caitlin + zach: an annapolis engagement session

Caitlin and Zach met over five years ago in Annapolis, Maryland. While Zach played on the Naval Academy’s football team, their friendship grew until the spark was too much to contain. It was only natural to capture their engagement session dockside in the same city that brought them together. The weather was unseasonably cold but these two were full of joy despite their frozen fingers. Tucker, Caitlin and Zach’s precious pup, also joined the session. It was such a blast to walk around town and see all the places where their romance blossomed.

 

In exactly one month, they will tie the knot where their love story began. I can’t wait to get back to this nautical town to celebrate their love!

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updated headshots by hay alexandra

Sometimes people come into your life and you completely click! You can’t imagine not talking to them daily and telling them absolutely everything! Hay and I crossed paths in the photography community and have been inseparable ever since. She is my best friend! She just gets me in every way possible… from my sarcasm to my worry! I can’t say enough amazing things about her!

Hay Alexandra is also an extremely talented photographer. She captured my new headshots in Leesburg, VA. I loved that we captured this phase in my new branding where it all began… Loudoun County! Although, we were both freezing and could barely feel our fingers at the end of the session, it was SO worth it! I’m extremely grateful for this lady’s talent, support and belly laughs! THANK YOU HAY xoxo

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Posted in Business, Career Professionals, Personal

luisanna + ryan: a dc cherry blossom engagement session

From 7th grade to present day, these two have always been by each others side! I am SO lucky to be apart of their journey! Luisianna and Ryan met me before the sun rose on Wednesday morning. The entire DC tidal basin was peaceful and adorned in cherry blossoms. I couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop to capture their love. Although they are currently stationed in Hawaii, this gorgeous couple came back home for wedding errands. It was great to finally meet them in person. They survived the “cold” sunrise session and looked like models the entire time.

Ryan and Luisanna – I had SO much fun with you! Having the chance to capture you where your love story began was just perfect! I can’t say enough amazing things about you two! Your August wedding can’t get here soon enough! It is going to be a STUNNER!

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Posted in Engagements

meet hay alexandra photography

Last Sunday, I had the incredible privilege of spending the morning with Hay Malvagna of Hay Alexandra Photography! This darling photog is not only super talented but is also truly one of the most genuine souls I have ever met! I am honored to work in this industry with her. She is a bright light! I’ve never laughed so hard during a session EVER! It’s easy to see that Hay is a blonde bombshell with killer style… from the sparkly gold skirt to the chic graphic tee, it’s all drool worthy!

Hay, I adore your positive outlook & loved having the opportunity to photograph you!

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Posted in Career Professionals, Portraits

hunter: a virginia newborn lifestyle session

Right before our first DC snow fall of the year, Hunter was born! I was completely smitten from the first time I met him. From his precious little button nose to his adorable mohawk… it was impossible not to gush over this little boy. His nursery and decor were just as precious. The room looked like it was straight out of the pages of a catalog. Hunter’s parents were beaming! It was easy to see that he now ruled the house. Enjoy a quick look at this new bundle of joy and his cozy nursery!

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Posted in Family Portraits, Newborn

southern charm styled shoot

When weddings tapper off during winter and summer months… it is time for the vendors to play! We get to stretch our talents, breakout out of our comfort zones and create something truly unique. This past summer I assembled a dream team for a southern charm styled shoot. The hard work and talents of these ladies really speaks for itself! From the hair, cake, calligraphy, makeup and models…. every single detail was a dream to photograph! Oh these gals really out did themselves on this shoot!

Vendor Dream Team:
Wedding Venue: Bristow Manor Golf Club
Table Linens: Candy Crush Events
Wedding Dress/Bridesmaid Dresses/Tux: Formal Envy
    Floral Design: Love Blooms
Invitations/Calligraphy: Just Write Studios
Make-up: Carolyn Thombs
Photography: Megan Chase
    Bride/Groom Couple: Katie and Justin Barnes
    Bridesmaids: Ashley Vanlandingham and Kolbie Rosser

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Posted in Weddings

washingtonian bride and groom: winter 2015 guide

My heart is bursting with joy as I write this blog post!  It still feels like a dream to me! MCP has been named a TOP 2015 wedding photographer by Washingtonian Bride and Groom magazine!

(Cue confetti, squealing, jumping and high-pitch voices)

Never in a million years would I have imagined to see my name listed in the Washingtonian Bride and Groom guide. This is the bible I used for wedding planning. I  found majority of my vendors for my own wedding utilizing this listing. To this day, I still buy every issue. I have torn out pages of the magazine as inspiration all over my office. And guess what… now I grace those very same pages as a photographer! I am beyond floored and truly can’t believe it! The cherry on top… my clients get to share the spotlight. Alyssa and Billy’s beautiful wedding bouquets also graced the pages of the Winter/Spring 2015 issue.

There are no words to express how much this means to me! I can’t thank everyone enough for the love and support to get my this far in my business.  Next time, let’s hope for a wedding feature!

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Posted in Business, Features

alli + eric: a john marshall ballroom wedding

After 10 years, Alli and Eric tied the knot! Their entire day was filled with overwhelming emotion and happy tears! It was incredibly fitting that the clouds parted and the sun shined bright only minutes before their ceremony began. The Richmond ballroom was accented with great gatsby details and gorgeous chandeliers. To say that I am obsessed with Alli’s dress is an understatement! The tulle skirt, sherbet color, and beaded belt accent were stunning… just like her! My heart is bursting with love for these two! Grab your tissues and enjoy a glimpse of Alli and Eric’s big day!

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Venue: John Marshall Ballroom

Caterer/Baker: Homemade By Suzanne

Florist: Vogue Flowers

Officiant: Tamara Riley: No Ordinary Ordained

Dress: Lazaro dress in sherbet from Jeannette’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Simply Modern Bridal

Men’s Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse

Ceremony/Reception Music: 2 Guys Production

Makeup: DIY

Hair: Cassie Hirsch

Posted in Weddings

weddings unveiled: southern charm inspiration feature

With peaches in peak season this Summer, I was overwhelmed with southern inspiration. I gathered my favorite area vendors to create something truly magical. Hello Love Events coordinated to bring my vision to life. I am still blown away by the amount of talent and beauty that was brought together. Every single detail was beyond words! The bride and groom are newlyweds and clearly still on cloud nine.! They were dressed to perfection and pampered by a celebrity hair/makeup team. Bridesmaids adorned with pearls and sequin table clothes provided the perfect amount of sparkle to the shoot. You will swoon (or drool) over the biscuit bar and jam favors. The cake was truly out of this world and almost too beautiful to eat! Stunning lettering from Just Write Studios pairing so sweetly with Love Bloom’s organic florals topped off the entire shoot! What says southern charm more than a grand manor estate, cotton, biscuits and pearls? Love really is “sweet as a peach”! Enjoy our featured shoot on Weddings Unveiled Magazine!

 http://www.weddingsunveiledmagazine.com/2015/01/wedding-inspiration-sweet-pink-and-gold.html

 

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Vendor Dream Team:
Wedding Venue: Bristow Manor Golf Club
Table Linens: Candy Crush Events
Wedding Dress/Bridesmaid Dresses/Tux: Formal Envy

    Floral Design: Love Blooms
Invitations/Calligraphy: Just Write Studios
Make-up: Carolyn Thombs
Photography: Megan Chase
    Bride/Groom Couple: Katie and Justin Barnes
    Bridesmaids: Ashley Vanlandingham and Kolbie Rosser
Posted in Features, Weddings

updated branding inspiration

It’s time to make an impact! It’s time to refine my photography brand to reflect my high-class couples! It’s time to update my look! My website needs to reflect MCP 110%! It’s my virtual presence and my first “hello” to those awesome couples that let me by apart of their love stories. We are talking about a whole revamp: new website, new blog and even a brand spanking new mobile site for your viewing pleasure! The biggest inspiration to my new look is Freixenet champagne…. from the bubbles to the bottle design ,what is there not to love! My current clients are probably grinning right now because they know how much I adore it!

Oddfellows Design  is currently hard at work making this vision a reality! My designer Julie is a total mind reader and absolutely gets what MCP is all about. A classic and more polished look is around the corner! I’m giddy just thinking about the changes coming! In the meantime, here is a quick preview of what is to come! I would love to hear what you think about the inspiration!

 

 

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Posted in Business

Hey There! Welcome to my blog! I share pretty much everything here from weddings and portraits to personal snapshots of my weekend adventures. I’m a Starbucks-addict, j. crew lover, newlywed who could talk all things reality TV! Take a look around to find out more about me and my work! I’m so happy you stopped by! Browse the eye candy!