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Georgetown Engagement Session | Mary + Simon

You don’t normally think of the end of September as being humid and hot, but this past Sunday for Mary and Simon’s engagement session, it was a lot more like summer than fall! I was surprised at how lush and green everything was still for their photos at the canal!

Despite the heat and the clouds, Mary and Simon were so wonderful to work with! I loved spending time with them hearing about their favorite HBO series and how they met at Georgetown and got engaged in Philly, where they live now! They are such a fun couple and I can’t wait for their wedding next year! Enjoy a few of my favorites from our session:)



Silver Swan Bayside Wedding | Darcie + Kyle

I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for some time now! It’s not super often that we get to photograph the weddings of our friends, so this one was a treat! John and I both met Kyle at least eight or nine years ago through a mutual friend of ours. He was roommates with that friend (who also worked at Macy’s, where John and I met) and it also turned out that he worked in the neighborhood I lived in at the time! I wasn’t a photographer then and John and I had only barely started dating. Kyle knew us back before we were a serious thing and even knew Lucy the cat back before she hated strangers! So much has happened in the years since those days, including Darcie coming into Kyle’s life and the two of them falling in love!

It’s so clear to see how much the two of them love each other and how perfect they are together. Even the biggest skeptic or doubter of the existence of soul mates could see that Darcie and Kyle are truly meant to be together! Both love the Redskins, come from the DC area (even though they met in Virginia), and put a lot of their hearts into solid relationships that they share with friends and family. And their personalities complement each other perfectly!

It was really so much fun to be part of this wedding at Silver Swan Bayside…Darcie and Kyle can throw a party, that’s for sure!



Apple Watch for Wedding Photographers Review

A couple months ago, my Polar FT7 heart rate monitor battery died and I decided to buy an Apple Watch to test out for a couple of weeks to see if I really liked it or not. Totally normal rationale, right? Battery dies…buy an Apple Watch…instead of a $3 battery. In my defense, I’ve been interested in an Apple Watch for a while, especially after hearing other industry friends rave about theirs. Though at first I primarily wanted to use it as a fitness watch, I also rationalized the purchase to myself by saying “I can definitely use it for my business too!”. Am I the only one that does this sometimes??

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After using the watches (John got one too!) for a few months and half of our 2016 season, I have to say that we love them! I think the Apple Watch has many beneficial uses for the average person who’s not a wedding photographer, but it’s REALLY helpful for photographers and event professionals! Here are some ways wedding and event pros can utilize the Apple Watch for business:

Replace your paper timeline with your Apple Watch
For every wedding, I create a paper timeline, however now that I’ve got my Apple Watch I enter each one on my Internet calendar as well. On a wedding day I change the watch face (yes, you can change the faces…it’s super cool! And the rose gold watch I have has rose gold colored numbers to match! Small details like this are what I love about Apple!) to modular. I can see the time, outside temperature, and what’s next on my calendar really quickly. On a wedding day this is great because I don’t have to pull my backup paper timeline out of my bag…I just look down at my watch and see what time it is and what’s happening next!! I also set mine to alert me with a tap about 10 minutes before the next thing on the timeline starts. So when I’m shooting bridal party portraits and it’s almost time to start family formals, I’ll feel it on my wrist and know it’s time to start wrapping things up.

Communicate more easily with assistants and second shooters
John has an Apple Watch too (it was actually my anniversary gift to him!) which we have found to be really helpful since in the past I’d maybe text him while he was with the guys while they got ready to see if they were almost done (or whatever else) and he wouldn’t see it for a while since his phone was on vibrate in his camera bag. Now when I text him (or vice versa), his watch will vibrate and he sees the message almost instantly!

While it obviously maximizes how useful it is for communication when you AND your assistant have Apple Watches, it can still be really helpful for communicating even if you’re the only one wearing one…if you get a call or a text from the planner or your assistant for example, you’re way more likely to notice it than if you have your phone nearby.

Another cool feature it has is the ability to “tap” someone who is nearby. When John and I are both wearing our watches, we can tap one another, which is essentially sending a little vibration to the other person’s watch. It’s great for getting someone’s attention! For example, if I need to catch John’s attention so he can move out of a wider shot I’m taking of the ceremony or first dance, I can “tap” him rather than waving my arms wildly or blinking extra hard hoping he will notice I’m looking. (Neither of the latter actually work when you really want someone’s attention by the way…HA!!!)

Integrate your phone apps into “Glances”
Apple Watch has this feature called “glances” which is kind of just a bunch of shortcuts to items you look at or use frequently. The best wedding day use of this feature for me personally has been adding one of my favorite wedding apps, Dark Sky onto mine. If it’s a rainy wedding day, you’ll find that this is an invaluable tool as it reads the radars and tells you when it’s going to start raining and when it’s going to stop! Perfect for finding time to duck outside for those outdoor portraits! Lots of iPhone apps have an Apple Watch app now, so pairing them with the watch is a great way to utilize it!

All of these things might seem like very small improvements in how we manage the logistics on a wedding day, but they actually do make a really big difference in helping us stay organized and on top of the day! I highly recommend the Apple Watch to all of my Apple loving photog and event pro friends! I think they be a huge asset to wedding planners and coordinators for the same reasons listed above!


Fells Point Engagement Photos | Kimmy + Ross

With all of the crazy weather we had towards the beginning of wedding season, it’s been a while since I’ve had perfect shooting weather. It’s been super hot, rainy, humid, etc almost every shoot or wedding. This particular weekend was warm, but we lucked out with a beautiful evening for Kimmy and Ross’ engagement session Sunday night! It was the kind of night that reminded me exactly why I love Baltimore, especially Fells Point!

This session is also a perfect example of why we start our sessions about an hour and a half to two hours before sunset…you can’t beat that glow that time of day!

Kimmy and Ross were so much fun to be around! I can tell just from spending a little bit of time with them that their wedding day is going to be a killer party! We’re looking forward to celebrating with them in a year’s time 🙂



Capitol Hill Engagement Photos | Allison + Blake

Now that I’ve been shooting in DC for a while now, I’ve done quite a few sessions on the Mall and at the monuments, but this was one of only a couple that I’ve done around the Capitol and I thought it was perfect! Instead of being crowded with tons of tourists like the Mall tends to be on weekends, it was pretty quiet since most of the people who work on the Hill weren’t at work. Allison and Blake also spend lots of time together walking that area. They both work a lot and Blake is often traveling for his job, so one of their favorite things to do in the evenings is meet up for a little stroll. Capitol Hill is one of their favorite places to spend some time connecting with one another, which I think is so sweet!

I’m so looking forward to their wedding this Fall! Just a few minutes interacting with them and you can tell how head over heels in love they are with one another! This also makes them a dream to photograph! Enjoy a few of my favorites from their session.

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