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How COVID-19 will change your wedding

Maryland Photographer

Now that the state of Maryland is starting to reopen from COVID-19, I wanted to open a conversation about our business moving forward. Obviously, there is new information coming out weekly of how businesses can get back to "normal", but our normal, may not be normal for the next business. This pandemic has changed the way we think about health and safety. By laying this out, we hope it encourages our couples, current and future, to start a dialog with us. We know this is stressful, but we also know everyone wants to be smart and informed. Should weddings be considered "large gatherings"? I know that weddings are, by definition, considered a large gathering. It's important to point out that they are different from other sorts of events in that group. At a lot of large gatherings that would include over 100 people, there's not the focus on just two people. At community gatherings, festivals, or conferences, there's a natural sense of distancing that can take place as people stick to their own group. There's not a pull to be close to two particular individuals, or the strong feeling of uniting and reuniting of families.  During a wedding, no one wants to be distanced from the wedding couple. They want to express their congratulations, hug, kiss, dance with them. The wedding couple is a celebrity that EVERYONE in attendance of their day wants to get close to. It may sound dramatic, but at this moment that's...

Haley & Brandon Hebron House

Wedding Photographers in Ellicott City

So weddings are definitely interesting right now. Smaller guests list, social distancing, and masks all make for a different kind of day. Just because it's different, though, doesn't mean it's not incredibly special. If anything, now, more than ever, weddings are even more sentimental. There's not the same feeling of rushing or stress, it's all based in a closeness that, all weddings of course have, but that closeness is much more visible today. Haley and Brandon's wedding at the Historic Hebron House was filled with so much incredible emotion. This was a day to celebrate them and their bond, which is honestly sometimes easy to forget when all of the other aspects of a wedding day take over. One of the coolest things about Haley and Brandon's wedding is that they had SIX officiants. Yes. Six officiants. Their closest friends lead them and the congregation through prayer, the vows, and blessing of marriage. Each friend that spoke and oversaw the day made it that much more special and personal. I now feel like all couples should have their friends officiate their wedding, haha. That might be a tall ask, but seriously, what people know you and your relationship better than the company that you keep and genuinely interact with? This couldn't have been a more perfect day. Truly! Congratulations, Haley and Brandon! It was an honor to be your wedding day photographers. Thank you both for allowing us to capture such a gorgeous time in your lives. We wish you...

Sam & Stefan St. Mark Church

Wedding Photographers in Catonsville

After 4 months of not shooting weddings, WE ARE BACK! I have many things I want to say about quarantine, business, and photography, but I'm saving it for a different post. This post is ALL about Sam and Stefan and their beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Mark Church in Catonsville! Sam and Stefan were originally supposed to exchange vows on April 24th; however, a little thing named COVID-19 threw everything out of wack. Instead, June 7th became their official wedding anniversary, and it could not have been a more perfect day. It was a day where everyone could just happily scream: FINALLY! We got a little extra teary eyed when it came time for the vows, which we immediately started chuckling over because mirroring someone when you try to "hold left hands" is HARD :P. We are so happy for Sam and Stefan! Not only did we get to witness their ceremony, but come July, we'll be ready to celebrate them again at their reception! The greatest thing about weddings is that no matter the date, location, or amount of people in attendance, it's about two lives becoming one. Nothing else matters in that exact moment, except those two people. Since the pandemic has forced a majority of couples to not have their moment with each other, it's been exciting and comforting to see all weddings resume in the smaller capacity. It fills our heart with joy to see this type of happiness again <3. Enjoy their...

How to take headshots with your phone while in quarantine!

This is going to be a pretty candid blog post. For over a month, we have not been able to take any sort of photos. Our last session was March 8th, and since then, I've just been trying to get a grasp on this changing landscape due to COVID-19. I very recently had a couple of people reach out about at home sessions and, unfortunately, I'm not opening up my calendar again until (hopefully) July. It really is heartbreaking to tell people I cannot take their photos until possibly the middle of summer. That's extremely weird, uncomfortable, and downright depressing. However, I RECENTLY (4 days ago) started trying to make the best of it. I want to give business owners the opportunity to still get photos to update their website and social media. Photography as a tool is absolutely necessary, even though phtoography as a career is considered non-essential. With that in mind, I started thinking of ways to help people take their own headshots from the comfort of their homes and with the ease of their cell phones. I was inspired to create this post by a photographer named Graceful Designs Photography. She gave amazing instructions to new parents on how to take their own Fresh 48 photos while we are all currently social distancing. I wanted to kind of expand on that for entrepreneurs, which is why I created a quick step-by-step post that will hopefully keep your website updated and social media game strong! Turning your...

Allie & Josh Kurtz's Beach

Wedding Photographers in Pasadena

Winter. Wedding. Greatness! Seriously, Allie and Josh couldn't have asked for a more perfect day than February 1st for their wedding. The weather was great, the rain held off until the evening, and the atmosphere was exciting and beautiful. This was our first time photographing at Kurtz's Beach, and it has very quickly became a favorite venue! The wide open and clean look of the dance floor, the amazing rustic but modern ceremony space, and the ample patio area is what we dream for every location. It was a stunning spot for Allie and Josh to officially start their forever! Leading up to the ceremony, we experienced a first at a wedding: a trick first look. Now, we've done first looks, first touches, no-look first looks (TM pending :P), but we've never had a bride trick the groom by having a groomsman dress up in a wedding dress. It was the most hilariously kept secret, because literally everyone knew about it except for Josh. By the look on Josh's face when he sees Kevin in that dress, I'd say it's something he wishes he never did see (Kevin if you're reading this, we think you make a beautiful bride). There is just nothing better than a wedding day filled with unique personality and wonderful memories. That is a moment that Allie, Josh, and all of their friends and family will remember forever. I mean, they'll remember the whole day, but seriously...Kevin in a wedding dress is memory gold. We...

Allie & Josh Patapsco Valley Park

Engagement Photographers in Maryland

It's no secret that Patapsco Valley Park is one of my top locations. It's such a wonderful spot with a little bit of everything. There are fields of grasses, waterfalls, and stonework bridges. Some of my favorite sessions have been at Patapsco Valley Park. So when Allie and Josh chose it as their engagement location, we were so on board! We ended up getting a little bonus out of our evening with these two, since it was both an engagement AND family session. Allie's two adorable children were there to keep us all laughing and thinking. For real, some of the comments that Allie's son, Parker, would make were SO smart and interesting. I knew at the end of the session that Shawn wanted to sit down with him and have a full discussion about Super Mario and molecules.  With their wedding just a few days away, we cannot wait to see this adorable family again! I'm so happy to be reliving their session today! These four are incredible and getting to be their wedding photographers is going to be an absolute dream. We know the day is going to be fun, filled with joy, and LOADS of cuteness. What more can you ask for on a wedding day? Enjoy their Patapsco Valley Park Engagement ...

Meagan & Jake Mt. Washington Mill Dye House

Wedding Photographers in Baltimore

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season! We took some time off, stuffed our faces, and just relaxed! But before all of that, we had Meagan and Jake's GORGEOUS wedding on December 21st! Meagan and Jake are two of the most amazing people. I got to meet these two at a Copper Kitchen and Dye House event last year, so I was really excited to see them again!  Everything was immaculate for Jake and Meagan, and we couldn't have been any more thankful to be photographing it all. They had the best setting, the greatest weather, and the most fantastic people surrounding them. Seriously, from the second we walked into the different getting ready areas we could see how deep and loving every person's relationship was with Meagan and Jake. There was tons of laughter, tears, and giddiness leading up to the ceremony. EVERYONE was excited and it was incredibly energizing! We are so happy for Meagan and Jake. Their day was perfect, and we KNOW their first holiday season as Mr. & Mrs. was a fantastic one. Holiday cheer, newlywed bliss, HELLO?! How can it not be the most amazing time!  Fabulous extras about Meagan & Jake's day! · Meagan's grandma Bea gave THE best speech/poem we've ever heard! · Jake choreographed his and Meagan's first dance. · Their first dance was EPIC! There were flips, twists, and dips. I found myself screaming along with the crowd when it concluded! AHH! · Meagan's grandma...

Erica & Ben Camp Puh'Tok

Wedding Photographers in Maryland

I have SO many things to say about Ben and Erica's gorgeous camp wedding! Not only was their celestial theme on point for Camp Puh'Tok's style, but the level of emotions were next level. Every person involved in the day cried AT LEAST twice (groomsmen...I know one of them must have shed a tear :P). It was such a special and romantic day that captured every ounce of who Ben and Erica are. The whole day was such a calming experience, which feels weird to say about a wedding, but I mean it! Ben and Erica are two of the sweetest and hilarious people who are so easy to feel comfortable around. It's really an amazing superpower when someone has the ability to just make other's feel important. It's even more amazing when there's TWO people with that superpower and they get married to each other. Getting to witness that big moment between Ben and Erica was incredible. We are so happy for these two. We've gotten the chance to hangout with them (& sing some karaoke) leading up to the day and, honestly, they felt like friends right from the start. We feel so honored and thankful for Erica and Ben, and cannot wait to see where life takes them! Cool things from B&E's day! · They were able to capture their musical tastes within their ceremony thanks to Vitamin String Quartet. We heard Sail by AWOLNATION, Snow by Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Get...

Bri & Ryan The Barn at Pleasant Acres

Wedding Photographers in Maryland

Fall showed up and it showed out for Bri and Ryan's Oct 26th wedding! I do not think they could have asked for a more perfect afternoon and evening. Their stunning ceremony location, Jesus the Good Shepherd Church, was bright and amazing. Oh, and the reception spot...oh my goodness. It doesn't get much prettier or rustic than The Barn at Pleasant Acres.  Bri and Ryan are two of the sweetest individuals we have had the pleasure of photographing. They are so kind, and GOOD. They are the type of people you just wish to have inside jokes with, because then it means you're special. Ever since their engagement shoot last June, we had been waiting for their wedding day. So when it finally arrived, we were giddy with excitement for them. They deserve all of the happiness in the world, and we're so glad that we got to celebrate them. Ahh, this day was so great. Every moment from their ceremony, to their cake cutting was filled with so much joy. My favorite moment, hands down, HAS to be when Bri and Ryan sang a hymn together during their ceremony. Their voices....oh my gosh, I need a CD of them for Christmas, please. Their voices are bright, happy, and beautiful. I have no business talking music because I'm not doing them justice, just know, they're fabulous and I would listen to them on repeat.  We cannot thank these two enough for being exactly who they...