A time to unwind

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Ok, so I didn’t really unwind.  Since I had the weekend off from photographing, I decided to cook for my family.  We had our fameous Bonsai Burgers… credit for these awesome burgers goes to my cousins. 

You couldn’t buy a better burger.  They looked so good I had to pull out the camera.  Add guacamole with plenty of cilantro and these burgers reach new heights.  Is this the last bbq weekend?  I hope not!  Wow.  The weather here is great!


Then, to begin October off right, I roasted some veggies and topped a salad with them.  So good.  It reminded me of a salad I used to get while assisting for Paul Saraceno in Boston.  He’s a master with natural light and products.  I learned a lot from him.  Fond memories.


Not much else this weekend.  Oh yes, my daughter dressed up her brother as a fairy.  It has begun.  Sorry boy, this is too cute to keep under wraps.  You don’t mind now, but I know the day will come…



As the cute boy he is.

Weddings before Nightfall

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I love morning weddings; they are perfect.  I love the wide-brimmed hats worn by the ladies and you can’t beat the light!  If you are planning a daytime wedding with a tent I suggest finding a translucent, white tent.  This will allow the light to pass through the white material perfectly.  I love translucent tents!  In my second year of photographing weddings I had a couple who had two tents; one white tent for eating under and another dark blue tent with star cut-outs to dance under.  It was a great way to bring the illusion of night to a daytime wedding.  Visit the gallery to see the spread (highlighted in The Knot’s Wedding Pages).  From there you can visit a gallery with even more images.

Who needs  a tent when you’ve got a mansion in Rockville, MD.  Glenview Mansion to be exact.  This is where my latest wedding was held.  What a great place.  The grounds are classic; old stone walls and stairways, beautifully manicured hedges, and a fountain.  Inside there are nice, big windows and even a beautifully enclosed balcony to photograph in if it’s too wet outside.  Perfect.  I wish every venue had a great back-up place to photograph.  But if they did, I’d get lazy.  It’s all part of the challenge to make something out of nothing. 

Here are a few photographs from Ann and Marlon’s wedding.  Everyone had a great time in the rambling mansion; with cushy chairs, couches, even a dining room table!  Plenty of space for this 160 person party.  Thanks to the team from Soiree, the day went very smoothly. 

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In the City

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I love Hampden.  We tried really hard to get a place there… in the one weekend we had to find a place.  That’s my life: every weekend booked through the fall.  Being booked typically isn’t a problem;)  I love what I do!  We just like to live under-the-gun so made our move date be November 4th with my last wedding being October 8th.  Ahh, my last wedding in Boston, what a wonderful day… bitter sweet.  Luckily we found a great realitor who made everything work in one weekend.

Since we don’t live in Hampden, I can at least live vicariously through my clients… and Hairspray.  We had lots of fun exploring this street.  We found a skanky, old bench and a great stone church wall. 






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This is a surprise birthday present for these boys’ mom.  I had a blast photographing these guys; lots of laughter, silliness, and energy.  These are the things that make a great photograph. 

This is the perfect gift.  What a great idea and quite a step up from the “to the best mom” statues I used to give!  I can’t wait to get mine.  I think Zach’ll need a nudge in a few years to get him to act… But who would he hire??  HA! 

Just to keep you updated, my foot has been deemed ‘cured’.


D.C. Portrait

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I love when I am honored to photograph my friends.  This was an extra special shoot since they traveled all the way from Boston!  It was also fun since we got a chance to visit and see DC from the windows of this beautiful penthouse apartment.  Gorgeous!! 

We miss you guys, but look forward to the next visit.

Best friends forever!