Sunday, August 31, 2008

Roman - 9 Months old!!

I can not believe how big Roman has grown in the last 9 months! It really feels like just yesterday when I got this shot during his newborn session:

We took a few shots inside but we were super excited to take Roman outside for pictures for the first time.

Jen's friend gave her this really cool parachute play thing and I thought the colors would look amazing in the photographs!

Just days before the session Jen told me that Roman did not like the grass AT ALL!!! Much to our surprise we could not keep him out of it!

We had a great time that day. Roman was all giggles and smiles. Perhaps that's because I had his 4 other siblings there to entertain him! It was a few days before school started up ao I had to capture some end of summer silliness!

I can't believe he will be 1 year old at our next session!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Prince William County Fair!

As I mentioned in my previous post we ventured out to the fair Friday night with good friends of ours. Of course when were were just a few miles away it started to rain.


Luckily we had some umbrellas and we ventured in! The first thing we came across was a good old demolition derby!

After the rain stopped we walked over to a live Sea Lion show, Ethan was enthralled!

After that, we were off to see some animals. YAY GOATS!

We were nearing the end of the goats when Jonathan and Jermaine took off in the direction of loud clomping, yelling and cheering...

What do you think it was? Well if you guessed some major cheese ball tag team wrestling then you were correct!

Amanda and I took Ethan to the petting zoo area while the guys got their wrestling fill. We spent a good amount of time in the arts & crafts area, got some good fresh brewed sweet tea and then of course enjoyed our funnel cakes.

Before we left I got to run around and take some pictures of the fair "atmosphere" and here is one of my favorite shots!

In college in Ohio, one of my favorite things to do was to go to all of the small county fairs and photograph. It was a real passion of mine. I think because I grew up in South Florida with HUGE events like the Miami-Dade & Broward County Fairs that were like full size yet temporary amusement parks, I just fell in love with the charm of the small town fair and went to as many as I could.

Have a happy Friday everyone!

Check back soon for more pictures from our beach weekend and a super rockin' 9 month session with my awesome friend Roman!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Weekend Preview!

We had a fantastic relaxing weekend! We kicked it off by going to the county fair Friday night with some friends of ours and then totally rocked the Delaware shore with the dream team (Jonathan's 2 siblings and their significant others and the cutest little girl n the world, his niece!)the rest of the weekend.

Here is a little teaser!

More later!


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Journey - Separate Ways.

So the song "Separate Ways" by Journey is sort of an inside joke thing for my best friend and I but with that aside it's a great song with a HILARIOUS (not intentional I am sure) video circa 1983.

You can see the original video here.

Well tonight I came across this fantastic remake of the video and I about died laughing. These guys did an amazing job, shot by shot!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

We are busy building my display for the Washington Bridal Showcase on September 7th at the Dulles Expo Center! Pictures to follow!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Holly & Billy!!

Back on June 28th I had the absolute honor of photographing Holly & Billy's Affirmation of vows. You see back in April (I think) of 2007, Billy & Holly were married in a private ceremony in the living room of their home in North Carolina shortly before Billy was to be deployed to Afghanistan.

Fast forward to June 28, 2008 and they were able to affirm their vows in Holly's church in front of all their friends and family and then celebrate with them late into the night with a big party! I actually heard there was an after reception party, but I don't know many details about that only that her bridesmaid Samantha was quite hung over the next day when I saw her at her neice's birthday party!


I had only met Holly prior to the wedding but I knew I would love Billy when I read through his responses on my "all about you..." questionnaire that I send to all of my couples. When I asked "What do you do for a living?", his answer was simple, "I'm a hero".

Now, onto the pictures!

The forecast called for rain but this is about as bad as the weather got in Manassas that day!

Pretty dress & shoes:

The gorgeous Holly & her stunning bridesmaids! You may recognize Samantha from her wedding in April. Whats with me and blond brides and Marine grooms?! ;)

This shot was taken by the amazing Kate Triano who came along and shot with me for a few hours that day! I can not stress enough how great it is to have a second photographer at the wedding. It allows for so many more great shots, especially of the guys who often get neglected while we are focused on the bride getting ready.

The very handsome Billy taking advantage of the chalkboard in the preschool room the guys got ready in:

Another shot by Kate. Isn't this the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum thing? Too funny!

Another favorite by Kate. There just are no words for this shot!

A few shot's I loved from the ceremony:

After the ceremony we got to sneak off and take some nice romantic shots. This first one I just got as a 16x24 canvas wrap and let me just say... WOW WOW WOW soooooo beautiful!

I love capturing people taking pictures of themselves!

mmmmm cake!

Can't forget the ring shot!

I adore these two shots of their first dance:

They had an adorable slideshow that they played for their guests before dinner and this shot just made me get all teary eyed (I believe it was when he got back from Afghanistan):

There were plenty of drinks flowing that night:

I had a blast guys! Thank you for letting me be a part of such a special day in your lives!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

No love for mommy...

Gone for two days and this is the welcome Jonathan gets...

No love for mommy... none at all!