Potomac Shores Golf Club Wedding – Congratulations Tiffany and Rod!

Tiffany and Rod were married in a short and sweet ceremony overlooking the Potomac River at Potomac Shores Golf Club.  It was Mother’s Day and Tiffany’s Mom walked her down the aisle on this special day celebrating moms.  Family is important to this couple and they and their families have truly embraced each other’s extended family.  It was quite a celebration making the union of the families official.  Tiffany and Rod are beloved by so many.  I was repeatedly told by all their friends and family how special they are.   And I can see why.  They are such a great match with Tiffany’s warm and calm demeanor and Rod’s energy and quick wit. It was a joy to work with them and their families and photograph so many special memories of their wedding day!

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Tiffany has a close relationship with her nieces and they were very involved in the wedding day.  They even painted their fingernails in the wedding colors. 
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The details on Tiffany’s gown were simply glamourous. 
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A scenic ceremony site over-looking the Potomac River. 
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Did I mention how cute these kids were?  They were so into the wedding, watching closely and participating all day long. Adorable! 
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Have to love a big brother than can’t resist a photo bomb.
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The scenery – and couple – were just gorgeous!  Tiffany’s classic hollywood glamour gown inspired me to create a more vintage black and white image with this shot overlooking the Potomac River.  Turned out to be one of my favorites!  Read to the bottom to see the before and after on this image.
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before and after Potomac Shore Golf Club Wedding Picture

Venue: Potomac Shores Golf Club – Sara Fero – Potomac Shores, VA

DJ: Kevin Graham – Fredericksburg, VA

Videographer: Kirby Martin – Charlottesville, VA

Makeup and Hair: Statements Salon – Lake Ridge, VA

Dress Shop: White Swan Bridal Boutique  – Vienna, VA

Dress Designer: Casablanca Couture

Florist (bouquets and boutonnières): Ultra Violet Flowers – Georgetown, DC

Reception Flowers: Table Topper by Cathy

Decorator: Maureen Smith – Montclaire, VA

Cake: M & D Treats – Stafford, VA

Photographer: jan michele photography – Springfield, VA

 


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Leesburg, VA Family Photographer at 48 Fields

This family of 5 ventured out to the country with me to 48 Fields near Leesburg for family pictures.  The country property is an old dairy farm that another photographer generously allowed us to use.  It was so nice to be able to shoot during those golden light hours in the evening and to set up an off camera flash not usually allowed in public spaces.  And the kids had the freedom to run, swing, and be themselves.  The location is an important foundation to a successful session.
I hadn’t photographed Joe, Brianna and Josh in almost a year and a half and couldn’t believe how much they had grown!  It was fun to work with them again and capture their personalities and relationships within the family. 

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A lesson from Dad in how to whistle with a blade of grass.  One of those fascinating things only Dad’s seem to be able to do. 
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I love a sunset silhouette. 
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This picture shows the beautiful old dairy farm, and the freedom of kids in the county (racing back to the swing, of course). 
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Here’s an example of the above image straight out of the camera.  In Lightroom I was able to transform the image to reflect the warm glow of the setting sun and highlight the children.  If this image is going to be printed large, it will receive more detailed retouching to really make it magical.

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Meadowlark Gardens Family Pictures – Vienna, VA

I just love capturing families as they grow!  It all began with an engagement pictures, followed by a wedding day, then came newborn and family photos.  Such adorable kids!  You may remember Savannah from her baby pictures last fall.  Now, just before she’s crawling well, was the perfect time for family pictures.  Two active small children. and my job is 10x harder!  I find that babies who can sit up well are pretty smiley too – and they can’t get away.:)

We planned an evening session when the light is prettiest and met at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, finishing in time for the kids to get home at bedtime (though they both fell asleep before getting out of the parking lot – we wore them out!).  Meadowlark has a small permit fee and the gardens are extensive and beautiful.  Flowers for the baby girl and ponds for the adventurous boy.

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Digital photography is so complicated it’s hard to explain all the steps that go into a finished image.  Here’s a quick example of what the image looked like as it came out of the camera.  The middle picture has been globally edited in Lightroom (with the addition of a head swap in photoshop).  This is how I present images to clients.  The final picture has had more individual tweaks in Photoshop to polish up the portrait and prepare it for printing.

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Jacksonville FL Family Photographer – Niece and Nephews

A long over due post!  When visiting family in Jacksonville FL over the Christmas holidays I was able to play family photographer and capture my niece and nephews.  Lincoln loves a photo shoot, Lenox tolerates it and London hopefully is learning to enjoy it.  But as a 2.5 year old cooperating when she doesn’t want to isn’t her strong suit.  But she does love her clothes (and changes multiple times a day).  I gave her clothes (including the pink tulle skirt) for Christmas and she couldn’t have been happier.  She loves to take me through her closet and drawers every time I come to her house.  So I think in time she’ll enjoy dressing up for photos, and hopefully wear something I like too!  Both boys have lost teeth since these pictures, I can still hardly believe they are 6 and 8!

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Alexandria, VA Family Photographer – River Farm

This beautiful family returned to River Farm for a family portrait with their almost 4 year old daughter.  Their gorgeous snowy winter wedding was held at River Farm – if you haven’t seen the pictures, you must!  It was really special to have family pictures taken in the spot where their family officially began.
I’ve enjoyed catching up with them and watching Colette grow over the years as I’ve had the privilege to be their family photographer.  Those on-going relationships are one of the best parts of being a wedding photographer!  I feel like a proud parent as I watch their family grow. 

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