Do feel confident.
Do hold hands.
Do bring your dog!
Do embrace your awkwardness.
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At first I thought this post would mainly be helpful for fellow photographers... but really, the lessons learned are for anyone with the desire to use what they have and can afford at the time, to better their craft! :) Can you tell I'm a glass half full kinda gal?
I've recently added a new lens to my gear collection and I'm SO excited for it! It's an 85mm and an incredible portrait lens... however, it's not what I originally thought I'd be able to buy anytime soon. I've always had my eye on a 100mm lens to allow me to take those dreamy closeup shots of jewelry, food, flowers and all things larger-than-life beautiful.
New gear is what gets my creative juices flowing, but it's also what keeps me up at night since it's so pricey! I constantly second guess myself when it comes to making smart business investments (any fellow small business owners struggle with the same anxiety?).
When I met Ines at the Summer's End Workshop (see even more from that amazing experience here and here!!!), she shared an unbelievable tip with me... if you can't afford to take the 100mm lens plunge now, try macro filters that cost a fraction of the cost of a macro lens. Excuse me, WHATTT. I've heard of these filters, but had never had the chance to try them out in a setting like this. She not only let me try hers, but shared a bunch of veteran tips on how they work (a centrally placed subject is best!), how you need to shift your camera juuuuuust so, to hit that sweet spot of incredible crispness and which filter is best for which subject type.
Consider me SOLD!!! I needed to snag these fabulous filters right away (thank you Amazon Prime!). Over the last few months I've used them for numerous detail shots and am happy to say, they're life changing. Well, maybe that's a bit extreme, but honestly, after a bit of practice and getting the hang of the nuances, I think this addition to my arsenal was money well spent if for no other reason than to allow me to save up for the 85mm AND still get those wow shots of your super sparkly jewelry and sexy wedding day heels! ;)
PS - these STUNNING Rachel Mulherin pieces below were from my recent sugar and spice inspired styled shoot at Butterbee Farm... I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to share more with y'all! Have you ever seen jewelry like this!? Unique, custom, handmade geode stones that appear to be dipped in gold and dangling from your ears. HELLOOOOO gorgeous!!! Statement pieces like this are all you and your bridesmaids need to add that extra bit of glam and sophistication. Seriously, I could find a reason / outfit to wear them all. #lifegoals
Here's wishing you loads of fun playing with whatever new gear is on your holiday wish list... and if you can make it work for you AND your budget, more power to you. Rock on, friends!
Oh, and speaking of rocks, the ice blue gemstone you see in the background of some of these shots, came from my new favorite local shop, Love That. They recently opened in Belvedere Square and have SO MANY one of a kind finds... need a housewarming present for your coworker? Check! A sweet little baby present for your neighbor? Check! A prosecco scented candle for yourself (I had no idea that was even a thing!)? Yes, please! You definitely need to add them to your #shoplocal efforts on upcoming Small Business Saturday!!!
Stay tuned... I'll be sharing more macro images using these filters from my recent photoshoot at Bond Street Social next week! Small creative bites made for sharing - you might want to get those thanksgiving pants out and ready! ;)
Last Fall, Keri and I connected through a friend of a friend, as a result of a styled shoot I did with In A Bow Event Design! I can't say it enough (wait a minute, now I sound like my dad...), but it really is all about who you know. So glad I know the right people! ;) Keri and Patrick met playing trivia on opposing teams, one night at the Otto Bar just south of the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. They both have a penchant for making the other laugh; their smiles and compassionate nature are quick to put you at ease while in their presence.
They used to walk their dog in Wyman Park and love the quiet, tucked away nature of it. I did too! As we were shooting, I kept wanting to sit down and have a picnic among the big trees, dappled sun and low rock walls.
I just love the expressions Keri makes while in Patrick's arms. And you know how I have a thing for curly hair... us curly hair girls need to stick together! ;)
This might be my favorite photo of our session... the golden light peeking through the trees, the flowers spotted throughout the grass and an adorable couple in love!
How cute are they?! Not to mention the fact that we were in a garden oasis somewhere with perfect weather. Our session occurred right after a few days of strong, rainy weather and I think Mother Nature was showing off as much greenery and lushness as she could muster!
See? Lush garden oasis, for real. :)
After strolling the garden, we walked over to the Newsletter Office, right at the base of the sculpture garden. It's the sweetest little stone building, accessible by a tiny, narrow wooden walkway... perfect for a fun-loving couple! ;)
So, let's take a quick timeout and mention the fact that the original plan had us exploring the sculpture garden just behind this building... it was open when we first arrived to location scout, I got all excited for it and then an hour later, CLOSED. Bummer!!! But, instead we explored the surrounding gates and ivy-covered walls of the BMA. I'm pretty happy with how these came out!
And I have to end on this image, another one of my favorites. Talk about classic romance... Keri + Patrick, we had a blast exploring the area together and can't wait for your August wedding!
I knew from the first time we met at the Daily Grind in Fells Point, that Sara and Jake were an incredible couple and would be so much fun to get to know. As soon as Sara mentioned they just bought their first house near Patterson Park and wanted photos that tell the story of the start of their relationship together in Baltimore while living an urban lifestyle, I couldn't stop smiling - their story is so similar to mine! While celebrating Sara's mom's 60th birthday, Jake told Sara they should take their dogs, "Rizzo and Natty for a swim off the end of the pier..." With flowers and champagne setup , Jake knew how to not only surprise Sara but involve the entire family in celebrating their love. A homecooked shrimp scampi dinner was waiting for them after she said yes. :)
Your warmth is contagious and I love how genuinely happy you make each other. Congratulations again, Sara and Jake! So excited for your wedding this September (which happens to be a very meaningful date - the same September day that Sara's parents and sister were both married)! Isn't that just the sweetest tradition?!
I love meeting new couples as much as I love discovering new places to photograph. Oh, and I love dog people. Sarah and Will's engagement session encompassed all of that, so it was pretty much the best thing ever.
In November, they travelled all the way up from North Carolina to have their photographs taken in advance of their upcoming wedding (in 2 weeks!). The wedding will be at Quiet Waters Park, right on the water near Annapolis. We agreed on Patapsco State Park for their engagement shoot since a wooded area with access to water was their ideal location and Sarah's family used to go this specific park all the time while growing up...win win!
More often than not, the couples I photograph aren't used to being in front of the camera and are a bit nervous. I don't blame them - I remember when Anthony and I had our engagement photos taken...it's nervewracking...where do I put my hands? does this pose make my neck look weird (since I tend to contort my neck for some odd reason in every photograph, thinking I look better but in reality looking so silly!)? did I just blink? does my smile look forced since I've had to smile almost consecutively for the last 23 minutes? Anyway, I can tell you that Sarah and Will are incredibly photogenic and needed barely any coaching from me other than where to stand for the best light. This was definitely one of my favorite engagement sessions to date and they are complete model material, wouldn't you agree?! :) Seriously, watching them warmed my heart; they are completely adorable and their love is so genuinely sweet.
I just love how they look at each other with such admiration and pure joy.
This is a perfect example of why I highly encourage all couples to get in front of the camera before their big day: it allows you to become confident while we photograph you from a variety of different angles and it allows us to learn what poses work best to capture you naturally and in the moment. And, most importantly it's a fun way to document your love in an informal, casual setting!
How gorgeous and memorable is her engagement ring?!
May 30 will be here SO soon and we can not wait to photograph your wedding! You're going to be a stunning couple and your day promises to be nothing short of amazing amongst all of your family and friends with a backdrop of water and woods!