H0T AND HUMID? How to get amazing engagement images no matter how hot the weather!

HEAT AND HUMIDITY? No problem.Here are just a few tips to have a successful engagement session no matter  how hot the weather.


Steph and Dennis

It was 86 degrees and probably 90% humidity. But Stephanie and Dennis were ready to roll. Having a busy schedule, this was the one day that they both could make it for a country-style photo session. Not the best weather day, although it wasn’t raining! :)

They braved the gnats, and sticker bushes and short hikes to beautiful spots, and we created romantic, fun, beautiful images for their save the date cards, prints and to share on social media.  So here are a few easy tips to help you “survive” a hot summer day session.

1. Try to schedule your session before the main heat of the day, early morning is best, but if you can’t do early, do shady.  I always pose clients in the shady areas, out of the intensity of the sun. And then use reflected natural light or a portable light kit to light them, yet keep them as comfortable as possible. So discuss your location options and pick the shade.

2. If you can, hire a professional hair and makeup artist to work with both prior to the session. They will know how to apply makeup that won’t melt or streak and give your hair the staying power it needs. If you don’t have the budget for that, think about fixing your hair in a style that doesn’t require a full-bodied look or a non-curly look, depending on your hair. Think about putting it up or have fun with hats.

3. Bring water!!! A session is anywhere from 1-1.5 hours, depending on location and outfit changes and you start to get tired and thirsty. A cold bottle of water really helps.

4. Bring bug spray. Gnats are the worst!! I usually bring a bottle with me, but if you strategically use bug spray prior to the session , especially around the areas of your face, you’ll be nearly bug free.

5. I recommend that you wear long pants. Especially if f your session is in a rustic, natural area, wearing long pants protects you from scratchy plants and bugs. It’s tempting to wear shorts, because it’s hot, but pants generally work better.

6.If you’re not wearing shoes that you can walk comfortably in, bring a pair of “walking shoes” and then just switch in to your cute  “photo” shoes when the photos are being taken.

But the Most Important Thing to bring to your session is an attitude of adventure and fun!

     Dennis wore shorts, Stephanie wore wedges with an open toe. Didn’t bring water or bug spray, I did. :)  Stephanie did have professional hair and makeup, which lasted until the end.

The most amazing thing about them was that neither one hesitated to snuggle up in the grasses or hike to the “good spots” or bat a few gnats away to make emotive, fun loving images together.  They had a totally successful session.

Sure, you can do a studio session and avoid any of this preparation. But where’s the fun in that! Pick a lovely location, be prepared and get images that rock!!

   Thank you Dennis and Stephanie, for a fun engagement session on a hot spring day. You did great! And your images show it!

     Looking forward to your 2016 spring wedding. xxoo

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Big Cork Vineyards and the Surprise Engagement of Katie

Big Cork Winery Engagement Pictures

It must have been burning a hole in his pocket. The ring, that Michael was waiting to place on the hand of his love, Katie. He had been planning this surprise engagement to Katie for , I don’t know how long. But I was brought in on it about 4 weeks before it happened to capture all the smiles and tears and most of all, the surprise!

The place, Big Cork Vineyards, Rohrersville, Md, the date, May 3rd, an extremely beautiful day, and the time… exactly 4pm.


     With a welcoming permission given earlier to Michael from the folks at Big Cork, we met the week before the engagement to plan out the scenario. Where would he propose? Where would they sit and enjoy a glass of wine beforehand, so that Katie suspected nothing. And maybe most important for me, how it would be photographed. Michael had the unique idea to have it photographed in such a way that he could create a flip book of the images. I haven’t seen a flip book since I was a kid. But I recall with fondness holding one, looking over the pages so that still images became filmstrip of movement. How cool was this going to be?

Half an hour before their arrival, Kim, my assistant and I arrived so that we would be in place, cameras hidden by patio furniture pillows, we waited. And then it all seemed to happen in the blink of an eye, to the cheers of wine lovers relaxing on the patio ,they watched the most spectacular view of the start of something beautiful. Many thanks to Big Cork for their hospitality.

With precisely a half hour before they moved on to dinner with family, we walked around the gorgeous grounds of Big Cork, capturing the love between them, and their first moments on the path to marriage.

Thank you to Michael for inviting me. I have photographed many weddings, but I have never witnessed or documented and actual engagement, the beginning of a lifetime together. What a privilege and honor to be there. Congratulations and best wishes to Katie and Michael for a lifetime of happy surprises.  xxoo

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Michael and Katie get engaged at Big Cork vineyards, Rohrersville, Md.

Their first photos as an engaged couple of the beautiful grounds of Big Cork Winery.

Their first photos as an engaged couple of the beautiful grounds of Big Cork Vineyards.


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Many thanks to Big Cork Winery for hosting the engagement and the photo session. They couldn't have been at more beautiful venue.

Many thanks to Big Cork Vineyards for hosting the engagement and the photo session. They couldn’t have been at more beautiful venue.

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Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery spring Wedding of Laura and Drew

Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery Spring Wedding of Laura and Drew

Drew proposed to Laura in front of a crowd of hundreds during the Hagerstown Mummer’s Parade. The way they told it, he actually dragged her in to the middle of the street, while there was a lull between what I imagine were floats and marching bands, to profess his love for all time. I loved that story about them. And I knew instantly I would really enjoy creating images for them and I wasn’t wrong. Their beautiful spring wedding at Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery was full of laughter and fun, and drama, but in a good way, goofy faces and big broad smiles and full of heartfelt emotion. It was my first wedding of the season and I can’t think of a better way to start off the year. Thank you to Drew, Laura and their family and friends who were such a joy to be with on their wedding day. Congratulations!!!!

Venue – Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery  ( http://www.springfieldmanor.com/springfield-manor-winery—distillery.html)

Bride’s Dress– TLC Bridal Boutique ( www.tlcboutique..com)

Bridesmaids dresses– Alfred Angelo Bridal (www.alfredangelo.com)

Caterer– Carriage House Inn (http://www.carriagehouseinn.info)

Flowers– Blossom and Basket Boutique  (blossomandbasketweddingboutique.com

D.J– Mike Britner

Makeup Artist– Destinee Kreis, Structures Salon  (structuressalon.com)



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Couple’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire

I am honored and excited to have received the Wedding Wire 2015 Couple’s Choice Award. I am very thankful to my clients who took the time to review my services. I am proud to have provided them with exceptional service.

About the Couples’ Choice Awards

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the top 5 percent of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States, Canada and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 200,000 newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2014 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).

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ThorpeWood, a colorful fall wedding of Ben and Jen

October, the perfect month for a colorful fall wedding
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Ben and Jen’s wedding couldn’t have been any more beautiful with the changing leaves of fall on the grounds of ThorpeWood.
Thank you for inviting us to capture your day.
Venue- Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood
Catering- Canapes Catering
Flowers- Ory Florals
Makeup Artist- Jordan K. Winn & Co.
Dress- P. Lawrence Bridal
Bridesmaids dress- Hannalore’s Bridal Boutique
Music- The Significant Others


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