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Hannah & Houston Annapolis Maryland Backyard Wedding Photographer

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In early May, I made my way out to the East Coast for Hannah and Houston's wedding in the backyard of Houston's childhood home. For a day already charged with profound meaning, I have always been drawn to backyard weddings, their subtle beauty, and the emotional weight inherent in a place of personal significance. And for this day in particular, family and friends came together beautifully to pull off the celebration. Hannah had her mom style her hair for her. Houston's dad home-brewed beers of all varieties. Houston's mom even arranged for me to stay close by with a sweet, neighbor family. After the ceremony, we wandered through a wooded path down to the water's edge where Hannah and Houston shared their first kiss several years before. In every way, this day was very special for me to be a part of, and I am deeply grateful to Hannah, Houston and their families and friends for welcoming me into the fold, and making me feel right at home in Maryland.

Venue: Private Residence / Coordination: Wedding Savvy / Floral Design: Rhonda Kaplan / Catering & Cake: Main & Market / Pies: PA Dutch Farmer's Market / Videography: Nathan & Ashley Miller / Audio & MC: Joshua Keith & Neil Soule / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Groom's Suit: Asos / Rentals: Rentals to Remember

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Brandi & Drew Elk California Wedding Photographer

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This session came about at the tail end of a photography retreat I attended in northern California led by Nirav Patel & Michael Ash Smith. I rose early on our final morning in Elk to take in the sunrise, and the Pacific coast greeted me with some of the most beautiful light I have ever seen in all my life. I think Nirav must have agreed because he quickly recruited Brandi & Drew for this impromptu session.

Nirav led these portraits, graciously allowing me to tag along. I snapped photos here and there—that's when I wasn’t stepping back to witness one of my favorite artists in the midst of his craft. What most marked me, though, was Nirav’s humility, authenticity, and kind heart. It became more evident that this is what shines through his poetic images, and what makes his work truly special. Many thanks to my new friends Brandi and Drew for “posing” for us, if you can even call it that. Their connection was on another level, and I don’t think there was a single false moment the whole morning.

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