JOURNAL

Lauren + Andrew || Fells Point, Baltimore || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

Baltimore is such a neat city.  I don't get to explore it very much, but it's always a little exciting when clients choose that spot and to see where they want to have their adventure.  For this particular e-session, Fells Point was our stomping ground.  

Lauren + Andrew are such bright lights.  It's near impossible to spend time with them without being wooed yourself by their love and magic.  Besides that, they just like each other!  That night, we met by the water, wandered through the ivy and danced a little on the cobble stone streets with the city buzzed and the breeze blew.  I know I've said this on occasion, but it was just a breath of fresh air to share the night with them.

L + A: Thank you for bringing me to such a special place and for showing me a little of what makes you two the real deal.  Believe me when I say that I'm SO excited to continue to be a part of your journey.  Next summer, here we come!

Yen + Charles || Philadelphia, PA Engagement || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

It's so much fun to get to know people and the places they love.

Yen + Charles took some time on a beautiful April night to show me just how quaint the neighborhood around their home in Queen Villiage can be.  Between the lovely sun-kissed, Venice-esque side streets and the mosaic masterpieces, it didn't take long to see why they planted their roots here.  As we meandered through the streets in Bella Vista, Charles looked my way with a child-like grin and said, "I have an idea..." and a few blocks later, water ice had been added to the party.  I'm not really sure why, but I think it's so much fun when people eat food during their engagement sessions (like cheesesteaks at Geno's or pancakes in your kitchen).  It's real, kinda messy and lets so many walls come down on the journey to feeling comfortable in front of a camera (truth be told though- if these two felt funny in front of the lens, they totally fooled me!).  

Y + C:  Thank you for showing me around your 'hood!  Your admiration and appreciation for all that makes Philadelphia GREAT is inspiring.  It was so nice to get to know you both better over some lemon and cherry. I mayyyyyy or may not have found some water ice later that night too.   :)  Cannot wait for October!!

Danielle + Matt || Valley Forge National Park Engagement || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

I've said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again- I LOVE my couples.  There's something so special about being invited along on one of the greatest journeys life has to offer, and when you just "click" with the ones starring in the story you're helping to tell, well...that's just about as good as it gets.

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Danielle and Matt exploring one of my favorite stomping grounds- Valley Forge National Park.  I expected a night of fun, giggles and getting to know each other better (and those things were most certainly in abundance)- what I did NOT expect was to be greeted with the sweetest gift for Baby J and a whole lemon pie just for me (okay FINE, and David).  Now, it must be said that this girl can BAKE.  And not just like the I-like-to-bake-and-make-cookies kind of bake, the I-thrive-at-making-pies-cakes-cookies...you-bake-it-I-make-it kind of bake.  And she does it so well.  I have no shame in confessing that a slice was eaten that night, for breakfast the next morning, for a mid day snack....yeahhhh.  We DID share a few pieces with my husband's grandmother though, so we didn't feel as bad when the whole thing disappeared in 3 days.  

D + M:  My love for you runs deep.  And not just because you bake me pies that make me wanna slap my mama.  But because your hearts are the size of Texas, your love for each other is respectful, intoxicating and pure, your smiles shine so much brighter than the sun, and it's just a joy to be around you.  Thanks for letting me in to take a peek at the magic.  December, here we come!

Allison + Matt || Manayunk, PA || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

2018 has been a lot of behind the scenes work for January and February (both with the biz, and also with Baby J :)), so when we booked Allison and Matt to be in front of the camera to kick off our year, I'm pretty sure I jumped out of my chair from the excitement.

These two are definitely no strangers to ALP.  In fact, they're pretty much celebs with my other clients and often get pulled up on their e-session or wedding blog with a finger point and an exclamation of, "I want to be HER".  And who wouldn't be with her boho-chic, effortless beauty and her tameless love for Matt and Woodlynn.  But this time around, we got together for a sweet little anniversary session...with a twist.  Cannot wait to be one of the many to scream for joy when Baby H joins this world in September!

A + M:  It's no secret that I love ya.  Catching up with you is pretty much my favorite.  Thank you for giving me a morning with you in your new home talking and giggling about all things baby!!  Can't wait to see you both become parents!  

BEST OF 2017: PORTRAITS || Modern Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

It's so hard to believe that 2017 has officially come and gone!  It's been a little quiet over here on the blogging end, but I definitely didn't want to miss an opportunity to share some of the highlights of last season.  First up?  Some of our favorite memories from our incredible portrait clients (sorry in advance for your baby fever after this post :))!