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  • Welcome to my blog!

    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.

    I have great news for you—I’ve got you covered!!!

    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.

    If this sounds good to you, and you’d like to reach out to me to find out more, please connect here.

DC Wedding Photographers: Courtney & Evan at the Carnegie

A timeless, elegant, incredibly fun Washington DC wedding with an adorable (furry) guest appearance….

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Courtney and Evan first saw my photography when they were touring the Carnegie Institution for Science.   She said after seeing a few of my photos, they were hooked!

They loved the way I used lighting and my ability to capture those candid, emotional moments.  She also liked the consistent quality of my photos from group portraits to the smallest wedding details.

Here are a few of their wedding details…

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Courtney’s bridal party was joyful, supportive, witty and fun-loving– they are hands-down one of my favorite parties to work with to date!

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All hands on deck!!!  I love capturing moments as they unfold– here Courtney’s bridesmaids help apply lip gloss while also gingerly buttoning her dress…

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Courtney’s bridesmaids chose their own black floor length gowns and shoes.  She wanted their look to be timeless, elegant and practical.

Each woman felt beautiful in her gown and could totally wear it again.  her maid of honor pops in her black lace gown.  Gorgeous, ladies!

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Off to the Carnegie Institution for Science for the first look!

They initially were drawn to the Carnegie because of it’s classic Washington DC feel  it projects, with its marble columns and sense of grandeur…

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It also has more intimate spaces inside, that while incredibly luxurious, also have a more private size and feel.

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While the ladies prepared for the wedding the men gathered for preparations of their own.  They were both at the Hotel Rouge, just on different floors.

It is a great hotel to use for preparations for Carnegie weddings as it is always distance from the hotel and the decor is interesting and allows for me to get creative.

While the painting on the wall is about to dive in, Evan dives into his wedding day preparations by dressing Deion in his tux and giving him a good belly rub, haha!!!

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Looking good, gents!

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Evan was ready to see his bride for the first time!

They chose to have a first look so that they could spend the cocktail hour with their guests and complete all of their romantic and group photos prior to the ceremony.   Their day flowed nicely: from preparations, to seeing each other, to seeing their friends, to seeing their family, to exchanging their vows to celebrating…

Ready to see his bride…

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I chose the boardroom for their first look.  It was stately and fit their timeless feel and also provided a simple dark background that drew all of the attention to them and their lightly colored garments.

Courtney walked up behind him, beaming…

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Evan shared that when he saw her she looked incredibly beautiful, but that his favorite part was how happy she looked.

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Courtney shared that he looked so handsome…

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When we initially talked, Courtney & Evan shared that they have very few photos of the two of them together and that it seems to be hard to find one of them that they both like.

I showed her this one on the back of my camera the day of the wedding and they were both like, “OMG!!! is this us??? LOVE it!!!”  What a cute couple!!!

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We explored outside of the Carnegie as well.  I love this shot in black and white– you are really able to see all of the exquisite detailing and even read the engraving…

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The pretty orbs floating into this image were caused by sunlight reflecting inside my camera lens.  I think they are beautiful and add a real element of emotion to this image…

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I like playing with light– for this next photograph, I focused on the shadows created on the marble steps.

I like how wind is blowing his hair into little wisps and that you can see all of the exquisite detailing on her dress…

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We headed inside for some family photos in the library…

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Courtney was greeted by a surprise visitor– her mom’s expression is priceless!!!

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Courtney & Evan’s dog, Deion, played an important role in their wedding and in bringing them together as a couple.

Early in their relationship, Evan realized that animals were important to Courtney– she volunteered at shelters and Evan thought he’d impress Courtney & visit a shelter with her.

Little did he know that he would leave the visit with a dog.  Deion wiggled his way into Evan’s life, showed Courtney Evan’s huge heart and eventually helped win her over on behalf of Evan.

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Evan and Courtney chose to have Deion at their side on the wedding day and bought him a tiny tuxedo.

Courtney said it was only fitting to give him an important role.  He was their ring-bearer during the ceremony!

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There are several photos for the bridal party, but this one is totally my favorite.  I told you they were a lot of fun!

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The wedding ceremony site was gorgeous– the room was set with gold chiavari chairs and bronze vases overflowing with lilies, roses, and hydrangea from Growing Wild Florals.

Guests were welcomed with buttled trays of refreshing sweet tea…

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As Courtney’s father escorted her down the aisle and she turned the corner to see Evan, she was filled with emotion.

She said it was as though everything just took a breath for a moment, and you could feel that something new was getting ready to happen.

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I like to capture the faces and emotion from a close perspective but also capture the entire scene as well.

Here is a bird’s eye view of her father giving her a kiss on the cheek before placing her hand in Evan’s.

You get a good feel for the stately architecture and the sense that they are surrounded by family & friends.

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Courtney shared that she was pleased to see Evan so happy.  They are literally both beaming here.

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The ceremony was short, sweet and lovely…

I have a close shot of the kiss as well, but I really like this wide crop that shows even more of the architecture!

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A stolen moment– when I first met with Courtney and Evan they described a photo of mine that they loved.  It was of a fleeting moment during the ceremony.  She said if I was able to just get one or two shots like that during their wedding day, it would be amazing.

I captured several photos that fit the description, but this one is so tender that I wonder if it might be that shot for her.

The ceremony had just ended and they wound the spiral staircase to spend some time alone before joining everyone at cocktail hour.  I used a slow shutter to capture the motion of them walking and Evan leaned over put his arm around her and gave her a kiss…

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Celebrate!!!  This photograph would look incredible in their wedding album.  🙂

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Well Dunn Catering provided lovely hors d’oeuvres to the guests while I captured details from the reception hall including the place settings.

Here a navy, sequined tablecloth adds some sparkle to the reception hall…

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Guests gathered in the rotunda as the bridal party was announced and the wedding traditions began:

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In this next photo Courtney and Evan make their grand entrance surrounded by family and friends.

I love how you can see so many of the guests, the space and the excitement of the happy couple!

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Courtney shared that she loves Evan’s sense of humor and quick wit!  She appreciates his positive, level-headed personality and how he always keeps her laughing.

They shared that they are great at being the thing that the other person needs in that moment.

The look on Evan’s face during the first dance says it all…

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Courtney’s father gave an incredibly touching speech– you can see them both taking it all in here…
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I love the way that the guests literally surrounded Courtney and her father on the dance floor.

I caught their twirl from the balcony as all of their guests applauded– what a moment!

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I try to keep an eye on the sunset and noticed that it was going down– Courtney and Evan stepped out on the portico to take it all in.

Courtney mentioned that she really appreciated how easy it was to work with me– there was a whole lot going on during the wedding day, but she said she never felt overwhelmed or that she was being “stolen” from her wedding to take photos.  She was able to enjoy the day and experience it.  🙂   Yay!!!  So glad to hear it!

You two look absolutely lost in the moment here:

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I love all of the energy and excitement in this next photograph–

Wedding guests packed the dance floor– laughing, spinning, even gathering in the adjacent room for a quick photo.

My attention first goes to Evan and Courtney and then moves through the crowd and up to the striking marble columns and ornamentation…

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Everyone was out on the dance floor and let loose– they were so much fun!!!

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Here Courntey’s brides-man enjoys their cigar bar.

I love the billowing smoke and glowing embers!

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At the end of the evening,  wedding guests lined the stairway (rock concert style– holding their phones up like lighters) and gave them a playful grand exit…

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Courtney & Evan, it was such a pleasure to work with the two of you!  I hope that these photos and the hundreds of others that are still coming your way will help you to re-live your wedding day for years to come :).

If you haven’t seen enough of Courtney & Evan, check out a few of their engagement photos here.

Ranked as one of the Top 100 Photographers in the USA/Canada!!!

I am thrilled to be rated one of the “100 Best Wedding Photographers in the USA & Canada for 2016”!!!!!!!

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I am honored to be on a list with such immensely talented photographers from my own country and our neighbor to the north :).  A huge thank you to all of those who nominated me for this recognition and all of those who support me, I would not have achieved any of this without all of you!!!  You make me feel like this:

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SLR lounge was looking for artistic, industry-leading wedding photographers, specifically those who exhibit:

  • Uniqueness and Creativity – This list favors photographers who are doing something different. Some are pioneering new techniques or see art in places where most photographers would overlook.
  • Artistry and Vision – This list also favors photographers who have a complete vision for the final product. In their images, you can see how all elements of the scene work together for a beautiful, cohesive, final product.
  • Timing and Emotion Capture – This list also favors photographers who have a knack for being in the right place at the right time, who create emotional photojournalism.
  • Consistency – This list favors photographers who produce consistent quality from shoot to shoot. One single great shot (or even a large set of great shots) is not enough to make the list.

Because blog posts are always better with photos, here are a few recent images…

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Walking on air– the NYC skyline

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Ready for their spread in Vogue (Four Seasons, DC)

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Tears of joy– wedding morning preparations (her childhood bedroom, NJ)

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An outdoor wedding *in the rain* (Philadelphia, PA)

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Iconic tidal basin engagement (Washington, DC)

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A single tear (Atlantic City, NJ)

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Celebrate!!! (Philadelphia, PA)

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Eye candy at the fair (Frederick, MD)

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Balance & Harmony (Carnegie, DC)

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Timeless, classic elegance (Washington, DC)

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Playing with some “love-ly” shoes (Philadelphia, PA)

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Kiss the bride (St. Regis Hotel, DC)

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Flower girl watching the sand ceremony (Hershey, PA)

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Apples for the teachers– Lara & Wade teach French and 5th grade, respectively (York, PA)

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Happily ever after (Liberty Mountain, PA)

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African savanna sunset (Greencastle, PA)

I love to travel and currently have not set boundaries on locations that I am willing to photograph :).

I live in Pennsylvania and photograph weddings mostly in Central PA, Washington, DC, New York City, Philadelphia & Baltimore.

Read more about SLR Lounge’s Top 100 list here or check out more of my recent awards and accolades here.

Gillbrook Farms Wedding Photographers: Kristen & Aaron

A ceremony beneath a willow tree,  deep-rooted connections & a love that feels as natural as the surroundings…

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Kristen & Aaron contacted me because of my ability to “capture a couple’s heart and soul in a way that looks and feels so natural.”

They appreciated the way I took time to get to know them and made them feel comfortable from the start.  They were looking for a wedding photographer who would tell their unique story and capture all of those moments and details for years to come.

I’ll open with a few of the small details that are actually quite important– the wedding rings.  I placed them on a weathered piece of wood– it felt like something that had lasted and would last, the perfect background and set the tone for their relaxed, rustic wedding day.

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Kristen had always had a burgundy-wine color in mind for her wedding day.  She hesitated at first because it tends to be used more in winter weddings, but it was a stunning choice and looked beautiful especially in the bouquets created by Mowrer’s Flowers.

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Gillbrook Farms was the first venue Kristen and Aaron visited and as soon as they saw the grounds and met Ashley, they knew it was the right fit for them.

The willow tree, stream, open fields, pond and barn were exactly what they were looking for and everything was decorated beautifully.  I hung her dress from the mantel– I love the stained glass, candles and velvet settee that surround it:

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During the preparations, Kristen’s friends and family gathered in the suite.  Here you can see several generations gathered.  I love the depth and layers contained in this photograph:

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Aaron shared that Kristen’s warm smile and caring personality are his favorite qualities that she possess.

I believe both come across in this next photo as well as some of the decor that will set the stage for this shabby-chic affair.    The bench she is sitting on was made from the bed of an antique Chevy pick up truck!

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The ladies looked stunning in their burgendy gowns.  We used a gigantic chicken coop as our backdrop to bring in some more of that rustic, country feel.

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I told you it was gigantic!

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The men looked dapper in their wool tweed vests and burgundy ties.  They complimented the setting perfectly and kept to the wine, ivory and taupe theme that Kristen had in mind :).

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Aaron purchased flasks for his groomsmen, each monogrammed with their initials branded into the leather.

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Bottoms up below a blue sky!

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Kristen shared that she loves Aaron’s relaxed, caring, patient, hard-working personality and the way her can fix just about anything!

On the wedding day, the sapling that they used as part of their ceremony kept blowing over from the wind.  He and his groomsmen found some twine and figured out a way to keep it standing!

I think that his relaxed, patient, hard-working personality really come across in this next photograph:

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Kristen felt nervous in the morning leading up to the wedding ceremony, but as soon as she saw Aaron it was like a wave washed over her and she was filled with excitement to be marrying him!

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They exchanged their wedding vows beneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree surrounded by their closest friends and family members.

Guests sat on wooden pews and watched Kristen & Aaron as wind swept through the field of grass and a stream trickled in the distance below an open sky.

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Kristen and Aaron love the outdoors so having a beautiful day allowed them to be outside and was the part of their day that they were most eagerly anticipating…

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They were married by Kristen’s uncle, who had officiated the wedding ceremonies of just about all of her family members.

He played a huge role in her life and she was honored to have him there as she and Aaron committed their lives together.

Here they are exchanging their wedding rings:

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Walking back up the aisle, this time together as husband and wife, was another one of the highlights of Kristen & Aaron’s wedding day.

Wow, what a happy couple and what a beautiful location!

The vibrant blue of the sky and green of the grass is almost unbelievable!

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Here is the stream that gurgled throughout the ceremony, making the surreal setting even more idyllic…

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Kristen and Aaron took some time to explore the grounds of Gillbrook Farms together.

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Man and wife…

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While most of my photos are more candid, relaxed and emotional, I make sure to capture some more traditional photos, too.

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I also like to get creative and have a little fun– here you can see their reflections in the stream.

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Kristen and Aaron joined their family and friends for the reception.  It was an amazing experience for them to see everyone mingling together.

They reflected on the moment, thinking that this was probably the only time that all of them would be gathering together in one place.

They let it all soak in and enjoyed the moment, stopping to chat with many of their wedding guests.

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Everyone enjoyed the outdoor space, sitting on the tree swing, lying on the grass, sitting on the stone wall– people seemed to feel comfortable, relaxed and at home.

Kristen’s sorority sisters enjoyed their time outside and were ready to move inside and hit the dance floor– I think Kristen was, too!

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The “Let Love Grow” lettering and string lights really added a romantic feel that fit perfectly with Kristen & Aaron’s wedding aesthetic and story.  More about that in just a bit…

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Everything at the reception felt natural and earthy, from the “Watering Hole” that featured adult beverages, sweet tea and lemonade to the vibrant, garden-fresh appetizers.

Kristen and Aaron “Let Love Grow” into thier favors as well, having a wheelbarrow filled with seeds for their guests, a nod to their shared interest in gardening.

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The cocktail hour was followed by Kristen and Aaron’s first dance and other wedding traditions.

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The speeches were heartfelt and emotional.  I like how Kristen is tearing up in this next image.

You can also see a glimpse of how their table numbers feature photos of them through the years.  The head table is labeled “2015” and shows one of the photos that I captured during their kayaking engagement.

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Kristen has a real sweet tooth and their dessert included, wedding cake, at least half a dozen flavors of cupcakes.

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Once the sun went down the dance floor was absolutely packed.

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The sunset was absolutely breathtaking.  I kept an eye on it and brought Kristen and Aaron out just as it was setting.

They stood beneath the tree and took it all in.  What a sweet, romantic moment.

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Kristen & Aaron, it was such a pleasure to get to know the two of you through your engagement session and wedding day.  Your wedding was natural, beautiful, romantic and made everyone feel so at home and at ease!

I hope that these photos helped to capture the “heart and soul” of the two of you as well as your friends and family for many years to come!

I am excited to hear what you think :).    Please feel free to leave a comment or post on social media!   If you haven’t seen enough of Kristen and Aaron, please check out their kayaking engagement session here.

Spring Lake Engagement Photographers: Lauren & Steven

Ocean breezes and blue skies were in abundance during this fun-loving couples’ sunny beach engagement…

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The shore is Lauren & Steven’s escape every week in the summer.  They take some time to slow down and enjoy walking along the water and finding shells.

Steven found this shell and I used it to hold Lauren’s ring:

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Lauren & Steven contacted me because they were looking for a photographer who had a creative, artistic style and would be able to capture their personalities and interests in camera.

They wanted photos that felt fun, candid, natural and could capture just how happy and excited they are.  They arrived ready to explore Spring Lake together!

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When we were chatting about the best time to meet, I asked them if they were more interested in soft muted colors or bright, vibrant colors– they chose vibrant colors, so I planned accordingly with a mid-day session.  We couldn’t have had a better day for it bright, sunny, cool, breezy– it was pretty fantastic!

Lauren and Steven were laid back, fun and up for anything.  I noticed their shadows as they walked.  Here you can see the deep turquoise of the ocean along with them holding hands, I used a shallow depth of field to emphasize their shadows.  They even held their other hands in an arch to create a heart, haaa Steven ducked his head :).

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Lauren and Steve are opposites in a lot of ways, but what they have in common is enjoying each other’s company and finding silly in the serious, they love to laugh!

It took us a while to figure out how to work with all that wind, as we did, Lauren almost was blown away, haha.  They laughed and rolled with it.  😉

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Lauren & Steven said that they work well together because they balance each other out and bring out the best in each other.

They also shared that they are most at home with their toes in the sand…

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More sandy toes… I like the texture and color here!

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Steven mentioned a sweet story from early in their relationship.  They were watching The Dark Knight on the couch together and Lauren had the remote.

Steven wasn’t exactly sure why, but he asked her to pause the movie.  When she did, he couldn’t help but blurt out, “I love you, Lauren.” She pressed the play button and continued the movie.  A few minutes passed and he began to worry that he had spoke to soon and made her uncomfortable…

The movie paused again.  Steven looked over and Lauren said, “I love you, too.”

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Just because sometimes I like to mess with your mind a little– which way is up?!?

Take a closer look and try to figure it out!

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Spring Lake is an amazing beach community.  If it looks familiar, it might be because you remember Julia & Max’s wedding at the Bath and Tennis Club from my blog.

We took a break from the intense ocean spray and breeze (which you can see below in the next photo of the gulls) and headed in town for a bit of a walk…

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The scenery in Spring Lake is lovely, the neighborhood is charming and picturesque.  Here they strolled along the sidewalk flanked by mature trees and topiary.

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We could have spent the entire session in the town of Spring Lake as there is so much to work with there, but our focus was the shore, so our stay downtown was brief.

We did capture a cute photo of Lauren & Steven together.  While I love photographing creative, artistic images with personality, I also make sure to get a few more traditional photos as well.

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Lauren’s Kate Spade sunglasses were all business on the outside (tortoise shell), but fun and colorful on the inside (with hot pink diagonal stripes).

I was able to capture so many elements in one shot using those cute glasses– the sand, the blue sky, even Lauren & Steven if you look closely!!!

I think this photo shows their playful nature as a couple and also demonstrates some of that creativity that they were hoping to see in my photography…

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Back to that gorgeous ring– so pretty!

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And they lived happily ever after…
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Lauren & Steven, thank you for sharing your story with me so that I could capture it in all of it’s fun, colorful, beach-loving glory!

I am so excited for your wedding at The Palace at Somerset Park next year and am looking forward to spending time with you two again and meeting all of your amazing friends and family!

Please drop me a line and let me know what you think– I hope that these photos have captured your personality, emotion and style!

Creative Engagement Photographers: Corinne & Joe at the firehouse

Swept off her feet by a FIREFIGHTER– you won’t want to miss this fun, vibrant engagement session…

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Corinne reached out to me after receiving rave reviews about my work from Kevin Braasch from KLB Events.  She said that she was drawn to my clear, vibrant photography style and creativity as well as my friendly personality.  She said she could tell right away that I would be easy to work with.  🙂

I’ll start out their engagement session with some vibrant, clear, creative images.  I like to incorperate writing when I can and aside from the lettering on the back of Joe’s jacket (which you can see above) we also spelled “Love” in cursive with a fire hose, hehe.

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A fire call is actually what brought Corinne and Joe together!

They first met when Corinne was shadowing an EMS team.  They were dispatched along with Upper Allen Fire Department.  Following the call, one of her friends from EMS was talking to some of the firefighters and Joe saw his moment and spoke up…

He asked who Corinne was and found her on Facebook.  He said it was risky, because he didn’t want to come across as creepy, but was definitely interested and didn’t want to let her get away.

He  asked her out on a date and the rest is history!

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While I love photographing candid, creative images, I also make sure to get a few solid portraits as well.

I saw the blue tone to the pavement and thought that the color and angle would bring out their eyes…

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Corinne said that firefighting is important to Joe and she imagines that it will always be an important part of his life.  She respects the courage and strength that it takes and is committed to supporting him in that.

She said that the hardest part is when he gets a fire call and she is waiting at home for him to return.  I think you get a feel for what it is like for her emotionally here, as if they are saying goodbye before he goes…

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I liked showing his last name on the bottom of his bunker jacket and Corinne supporting him holding his helmet.

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Corinne shared that she has been welcomed into the firehouse “family” and that it is really like a third family for them.

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Classic…

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So fun!!!  I adjusted my shutter speed to show movement and really capture the flirty relationship these two have:

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We continued the session well past sunset.

We were able to capture it at it’s height, a beautiful fiery red– so perfect!!!

Messiah College campus (where we went to get a better view of the sunset) almost passes as Hawaii in this next photograph!

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Once the sun set and it was dark out, we really had some fun with the lights of the truck and my lighting equipment.

I used the firetruck to light these shots–  I like how Corinne & Joe are rim-lit in vibrant red (a huge thank you to his buddy for manning the truck for us).

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A simple kiss turns super sexy–  I wanted to illuminate the inside of the cabin but primarily the controls.

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I used my white, radio-controlled light to draw attention to the happy couple in this next photograph.

I like how you can still make out her fiery red hair and blue dress and his face leaning in for a kiss.

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Thanks for inviting me to your firehouse– it was such a blast!!!  I loved working with the truck and you two were so much fun and super thoughtful!

I hope that these photos show your love for each other and the important role that firefighting has had and will have in your life.

I also hope that they were as colorful, creative and fun as you had hoped!  I am eagerly anticipating seeing you two again at your Linwood Estates wedding.

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