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Stories From Behind The Lens

Black Sand Beach in Hawaii

At the end of our first week, we packed our bags and headed to the airport. It felt like vacation had come to an end- and a week would have been a great vacation. Instead we got off our plane barely 35 minutes later on the Big Island and it gelt like vacation got started […]

December 13, 2020

Sunset at the North Shore Oahu

Chris and Tawny are professional travelers and have documented their trips on their blog, Captain and Clark. Ryan met Chris while doing a Semester at Sea program in college. Through his stories I felt like I already knew them before our wedding and I was so excited to spend more time with them in Hawaii- […]

December 12, 2020

This week marks the one year anniversary of our trip to Hawaii which has its roots in an off handed comment I made to Ryan’s good friends Chris and Tawny during our wedding week. Tawny grew up on Oahu, and living in Washington, they go regularly to the islands. I remarked “Let us know the […]

December 11, 2020

A woman in a pink dress is hugged from behind and he kisses her on the forehead.

Having deja vu? Me too- but in a great way! I was just here a few weeks ago for Meghan and Tom’s engagement session. However, the sessions feel so different because in the fall, the leaves change so quickly so everything looks different even two weeks apart. What I love but also hate is their […]

November 16, 2020

An extended family stand against a white barn and smile at the camera

For the past few years now we have a little tradition of meeting up with Ryan’s sister, her husband, and our two nephews for Christmas photos. Both Amanda and I create photo Christmas cards and she helps their parents make one too. So we have to get photos of Ryan and I, and then Amanda’s […]

November 14, 2020

A couple in cozy fall sweaters snuggle on a bench inside a gazebo on a gorgeous fall morning

I’ll be honest, I was worried we weren’t going to get any fall color for Meghan and Tom’s engagement session. We were going to go to downtown Annapolis but a storm came in a few days prior and took all the leaves. But her friend lives right by Quiet Waters Park and did some scouting […]

November 10, 2020

A man in a blue shirt hugs his fiance from behind. She laughs.

This was a once a year session. We sessions carefully, we watch the weather and sometimes adjust accordingly. In the fall we time our sessions to the leaves. We do everything we can to have perfect light and scenery. And sometimes we get magic. The light in the first few images is rare. Its buttery […]

November 7, 2020

A family of 5 holds hands next to a lake with fall leaves around them. They swing their youngest.

When location scouting for Anne and Carter’s engagement session (see that here), I took one look at the stunning fall foliage and I had to have another session here. Families and couples wait all year for this foliage and I had to squeeze another session in so I posted on my Instagram, 25% off for […]

November 1, 2020

A couple kiss as fall leaves swirl around

Anne and Carter might just be one of the sweetest couples I’ve met. No surprise because they found me through the recommendation of another photographer, Lindsey Ann, who herself is one of the kindest people I know. They had a done a few photos with her earlier in their engagement session, so they were total […]

November 1, 2020

A woman in a long pink dress stands nose to nose with her finance at the edge of the water. Tan grass lines the water edge.

When Amanda and Andy described the park they wanted they to do their engagement session I was excited. A beautiful park with big fields, trees, and a beach!? No way. Yes way. I followed them through the park and they kept going deeper and deeper and then down this trail that I wasn’t sure you […]

October 24, 2020


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