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Amber & Jim

Amber and Jim’s big day was probably the longest wedding day I have ever photographed and the experience was worth every minute. Amber was one of my good friends while I was in photography school in Massachusetts and I hadn’t seen her or her mom since a photography convention in Las Vegas about seven years ago. 

I woke up early to shoot the “getting ready” photos. It was the first time I was able to drive our roller skate car. I opened the drivers side door (on the right side of the car,) started the engine and took off driving on the left side of the road. I had never driven a stick-shift or on the opposite side of the road so the drive to meet the girls was an adventure in itself. 

At 7:30 a.m., I met the bridal party at the hair salon. Amber and all the bridesmaids were in their chairs drinking champagne and getting all dolled-up, chatting about what the day had in store. 

After starting my day being one of the girls, I then met the guys to take pictures of them playing golf on the course of the country club where they would later be married. 

Later around lunch time, I went back to the hotel where the girls were hanging out and getting their makeup done. I finally got to catch up with Amber. I couldn’t be happier that out of all the photographers we went to school with, she chose me to be such a huge part of her wedding. 

Before the ceremony, I took the whole family to the venue to shoot some family portraits, finally getting to see the mother of the bride. 

After the pictures of the family were done, I got the bridal party together to take their pictures right before the ceremony.

After the wedding, we went to a beach for bride and groom photos with Table Mountain in the background; where the cloud coverage comes over the beach like a table cloth, resulting in a huge temperature drop. 

Between the amazing South African food and the 2,500 roses, it was a memorable day for everyone in attendance. 

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Ocean City, Maryland, Beach Portraits, Kid photography, Boardwalk, Pictures

5 years ago the Dutton family picked me up on a boat and we took off to Assateague where I shot their first family portraits. To this day I have a huge wall portrait hung in my studio, right above my couch of their two kids, Tristin and Elle. Janet called me this spring to schedule a session for the kids being 5 years had passed. When I met them on the boardwalk last week for their shoot I couldn't believe how much the kids had grown. We had an awesome time shooting on the boards, the pier, and down by the water. One thing I always, always have handy when I shoot families is candy for the kids but since it was so early in the season I hadn't replenished my candy bag yet, so I took the kids for some ice cream. I think all the ice cream and sprinkles made getting their pictures taken completely worth it to them! I cannot wait to photograph the family again and see how much Tristin and Elle have grown next time.