devan + bryce | jerusalem mill village | baltimore engagement session

If rain on your wedding day is supposed to mean good luck for your marriage…

What does it mean when it rains on your engagement session? Double the good luck AND that you have the best clients ever when they meet up with you and just say “let’s do this”! 🙂 I kept checking the forecast and crossing my fingers, but since these sweethearts came all the way from Richmond for the weekend, we didn’t have that many options for rescheduling our time together… and I’m so glad they were willing to stick with it! Just look at how rich and lush the trees were!!

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Oh and if you’re as adorable as Devan, it means you still get your hair blown dry as if it wasn’t 98% humidity outside and you roll with it as if your sandaled feet weren’t getting full of wet grass.

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Jerusalem Mill Village is one of my favorite spots to explore with couples! There are so many textures, colors, historic elements and such a wonderful balance between built and natural environments. Throw gorgeous lovebirds like these in front of all of those backdrops and I get all sorts of giddy…

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Bryce met Devan while she was in between semesters of grad school; their relationship persevered through working 70+ hours per week while dating long distance… their connection and passion for each other is so evident, I’m pretty sure I had a smile plastered to my face the whole time we were together!

Playful giggles and lots of tickles. Isn’t that what rainy days are made for? 🙂

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Devan even brought their own clear bubble umbrella to use… #rockstarclients.

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Then it was time for an outfit change and just when I thought I loved the turquoise and white combination, this happened…

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We ended at the covered bridge at the perfect moment! A pastel sunset sky revealed itself and showed all of us how lucky rainy days truly are.

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Cheers to dancing in the rain and making the most of it! We’re so excited for you both and can’t wait for your Richmond wedding this fall!

xo,
Naomi

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B-More Kitchen | industrial chic wedding venue | baltimore wedding photographer

If you’re getting married and in need of your something blue, I found it for you. You can stop searching and start planning how to pose in front of B-More Kitchen’s new signage with your soon-to-be spouse.

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Seriously, I know for a fact that these walls will be a perfect backdrop for your guests to arrive among and for your portraits to take place near, because SPOILER ALERT!… I just captured SO. MUCH. PRETTY. at a recent wedding photoshoot designed and created here at the Accelerator Space by myself and Courtney of Moore & Co. Events!

I can not wait to share more (!!!), but for now, I wanted to quickly share these images that showcase the incredibly simple, yet bold and contemporary urban mural making up every exterior wall of B-More Kitchen. The blue brightens up the grayest of skies and the wood slat walls of the patio form a beautifully clean and elegant backdrop for every celebratory event.

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Did I mention the bistro lights above? 🙂 Every outdoor venue should be so lucky.

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Inside and just below the Accelerator Space is the home of B-More Kitchen.

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You may remember their launch party I photographed last Fall… it was nothing short of TASTY and such a fabulous way to kickoff their long-awaited presence in Baltimore. I ate Well-Crafted Pizza slices next to the mayor, enjoyed too many Bottoms Up Bagels lox sandwiches and stared at the 12’+ high statement-making metal panel feature wall in awe. 🙂

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I look forward to seeing how B-More Kitchen transforms the food industry for Charm City in the future… they’re already making waves by transforming an old car dealership into a one-of-a-kind space for I-Do’s and improving the streetscape with brighter hues.

 

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And of course I can’t wait to celebrate with you and the entire event community as the Accelerator Space settles into its new home! Stay tuned for those styled shoot sneak peeks!! 😉

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nicole + bryan | harbor east | baltimore engagement photographer

When I first met Nicole and Bryan, it was love at first conversation! Our personalities clicked as we talked about our passion for living in Baltimore, Nicole’s job as a teacher (my sister is one too!) and our love of their wedding venue, the American Visionary Art Museum.

Since these wonderful lovebirds officially becoming engaged while sailing, we had to capture their love along the water in Harbor East! We debated a few different locations, but when it came down to it, all signs pointed back to the Baltimore waterfront… and you can clearly see how comfortable and at ease they were there!

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I love it when couples choose the location of their engagement photos because I know it will hold so much meaning to them and their relationship. If there’s any advice I can offer you as you’re planning your engagement session, it’s to choose a spot that relates to where you met, where you got engaged or where you spend most of your time together. It’s kind of like choosing your wedding venue – once your location is set, everything else falls magically into place! 🙂

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Now let’s talk about how perfectly Nicole’s amazing hair and patterned dress blended with the tall grasses along the water and that golden hour glow… 🙂

LOVE!!! You two are seriously too cute for words.

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Once changed into their casual-yet-super-cute-and-so-well-coordinated second outfits, we were off to explore the streets of Harbor East. I can’t get enough of how sweet and joyful they are together! They swore they’d never modeled before, but I’m pretty sure they’re pros.

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harbor-east-baltimore-engagement-photographer_0011We came full circle and ended our time together at the water; Light City was in full force, the sun was setting like never before and I was overjoyed to be able to spend my evening with such a genuinely adorable couple.

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I am SO excited to capture your wedding at the AVAM in July and know it will be nothing short of spectacular!!!

xoxo, N

 

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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! 😉

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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. 🙂

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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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wedding day firsts | baltimore wedding photographer

You know what I hope for all of my brides? That the wedding planning process is going more smoothly than this month’s weather has been acting… what is up with mother nature?! This morning I woke up to snow falling steadily outside as it stuck to the ground for a few hours before melting quickly as temperatures rose to the 50s by 4pm.

While gearing up for our final coordination meeting this week for our first wedding of the year, I wanted to take a breath and invite you to relive some of my favorite ‘first’ moments from last year (and some from the year before)… I’m pretty sure they’ll be just what you need, if you’re in the mood to smile! 🙂

first morning waking up to this view at rixey manor!

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first time wearing betsey johnson’s shoes.

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first time seeing her dad, as a bride.

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first time seeing her girls, as a bride.

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first time celebrating their anniversary in a greenhouse…

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on a flower farm…

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and in a cornfield.

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first time crossing (close!) paths with a rooster.

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first time pouring beer into your fiance’s mouth and not spilling it.

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first time hearing “introducing mr. and mrs…”

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first time a bride embraced her curly hair and kept it down during the wedding.

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first look to end all first looks.

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first dance hilarity.

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first married walk in fells = photo bomb time!

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Here’s to a fabulously memorable 2017 wedding year ahead! May the weather be manageable and your smile always just a tiny bit brighter than the sun… 🙂

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debbie + mitchell | remington wine company | baltimore anniversary photographer

Those of you who remember Chesapeake Wine Company, will remember it for the neighborhood fixture that it was when Debbie + Mitchell owned it. As one of our original #urpcouples, their wedding reception at the CWC store itself speaks to the charm and vitality that exuded from it! Fast forward 5 years to their newest labor of love, Remington Wine Company, adjacent to R House. After investing so much of their blood, sweat and tears into renovating this space to be the inviting local wine shop that it is, it was the obvious choice for an anniversary photoshoot!

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Mitchell’s passion for wine and knowledge of the process, industry and small-business ownership is invigorating. Debbie’s love for supporting local food talent, understanding well-designed spaces and establishing an inviting yet unique sensibility to their new Remington store, has created the perfect blend.

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how to make a floral crown (and have fun while doing it!) | everyday rose events | wedding inspiration

If you’re considering making flower crowns for your bridesmaids and/or flower girls to wear on your wedding day, you’ve come to the right place…

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The flower crown making at our workshop at Bird in Hand in Charles Village (Baltimore’s new cafe and bookshop in one), was ON POINT! Mallory, owner and designer at Everyday Rose Events, led the Galentine’s group and broke it down into extremely manageable steps. 🙂

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But first, a little history…

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Besides being beautiful accessories for special occasions, did you know flower crowns are full of tradition and meaning? They have been a symbol of love, fertility and celebration throughout history and around the world. They date as far back as ancient Greece where they were worn to honor the Gods.

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These design tips are helpful to keep in mind:

  • After measuring twine to the right length for your head, cover twine in foliage. Secure to twine with floral tape or wire.

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  • Cut flowers leaving 2-3 inches of the stem.

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  • Secure flowers with wire, remember to leave the end of the wire facing out so it doesn’t poke you in the head!

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  • Decide if you want a symmetrical or asymmetrical crown.

 

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  • Spray final product with water – flowers will still soak up water through the petals/leaves.

flower-crowns-baltimore-wedding-photographer_0005I think my favorite tip that Mallory shared was to take a break if you get frustrated and sip some rosé… you may actually like your friend’s crown better than yours, at first. Workshops are great for that – inspiration, creativity and education all in one place! After a few sips of wine, all is right in the world of beautiful blooms and headpiece accessories! 🙂

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After all the crowns were assembled, we had to head outside for a mini-photoshoot… and let’s just say, these ladies were the definition of gorgeous and oh-so-photogenic!

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FAVORITE!!!

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Strike a pose.

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If you’d like to be a part of our next workshop, get in touch with me or Mallory! We can’t wait to add more pretty to your days… 🙂

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…love, it’s in the details.

“What the world needs now, is love, sweet love…”

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Love comes in many shapes, sizes, colors and textures. We all know this. But what we often forget and fail to see, is how gorgeous and memorable an event can be when you collaborate with others and let each artist contribute their talents.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my role in the wedding industry, it’s that giving a professional the freedom to be creative and express their passion, can result in an experience far superior than the initial concept ever was.

Our sugar and spice inspired styled shoot is a testament to that and was featured on Charm City Wed earlier this week!! I was honored to have worked with so many talented local artists – here is a small sampling of what we accomplished (and much more to come in a future post)! Hand crafted details like these are some of my favorite things to photograph because so much love, care, effort and knowledge has gone into their final look!

The most important thing I learned from our shoot is to overestimate how much time you’ll need to capture them all. Because like most events you plan and look forward to for months (here’s looking at you, wedding day), the sun will literally set faster than it ever has before…

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A romantic relationship is similarly about passion, give and take and trust. To those of you heading out on your first date tonight, embrace that butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling. 😉 I was in your shoes 11 years ago tonight and I can happily say that feeling is still there… 8.5 years of marriage and 2 kids later.

 

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To those of you getting engaged tonight, well, I just hope you have more of an idea that it may be coming than I did (ha!), and you have an amazing outfit chosen for that first photo of you with your FIANCE! Or, at least some sparkly jewelry…

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And when you’ve taken enough deep breaths to wrap your head around the fact that you’ll soon be a Mrs., it’s time to start adding another element to your daily getting ready routine: polishing that BLING! 😉

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To the newlyweds out there, get dressed up and hold hands as you head out on this adventure. It won’t be long until you’re ready for dessert…

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And to the non-DINKS, my married with kids crew, enjoy the process of creating a date night that’s different than your usual netflix-on-the-couch-with-a-bottle-of-red-wine. There’s nothing wrong with that, but maybe just for tonight, it should be a bottle of rosé as you slow dance in your living room to your wedding song.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I wish you nothing but the sweetest of memories to be made!

Not possible without the most talented vendor team in the land:
Floral Farm: Butterbee Farm
Floral Design: Everyday Rose Events
Hair and Makeup: Beyond Brides
Jewelry: Rachel Mulherin
Cakes: WinniE’s Bakery
Tea: Wight Tea
Dress: Rent The Runway
Bowtie: xoelle

xoxo,
N

 

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6 tips for timeless getting ready wedding day photos

The most stunning getting ready photos are full of incredibly emotional moments that often have had a lot more thought go into them than you may realize… after 5 years of capturing weddings, the question I get asked the most is related to how much time to allow for these photos. While answering that question with a number is helpful (approximately 3 hours +/- before the ceremony is when I like to arrive at your getting ready location, FYI), there’s so much more to it than just a portion of time!

Here are some critical lessons I’ve learned, in the hopes that it’ll help with your planning and create a seamless and relaxing getting ready experience!

  1. Location, location, location… there’s no such thing as too much natural light!!!

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    Spacious rooms are great, but if I had to choose between a large space and one with many large windows, it would definitely be the latter. Of course, spacious AND well-lit would be a photographer’s dream, but prioritize the light and let it guide you. 😉  When light is coming in from various angles, it washes you in a softness that compliments everyone and gives your images that dreamy, ethereal quality.

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    Bonus points if the area right against the window is clear and open – standing close to the light source is ideal.  If there are a few items to move out of the way, having your bridesmaids help relocate these items would be a great thing to do before your photographer arrives!

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    And if you need to remove a ladybug on your dress, consider it good luck. 🙂

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  2. Clean the clutter… create a zone.

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    Time during a wedding day is precious and if we spend a good portion of our time cleaning up, it means less time for photos of you. Throw away trash; hide suitcases, boxes against a far corner or under the bed, move extra clothes and shoes into the closet. Keep things organized to allow us to capture photos quickly.

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    A good rule of thumb is to have your girls monitor a sort of ‘bride zone’ closest to the window; this zone should remain free and clear of any stuff (which can quickly accumulate!) so that we can photograph there and bring different people in and out of the photos as you transform into the stunning bride we all can’t wait to see!

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  3. Designate a ‘holder of all the things’… everything in ONE place (generally).

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    The last thing we’d want to happen is to be missing important items from all your bridal details! I’ve found it most helpful if you can designate one person who knows where everything is or better yet, gathers everything into one place for me to start shooting right when I arrive. The list may include some or all of these: the rings, jewelry, perfume, heirloom photos/prayer books, hairpiece, veil, shoes, garter, letters/gifts and bouquet.

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    If you happen to have a special hanger you’d like your dress photographed on, ask your bridesmaids to take your dress out and hang it up on the hanger prior to your photographer’s arrival – steaming it (if necessary) would be a great thing to do early on too since a dress shot is one of the first details a photographer will capture.

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  4. Don’t forget your man… and all of his details.

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    Oh yeah, your groom…  it may seem silly to think that you’d forget about him, but what I really mean is, his details deserve some thought too. Those are what you both may forget to plan ahead for, especially if you’re getting ready in different physical locations/buildings. Be sure someone is accountable for his cologne, boutonniere (and all of the guys’ flowers for that matter), ties/bowties, letters/gifts, watch and cufflinks! He may not know how to tie his bowtie and that’s ok… (that’s what The Art of Manliness is for!) and it makes for fun photos when all the guys band together to figure out how to make it happen. 😉

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    Protip: EMPTY your pockets, gentlemen. No need for bulging, unflattering pockets.

  5. EAT, drink and be merry… you have a long, important day ahead!

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    Amongst all the excitement, fun and memorable moments, please don’t forget to eat and drink (mimosa, water, repeat…) while you’re getting ready! The last thing we want is for you to get to your ceremony and realize you feel lightheaded and haven’t eaten anything all day. Hours fly by like minutes (trust me!) – so if there are snacks and hydration available, be sure to indulge! You’ve made it this far, so I think you’ve earned at least a cookie or two.

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  6. Enjoy yourself… it’s not everyday you get treated like royalty.

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    Trust that we will capture not only gorgeous details, but candid moments as well. For timeless, authentic and classic getting ready photos, it’s important that you relax, take it all in and enjoy each element as it unfolds; we will be sure to ask if we need anything from you. Put on some music (whatever makes you loosen up!), keep a sense of humor and sip some champagne…

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  7. BONUS TIP! Ask your photographer for advice with timing… we’ve done this more than once. 😉

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    Start your day by looking out the window and taking a deep breath. On my wedding day, a hurricane was rolling in (no joke!); it was cloudy, thick and gray outside. I was in a hotel room with my sister and after tears started forming since I wasn’t going to have the bright and sunny day that every bride wants, she helped me realize it didn’t matter. We were working with talented photographers that were going to capture the beauty and emotion of the day no matter what! Some things are out of your control for a reason… remember that.

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    Please use us for all of our acquired knowledge over the years! I’d highly recommend reaching out to your photographer if you have any timing concerns or specific shots/moments you want captured as you’re getting ready (looking forward to a father/daughter first look? We’ll need to build in time for that, so it’s definitely worth a mention!). They also may have suggestions based on your getting ready location, if they’ve photographed there before.

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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? 😉 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? 🙂

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

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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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