My name is Britney Clause and this is my photography blog! I am a wedding and
lifestyle photographer from Maryland. One of my favorite things is being able to
watch people interact with the world and people around them. The fact that I
get the chance to photograph these interactions is a bonus and adds to the love
that I already have for photography!
A few months back, Josh’s mom, Amy, contacted me about taking his 1 year photos. Naturally I felt honored and couldn’t wait! We started trying to brainstorm about what cute props could be used when the idea of mini-cake smashing came up. At that moment, I knew this family was going to be a favorite session.
When we first met at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Josh was smiling at everything and everybody. He is definitely one of the happiest babies I have ever had the pleasure of photographing. It’s easy to see where he got his natural model skills from, since his parents (and even the family pet) were all prepared with their model behavior for some sweet family shots. But the session’s main focus was little Josh, and I feel like he knew that because he was just spot on with every look and adorable smile. Even his use of props was professional. When we reached the time for the cake smashing, I was pumped, and so were mom and dad – it definitely did not disappoint! Once Josh got his first taste of sugar there was no stopping him, and soon we had a cake-faced baby and one happy Boston Terrier acting as clean up crew . It was the perfect way to finish up a wonderful summer and I’m so happy that I get to share these photographs with everyone!
A few weeks ago I traveled up to Mount Airy for Jessica and Thomas’s wedding! I was super excited and had been looking forward to it since the day I met with them way back in May (before I even knew if I passed their interview process ). The day started at a salon on the main street of the town, where the girls were getting even more beautified than they were naturally. Jessica was mostly calm, except for occasionally showing her excitement with a huge smile and a laugh with her girls. I don’t know how she got through the day without being stressed out at all! It certainly helped that the day ran incredibly smoothly, since both Jessica and Thomas had everything timed and organized perfectly. Before the ceremony, Jessica and Thomas did a first look that was accompanied by the wedding party and most of their family. It was and incredible build-up, with people were cheering and laughing and shouting when Jess was near, Thomas was turning around, when the big reveal finally happened. Just typing it makes me giddy all over again! During the ceremony, the sun created a gorgeous pink and orange sky, and there was plenty of laughter, as well as emotional readings from both the bride and groom’s mothers. It was only the ceremony, and the day already felt like it couldn’t get any better. But there was still the night-time photo session! After some wonderful buffet selections (quesadillas, meatballs, and 7 layer dip! Yup, Heaven) the dancing and partying started. Now, I’ve been saying this whole time that Jessica and Thomas are amazing, wonderful, perfect – well – let me tell you: their friends and family are equally awesome. They NEVER stopped dancing, and are probably still there dancing right now. Nobody had to be told to get up and jump around, they just did and they all did it well. I still talk about the whole group learning to do the Wobble. Glow bracelets and necklaces came out later in the evening. And in the middle of all the fabulous chaos, Jess and Thomas were slow dancing together and taking it all in. It was the sweetest moment I’ve gotten to witness
Jessica and Thomas – AH! What more can I say? Congratulations and thank you so very much for letting me be a part of your magical day!
While I was with the girls, my photo bff was with the guys:
I know when men cry, it makes me want to cry, so seeing her dad tear up was one of the sweetest moments.
Some more photos from the wonderful Paula!
Thank you Paula for being such a wonderful partner in crime!
The final song of the night started off as one of the great’s from the soothing sounds of David Hasselhoff, to which Thomas serenaded Jess.
Luckily the ACTUAL last song was a little more….danceable, hehehe!
A few weeks ago, I met with an amazing couple, Chris and Alice. They are both so much fun and so utterly and completely in love that it just makes me feel all warm fuzzy inside. Seeing Alice fix Chris’s hair if it happened to fall out of place, or seeing Alice also play and twist Chris’s hair just because – AH! Their love is so natural and comfortable, I love it! They had me laughing the whole shoot with Alice’s jokes that she would tell to get a chuckle out of Chris, or from their dog Jack being a giant ham and taking over the shoot at times . For their session, Chris brought a wonderful option of using their house as the location, I immediately became very excited at the idea and couldn’t wait to start. We started outside with the bright sun and beautiful greenery, and then moved inside to their cute kitchen where they prepare food together and sometimes even dance together!
Christine and Alice, I am so excited to be joining you and your families on your wedding day and celebrating your love for one another!
When we went into the kitchen for a few “day-in-the-life” shots I looked at it as a documentary, old style, film like shoot. The intimacy of black and white in these next handful of photographs was all my decision, the black and white takes away the distraction of the color in the house and just forces, at least, my eye to the love and fun between Chris and Alice.