Annapolis wedding engagement photographers: Lori & Clay

A sweet, nautical Annapolis engagement for this southern gentleman and his east coast bride to be…

Yes I photographed this image through a life-preserver on a dock, you can’t get much more nautical that that. 🙂

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Clay is from Texas and Lori is from Maryland.  Lori says all of Clay’s southern ways perfectly balance her east coast upbringing.  She shared that Clay is one of the most generous, caring, kind people she has ever met.

Clay agreed that they truly compliment each other.  He shared that Lori is caring, committed and he couldn’t imagine another person that he would rather spend the rest of his life with.

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Lori had always imagined her wedding being in downtown Annapolis, but with so many friends and family members traveling (most of Clay’s guest-list is from Texas), they chose a DC wedding as it would make for easier traveling.  As a result, downtown Annapolis and Eastport was the perfect location for their engagement photos.

We met at Chart House as it is a beautiful waterfront venue with stunning harbor views.  Here I am inside looking out one of those lovely windows at the two of them.  I love the color and contrast of this photograph,  The silhouette adds some mystery and romance as well.

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Lori initially contacted me after seeing another couple’s wedding that I photographed at their soon-to-be wedding venue, the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC.  She loved the way I captured candid moments– the large scale moments like the vows but also the more intimate and hidden moments, too.

She liked how I was able to capture beautiful scenery along with the personalities and relationship of the couples in my photos.  Here is a sweet photo of Lori & Clay strolling through the downtown together.  I love this soft warmth of the sunlight illuminating the green buds on the trees and their natural expressions in this photograph:

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I like to play with lines and light.  This image already had many vertical lines of the siding, I shot through the rails and wires of a stairwell, adding diagonal and horizontal lines.

I also kept all of those interesting shadows in the frame as well as our beautiful couple– how cute are they?

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While I love candid, creative imagery, I also make sure to capture a few traditional photos, too.

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Lori and Clay were greeted by a duck and her drake apparently out for a stroll along the Annapolis harbor as well, haha!

They stopped to say hello :).

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Here is a bit more of the nautical feel with the docks and the details on her flats:

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Annapolis was one of the first places that Lori showed Clay when she first brought him home to Maryland.  They love spending time walking downtown and enjoying fresh seafood.

The Spring blossoms were in full bloom as they walked along side of the Maryland State House.  Clay picked her up and gave her a twirl…

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It was a real treat for me to meet Clay and Lori in person, as they are planning their DC wedding from Dallas, so much of our communication has been done via email and video chat.

They flew in to visit Lori’s family over Easter and were able to fit in their engagement photography session as well.  I like how you get a sense of how happy and down to earth Lori and Clay are here.  They are really quite a pair!

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Chart House also was a perfect indoor option as rain was initially expected during their session.  While it did not come, we did experience 20mph winds.

Lori and Clay were game for walking in the wind and I was careful to snap pictures when Lori’s hair was not blowing straight up in the air or over her face, haaa!  Chart House was a beautiful venue with a perfect harbor side location to find shelter from the wind and warm up a bit.

I will end this set with a final romantic sentiment and photo.  Clay shared that Lori has a committed heart and that he trusts her with his life.  I think you really get a sense for the trust and commitment that these two share here:

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Lori and Clay, it was such a pleasure to meet you both in Annapolis last month.  I am eagerly anticipating your upcoming DC Carnegie wedding!!!

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