the magic happens at home: family session in stewartstown, pa.

Just because I’ve said it before doesn’t mean I won’t say it again: there’s a certain magic in taking your family photos in your home. A synergy you can’t get at the park or the beach or on a beautiful dusky field.

You’re comfortable there and no one is looking on, no one except for me. You laugh with each other and play and pout. And when someone needs a break, they can sulk (or skip) off and come back when they’re ready.

Home is where the snacks are. And the bathroom if you need it.

It’s where you wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night. Where you share your meals and resolve your fights. And so those pictures have a subtle depth. An unseen layer of memory.

I’ll happily take your family photos at the park or beach or on a beautiful dusky field. And we will capture things that are still honest and true. But don’t underestimate your home as the perfect setting. The half finished projects and messy corners won’t show up (unless you want them to).

Get in touch if you’re interested in booking a family session.

What is: A Sagamore Pendry , Fell's Point Wedding

With a wedding this beautiful, cool, perfectly executed, it would be easy for the style to overwhelm the substance.

But it didn’t stand a chance.

The substance was there, filling in the space between the gorgeous flowers, the killer reception jumpsuit, the delicious cocktail named after a very ornery dog.

There was love. And feeling. And this poem by Galway Kinnell, read by the groom’s father, Michael, as a part of the ceremony.

Whatever happens. Whatever
what is is is what
I want. Only that. But that.

Like Michael, I believe in mountains, poetry, and love. The same love that brought Laurie and Galen together on a beautiful fall day in Charm City.

These are the folks that helped make this day amazing:

Venue/Catering: The Sagamore Pendry Hotel
Planner: Jes at Intrinsic Weddings
AV/Lighting: Five Star AV
Entertainment: Vertigo Red
Strings: Vertigo Red
Florist: Lucky Penny 
Rentals: Select Event Group
Cake: Charm City Cakes 
Hair/Make-up: Haute Blowdry 
Photobooth: Pixilated
Transportation: Charm Cars

With two photo stops in Fells Point at Sinners and Saints and Alexander’s, the bar where Laurie and Galen met, which should serve as a reminder that some people still meet the old fashioned way.

What Comes Before: Mehndi, Sangeet, Haldi and Pithi in Potomac, MD

A few weeks before their wedding, Ashima and Aalok contacted me about photographing some of the pre-wedding events leading up to their wedding: catching the tail end of a day long mehndi session, attending the sangeet at the Potomac Country Club, capturing the haldi and pithi ceremonies.

I’ve been intimidated to try to write about it because it can be hard to write about things outside of my own traditions without an aura of cliched reverence. The colors, the clothings, the music, the food, the deep love of family and the respect for tradition. It was all there. And to top it off was a couple whose love and respect for each other is palpable from the moment you meet them.

After three days of buzzing about them, I was exhausted, and I wasn’t even attending all the dinners and brunches thrown in to the mix. But they must have had a deep reservoir of energy to pull from because the big day hadn’t even hit when I said my good-byes.

Get Happy: Sarah and Brady's Deale, Maryland Wedding

A quirky venue.

A killer DJ/ playlist.

A mildly daunting bridal party boat ride.

A fun-loving couple who just so happened to be easy on the eyes.

Sure it, rained, but I’m pretty sure that not one single person cared.

Because it was that fun.

Venue/ catering: Happy Harbor

Dress: BHLDN

Suit: Indochino

DJ: Eddie Walk

Bakery: Kelly at Bell House Bakery