It took me a while to come up with exactly where our paths first crossed, but I think it might have been middle school theater, when Kelly played Annie in Annie while I was in the chorus of what was our yearly middle school musical, and she became my idol and role model and the person I most wanted to be like in the world.
And then I got to know her, sitting beside her in chorus in high school and our paths keep crossing all these years later, and for that I am grateful beyond words, because she has been a part of some of my most favorite and life changing adventures and memories – and I know there are at least several other people who can say exactly the same thing and more about her.
There are people who are like suns and just shine the most wonderful light onto anyone in their orbit and I can’t think of a better way to describe what it’s like to be around Kelly.
This girl is made of at least a little bit of magic.
Pool parties in the desert always seemed kind of oxymoronish to me. I’m not sure if you know this, but if playing in the water is your idea of fun, the desert isn’t exactly the place you’d think to go. Or so they say. Maybe they haven’t been to Palm Springs, where a pool party in the desert is very much the legendary thing to do.
And yet, it seems like the desert should get a chance to play too – the actual desert, not the man-made one – so we ditched the hotel pool for just a bit to make sure the desert got its turn. Got all dressed up and literally took the pool party to the desert…and tried to make it look just as fun. (And those pool floats? They magically fit in my carryon…but not so much in the trunk of our little beetle convertible.)
At the end of every winter when I dream of planting a garden for spring, I google palm trees that will grow in Maryland.
And every year, google tells me that palm trees will grow here, but they cannot withstand the winter unless I bring them inside, and this, I know without asking google, is not something I can sneak past my husband.
But that’s exactly why I love a Baltimore engagement session at Rawlings Conservatory + The Ivy Hotel – all of the luscious palms and tropical plants, and even some cacti get to live inside and make my (and Kelsey + Danny’s) indoor plant photo shoot dreams come true.
Courage. It takes courage to try something new, to do something outside the circle of comfort, even just to get started.
Over the holiday break, I sat in my hammock chair and made goals for the new year. To find a community. To find new things to photograph. To use the quiet winter time to stretch (literally and figuratively). To do things that nourish my soul. One of those things was to find a way to photograph some of my other passions…like yoga.
I spent last week swinging in my hammock chair ruminating on the year that ended and dreaming all the things for the one that just began.
It was the first time in over four years that I’ve had an open space in my schedule for just thinking, hoping, and dreaming – no shoots, no weddings, no work really at all.
It was completely and utterly magical. Maybe simply because it involved a hammock chair.
It’s making photos like this that makes the craziest time of the year completely worth it and then some.
My favorite people to work with are the dreamers.
Pinks, oranges, yellows, teals…those magic sunrise on the water colors and sun flares all over. All the yes to that and Georgetown waterfront engagement sessions.
From the bottom of my heart, I have to say this was one of the most touching weddings I have ever been a part of.