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    You want a photographer who is able to handle all aspects of wedding photography with ease, capturing: candid, romantic emotion; flattering, beautiful portraits; breathtaking scenery & architecture; the joy and energy out on the dance floor and all those sweet wedding details that you have been working on for months in an artful, creative way.

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    My work is creative, thoughtful & vibrant and my goal is to share your unique love story. I get to know your interests & personalities in order to capture them forever in beautiful, personal, artful photographs that tell your story. I invest my time helping you become comfortable in front of my camera & find the most flattering lighting and angles for you and your backdrop.

    My clients are diverse: ballroom dancers, motorcyclists, wine tasters, football fans, beach lovers, hunters, coffee drinkers, firefighters, pilots, campers, snowboarders and more… couples in NYC, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Central PA, the Lehigh Valley and beyond. They are a real eclectic mix, so I treat them as such—no old-school “cookie cutter” approach here! Not to my images or to my albums and products.

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Four Seasons DC Wedding Photographers: Patchie & Noah

An elegant, Four Seasons Washington DC winter wedding with a sweet, romantic feel…


Noah and Patchie reached out to me looking for a wedding photographer who would be able to capture all of the diverse elements of their wedding day.   They wanted everything from the candid emotion (which you can see in the image above), to the architecture, to traditional portraits, to all of the unique wedding day details to be captured artistically using careful exposure and composition.

They were also looking for photos that specifically fit them and their style,  and liked the way that I take time to get to know each couple and really capture their personalities and personal style in their photography, rather than taking more of a “cookie cutter” approach.

Patchie shared that she loves looking at beautiful wedding details on Instagram and that it’s often the first thing that she does in the morning.   I utilized this light fixture in her bridal suite to bring in the light and airy pink tones that she loves so much and marry it with Noah’s love for modern lines and architecture…


I used a shallow depth of field and the soft, organic lines of this upholstery to capture more of their wedding day aesthetic.  A formal elegance that is warm and soft.

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She chose a Nicole Miller dress from BHLDN in Georgetown and a soft, pure mix of  white and cream roses and wore her hair down.  Patchie, you are stunning!

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Here Patchie’s mother and her maid-of-honor assist her with her cathedral-length veil.

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Noah shared that Patchie has the most resilient, positive spirit of anyone he’s ever met.

He said she is gorgeous– fun, affectionate and strong.  He said he looks up to her, despite the fact that she is a foot shorter than him ;).

I really like how her strength and confidence comes across in this image:


We were gifted with a 50 degree day in January, which was a real blessing!

We headed outside for several portraits– I found this lovely ivy covered wall that had just the simple, organic aesthetic that Patchie would love!

It was still on the chilly side for the ladies, but they were total troopers and rocked it, keeping cheerful and just having fun!


Patchie had each bridesmaid select their own black floor length gown to wear and was very happy with the results!

Here they are ready for their editorial spread in Vanity Fair…  😉


While the ladies finished their preparations, Noah and his men dressed at the Melrose in Georgetown.

Here Noah’s best man stands on a chair to reach his 6’3″ frame and tie his bowtie.

I like the high contrast, clean, crisp lines and the fact that that Georgetown architecture can be seen through the window.  It gives you a sense of space and gives a nod to Noah’s architectural background.


Same shot, different perspective, composition and exposure.  😉

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Patchie shared that out of all the fish in the sea she knew that she had found “the one” in Noah.

She shared that he brings out the best in her and is her number one supporter.  He inspires her to be a better person everyday.

I really like this photograph accompanying that sentiment, because you can see his friendly, positive attitude and you can see Noah in (Patchie’s) sharp focus, while everyone else in blurred in the background.


The Beatles, Abby Road was the inspiration for this next photo:


Noah’s best man and officiant were his roommates and crew-mates throughout his time at Georgetown University.  It was fun and nostalgic to walk to Thompson’s boathouse after so many years.

Noah was excited to capture the vistas along the Potomac that were so familiar to him from rowing crew throughout college.

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Noah is undoubtedly fun and spontaneous.  He said being together with his best man and having all of his groomsmen together in one place brought out the prankster in him.

They decided to try to get on the ice during a lull in public skating time at the Washington Harbour Waterfront.

Security denied their requests to take a quick ride on the zamboni so they decided to flash mob the rink and hopped the glass, doing a quick conga line.

Funny enough, later that night at the after party at Mr. Smith’s, a couple from the Waterfront that morning recognized them and bought them all a round of drinks!

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After their ice rink escapades, it was time to get serious and see his bride for the first time. 😉

Noah said going into the “First Look” he was worried that the cold and weight of the day might have dampened her mood, but she was so happy and full of life that it was one of his favorite moments of the entire day.  He said he will never forget her smile.

Patchie shared that she thought Noah looked so handsome and she was so excited and felt incredibly fortunate to finally be marrying the man of her dreams.


I like the image above because the wind was quite active that afternoon and carried Patchies veil wherever it pleased.  For this moment, it held it right behind her drawing all the attention at Patchie & Noah’s sweet expressions.

I like the image below because it captures this sweet couple enjoying a moment alone.  It also shows how lovely and green the Four Season’s Hotel Washington DC courtyard was, even in mid-January!


DC architecture brought Patchie and Noah together, as they were both involved in work at the Arlington Tower.  I wanted to involve the clean, modern architecture of the Four Seasons Washington DC as much as possible.

Here they are descending the window-lit staircase.  I think the look of it compliments their wedding style so well!

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Patchie and Noah met in northwest DC and capturing that Georgetown environment, especially the canal was something that Noah was particularly excited about.

This photo captures the intertwining of built and natural environments and exudes the classic, simple feel of the Georgetown that they know and love…

Patchie shared that Noah encourages her to step out of her comfort zone– I can’t think of a more fitting image!



While I love capturing natural images that are more photo-journalistic like the photos above, I also make sure to capture more traditional portraits of the couple, their families and the bridal party as well.

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We found inspiration from photo spreads in Vogue magazine for this editorial-style bridal party photo.  It showcased each of their individual personalities, while capturing everyone in one single image.

Let’s be honest, you guys totally nailed this!

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Patchie found her wedding decor inspiration from winter, incorporating bare branches and candle light.

She worked with EDGE florist whose flawless execution brought her vision to life.  She collected various decor items from Etsy, Nordstrom, even Target ;).

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The string quartet provided a beautiful start to the *candlelit* wedding processional.


Noah was overjoyed to see Patchie.  He said, she looked like an angel, his angel.  :)

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The ceremony was lead by one of Noah’s best friends, so it was very personal and spoke to their hearts.

Their vows were the same.  Noah, who is admittedly the more sentimental one said he had to practice saying the line, “she always leads me to a better place” so that he would be able to say it without choking up.  😉

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Such a joyful recessional!!! Man & wife!!!

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The entire “Season’s” restaurant in the Four Seasons Washington DC was reserved for their private party.  It is a pretty space with neutral, beautifully lit artwork on the walls, a perfect backdrop for Patchie & Noah’s personal style!

Table numbers were hand-scripted on wooden blocks.  The centerpieces were white roses and hydrangeas in simple, modern vases.   They used house linens and bronze chargers to compliment their aesthetic.


Noah wanted to surprise the guests with some fun dance moves, so Patchie & Noah enrolled in lessons with Pearl from Local Dance pro in Alexandria.

They expected to learn a couple of steps but were totally blown away by having a full lyrical number.  The guests were awed and gasping and classing throughout.

Here are just a few of those memorable moments including a pretty amazing “trust fall”



The champagne was sparkling rose with a gold sugar rim (above).  Several toasts were given, but here are photos of Patchie’s maid-of-honor and her father.

If it looks like Sophia is beaming, it is certainly out of joy for Patchie, but also may have something to do with the fact that Patchie helped to arrange her surprise wedding engagement the night before with her now fiance.  😉


Partytime!  Patchie slipped into something a bit more comfortable and she and all of the wedding guests got down on the dance floor.  Here are a few of the photos that I captured.

How much does Noah’s groomsmen look like President Obama?  I had to do a double take, especially since we were in Washington DC and all :).

I mentioned something to Noah and he asked if I had seen his picture on the website, it is Cary with Bill Clinton.  He said that Cary is a diplomat and peace keeper and he would make an excellent president. 😉


I totally did not see this cake smash coming but was poised and ready just in case and wow, Patchie you were awesome!

Noah said since they had eschewed the garter and bouquet traditions he thought this one would probably be coming and if so be at his expense, haha.


And a matter of seconds later– kissing, you’d never know there had been a smash!  Nice pink ombre cake, by the way!


I will end with this, one of my favorite images from Patchie and Noah’s wedding day…

I wanted something that really encapsulated so many of the elements that they were looking for in their wedding photography: creativity, emotion, architecture, romance and threw in a bit of drama to boot!


Patchie and Noah, thanks so much for sharing your story and choosing to spend your wedding day with us by your side.  I hope that these photos capture your sophisticated style, your warm, loving personalities, your venue and your friends and families for you and your loved ones to enjoy for years to come!

If you want to see more of Patchie & Noah, check out their colorful DC engagement here.

Omni Bedford Springs Wedding Engagement: Candace & Travis

A playful, holiday engagement at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort…  


Travis loves Candace’s joyful smile and she can’t get over his blue eyes.  You can see both captured in the image above!

Candace & Travis contacted me looking for a photographer they could trust to produce beautiful, personal photos that would tell their story.

Several friends introduced Candace to my work– a sorority sister, a photographer who has been my lighting assistant on a few shoots, and a friend from Penn State College of Nursing.   Candace had been following my blog for over a year before we met and was super-excited for her own photography session!

I made sure to get a variety of photos from them from candid photos like the one above to scenic images showing off the resort to more traditional portraits, like this:


Candice & Travis love the outdoors– they hike, bike, kayak & even trained for the Marine Corps Marathon together!

They also enjoy visiting charming, historic destinations and are planning an elegant, vintage inspired wedding.   I suggested Omni Bedford Springs Resort for their engagement photography location and was thrilled when they agreed that it was the perfect fit!

There were so many incredible settings there and the engagement session really only touched on a few–  here is a waterfall at the Iron Spring Wedding Grotto.


Candace and Travis arrived several hours before the session and enjoyed lunch together at the resort.

Travis explored the grounds while Candace had her hair and make-up done onsite at the Springs Eternal Spa.  What a fun day out!


Candace and Travis originally met in middle school and dated through high school and college.

You can tell that friendship is at the core of their relationship– they have a deep respect for each other and are up for anything together.

Travis is always surprising Candace and keeping her on her toes– she said she loves his spontaneity…


Travis has also been her constant support as she has pursued her goals of completing the anesthesia program at Penn State.

She said mentioned feeling so safe with him and trusting him unconditionally.  I thought this pose really captures that about thier relationship.

You can see how comfortable they are together and how much they trust eachother.


Travis shared that he is continually impressed with Candace’s ability to achieve anything she puts her mind to.  She is smart and incredibly driven and that has always attracted him to her.

Together they are able to challenge each other, support each other and push their own boundaries.  Team work is the name of the game for these two.


Candace & Travis love to travel together and are big football fans.  They have a goal of visiting every NFL stadium in the country together and have already been to several.

They also enjoy exploring the great outdoors, here they are on one of the hiking trails on the resort grounds…


We moved from the expansive grounds to the exquisite indoors of the Omni Bedford Springs Resort for a wardrobe change and to capture a bit of the beautiful interior as well.

The indoor pool is stunning and was built in 1905, one of the first indoor pools in the country.  The holiday decor is so pretty and brings out the vibrant turquoise of the spring-fed pool:


The orbs of light that you see in the photograph below were created by Christmas lights.  I like how you can see the relaxed, trusting, supportive nature of their relationship here, too.


The staircases are impressive to say the least.  I like the perspective of this image and the way the lines lead your eye down to the place where Candace & Travis are standing together.


Black and white photos can be so dramatic!  Here is a simple, elegant, high-contrast silhouette.  There is something so timeless and classic about this one…


I love using natural light in my photography.  I also enjoy capturing candid emotion in a beautiful setting from a creative perspective.

For those reasons, this is one of my favorite images from this engagement session.  I just love the atrium, it is so unique!


Candace and Travis, thank you for sharing your afternoon with me!  It was such a pleasure to get to work with you and know the two of you better!

I’m so happy to have introduced you to the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and am thrilled to hear that you can’t wait to go back.  I feel the same way– maybe I’ll see you there ;).

Hershey Wedding Engagement Photographer: Erica & Jay at Troegs

Fun, relaxed Troegs Brewing Company engagement featuring craft beer and lots of love…

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Erica & Jay contacted me looking for unique photographer who would tell their story through the use of creative imagery.  They wanted a photographer who could capture their fun, playful personalities and natural, candid moments as well as more traditional portraits.

Above you can see a more creative photograph where I used a shallow depth of field to focus on their craft beer and her engagement ring and give them a little privacy in the background, hehe.   I love the vibrant orange wall and how saturated all of the colors are in that photo.

Below is another one of their preferences, a more traditional portrait… I wanted theirs to have a more relaxed vibe.  I liked the simple color and texture of the wall and all of their lovely layers– what a cute couple!

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They chose Troegs Brewing Company in Hershey because they have never had a beer from Troegs that they haven’t liked, so naturally they needed to try them all on draft ;).

Doing this on thier engagement session was a fun experience and also helped to calm any “first time photo-shoot” nerves, haha.

They began with a brewery tour where they were both able to explore Troegs at their own pace…

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Jay was a beer enthusiast before craft beer was a “thing” ;).   When they first started dating, Erica wasn’t much of a beer drinker but has since grown to really enjoy it!

She was completely sold last fall when they traveled to Europe and made a stop at Munich Germany for their infamous Octoberfest.  They had the most amazing beer at every stop, what a fantastic experience!

I like reflections as they add depth and visual interest to photos, so I really like the background of the next photo.  Such a sweet moment!  What a beautiful smile you have, Erica!

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Erica and Jay were particularly interested in seeing me flex my creative muscles and use unique photography techniques that they haven’t seen before.

This next photo features Erica’s *stunning* engagement ring and utilizes back lighting, reflection and captures dramatic shadows that really make her diamond engagement ring stand out and pop!

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I used a similar technique to capture a photo of Erica and Jay together and used symmetry in my composition in order to capture part of their unique relationship.

They definitely both enjoy traveling!  Erica shared that she and Jay are pretty much the same person with wildly opposite demeanors.   They first met to discuss their travels together, as Erica had been to Africa and Jay had visited Nepal, India & Southeast Asia.

The symmetry captures their similarities and how they see eye-to eye in their values, morals and interests.   Visually, I like the vibrant colors and rim lighting and dramatic contrast.

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There are contrasts in their personalities as well.  Jay shared that Erica is level-headed, practical, organized and consistent.  He is more of an out-of-the-box thinker with big dreams and ideas.

While Jay is able to get Erica out of her comfort zone and help her to take life less seriously, she keeps him from getting lost in the wilderness (how most of his backpacking trips ended before they started dating), haaaa!

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Jay mentioned that even from the first day they met it felt like they had known each other for years.

He said that he appreciates Erica’s strength, intelligence and open-mind.  He loves to hear her sing and watch her interact with children.

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Erica shared that she and Jay are each other’s biggest fans.  She appreciates how Jay is patient, kind and could find commonality with anyone he meets.  He is intelligent and absolutely her soul mate!

I liked the soft layers that they wore throughout their engagement session.  The layers not only proved them with warmth but also provided a visual for the cozy, relaxed, romantic feeling and how comfortable and natural they are together…

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While the Troegs Brewery parking lot might not come to mind as a stunning romantic photography backdrop (people typically come to Troegs for the indoor amenities– great beer,  brewery tour and incredible tasting room), we certainly used it as one.

I thought it was the perfect location for these affectionate, nature-loving travelers and beer enthusiasts.

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Jay showed his romantic, adventurous side in volunteering to scale the hill with Erica.  The sun had set and twilight had begun.  I love capturing authentic, fun moments like this!

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I like this next photo because, for me, it symbolizes all that is unwritten and the many adventures that they will have together in the future.

I could see them enlarging this and pinning polaroids of thier adventures all over it and filling it up in time.  :)

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Erica and Jay, thanks for choosing me to be your wedding and engagement photographer and opening up about your relationship & just being yourselves around me!

It was such a pleasure to get to meet you two in person and I am eagerly anticipating your Lehigh Valley Wedding at Lock Ridge Park and Bear Creek Mountain Resort this summer!

Creative Senior Portrait Photographer Central PA: Madeline

Sweet, cozy senior portraits for this reader, runner & pianist…

Madeline contacted me looking for senior portrait photos that would be unique, relaxed natural, and capture her interests and personality.  She loves nature, running cross-country and piano.  Academics are important to her and she is a veracious reader.  She also has a creative, artistic side.

Here she is all cozy with her hat, scarf etc holding her favorite scrabble mug (it says triple word score at the bottom, haaa!):

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We met at a beautiful pond that belongs to a friend of the family.  She has been going there since she was little.  Back then she would catch newts from this spot, but today she read a favorite book.

She loves to be out on the dock, surrounded by water and nature, very serene peaceful…  I wanted to frame her in the vibrant leaves and show their stunning reflection in that water…

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Madeline is beautiful kind person, beauty comes through sincere joyful, shows in her eyes.

Love this cute pic of her:


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Madelyn has such pretty hair and I really wanted to show it off in the photograph below.

She also has a little sassy-sarcastic side, which you can see a bit here:

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Madelyn’s favorite genre is fantasy and when she reads she gets completely immersed in her books.

I like the other-worldly feeling of this photo.  It’s almost as if Madeline herself is on the right and her reflection (which almost appears to be made of feathers) is who she becomes when she is reading…

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She’s very creative and artistic really wanted something unique.  I wanted to give her something completely surreal and love this photo:

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While I like capturing very unique images during senior portraits, I also make sure to get more traditional photos as well:

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She’s a thinker, and I like how this captures the way that she can get lost in her thoughts.

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I like how this image shows both her playful side, and gives a  dream-like quality with the lighting and movement of the leaves…

She is a huge Harry Potter fan, and I could totally see her being Hermoione casting some sort of charm in this photograph 😉

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Speaking of the playful side, here is a photo that shows just that:

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She has been playing the piano since she was 5 and she loves music, it’s a hobby that she likes to tinker with…

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Madeline in her natural habitat…

She really wanted natural, relaxed photos of her in her element.  Here she is reading on a tree stump out in nature.  It really is quite perfect.

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Madelyn likes all things that are sweet, fluffy and fuzzy.  Being that she wasn’t ablet o bring her cat to her senior portrait photography session, we settled for this…

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While many of the photos above show her soft, quiet, dreamy side, she can also be a fierce competitor when it comes to Cross Country and academics.

Madeline found her sport niche in Cross Country, she has been very successful in it.  She even went to districts this year!

I really like this photo of her because she almost looks like a lioness.  You can see how much she enjoys running:

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We were actually driving back home and Madeline remarked at how incredible the sunset was.  We pulled over and stopped quick.  I captured this silhouette:

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This next photograph is so fitting for this point in her life, many things come to mind, relating to her personal journey and path (even the road less traveled, ahem Sarah, Denise & Ginger).

In short, she is ready for the next chapter (like the book-loving pun?), future is looking bright….

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Madeline, it was a real pleasure capturing your senior portraits and has been such a joy to see you grow into such an amazing woman from the little girl that I used to see at the library.

I wish you all the very best in all of your future endeavors!!!

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