Little ones at the Park

It was so great to work with Kathie and Matt again! It seems like just yesterday that I did Adeline’s newborn session, and now there are two! Congratulations you guys.

Fall Mini Sessions!

Don’t miss out! We’ve only a few remaining slots open for our Fall Mini Sessions. Perfect for holiday card images, wall art and holiday gifts, our Mini Sessions are a favorite among our regular clients.

Join us on October 8, 9 (3 slots remain), October 22, 23, or November 12th (2 slots remain). Fall leaves will be in full effect in the late October and November dates!

Mini Sessions are a super fun, fast-paced and spirited event, I hope that you can join!

Register here:



Jackie & Trissy

This weekend I had the honor of photographing Jackie and Trissy’s wedding in LA, and on Monday in San Francisco. Jackie is my cousin (and we share a birthday) from our super-tight and very large Irish family on my mom’s side. Trissy is her new wife, and one of our favorite people, who we are so happy to now call family.

The stunning wedding was held at the Charles Haus in LA, which I was able to attend in an actual party dress and my camera was no where to be seen. I did, however, shoot them getting ready at the incredibly hip Ace Hotel. What stunningly  beautiful and soulful women they are. It was such an amazing day.

On Monday we ventured together to San Francisco, where they signed their marriage certificate in the historic San Francisco City Hall.

Jackie and Trissy, I’m so proud to be your cousin and honored to have spent the weekend working with you both! xoox – s


I started working with Jen years ago, in fact, maybe 7 years ago. At that time her family was her and her husband, Myke, and a small baby bump. Along came Jimmy several months later, a slight 4 pound boy with a big cry and a sweet little face. Since then we’ve worked together at least twice a year, shooting, printing and hanging photos of their growing family. The most special series that we have been working on are from my Heritage line. These I designed to stand apart from your everyday photograph or canvas mount. The image is printed on hand-deckled watercolor paper, mounted to float off of the backboard and create a small shadow for dimension, and then framed in a box frame.

Fast forward 7 years and we’re working on perhaps the final installation for this particular series. Ella, Jimmy and Annie’s images are on the wall, and the image that we chose for Joey is on the laptop. IMG_5405


Summer Days

With all of this endless rain this spring, it’s surprising that we got a blink of sunshine long enough to get these newborn announcement photos. What a gorgeous evening and even more beautiful family!

The moments between

(yes. it’s been two years since I posted a blog post).

It occurred to me as I was editing wedding photos for Courtney and Mike that you all don’t have the opportunity to see what I see. The back end of this work. In this digital age where we can click,click,click when waiting for the moment (a blessing and a curse), editing photos is this walk toward finding the moment. It reminds me of being in the darkroom, ages ago, when an image would reveal itself in its perfect imperfection, under the developer, watery and impermanent. My breath would catch when an image was developing. My memory triggered, the moment, the hope, the art, the light, the people. Did it all line up as I thought that it had in that split second when I chose to depress the shutter? That tentative dance that my mind and heart had to do –  between freedom and structure, technicality and intuition…how did it pan out? Every roll of film carried these questions. So much so that I still forget that people don’t see the world in the way that my heart and brain have been trained to see.

I was quickly clicking through this series, deleting all that didn’t resonate with me before sending these files to the client. I went through them in 10 seconds – and in my head I heard the mantra of all of these years in this field: “nope, nope, nope, nope, yup”. Yup. Her eyes are closed. Maybe the fifth is not a perfect image. But I see his eyes. The way that she abandons herself into him. And the way he looks at her. His wife, on this day.

That’s the one.




It’s Not About the Gear Photo Classes



Fall 2014 Photography Classes


Class Series
Wednesdays —
10/15, 10/29 and 11/5: 7-9pm

BONUS “Putting it into Practice” Photography Excursion (25% off)
Saturday —
11/15: 10am-1pm

1390 Kenyon St. NW #525
Washington, DC 20010

$240 (Class series)
$60 (“Putting it into Practice” photography excursion. Series students only. Location TBD.)

I get one question more than any other:
Q. What camera should I buy to take good pictures?

A. It’s not about the camera. Not to say that a high quality camera and lens selection aren’t important. Of course they are. But the fundamentals of photography are housed in the ever-expanding instincts and knowledge of the photographer. Buying the $7,979.99 bike that Lance Armstrong rode to win the Tour de France may make riding a little easier, but I’m not winning the Tour on it.

Join us for our Fall photo class series to learn how to use the camera that you do have to its fullest capacity. The foundation topics we’ll cover can apply to shooting people, landscapes, abstracts or anything else you can dream up.

Part 1: Settings. A focus on moving your camera from program settings to all manual. We’ll discuss camera settings and answer all of your questions. We’ll view some successful and not-so-successful images to illustrate the impact of making different setting choices.

Part 2: Composition. Have you ever taken a picture of something gorgeous and inspirational; only to view it later and say “it looked so much better in person?” The compositional choices you make as a photographer determine the visual impact of the final product. Learn to compose your images to create the image you intended.

Part 3: Lighting. In this class, we’ll discuss lighting techniques.

(BONUS) “Putting it into Practice” Photography Excursion. Apply the technical knowledge you’ve gained throughout the class series in a photography excursion. I will provide hands-on advice while you shoot in an outdoor DC metro location. Note: this option is limited to series students only.

A digital SLR is recommended, but not required for this series. Please bring all lenses that you have, a digital memory card, and a charged battery.

This series is intended for the novice to intermediate photographer.

To register, click on the link below.

Hope to see you there!