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One of my favorite things about marriage is watching love stories take different shape as the years pass. As newlyweds, you can’t imagine loving your spouse any more than you do on your wedding day. Then on your first anniversary, you’ve learned so much about each other that you wonder how you ever thought your wedding day was the pinnacle of your affection. We’ve yet to come to this next chapter ourselves, but I imagine discovering that you’re going to be parents would be another tone of those checkpoints- seeing your husband with new eyes, knowing that he’ll no longer be only a husband, but a father as well. Looking at yourself and realizing your arms will soon hold onto two, instead of only circling round the waist of your beloved.

Terry & Flo are at that particular checkpoint- anxiously awaiting the arrival of little miss Elsa, yet  cherishing these last few weeks while it’s just them. This is what I love about Anniversary Sessions- celebrating your love, just as it is, right here and right now. Before two become three in just over a month, a pair of soon-to-be-parents took pause to stop and treasure this time together.

Terry, Flo, we are so thankful for your friendship! It was a privilege to photograph this session, and I’m grateful for the time spent with you both. I know you’re going to be the best of parents, and I hope these images serve as a reminder in the sleepless nights to come that “love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” [1 Corinthians 13:7-8]

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Anniversary sessions are quickly becoming the highlights of my week. I feel like, at some point, every couples needs to do one, if for no other reason than to have an excuse to get close and cuddle up for a morning. Anniversary shoots are an opportunity to fall in love all over again, to remember how to flirt, to have someone capture your love in a way that reignites that butterfly feeling that can sometimes be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of everyday married life. When Matt & I had our shoot in New York, I remember feeling like I’d never been so in love with my husband as I was in that very moment, and every time I look back at those photographs from J&M, I’m taken back not only to the place we were, but the WAY that I felt when the shutter clicked. Knowing how I feel about our photos means that I get REALLY excited whenever someone emails me to ask about an anniversary session of their own!

Katie contacted me way back in the Spring about a session for herself and her husband Justin, to celebrate their five year anniversary. Katie’s a photographer, so she knows how important it is to mark the milestones in life with photographs. Justin & Katie are also parents of two adorable little boys, so it was that much more of a priority to find the time for this- Matt & I don’t have children yet, but I can only imagine how difficult it must be with two kids to make time for dates, for an evening with just the two of you. It was so much fun to spend the evening with these two, to watch the transformation from those first few minutes of getting acquainted to being in front of the camera, to a familiar, romantic ease in their interactions. It left me with a heart fit to burst and smile I absolutely could not wipe off my face.

Justin & Katie, thank you a jillion times over for the chance to document your love! I know this shoot was a long time coming, and I appreciate your trust and willingness to climb over fences for the perfect shooting location :).

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Phew! I barely made it through July with my New Year’s Eve-resolution-mandated monthly film- I think I was perhaps trying to recover from the massive bill I received from all of the film I shot in Europe. I shot two rolls during my session with Thad & Rachel and waited six weeks to finally send it off because I convinced myself the digital files were satisfactory, and yet when the film scans arrived in my inbox, I fell in love all over again.

This process of figuring out my personal tendencies with film, the particular stocks I like best, the degree of overexposure I prefer, it’s been amazing. Every time I get a batch of scans back from the lab, I learn something new. Lately I’ve learned that because I’m no longer trying to emulate the look of other photographers’ work, my film and digital images are looking much more cohesive than they ever have before. And while that doesn’t mean I’ll be switching mediums, it does mean that my film work is leaving me much more satisfied! AND it means that if I want to break out my Contax during a shoot, that I won’t be delivering two completely different sets of images to my clients, which was the original problem I was having last fall.

So here’s to being ENCOURAGED!

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Shot on the Contax 645, Portra 800.

Happy Thursday!

They’re just so sweet. Like homemade-southern-tea-kind-of-sweet. Both have a little hint of southern drawl and the same homegrown charm, and with Brent growing up on a farm and Lena raised riding horses, they fell in step almost at once. They first met at a party where Lena and Brent ended up on the porch outside in the rain- Lena was sharing her woes with Brent on the rain-soaked patio, and Brent, being the gentleman that he is, heavily hinted they should go inside. You know, where it was dry. “Your shoes… they’re getting wet,” he’d remind her every few minutes. It was only a few months later that they both knew this was something extraordinary, a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love.

And so it was that Lena found herself standing in the back of a pick-up truck this past August as they surveyed the farmland Brent had just purchased. She heard him ask if she thought this would be a good place to start a home, and as she answered yes and turned around, there he was on one knee. “How about we start right now?”

Brent and Lena, I absolutely adore you together. I love your playful banter and the way you laugh so easily with one another. You absolutely belong together, and I count myself so blessed to have the chance to document your love! So SO excited for your wedding next summer!

We began at Brent’s family farm in Maryland…

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Lena’s puppy Carlos joined us for a few frames!

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Lena, you have some of the most incredible blue eyes I’ve ever seen!

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Yessss:)

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“You know, I still have those shoes,” she reminisced as we walked down the country road toward the barn.

Every so often I’ll arrive to shoot a wedding and as the bride pulls her dress out of it’s garment bag, it stops me in my tracks. Anna’s dress was exactly like that- I LOVED the drop waist, the delicate crochet detailing, the elegant cut. Everything about it was gorgeous. And then Anna put it on and everyone around her started squealing- it was so perfect for her! Her sweet, southern self was giggly and giddy, ready to rush out and meet her groom for their first look. Because the day’s schedule became a little bit crunched, we unfortunately didn’t have much time for bridal portrait on Matt & Anna’s wedding day, so Anna and I scheduled a “day-after” bridal session to give her another chance to put her dress on! YESSS! Y’all know how much I love bridal sessions :).

Anna’s a wedding photographer in the Frederick, MD area, so she knows how to work in front of the camera. I could photograph her all day!! She’s absolutely stunning, has the cutest little laugh, and her soft smile? It’s killer. We met up in Leesburg on a cloudy fall afternoon for what have definitely become some new favorites of mine.

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 Happy Tuesday!