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.
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.
It’s making photos like this that makes the craziest time of the year completely worth it and then some.
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.
Bright, warm sunshine and beautiful colors will always be the ways to my heart.
Which is why I’m so in love with these colorful downtown Annapolis engagement photos.
The morning of Jenna + Billy’s Annapolis engagement session was so perfectly spring-like; I couldn’t help but feel immensely grateful to see the sun rise over the water (for the first time in what felt like months) and let its rays fall gently on my winter-white skin. It was the kind of morning where the water was still and glass-like, the only ripples following the ducks gliding along the surface and quacking cheerfully amongst themselves.
There’s so much joy in beautiful, quiet, peaceful mornings where the only other people around are the joggers and the dog-walkers – when it seems like the only people who live in this town are the good kind of people who also love the secret world that exists before everyone else wakes up.
I left this session feeling so much joy, feeling inspired after a long winter of hibernation, feeling so incredibly grateful to get to know these two people who are kind and friendly and warm and inviting. This may not be poetic, but it must be said: Jenna and Billy are just the type of people you want to be best friends with. Being around them was just plain fun, watching them laugh together reminded me why I love being around people in love, and when I did finally return home after our time together was done, it felt so right to put Barbra Streisand on the record player and listen to her belt that happy days are here again.
Flashback to fall, with fiery orange and red all over the ground and foggy mornings that seeped into the skin, warning of winter to come.
These were busy, busy days. In the midst of moving there were so many sessions, and they still wait to be shared. My mornings were filled with people in love, people I love, and yet maybe because the weather was brooding, or because I was, my photos became a bit moodier and richer too, with an undercurrent of dreaminess and wonder at the vastness of the new places we got to explore together.
Jenn + Mike wanted a Sandy Point engagement session, on an expansive beach at the end (or beginning…depending on which way you go) of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, that giant patchwork of impossibility that I would much rather appreciate from a distance than cross. Lucky for me, we only marveled at it and in return, it spanned lovely in the background. In just a few short months, they’ll be on the other side (literally), saying their vows on the beaches just out of eye sight.
We walked along the water in the crisp and fog-heavy morning air, savoring the last days of general warmth. And rather than feeling wistful for the summer days that had long passed, or missing the feel of sand between our toes, being kept at bay (pun intended) by the cold and the mist, there was a calm and simplicity in being surrounded by such beauty and stillness that made it all that much more romantic and fulfilling.
Annapolis at sunrise is one of my favorite places. And Laura + Rich’s Downtown Annapolis engagement session at sunrise was one of my favorites from this fall…even though I’m probably not supposed to have favorites.
But, let’s be real. Tulle skirt. Sparkly shoes. Cat mugs. God, I love these two.
I’m always a fan of engagement sessions that are personal. And one of the best ways to find a perfect engagement session spot is to think about a moment, that you’ve spent together, that you’d like to go back and relive.
Laura’s moment was their engagement. Rich got down on one knee during a walk on a beach near her sister’s home, catching Laura by surprise. It was a perfect moment, and one that the two of them wanted to relive and relish by doing some of their photos in this special place. So we met at sunrise on a chilly Saturday morning for a sweet coffee-picnic and a walk on a perfect, leaf and frost covered beach, where Laura and Rich snuggled together to stay warm and remembered the summer day that they made a most special promise.
And when Laura said that she had a tulle skirt, it made perfect sense to have fun in the deserted streets of downtown Annapolis, just as the town was waking up. We got to enjoy the quiet of the sunrise in two beautiful places and celebrate the loveliness of being in love.