Fall is my, Kristen and Derek’s and really most people’s favorite season. This wedding was a chance to show off K+D’s everlasting love and Fall. The day was incredible, from the huge sheaves of wheat decorating the tables, candy corn favors and pheasant feathers in the bouquets, to the epic dance party put on by Mixing Maryland, to Kristen’s knockout look. Watch their first look below, Derek couldn’t stop crying she looked so amazing (special thanks to Caitlyn whose hair and makeup work always makes my job so easy). King’s Contrivance was beautiful and hospitable and they are really great cooks. Kristen’s tattoos made me want to be her. And that ribbon ceremony backdrop! Please everyone have one of those fluttering in the wind! You can’t take a bad photo with those in the background. Enough gushing, I know you are really just here for the photos.

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9 Responses to “King’s Contrivance // Kristen and Derek”

  1. Danny says:

    Dang these are so good. I love them.

  2. Just gorgeous work Sarah – love that shot of her walking down the aisle

  3. Amy Barton says:

    Beautiful work Sarah – your images have a lovely ‘feel’ to them. This wedding has been superbly documented!

  4. Mercedes says:

    Yes, yes, yes! I love everything about this wedding, so much! That’s one of the sweetest first looks I’ve seen. And Fall? The best. Those blue hour photos are so beautiful. Your work is always such a treat to see!

  5. Elissa says:

    Gosh, this is lovely and the photos are phenomenal. I love the bride’s style and all the little moments in between that you were able to capture 🙂

  6. Sarah says:

    Love how you use light for their portraits, so perfect

  7. Heather Kanillopoolos says:

    Oh my gosh this whole wedding set is perfection. <3 SO GORGEOUS!!

  8. Oh my goodness, I think I’m obsessed with this wedding and these shots. Perfection!

  9. Jessica Schilling says:

    Wow, this is such a gorgeous, emotional wedding, and such stylish couple!

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About 8 months ago, on a beautiful fall morning at home this happened:

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(photo: This Rad Love)

I have years of shoots that I want to share here on the blog. I wasn’t the best at blogging before this little one came along and now all the spare time, after client files are edited, is spent cuddling this sweetest bug. The blog has felt intimidating to come back to, how to break such a long silence, where to begin with all the photos I’m taking that I love. But I’m learning to ask for help because it’s taking a village, and family and friends are stepping in to help with the boy and the business and weeding the garden. The baby fog is lifting a bit and I’m excited about where life is taking us. All that is to say regular images will start to show up here again.

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In the meantime I wanted to reset here and share a bit from my personal life, some of the beauty in the spitup, tips that are getting me through, and our own photos from this magic last year. We are so in love, all three of us.

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One of the best pieces of advice I got before the baby came along was to get a Kindle and hook it up to my library card. All of the hours spent trapped under a sleeping baby were put to good use and I tore through many the titles I’d had on my list for years. There is nothing better to do with an afternoon than read a good book with your baby dreaming on you. Some of my favorites from this past year:
Dept. of Speculation
Being Mortal
The Good Lord Bird
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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Some of you may or may not know that I live in Annapolis, MD but most of my jobs are an hour to 3 hours away from Annapolis. I used to listen to music as I drove, but everyone’s favorite Serial really got me in the habit of listening to other podcasts and that makes that driving time feel productive. Now I can’t get enough of The New Yorker Fiction Podcast, Note To Self, Here’s The Thing, The Longest Shortest Time, and always This American Life. Are there good ones I’m missing? Let me know!

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I love beautiful clothing. I’ve been sad to discover that while little girl’s departments are brimming with beautiful things, a few uninspired boy basics are usually shoved onto one rack in the corner. If I could I would completely outfit my babe from Mabo Clothiers.

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Taking photos is a surprisingly physically demanding job. I’ve tried to really prioritize working out over the last few years so that I can keep up my stamina for shoots, but it’s very hard to find the time to leave the house for that now. You know, you’ve heard every new parent complain about it. My sister turned me on to YogaGlo, a monthly subscription with thousands of classes to choose from and filters for different levels, styles and amounts of time. There is even a postnatal section with reassuring class titles like ‘Quick Stretch While Baby Naps.’ They totally get me.

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Are you all making the easiest most delicious no knead bread by now? I sadly don’t cook much anymore with the exception of this bread. It’s our go to for bringing to new parents, cookouts and having lots of people over. People get really impressed by homemade bread but I always fess up that it took about 2 minutes to make and is completely stupid proof.

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I’ve always been minimalist when it comes to makeup. But now with needing to do all my getting ready one handed while holding a wriggling baby the routine is even more streamlined. If I do one thing in a day it’s put some color on my cheeks. I used to be completely scared of cream blushes, but as with all her products Tata Harper completely nailed the lip and cheek tint. It’s so beautiful, easy to use, and so good for your skin I don’t even feel like I NEED to wash it off at the end of the day.

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(Photo: LA Birdie Photography)

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A lot of children’s books are rough on parents by the 50th time through. If you can recommend beautiful, thoughtful ones please do!! Our favorites so far are Seasons by Blexobolex, On The Night You Were Born, You Are My I Love You, Each Peach Pear Plum, and Charlie Harper’s ABC’s.

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We went camping with the baby. The first night I wondered what we were thinking, but after that it was amazing. Baby came back so calm and relaxed it made me realize we need to get away more often. We went to Camp Misty Mount where they have adorable rustic cabins with a single electric bulb for light. Just that light bulb and not dealing with a tent made everything totally doable with the baby, but there were still enough bugs and dirt that we were proud of how we were roughing it.

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Thank you for visiting this space even though I’ve been so long gone, I’ll be back now and can’t wait to show you all of the love and beautiful moments I’ve been invited to capture in recent months.

5 Responses to “An Explanation for the Silence”

  1. Tara says:

    Absolutely lovely.

  2. Mitch Daniels says:


    These photos are absolutely beautiful!

    You took the photos at our wedding at Hendry House a year ago this coming Sunday and every time we look at them we love them more and more.

    As far as podcasts go, you should also check out Radiolab and Invisibilia!

    Congrats on the growing family!

    Mitch (& Kirah) Daniels

  3. Congrats Sarah! Your little one is every bit adorable! We also had a girl, she is 5 months now.
    My favorite books for her have been “A very hungry caterpillar” (she absolutely loves it!), and “The little girl who lost her name”. Brilliant this last one, personalized for every child. I received it as a gift from one of my 2014 couples (how awesome is that!), and now I ordered it for some friends as well. (If you are interested, feel free to use my referral link to get a small discount, http://www.lostmy.name/friends/maria-hedengren)

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July 8, 2015

This poor neglected blog. I promise I am coming back full force very soon starting with some photos of the cutest little reason why I’ve been away. I do however update my Facebook page and Instagram every few days, follow me there for new work. In the meantime here are a few favorites from the last few months!

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These two are so special to me. I have been friends with Karin for many years and many adventures. When Chris came into her life it didn’t take too long for all of us to realize this was something special. Karin is an incredible jeweler and Chris is a wonderful painter. Together they make one of the most lovely, creative couples I’ve ever known and I’m so happy to call them friends. They got married on a snowy January day, and a few days before that we took these engagement photos for them. So many congratulations you two.

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2 Responses to “Annapolis Engagement // Karin and Chris”

  1. Cute couple, really lovely images!

  2. Sarah, you’re making me want it to be winter again. I love these so very much!

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