Wednesday, March 23, 2011

United With Love Happy Hour - March 22, 2011

Thanks so much to the lovely ladies from United With Love for hosting a happy hour at the Mussel Bar in Bethesda. That is one of our favorite local restaurants, and it was nice to go there with so many folks in the wedding business who I only knew by their on-line identities. There were some familiar faces I got to catch up with, and so many new ones I got to meet for the first time. Great event. I very much look forward to the next one.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sam and Ellie - March 18, 2011

Sam and Ellie are the children of two of my favorite past wedding clients, Deb and Scott. Lately, when I have purchased new equipment that I want to test out they have been my go-to models. This past week I had all kinds of new toys I wanted to play with so I invited Sam and Ellie over to sit for me. As always, they are great subjects. My husband, Joe, is building a huge model railway set in his work room which is attached to my studio. There was no way that I could compete with those trains, especially as Joe was working from home that day and was here to run them. Sam and Ellie humored me and were very good models and, in exchange for that, they got to run off to the train room to be entertained by Joe. Great seeing everyone - hope we can all get together again soon.

Done posing in the studio - now off to the train room!

Back to the studio for a few more shots joined by my tiny dog, Sammy.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fair Chance Graduation - March 17, 2011

Last Thursday I had the Honor of photographing the partner graduation ceremony of Fair Chance. Fair Chance is a non-profit that works along side its partners to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Washington, DC. This organization provides its partners a one-year intensive program that strengthens their internal structure. They invest in community leaders in Wards 5-8 who are passionate, committed and knowledgeable about positively changing the lives of young people, and provides these leaders with the tools, information and knowledge that they need to thrive. Fair Chance's highly trained, capacity-building specialists work one-on-one with partner organizations to strengthen core areas like fundraising,board development and program services. Thursday's ceremony celebrated the eight organization who had just completed their one-year training.

What a lovely, hard working and clearly focused group. The graduates speeches were so moving as they discussed how Fair Chance, in the words of one of the graduates, really had given their organization, and thus DC children, a "fair chance".

The ceremony was held at the penthouse of the Bank of America Building on 15th Street. What a beautiful and night and fabulous view for this great event.

The view from penthouse.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Justine at Sequoia - March 4, 2011

Last night I went to Sequoia to meet up with Justine Ungaro and friends for drinks. Justine is in town to shoot a wedding today and she invited a bunch of her DC peeps to come and visit with her. What a great idea to plan something like this and so much fun. I saw lots of old friends like Sara Muchnick and Jenny Lehman and also met some new ones like photographers like Kelsey Thompson and Kim Seidl who I had heard about but never met. Justine's blog is so well followed that when two of her wedding clients showed up I recognized them as if I knew them.

Justine, I know you are a busy lady, but please do this every time you are in town!!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Davis and Madison - March 2, 2011

Last night I went to Gaffney's in Bethesda to see Madison and Davis sing and play. They are the children of my friend's Chip and Debbie Gestiehr. Chip is an awesome graphics designer who created my logo for me. Madison and Davis started playing guitar when we shared the teacher, Maic Joyce, who was working with my son, Jake. Madison and Davis have been studying guitar for a while now, but what really adds to their show is the fact that Davis has a voice that will absolutely blow you away. It is almost inconceivable that such a huge voice comes out of such a young person. If any of you are ever in Bethesda on a Wednesday evening, do check them out.