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New York City Hip Hop Styled Shoot

March 1, 2017

I am so excited to share my daughter’s 10th birthday celebration and her

Hip Hop styled fashion shoot in the middle of Times Square New York City!

Believe it or not, I’m the mother of a 10 year old.  I don’t know how it happened, but it happened.   In keeping true to my way of parenting, we went all out and invited a friend to NYC for the weekend.

I just knew that Izzy’s yearly birthday shoot would have to really special for the big 10.  I found this sequin jacket at Bloomingdales just like the one Taylor Swift wore for her 1989 tour.  It’s now sold out EVERYWHERE I look.  I’m so glad I didn’t procrastinate on this one.  That boombox?  Borrowed from the neighbor, circa 1981.

I hope she never forgets the experience!  I know I won’t.

 

 

 

We decided to drive up since its only a few hours away, and we couldn’t get there fast enough.  We stayed at the Hyatt Centric Times Square and that will be my go to place when I can’t afford the Plaza from now on;)  Such an awesome hotel, huge rooms (for NYC), and steps away from all the action in Times Square.  Here are some fun picks of the rest of our time there.

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Editorial & Commercial Engagements Portraits

Joshua Tree | Heck Yeah Photo Camp | Part 2

February 29, 2016

In my last blog post about Heck Yeah, I told you a little about the start of my trip and I shared the images I took of the beautiful Ivy.

During our workshop, we listened to some of the most talented and influential photographers in the industry. I learned something valuable and sometimes mind blowing by each of the speakers. We focused on telling a story and capturing the in between moments, anticipation.

This is Kirsten and Kyle. They are a real couple and the chemistry between them was so strong.  And how about the amazing coat Kirsten is wearing?  This is a great example of how incorporating one statement piece can really make your images pop and stand out without overwhelming you.  Kyle’s color choice for his shirt really compliments her outfit.

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Editorial & Commercial Lifestyle Me Portraits

The birthday girl wants a glamour shot |before & after’s | Washington DC photographer

February 28, 2016

This shot was taken on my living room floor, next to a window.  Our simple surrounding created something stunning.  It’s her birthday, and every year she picks the theme and I shoot it.  We finished up this shoot in about 2 minutes.  After the second shot, I showed her the back of the camera and said “we got it”.

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It may be the biased mother in me, but I do believe she is a naturally beautiful girl.  But with every portrait, there is a little work that goes into it, to complete the art.

I’m posting the before and after’s if you were interested in seeing how I transform my photos from the unprocessed raw images to the final polished image.

 

SOOC (straight out of the camera)-  I shoot all of my images in RAW, meaning they are completely stripped of any processing and color profiles.  This is not even what I see on the back of my camera.  The back of the camera shows you a rendering of the image with a camera profile applied.  But it does give you an idea of what your image could look like.

 

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After I applied toning.  I am attracted to the look of film shot on Kodak Portra 160.   I use this toning on almost all of my images.

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Final with retouching.  We are so blessed with dark under eye circles.  While she looks incredible here without any retouching, it is just not my style to not polish an image.  The toning and deep shadows to create the moody look we were going for over accentuated what was there.  I like to say I make you look like you on your best day.  I retouched under her eyes and took out a few stray hairs in her eyebrows.  I also helped clean up her lips.  They were so chapped and don’t normally look like that.

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Editorial & Commercial

Joshua Tree | Heck Yeah Photo Camp | Part 1

February 2, 2016

The only way to tell you about my experience with the Heck Yeah Photo Camp is to start from the beginning.

This past summer, I was browsing Facebook and briefly saw a workshop held by Ben Sasso that was coming in January. It looked interesting enough, and I have been following Ben’s work for some time. I signed up for an email alert when it was going to be for sale. A few weeks later, sitting at lunch with my daughter, it happened. I knew it would sell out fast, so with clammy hands and my heart beating a little too fast, I pressed the “buy” button. It turned out to be one of the best investments I’ve made for my business in several years. Four hours later, it was sold out. Thank goodness I didn’t procrastinate.

I’ve been a photographer for several years now, and I was looking to invest in a workshop, but I didn’t want to learn from just one photographer, and I wasn’t interested in learning how to be just like another photographer. After several years, I have developed my own style and I am proud of my work.

But we can always be BETTER.

With a plane ticket booked and a rental car reserved, I was counting down the days for January 25th. And then Winter Storm Jonas came along. The weather forecasters were predicting it to be a major storm arriving three days before I was supposed to be leaving for California. With a lot of tears and major stress, I made it out on the last flight in DC before they shut the airport down three days ahead of schedule. Traveling alone is not something I would usually consider “fun”.  But it was a chance to relax, clear my head, and prepare for what I was about to experience during the workshop. I spent my time between hanging around the hotel pool in Palm Springs and a full day in Joshua Tree to get the lay of the land.

Then it was time for camp. I arrived and I immediately wanted to leave. I felt so out of place and I got into my own head that I didn’t belong, that I wasn’t good enough, and just too old to be there among all the talented young photographers that were there.
An hour later, I changed my mind. I was totally welcomed by several other people I had talked to in our workshops Facebook group, and I started to get excited again.

4 days in the desert, 2 days of intense workshops that sometimes made us shed a tear, great food and beer, new friends, and 6 amazing styled shoots.
I’m totally inspired and really excited to work with my 2016 couples!

Part 1 is a collection of images I took of the sweet, fun, and beautiful Ivy.

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Editorial & Commercial

Iron Rooster | Canton Baltimore MD location

January 5, 2016

It’s been a really exciting adventure for my brother in law as he opens up the second location of his restaurant, Iron Rooster.  The original location in Annapolis has been a hot spot and the perfect place for grabbing delicious fare and great service, right in front of Ego Alley.   Canton is in for a total treat, and so far, others are agreeing!   Now lets all get together and bug Kyle for a location near the district!

Iron Rooster at night in Canton/Baltimore

Editorial & Commercial Food Me

My few of my favorite things | Peanut Butter Cookies

January 5, 2016

I will always remember the huge glass cookie jar at my grandmother’s house in Baltimore.  During the holiday’s, it would be filled with crispy & thin sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, and crumbling peanut butter cookies, marked with the crisscross pattern placed there by a fork before baking.  Thankfully, no one in my family had any nut allergies!

I’m pretty sure my grandmother got her peanut butter cookie recipe from Betty Crocker, and I guess classics never go out of style.  You can find the recipe HERE.

Once cooled, the practically melt in your mouth.

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I don’t usually take the time for pictures of my everyday treats, but they were so beautifully crumbling on the dish.  The coffee cup in the image is very important to me.  I inherited by paternal grandmother’s Mikasa dishes in my early 20’s.  They stayed at my sisters house on display for several years, but when she remodeled her house, she packed them back up and gave them back to me.  I recently unpacked them to keep them safe in a spare cabinet I had in my kitchen and let them see the light of day again.

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Editorial & Commercial Weddings

Navy & Gold Editorial Wedding Shoot | Leesburg, VA

July 29, 2015

At the beginning of June, my friend and fellow photographer Shannon Bishop was putting together a stylized shoot at Raspberry Plain in Leesburg, VA. The minute I heard that it was themed with navy, & gold, I had to jump at the chance to participate. I have been to plenty of shoots, complete with models, makeup, wardrobe, and stylists and shot them for other editorial publications, but this is the first time I was ever shooting for ME! It was great to meet new photographers and finally meet a few in the flesh. Our models Bethany & Aaron are a real married couple and they were so loving and comfortable with each other, it made the shoot that much more fun! My favorite part, besides collaborating with awesome people, was definitely the flowers by Candlelight Floral Designs and the hand painted Mr. & Mrs. chair drapes.  All of our vendors are listed at the bottom of the post so you can easily find them for your next event.

 

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Photography | Nicole Barr Photography

Planning and Coordination | Shannon Bishop Photography

Hair and Makeup | All Aglow Beauty

Venue | Raspberry Plain

Florals | Candlelight Floral Designs

Event Design | Ruie & Grace

Cake | Crème de la Cakes

Dress | J. Crew