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Shawn, Randall & Baby R | Maryland Documentary Family Photography

One of the joys of being a part of such a big moment in my clients’ lives is watching them grow from there. I come in at a big transition, and sometimes I get called back in for other changes, like new additions. Shawn and Randall had Baby R just a couple weeks before I came to their house to do a few portraits and document a little sliver of their lives as new parents.


We shot in their home, as that is where new parents spend all of their time. I believe the “normal” is beautiful – the wonder, discovery, gratitude and also the exhaustion, the spit-ups, the poopy diapers. Life is short. Photos help. Doggies too.


(S&R – don’t worry. I gave you a ton of color photos too. I just thought the black and white worked well for the setting.)


sheryl weinerFebruary 26, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Great pics!!

Marcia MonnettFebruary 26, 2014 - 8:16 pm

great photo shoot…love them all…thanks for sharing…blessings

Lynn E KruppFebruary 26, 2014 - 8:18 pm

those pic or so great. Lynn friend of Christy

Jude MartinFebruary 26, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Awe Struck!! <3

Sheryl WeinerFebruary 26, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Greats pics!!

Kathy AngelFebruary 27, 2014 - 2:52 pm

I love that one of the baby crying in the tub. I agree – the B&W helps you focus on the feeling of the photos. Beautiful pictures!

Cynthia ShippFebruary 27, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Awesome pics Amber! :)

Kerri & Brian | DC courthouse wedding

Kerri and Brian were married on their 19th anniversary. You just know when it’s time. They tied the knot on Valentine’s Day, at the DC courthouse, surrounded by friends and family. And then we hit up their Capitol Hill neighborhood for some portraits in their back yard and surrounds. Their dog is really soft.


The courthouse was surprisingly calm for Valentine’s Day and two days after our mini-Snowmageddon (Snowchi, I believe). The courts opened late but Kerri and Brian got in on time.


We had to grab the furriest member of their family for some photos by their house.


Hard to believe we had so much snow on the ground just last week.


They live right near a whole bunch of lobbying offices, so there was some random stuff to play with. They are really good sports.


KathyFebruary 24, 2014 - 1:21 pm

I love both the first and last shots! Beautiful wedding!

Personal: Ceramics and a giveaway of sorts

It’s been a long time since I posted something personal that wasn’t travel-related (and yes, I still owe my loyal and legion readers the last Greece post). I should do it more often, mostly because a huge chunk of my readership are friends and family. (And as another side note, it’s always flattering when someone I know from long ago or someone I rarely see tells me they read my blog – especially considering it’s almost entirely strangers’ wedding photos! So thanks those of you that fit that bill.)


Getting on with it! Today I am going to share just a very small bit of what I am up to every week, sometimes multiple times a week: ceramics. I don’t know why, but as a kid, I always wanted to learn how to throw pottery (“throwing” is what you do on the wheel – “hand building” and many other terms are what you do on a table or with various tools). It may have been the damn scene in Ghost that spurred this interest (shame), but it was there gnawing at me for a good 15 or 20 years before I finally sat down at a wheel about a year and a half ago.

StephenFebruary 18, 2014 - 10:37 am


Darling L. PaumenFebruary 18, 2014 - 6:27 pm

I LOVE these and they are my logo colors :) love love love. side story – I have the sweetest roommate that let’s me use her ceramic’s cup. Got the cup at a fair some years ago and every time I hold it by the handle it sorts of hurts my finger but I can’t stop using it – it is beautiful and everything seems to taste so much better on it :)