squeezeably cute! {maryland children photography}

Have you met my squeezably cute nephew Bodhi?! He is so cute I want to hug and squeeze him- and he has the cutest dimples every time he smiles. His laugh is contagious and he’s a handsome little man who loves the camera!

You might remember Bodhi from his newborn session back in June. It’s been awhile since I had the chance to photograph him solo so we did a quick mini session back in February. He loves flirting with the camera!

little miss dylan pearl {maryland newborn photographer}

A few years ago I had the opportunity to photograph the B family. Just last month, the B family added another family member, little Miss Dylan Pearl! Here are a few shots from Dylan’s newborn shoot.

 

The chair below has significant meaning to the B family and belonged to Mrs. B’s father who had passed away. The chair sits in Dylan’s nursery so we had to get a few shots of Dylan with her big sisters, Paige and Peyton. :) These 3 girls are absolutely gorgeous!

 

Here are a few great shots from my sister, Phuong!

little lexi newborn session {maryland newborn photographer}

One of my closest childhood friends, Yung, recently had her first baby, Lexi! :) I’ve known Yung since pre-school and I’m so glad I’ve had the chance to grow old with her and capture almost every important moment in her life, from engagement to marriage to first baby! (You might remember, Yung & Brad, from the destination wedding I photographed in the Dominican Republic two years ago).

Here are a few photos from little Lexi’s first photo session! Once again I’m thankful to have my sister by my side to assist with the shoot and we even swapped roles for part of it! The bucket pictured below was purchased at an antique show in DC. It used to belong to an apple orchard farm in Maryland and I believe was dated from the early 1900s. This was the first time we had the opportunity to use the prop during a newborn shoot. Of course we had a spotter very close by to ensure the safety of the little one!

 

Here’s some great shots by my sister, Phuong!

in loving memory…

A few weeks ago, I received sad news that one of my photography clients, Nicholas Mangraviti, had passed away.

Last year, Nick’s wife and daughter (Barbara and Lizette) contacted me to photograph Nick’s 70th Surprise Birthday Party. The party was beautifully planned and his family and friends near and far came to celebrate Nick’s big day. Nick was surrounded by the same family and friends during his last days. His funeral service was, as Barbara, put it, “A Celebration of Nick’s Life”. The room was packed with family and friends, which spilled out into the hallways, whom shared many fond memories and stories of Nick. He will be greatly missed and I’m so thankful I had the chance to meet him and be apart of his life.

veronica + edward: happily ever after… {maryland wedding photographer}

You might have remembered Veronica & Edward from their engagement session last Fall. The big day finally came and what a beautiful day it was!

 

 

 

 

Veronica’s maid of honor wasn’t able to make the wedding (she just had a baby :) ) but was able to skype in that day.

Congratulations Veronica & Edward! Wishing you all the best!

Ceremony: St. Benjamins Lutheran Church
Reception: Martins Westminster
Photographer: Trang Dam

krystal & brad courthouse wedding {ellicott city wedding photographer}

Krystal and Brad had known each other a few years before they actually started dating. Their friendship grew into a strong bond and adoration for one another. After a few years of dating, they decided to take the next step into marriage. Being their second marriages, both Krystal and Brad wanted to keep the wedding small and intimate with just family and headed to the Courthouse in Ellicott City for the ceremony.

I absolutely love the historic structure of the courthouse and we managed to capture a few photos pre-ceremony outside. Good thing we did since it started to rain right after the ceremony :)

 

 

 

The judge presiding over the ceremony did such a wonderful job! She was sincere in her words which made the ceremony more intimate.

 

 

After the ceremony, we headed to Hunan Manor in Columbia. Hunan Manor is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in the Maryland area!

 

 

On my drive to the restaurant, I envisioned a shot of the Krystal and Brad next to the beautiful fish tank at the restaurant. I had to enlist the help of Krystal’s daughter, Jasmine, to get this shot using some off camera video lighting. :) Love how the colors just POP!

We were limited on space in the restaurant so I decided to use the interesting textures of our surroundings to capture some classic and timeless images. I had to move a few tables and chairs but managed to get the shots I was looking for.

 

Congratulations Krystal & Brad! Wishing you a long life of happiness and good fortune ;)

evan & evette: old ellicott city engagement session {maryland engagement photographer}

Sometimes you meet a couple and you can just tell they were meant to be. I had the pleasure of photographing Evan, Evette, and their daughter Jade earlier this month. As a photographer, you get a chance to step back and just let your subjects be themselves. Watching Evan and Evette behind the lens, I could tell they had a strong bond and most importantly, a friendship and love for each other that glowed. This positive energy made for a great photo session and of course beautiful images.

I met Evan and Evette through an amazing and talented photographer friend Jeri Houseworth. Evan and Evette live in Maryland but are getting married this summer in New Jersey. Jeri is photographing their wedding but recommended me to photograph their local engagement session (thanks Jeri!).

After some discussion via email and phone, we settled on a location- Old Ellicott City. It was a blistery cold day but we managed to capture some great images. The couple’s beautiful daughter, Jade, also came along for the session and she was such a trooper! Even though it was freezing out, Jade always kept a smile!

Here are a few sneak peek images from the session!

 

I love photographing in Old Ellicott, the area is rich in history and the variety of colors and textures are always fun to experiment with!

 

 

Evan is originally from New Jersey and Evette is from Texas. They first met through match.com and had found a great connection and after a few dates the rest they say is history. BTW, Evan and Evette are the THIRD couple I’ve had the pleasure of photographing who’ve met through Match! A true testament that the site does work! :)

 

We found an old theatre off of Main Street that had a big letter “E” in the middle. Couldn’t have been more perfect for Evan & Evette! We stopped traffic to snag this image!

 

 

sneak peek: baby grover {maryland newborn photographer}

I had the pleasure of photographing little baby Grover a few weeks ago. Grover’s mom, Eve, contacted me a couple months before her due date in order to schedule a newborn session (love how well prepared she was!) We tentatively set a date and waited and waited for baby’s arrival. Mom and dad left the baby’s sex a surprise until delivery date! I can imagine the anticipation!  As you can tell from the sneak peeks- Grover was so worth the wait! He is a handsome little boy with a full head of hair and pinch worthy cheeks!

I was so thankful to have my sister, Phuong, assist on this shoot. She is not only a great photographer, but a baby whisperer and dog wrangler! We definitely wanted to get a shot of Baby Grover with his four legged older brother Seamus :)  

Congratulations Eve & Joey! Hope you enjoy the sneak peeks- many more photos to come!

 

 

p family holiday session {maryland family photography}

I had a great time photographing the P family earlier this month. Mrs. P’s parents were in town for the holidays so they decided to book a large family holiday session! Here are a few sneak peeks!

The girls with their Lolas!

 

 

The P family just welcomed a new member to the family- meet little Nathaniel with his two older sisters, Mickey & Gaby!

 

Mickey & Gaby are super talented! Not only do they know how to play the piano, guitar, and violin, but they also participate in many sports from soccer, to lacrosse, to gymnastics! Here are the girls rockin out-

 

Thanks Mr & Mrs P for letting me stop by to photograph your beautiful family! Had a blast!

 

sneak peek: natalie eva {maryland newborn photographer}

There’s something about photographing newborns that always makes me smile…the crinkle of their nose, their wrinkly little toes, and their cute tiny clothes,
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I had the pleasure of meeting Baby Natalie this past weekend. She was a tiny little thing weighing in at 6lbs 10oz with big bright eyes and long ballerina legs, she was absolutely precious. Mom and Dad did a wonderful job with Natalie’s room, beautifully decorated with a light pink and green theme.

 

Who can resist this smile??

 

 

 

 

Congratulations “S” Family- thank-you again for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family! :)