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    Hello there-- I’ve been waiting for you!!! You know who you are and are true to yourself, you are a liver-of-life, a collector of moments, a person who appreciates great photography and its ability to press the pause button on life’s most incredible moments.

    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. 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 surroundings.

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Linwood Estate Wedding Engagement Photographer: Laura & Jeff

From day one, their relationship has been fun, exciting, sweet and simple, their engagement photography session captures all of those sentiments visually and more…  


Laura and Jeff shared, “We decided to choose to work with you for many reasons. We had met at a Christmas party and really hit it off. When you mentioned you’re a wedding photographer, we went home and looked up your blog, website, Facebook, etc. and were amazed at the uniqueness and personalized aspect of your work which was tailored to every couple.”

She continued, “We really wanted something different for our wedding pictures, something that would set us apart from our friends (who are also getting married around the same time we are). We loved your ability to take a traditional portrait and put a unique spin on it.”


They chose the breathtaking Linwood Estate in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for their wedding venue and engagement photo site.  Jeff shared, “We originally chose Linwood as our wedding venue because there’s no comparing it to other venues in the area. Laura had been following them on Instagram since they opened as a wedding venue, and she always knew she wanted to get married there. Once we got engaged, Laura immediately scheduled a tour of the property and fell in love as soon as we drove through the front gates.”

For me, Linwood Estate has so much to work with, from a historic mansion to wide open fields and mountains, woods to a pond, it is just exquisite and one of my favorite places to work, it is an amazing venue and only a twenty minute drive from my home!  I captured some of the fall color, the fields and rolling hills in this image:


While I love capturing unique, candid wedding and engagement photography, I also enjoy capturing more traditional shots, too.

Here is a photo of Laura Jeff in front of the French doors off the flagstone patio– I think you can really see how happy and comfortable they are here:


In the next photograph I captured their silhouettes against the pretty windows at Linwood while also showing the fall foliage and mountains in the distance.  I like to have layers in my photos :).



Laura shared, “What I love most about Jeff is his ability to make me laugh pretty much all of the time. It’s been joked about among my friends that I have a pretty dry sense of humor and am pretty much “straight faced” all the time. But Jeff’s sense of humor is similar to mine and always brighten my day.”

You can see them flirting a little in this photo, they had a playful banter going on throughout their session.  You can see a bit of the Linwood Estate in the background:


Jeff shared, “Since I met Laura, everything between us just seemed to click. When we first started talking I told her everything, way more than you probably should tell someone you just met.”

He continued, “I never felt like I needed to pretend to be cooler than I was. Next thing you know, we were talking everyday and it was an off day if I didn’t get to see her some how.”

“From early on, I knew if given the chance, I would marry her. She’s always been someone I could count on and talk to that I couldn’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.”


Laura shared, “Champagne is one of our favorite things to indulge in – partly because it’s yummy and partly because it’s so fun to pop the cork out! It’s a great way to celebrate any occasion ;)”

She continued, “I always knew that he would be sweet, respectful, and supportive. After recently finishing my Master’s degree, Jeff was probably more excited than I was. We popped a bottle of champagne and ate cheesecake!”

“Jeff mentioned at least a handful of times how proud he was of me…it’s nice to know that I have someone to support me in whatever I may take on throughout my lifetime.”


They wore simple casual clothes with a simple fall color palette…

I love the soft, bright light in this next photo.  I let the sun in and it created beautiful orbs of light throughout this image:


Laura & Jeff first met at the Susquehanna Ale House in downtown Harrisburg.  The girls Laura was out with that night knew the guys that Jeff was hanging out with. Their mutual friends began chatting, which left Laura and Jeff to talk to each other.

They made small talk for a while, and eventually headed to the bar for a drink.  Jeff struck a deal – he said he would buy Laura a drink of her choice if she gave him her phone number. She agreed (and actually gave him her real phone number), haha.

After a long night of drinking, talking, and dancing, everyone headed back to a friend’s house to hang out. In the cab on the way to the house, Jeff was sitting on the floor between 2 seats and Laura was in one of the seats. At one point, he grabbed her hand and kissed it :).

If you look closely at this next photograph, you can see Jeff kissing her hand in this silhouetted reflection…


I love using creative photography techniques and using reflection and flare, I also like to capture motion by playing with my shutter speed as well.

Here I wanted to capture their energy and all of the beautiful fall colors and sunlight in one shot.  I like how there are a few elements in sharp focus while the rest of the image conveys movement:


I’ll end with a photograph captured in the place where Laura first realized that Linwood was the venue for her.  It was on her drive in through the gate.  I loved the golden glow of the sky and the equally gold fields of grain as well!


If you haven’t seen enough of Laura and Jeff, have no fear, this was just part of their engagement session.  I’ll be posting their football portion tomorrow.  🙂

Laura & Jeff, thank you for spending your evening with me and sharing your story.  It was a pleasure to meet you at Kevin’s party last winter and I am so pleased to be photographing your Linwood wedding!

DC Wedding Engagement Photographers: Manya & Michael at the National Arboretum

Two dreamers, so different, yet one single soul– you won’t want to miss this sweet, romantic DC engagement at the National Arboretum


Manya and Michael reached out to me looking for a wedding photographer who would satisfy their diverse photography desires.  Manya was looking for images that were creative, unique and artistic.   Michael wanted images that were candid and natural, yet executed with a meticulous eye for detail.

Manya shared, “You are a perfect fit for our different styles… that, along with your sense of humor and personality really sealed the deal for us.”

The image above shows a more artistic image that I’m imagining will appeal to Manya’s sensibilities– it is ethereal, artistic and truly unique.   The image below is candid, yet polished which I am thinking Michael will really appreciate, that along with how it captures Manya’s flowing red locks…


I like capturing an eclectic mix of photographs for my couples so providing a wide variety of images for Manya and Michael was right up my alley!  Here is a more traditional portrait  of the two of them.  I like how genuinely happy they are in this photograph…


Manya is an artist by avocation, she is outgoing, gregarious and a total night owl.  In contrast, Michael is logical, meticulous, an engineer by training and more of an “early bird” and introvert.  I like to capture photos that show a couple’s unique dynamics and personality and was inspired by these two!

I played with this concept a bit by placing them on opposing sides of the frame in this photo.  Manya appears confident and out-going while you can see a more reserved side of Michael.


Haaaa more fun with the same idea.  Opposites attract…


Manya shared, “We have found that these differences allow us to see the whole picture and give insight to one another when discussing issues of the day, visiting museums, going to parties, basically living life.  We have broadened each other’s world view, which has been wonderful”  Michael added, “Manya’s perspective on life makes me a better person.”

While they have different personalities, they share the same sense of humor, which is what made Manya realize that she truly loved Michael.  I really like this photo because you can see how happy they are together and how much they make each other laugh!


Manya shared, “What I love most about Michael is his genuine kindness, intelligence and humor.  He makes me feel loved- quirks and all, safe to be myself and even cherished.”

I think those sentiments really come across in this next photograph.  I really like its’ vibrant colors as well:


Michael reminisced, “Our First Date….. I had arrived early….as in 20 minutes early and was nervously walking around the neighborhood despite it being below freezing.”

He saw Manya and was awestruck– she was a knock-out, wearing a leather pencil shirt and a flowing mane of red hair.  Manya added, “I was playing for keeps.” 😉

Manya’s hair is stunning and I made sure to capture it throughout.  I liked this winding path and the way the sunlight passed through the leaves, too.


Michael went on, “During our courtship, I had one card to play….sinful decadent desserts.   I had fun making new things, to include a chocolate Babka!!! The test version was brought to work and deemed worthy, so the second batch went to Manya.”

Michael is a gentleman through and through– intelligent, respectful, loyal and head-over-heels in love.  I like this next photo really captures that and the effort he puts into “courting” Manya.  It’s really sweet…


They chose the National Arboretum as the location and it was stunning.  I could have spent all day there, shooting or even on a personal level, I love the outdoors, too!

They chose the arboretum because they visit gardens regularly when traveling (Buchart Gardens in Victoria British Columbia is their favorite).

Despite their love of gardens and living in Washington, D.C., this was the first time they had explored this garden together which was really fun.



Michael shared more about the balance of their relationship, “Despite our differences, as we opened up to each other and got beyond the surface, we found many, many, many similarities in our personalities….both in terms of our strengths, and our vulnerabilities. I am a stronger, better person for having her in my life and for returning my love in kind.”


Manya’s engagement ring is breathtaking.  She shared, “The stone came from the family jeweler, San Francisco Diamond Exchange….When it came time for ring shopping, Michael was in constant contact with Jessica James looking for the perfect diamond. She describes the stone that Michael chose as “a unicorn,” the quality and cut of the stone is so rare that “it almost doesn’t really exist.”

The setting is also completely hand made and unique as well.  Michael noticed these intertwined vines and I placed the ring in the place where all three of them joined together.  I like the organic texture of the weathered vines and the contrast between the geometric patterns and metallic sparkle of the diamond engagement ring.


While I love macro photography, photographing details at a close range, I also enjoy landscapes as well.   I liked this scene and the way the trees create leading lines that draw your eyes to a tiny couple in the background.  If you look closely you will see Manya & Michael.  This photo woudl look amazing as a canvas print!


When choosing their wardrobes for the day, Manya chose items that were comfortable and that could be layered by adding her jacket or scarf.

They also wore neutrals with a pop of color.  Manya loves Michael’s blue eyes, so she made sure that he wore blue.

I love how this photo almost feels like a watercolor painting.  it is not a Photoshop technique, I created it all in camera :).


The vulnerability and trust that these two share and beautiful, they are both so open and affectionate.

Manya shared that she and Michael were both surprised by how much fun they had during their engagement session.

She shared that my approach really lent itself to showing how much they love each other and taking in how happy they are to be marrying one another.


I want to end this blog post with a dramatic image of Manya and Michael silhouetted against the Washington sky along with several columns from the National Arboretum.

The sleek, dark lines make it a perfect end of the evening and may remind Michael of a certain black leather pencil skirt, haha.


Manya and Michael, thank you for sharing your stories with me, it was a pleasure to share them along with your beautiful photos.

I am beyond excited for your Hay-Adams DC wedding next year!   For more DC blog entries click here.

[…] Manya and Michael, thank you for choosing to have me by your side on your wedding day!  It was my pleasure and I can’t wait to show you more photos!  All the best, Lisa  PS:  Readers, if you want to see more of Manya and Michael you may want to check out their dreamy engagement session at the National Arboretum here. […]

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