What a wonderful Saturday! In this area, it’s always hard to tell what the weather will be like at the end of April and up until the day before the wedding, the forecast claimed April 26th would bring showers consistantly throughout the day. Good thing the forecast changed! We ended up with a BEAUTIFUL afternoon and despite a few drops here and there, the sun shined brightly for Tracey and Kirk!
The wedding took place at Bluestone Overlook, right outside Middletown, Maryland. What a beautiful location – owned and lived in by Pat and Frank Mann, they have been gracious enough to open up their home to brides and grooms for their special day.
I have so many wonderful pictures to post but I’ll start with this group that stood out right away — as I edit, I’ll probably throw a few more up here.
Tracey and Kirk – I had SO much fun with both of you! Congratulations!! I hope you finished all you needed to take care of today before leaving on your honeymoon tomorrow! Have fun!!
Each table was a different spring color – so unique and creative!!!
Tracey’s dress was absolutely gorgeous!
Make-up for wedding day: $237
Being a model on wedding day: priceless!
Check out his left foot … this is right before he took a tumble down the steps…
…and recovered like a champ!
Sydney (their pup) could not be more than 6 inches away from Tracey at any given time … as a result, they tripped each other up during the walk down the aisle … so cute.
I always have trouble staying away from the babies…no matter what the event!
Another use for a pool table…
After a long weekend away from home, photographing a wedding (which I will get to next…), I have finally had the chance to sit down and look through the photographs from the reception in DC from last Thursday evening. I know I touched on the event in my prior post so I won’t go into details but I wanted to post a few of my favorite images from the night…
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
The retirees with the guest of honor
This evening, I was given the opportunity to head to DC to photograph a reception at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse. A reception was being held to honor Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit and Chief Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for their service as Chief Judges. The event was attended by about 100 individuals including Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. It was a very honorable event and as each of the Justices took the stand to not only speak to their captive audience but to instill personal and professional encounters that have made each of them who he is today. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an awesome milestone. I will begin working on the images tomorrow and will be sure to get some up!
It has often occurred to me that my day to day interaction with my kids at school – all 500 of them - gives me a unique look into the imaginations and thoughts of the future of our world. During the five years I have spent teaching art to kids ranging from 5 to 11, I have been called ‘mom’ by accident many times, after which is always followed by a flurry of giggling, I have received and given more hugs than I can count, and I have been told by a 3rd grader that he intended on marrying me if I could just wait until he finished up high school. I have seen many lips being bitten and tongues sticking out during moments of pure concentration, I have sat on the carpet as part of a squiggly circle to share my favorite books with 20 kids at a time, hoping they too, will be impacted by the words and images that leap off the pages, and I have watched my babies grow from teary-eyed kindergarteners toting Spiderman or Hannah Montana bookbags full of boxes of tissues and baby wipes on the first day into wide-eyed fifth graders, eager to prove their independence and defy the world’s rules yet cautious about jumping aboard that yellow transit the last day, seemingly knowing they are leaving a chapter of their life behind.
These days cannot be traded, cannot be dismissed, and cannot be forgotten because each one is a gift. Everyday when my students walk through my art room door, I listen, I remember, and I smile. Every pitter patter or crashing sound of feet into my room etches a memory on my heart.
I carry these experiences with me to every photo shoot I do with kids. Each child is unique and carries a story with them. I want to tell that story and record the memories of now, forever. If you, like me, put off family portraits and your kid’s portraits, don’t wait! Spring and summer are beautiful times to capture exciting moments and milestones in your child’s life! For more pictures, visit my portrait gallery! I can’t wait to tell the story of your family!
Last week, during the brief break from the rain, wind, and clouds, I met up with Christina and Rollie in DC for some E-pics among the cherry blossoms, tulips, and monuments. It was a fun evening and just by spending one hour with Christina and Rollie, I felt like they gave me a glimpse in to the love that they share for each other and for life. Congratulations, Christina and Rollie!!! The wedding is going to be great!
I spent the evening in Upperville, VA yesterday, celebrating the marriage of Carrie and Jason. I met Carrie just a few weeks ago as we crossed paths both being in the wedding field of work. She is an incredibly talented wedding planner. You can visit her site here: http://www.myinspiredoccasion.com/. The total attendance of 9 people understated the immensity of the love, devotion, and pure happiness of the day! The wedding took place at Blackthorne Inn – a beautiful location! After arriving and spending an hour walking the grounds and taking pictures, I met up with the guys at the gazebo to prepare for the ceremony which was being performed by Jason’s dad.
The day was amazing and it was amazing to spend a few hours with two such incredible families. Congratulations, Carrie & Jason!!
After countless hours and delving deep into my mind to dig up the best of my color theory classes, the new look of Hough Photography has been launched. I have yet to add music although that is coming shortly. I love it and hope you do, too!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!!!
Last weekend, I spent a day at the Inner Harbor meeting up with three clients for shoots. My day started with three of Baltimore’s biggest Oriole’s fans. SO much fun! We walked around the Inner Harbor … more like followed the youngest fan … and got some great shots! Here is my favorite:
Later that afternoon, I met up with Liz and Lenny for their 2nd round of E-pics. Months ago, we had met in Annapolis for some water shots and realized the entire dock was under construction! It was frustrating although it forced all of us to explore downtown Annapolis and we got great pictures. This time, we hit the jackpot. The sun came out just for them and we had a great time. Here is my favorite picture:
Finally, I met up with Latoya and to take pictures of her son and was able to meet her mom and sister as well. What a nice family – and it doesn’t hurt that our little guy hammed it up for the camera. Here is my favorite:
I am really far behind in posting but we’ve been burning the midnight oil putting up the new website! Let me go back over the last few weeks and tell you about some of my favorite photo shoots!
The day before Easter, we met Jennifer and Tom at Great Falls Park for their E-pics. As we drove up 95 to meet them, the sun was shining and despite the cold, it was a beautiful spring day! But just as we turned into the park, everything darkened, it became dreary, and within 30 minutes, it began to SLEET! What terrible luck!
We were all determined to go on with the E-pics so we trooped around the park. We definitely made the right decision! We got some great pictures! Here are some of my favorites:
J & T – Can’t wait for the wedding!!!