Candy Colored Houses and Jolly Rancher Eyes

I had the great joy of working with Daily Candy Editor Erin Hartigan this morning for a fun photoshoot. In addition to the first three notes of every good song produced in the 1970’s, a list of shoot locations always floats around in my head. For this beautiful spring days shoot, a nearby wonderful street loaded with endless colorful rowhouses seemed like the perfect fit. Then Erin shows up in this green shirt, her green eyes glowing in the light, and I thought, yeah, that’s about exactly what I was looking for. So we went over to the location and she rocked it.

And one that pulls me back to some image that I saw of Joan Baez years ago…Erin sure looks great in color, but I love this antique treatment of her as well. Her soulful, creative self just shines through.

If you haven’t before checked out her work on the Daily Candy – take a look. Small businesses owners like me owe her the world for the support she gives us, and women like me are crying mercy because of all the great things we find and have to have on the Daily Candy each and every day. Check it out – it’s the best local resource around.

Giggles, pouts and reconciliations

I had a great shoot yesterday to ring in this new spring weather. Headed down to the waterfront in Old Town, Alexandria, with family Melody, Kyle, Aya and big sister Maddie. We had a blast enjoying the 70 degree weather and sunshine, after being socked (and i say that relatively…) with 4 inches of snow on Tuesday.

These guys were so much fun and up for a relaxed morning being followed by paparazzi….
Here the girls are beginning to warm up for the camera:

Getting ready for her close-up:

Getting swung around by dad…what glee!

Feeling ready to have this photoshoot done already!:

Showing a little love to little sister, Aya:

Maddie is prepared for those spring showers!

Calling all Wedding Bloggers!

The new Washingtonian Wedding magazine is on the search for a blogger for their new site:

“Are you engaged and planning a wedding? Do you want to share your lessons learned (and your questions), your most (and least) favorite parts of wedding planning, and lots more with Washingtonians? We want to hear from you. If you’re a bride-to-be (or groom-to-be!) who’s willing to share your story, send us an e-mail with why you think you’d be our next great wedding blogger. Details on how to apply are here.”

This is a great new publication that’s full of resources for planning local special events….so pass this along and get applying!

Bridal Dress Shopping….

Sorry guys, this one might just not be for you today.

Shoestring mag posted this article on finding a great deal on a bridal gown. From the stance of a woman who has seen a lot of weddings, the dress must fit. That’s what it comes down to. When you find “the dress”, you’ll know….it might as well have your name embroidered on the inside, it will be so you. So when you find it, buy it in the size you are now, and budget to have it altered so that it fits you like a glove.

And if you’re getting married in the area and want to have a photoshoot of trying on dresses, what the heck, give me a call. I’ll do it for free. First three to call get it, so let your friends know.

I was struggling to tie this post into photography … so there you go.
more later

Winter is Here….

All these months I have been waiting for a winter scene in which to bring out some clients and shoot them having fun. I heard recently about a friend of a friend who had an Iowa wedding…in December. Guests sat on bales of hay, monogrammed blankets were the party favors, the bride had a white fur stole. A photographers dream. At least this crazy photographer. See, I grew up in Rochester, New York, and then voluntarily moved further into the deep freeze, to Buffalo, New York. Until the age of 24 I lived in a world of 4 seasons: snow, snow, snow and construction. I have love affair with the way the sun falls over a hillside of freshly fallen snow, how light glints off of a dripping icicle. And here in DC, well, we have none of that. Although school is canceled when the temperature drops below 32 degrees (4 feet of snow in 24 hours in Buffalo and outdoor track practice is still on), I have not yet felt a true winter here. So, when four inches of real, god-honest snow fell yesterday, I grabbed the first clients I could and got them out there. Actually, they are potential clients. They called me to talk to me about their wedding, and I practically pushed them into the street before answering their questions. Sorry guys! Anyway, here are a few grab shots of Jonathan and Jackie:

It’s a Major Award!

And this one is not F.R.A.G.I.L.E!

2009 Bride's Choice Awards presented by WeddingWire | Wedding Cakes, Wedding Venues, Wedding Photographers & More

Stacey Vaeth Photograpy has won the 2009 Bride’s Choice Awards!

In its inaugural year, the Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and honors vendors that demonstrate excellent quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value of cost and flexibility. Stacey Vaeth Photography has been recognized for these qualities, and ranked in the top three percent of the over 100,000 wedding vendors in the Wedding Wire community.

Unlike other awards in which the company selects winners, exclusively recent newlyweds determine the Bride’s Choice Awards.

“We are excited to launch this annual award program to honor high-performing vendors based solely on the experiences of our WeddingWire community,” according to Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “This year’s recipients have set the bar high, exhibiting excellent service and expertise in the wedding industry.”

Thank you so much to all of you who spoke on our behalf and helped us win the 2009 Bride’s Choice Award!

I thought I was a photographer….

But lately it appears I am actually a web designer and accountant. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing, because see I think that those two career tracks definitely would be a bit more stable, because, see, well everyone has to do taxes, and companies pay a lot for websites, and, and, oh, who am I kidding, I would be miserable…

So back to the subject at hand. Despite that fact that my photo eye is cramped and cloudy and a bit mopey because it is camped out in front of the computer … i am thrilled, thrilled! to share with you my new website. The trouble was worth it and now i even know what color FFFFFF stands for (in RGB). Which i am sure will be very handy.

So, head on over to to check out the new site – it’s supersized. My web designer hat was fun for a while, but nowhere near as fun as my photographer hat. The accountant hat, well, we won’t go there. And don’t worry, no accounting posts in the near future.

Here’s a few shots from my one saving grace this past week – a fun shoot at one of my favorite restaurants, Vermillion…..thanks Kevin, Dave and Tony!