I *heart* Reviews!

Let me tell you how much I love review time!  It’s stellar.  I’m really glad there are third party sites out there (like WeddingWire) who make it super easy for bride’s to review the vendors they used for their weddings.  Since it’s not a review directly to the vendor’s face, bride’s can speak their minds.  This is a beautiful thing for me because heaven knows I bust my tush to deliver top-notch products and services to my clients, so when I see such lovely comments left by all of you, all of the 18 hour days and 7 day work weeks feel oh, so worth it!  Additionaly, I like to think of reviews as a nice little way to “pay it forward”.  Lots of vendors can talk the talk and pour money into fancy ads that look great but at the end of the day, an honest review is a priceless nugget of information for brides-to-be.

So get to spreading the good will around.  Help tell your vendors what a great job they did (or where they need to improve) and help brides everywhere learn from your experiences!

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xo,

Lisa

Here are a couple inspriation nuggets to keep you satisfied, too!

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Aaron & Christiana's Glen Echo engagement

Can I tell you how much we loooove taking engagement photos?  Really.  It’s the best.  We get to go out to some fun place, goof around with our super cool clients for an hour or so, get to know what makes them tick, and in the process, create some beautiful images for our clients to keep and cherish forever.  It’s really a blast, and this engagement session with Christiana & Aaron was no exception!

This artsy & creative couple came to us through our awesome wedding planner friend (Pam Rothwell of LaBlanc Designs).  At our first meeting it was clear how in love they were.  Their energy and bubbly personalities were infectious and we couldn’t wait to take photos at a spot near & dear to their hearts; Glen Echo.  Check it out!

Announcing Pictures in the Park!

I am proud to announce that we have started a new partnership with the fabulous, Historic London Town and Gardens to offer Pictures in the Park on Father’s Day, June 17! 

We will be featuring our 25 minute mini sessions from 9am until 5 pm by appointment only and they will come complete with high res photo CD for $300.  This also grants you FREE admission to London Town and Gardens (including tours!) and discounted admission to the concert (only $5/pp instead of $15/pp) that evening on the lawn.  It’s the perfect opportunity to make a day of it; enjoy the history, have a picnic, listen to some fabulous music, and capture some memories that will last forever!

Who can take advantage of this awesome opportunity you ask?  Anyone who wants some portraits in a unique and beautiful spot!  From babies to grandparents, come on out!  Space will be limited, so book now!  To book, just e-mail me to arrange your $100 deposit.  Deposits are nonrefundable (if cancelling within 1 week of the event), but will be applied to your balance due at the time of service.  We accept checks & all major credit cards.

I couldn’t be more excited for Pictures in the Park!  Last November, our clients Emily & Josh, had us photograph their wedding at this unique spot.  I fell in love with the place, and if you know me, I fell in love with the history!  Founded in 1683 (whoa!!) London Town used to be an old port town but eventually was abandoned for more prosperous areas when trade dwindled during the revolutionay war.  The house in the photo below overlooks the historic dock site and was built around 1758 and (obviously) still stands today.  Very cool.

London Town also has acres of magical gardens to explore.  During Pictures in the Park I get the WHOLE day to play in the gorgeous landscape.  I can’t wait!!!

I just love capturing moments like these!  Aren’t these brothers adorable?!

I also love the natural family photo.  Getting outside, enjoying eachother in their element instead of inside a stuffy studio.  Magic!

These are the smiles and moments you want to remember.

I’ll leave you with my favorite image from Emily & Josh’s wedding at London Town.  This is what life is all about.  At least for me.  If you agree, come out to Pictures in the Park on June 17 and grab a moment like this for yourself!

xoxo,

Lisa

The power of boudoir.

One genre of photography I thought that I would never get in to would be boudoir.  Like most, I think I had the misconception that it was “only for hot chicks”, or “that’s kinda racy”, or at the very least, that I would never feel comfortable telling women strip down like that.  Well, I must say that a former classmate of mine, Elisha, changed that all for me. 

I met Elisha in the early 2000’s at Edinboro University were both enrolled in the applied media arts: photography program and have always been drawn to her style.  Post graduation, we’ve kept in touch and have followed eachother’s careers.  She is now a phenomenal photog based out of upstate New York and St. Thomas (depending on the time of year).  I find her work inspirational and while perusing through her blog one day I noticed some of her boudoir photos.  They were stunning.  Not risque.  Not uncomfortable.  Not awkward.  They were simply beautiful.  And what struck me even more was that these were “normal” women, exuding confidence, glowing.

So I thought, what the heck.  I’ll give this a shot with her.  See what the experience is like.  And I did.

This is the photo that changed my life.  When I realized insecurities were stupid.  That all the media & fashion world BS about not being beautiful unless you’re a sample size was truly detrimental to mental health.  That I didn’t need to lose those last 10 pounds to feel “pretty”.  I wrestled with wether or not to show my own personal photo but the whole message of this article is empowerment & confidence, so why should I be shy?

This photo by: Elisha Orin Photography

Can I tell you how entirely transformative it was?  Boudoir like this; elegant, serene, beautiful rocked me to my core and I had one of those “Ah HA!” moments.  This feeling of true and utter confidence in my own skin that I gained from the experience is something I will never regret.  It is also the reason why last year I started offering boudoir sessions.  I want to show women—all women—how absolutely fantastically beautiful they can be.  Wether you’re big, small, fit, skinny, outgoing, or shy, boudoir photography can offer you an incomparable view of yourself that will truly change your life.

Last week I did a boudoir session with a woman I truly admire named Ruthie.  We met at our boxing gym and I was instantly drawn to her magnetism & wit.  Ruthie always has a snarky comment to make that can send me into hysterical laughter.  She also has some pretty awesome kids (four!)—one of her little girls could seriously kick my butt in the ring.  The last few years, she’s worked incredibly hard to get into shape and I’ve seen her make an incredible transformation.  I was overjoyed when she came to me wanting to be a part of the “boudoir club”.  She warned me that she was really nervous & “a photographer’s worst nightmare” but it was going to be a great birthday present for her (and a little bit for her hubby, too)!  

After getting hair & makeup done by some of my favorite stylists, Belle Soeur Styles, we got down to business.  Things definitely started out a little stiff—which is normal—but we started off with a cute vintage inspired, polka dot dress and as she got more relaxed and comfortable in front of my lens, Ruthie really opened up and let me capture some truly beautiful imagery of herself. 

After she saw the photos for the first time she told me “I LOVE them…I have residual afterglow from just looking at them!”  When I hear comments like this I feel so fortunate that she let me do this for her.  I wish all women would do this for themselves! 

If you’re at all interesed in booking a session for yourself, please contact me!  I also hold periodic “Boudoir Days” which offer our Bombshell package at a discounted rate and we book 4-6 ladies for individual sessions in one day.  Also, we can offer customized packages for other groups like bachelorette parties, as well as individual sessions.

Love Ruthie’s smile.  She’s rockin’ that vintage dress on the rooftops of Georgetown!

Hello killer heels!

So pretty!

Hello, bombshell!

Lauren & Keith

You wouldn’t believe my excitement when Lauren, one of our sweetest brides, sent me a Facebook message about doing maternity photos!  Between the wedding planning process, the wedding itself (a stunning one at Veramar Vineyard), and then the post wedding photo & album design process, wedding photographers (or at least myself) tend to get attached to our clients.  We feel like we’ve seen this window into such an amazing time in their lives that you can’t help but root for your clients in all that they do.  That’s why it’s even that much more special when they come back!  

Without further ado, I’d like to show off some of the images we made of Lauren, Keith, and soon-to-be-here Eli! 

Pregnant is the new skinny!”  LoL!  Love Lauren’s sense of humor….isn’t she the cutest?!

Lauren & Keith informed me that Baby Eli will be the next big NFL quarterback.  Preferrably for the Baltmore Ravens.  Make a note for your future fantasy teams NFL fans!

I couldn’t stop laughing with this one…