Cole’s Bar Mitzvah {Maryland Event Photographer}

I feel bad….I photographed this Bar Mitzvah forever ago and this family has had all their photos for a while, but I never got around to blogging about Cole and his awesome Bar Mitzvah.  Better late than never, though!

Bar Mitzvah’s are so much fun for me to photograph!  They’re a great break from weddings and I get to work with some really awesome families.  I don’t think you can get any more crazy fun than Cole’s family.  During the formal portraits I couldn’t get them to pose with normal smiles for more than like 2 seconds at a time before one of them broke out into some craziness.  And I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!!  It made for lots of fun shots showing off their personalities and, let’s be honest, formal portraits can be kind of boring so it was a welcome crazy  :)
Cole’s Bar Mitzvah party was nothing short of amazing.  His family transformed their backyard into an incredibly beautiful party space complete with two bars, floating lights in the pool, food stations, large white leather couches for seating with “C” for Cole pillows, a fun dance floor, and a custom backdrop at the end of a red carpet for guests to take photos and enter into the party like celebrities.  Their friends and family danced and ate the night away in style and had a blast doing it.
A huge thanks to Cole and his family for sharing in the festivities with me!!

Grandma and Great Grandma got photobombed
This is Cole’s sister.  She’s awesome so we took a few seconds for her to rock out some poses.  I love this group of photos:)

A lot of people came together to make this party a huge success!  Among them included:
Catering: Zeffert and Gold
Tents and rentals: Loane Bros., Inc.
Planner: Sheri with rsvp
Entertainment: MC Chad with So Fresh Entertainment and Washington Talent Agency
Photography: Lauren C Photography
Valet: Jays Valet Parking
Favors: The Great Cookie

Portraits of my Sister….with some of Mom, too! :) {Maryland Portrait Photographer}

That’s my big sister!  Isn’t she so pretty?!  She goes by Jennifer, but I call her Jenny.  Always have, always will.  She has one of the biggest hearts you’ll ever find, is a huge animal lover, eats her food like a nibbling mouse and likes to say haochi if the food is yummy…..that’s delicious in Chinese and she learned it off the back of a fortune cookie fortune, hates my feet and the way I eat sandwiches (I honestly don’t know why, she’s just weird and is being a sister), is very crafty and artistic, is a way better model than me, works hard, is super tiny and it feels like I’m going to break her when I give her a hug but she’s a powerhouse….dont let her fool you, snorts when she laughs hard, and loves with all she has.  And I’m so incredibly lucky to have her as my forever best friend.  I would never want anyone else.  She also cries fairly easily and there’s a somewhat decent chance she’s crying now and, if she could, she would tell me to shut up and that I’m stupid.  ;)
This past Thanksgiving Jenny asked if we could do a quick photoshoot out at our Grandparent’s after dinner.  Of course I was down!  But it was freezing so we worked fast.  We had the Momma come out for a couple pictures, too.  And just like Jenny as my sister, I’m beyond blessed to have this pretty lady as my Mom.

She said that this one is for Dad.  Let’s go fishing  :)

Jess + Dan : Governor Calvert House Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

Whoa.  Where have I been?!  Has it really been 3 weeks since I last blogged?  I’ve had total lazy holiday brain I guess.  But I’m back and ready to show off Jess and Dan’s winter wedding….my last wedding of 2014!
I had been SO SO lucky with the weather throughout 2014.  There were some wedding days that it rained but I always managed to find some time when the rain would stop and things would work out perfectly to go outside for portrait time.  Jess and Dan’s wedding, however…..yeah, totally different story.  I guess Mother Nature decided it wanted me to really have to work in order to close out my 2014 wedding season.  It NEVER stopped raining.  Ever.  It wouldn’t even slow down to a sprinkle.  It just rained.  But, I’ve learned from doing so many weddings, that days like those…..the really challenging ones….the ones where things simply don’t go as planned…….they really showcase my bride and groom’s love for each other and the pure joy they have in it being their wedding day.  Jess and Dan smiled the whole way through and really showed me how important photos of their day were to them because they trekked around in the cold and pouring down rain wherever I asked them to go in order to get some gorgeous shots.  I also cannot write this post without mentioning how absolutely incredibly amazing this bridal party was.  Stick a bridal party of almost 20 people out in the cold and pouring rain and things could go south and verge on a nervous breakdown for a photographer real quick.  But they were rock stars.  The absolute nicest and most accommodating bridal party I’ve ever had the pleasure of being around.  Jess and Dan’s bridal party…..THANK YOU!!  I couldn’t have gotten done what we did without you all being so awesome.
Enough about the rain now……Jess and Dan’s wedding was absoltely gorgeous!!  They were married at the beautiful St. Mary’s in Annapolis and then we hopped in trolley to go take some photos before heading back to the Governor Calvert House to party the night away.  The Governor Calvert House was all decked out for Christmas with garland and trees and pretty around every corner.  Jess and Dan went along with the winter/Christmas theme and had mini trees to hold place cards, glittery snowflakes, votive candles, and gold accents.  It was all so warm, cozy, and perfect.  I loved loved loved closing out my 2014 wedding season with Jess and Dan and all their family and friends.  They are such a good looking couple and just as sweet and kind.
Thank you Jess and Dan for sharing your incredible wedding day with me!!  
Kate Spade sparkly shoes make my day  :)
These girls are amazing!
I might have been a little obsessed with the flower girl and ring bearer at this wedding. 
The flower girl’s little dress sticking out of the pew.  So cute.  Told you….obsessed.
Can you see all the rain?!
So I had this idea that I wanted all the groomsmen to jump and do the little Singing in the Rain side kick thing.  It was raining so hard that I couldn’t get the shot off fast enough without my lens getting covered in rain drops before taking it.  Bummer.  Even though it’s not a clear crisp photo like I had wanted, I think it still turned out pretty cool.  So I’m showing it.  Yes, it was a fail…..but a kind of cool fail  :)
Jess you are gorgeous!!

Vendors from the day:
Ceremony location:  St. Mary’s Parish of Annapolis
Reception venue: Governor Calvert House
Photographer:  Lauren C Photography
DJ: DJ Chris of C&J Entertainment
Flowers:  Great Expectations
Lighting: Event Dynamics
Cake: Edibles Incredible
Hair: Amy Johnson
Makeup: Picture Perfect – Makeup by Chrissy
Invitations: Birchcraft Studios
Dress: Enzoani Modeca Olva from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal
Jewelry: Ben-Amun
Bridesmaid dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

MaryCarol + Chris : Federal Hill Engagement {Maryland Portrait Photographer}

Attractive in a way that suggests a passionate nature.  That’s what Google defines sultry as.  Throughout portrait sessions I’ll sometimes ask my clients to give me a more serious look….a model face….look smitten…..look sultry.  Some people can do it and some can’t, which is totally fine.  Me?  Ha!  I can’t at all.  But when I asked MaryCarol for it at one point during their session she rocked it out and I mentioned that she was totally giving me the sultry eyes.  That’s when we found out that Chris didn’t know what sultry meant.  After some laughs and my and MaryCarol’s best attempts of giving him a definition, Chris decided to try it out in a sentence.   “So I could say, ‘Look at that sultry chick’?”  I died.   I guess he’s on the right path.  ;) I genuinely had such a great time wandering around Fed Hill with MaryCarol and Chris, even if Chris kept trying to make me mad by constantly telling me “You can just photoshop that”.  They’re such a fun couple with great style (check out MaryCarol’s outfits!!  Love them!!) and great personalities and I have a feeling that their wedding at The Belvedere next year is going to be one of my favorites of the whole year….I’m calling it now  :) I can’t wait!!

MaryCarol, you are gorgeous!!
Say Hi to their dogs, Cooley and Tucker!  They made a quick appearance for just one family photo  :)

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