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Shannen & Jimmy // Oak Spring Farm Maryland Wedding Photographer

I am so excited to share this beautiful, country Howard County Maryland wedding with you!

Shannen & Jimmy got married on a chilly October day at Oak Spring Farm in Woodbine, Maryland. In spite the cold, it was a beautiful day filled with really happy people and so many memorable moments. Some of my favorite moments of the day included the first look with dad, bride/groom portraits with the bridal party, and the sparkler exit! Shannen’s mom absolutely outdid herself with the most gorgeous country/farm wedding details and the food catered by Mission BBQ was so yummy and satisfying. It provided plenty of fuel for dancing the night away to the funkiest music by 99.9 WFRE’s Brian Mo. Read More

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3 Ways to Embrace the Rain on your Wedding Day!

get it! It rained on my wedding day too. Not a misting…not a sprinkle…straight down-poured.

Our ceremony was supposed to be outside in the beautifully-landscaped gardens at Gramercy Mansion in Stevenson, MD but due to the rain, the ceremony was moved inside. And guess what? It was still as beautiful and intimate and romantic as I imagined the garden ceremony to be. So my first advice for you is to take a deep breath, have a glass of champagne (or two, in my case), and embrace it. Read More

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Kyle & Brea // Westminster, Maryland Intimate Wedding Photographer

There are so many things I loved about this intimate wedding! First on the list, of course, are Kyle & Brea!  I have to say, I felt an instant connection with the couple and a sense of nostalgia because they remind me SO much of my husband and I when we were first starting out.

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NBP 2018 Shoot & Share Photo Contest Results!

The Shoot & Share Photo Contest is a wide-known contest in the photographer community I first learned about two years ago. It’s a contest FOR photographers, voted on BY photographers. It’s an opportunity for photographers to come together, share what they love, and acknowledge those whose work stands out! Read More

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Whitney & Brandon // Baker Park Frederick Maryland Engagement Photographer

Frederick, MD Engagement Photographer

They braved the evening chill of January for their engagement session and not even freezing temperatures could stop Whitney and Brandon from cozying up in front of my camera. Not once did they complain about the cold and at the end of the session I heard Whitney say: “this was really fun!” YES! Now, that’s what I like to hear!

Brandon proposed to Whitney at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. They brought their wands from Ollivander’s wand shop to the session and together we made some magic! Here are some of my favorites from my time together with Whitney and Brandon. 

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Kate & Nate // Bel Air, Maryland Christmas Themed Styled Shoot

Christmas Themed Styled Shoot at the Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air, Maryland

Styled shoots are hard work, but when a great group of people come together, magic happens! Not only that but our models are a real-life married couple and couldn’t by any sweeter or more in love. Read More

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To Look, Or Not To Look: That Is The Question

Who says seeing each other before the wedding is bad luck? And who needs luck when you have love?

A first look is that special moment a few hours before the ceremony when you can see each other for the first time on your wedding day. It’s seeing each other before anyone else can. It’s taking away nerves and embracing a special moment.

Here are 5 Things to Look out for When Doing a First Look! Read More

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Rob & Lisa // Frederick, MD Courthouse Intimate Wedding Photographer

Frederick, Maryland Intimate Wedding

Along with their parents and Rob’s son, Rob and Lisa exchanged beautiful vowels with one another in an intimate wedding ceremony at the courthouse in Frederick, MD. It was a cloudy day and the rain held off just long enough for THE most beautiful light for portraits in Baker Park. One of my favorite parts of the day was stopping at Starbucks for a few pictures because this is where Rob and Lisa had their first date. These two are so fun and engaging; I loved seeing them interact and how they truly enjoy each other’s company.
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Molly & BJ // Charlestown, Maryland Waterfront Intimate Wedding

Maryland Intimate Wedding Photographer

Molly and BJ’s wedding was picture perfect, overlooking the beautiful North East River in historic Charlestown, MD. Molly and BJ are near and dear to my heart and I was honored to capture their special day. I have known Molly for almost 10 years now and truly consider her my sister. We have been there for each others ups and downs, and through it all I have never seen Molly as happy as she is with BJ.  His love for Molly is unwavering and true. BJ swiped into Molly’s life when she least expected it and it has been a romantic adventure ever since. From falling head over heels to falling into each other’s arms, Molly and BJ exemplify what love is and how to live happily ever after.   Read More

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Family F // Patapsco Valley State Park Family Photographer Maryland

Family Photographer Maryland // Patapsco Valley State Park // Family F Read More

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Family H // Rose Hill Manor Frederick, MD Family Photographer

Frederick Family Photographer // Rose Hill Manor Frederick, MD // Family H
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Family S // Carroll Creek Downtown Frederick Family Photographer

Family Session in Downtown Frederick, MD Photographer Maryland

This is Wendy and Todd’s third year with me as their family photographer. I photographed Scarlet (the youngest) as a newborn, when she turned one, and now for her second birthday. And boy oh boy, does this little lady keep us on our toes. I just love her personality and how it shines through. William Shakespeare said it best: “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

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Family E // Historic New Market, MD Family Photographer

Extended Family Session in New Market, MD Photographer

With one brother on the East Coast, the second brother on the West Coast, and mom and dad in Texas, this family doesn’t have the opportunity to get together as often as some others. So when they do; it’s family picture time!! I really enjoyed my time with this crew in downtown New Market, Maryland. I love all my families, but those that come back to me year after year hold a special place in my heart. Enjoy a few of my favorites from this extended family session.
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Brittney & Justin // Oatlands Plantation Virginia Couples Photographer

To see the story behind these images on the Operative Love: Reunited blog >> click here <<. Read More

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How to Choose a Family Photographer

Choosing a Maryland Family Photographer is No Easy Task!

There are a plethora of Maryland family photographers out there to choose from. But having a fancy camera doesn’t make them a professional and not all photographers are created equal. Choosing a professional photographer for your family portraits doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Use NBP’s 5 P’s for selecting your next family photographer in Maryland: Professional, Personality, Preference, Portfolio, and Price. Read More

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Molly & BJ // Prettyboy Reservoir Baltimore Engagement Photographer

Molly & BJ Engagement Photography Session

When your best friend of almost 10 years meets the love of her life, you know capturing their love through the lens is going to be effortless!

We went to the picturesque Prettyboy Reservoir Park in Hampstead, Maryland to capture these two love birds. The park was a gorgeous background for Molly and BJ’s engagement photography session. The natural light paired with the grandness of the reservoir showcases their love and commitment to each other. I know Molly and BJ have a wonderful future ahead of them. They complete each other and when you begin your life together with this much love there is nothing stopping you. It’s so easy to see that these two were made for each other and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in October!! Read More

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5 Reasons Why Intimate Weddings Take the Cake…Literally!

When it Comes to Weddings, Size Matters!

It’s easy to blow your wedding budget these days. The bill for the venue alone will send you crying to the bank. Now, more than ever, couples are opting for an intimate wedding, not only for their wallets but to put themselves at ease. Intimate weddings typically include 75 guests or less and have a more low-key style.

During an intimate wedding, NBP brings the focus back on the couple, surrounded by who matters the most in their lives. NBP captures your special moment without having to edit out the stress of a larger, more hectic extravaganza. Read More

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Extended Family Session // Frederick Family Photography

Extended Family Session in Frederick, Maryland Photographer

I’ve been photographing this family for years now, but this time, they decided to return with re-enforcements. Mom and dad, two sisters, and their families. What a fun HOT evening with this extended family. Everyone was so patient and the kids were wonderful in spite of the heat of the evening. I think we managed to capture some pretty awesome shots; here are just a few of my favorites.  Read More

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What to Wear: Outdoor Portrait Session

This is possibly the number one question I get when preparing my clients for an outdoor portrait session. There are many factors that play into choosing the perfect outfit, so don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! No matter what the season or fashion trends during your portrait session, I will make sure you and your family look fabulous! Read More

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Tami & Wesley // Intimate Courthouse Wedding in Frederick, MD

Tami & Wesley // Intimate Courthouse Wedding in Frederick, MD Wedding Photographer

I love the intimacy and simplicity of smaller weddings. Two people beginning their journey together without stress and worries. Tami & Wesley wanted just that when they decided on an intimate courthouse wedding in Frederick, MD before their big move to North Carolina to be closer with family. Their ceremony was simple and sweet and after the courthouse we headed to Baker Park for more photographs! I feel so honored to have been a witness to their sweet vows and to get to spend the afternoon with them. I am so happy for them and their new life together as husband and wife.

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Wedding Anniversary Portraits

Wedding Anniversary Portraits // Frederick, MD Photographer

Everyone can pull out all the stops on their wedding day, but when you make it 17 years, now, that’s something worth celebrating. Congratulations Bob & Antonija on 17 years of marriage, love, and laughter. Wishing you many, many, many more!
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Family Photo Shoot in Middletown, MD

Family S // Middletown, MD Family Photographer

I love photographing families together! I love the smiles they share and the fun way they interact with one another. Family S is no different. They are super kind, patient, and fun. I could have photographed them all day. Enjoy a few of my favorites from this family photo session in Middletown, MD.
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Vintage Elopement Styled Shoot

The concept for this styled shoot started about six months ago when Julie of Partridge Avenue Design & Events returned from a trip to Goodwill with a $12 vintage wedding dress. Using the dress as inspiration, she contacted me with an idea for a styled shoot, and I was all for it! Read More

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Line & Morten // Intimate Garden Wedding Copenhagen Denmark

Intimate Wedding in Copenhagen, Denmark

This Copenhagen (Denmark) wedding took place on a perfect day in September 2016 with just the right amount of sunshine and warmth. Line and Morten chose an intimate wedding ceremony at their church followed by a garden reception with only their nearest and dearest! I am so honored to have been a part of their day and will always look back on this day with the fondest memories of my childhood friend saying “I do” to the love of her life. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together Line & Morten and thank you for allowing me the honor of capturing these precious moments and memories that I know you will treasure forever. Read More