Samantha + Brian at Omni Shoreham

It's not every day you get the chance to photograph a family wedding but such was my luck on 4.22.17 to photograph my cousin Sam's marriage to Brian!  A rainy spring day quick shifted the garden wedding to an indoors affair with the ceremony and reception both being held at Omni Shoreham in Northwest Washington, DC.  With well over 200 guests in attendance, the reception was filled with non-stop dancing and fun, and Sam and Brian clearly have so much wonderful support as they start the next phase of their relationship.  Sam's first dance with her dad was incredibly sweet and memorable, and they could definitely be professional dancers if they want to!

Destination Smith Mountain Lake: Shawde + Adam 10.08.16

If rain on your wedding day is good luck, then Shawde and Adam are set!  Hailing from Ohio, Shawde and Adam wanted to get married in the Virginia countryside on the edge of Smith Mountain Lake during one of its prettiest times of year: fall.  What they didn't expect was almost 2 inches of rain to fall in storms ahead of Hurricane Matthew starting on Friday and falling until late Saturday night.  Thanks to an amazing bridesmaid who showed up with umbrellas for the ladies and a mysteriously appearing and very welcome bag of umbrella for the men, their wedding went off as planned, just under soppy skies.

Toledo Botanical Garden

On our way home from the grand tour of the Great Lakes during the summer, we spent a quick night on the road in Toledo, OH.  What do you do when you're in Toledo for a few hours, are a photographer, and love gardens?  Easy: Toledo Botanical Garden.  While I've been spoiled by some amazing botanical gardens like in Vancouver and Denver, for a smaller city, the Toledo one was a nice way to stretch our legs and had some neat features.  Here are a few of my favorite photos.

Lydia at 18 months

I loved having a fun weekend to play with Lydia a week ago and was able to capture a few photos amidst time at the park, pool, playing basketball and other shenanigans.  This girl is constantly on the move exploring the world, and she's clearly a relative of mine with her love of books!

Mackinac Island, MI - part 1

This car-less Victorian town accessible via ferry is definitely a step back in time.  At under 4 square miles, it is both easy to explore the entire island and find areas outside of the main downtown very much isolated.  Circling the island is an 8-mile trail that is popular with bikers, and there are plenty of bike rental places on the island.  There are some truly steep hills climbing up to Fort Mackinac, circa 1780, and even higher up to Fort Holmes, an 1814 fort that has been rebuilt.  We explored both the trail along the circumference as well as very isolated inland trails.  

Fun-fact: Mackinac is pronounced "Mackinaw".  

Lake Superior, or The End of the World: étude en bleu

After hiking through (majorly mosquito-infested) woods, the path dropped us out on an isolated patch of Lake Superior's beach.  The water was very shallow and clear for a long ways out with strands of pale to slightly less pale greens and blues carrying out until they apparently met the sky, but because there was a bit of a fog or mist, it was nearly impossible at times to see where the water and sky met, which was a weird feeling: it felt like the end of the world.  This photo blog is dedicated to the end of the world, which is filled with hues of blue and husks of former trees:-)