santa’s lap. We now have 7 Christmas photos of her with Santa – all with her wonderfully radiant smile.
As the years pass quickly by, and I watch her growing through these seasonal images, I realize that one day she may no longer care to visit Santa. One year may very well be the last photo I get of her sitting on Santa’s lap (or as was the case this year, sitting beside him, because she is getting too big to sit on his lap!) I won’t realize it that year. I won’t realize at the time, that it will be the last, but it will come, and pass casually by. Moments like these are so important to me and I hope to never forget. But inevitably, I will forget things…. this is one reason why I cherish every single photo I have of Sheridon. Photos taken by me – photos taken by the photo-mill like businesses her school hires for student headshots – cell phone snapshots – and the photos taken by the mall staff of my child sitting happily by Santa’s side. Every single photo contains a potpourri of memories that I hope to always remember every time I glance at those pictures. Especially when I’m a grandmother myself (if Sheridon so chooses) and I see my grandchildren in the very same photos I’ve watched Sheridon growing in through the years.
This Christmas I decided to do something a bit different and stand further away while Sheridon had her yearly visit with Santa. I love how I was able to capture her personality, Santa’s charm, and their tiny interactions that are not usually seen in the standard “photo with Santa.” These are exactly the type of photos I strive to capture during weddings. Photos that show the interaction between two people who are truly interested in one another. The “in between” moments when people are not posing for my camera. The moments when people are genuinely themselves. Photos that show who the people are and not just how they look.
So without further ado, here are a few more photos from Sheridon’s visit with Santa. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy the happy moments with your family members, young and old.
Delaware Family Photographer: Photos with Santa
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