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2017 A Year in Review-Part 3 | Love & Adventure Photography | Maryland Photographer

And we, have made it to Part 3 of 2017 ! 

Before getting ready for a marathon session of weddings (10 back to back). Bec and I planned a 12 day started in Oregon for the Solar Eclipse and then we traveled the coast down to San Fran and Monterrey Bay for Whale Watching, then Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas (a quick stop for Magic Mike), Zion, and then a long drive to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. I’ve only edited a few images from the trip so far. When they are done you’ll be able to catch the full story on my Adventure Page ! 

On top of traveling for work I also travelled quite a bit for my travel & wildlife work. I spent 10 days in Churchhill with Frontier’s North searching for Polar Bears and other Polar wildlife. We saw a number of bears and a blue fox which is supposedly super super rare! Right after I booked the trip to Churchhill (I booked it in November and left 2 weeks later). I saw there was one more spot left for a Photography Workshop in Cuba with two amazingly talented Documentary Photographers. I have been dying to go to Cuba and with everything going on it seemed like it may be my last opportunity… so I went to Cuba 5 days and 1 wedding after getting back from Canada. Cuba was UNBELIEVEABLE! I know this will sound funny… But it was the safest most friendly place I have ever been. I mean you could walk the streets, take photos of people, and be invited into their homes just to chat or even for a birthday party. 

September was the most weddings I’ve ever shot in 1 month. In 4 weeks I photographed 8 weddings and engagement sessions in Omaha Nebraska, New Jersey, DC, and North Carolina. You would think that after shooting that many weddings (plus engagements) in that short amount of time I would have been wiped out… In fact, it was just the opposite. It gave me such a high. It didn’t hurt that all the weddings I was photographing had insane dance parties where I spent most the night laughing… One of my favorite stories was a mom who after seeing her daughter dancing on the bar with some friends said to me… Like mother like daughter… that’s exactly how I met my husband dancing on the bar.  I love being such an intimate part of not only my couples but their families lives too! 

October and November were hands down the best receptions that I’ve ever photographed. Lindsey & Laura told me when I met they had wild friends who were going to party… They didn’t lie… But then to top it all off with the best band I have ever heard… The lead singer of  New Old School played the fiddle and did a killer rendition of Devil Went Down to Georgia! Although, my favorite moment was probably when Lindsey took the mic to sing for Laura who stood there giving her a heart. 

I love all my couples and I get excited about all the weddings I shoot. But I have to play favorites for two seconds… There were two weddings I shot this year that were unlike any other I’ve ever photographed. Both couples I may or may not have convinced them that they had no choice but to book me. The first wedding took place in October on the Urban Pirates ship in Baltimore. That said… The wedding could have been a tacky pirate themed wedding…BUT IT SO WASN’T. The outfits alone were phenomenal and when the couple was totally down for swashbuckling at sunset and chasing random people on federal hill my day was made. Then there was a my Harry Potter wedding… I’ve been waiting years for a good Harry Potter wedding and I have to say Renee & Billy pulled it off! They hit every little detail on the mark. They booked me two year before their wedding and I kid you not… I probably talked about their wedding every week to anyone who would listen. 

The wedding season ended with the perfect wedding. Alana & George got married at the Belvedere. A venue I had been dying to photograph for a long time. Throw in holiday decorations and then a confetti exit and it was the perfect way to end the 2017 wedding season… 

On top of traveling for work I also travelled quite a bit for my travel & wildlife work. I spent 10 days in Churchhill with Frontier’s North searching for Polar Bears and other Polar wildlife. We saw a number of bears and a blue fox which is supposedly super super rare! Right after I booked the trip to Churchhill (I booked it in November and left 2 weeks later). I saw there was one more spot left for a Photography Workshop in Cuba with two amazingly talented Documentary Photographers. I have been dying to go to Cuba and with everything going on it seemed like it may be my last opportunity… so I went to Cuba 5 days and 1 wedding after getting back from Canada. Cuba was UNBELIEVEABLE! I know this will sound funny… But it was the safest most friendly place I have ever been. I mean you could walk the streets, take photos of people, and be invited into their homes just to chat or even for a birthday party. 

2018… is kicking off with two engagement shoots this week (since it will finally be above freezing! ) and then I’m off to Hawaii to kick of the 2018 Wedding season… and then immediately to Iceland for two engagement sessions.

My hopes for this year is to continue to grow my documentary style of photography both in weddings & travel. I am also going to kick off two incredibly exciting personal photography projects that will take 3-5 years to complete. I will be officially announcing one of the projects by the end of January.

So here’s to a busy, creative, and empowering 2018… And no breaking of my new equipment!