Today I participated in Career Day at Samuel Ogle Middle School in Bowie, Maryland. As a third-time guest, I’m always excited to share the importance of education to kids, and plus, I get to talk about photography! I brought canvas images of the DC Motobomb and other motorcycle images and shared video of my wedding and portrait sessions. But my favorite part is answering questions from forty 13-year-old 8th graders, and this year was no exception. Here are some of today’s favorites:
“What is your favorite photograph that you’ve ever taken?”
“What’s the hardest part about photography?” [Great question. Answer? People who don’t want to smile.]
“Do you ever take long-exposure images?” [I wanted to high five this kid for asking the question]
“Are you famous? You seem famous.”
“Do you ever take pictures of celebrities?”
“Do you ever have to PhotoShop people?”
[When asked what they like to take pictures of, the whole room chanted:]
[When asked what they like to photograph other than selfies:]
“When I go to El Salvador, I like to take pictures of all the cows.”
“I took picture of a monkey once because it was scratching its butt.”
[After learning that I ride a motorcycle:]
“Do you stunt? Do you take pictures while you stunt?”
Hands flew up over and over again and they asked questions until the school bell rang. Some of the kids even stuck around after class to ask questions about tripods and equipment.
It was fantastic, and honestly, it’s ALWAYS fantastic. I truly enjoy doing it and if someone asks you to participate in a Career Day, you should. You never know who is listening and how your visit could positively influence a child.
Until next time,
Welcome back, guys and gals!
I recently had a spectacular holiday portrait session with the Watts/Jefferson family. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I truly have the best clients ever! This family was no exception. Ranging in age from 6 months to 16 years old, everyone helped keep each other upbeat, on point, and most importantly, smiling throughout the day.
Devin Watts is actually a friend of mine who I met in…high school! That’s right. Who knew that a hundred years later, I’d be photographing her and her children?!
For our shoot, Devin dressed everyone in the family as if they were headed to a holiday party. I was able to work with their cute outfits, which made for some amazing photos. I loved taking their portraits at her sister’s home because it kept everyone warm, comfortable, and relaxed in familiar surroundings. It was truly a family affair.
Here, mom Devin and I are doing our best to make the baby laugh and smile. It truly was an amazing photo shoot. If any of you are considering a family session or are prepping for an upcoming session, heed the words of mom, Devin:
“Try to schedule your shoot midday after lunch and a nap for children 5 and under…and if possible, have them get dressed just moments before shooting,” she says. Solid advice!
Okay, on to pictures of the Watts/Jefferson family!
I’ve scheduled holiday shoots all the way through January (believe it or not!), so if I don’t get the chance to tell you, I’ll tell you now: Happy Holidays!
I am delighted to announce the union of Alisa and Amon, celebrated in September. These two are an incredibly fun-loving couple, and it showed throughout their wedding day.
The wedding was truly special, with two ringbearers, two singers, special socks, and a healthy heaping of family and friends. It took place at Forest Memorial United Methodist Church in Prince George’s County, MD, followed by the reception at Camelot, on Central Avenue in Bowie, MD. A big thank you goes out to the caterers at Camelot, DJ T-Why, and the other awesome companies that helped make Alisa and Amon’s day so special.
Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal, Springfield, VA
Cake Baker: Renee Reynolds, www.dulceminaevents.com
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Traniessa Wright – Tea Parties, Inc.
Limousine: Wayne Crosby
Their reception was also pretty impressive. There wasn’t just one wedding cake; there were two!
The couple first danced to “Rest of Our Lives” by Jeffrey Osbourne, and DJ T-Why played everything from slow jams to Go Go to the most current pop songs of 2014. It was a blast!
Wish you could have been there, too, blog readers! At least you can live through the pictures!
Until next time,
I’ve got another stunning wedding for you guys today! The happy couple consists of Tanya and Stanley, two people that anyone would love to meet.
Their wedding ceremony and reception took place on Memorial Day weekend at Rockville, Maryland’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Their big day was truly big, with over 250 guests! Family and friends arrived from as far as London, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, and the imaginative decorations were only bested by Tanya’s beautiful dress—and I’m not just saying that!
Tanya was kind enough to share a list of the people or companies that helped their wedding go off without a hitch:
Dress: Lotus Bridal Boutique
Caterer: Crowne Plaza
Decorator: BCG events
Lighting: Showtime Events INC
Wedding Planner: Althea Williams
Hair: Trenice Brown
Okay, let’s get to the pictures! Tanya and Stanley were such a delight to work with and I wish them many wonderful years to come.