To my past couples, this face might look familiar. Jill is my right-hand-man/partner-in-crime/time-keeper/timeline manager/detail checker/cake taster/second shooter extraordinaire who also happens to be one of my very best friends. She is expecting Shepherd’s best friend, a sweet baby boy in May and I couldn’t be more excited. A few weeks ago we were on a church retreat together and got snowed-in along with 40 other women in Knoxville, Maryland. 11 inches! While debating if we were going to actually make it home in the next few days, we decided to take advantage and document her cute bump. I told her to throw on the striped shirt she had worn previously and grab her moms hat…and this is what we came up with. It is always an adventure with us and work and life are certainly more fun because of it. I certainly can’t wait for her to join me in her newest adventure in being a mom.

These high school sweethearts were born and raised in the Maryland suburbs. Elizabeth is an engineer and William is a paramedic for the Baltimore City Fire Department. William’s job has allowed him to explore every nook and cranny in the city. They knew they wanted something industrial for their engagement session and William thought this little spot with the city backdrop was just that. It was one of my most unique Baltimore locations to date and did not disappoint. Through out the session we explored the ins and outs of Baltimore ended with coffee at Slaintes; Baltimore perfection. I can’t wait for their Strong Mansion wedding next month. Congratulations you two.

It is cold here in Maryland. Very cold. Frostbite, Siberian air kind of cold. The start to this year has been absolutely frigid. So even mentioning a morning engagement session comes with more than a little skepticism. But I like adventure and Carrie and Derek are people that like adventure too. We met early one morning down in Fells Point. I love early morning sessions because they have few people around in some of the most popular locations. At 20 degrees we were surrounded by seagulls and a few crazy runners. (Seriously, there is always at least one runner in a neon track suit at every morning shoot.) Obviously, it was easy for Carrie and Derek to snuggle up and get caught in the moment with the temperatures. After warming up with a cup of coffee, we headed just outside of the city to one of their favorite places. It was only slightly warmer, but Carrie and Derek were game for anything and their enthusiasm for life and each other made the day.

It is the eve of Christmas Eve and I hope this finds everyone happy,healthy and surrounded by family this holiday. Before I signed off for the holidays, I had to share Meghan, Brett and their sweet pups with you all. This session has something on everyone’s Christmas list; An engagement ring, a Christmas puppy, mistletoe, red cups and lots of love and quaint city streets. Those city streets happen to be Frederick, Maryland and for my first holiday in our new home, it holds an extra special place in my heart. I am so extremely thankful for the couples who have shared their hearts with me. I wish everyone a gorgeous holiday and that they get everything they desire on their Christmas list.

Samantha and Joe are they kind of people that make you feel like family from the moment you meet them. This soon-to-be nurse marrying a police officer was quite the wedding to witness. Sam knew she wanted her wedding to be personal, so from the gold dipped mason jars, to the burlap signs, she had a hand in every detail. While they had so many fun and personal details, they never lost sight of each other or their guests and it made for such a joy filled celebration. It was wonderful to see her vision for the day come together, but it was even more fun to see her and Joe join together as husband and wife. Sam and Joe, never lose that focus on what is really important. So much love to you both! xoxo