Bailey Marie Donlin

I recently heard that our former bride Lexie Donlin and her new baby girl were in town from Cherry Point, NC, where she and her husband Mike are stationed. Right now Mike is out doing pre-deployment flight training for the Marines in El Centro, CA. I successfully lured Lexie into the studio to meet and photograph their daughter, Bailey Marie! She is the cutest little dumpling! (ok…no fair….she and Charlotte are the two cutest little dumplings!)

Bailey definitely has mom and dad’s gorgeous baby blues, but her hair remains to be a mystery…with mom’s blonde head and dad’s jet black…only time will tell! I am so excited to photograph her first year!


Mom and Dad on their wedding day

Bailey the spring blossom

Lexie and Bailey in our magical window light

Just one shot in her fancy spring dress and booties before she poops out!

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Charlotte Knox Gill

I love it when my brides and grooms turn into parents! Morgan brought Charlotte into the studio last week at only two weeks old.  It was so exciting to see two of my favorite clients merge into one. Charlotte is as cute as a button. So far, I think she’s a daddy’s girl!

Waiting for Charlotte to be born and witnessing Morgan’s joy and excitement brought back memories of my first daughter, Sophie. There’s nothing more exciting than the moment you first lay eyes on your child after carrying her around inside you for months. I am so happy for Morgan and Brendan, and so honored to be the one to capture their joy and to document Charlotte’s little life so far!


Mom and Dad on their wedding day!

Morgan and Charlotte captured in the magical window light of our studio; by a small window in a huge, dark room. It reminds me of the light I used to see in doorways of barns out west. I couldn’t recreate it if I tried!

Take 5 for a bottle, Charlotte!

I bought this chair in an antique shop in Wyoming for my daughter Sophie when I was pregnant with her nine years ago. It was my most cherished piece of furniture in both of my daughter’s rooms. The cherry blossom branch may be a little premature….I just can’t help myself. I’m thinking SPRING!!!

Taylor and James

My first wedding of 2010 ended up being not only one of my favorites, but without a doubt the coldest! Another amazing Naval Academy wedding awaited myself and Missy as we braved sub-freezing temperatures all over Annapolis.

Taylor and James, you two are gorgeous and amazing! Thanks for being troopers while Missy and I ran you around in the frigid cold!


Taylor was all smiles, all day long!

The light coming in the windows at the Loews Annapolis was amazing!


Taylor and the bridesmaids braved the cold with us to have the first look at Bancroft Hall.

Taylor’s dad was the commander of the regiment for his graduating class at the Academy. James’ dad is an Annapolis grad too!

On our walk back to the chapel, we ran into a bunch of middies, and they all saluted and congratulated James! It was really cool to see!

Normally, you are not permitted to shoot any photos in the chapel, since they have back to back to back weddings every weekend. But this day both scheduled weddings before ours had been cancelled or changed. So… the chapel was ours to shoot all the family portraits! Yay! Just a perfect backdrop for two families with naval backgrounds!

Missy got this nice little detail of one of the sword arch guy’s gear. Love it!

It’s hard to tell who is happier, Taylor or her dad! Looking good!

After a long renovation, the Naval Academy chapel is fully open for business! WOW! AMAZING!

Love this little moment Missy captured right after the ceremony.

Everyone braved the cold again for the traditional sword arch.


Once again Bancroft Hall yielded awesome photos!


Charm City Cakes did this sweet groom’s cake for James. It’s the plane he will be flying! Cool!

Another nice moment by Missy, right before they were introduced.

Mutual Fun provided the awesome tunes!

All of Taylor’s sorority sisters posed for a pic, including Grandma!

Those aviators know how to dance…

…and get a little crazy!

James surprised Taylor with a little “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin'”.

Becky and Stephen

I finished off 2009 with the most refreshing and delightful wedding. Becky and Steve split their wedding into two completely diverse events with a honeymoon in Barbados in between! How unique. Their wedding began with an intimate ceremony at Temple Micah in DC and dinner reception at Citronelle in Georgetown, and will culminate with a big party at CBF in Annapolis this April. To make matters EVEN BETTER…their CBF reception will be my first wedding of 2010! How exciting…we’ve got the ceremony and group shots out of the way, and we can just get right to the fun part when we see each other again. Can’t wait!


My assistant Renee and I met Becky at her hotel, The Latham, about 30 minutes before she and Steve were scheduled to see each other for the first time. We walked along the C&O Canal doing portraits and making a bit of a scene with our beautiful bride! It was a cool, overcast fall morning on a day that had rain in the forecast, so lucky for us that not many people were out and about.

During our site visit a few days before the wedding, we were lucky enough to meet the shopkeeper who owned this picturesque courtyard along the canal. She was gracious enough to let us stage Becky and Steve’s “first sight” there on their wedding day. It was quite an emotional moment!

We arranged for Becky and Steve’s families to meet us on the canal for group shots shortly after having their moment together. It was really fun being able to capture their reactions, too. I also love how the group shots turned out.

My husband said this looked like the cover of a New Yorker Magazine when he saw this image. I agree….for some reason it brings New Yorkers Stieglitz and Woody Allen to mind for me!

I am not sure if I like the color or sepia better. Love them both!

We built in this time on their wedding day to walk through Georgetown and down to the waterfront. Being there at dusk with hardly anyone around combined with Steve and Becky’s unbridled happiness was just heaven!

I shot through the beveled glass doors to get this effect.

The simple, modern architecture at Temple Micah was really beautiful.

And so was their ketubah.

The kids passed on the tuna tartare appetizers at Citronelle…

…but filled up on Shirley Temples!

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January 25, 2010 – 5:03 PM

Holiday Portraits at Out of the Blue

‘Tis the season to spread the love with children’s portraits! The past few weeks have been a flurry of little clients in their holiday best at our newly expanded studio. It is amazing to see how some of these cuties have grown since their last visits, and of course wonderful to have new faces join us for the first time. Capturing their joy and excitement for the holiday season has been hectic, but oh so fun!