Ali + Lou's Engagement Session || St. Mary's College of Maryland

It's not every month you spend quite a few hours and over 360 miles hitting up the same amazing location twice for an engagement session, but hey!, this job never ceases to throw strange curveballs like that. My introduction to St. Mary's College of Maryland was with Ata and Taylor, where we went on a literal tour of their favorite spots on campus - rockwalls, bamboo forests, beaches, dorms and gardens - that about covers it, right? Nope. Not even close. Ali and Lou showed me an entirely different side of SMCM, and totally proved to me just how awesome and unique all my clients are. *fist-bump to all of 'em reading this*

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It's super important to me to listen to engage with everyone's creative side - yes, trust me, e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e - some people just need a little more poking and prodding to get to theirs. It always yields amazing results when clients run wild with their ideas. Ali and Lou came at me full tilt boogie a bunch of great setups for shots, a cooler full of beer, and a bowtied puppy dog Watson, complete with his handler Extraordinaire, Brooke. First, we paid homage to both Ali and Lou's sportin' skills on the school's big ol' field....

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Then we outfit changed and fully embraced puppy love in some seriously golden light...

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Not pictured: me falling over laughing hysterically at the things Ali and Lou and Brooke were bantering at each other. Seriously, these guys look all sweet and cuddly, but I had tears in my eyes and grass stains on my butt...

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With all the sweatin' and laughter going on behind the camera and between shots, we decided it was definitely necessary to capture these...uh....precious (?) moments, too...

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Ahh, summer romance, 3rd-Wheel-Wrangling-A-Dog-Style. 

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Don't worry, we cut Winston and Brooke loose after that one. We wandered down through Church Point (yay, semi-spooky graveyards!) and on to the water to round out the shoot.

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We definitely got some pretty killer sunset shots, especially playing with some off-camera lighting - I seriously love how these turned out! 

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All in all? I'll I've absolutely loved every second spent on this beautiful campus! Big thanks to Ali and Lou for the awesome shoot (and the delicious beer and pizza at the Green Door after) - y'all rock! -MEJ

Walls Family Baby Bump || Centreville, Maryland

This fammmmmmiiiilllyyy, y'all. I've loved 'em from the word 'go', when Lisa called me to talk about their wedding and I could hear Hudson and Cam shrieking and laughing in the background while Lisa was intermittently cracking up at 'em. Summer engagement session? Smashed it. Fairytale fall wedding? Out of the park. Baby bump? Well, you can be judge of that, but I think they brought their goofy, giggling, lovin' a-game...

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It was hot. Like, stand still and pour sweat steamy the morning of our shoot. Understandably, the little dudes weren't their perky selves, but being invited to chuck pinecones at their photographer certainly helped bring 'em back to life. Gotta love those mischievous smiles in the last shot!  

And Hudson's fake cheese smile below? KILLS. ME. I've been cracking up at that all day.

And maybe I'm such a fan of the "EWWW KISSSING" reaction from little dudes because I can distinctly remember my own two brothers going through that phase...

This radiant mama just takes my breath away. Not only is Lisa obviously gorgeous, but she's got just got this oh-so-bright personality that wraps everyone around her up in so much love and laughter. 

Ohohoh! And check out this swallowtail that landed literally right in front of me while I was getting a little time with just Zach and Lisa. How cool is that!?

I am very glad to have documented yet another big milestone for this fabulous family, and I'm SO excited for these guys to welcome kiddo #3 – there's already so much love for that little one! -MEJ

Nick + Kristina's Engagement Session || Annapolis, Maryland

Okay y'all - we got super Maryland for Nick and Kirstina's engagement session. Few things feel more 410 to me than a sultry summer night in our beautiful state's capitol, hitting some seriously notable spots while tourists amble about and the smell of steamed crabs and salt water waft through the air.

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First we indulged in some serious golden hour glow, and made good use Kristina's gorgeously floaty emerald dress.

We wandered over to the grounds of the Capitol building, where we were happy to see the state flag fluttering and Black-Eyed Susans abundantly blooming. 

Did you know that Annapolis is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use? And that four of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were Naptown residents?  

Less historically important: I totally laid in the street to get a few shots here - and now's the time to give big ups to my awesome assistant Ellie for keeping me from becoming roadkill.

This is the treasury building these two are so sweetly smooching in front of - constructed in 1735 and is the oldest standing goverment structure in Annapolis. 

Once the sun started setting, things definitely got a little more steamy - we busted out the lightstands and took to the tiny nooks of the alleys, and then headed off to the Naval Academy Bridge for some dramatic sunset light.

We rounded out the shoot by heading over to the quiet little street that Nick popped the question back in June. It was so incredibly sweet seeing these two back here - you could just feel the love! 

Thanks for the fabulously fun session, N + K - I had so much fun with y'all! -MEJ