mariecel & mike in the district of loooove {washington dc engagement photographer}

This weekend couldn’t have been more perfect! I was so excited to do TWO engagement sessions back to back!

Mariecel is a former co-worker and very good friend of mine. We first met nine years ago in Virginia. Both fresh out of college and working our first “real” design jobs. We’ve shared many laughs, tears, and sweat over the years! YES- SWEAT! We both joined the corporate bootcamp at work, ran miles and miles around Tysons Corner Mall every morning and even worked out in the pouring rain! But enough about us…let’s hear about the bride & groom to-be!

Mariecel is a city girl with a flair for fashion and design. Mike is a small town boy with a carefree and laid back personality. They couldn’t be more opposite yet that’s what makes them perfect for each other. I felt honored to be able to photograph their engagement.

We were hoping to get some great sunset shots at the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool but there were too many clouds in the sky! It still worked out since the overcast made for great photos! Special thanks to my hubby who acted as my chauffeur, body guard, and photo assistant/flash stand! He was so surprisingly patient!

I love it when couples are up for anything!

new diy camera bag {maryland photographer}

I never used to carry a purse until post college. I was used to just throwing things into my backpack. After college, toting keys, cash, and cell phone in my pockets was getting more and more difficult. I finally broke down and bought my first handbag (which was a Gucci knockoff and broke within a month of use!) Ever since then, I like to invest in quality bags so I got my first kate spade and then came coach…

Mixing handbags and sales can be dangerous. Case in point…I bought a kate spade diaper bag (great deal on it at the outlet). Only thing was…I didn’t have a baby. Not that you need one- they work just as well as messenger bags.

So after a year collecting dust in storage (with tags still attached) I decided to break the bad boy out and repurpose the diaper bag as a camera lens bag :)

It was so easy!! Just bought a Tenba insert and walla!! A new kate spade “shoot sac”. ;)

the long awaited homecoming {operation love reunited maryland photographer}

I am apart of a wonderful non-profit organization called Operation: Love Reunited.  Operation: Love Reunited is a group made up of photographers who donate sessions and albums to Warfighters – Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines – who are deploying for an overseas tour of duty, already deployed overseas, or returning home from an overseas deployment.

Jessica flew all the way from Las Vegas, Nevada to BWI to welcome home her husband Dan, who was deployed in Afghanistan. The couple were practically newlyweds when Dan received his deployment papers.  Jessica and I arrived at the airport and were greeted by another great local organization, Operation Welcome Home Maryland.

I stood at the gate with Jessica nervously watching the doors. A steady stream of soldiers finally began to walk out of Customs. I’ve never met Dan (nor Jessica) until today but as soon as I saw Jessica jump and make a mad dash towards the doors I knew Dan was the next soldier exiting.

Congratulations on your reunion Dan & Jessica! May you both have a long and happy life together. Thank-you Dan for serving our country proud!

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a bundle of cuteness! {maryland children photographer}

Last Saturday I finally got a chance to meet the “S” Family (minus dad who was working). Autumn (Mrs. S) and I have been emailing back and forth for several months trying to set up a photo session and finding ourselves having to reschedule due to snow, snow, and more snow! I was super excited that Saturday turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. The photo session took place at the S Family’s home in Maryland. This time my sister, Phuong, came along to assist. She is an aspiring photographer and it simply amazes me how much she’s grown since I’ve given her my old digital SLR camera to experiment with.

Lila and Noah were fun to photograph. At first, Noah was a bit shy but warmed up quickly and boy has the kid got spunk!

Mom was prepared with many outfit choices and hats! I thought it would be fun to do a hat series with little Lila.

Lila was such a good baby. She was full of smiles and hardly cried at all during the shoot. If all babies were this easy I might reconsider having kids. LOL. But for now, my two labradoodles will have to do…

Sibling Love…