ethan

November 8, 2011 § 1 Comment

This baby. As soon as I met Ethan I could not WAIT to get him on film! For obvious reasons – the child is beautiful. He was not camera shy either! There’s something so sweet about shooting a tiny baby indoors in a natural setting, with natural light. Add in the birthday suit and you can’t beat it! The morning light was perfect for creating that soft, sweet tone.

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a diamond in the rough

October 27, 2011 § 2 Comments

Living in DC, which I consider to be an extremely urban city (only New Yorkers would probably disagree), street and flea markets are a dime a dozen. You can find “shabby chic” on many a street corner, or even in your neighborhood Target now – it’s definitely losing its appeal. A year or so ago, my good friend Kristin, a Frederick, MD native, introduced me to Chartreuse & Co. – one of the greatest local finds ever! On the third weekend of every month, three barns in Buckeystown, MD get filled with amazing pieces of furniture and antiques crafted by local artisans. It is a truly one-of-a-kind place, a place with beautiful furniture and decor for literally astounding prices. Two of the barns are packed to the gills with furniture – desks, bed frames, armoires – that still needs restoration. The third barn is occupied by about 20 local vendors who have set up “rooms” displaying their beautifully crafted or restored furniture and displays, laid out in an Anthropologie-like setting. This barn is where I usually spend all of my time, the other two can be overwhelming.

teddy

October 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

This past weekend I got the opportunity to photograph one of my best friend’s sons. I’ve been waiting a long time (7 months!) to meet Teddy, and I was so excited to finally do so at one of my favorite places in the world. The upper quad at Wake Forest is picturesque to the new observer, and nostalgic and bittersweet to those of us who have ever attended Wake. So I couldn’t have asked for a better setting, or a better subject. Teddy is obviously adorable, but has the most amazing disposition. He was a ham for the camera! Congratulations to Steve and Lindsey on being such great parents and having such an amazing little guy – I loved meeting him!

I honestly can’t decide whether I prefer the color or the black and white photos for this shoot – what do YOU like?

Chris and Maria’s Destination Wedding Invitations

September 26, 2011 § 5 Comments

Every once in awhile a job comes along that I get really invested in – and this was definitely one of them (it may or may not have something to do with the fact that I share a cubicle with the sister of the bride). This one was fun from day one. A destination wedding in Puerto Rico – what better way to “save the date” than a luggage tag?! Maria and Chris wanted their invitations and save the date to convey what the event was going to be – a fun, once-in-a-lifetime experience. We achieved that down to the last detail – twine, stamps, color, fonts, etc.

To land here, we combined two inspiration pieces – they loved the “love letter” theme, as well as the “vintage post office” theme, and I think both themes were conveyed in the final outcome.

If anyone is ever debating to go custom with their own wedding invitations – I think this is a wonderful example of how PERSONAL you can make things when you go custom. After all, it is your wedding. These invitations are all about Maria and Chris, and the amazing event they have planned!

The Save the Date sets the tone for the rest of the event – it is the FIRST thing people see about your event, and it’s the “look and feel” that people will attribute/associate to your wedding until they get the actual invitation.

Now that you’ve connected with your guests with a Save the Date that you feel accurately represents you and your fiance, as well as the event you’re planning, it’s important to follow up in accordance with the bar that you’ve set – meaning, stay true to colors, fonts, etc – but feel free to take license to do new things and have fun with it. The following pieces match the tone, the theme and, most importantly, the couple.

Lauren and Pat’s Rehearsal Dinner

September 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

I obviously love creativity, and I get even more excited about it when it comes on behalf of a client. Lauren and Pat are doing a softball game with family and friends for their “Rehearsal Dinner” the night before their wedding – what an unbelievably fun way to celebrate the coming together of two families. I love the idea, and I’m sure all involved will have a ball! Aligning with the fun theme, we decided to make the invitation for this event an actual ticket – similar in look to one you’d get at any other ball game you went to!

Marisa and Omid’s Baby Shower

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I consulted with several colleagues and the vote is in: not one person has ever received an attractive shower invite.

Be it wedding, bridal or baby – they are generally tacky, overly loud and tend to run themes into the ground. Is it necessary to always bedazzle bridal shower invites? Is it necessary to always do trucks or cars or dumptrucks on a baby shower invite for a boy? NO. Please, don’t ever do that. GENERIC TEMPLATES ARE NEVER THE ANSWER! Why do people feel the need? I’m not sure, but I’m going to take a stand! Here are some boy shower invites hopefully kept a little classy and tasteful – while still sweet. 

Mary Kate & Brandon’s Invitation Suite

July 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Elegance and simplicity can go a long way on paper – and I think Mary Kate captured just that with her invitation suite for her June wedding. Their custom monogram was carried through from invitation to RSVP to Reception Card to the program – all done so in a classic package.