Friday, May 30, 2008

Michelle & Ben - Baltimore, MD!

On May 4th I had the great pleasure of second shooting Michelle & Ben's wedding for Jessica Del Vecchio!

Getting to be the second photographer at a wedding is such a blast! Not only do you get to capture all the fabulous details and amazing candids, but you get know other photographers and see how they work! Besides giving them another perspective of the day, they always know you have their back, not only for shooting but for helping arrange group shots, changing lenses and moving gear which really helps to ease the stress of a busy wedding day!

Everything about this wedding was beautiful!

The flowers were... just... amazing!

I had never been to the Beth Tfiloh Synagogue before and it was stunning!

Michelle's flower girls were real hams and loved having their pictures taken! But hey, what girls don't?

Here are 2 of my favorites from the ceremony:

This is Ben's gorgeous mother. I shot this one while Jessica was shooting the formal portraits in the courtyard.

Here are a few of the great candid shot's I captured during the cocktail hour:

mmmm CAKE!!!!

And finally here is the couples first dance as husband and wife, followed by Michelle dancing with her father:

I had so much fun and I can't wait to shoot with Jessica again!

Check out more on her blog!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The newest members of the Jenn LinkPhotography family!

Carley & Steven!!!

Dressed as Pee Wee & Miss Yvonne for Halloween! How cool is that?!

Carley and I have been friends for quite a while... hmmm I can't even remember when she started at the local photo lab I worked at as our Studio Photographer...either way it seems like I have known her forever!

This girl and I have been through a lot of tough stuff in our lives since we have been friends and I always think of her constant unconditional support and friendship through those events and smile. I am so lucky to have friends like that in my life.

So after all we have been through there had been a time where we had not kept in close contact, I had moved down to Kentucky and she was working hard to grow her business along side of a messy divorce and the lost of her beloved doggie.

To keep up with her I started to read her myspace blog. She is such an eloquent and quirky writer and much of what she shared was deeply personal and touching. She just put herself out there for everyone to see. I am convinced it helped other people just as much as it helped her get through everything. Actually... before Jonathan and I started dating and were just friends I pointed him to her blog since he was dealing with many of the same feelings and emotions as she was through his divorce. They quickly became myspace friends too!

Somewhere along the way she met Steven! I am pretty sure it was through myspace blogs and mutual friends. Crazy huh?! I have yet to meet this amazing man but I already love him and everything that he is to my dear friend Carley.

They did the long distance thing for quite awhile and then Steven sold his home, quit his job and transported himself to Northwest Ohio! Now THAT is love because let me tell you, there isn't much going on there!

Last month they took a much needed vacation to Jamaica where Steven popped the question!

How cute are they?!

They are going to be having a small wedding in a small old (restored) movie theater in September and I get to be the lucky one to capture all of the moments for them!

Carley, I promise I won't end up drunk, dancing on tables while our friends ex-husband puts money down my skirt with his teeth!
(Yes, that really happened at her first wedding where I was a very drunk guest)

I can't wait to see you guys in a few weeks for your engagement session!!!!! Both of them are true artists so I am super excited about all of our ideas for the shoot!

All the photos were stolen from Carley's myspace page!

edited to add this cute picture of Carley and I from fall 2004:

hmmm I think it might be time to change my hair color... I miss my red. What do you all think?

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Busy Weekend! (Maternity, Fist Communion & Wedding!!)

Lets just say my weekend was non-stop! The following blog post is just a quick recap and a few sneak peak images!

Saturday I was all set to drive up to West Virginia to shoot maternity pictures of the fantastic Tiffany of LayneMarie Photography when I remembered that my neighbors daughter was having her first communion that afternoon! I went next door and offered to do a quick mini-session (and I do mean quick... like 10 minutes) of her in her beautiful dress before they ran off to church!

This is by far my favorite image:

And like I always do, I say... "I will have some images to show you in a few days!"

But what did I do? I ran inside and edited all the images and even made a quick slideshow... all before they got back from church!! What can I say? I just get so excited about my work. I love what I do and it is such a thrill that I get to earn a living doing what I am passionate about. It just never feels like work to me!

So later that afternoon I headed up to WV and OMG let me just say that was the most beautiful drive! I would drive up there any time just to see that beautiful country side. It is such a breath of fresh air compared to driving around here in the Northern Virginia / DC area.

Tiffany picked an adorable little park to shoot in and we had a great time! I got to meet her hubby & her two adorable kids! Also her sister-in-law / business partner / my friend Heather was along and did quite a bit of shooting as well. It was such a blast as well as an honor to shoot Tiffany! It is always such a giant compliment when another photographer asks you to photograph them.

Here are two sneak peak images for you:

Yes, we put a chaise on live tracks and made an very pregnant woman (only 3 weeks away from her due date) try and 'relax'! HAHA! Don't worry ladies I would never ask you to do something so crazy in a session unless we were sure everything was super safe!

I was super tired when I got home but I made sure to get plenty of rest because on Sunday I was second shooting for the amazing Jessica Del Vecchio up in Baltimore!

Sorry but you are going to have to wait on images from that one!! It was such a nice wedding and they had the most amazing floral arrangements I have seen in a long time!

All in all I clocked about 335 miles this weekend any yesterday morning I was so sore that even my fingers hurt!!

I love what I do! Can you tell?!