sneak peek baby on board {maryland maternity portraits}

I usually don’t shoot with studio setups but when Helene asked me to take some maternity portraits for her, I was excited to finally make use of the studio lights I bought earlier this year…all thanks to my husband’s overtime paycheck ;) My sister, Phuong, assisted me with today’s shoot and between the both of us, we got some fabulous shots!

Helene & Randy are expecting their first baby this August! They are the most adorable young couple I’ve had the pleasure of photographing and their baby is going to be gorgeous! The sex of the baby will be a surprise to the parents-to-be but Helene thinks it’s going to be a boy. Either way, I wish them both all the best and hope to maybe one day photograph the little one :)

Here’s a sneak peek at some of today’s maternity session. Thank-you Helene & Randy for allowing us to capture the beauty of your pregnancy!

The baby will be born under the sign of the Leo!

Helene & Randy had this great painting above their couch that made for a great backdrop! Yes, we made a pregnant woman stand on a sofa but it was sturdy and low to the ground :)

And here are some great shots from my sister Phuong!

sneak peek: alex & charlie baltimore e-session {maryland wedding photographer}

I try to meet with my wedding clients and get to know the couple before the wedding day. That’s why I love engagement sessions! Engagement session are great. It allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera and with your wedding photographer before the big day. I love it when I meet a client and we instantly click. I had an engagement session last night with Alex and Charlie in Baltimore. Over the past couple of months I’ve spoken over the phone and through email with Alex about her wedding day. One of my awesome co-workers referred me to the couple and yesterday was the first time I’ve met  Alex and Charlie in person.

Alex and Charlie live in Baltimore not too far from Federal Hill. As I pulled up in my big red pick-up, I knew that this was going to be an awesome couple because- 1.) Alex was wearing a pair of kick’n vintage cowgirl boots  &  2.) Charlie drove a giant Ford F-150 and was sporting flip-flops.

Here are a few sneak peeks at their e-session.

I’m looking forward to photographing the wedding in a couple of months!

diy fashionable camera purse?! {maryland photographer}

This weekend I’m heading up to New York to attend a wedding as a guest (actually already here in the hotel room!) and wanted to tote along my DSLR. The only thing I had to tote it in (that would fit my camera body and lenses) was one of those old school padded camera bags and I didn’t want to wheel around my pelican case. Which I think would totally clash with my outfit and make me look like an Asian tourist. I’ve been looking into a stylish camera bag for awhile now. I’ve been drooling over the Epiphanie bags and jill-e bags forever but wanted to save up for another camera lens. Then the thought hit me…why can’t I convert an everyday purse into a camera bag? I did it with my Kate Spade baby bag awhile back. I didn’t have any purses that were large enough or stylish enough to convert so I headed to the mall and found the perfect unique bag! I love it! At first I thought…can I pull this off? So I snapped a photo with my camera phone and sent it to my sister and waited for her review. I can always count on my sister for advice- I know she would be brutally honest with me. :)

Well take a look at my new (sister approved) fashionable camera bag! I had to stop at Joann Fabrics to pick up some foam and fabric for padding. I found a nice fabric pattern for the interior to match the bag. I don’t own a sewing machine but picked up some magic hem tape (love that stuff!). I also had a 50% coupon so the fabric + foam was $8.

The bag I got on sale at Macys- reg. $88, was 40% off AND I  had a 20% coupon! Bought the bag for $44!!!  It would have been a crime not to buy it!

I started photographing the bag in our hotel room. Dave said “Seriously? Your camera bag gets it’s own photoshoot now?” He found it funny how proud and happy the bag made me so ofcourse he had to poke fun. This is my husband modeling my new DIY Fashionista Camera Bag!

“Is it a purse? Is it a camera bag? Oh wait! It’s both! It’s a camera purse!!”

Here’s an interior shot-

Yes- it’s by Jessica Simpson!

So what do you think? Total cost was $52.

family love {maryland family portrait photographer}

I had so much fun photographing the C family in Phoenix Maryland this weekend. This family loves to laugh and you can tell they know how to have fun! Dad snuck into the house every now and then to catch up on the World Cup but we still managed to capture some great shots. The C family is truly a beautiful family- inside and out! Early congrats to Ryan, the eldest of the sisters, who is getting married in two weeks!

Even Toby got in on the photoshoot!

amy & dave: e-session in patterson park {maryland engagement photographer}

I was so happy to see the sun today!

Amy & Dave’s engagement session was originally scheduled in early February…but then the snow came…and came some more! Wait- more like record breaking blizzard. Each time we rescheduled it seemed mother nature had other plans bringing flurries, to rain, and even thunderstorms. We finally decided to do a Friday evening session!  I love evening sessions, there’s a few minutes of what some photographers like to call “the golden hour” where the light hits just right!

We started off in Patterson Park, not far from Amy and Dave’s house. Seriously, I could have spent hours photographing them if they didn’t stop me. The light was perfect and so was the couple!

keila & jesse ~ oplove reunited {maryland oplove photographer}

I met my husband ten years ago while he was stationed in the Army at Fort George G. Meade. I was excited when Keila called me to do an OpLove Homecoming on post. Driving onto base brought back so many memories. Fort Meade is such a nice community and you could tell the military families have a great bond with one another.

Keila’s husband Jesse has been stationed in Iraq (thank-you for serving our country proud!) so this has been a long awaited homecoming.  Together since highschool, Keila & Jesse have two young boys, one 19months, the other 4months. Caring for two kids is hard enough, imagine doing it while your husband is off to war. Keila- you are one amazing woman and mom! Thank-you for allowing me to share in your special day!

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