Becca and Garrett’s engagement session was held just a few weeks before their actual wedding. It doesn’t usually work out this way, but the main goal was to get lots of great images that would end up in a photo-guestbook design. If you aren’t familiar with this modern take on what I personally always felt was a useless item (the standard, “attendance roster” guestbook), the images are used in a book design that looks very cool on it’s own, but also leaves plenty of room for friends and family to write nice remarks in. Mission accomplished! They were just married last week and the book was a hit. Images and show from the wedding day are coming up next!

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After photographing Amy and Jon’s engagement session, their wedding day, maternity portraits and portraits of newborn Landen –  they pretty much feel like family now. So, it just made sense to take the family to the Fair. I’m a big fan of the “lifestyle” approach to family portrait sessions. That is, posing when necessary, but mostly just setting things in motion and getting out of the way to capture the REAL moments that follow. That isn’t to say it’s just firing away and hoping for something good. It’s a balance of lighting methods that look best but don’t intrude and waiting for specific moments that happen and really tell the family story. I’m even mixing in some video snippets into my slideshows to spice things up a little more. 🙂

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family memories captured at the DE State Fair

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I’ve known Katie since…way back. I met her fiancé, Nick, for the first time when we walked the grounds of the University of Delaware to shoot their engagement portraits. I wasn’t worried about him though. If Katie agreed to marry him, he must be okay. 🙂

Their love story began on the UD campus, so that was the logical location to do their this session. We wandered somewhat aimlessly, but there were some key spots they wanted to hit for sentimental reasons. That’s what portraits (engagement, or otherwise) should be about – not just pictures, but images with meaning to them.

Enjoy. 🙂

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It was a little longer drive than average for me this past weekend, but well worth the drive for Katie and Tony’s wedding. We started at Katie’s family’s house with plenty of time available there before we had to head to the church. This is key in so many weddings, as there are so many moments that just happen and need to be recorded. It’s also a great time to get some detail shots…before the day starts getting too chaotic. Plus, I get to include the family pet in the wedding photography coverage – they are family too. 🙂

The ceremony was held at Saint Mark’s in Fallston, Md. It’s a beautiful church, and bigger than it looks from the outside. The reception was about a half-hour drive, held at the Top of the Bay on Aberdeen Proving Ground. Thankfully, no weapons were being tested during our stay. 🙂

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