Sandy and Brandon wanted me to take their Delaware engagement photos around their home. I loved the idea of photographing an engagement session that was truly unique to them and not just some pretty location we chose as a backdrop. This place has true meaning to them. I photographed their engagement session around their house in Smyrna on their family’s farmland surrounding their home. There have been some crazy days in the Northeast this winter, but we were fortunate to have scheduled this session for a beautiful (and warm-ish) winter day. Thankfully, the pretty white snow was still covering the ground. This is actually the first time I’ve ever done an engagement session in the snow! It did get a little chilly as the sun started to set, so we took the last few photos of the day with the sun falling below the horizon creating a breathtaking watercolor-like sky. Sandy and Brandon are very lucky to have their home surrounded with such a fantastic view of these kind of Delaware sunsets. :)
As you can tell, Sandy and Brandon are big time animal lovers – me too!!! (I think my dog, Violet, charmed Sandy when we first met and I credit her for at least part of the final decision of them deciding to hire me! ;)) We made sure to include Sandy and Brandon’s dog and cats in some of the photos, but I have to admit…. there was also a lot of curious animal photo-bombing going on that none of us had any control over (I kinda loved it.) :p
I’m looking forward their summer wedding which will be held at the Winery at Elk Manor in North East, Maryland.
2013 was one of the most exciting years for me as a wedding photographer here in Delaware. Opening my Delaware photography studio was definitely a highlight, but I also got to meet some wonderful people, work at some fantastic wedding venues, and take some of my favorite wedding photos ever. I photographed over 40 weddings in 6 states! Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia. I am hoping to add a few more locations to my roster for 2014. :)
My favorite wedding photos are not simply about pretty pictures…. they are about capturing the emotions and connection between my clients and their friends and family. The most memorable photos to me are the ones that show more than just beautiful people. They also show the closeness that comes along with lifelong friendships, the elated look on a groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time, the family members all ecstatic to see grandmother join the party, a proud father looking on at his handsome son, the aunt beaming with joy as she watches her niece’s wedding day slideshow… from toddler to beautiful bride. I hope when you look through these wedding photos you see not only a nice photograph, but also a little glimpse into what makes the people in front of my lens so wonderful.
If you follow me on Facebook, you may already be aware that I recently opened a photography studio in the Hockessin / Yorklyn, area of Delaware! I am constantly tweaking the space, but I think it is finally complete enough to make the big official announcement!
The studio is in a building that was once the science lab for the National Vulcanized Fiber Plant in Yorklyn, Delaware. Since the NVF factory closed it’s doors in 2008, the area fell into a bit of disrepair, but is currently undergoing revitalization in partnership with the state of Delaware. You can read more about the improvements and progress for the area on Yorklyn Village’s website detailing their restoration and redevelopment.
Collin O’Mara, DNREC Secretary, says: “This recreational space and redevelopment plan will create a destination for Delaware unlike any other in the country. With the beautiful, historic setting of Yorklyn as a backdrop, we believe the synergy created by the master plan, that includes a trail, an antique car loop, and railroad will make this a uniquely Delaware destination.”
The end vision for the studio was to give it an industrial loft sort of vibe, combined with a bright and airy feel. Much of the contents are recycled pieces reclaimed from the surrounding factory, and even the floor was reclaimed wood from another old factory that was listed for sale on Craigslist. I am so thankful to everyone who helped this all come together – they all know who they are, as I have thanked them profusely and as often as possible. :)
I was so lucky to find this hidden gem of a space filled with beautiful soft, natural lighting. The studio is in a nice tucked away place in the Brandywine Valley area of Delaware, and truly something special with multiple gorgeous backdrops and landscapes at my disposal. I can’t wait to photograph more and more clients in and around the studio. If you’re in the neighborhood, let me know – I love visitors! :)
Be sure to stay tuned this coming week for a special announcement detailing my official studio opening reception in December – with a very important visitor!
Without further ado, I’ll let these pictures speak their thousand words. :)
Below are some of my favorite photos from Leslie and Dave’s barn wedding in Maryland. Leslie and Dave chose one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Cecil County, Maryland – a hidden gem called Spring Hill Manor. Spring Hill Manor has several beautiful backdrops, barns, gardens and interestingness wherever you turn.
Not only was I excited to photograph this cute couple in such a great location – I was also excited to see some past favorite clients at the same time. This is such a great and close knit group of friends. A past bride was the maid of honor and a past groom was the officiant!!! Leslie and Dave are lucky to have one another but they are also lucky to have such wonderful and long-lasting friendships with many good people. They went out of their way to make this wedding not only about themselves and their relationship, but also the relationships they have with friends and family.
Sabra and Aaron’s afternoon wedding was held at the Historic Kent Manor Inn on Kent Island in Stevensville, Maryland. This beautiful old inn was built in 1820 (you can read more about it here) and was the perfect choice for a Maryland wedding venue. I loved the tall old trees and the waterfront view of the Chesapeake Bay.
It was a pleasure to spend the day with Sabra and Aaron and witness the genuine love and affection surrounding them with so many friends and family. Their reception slideshow was particularly touching to me, as I watched them growing from young children, to young adults and ever more deeply in love with one another – with many loved ones always by their side. To be a little self-indulgent here, I realized how lucky I was to be included in their lives and felt very fortunate that I was able to witness and be a little part of their wedding. This couple is special. I can especially tell by the interactions with those around them: they are two truly kind and lovely people.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.