A January Engagement: “Baseball, Puppy and Heat – Oh My!”

Ok, maybe ‘heat’ is a bit of an exaggeration – but who would have expected it to be 55 degrees for this January engagement session?  We simply cound’t have asked for a better day at the Wilmiginton Blue Rocks Stadium and the Dupont Evironmental Education Center!  I had a great time with Paige and John, (and let’s not forget Griffy the pup!) – we certainly took advantage of the weather and our surroundings!  John has played at the Blue Rocks Stadium before, and having a special connection through Paige’s work, we were able to schedule some time there.  It was a blast having the stadium to ourselves!  

Not wanting all of their engagement images in the stadium, we did an extended engagement session and headed down to the DuPont Environmental Education Center.  Enter ‘Griffy.’  He is a 1 year old, very sweet and well behaved Doberman.  Being a puppy owner myself, I have a real soft spot for dogs.  Love them!  And Griffy did an SPECTACULAR job!  Look at how well he posed in these pics!  Can’t wait to photograph Paige and John’s wedding this Fall – it’s bound to be a fun day.

 

 

A Worsell Manor Wedding

Amanda and Joshua are such a sweet couple.  It was really fun to capture the excitement of their day at Worsell Manor.  This was my first  time at this beautiful historic venue in Warwick, Maryland.  Two things that really stood out to me from the day: 1) During the ceremony, the pastor had both sides of the family come up to pray for the couple.  I’ve never seen anyone do this before.  It was a really sweet and meaningful moment.  2) RAIN!  Near the end of the reception I walked outside to prepare for some night shots and I was kinda shocked to realize that it was raining.  That wasn’t in my forecast!  Rain can be a pretty exciting thing to nerdy photographers like me – it makes for some beautiful shots!  (Scroll through to the last one in this blog post to see what I mean!) 

 

A Chesapeake Inn (MD) Wedding

Annie and Frankie had a beaufiul October wedding day.  Surrounded by family and friends, they said ‘I Do’ and had a great time celebrating!  One thing that made their day stand out to me was the traditional Chinese tea ceremony.  Before becoming man and wife, they took time to kneel before parents, grandparents, and other elders in their families to thank them for all that they’ve done in raising them.  I loved it – and I truly think it captures elements of respect and gratefulness that are often lost in our American culture.  Guests were also in for a treat during the reception – lion dancers from U.S. Jow GA Martial Arts came and put on a fantastic show!  I also appreciated that they took the time to explain what the lion dance symbolizes in Chinese culture – it was a great learning experience for this photographer and I’m sure for many others who were present!  Here is a little ‘sneak peek’ from Annie and Frankie’s day at The Chesapeake Inn! 

A Historic Old New Castle Delaware Engagement Session

This week I had the priviledge of photographing an engagement session for Jenn and Tyler.  Recently engaged, these two were directed to our studio by a family friend of Jenn’s who I’ve happened to know for years, because she also works in the  Delaware wedding industry!  When we sat down together, I got to hear the engagement story.  Sometimes couples are just so excited to share their story (which is great because I love hearing them!) and that was the case with Jenn and Tyler.  Tyler absolutely lit up telling how he surprised Jenn.  While spending the day with Jenn’s Dad and brother, (who were in on the secret) they stopped at the Pinnacle Overlook in Susquehannock State Park to ‘check out the view.’  Or so Jenn thought.  Tyler pulled out a ring while they were standing on a large rock over looking the Susquehanna River and she said ‘YES!’  We had a good time capturing some engagement memories in Old New Castle – I can’t wait to photograph their wedding day in the Spring of 2018!

A Summer Newborn Session at Home in Delaware

I love summer.  LOVE IT.  These warm October days where we are hitting 80 (!!) are helping me to hold on a little longer.  In the spirit of not letting go, here are some samples from a nautical newborn shoot this July.  What a CUTIE!!  I love doing newborn sessions in the home.  It’s much easier on Mom and Dad.  They don’t have to rush out with a newborn carrying all of the gear that a newborn might need.  Plus, let’s face it – they are TIRED (and rightly so!).  A newborn session in the home allows them to have one less place to go.  And (probably most importantly) it allows for really personal photos unique to a particular family, because it takes place in their space.  I love it because they are all different – and I get to be creative within their particular location.  So, ‘ahoy maties’!  Here’s to summer days (and sleepless summer nights!) and this sweet little nugget.