Cape May, NJ is beautiful…

29 05 2008

…and so are the residents!!

I was attending MARS, Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography and had the pleasure of meeting several people that live in this charming beach town.

One of them is Theresa…
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isn’t she a doll?

(First of all, I hope I get time to blog about my MARS experience because it was an incredible time.  I studied under MIchael Redford and he knows what the heck he’s talking about when it comes to business and portraiture.  You rock Michael! Thanks again for taking time away from your own business to help us with ours! I met some incredibly talented photographers that week.  It was great to study with them, shoot with them, power walk with them, socialize with them and laugh with them.  Anne Looney was my roomie and it couldn’t have worked out any better, thanks Anne!)  I honestly hope to post more on this incredible experience later.

Okay, back to the fun shoot…

I met Theresa and Daniel by accident. I needed to get change for the parking meter so I ran into Casales Shoes at the Washington Street Mall. Two gorgeous woman were talking about a photo shoot that one of them was going to have later that day.  I thought she was referring to being a model for the MARS school but she explained that a local restaurant was doing a commercial shoot and she would be a ‘guest’ in the restaurant during the shoot. They gave me the change and off I went.  I was at the mall because I was shopping for a gift for our instructor with Sue Engler, a wonderful photographer from Delaware.  I had my camera gear in the car JUST IN CASE I had the opportunity to shoot. 

Long story short(er)…I formally met Theresa and Chris (the women that I accidentally eavesdropped on their conversation earlier) and Daniel…Theresa’s adorable boyfriend.  Theresa and I hung out for a while as I photographed her and then Daniel eventually joined us.   

These two were so cute together and so much fun and soooo into each other.  Their first date was almost two years ago at a Vintage Prom fundraiser.  They were crowned King and Queen.  How cute is that?! Not a bad first date!!!…and a great story to share with grandkids one day 😉

Okay, here are some of my faves from our short time together…
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Theresa and Dan, it was great working with you and getting to know you! Dan, for you to call Theresa and ask her if she wanted to come back into town was awesome, thank you.

You make me smile everytime I think about how sweet you were to one another. Always be like that!

Dan, it was great to have met your Aunt and Grandfather. Your family has a great business there!!

I wish for you the best. Keep me posted on how you’re doing!!

🙂

 

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Karen and Scott host a fantastic time…

26 05 2008

…for their family and friends.

Karen worked hard on every detail to have a magnificent day, and it was MAGNIFICENT!!

This is the only time I’ve ever agreed to photograph 2 weddings on the same day. I knew we’d have the energy and stamina to last throughout the day….(knowing that it would hit us the next day!), with the help of Robin and Debbie.

Fellow photographers and friends Robin and Debbie worked hard with me to coordinate the ceremony and portrait portion of Karen and Scott’s wedding day. They joined me for the engagement session and we turned into the ‘paparazzi’…(though a gentle and loving type paparazzi);-)   . We met in my office one evening and covered every last detail of the wedding day and I knew I had the right photographers working with me. To both of you, thanks for the communication throughout the planning/coordinating and thanks for a fantastic job capturing Karen and Scott’s beautiful ceremony. You did a spectacular job.

Karen was a great bride with which to work. She was so well organized, never skipping a beat, never missing a detail…all while keeping a very pleasant attitude.

It was important for Karen and Scott to enjoy as much time with their guests as possible on their wedding day, so they chose to get all of their portraits taken prior to their ceremony instead of cutting into their cocktail hour with friends and family.

They were married at Good Shepard United Methodist Church in Silver Spring. It’s a beautiful church with a private courtyard. The courtyard is where we arranged for them to see each other for the first time that day.

 Karen looked gorgeous…
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and obviously, Scott agreed…          
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Love this shot of Karen…
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The gorgeous couple…
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Here’s the fun, and I mean FUN, wedding party prior to the ceremony…
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So…during the ceremony, they laughed…
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…they cried…
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…they became husband and wife…
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At the UMUC Inn and Conference Center, they enjoy their first dance…
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The Sigma Chi guys entertained Karen with a serenade…
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Encore entertained Karen, Scott and all of their guests. They rocked the entire night and kept everybody on their feet. They were phenomenal!! Anybody out there looking for a fantastic band that knows how to entertain, check them out!

Brittany, the coordinator at the hotel was great. The first time I met her I was meeting with Karen. I loved how she was down to business, effective and very accomodating.

Karen had spoken so highly of Reverend Joye. Robin and Debs certainly came back singing her praises as well. Thank you Reverend Joye.

Tracy, as usual, you’ve done a great job. I always know that you’ll have a great outlook and a positive attitude throughout the day and I appreciate that. You were just as energized in the 14th hour as your were at the start of the day…thank you for always being consistent. xoxo

Mary and Walter…thanks again for referring me, you rock…
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Karen and Scott, you’ve got a great start to your new life together.  You had a hotel full of friends and family that love you and wish you the very best. There was great energy in that room and I know it’ll be with you always.  Thanks for trusting me and my team to document this awesome time in your life.  We truly enjoyed capturing these memories for you.

 

 





Aubrey and Eric had a beautiful day…

24 05 2008

to become husband and wife.

What a great way to start our Saturday of double feature weddings.

Aubrey and Eric are such a sweet couple and Tracy and I were really looking forward to documenting their wedding day for them.

The stunning bride, Aubrey…
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Eric and Aubrey were married at Sacred Heart in Bowie. Father Parry was fantastic. I’d love to take him along to all of my weddings.

Before walking down the aisle,  Aubrey’s dad Tony, wishes her the best…
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I present a highlights slideshow at my receptions of preparation and ceremony images. Aubrey loved the ‘fisheye’ view from the balcony…
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After a beautiful ceremony…
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A sweet moment during formals…
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They had a fun reception at Windows on the Bay. Here’s the happy couple dancing…
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A funny shot of Tony, using his friend’s (also Tony) tie in lieu of tissue… 😉
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They had some really great people sharing their day with them. It truly was a pleasure meeting so many of them.

Here’s some of the ‘smaller’ people…
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Aubrey and Eric, it has been such a pleasure getting to know you two. Thanks again for this terrific honor. Tony and Anne, thank you for your hospitality in your home; you have a wonderful family. Ron and Bev, it was so nice to have met you. You’ve raised a terrific son, I know he’ll be a great husband.

(Joanne and Greg, great seeing you both…I can’t believe your boys are so grown up!!)





One day, two weddings…

16 05 2008

We had a wonderful day last Saturday.  We shared the day with Aubrey and Eric as well as Karen and Scott and their awesome families and friends.  It was an energized day for me and Tracy, surrounded by fantastic people and tons of love throughout the day for these couples. 

I will be blogging more about both couples later this weekend, but wanted to get a couple images out there for now….

Aubrey and Eric were married Saturday morning at Sacred Heart in Bowie, MD.  It’s a beautiful chapel and Father Perry was most enjoyable.

Check back for their story and more images, but for now, here’s the beautiful bride while getting ready…
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…and the happy couple after their ceremony…
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Robin and Debbie were photographers for Karen and Scott during their ceremony and also took all of their portraits! They did a fantastic job and I’m proud to have them on my team.

Here are just a couple for now…
The happy couple…
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If you read my blog for Karen and Scott’s engagement session, you’ll remember that Scott went to University of Maryland.

Their reception was held at the Marriott bordering the campus. Robin was able to get some great photos of them in front of the “M”. I love this image of them…
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We met some fantastic, fun and terrific people at both weddings and I am really looking forward to writing and posting more images from the day. Be sure to check back.