Mandy and Tim married April 3, 2010

It’s been a few weeks since their wedding and I hope they are enjoying their wedding images. Mandy and Tim booked a four-hour package with me and I think it worked out very well. Their wedding was smaller and more intimate with family and close friends. The ceremony was held at Hagerstown Church of Christ in Hagerstown MD and the reception a few miles away at Nick’s Airport Inn. The weather was perfect and the bride and groom looked wonderful as you can see from their images below. Everything went perfectly until I got to the reception.

For some reason 2 turbo batteries and my 580ex2 flash decided to stop working. I started to think that Nick’s might be located in some kind of photography Bermuda triangle. Thank goodness I had a 3rd turbo battery and another flash as backup. Plus the room was well-lit with natural light that I really didn’t need flash. I just needed to watch my position to make  sure the light coming in looked nice on everyone.  

It just freaked me out a little because in 12 years it was the first time any of my equipment had failed. I’ve always heard the horror stories of other photographers, but never experienced it first had before. I’m glad I listened and took their advise and had backup. It’s a chore to carry all that extra stuff around all day, but definitely worth it. 

Here are the images, I hope you like them.


6:36am in the morning April 24, 2010

I just went out in my bath robe to take a picture of the sunrise. It was gorgeous! I hope my clients Karen and Shawn saw it too. They should be up already getting ready too at the hotel. Hopefully they saw the beautiful sunrise on their wedding day. If not, I got a great image of it for them.

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The House-Butts Wedding Album Design

You may have seen this design before. If you’ve met me at a bridal show or come to my house before, you’ve seen this design because it is one of my samples. It became a new sample when I accidentally put Nov. 8, 2009 instead of Nov. 8, 2008 on the cover.  Yes, I do a lot of stupid things sometimes, but don’t worry I had a new one printed for my client. I would never make a client take an album they had a problem with. That’s why, in most cases, I work very hard with my couples to make sure their album is perfect for them.

I would love to hear from brides and even other photographers about their thoughts on wedding albums. Anything from cost to image selection, nothings off-limits. For example, I let my clients pick their own images for the album. A lot of photographers don’t. I understand the reasons why-clients take too long to pick their images, the images they pick aren’t very good for the looks of the album, clients pick too many posed family shots etc. Even so, I still let my clients pick. It’s not my album, it’s their album and if they like it that’s all that matters. So here’s another example design for you to enjoy.

My Valentine’s Day Wedding

I shot a wedding this past valentine’s day, Jennifer and Christopher’s wedding. It was a last-minute wedding for me. The mother of the bride came in to meet with me Friday and the wedding was on Sunday. That didn’t give me much time to get to know the couple. I didn’t even meet them until the evening of the rehearsal. I was thankful that another two foot of snow didn’t fall from the sky.

It makes me a little nervous doing a last-minute wedding but I’m not opposed to doing them. I just don’t feel I have enough time to plan things out with the couple and learn what their likes and dislikes are. Jennifer and Christopher seemed pretty relaxed and easy-going the night of the rehearsal so I felt better about the short relationship. They seemed like a very nice couple.

The wedding day went smoothly. The ceremony was held at Asbury Methodist Church in Charles Town. I shot there before so I already knew what the lighting was like and where some of the good locations were. I learned that Jennifer’s dress was hand-made and it was beautiful. I can’t imagine doing all that embroidery. The reception was at the new Holiday Inn Express in Charles Town. It was my first reception there- it’s always fun to shoot somewhere new.

I’m so glad I got to shoot their wedding and can’t wait to start work on their wedding album. Here are a couple of pictures from the wedding.

Spring Break Fun

I managed to squeeze in a little vacation break. We went to Virginia Beach and South Carolina to visit family. We went to Virginia Beach first. My family and I had a fun time. It might have been better if my feet would have lasted and my hearing functioned properly.

When we first got to the hotel we were all hungry so we walked a mile to the Raven. I decided to only bring my sandals (that was a big mistake). I wore them all summer last year and they never hurt my feet. By the time we got to the Raven I had two blisters on the sides of both feet. I didn’t want them to get worse so I walked barefoot back to the hotel on the boardwalk. Well, I ended up with blisters on the bottom of my feet too.  It hurt to walk. I made it to a quickie mart near the hotel and bought a bunch of bandages to cover the blisters and some cheap water shoes. They weren’t any better than the sandals. I ended up wearing the sandals with a bunch of bandages and socks for the rest of the trip. At least I could get around.

Later that night, still the first day of the trip, I was taking a shower and I thought I got water in my ear. I couldn’t hear out of it. I messed and messed with my ear but nothing worked. I went without hearing the whole trip until the last day when this stuff I bought at Wal-Mart finally started to work. It’s called Debrox and it worked great. I actually hear better now. Everything seems loader. If you get wax build up in your ears definitely buy it.

Despite me turning into a complete gimp, my family and I had a great time. Logan and I went to the beach a couple of times and Logan met a bunch of kids to play with. The water was ice-cold but that didn’t stop them from getting in the water. It stopped me. I just enjoyed the sun. Logan and I rented a bike car for two hours, but only made it an hour and fifteen minutes before returning it. We were just too weak to keep pedaling. Logan bought a shovel to dig for sand fleas and shoveled one time then it broke continuing his tradition of always breaking something right off the bat. We ate expensive seafood the whole time except breakfast. A restaurant called Abby Road near our hotel was excellent. It’s beatles themed and the food was the best we ate the whole trip. Definitely go there if you’re in Virginia Beach. My husband, Zack, spent most of his time in the hotel room doing college work. He only came out to eat. He did go to the beach one time but looked uncomfortable the whole time. We had a room with a balcony. I took pictures of the sunrise from it our first morning. When I have time to go through them I’ll put a few on here.

Next we went to South Carolina to visit family. My grandparents and aunt and uncle live there in a house together. They have beautiful gardens all around and lots of forest to get lost in. They gave me some plants. I hope they live. I tend to murder flowers and plants. I was once told that you can’t kill bamboo-I proved them wrong. The first night we had a wonderful spaghetti and meatball dinner, my favorite, and hung out and talked. The second day my uncle took us on a walk through the woods. Their property is huge and it sounds like it will be growing larger in the future. Logan was too afraid to climb to the top of my uncles hunting platform. I didn’t even try I knew I wouldn’t make it far.  It moved around too much for me. They took us out to a chinese restaurant which was really good. I was the only one who ate any sushi. Some day I’m going to get my mom to try some.   We all hung out together and watched a movie and relaxed. Logan and my aunt played Mario on the Wii for a while. It was nice seeing them again.

On the way home we listened to an audiobook The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. It was pretty good. Not as good as The Davinchi Code but that will be a tough act to follow. Now I’m home catching up on work and fighting with fedex to get my equipment back that malfunctioned the last wedding I shot before we left. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get my flash back.