Comment

Laura and Aris' Lakewood Country Club wedding

Last fall, we had the pleasure of spending the weekend up in Rockville, Maryland for Laura and Aris' wedding.  Both Laura and Aris are Latvian and this was our first glimpse into the tight-knit Latvian community.  We did not have a chance to meet them before their wedding day since they live out of state, but we immediately felt like part of the family from the minute we met them for the preparations at Lakewood Country Club. 

If you have never attended a Latvian wedding, let me tell you it is one experience you will never forget!  We loved every minute from the traditional boisterous songs sung throughout the day to the hugs, jokes, and laughter.  Here are a few of our favorite images from their wedding day!

Comment

Jenny and Mike's Washington, DC wedding

Comment

Jenny and Mike's Washington, DC wedding

We got to know Jenny and Mike last summer through a mutual friend and let me just say that I am so thrilled we were a part of their wedding this past weekend!  These two are so amazingly fun, relaxed, and welcoming.  They are also in love with anything and everything Washington, DC!  They personalized their wedding in so many ways all the way from incorporating John Adams' letters to Abigail into their ceremony to a visit from the Washington Nationals mascots at the reception!  Their wedding and reception

Comment

Comment

Spring garden at the Davis house

What an amazing weekend!  This early Spring weather has been fantastic and the Davis family has been hard at work in the garden (our ever-growing hobby).  Last year was our first try at a real garden and we are hooked!  Our biggest regret last year was that we didn't plant enough greens, so this year we went overboard!  So far, we've planted seeds for broccoli, chard, kale, spinach, red and green lettuce, radishes, snow peas, and snap peas!  Once it warms up a bit, we'll go for some beans and a few other warm-weather veggies!  It's fun seeing the seeds sprouting already, though.  We wimped out last year and bought seedlings from the farmer's market, but decided this year we would grow veggies the real way!  We'll see how it works out. You'll notice that we're experimenting with a new-to-us watering system using Oallas.  You can read more about those here, but basically, it is a clay vase buried in the ground that lets the water seep out as the soil needs it.  I opted to make my own for about $6 instead of buying fancy ones for $30!  We'll let you know how it goes.  I laid down the soaker house just in case our experiment doesn't work.

Our little garden helpers enjoyed sewing seeds and writing the labels!

Every garden needs (at least) one of these:

Once we were done with the seeds in the big garden, the girls decided to make their own garden(s).  We're not totally sure where else they planted seeds, so we might have veggies popping up all over the place!

Now on to some of the pretty flowers and cute kids!

Our little guy is fascinated with water, so I used some old wood we had laying around and a concrete mixing tub from the hardware store to make a water table...fresh coat of paint coming soon!

Our oldest daughter had a vision of a forsythia bush surrounded by pansies...so here you have it!

Home, sweet home!

Comment

Comment

Art Commission: Repentance

A friend from our church, All Souls Charlottesville, contacted me a few weeks ago about possibly commissioning me to do some photography for the season of Lent.  I jumped at the chance because I love the opportunity to push my creativity a bit and do something out of the norm.  After agreeing to the project, though, I quickly drew an artistic blank!  Sarah and I spend most of our time photographing bright and cheerful weddings and couples happily in love.  I don't really get around to photographing themes of repentance that this commission would require.  After some brainstorming and thought about the idea of repentance, I got a picture in my head of what I hoped to create.  The only remaining obstacle was finding a diverse, ready and willing group of people willing to model for me! Thankfully, when I pitched the idea to some friends, they were on board even though I gave them a purposefully vague description of what I was going for and what I wanted them to do.  I had hoped to catch them a bit off guard and use the limited amount of time I had with them to capture some thought-provoking, dramatic images that might personalize the act of repentance that this season brings out of those who follow Jesus.

I am thrilled with how they turned out and I had such a great time in the process of creating these portraits from planning to prints.  I was only asked to provide three prints which are displayed at The Garden where All Souls meets from today through Easter.  I wanted to share a few more of my favorites, though.  I hope you enjoy them.

\

Comment

1 Comment

Cynthia and Jereme's Williamsburg Wedding

Let's continue to catch you up on what we've been doing for the past few months!  We were so excited to photograph Cynthia and Jereme's wedding this summer for many reasons. First of all, they are two of the most warm and welcoming people we know. Second of all, Cynthia is Sarah's cousin so we had the opportunity to see many family members from all over the globe who we don't get to see that often! Our kids also came along and got to hang out with their grandparents at the wedding and watch mommy and daddy work. It was a blast all around! On a side note, I mentioned this when we posted their engagement portraits in the spring, but we were extremely honored that they asked us to photograph their wedding given the fact that Jereme is an extremely talented and skilled photographer in his own rite. He travels the world photographing extreme people in extreme places - be sure to check out his portfolio when you get a chance!

But for now, here are several of our favorite images from the day. They had a beautiful ceremony followed by an exciting reception complete with their amazingly choreographed first dance. Jereme, Cynthia, and their wedding party also gracefully braved the heat and humidity of August in Williamsburg to help us create some memorable portraits.

Enjoy!

1 Comment

Comment

Lara and Ben's Blue Ridge Parkway Engagement Session

Back in October, I had the pleasure of riding with Ben and Lara up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for their engagement session. I had not been up on the Parkway in quite some time so it was a great time enjoying the view, good conversation, and some special moments with a fabulous couple! These two high school sweethearts were naturals in front of the camera even though they claimed they might have a hard time relaxing and being themselves! Lara was truly a champ for these photos as well because it was frigid that evening! She never complained a bit. And we had to include the car that Ben restored in high school. I thought it was so great that he still has the car as he nears the end of medical school.

After having exhausted the first overlook, we hopped in the car and headed up the Parkway to see what we could find. As we drove towards the next overlook, I spotted this side road and made Lara turn around! It was worth the mid-Parkway u-turn, for sure!

PS - It was colder for their October engagement session than it was for their late-November wedding! This has been a crazy fall/early winter as far as weather goes!

PPS -We're dedicated to catching you all up on what we were photographing throughout the Fall.  Stay tuned!

Comment

Comment

We're back!

Life is a balancing act. Especially when you're balancing a family of 5 with running a business! Once we returned from France at the end of July, we hopped right back into a busy fall wedding season, the girls started school, and our son started walking. We had a decision to make: keep up with our blog entries and miss out on a lot of life or skip out on the blog and get a few more things done. Every blog entry written meant time that could have been spent saving our toddling son from climbing onto the table or falling from the top bunk, helping our oldest daughter learn to knit, helping our second daughter care for her beloved doll Cara, editing photos, harvesting veggies from the garden throughout the fall, raking leaves, and many of the other parts of life that call for our time. So the blog was neglected. But we're back and we cannot wait to share six weddings, three engagement sessions, a senior portrait session, some wedding album designs and some personal photos in the coming weeks! We'll also be doing some year-in-review posts sharing our favorite images from 2011. So get ready for some updates and hopefully we'll be able to get some more posts up here in the coming weeks. But for now, here's a cute picture of our girls to keep you happy!

PS - Did anyone else feel like 2011 flew by at lightning speed, or was is just me?

PPS - We are knee deep in gardening and chicken-raising books around here! Oh yes, the Davis homestead is taking shape - more to come on that in the coming months.

Comment