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Grooming By Em – Contest Entry

This past week I had the distinct pleasure of helping a local business create a video that showcases the work they do at their business as well as the community, in order to enter a contest aimed at small businesses. I’m hoping they do well and that they win because this whole thing is a little personal for me. As you can see in the featured image and video, the owner shares my last name and is indeed my sister. While our stories are different they do converge at points. I am proud of my brother and sister and the small business they own. I’m also happy with the work I did at their shop. This video was a great collaboration between my siblings and I and I’m glad I got to take part in it before moving to Burlington, VT. It’s a long way from home but this video is a great way to remember where I came from.

Location: Grooming By Em, North Brentwood, MD

Camera: Nikon D610

Lenses: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, Nikon 105mm f/2.8

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Amanda & Ryan – Austin, TX Elopement Wedding

I had the fortunate chance to photograph a lovely, intimate wedding ceremony in Austin, TX a few months back. There were only seven of us in attendance, including myself, the preacher, and the lovely couple and their family/friends. It was a gorgeous Texas day, clear blue skies and a comfortable 76 degrees. You couldn’t have asked for better wedding conditions.

Hailing from Dallas, TX, the bride and groom had escaped for the weekend to elope in Austin. Just far enough for their family members not to track them down and possibly ruin the ceremony. “They’ve lost their privilege”, the bride explained to me. Apparently there had been much drama over the years. This wasn’t going to be a large affair, it was strictly family and friends.

This was a solid union though. The bride, a teacher. The groom, a restauranteur. They’d been dating for years and years, since their youth. The ceremony was over just as quickly as it had began and before I knew it this small group was enjoying a delicious Italian dinner together and discussing the finer points of marriage. It was simple, it was lovely, it was authentic.

Austin, they say, is a weird little town, but on occasion it’s more than just weird. On this occasion, it was downright beautiful.

Venue: Chapel Dulcinea, Austin, TX

Camera: Nikon D300

Lenses: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, Nikon 105mm f/2.8

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Throwback Thursday: Christine Sweet – NYC Fashion Portraits

Here’s an awesome throwback from my days in NYC. I met Christine on Model Mayhem and knew right away that we’d be able to get some great shots together. All I knew is that I wanted to try something new and different. I went into this shoot thinking I’d use straight up available light and try to go for a more fashion-y look, which I don’t usually go for.

I rented the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D for this shoot, from Calumet(back when they were in business), and just gave it a shot.

I must admit that a lot of the credit goes to the makeup artist, Adina, and to Christine for pulling together an awesome number of looks. As far as fashion goes I know nothing, but it was a fun shoot and I met some incredible people.

Location: Union Square area rooftop, New York City
Camera: Nikon D300
Lenses: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
Model: Christine Sweet
Makeup Artist: Adina Pintilie
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