One of my favorites sites in Easton. Doesn’t matter the time, day or season. Christ Church is nestled perfectly at the end of Harrison Street and seems to whisper, “Welcome Friend, you are home.”
This family…oh how I love them. Dear friends with so many wonderful attributes, I don’t know where to begin. The smile on Sarah’s face when greeting you, makes a person feel like the most cherished friend in her world. Grady with his calming presence, is a real champion of truth. Their boys will steal your heart in a split second. I have no doubt I’ll be just as in love with the newest member of their sweet family. We celebrated the impending arrival of Miss LJ on Sunday night with lots of fluffy, sparkly, pink things. Cake, too! I love you guys! Bunches! xoxo
To the men and women in uniform…past, present and future. God Bless you and Thank you!
Our kids think about their costumes all year round. I’m not kidding. It’s often a topic of conversation. Pinterest…need I say more? They usually start off with pretty elaborate ideas of homemade costumes (my favorite) but often times they’re sucked in by pictures of models dressed as their favorite literary characters or idolized super heroes. Those Halloween super stores are clever marketers. Last year, all Maci wanted was a red cape. So we built her costume around it. Little Red Riding Hood was thrilled to be caring around one of her favorite stuffed animals all night. Chloe had so many ideas, I can’t even remember what accessory we went into the store to pick up because she fell under the spell of all those shiny plastic bags hanging from floor to ceiling. We tried on more costumes than I care to admit before settling on one from the Avengers. I think it was the red hair she was most excited about. And red it was. No wig for her, she wanted it sprayed on.
Easton does Halloween well. It’s so different from my childhood in FL. Trick-or-treating down the tree lined streets of historic homes, kicking up the fallen leaves on the sidewalks, bumping into friends and the sugar induced energy, giggles and squeals of kiddies as they add to their bags of loot. I savor these moments. The First Baptist church has a really fun Harvest Festival that our kids love. If you’re in Talbot County and never been, I highly recommend you check it out.
A few years ago we came up with a way to deal with the obsession our kids had with the candy. That bag of delicious goodies occupied too much of their time and thoughts. In the weeks following Halloween, they woke up asking for a breakfast of snickers, and lunchbox of taffy and dinner of nerds. That’s when they weren’t sneaking nibbles in-between meals. Never mind that I’d find a stash under their bed around Valentine’s day. So call us the Grinch of Halloween, but we only let them keep 10 pieces of candy. Yes TEN. The rest we deliver to daddy’s office or donate to local candy drives. (That’s after we’ve snagged all the gummie bears, sweedish fish and Reese’s cups;)
I hope everyone has a fun and safe night! Here’s a few favorites from last year.
They met during their nine month fellowship at the Trinity Forum Academy. We were his host family and immediately aware that Caleb fancied Shannon. It was an unmistakeable adoration that only grew stronger with the passing months. We teased Caleb at family dinners and encouraged him to bring Shannon each time after. By Thanksgiving, we were certain these two were made for each other. It shouldn’t, but it always amazes me how God works in our lives. How He brings people together at the most perfect moment. This is true for Shannon and Caleb, but also true for our family. Daryl and I have been so immensely blessed to know these two remarkable people. To adopt them into our family. For our girls to have the big brother they’ve always wanted. They are both incredible and loving with our girls. My heart swells every time Caleb calls me mom. It was such a joy and privilege to capture their love in these engagement pictures. We laughed, reminisced and ate cupcakes. This weekend, along with all the people Shannon and Caleb hold dear, we will celebrate, cry & love as we witness the marriage of these two amazing people. I love you both. xoxo
Love their reaction when they see Caleb’s boss (my hubby) drive by and witness all the PDA. Of course he had to get out and snap a few shots with his iPhone to share with the other guys in the office. (I had absolutely no control over the situation but secretly loved this playful moment.)
I only shoot maternity sessions for my friends and family, and this day was one of those special privileges. Amanda was exquisite! (Her mom has been doing my hair for 12 years now. Ever since I turned it Cookie Monster blue and began frantically looking for someone who could correct it that day.) I cannot wait to meet the little bambino when he arrives.
Happy First Day of October! This month makes me feel so energized! This year I’m planning to make my own apple cider. What’s on your Fall bucket list?
Sailboats, sunshine and a stunning couple. Colleen and Ethan are such a super sweet couple. They traveled from Arlington to Colleen’s family home in Oxford for their engagement shoot. It was such a fun and relaxing afternoon with new friends. I’m thrilled to be shooting their wedding next year at the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay!
To say that I’m excited about this weekend is an understatement. Liz and Jim will be saying their I Do’s in historic, downtown Annapolis. The photographer in me is thrilled at the artistic possibilities and the story my lens will capture, but it’s the friend in me that is giddy to the core. It was a weeknight last September when they drove down from NJ for their engagement session at Combsberry Inn. I was feeling a bit of stress with them coming from so far away. Hoping the weather would cooperate and things would go smoothly. A “do over” wasn’t going to be possible with Liz getting her braces on a week later. What I didn’t expect was for them to almost instantly put me at ease. Or that we would make a connection so quickly and easily. Liz is like a sister from another mother. A kindred spirit. Her emails, texts and Facebook messages over the past year have brightened my day, made me laugh and often times fueled my inner geek. Jim, well he is as cool as a cucumber, funny, a stellar golfer and most importantly…he adores Liz. There was such a tender and warm manner in their togetherness. These photos say the rest.
Soaking up the last rays of summer break with a house full of squealing girls and wet floors.
An inspired wedding! A touch vintage, custom to the things near and dear to their hearts and a whole lot of love! Meg and Billy’s wedding day tugged at the heart strings. There were tears, laughter and overwhelming joy. I am so thankful that they are more than just clients. I have the good fortune to call them friends. I’ve loved them since the moment we wrapped their engagement session. Here are a few favorites from their March wedding at The Milestone.
Her grandmother’s necklace.
Such clever invitations!
Might be my favorite part of the day. A big group hug after the final dance.
This gorgeous dancer and her amazing beau are walking down the aisle tomorrow! Time flies when you’re planning the most amazing day of your life. When Laura and I were finalizing her timeline this week, we were in awe at how fast the day approached. David was a saint as he indulged us on the busy streets of downtown Annapolis for their engagement session. He showered Laura with love, made her laugh and simply adored her. Laura was sweet, trusting and brilliant to work with. I’m incredibly excited for the day ahead!
A little larger than normal portrait post. Karlyn, a friend of a bride, and come to find out a college classmate of another dear friend and photographer, the fabulous JordanQ! Karlyn wanted a shoot for her blog, The Shattered Glass Slipper. A fun read that, in her own words, “smashes girl stereotypes into tiny smithereens.” Despite the humidity and high temps, we had a ball! Karlyn was a hoot romping around the streets of downtown Annapolis in her sparkles and tutu. Enjoy!