Hagerstown Dairy Farm – A Special Project {Maryland Photographer}

My Mother lived and worked on a dairy farm when she was a teenager.  I don’t know a whole lot about it.  I know she had a cow she loved named Grace.  I know it gave her an amazing work ethic along with a stubborness that rubbed off on me.  I know she had to wake up and milk the cows before going to school.  I also know that the house is legit haunted.  My mom, along with my one Aunt, and several other people saw the two ghosts that “lived” there.  Spooooky!!

The farm is such a cool place and I would ride by it a lot when I was little with my Grandmaw, always wanting to stop by and be able to explore.  This past Thanksgiving my Grandmaw asked me if I could go there and take pictures of it for her…..the barn specifically.  The barn burned down years ago, from an unknown cause, but the stone structure still stands.  She told me she would love to have pictures of it before it all fell down or was taken down.   Obviously, I was concerned about trespassing and getting permission from the owners, which she told me she didn’t know.  The house was turned into 4 apartments for rent a while back so my sister helped me find the contact info of the owners (thanks, Jenny!).  I called them up, got permission, and drove up to Hagerstown one weekend and got some pictures for my Grandmaw, which I was then excited to surprise her with for Christmas.  The house has been kept up well for being more than 100 years old, but all the farm buildings are definitely showing their age.  It was really cool to be able to walk around and have my Mom point things out and try to imagine all the buildings and workings of the place when it was still a working farm.  Enjoy a few of the images from my little adventure!

That little building is the smoke house where people used to hang meats.  Mom said they used it as a play house.  
The stone structure of the barn still stands but you can see all the beams and everything still laying where they fell during the fire. 
It’s all kind of a mess.
This is the loafing barn, as my Mom called it.  This is where the cows would hang out before they got herded into the milking parlor, which was another small building behind me, in reference to where I was standing for this picture.  The cows would go in a single file line out of the loafing barn into one door of the milking parlor, get milked, and then go in another line out another door of the milking parlor and back into the loafing barn. 
There used to be two silos on the farm.  This is the only one still there.
That’s the Momma  :)

 

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

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