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accelerator space | industrial chic wedding | baltimore wedding photographer

I’ve been waiting (not very patiently I might add) to share this dream come true of a styled shoot with you and I’m so excited to finally show off the incredibly creative team that came together at the Accelerator Space! Ever since I stepped foot inside, I knew it would be an amazing space to capture – I couldn’t be more excited for all of the newly engaged couples that will find themselves getting married here!

Here’s a quick sneak peek for now… all of the details will be coming soon in future posts, with featured vendor spotlights so you can learn more about what makes these fabulous professionals so passionate about the work they do. Speaking of passionate entrepreneurs, if you like delicious food, don’t miss out on the goodness that is found just beneath the Accelerator Space: B-More Kitchen. Baltimore’s food incubator is just as inspiring! See more from my time with the chefs, here and here.

If the suspense is killing you, you might want to check out our ‘wild + free’ feature up on Baltimore Bride! ūüėČ

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The inspiration for this shoot came from the idea of contrasting the history and character of the previous life of the Accelerator Space as a car dealership/warehouse (mixed metals, glass, bold, clean lines) with a variety of lush, geometric greenery to balance the mixed metal elements and celebrate a late springtime love. Because if there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s a combination of texture, greenery and soft romantic details!!

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fun fact: Anthony is my better half in many ways, but especially when it comes to styling details, tablescapes and hand modeling!! I’m not even joking one bit.

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Cheers to celebrating together in a space full of history, character, and loads of light… just like the story of the two of you.

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photography + design: Urban Row Photography
planning + styling: Moore & Co Event Stylists
draping: 27 Studios
makeup: Elegance Artistry
bride + groom’s attire:¬†K&B Bridals
jewelry/accessories: Faye Daniel Designs
air plants: B Willow
concrete planters: 3 Angles
napkins: Moss & Surf
table, chairs, cutlery: White Glove Rentals
wooden cutting boards: Words with Boards
stationery: Tomahawk Design Co.
stamps: Verde Studio

 

 

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jill andrews gowns | custom wedding atelier | baltimore wedding photographer

When getting¬†back from a European vacation¬†involves a behind-the-scenes shoot at Fox 45 Baltimore with Jill Andrews, it’s one of those pinch yourself moments!

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Jill is an incredibly talented, passionate and creative custom wedding dress designer based in Baltimore (and located¬†in the most inspiring historic “castles”¬†in Baltimore, but that’s a story for another day!). Many months ago, we¬†bonded over our Long Island upbringing and love/hate relationship of the¬†accent.¬†Since then¬†I’ve discovered¬†Jill’s love of all things vintage (you need to see her chandelier collection!) and we both share¬†an appreciation for brides and weddings that dare to do things differently… ūüôā

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Her pieces are all handmade using fabrics, elements and inspiration from all over the world. One of my favorite aspects of her work is¬†the depth she works into¬†her designs;¬†each detail adds to the story and compliments the bride’s figure in a delicate and feminine way.

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Oh, the layers. Layers upon layers of precisely constructed tulle, lace, and silk. LOVE.

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Jasika of Two Back Flats was the hair stylist for our gorgeous models and man, is she talented at her craft.

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I had so much fun capturing so much timeless beauty with all of you! I can only hope more brides choose to have Jill design their wedding dress so that we can work together again soon!¬†And, if you’re a bride with a connection to Long Island, let me know. I’d bet¬†we could bond over more than just our love/hate accent relationship… ūüėČ

xo,
Naomi

 

 

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barn lighting workshop | brandy hill farm | virginia wedding photographer

If there’s one thing that I knew I wanted to work on this year, it was¬†off camera flash (OCF) and lighting. Natural light is totally my jam¬†(as it is for most photographers!)… and so the technical nature of flash, lighting gear and understanding all of what goes into effectively lighting large spaces, small details and moving people is a lot to become confident in¬†without having a dark yet gorgeous place to practice and an experienced professional sharing their tried and true methods!

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So, when I learned that Michelle of Lieb Photographic was offering small group coaching on a gorgeous Friday afternoon in March, I literally cleared¬†my calendar, signed-up and booked my spot in a matter of minutes!! You may remember I took Michelle’s Summer’s End Workshop back in August at Rixey Manor and had the opportunity to photograph in a dark steakhouse restaurant as well as at a southern blooms inspired shoot.

This one day workshop focused on all types of off-camera flash scenarios (using a softbox, shoot-through umbrellas, multiple speedlight setups and more) and provided so many real-life challenges within a dark space that had high ceilings and a variety of ambient light: cafe twinkle lights, bright windows and up-lighting against the walls.

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I love this shot below because it shows what really went on behind the scenes! Isn’t it funny how you’d have no idea in the shot above, that multiple lights and stands were just out of the frame and helped in achieving¬†the balanced lighting in that gorgeous backlit table setup?

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We spent lots of time with the cake and the bouquet in very differently lit setups.¬†It was so hard to stare at these beauties for so long! ūüėČ

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Next, it was time to shoot all of the typical wedding day details (paper goods, jewelry, flowers…), in the DARK… er, I mean, the barn. If you would have asked me to do that previously, I would have grabbed the details and ran outside (remember that natural light obsession?!). Now?¬†It was time for a challenge…

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And then there was our model, Ana.
…hello gorgeous!!!

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We learned best practices for placement of OCF in relation to where we were and where our subject was; and I have to say, I’m such a fan of the way the¬†artifical light highlights her natural features and washes her in a soft, creamy light with so much depth and shadow. If I’m being honest, this used to intimidate¬†me like you wouldn’t believe!

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At the end of the day¬†we went outside in Culpeper, VA near St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church to indulge all of our need for some vitamin D. ūüôā

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As soon as I found these brick arched walls, my life was complete.

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I don’t know what I love more: the quiet and contemplative, reflective moments or the motion-filled, windy laughing¬†moments. Good thing on a wedding day, we usually have both of those and then some!

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I hope those of you who are in need of a off-camera lighting refresher, reach out to Michelle – she’s an amazing teacher, mentor and friend!

stay bright,
Naomi

 

 

 

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2016: a year in review!

I love having time to reflect, review, contemplate and plan ahead. These days, those moments are few and far between with family time equally a priority, but done is better than perfect, right? ūüėȬ†I’m so excited to share with you¬†the culmination of one of the best year’s Urban Row Photography has had yet!

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None of this would have been possible without all of the incredible vendors, friends, mentors and clients¬†I’ve met throughout the year who have helped me grow, trusted me with your¬†memories and¬†enabled¬†me to share¬†authentic stories¬†that come¬†from our¬†conversations, everyday moments and sentimental¬†details¬†of our time together.

While it would have been nice to choose 16 of my favorite moments¬†from 2016, that was truly¬†impossible! So, how about¬†my favorite¬†50 images from the past year instead? ūüôā

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What would a year in review post be without some behind the scenes fun? ūüôā

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The award for best photography workshop and mentor, goes to Michelle Lieb, of Lieb Photographic who has inspired me and been a tremendous resource, friend and teacher in so many ways!

 

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I wish you all a delightfully fabulous 2017, with the cheeriest color, sparkliest love (is sparkliest a word?) and most loving relationships with friends and family, one year can bring! Cheers!!!

 

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