local maryland author portrait headshots {maryland portrait photographer}

It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to really sit down and indulge myself in a good book from cover to end. You know the feeling, when you get so enthralled with a book that it’s hard to put down?  The kind of book you get so caught up in that you’ll even take it to the bathroom and to bed to read? Well I think it’s finally time to make time for some intellectual stimulation, for example, “Domestic Violets” by Matthew Norman.

I was excited when local writer, Matthew Norman, asked me to do his headshot for the bio section of his upcoming book! Matthew Norman works as a copywriter in Baltimore, MD. Born in Nebraska in 1977, he earned an MFA in Fiction Writing from George Mason University. Domestic Violets is his first novel.

Set at the beginning of the financial crisis, Domestic Violets is a comedy about Tom Violet, a young father and husband whose life begins to spin off course when he learns that his world-famous father has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Publisher: Harper Collins.
Official Pub Date: September 1, 2011.

Knowing Matt’s sense of humor, I have no doubt that this book will be a great comedic read. I’m looking forward to the novel and hope he enjoys the selects from the shoot!

Don’t forget to pre-order your copy at Amazon!

vivienne’s traditional korean 1st birthday party {maryland events photographer}

I was so excited to be able to photograph and attend my first doljanchi this weekend. Doljanchi (or Dol) is a Korean tradition that celebrates the birthday of a one-year-old baby. This ceremony blesses the child with a prosperous future and has taken on great significance in Korea. The birthday babies wear a hanbok and a traditional hat: a jobawi or or gulle for baby girls and a bokgeon or hogeon for baby boys. (Wikipedia).

Baby Vivienne turned one this year! She is part Korean and the parents wanted to celebrate her heritage through a traditional Korean 1st Birthday celebration. I met Baby Vivienne’s parents via referral from the K Family. I am so fortunate to have been able to work with such awesome clients!

Baby Vivienne in her beautiful hanbok.

Three generations – Baby Vivienne with her Grandma and mom.

The celebration took place at the parents beautiful historic home in Baltimore.

The highlight of the dol is a ritual where the child is placed in front of a table of foods and objects such as string, books, brushes, ink and money. The child is then urged to pick up an object from the table. It is believed the one selected will foretell the child’s future. For example, if the child picks up a brush or book, he is destined to be a scholar. If he picks up money or rice, he will be wealthy; cakes or other food, a government official; a sword or bow, a military commander. (Wikipedia)

Family and friends gather around and anxiously await what object Baby Vivienne will choose.

Baby Vivienne chooses a paint brush which represents the Scholar!

Seriously- one of the cutest happiest babies I’ve ever met :)

Vivienne & her friend Georgiana. Best friends in the making ;)

There was a playroom setup for the little ones upstairs. It came equipped with moon bounce and plenty of arts & crafts to keep the kids busy.

Baby Vivienne with her proud parents.

Thank-you Donna & Kris for inviting me capture your daughter’s big day!

WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award- 2011! {maryland wedding photographer}

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Trang Dam Photography has been chosen to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards 2011!
Baltimore, Maryland – Feb 1, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Trang Dam Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Photography!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Trang Dam Photography stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Trang Dam Photography for her professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Trang Dam Photography is among the very best Wedding Photography within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

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