Cultivate Workshop & Rachelle :: Joni | Headshots

Apr.
02
2014

I’ve talked about Pursuit 31 before, the Christian Women Photographer’s group that I am a part of. For the past two years, this group has been in many ways, over and beyond what I could have expected. I am in some 5 or so different Facebook groups tied to Pursuit 31 but it’s easy to get lost or overwhelmed by the social media aspect of it all. That being said, it’s because of social media that I discovered Pursuit 31 even existed. And it’s because of social media that I “followed” a few photographers scattered up and down the east coast, all of whom I had met just once at the P31 conference… but all of whom I knew were incredibly special women. And all of whom I’d spend a weekend at the beach with.

Just about two weeks ago, I attended a workshop in Long Beach Island, NJ called Cultivate to “boldly awaken your brand and lifestyle”. I heard about the workshop through these amazing Pursuit 31 group whom I barely knew, but knew I loved their hearts. And man. I was blown away but what these three(ish) days did. I was challenged about my brand and what it says about me & my business (more on that, coming soon!). I was also part of a mind-blowing day talking about business and finances and having a plan… which essentially boils down to getting your life back and focusing on the things that matter! But what I couldn’t have expected, were that these women who were just social media presences in my life, (albeit the encouraging, beautiful kind of social media presence), became friends. Friends whose hearts’ beat so similarly and whose visions make you want to scream “Yeeees” like “Sue” in the SNL Skit with Kristen Wiig. (Seriously, if you want to know what I am like, 80% of the time, watch this clip. If you don’t know me, it will prepare you for what’s to come when we meet. ;) And if you do, you’ll wonder how SNL got into my head and created this sketch based on my innermost excitability). Anyway, these are incredible Godly women (who all live entirely too far away from me) who have encouraged me, challenged me, loved me, and prayed for me. We shared struggles and successes, hurts and joys, and the importance of putting God at the center, all in a few (super) late night talks. And that was a cultivation of relationships that I could not have seen coming through the workshop description. I know this blog post got personal real quick. :) But, I haven’t blogged in over a month, and I am, (spoiler alert!), working on re-awakening my brand a good bit… and this weekend had a lot to do with that!

One afternoon we had some time for headshots and I grabbed a few shots of two of the incredible women I spent the weekend with, Rachelle & Joni. Rachelle is an amazing wife, mom, friend & super talented photographer in New Hamshire. Joni (pronounced Johnny!) is an incredible wife, mom, friend & does beautiful filmography. It was my privilege to capture just a few quick portraits of them, and I am so excited to get to share them with you! Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0001 Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0002 Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0012 Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0004 Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0005Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0010 Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0009 Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0008 Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0007 Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0006 Long Beach Island Photography Portrait Photographer Annapolis MD Beach Photo Shoot NH Maine Photographer_0011love you girls, dearly.

Allison & Sam | DC Engagement

Mar.
06
2014

Allison is the sister of my dear friend Meredith, from Oklahoma. Allison and Meredith’s two little sisters were the highlight of my blog last fall with their perfectly sweet sister photo shoot complete with tutu’s. I love this family, to say the least. So when Allison got engaged and called me about doing their wedding photography, I was beyond excited. Their wedding will be in Oklahoma later in the summer, but they flew all the way to DC for their engagement session. Literally, they were here just over 24 hours but we made the most of it! We chose Theodore Roosevelt Island Park (technically in Virginia) for a more natural setting and it was freezing. We were preparing for another big snowstorm, (even though it is March!?!), so the temps barely crept above freezing. Even still, we had such a fun morning together and I think we hid the goosebumps, mostly. :) This was my first time meeting Sam and the first time in a long time I have seen Allison. And I have to say, I couldn’t have thought of a better way to kick off the season than with these two as my first engagement session of the year! DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0002 DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0003 DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0004 DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0005DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0007 DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0008 DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0013 DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0015DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0019DC Wedding Photographer Roosevelt Island Engagement Photography Winter Engagement Photos Washington DC_0009Sweet.
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Featured | Tulle & Tux, Bayside Bride & Bespoke Bride

Feb.
20
2014

I’ve been so honored to be featured on a few great wedding blogs recently, and I wanted to extend a huge thanks to these ladies! Bayside Bride is, of course, one of my very favorites because it features weddings and engagements right in my hometown and along the Chesapeake (and, their editors are completely fabulous!). I was so excited to see Katie & Matt’s USNA wedding featured! Tulle & Tux is a great inspirational wedding blog and they featured Joy & Frankie’s LA wedding. It was so fun seeing their Old Holywood themed wedding featured- that trip to California will always be one of my favorite experiences! And, Stephanie and Tony, I just love them! Their engagement session brought us out to Pittsburgh and Bespoke Bride, a funky UK based wedding blog featured their session early this week! A big thanks again to these great wedding blogs for featuring these beautiful couples! Screen Shot 2014-02-20 at 9.43.59 AM

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Lastly, I am excited to be a distinguished member with Le Magnifique! I love looking on Le Magnifique blog for inspiration myself, and I’m excited to be a member with them. You can check out my profile, here!

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Kellan & Sam | Snowy Bridal Portrait Session

Feb.
05
2014

You will probably recognize Kellan and Sam from their gorgeous waterfront engagement session, and their perfectly nautical June wedding. Kellan and Sam are dear friends and some of my favorite people to work with, too! With all the snow we have been getting this year, I was dying to get out and shoot a snowy bridal session- the only problem was the single digit temps we have had! But Kellan and Sam were willing to trek out into the snow with me and they rocked it out (I think the high this day was literally 19 degrees?!) They were incredible, and with the help of a tea break half way through, you wouldn’t know they were freezing the whole time! Winter is never my favorite, I am a summer, beach-loving girl, through and through. But this session, certainly made me thankful for our Maryland seasons! :) Also, a huge thanks to my devastatingly handsome husband for helping to coordinate, providing warm drinks and snacks, and holding all of our accoutrements along the way!Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0003Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0000 Thanks to Blooms for these florals!Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0004 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0005 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0001 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0003 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0006Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0007 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0009 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0015

Kell. an. SO beautiful!!Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0014 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0016 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0019

I love these, somewhat for the red against the white snow, the handmade blanket, and maybe especially because it kept them warmer for a few minutes!Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0018 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0012 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0017 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0011 Seriously. You are gorgeous Kellan!Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0013

We broke out the faux fur coat for a few!Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0020 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0021 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0022 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0023

These two, gosh they’re good. ;) Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0025 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0024Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0031 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0026 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0027

Sam, like many guys, sadly lost his first wedding band in the ocean. So, we had to do an updated ring shot for them! Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0029 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0028 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0030

And of course, we had to try this!Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0032 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0033 Winter Snow Bridal Shoot Annapolis Snowy Winter Wedding Photographer Maryland Bridal Portrait Photography_0034

Kellan and Sam, like always, I had so much fun with you! Thanks for making my winter-blues go away with this gorgeous session! Love you!

Team Davis | St. Simon’s Island GA, Family Session

Jan.
16
2014

My dear friends, affectionately known as Team Davis, have never had a portrait session with me, which is just plain sad. Meghan and Dave have been our friends for forever. Well, actually Meghan really has been my friend for my entire life. When your parents are friends first, that’s just the way it is. I have spent many summers and holidays visiting Coastal Georgia to see Meghan and her family and to say we are close is an understatement. If Meghan liked green, I liked green… New Kids on the Block, The Beatles… the truth is I looked up to her in every way. When she and Dave got married, I was in the wedding and she was at our wedding with just one and a half children. Dave has accepted me as part of the package, and likewise, Ben has joined the club. ;) We are able to visit a few times a year and Georgia is almost like a second home to Ben and me. So as I said, to only just now do a portrait session together just seems silly! But it was a fun afternoon and I am so glad we did it- even if we had a few bumps in the road (thank goodness they are such good friends! ha!) So, we headed over to Epworth by the Sea, on St. Simon’s Island Georgia, as it holds great memories for this family. Meghan spent a lot of her youth and college years at the camp here and she and Dave married at Lovely Lane Chapel. And for me, green grass and tall oaks draped in spanish moss, is perfection. This might have been a fairly quick “session” but these images are so special to me because I just love this party of five!GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0001 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0002 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0003 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0004GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0022GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0006

Sweet. And they are always like this. ;) GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0014 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0013 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0012 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0010 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0009

This pose, I kid you not, I was talking with Meghan and Dave when I hear, “Aunt Tara, we’re ready!” and they are sitting just like this! Ha!GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0005 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0011 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0008

Her sweet grin… this is her look almost always and I just love it. GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0015 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0016

This girl. Beautiful.GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0017GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0019 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0020 GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0018

Because yes, the second outfit absolutely included a superhero cape. :) GA Family Photographer Brunswick Georgia Photographer St Simons Island Coastal GA Spanish Moss Golden Isles Family Photography Session_0021

Team Davis… I love you all dearly!

Christine & Rishi | Capitol Hill Wedding

Jan.
02
2014

Friends and family, from across the miles, gathered for their wedding day. The church was packed to the brim but the day was still very sweet and intimate. It was Christine and Rishi’s wedding day and it seemed all of Capitol Hill was celebrating with them. Their utmost desire and prayer was that God would be honored through their wedding day and that was absolutely the case. These two planned a wedding completely to rejoice with their friends and family and give Glory to God. It really was beautiful. Our day started a little differently than usual, as Christine and Rishi chose to start with us right at the time for first look. Because of this, I had the unique opportunity of walking around the corner and seeing Christine for the first time that day, as a bride, completely dressed. It was such an exciting moment honestly, and I think I might have even squealed, she looked so beautiful! Christine and Rishi got married in their church, Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC and it was one of the most beautiful December days.DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0001DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0002 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0003 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0004 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0005 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0006 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0008

To honor Rishi’s Indian heritage, Christine had traditional Mehndi on her hands. I love that Rishi’s initials, as is tradition, are incorporated into the design.

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A friend, who works with a florist in South Carolina, made all the flower arrangements and they were just so lovely!

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Their reception almost felt like more of a large family gathering and Maggiano’s Little Italy in DC was the perfect venue for that.DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0026 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0035 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0038 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0048

Some of the most heart felt and beautiful toasts to the bride and groom we have ever heard.DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0040 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0039 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0042 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0041 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0043 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0044 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0045 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0047 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0046DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0036 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0037 DC Wedding Photographer Capitol Hill Baptist Church Wedding Maggianos CHBC Washington Winter Wedding_0049

Congratulations Rishi & Christine! We are so thankful to call you friends and so excited for what lies ahead! Love you!

A Peddicord Family Christmas

Dec.
24
2013

I have to come right out with it- this is a lame excuse for a Christmas card. The truth is, I didn’t get my act together and send out Christmas cards this year. In fact, I can’t remember if I did it last year. Terrible, I know. But it is truly on my heart because one thing I love, is receiving Christmas cards. I love them! I’ve never sent photos because we don’t have kids to plaster all over a photo collage ;) but I do like to send out some kind of something because I love Christmas! So although I dropped the ball on sending out cards this year, I thought I would give you a photo and letter- just via my blog. It feels a little lame, but then again, I probably don’t even have everyone’s mailing address, so maybe this will work well. So, without further ado, here is our 2013 Christmas card. For you. Love, the Peddicords.

2013 was a great year for us and we have much to be thankful for! This was the first full year that I had the privilege of doing photography full-time. I left full-time camp ministry with Wabanna in August of 2012, and while it will always be close to our hearts and we will always be involved in some way, I know moving on when we did was exactly what the Lord had for us. I have been beyond blessed through doing photography and each of my clients in 2013 have been a reminder of why I love that this is my job! I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding in the same church where Ben and I got married 6 years ago as well as travel to Los Angeles, CA for a wedding! The adventures this year brought have blessed us beyond measure. Ben continues to teach middle school science and I truly admire his compassion and patience for the kids while he desires to challenge and grow their minds. Ben also completed his master’s degree in education this year. I am so incredibly proud of him. Early in the year, Ben and I acquired a 7 year old Labradoodle rescue pup who we call, Dublin. He brings us a healthy dose of frustration and a huge, heaping helping of joy. Rigby, our stubborn red min pin, turned 13 this year and she continues to be world’s best napper. The truth is, we love our dogs more than we care to admit. This summer, we became the incredibly excited, anxious, grateful, and humbled owners of just under 2 acres of land. We have been in the long process of permits and such, but we are planning and praying to build a home this year! The Lord has taught us much about waiting this year. And still, I know very little about His timing. But I know He is good. This year also brought new friendships, the many blessings of old friendships, a family cruise to the Caribbean, I bought way too many shoes, we celebrated with many friends as their babies were brought into the world some through adoption, we tried new foods and visited new cities, we learned new and exciting things and some tough lessons, and we drove each other crazy and yet gave thanks daily for each other in spite of and because of the crazy. And we think 2014 is going to be our best year yet. Because every year gets a little better, doing life together. Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours. See you in 2014!Family Christmas Tara Peddicord Photography Family Pet Photo Family Christmas Tara Peddicord Photography Family Pet Photo_0003 Family Christmas Tara Peddicord Photography Family Pet Photo_0004Peddicord Family Christmas Photo_0006

Alyce & Dave | Seneca Rocks Anniversary Session

Dec.
18
2013

For the past year, Alyce had talked about wanting to do some sort of “trash the dress” session for their upcoming anniversary. Alyce and Dave celebrated 10 years in October so she also knew she wanted this photo session to be something special. She and Dave love adventure, especially when the outdoors are involved. She threw around ideas ranging from local Maryland park trails to traveling to the forests of Maine, but she knew that at the least, she wanted to hike in her wedding dress. Dave was happy to oblige. :) My husband and his sister are familiar with Seneca Rocks hiking and climbing and so, we planned a trip to West Virginia in November. The, perhaps disappointing, truth about me is that I am not a climber, or a hiker, or a caver, or a… yeah. I spent 5 years in full-time camp ministry before doing photography full-time, but it’s a lovely camp on the water. Mountains, while I appreciate their beauty, are not my first love. And so, it’s true evidence of my love for our dear friends Dave and Alyce because we literally hiked to the top of a mountain for their portrait session!  My husband was standing behind me the entire time to ensure I didn’t fall off because I am super clumsy… and when all was said and done, I am so glad we did it! 

Alyce & Dave put on their wedding attire from 10 years ago and rocked out one awesome portrait session at the top of Seneca Rocks. I am so excited to share these with you!Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0001 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0002 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0003Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0006

My sister-in-law, Tori, put together this bouquet with findings from our hike. I just love it. And, Alyce’s wedding dress was hand-made by her and a friend from church- all the embroidery and everything!Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0007 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0008 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0021 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0010 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0009

Alyce. Just gorgeous! Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0005 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0011 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0012This photo. I just can’t get over it!Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0013 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0014 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0015 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0016 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0017 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0018

And then, in the pouring rain, we decided to finish up at the waterfall. The sun was about to set and Alyce was determined to get in the waterfall. {crazy}. She amazes me. :) Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0020 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0022 Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0023

And just to prove. It was raining a little. :) Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0024

Alyce & Dave I love you both and I am so glad we all went on this adventure together. Happy 10 years and here’s to 100 more!

(And a huge thanks to the team that made it happen! :) Love you all!) Seneca Rocks West Virginia Portrait Photographer Mountain Anniversary Session Seneca Rocks Wedding Photographer_0025

Amy & Keith | Family

Dec.
13
2013

Amy called me just a few days before Thanksgiving and just a few hours before her husband would be arriving home. Keith serves in the military and would be home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Being stationed elsewhere, his time at home can be quite short, and I was honored that they wanted me to do family portraits for them in the short time they were all together! In fact, we met on a Sunday afternoon and Keith was flying out later that evening! I so enjoyed getting to spend this cold Sunday with this sweet family. And my goodness, these kids… they are the cutest pair!Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0002 Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0003 Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0005 Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0004 Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0006 Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0007 Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0008 Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0009 Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0001Annapolis Family Photographer Military Family Photographer USNA Army Family Photo Session_0011

Amy & Keith, thank you again for this wonderful session! Thank you, Keith, for your service and Amy for the sacrifices you and the kids make. And have a Merry Christmas when you are all together again in a few weeks!