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4.26.08 Meg and Guy

Monday, April 28th, 2008

What a fun and colorful day we had on Saturday with Meg and Guy! After an exciting engagement session that Mike and I photographed at the Ravens’ Stadium in Baltimore, we were all looking forward to Meg and Guy’s big day. The couple decided to see each other before the ceremony and choose the beautiful Marian Coffin Gardens at Gibraltar for the occasion, as well as for all the family photos. The ceremony was held at St. Thomas of Villanova accompanied by the sounds of a bagpiper. The couple rode to the reception at Hotel duPont’s Gold Ballroom in an antique Rolls Royce. The staff at the hotel together with Jellyroll provided a night full of fun and dancing. An unforgettable experience for the couple, their families and all the guests. Congratulations Meg and Guy!

Jana, Jess & Brian


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Meg - Janna, We just got back and settled in our new house after the honeymoon! I just can't tell you enough how absolutely amazing it has been working with you! ALL of the pictures from the wedding are just gorgeous!!! I spent hours looking at each and everyone and I just LOVE them all!!! The entire wedding day I knew you were there but never saw you! I can't tell you how comforting it was to know we were in great hands on our special day! My Mom and I both keep talking about how working with you made the entire day a success. Thank you for putting in the extra hours and being so great during the entire year of preparation. Your pictures will last a lifetime for us and we are so thankful we had you to share our special day! Thank you for everything!!! PS...We will definitely be calling to use you again as we venture into the next phase of our lives! :)

4.26.08 Ashley and Matthew

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Ashley and Matt were married this past weekend(Saturday) at St. Katherine’s of Sienna Catholic Church in Wayne, PA. A fun and laid back couple made shooting pictures a piece of cake. We went to The Willows park with Ashley,Matt and the bridal party. It was a great day without rain!
They were also very willing to be a part of some nice dusk photos at The Overbrook Country Club. We love it when couples look forward to getting some nice shots a little different from the norm. It was a bit chilly Saturday evening but it didn’t bother them a bit. Right now they are on their way to their honeymoon destination for some down time on the beautiful island of Costa Rica! Enjoy Ashley and Matt! Have a drink for us and enjoy the photos. Lots more to see when you return!
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“Caden” Born on January 28th, 2008

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Here is proof that capturing moments for us doesn’t stop when the wedding is over. Starting a family is just the start of another journey in a couples life. A journey the Leon and Ngoc trusted us to document. It is a time that we are so happy to experience with them! Our couples love pictures even after the wedding! Especially when they are photographs of their little ones. This is Caden, Born January 28th, 2008 to the proud parents Leon and Ngoc Chow. We photographed their wedding on October 9th, 2005 at Cairnwood Mansion. Time flies right? Seems like we just did their wedding, their beautiful symbolic outdoor ceremony is still a moment I remember well. It is so nice to see our couples again and seeing them with a beautiful new baby is just an amazing sight. They have so much love to give, Leon’s face just shows how proud a dad he is and how much he cherishes his new son! They plan on doing a series of shoots, documenting and capturing the moments of Caden growing up. I can’t wait to put together their storybook!
Congratulations to Leon and Ngoc!


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4.19.08 Lianne and Joe

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Lianne and Joe. What can I say, it was a pleasure working with you, your wonderful families and friends! Everyone was so helpful and nice to be around, especially the parents! They are so proud of the two of you! The weather was just amazing perfect temp and beautiful light. They were married at “St. Mary of the Lakes” in Medford, NJ, where after the ceremony Lianne and Joe released doves into the beautiful spring sky. Family and friends witnessed this event with lots cheers and clapping following this symbolic release. The reception was held at The Ballroom at the Ben-Philadelphia,PA with Ott organizing the beautiful event. It was a full house of 300+ guests. All those guests and he handled it so well, so smooth. Organized and professional the only way he knows how! ” The dancing and partying went on till 11:00 pm.
As I write this post Lianne and Joe are relaxing on their Honeymoon in Hawaii. Hope you are having fun in the sun! Thanks for a great day! See you soon… Enjoy the photos..there will be many more for you when you return :)

mike, jeff and angelique



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Linda Gemeiner - Mike, Many thanks to you and your staff ....what a wonderful day!!Looking forward to reliving it through your photos.( I love these posted on the blog ... can't imagine how excited I'll be with all the rest!)It was such a joy to have you a part of this celebration ...your work is breath taking. Thanks so much for capturing a once in a lifetime event!! Linda Gemeiner

4.19.08 Stephanie and Ryan

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

We spent Saturday photographing the wedding of Stephanie and Ryan. They were very comfortable in front of the camera because of the fun engagement shoot that we did in the fall at Old New Castle.
The weather could not be any better on Saturday. The couple tied the knot at St. Mary’s in Hockessin, and we had a blast taking photos at Brantwyn where Stephanie tested her dress spinning around. Tom Covello of Celebrations Design Group artfully brought the warm, spring atmosphere inside the Gold Ballroom at du Pont Country Club using colorful flower arrangements and table linens. The staff created a fine dining experience by serving dinner tableside. Overall the wedding was a great success and the families enjoyed every moment.

Jana & Tara

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Stephanie - "Hi Jana! The pictures turned out beautiful! I started crying again. I can't wait to see the proof book...."

4.20.08 Vanessa and Jason on the boardwalk in AC!

Monday, April 21st, 2008

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A Morning Engagement on the boardwalk in in AC with a couple that has known each other since grade school! They are such great friends!


I met up with Jason and Vanessa in Atlantic City on Sunday morning! We all had a great time, actually an amazing time!. It started out meeting at Starbucks® at “The Quarter” in The Tropicana Casino/Hotel for some beverages/snacks. I always meet with couples just prior to the shoot to just “get to know them” and find out just what they are looking for and let them know how I work and what I am looking to get from them. Fun- Fun I stress! lets just walk around and have look for interesting shoot locations and backdrops. I explain that some settings may seem odd at first glance but after a while into shooting at that location “they get” what I was pre-visualizing. We found a construction site with GREAT color and light that was perfect setting for them to interact with each other! Right away I showed Vanessa and Jason the rear screen on my camera and they were so excited to see what I was going for. They wanted more! We stopped along the boardwalk and beach several times and got great shots of Vanessa and Jason having fun in the sun. We even found a ice cream place where they sat and shared a cone. Another moment I won’t forget was running backwards along the surf shooting them (quickly I must add) running towards me, “Come on kick the water with your feet and look over at each other, just slow down I can only go so fast running backwards.” Fun stuff! I remember them commenting addition to freezing feet; “We didn’t think we were gong to have this much fun” I replied “That’s what it’s all about, the two of you just being “YOU” And those real moments come from the trust they had in me. That absolute trust is like magic! That comfort level and being at ease REALLY shows in their photographs! We can’t wait to work with you on your wedding day. Vanessa and Jason are getting married on July 5th, 2008 in New Jersey.

Enjoy,

mike

Photo Contest- Pick your favorite photo!

Friday, April 18th, 2008

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We have so many unique, funny, beautiful and….. well you tell us what you think… Photographs. Just comment on what photo you like best and at the end of each month we will let you know what you picked as the best image of the month. This Months Contest Category is “The Craziest Dance Move” Every month we will be featuring and different category. We are also open to your ideas; what contest category would you like to see. Please let us know and include your ideas in your comments. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Karen - # 2 is great!

Carissa - The faces on #3 are awesome! Ha!

Patrick - I love the break in #3

Christen - You can't beat a good break, and check out the crowd...they LOVE it! My vote is for #3!

Nicole - Definitely #3! Jeff's dance move is awesome... and I love that Jason looks like he is gonna jump right through Jeff's legs!!

Tim - Go #3! What a shot!

Heather - #3 is my fave! He can really move!

Nancy - What a crotch shot! I love #3

Dennis - There's only one choice! Definitely #3!!!

Peggy - #3 for sure!! Gotta love the break dance!!

Jason - Number 3 "break" dances circles around the others. I love the worm action and all the reactions from the crowd. That photo is amazing!

Kelly - LOVE #2! This page is gorgeous, Mike!

Cathi - Love #3, I should have invited this guy to my wedding!

Sandra - Gotta be #3...love the "gator"!

Jeanne - I love the groom's face in #3! It's got my vote!

Beth - #3 is the clear winner!!!

Christine - #2 without a doubt - soooo unique!!

We are now taking orders for paigepea® photo decor boutique Frames !

Friday, April 18th, 2008

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We are so happy to announce that we are now stocking a full line of paigepea custom designed frames. The are a very cool alternative to traditional framing. They do not use glass and each one has custom stamping on natural painted wood. If you like the style and feel of the products at Anthropologie® then you will love these creatively made frames. The earthy and unique style so compliments photographs of babies, childrens and belly portraits. We are the exclusive dealer in the area for these sought after gems! Everyone frame is custom painted, stenciled and individually handcrafted. We first noticed them displayed at the annual WPPI Convention in Las Vegas and knew right away they would be perfect for our discriminative clients. Please call the studio for more details, we have several beautiful frames on display. Just say you heard about this on our blog and you will receive $50.00 off on you first frame order.

Virgin River at Sunset 3.26.08

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

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Another one of my favorite images from our trip out west. Virgin River, Zion National Park, Utah. Hope you enjoy it!

My son Ryan behind the lens (with no help from dad!)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

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Here is a shot my son captured at Zion. The actual print is rich in detail and depth! Photoshop work and printing was done by Jeff Reeder. Hard to see the detail(especially the passing jet) @72 dpi. WOW!, I am so proud of him and his new interest in photography! I am so excited that he “see’s” what he is shooting and is looking and composing before
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