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Bridal Fairs

Can we be honest for a minute? I’m not sure I really like Bridal Shows. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about attending them as a bride and I find them just as overwhelming and daunting as a vendor. Don’t get me wrong, I love meeting new people and connecting with new clients and hearing all about their day and plans and getting inspired from their ideas. However these long, bonding conversations don’t happen as often as I’d like :(. Brides are being bombarded by all of us vendors and I know it’s overwhelming. At the end of the day you’re exhausted and hauling bags of random paraphernalia from people you don’t remember meeting and some you don’t even need. “Hey, I already have a location and a band….” And yet you are left to sort through 32 location brochures that are soon to fill your trash can and multiple band and DJ postcards spouting awesomeness and bridal show discounts.

Personally, as a bride, I really wanted to connect with my vendors! I a photographer who was going to listen to what my idea of the “important shots” were; a band who was actually going to play what we wanted to hear; a florist who listened to our decor ideas and had input on how to best highlight and decorate our venue and offer bouquet ideas. I wanted professionalism and creativity and personalization.

So what am I doing this year to try and offer those same traits to my couples? I am, for now, forgoing the large bridal shows and focusing on boutique shows at locations I’m familiar with and can offer insight on. My first show will be at Stonewall Jackson Country Club. I’m very familiar with Jeanna and have photographed weddings there previously. Plus, these shows have smaller attendance so I can really determine what best to offer to each couple that I click with. (Chemistry is so very very important!) if you’re getting married at Stonewall, head over to the show and say hello. I’ll post about some other smaller shows I’m doing too; and leave feedback below about your feelings regarding bridal shows and what we as vendors can do to make them more beneficial and enjoyable for you and less stressful for us too!:D

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Sadly Happy

Last year, around August, I sat down and really thought about my business and what I really enjoy and what I feel I specialize in, and I made the gut-wrenching decision to no longer photograph families or children and strictly focus on my true true passions, which are weddings/engagements and boudoir sessions. The reason I’m especially sad about it are families like this….families whose wedding I had the honor of photographing, and who are still a part of my family’s life. Rambling done…onto the photos of the Harrisons! Love these guys and I appreciate them being one of my last family sessions!

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New Year and My Resolutions

…are pretty simple. Blog more. Which really shouldn’t be too difficult since I barely posted anything last year. I have the content, I just need you guys to be ok with my ramblings as I show off my awesome clients and their beautiful photos! One thing you should know about me is I’m much more of a hand-written note or “lets meet for coffee” kind of person – not a “diary of my life via blog” kind of person:)I guess being a wedding photographer is a good thing for me as in some ways it will force me out of my comfort zone. This is me exiting that zone and entering the multiple-times-a-week-world of blogging. I’ll try and keep it interested and fresh, but honestly it will be word-vomit posts about my kid and gushes over my fabulous clients. Look, here’s a picture of a gorgeous couple now ….

Orange County Wedding Workshop; Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

Orange County Wedding Workshop; Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

It only took me 4 days act on this New Year’s resolution, but watch out! I’m all kinds of serious about showing off this year, and I hope many of you are along on the journey with me. How are your resolutions going?

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Nick + Marie Married! {Washington DC Wedding Photographer}

It all began in high school; survived college in different states (and time zones!) and culminated on a Saturday in August with the marriage of Nick and Marie! They met in High School and the romance began; then college separated them (by distance alone – they were always a solid couple) with her in Texas and him on the East Coast. Now I’m happy to introduce the happy couple, who so uniquely included their love of books and fairytales into their wedding.

They were married at St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church in Springfield, Virginia, and continued the celebration at  St. Francis Hall (the Franciscan Monestary) in Washington, DC. The details were executed beautifully by their planner, Johanna, of Simplicity Events by Johanna.

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Josh and Justeen + Fredericksburg Wedding

Josh and Justeen have a really unique kind of love and I was honored to celebrate their day with them. This was the second marriage for both, but obviously fate finally got the right two together. They were each bringing a young daughter into the family, and opted for an intimate ceremony at the home they share, with only their dearest friends and family. It was an evening filled with love and charm, and what I love most is how obviously happy they are together.

Justeen’s sister was the maid of honor, and Josh’s good friend his best man; they had 2 ring bearers and 2 flower girls, and a couple of dogs in on the party as well. After the brief and personalized ceremony, the three of us sneaked off to capture some images of the two of them and Josh’s ridiculous amount of swagger. Then we rejoined the group to get the dinner and dancing started! Congratulations to you both and your daughters; I’m so glad you finally found one another and I wish you many decades of increased joy with your family. Always, JM.

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