First Family Vacation // Charleston, SC

Visiting and exploring Charleston, SC has been something that I've been wanting to do for a while. So, naturally when my husband's response was "wherever you want to go" when I asked him where we should go on our first vacation as a family of three, I said "we're going to Charleston!"

Our little guy had just turned three months old and was taking his first flight. To say we were nervous about flying with an infant was an understatement. Flying can be stressful as it is--- adding a newborn to the mix just made it seem that much more stressful and crazy. Turns out, he's a flying champ! He did so great on the flight there and back. He was a champ sleeping in a different place and was laid back when we were out and about all day being touristy. We could not have asked for our first trip with the baby to have gone any better...seriously! (side-note: I flew with him and a friend to Texas a few weeks ago...I have another witness to how much of a travel champ he is).

Where do I begin??? Charleston is hands-down the most adorable town I've ever visited! I loved the cobblestone sidewalks, the horse and buggy rides all over town, the short walk to waterfront park, getting lost in alley ways that led to beautiful gardens, the color palette. I could go on and on!

On our first day there, we wondered all over Downtown, the Market and Waterfront Park. I'm so glad my husband didn't get tired of hearing me say "hold on a second"; he knew that meant I was stopping to take a photo :) We ate at Jestine's Kitchen and had dessert at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier - Patissier.

The next day we ate lunch at Quelogy and took a carriage ride through the historical district and were introduced to the rich history of Charleston. Followed by dinner on the rooftop at Charleston Crab House! Before turning in for the night we went to James Island County Park to see the Festival of Lights! We drove through the lights and then pulled over at one of the villages along the way to roast marshmallows (yum!) and to take the little guy on his first carousel ride! One of the coolest things we noticed throughout town was that if you donated a canned good to the food bank and/or animal shelter, your admission price was discounted! 

We spent day three at the aquarium! While there we saw the dive show and the huge sea turtle, Coretta. Afterwards we wondered around King Street and had dinner at Nick’s BBQ (my husband loves BBQ so he was in heaven with the variety of BBQ places to choose from).

On our last day we did a quick trip to Folley Beach and Magnolia Gardens before we (sadly) had to make our way back to the airport. It was so fun to be out on the beach a week before Thanksgiving…in short sleeves! That doesn’t happen around here often! I wish we had more time to wonder through Magnolia Gardens on this trip; I think another trip is in order J

Overall, this was a very fun and memorable trip for us! I can’t wait to take our little man on more adventures and explore with him!

Stevens Family Portraits // Ellicott City, Maryland

Last year when I photographed the Stevens family, they were a family of three, what a difference a year makes! Jen and I have known each other since our college days at Salisbury University and I am always excited to take their family portraits and am looking forward to watching their family grow throughout the years! It was worth the wait for this session to take place; illness and icy conditions caused us to reschedule their session multiple times. I'm glad we were able to find a time that worked for all of us during the holiday season. This mini session was perfect for updating their family photos and keeping everyone happy during their session. 

I had never visited Ellicott City before, I was obsessed before I had even made it downtown! Everything in the town is very quaint and really preserves the historic town feeling. It was incredible to see the life within the historic district after the flood that occurred this past summer. You wouldn't be able to tell from their photographs, but we never left the parking lot where we met up for their session!!

Looking forward to the next time that I get to capture this sweet family!

 

 

Soto Family Portraits // Cromwell Valley Park

When you want to have family portraits taken and have five children with vastly different schedules it can be tricky to schedule. When you know that all of the children will be in one place, at one time, without any other commitments for a brief period of time, you book your session months in advance and cross your fingers that the weather will be in your favor.

Well, the stars aligned for this session! The weather was great, we still had gorgeous fall colors, an adorable location and a fun family to photograph! 

Where are my House of Cards fans? Did you know that the mansion at Cromwell Valley Park was used as a filming site for the show? How cool! 

 

Kristen and Joe's Anniversary // Virginia Beach, Virginia

Happiness is being married to your best friend...which couldn't ring truer for Kristen and Joe. Just look at how happy they are! Can you believe they will have been married for 10(!!!) years next month?!

I've known Kristen and Joe for about 5 years now and was honored that they wished for me to capture this milestone for them. When Kristen asked if I'd take their photos in Virginia Beach it was a no-brainer; hanging out at the beach with a wonderful friend and getting to take their anniversary photos, what more could you ask for?

We had so much fun getting lost in the park looking for a really cool tree; we learned that signs aren't always accurate, especially when they are missing an arrow pointing you in the direction of where the cool tree was located. We couldn't have asked for a better sunset on the beach and oh my goodness, they did an awesome job picking out what to wear!! It could not have been a better match for the colors that mother nature gave us that evening. They just made my job so easy!

Happy Anniversary Kristen and Joe, I wish you many, many more to come! 

Caitlin and Arian Engagement // Annapolis, MD

We had such a gorgeous evening for Caitlin and Arian's Downtown Annapolis Engagement Session a few weeks ago! We had to reschedule due to the never ending rain that we experienced in May, it was totally worth the wait! 

Caitlin and Arian met in while they were in school at UMBC. She was in a sorority and he was in a fraternity when their paths crossed. They've been having fun and being silly with one another ever since! They were so much fun to photograph as we wondered around the State House, down to the docks and back to Main Street. We even stopped for a few shots while they were playing corn-hole! I mean, seriously, how fun is that?!

Congratulations on your engagement! Enjoy this special time in your lives together! 

Ally// Photos by Ashley Marie Senior Representaive

Annapolis, Maryland Senior Portrait Photographer

I'm excited to introduce Ally to you! Her spirit is contagious, she's bubbly and funny; competitive yet humble; caring and intentional. When she's not on the soccer or softball field, she's involved with clubs at her school and volunteering her time. She has hopes of either working for the government or attending medical school after she completes high school. It's going to be a wonderful year working with Ally as part of my team!

Molly// Photos by Ashley Marie Senior Representative

Downtown Annapolis, Maryland Senior Portrait Photographer

Molly will be a joy to work with this year! She is very involved with her church, school and athletics. She rocked her sunrise session in Annapolis right before heading to her rugby tournament for the weekend; that's dedication! She is looking forward to majoring in Elementary Education and hoping to be able to study abroad during her time in college. I am looking forward to featuring Molly's senior session later this summer!  

Nina // Photos by Ashley Marie Senior Representative

Downtown Annapolis, Maryland Senior Portrait Photographer

It is my pleasure to work with Nina this year as a Senior Representative. She is a hard-working and dedicated student. She successfully juggles volunteering, being involved in clubs at school and working part-time. She is in the process of visiting colleges and hopes to study game design while modeling. You'll see more of Nina's Senior Portraits this summer! 

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Kaitlin // Photos by Ashley Marie Senior Representative

Downtown Annapolis, Maryland Senior Portrait Photographer

I am thrilled to have Kaitlin on my team this year as a Senior Representative. Kaitlin is an outgoing, Disney World loving, driven young lady that is very generous with her time. She is involved in many activities and clubs at her school that make her a well-rounded student that any college would be lucky to have as part of their student body. Check back this summer to see more of Kaitlin's senior portraits! 

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Prom 2016 Sessions

It's Prom Time! Time to search for the perfect dress, schedule your hair and nail appointments, and most importantly; time to plan for a fun-filled night with your best friends that you won't soon forget! Prom is such an exciting time in your high school career and should be remembered as such. To help you prepare for a night to remember keep these tips in mind! 

  • Plan Ahead
    • Who do you want to be in your group?
    • How will you get to and from prom?
    • Where will you eat dinner?
    • Figure out your budget (and stick to it!)
  • Have Fun Shopping
    • Know your prom's theme
    • Make a list of ideas for your ideal prom dress
    • Make a shopping date with the ladies
  • Enjoy the Day
    • You've worked hard to plan a fun-filled night; make sure to take it all in and enjoy!
  • Most Importantly
    • Keep your parents in the loop; it's a special day for them too :) 

To help document your day, we're offering Prom Sessions. Want more details or interested in scheduling your Prom Session? Send me an email through the contact page!

Sunrise + Cherry Blossoms

The alarm going off at 4:30, the ride into DC, the search for parking, and standing out in the cold for about an hour and a half were all worth it to catch the sun rising over the Tidal Basin surrounded by the Cherry Blossoms. The nice thing about going so early in the morning is that the area was not very crowded yet and you could walk along the water's edge to enjoy the blossoms without constantly having to be on the lookout for others passing by. I hope you enjoy! 

Marisa's Maternity Session

Snowzilla certainly did not disappoint this mama! Marisa really wanted a snowy maternity session and boy did she get one! The Blizzard of 2016 brought about two feet of snow to the Annapolis area. Alex, Marisa's husband, braved the snow covered roads to help her dreams of a snowy maternity session come true! Congratulations on your second little bundle of joy, Marisa and Alex. I'm sure your little man will make a fantastic big brother!