COUPLES. MATERNITY. NEWBORN. FAMILY
moments that matter are worth capturing
timeless . precious . forever
About Me, My Family, + Philosophy
some of my favorite photos of my kids and my family are completely unposed. but realisiticly you have to still plan out some shots if you want to create those natural heirlooms that are passed down generations to remember your life, as it was. my real passion in photography is to capture moments as they are happening so that I can try to recreate emotions and feelings into a single photo. in order to do that you can't do any 'fancy' posing, or coercing people into models somehow during a 1 hour session. what has to happen is real moments in front of the camera and to do so we have to have some fun!
most of my couples and families choose me to capture their moments because they know I truly care about them and want them to have as natural images as possible that capture those raw emotions of life. life isn't always, "smile at the camera", in fact the best photos you see in magazines or throughout history are NEVER those images. true family artifacts and works of art need to be just that, art. they need to be felt and not just seen and provoke the person looking at them to REALLY look at them, not just see the people in them.
so, yeah. without sounding too cheesy, you can check my work below and see that its a little different than other people who do portraits and newborn sessions. I want all the little newborn babies to have their parents and siblings included in those newborn sessions. I want my spouses INCLUDED in maternity sessions, I want families to act like families and be silly with each other. And I want couples to be in love and look to each other during their sessions.
If any of this resonates with you, contact me via the CONTACT link on my site to setup your session or just ask questions if you have any!
my favorite locations:
JERUSALEM MILL VILLAGE tall grass fields, old mill, historic
CROMWELL VALLEY PARK* spacious grounds with fields and woods
CYLBURN ARBORETUM* historic mansion with lush gardens and trees
UNION MILLS IN WESTMINSTER fields and gardens with old barn
LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR waterfront with pine trees and woodsy feel
PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR waterfront with pine trees and mountainous feel
NORTH POINT STATE PARK beach vibe with sand and tree cover
SHERWOOD GARDENS lush gardens, perfect for spring
ROCK STATE PARK mountainous woodsy feel with hills
THE LIRODENDRION MANSION estate property with wisteria
HEMLOCK GORGE woodsy trails, stream river, requires 10 minute hike
DOWNTOWN FELLS POINT urban feel, waterfront with cobblestones
FEDERAL HILL urban feel, alleyways, overlooking the city
RAWLINGS CONSERVATORY* indoor greenhouse with lush foliage and jungle
OREGON RIDGE PARK outdoor park with woodsy feel, trees
*some locations require a fee and/or a permit
on location sessions
engagement session at Rawlings conservatory in Baltimore
Time of Day
Golden hour is the BEST time of day to do your photos.
Which is 1 hour after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset!
If you can't do one of those, just PLEASE don't schedule a time for during the middle of the day. Noon is the worst typically in the summer because it creates harsh light and bags under your eyes.
what to wear?!
these are some of my favorite neutrals for sessions
I prefer neutral colors, so that you can keep the background in check, but if you want hella vibrant colors, go with it for sure! Meaning, don't just pick what everyone else is wearing or what you "think" you should wear. Try to let me know before hand what you are wearing and I can help you choose!
Think about the weather, if its hot out, don't wear a sweater obviously. Try to stay within your season when choosing your outfit styles!
Keep your outfits simple or go all out, whatever you do just be you!