A fun and relaxing vacation…

28 07 2008

We just returned from a fun family vacation in Ocean City.  We had fantastic weather, lots of beach time, fun waterslides and best of all, GREAT family time!

I’ve put together a slideshow.  Mostly water time, a photo shoot with the girls on the beach and boat time with our friends Anne and Mike.  Hope you enjoy. This is also an example of the slideshow that is included in the “Day in the Life of …….” portrait session.  Contact me for details.

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SLIDESHOW.  Some images were taken with my iPhone so the quality isn’t the BEST.

 

Here are a few photos from the week.

Daddy and the girls…
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Lexi is finally starting to have fun in front of the camera. Usually she can sense it from a mile away and takes off running. Here, her pants are wet from running in the ocean and she’s full of sand, but I love it…
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Adorable image of the girls…
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Now, as you are probably aware, most hotels have a “foot shower” that you can use so you don’t track sand throughout their hotel. Hayley took it to a whole new level… 
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I love this of Hayley and Lexi…
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I feel like I need to explain that image because you can see sand but there is no water!!! Yes, I saturated the sky in Photoshop but I didn’t remove the ocean! The tide that morning created a cliff, literally it looked like a vertical wall. There was about a 1 1/2 – 2 foot drop off and then you were in the water!

At the end of the week, we were able to visit our friends, Anne and Mike and their adorable children William and Ella. You’ll see several images of their family in the slideshow. Here’s a photo of Anne taken during the fun boat ride they gave us…
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Thanks you guys for your awesome hospitality. You provided a phenomenal finale to our vacation.

Me and the girls…
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Johnny, enjoying the boat ride…
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Some of the images you’ll see in the slideshow were taken at Slide and Ride on 65th Street.  We had a blast. They have waterslides, basketball courts, miniture golf, a moon bounce, ‘paddle’ boats for kids and more.  We had so much fun there and very reasonably priced.  So if you have children and are going to vacation in Ocean City, check them out!

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Kristen and Jeff’s Slideshow…

14 07 2008

is up.  If you’re just tuning in, Kristen and Jeff’s story is the previous post. They had a beautiful, fun and unique wedding day.

I hope you can sense the love that was present throughout the entire day.

Click here to view JEFF AND KRISTEN’S slideshow!

Enjoy!

 

 

 






Kristen and Jeff…

12 07 2008

…oh my gosh, I have so much to say….about this beautiful couple, their fantastic and unique wedding day, their wonderful families and friends.

I know I’ve said it before (over and over again), besides being a mommy to my beautiful girls, I have the best job in the world.  I get to witness people becoming husband and wife and it is just such an honor and privilege.  Thanks Kristen and Jeff for trusting me with this huge honor.

Somehow I end up with the best couples EVER!  and Kristen and Jeff were nothing short of the best. Jeff’s son Mason is a doll and I’m so glad that we could hang out again. Mason, you are going to love your pictures!

We began their day at the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis.  I love when the guys and girls are all getting ready at the same place.  When we get to hang out with the boys as well, it allows us the opportunity to tell the whole story in their album.

Okay, Jacquie Hannan, a phenomenal make up artist and hair stylist (yes, 2 in 1 and great at both) had been with Kristen since early morning.  Sidebar….I had worked with Jacquie during somebody’s boudoir session, she rocks.  If you ever need a hair or make up person, she’s your girl!   Kristen looked fantastic and was cool as a cucumber when Tracy and I arrived.  There was a very slight panic in the room while everybody searched for her mom’s diamond stud earring.  Luckily, it was found. Go Tracy! 😀  I’d love to share where it was found, but not without permission from mom! 😉

I’m doing something a little different for Kristen and Jeff.  I’m posting a slideshow on my blog instead of individual images.  I always present a highlights show at the reception of images taken that day…but posting one on my blog is new to me.   I’m used to telling the story of the day in between images when I post my blog; since I’m presenting the slideshow, I must fill you in prior to viewing!!

They were married at the beautiful Calvary Methodist Church in Annapolis.  Pastor Brought and his staff were tremendous.  Paster Brought performed a really nice ceremony for Kristen and Jeff.

They have beautiful grounds at Calvary.  After taking the formal portraits inside the Church with the families, we headed outside with the bridal party and had a great time.  It was 150 degrees 😉 , but I never heard one person complain.  One of the ‘must have’ shots that Kristen wanted was under an archway that had the letter “A” on it.  Hiking through the woods paid off, we found the ‘archway to Annapolis’.  

Here’s where some of the uniqueness (that is a word, right??) comes into play.  I rode with the wedding party in the limo while Tracy headed back to the hotel to get detail shots and images of the guests at the cocktail hour.  Tracy soon called me and informed me that the hotel was closed…that there was a fire…and that 7 firetrucks were there!  No word as of yet if or when it would be reopened.  First I asked her if everyone was okay, then I asked her to make sure she’s catching on film!! 😀  Which she was.

Bobby, Kristen’s brother,  my great “go-to-guy”, made sure that Kristen had no idea of what was going on back at the hotel.  We were flirting with dark skies heading our way and knew that our time outside was going to be cut short due to rain.  Great, there’s our plan to stall.  Once the rain started, we took cover at Phillips for a pre-reception cocktail.  Tracy had called me a couple more times to tell me that they were going to reopen shortly!  WOOHOO!!  When we got word that the hotel reopened, Bobby filled her in with what was going on at the hotel. You will see images of Kristen’s face when she’s being told about the news of the fire. 

The Annapolis firefighters were awesome.  They took care of the electrical fire quickly and efficiently.   Thanks to all of the firefighters, YOU ROCK!  

It’s seems to me that at least once at every wedding I photograph, I’m glad that I have my camera to hide behind because I’m overcome with emotion at some point of the day.  There are so many poignant, touching moments.  My moment on this day came when Kristen told me that her grandfather, who passed away, was with the FDNY….he was watching out for everyone.

The Klassix, rocked the afternoon into the evening.  I had the pleasure of working with them on another occasion and was really looking forward to hearing them again.  They were GREAT, it’s obvious that they have a great time while they work!  Everybody loved them.

OKAY, TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH THE SLIDESHOW…can you believe it?? It’s not loading!  I just heard back from wordpress and they don’t accept Flash…..I will get it up and running somehow. But, in the meantime, here are some images from their glorious day…

Love this one of her dad walking with her while carrying her train…
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Kristen and her brother sharing a laugh before heading to the church..,
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Jeff is heading out to the limo…
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Kevin, Jeff’s brother, found a goodie bag from a local high school’s prom…
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We were able to get some fun shots of the guys prior to the ceremony…
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You may now kiss the bride…
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WOOHOO…
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The Harbor Queen cruise boat was just heading out when we got to the docks. They threw out a hearty congratulations and a couple blasts from their horn…
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This next sequence is when Bobby told Kristen about the situation at the hotel…
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Back at the hotel…
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Check back, I will figure out somehow to get the slideshow up and running.

Kristen and Jeff, you are absolutely great together. All day long you genuinely smiled at each other and couldn’t take your eyes off of each other. The mutual love and admiration you have for one another is acutely evident. You were so gracious to everyone and really showed your families and friends a great time. I wish you a wonderful long life together.

Mary and Walter, again, thank you for referring me.  You know how much I appreciate you.

Lots of xoxo





Happy Birthday…

9 07 2008

…America! (a few days late!!)

We had a great July 4th weekend. My parents were in town to help celebrate Hayley’s 5th birthday and we got together with friends to watch the 61st Annual July 4th Catonsville Parade.

This was our first time at the parade and it was quite an experience. We were warned that chairs had been placed along the parade route a week in advance!!!! but we knew we’d still have a great time even if we didn’t get front row seating.

It turned out we had a great view….thanks to Tom and Lisa who had brought blankets out to the route earlier that day and saved a great spot on a hill in the shade. You guys ROCK, thanks!

The weather was suspect all day long, but as it turned out, the sun came out during the parade and the downpour of rain came after we had walked (& walked 😉 )back to the car. More great timing of good weather.

Here are some of the images from the parade…

Lexi running to catch up to everyone…
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Hayley enjoying the sights (and the parade hadn’t even started yet!)…
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The fire trucks and police cars (and sirens 😛 ) start off the parade. The firefighters had some great water guns to help cool off the crowd…
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Lexi managed to watch part of the parade. Our spot was near a school with a great play area, so she and daddy spent a lot of time there too…
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I loved seeing these former service people. THANK YOU to all of the service people who have served this country and for those who continue doing so.  I appreciate your time and service; you’ve allowed us the freedoms that we so greatly enjoy!

Here is Col. Ida Deverse, who served as a nurse and Mr. Walt Robertson…
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

And here are D-Day Veterans Mr. Samuel Krauss and Mr. Lester Lease…
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THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY.

Here come the clowns…
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These clowns are fantastic. They are the BUOMI clowns. Their purpose is to provide clowns for fun and entertainment, while helping to raise donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children. From personal experience, I know they do good work. They’ve helped my cousin’s daughter in Wyoming and they are really appreciated.

Happy Freedom everyone! Enjoy this great country and everything it has to offer.
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