One thing you need in your getting ready space ➡️ natural light 🌞 . This doesn’t just give you brighter, clearer photos, but it also helps your hair and make up artists do their job best! They need light to work their magic and natural light is always extremely helpful to them ✨ . @theblackhorseinn had an amazing light filled space for @rachel.a.owen and her bridesmaids to get hair and make up done, and to get all the finishing touches taken care of 💍 . Remember this 🌞 when you are determining where you will be getting ready for your wedding day ☑️ . VENDORS: Make-up by @missjordansimpson and hair by @katherinekemperbeauty
WOOHOOO spring mini sessions are around the corner ➡️ these are not live to sign up but this is an update of when mini sessions will be this spring! . Week of March 29 - DuBois Park - Jupiter, Florida 🌞 (specific day to be announced) . April 18 - location TBD but these will be in the Northern VA area . May 8 (Mother’s Day weekend) at @rillhurstweddings - these will have limited availability (all of these photos were taken during fall mini sessions there 😍) . Additional days might open up but if you are interested in any of these specific dates/spots so far, let me know, and if you know anyone who might be interested be sure to tag them below ✨
Why do we invest time into Instagram you ask? . Because of people like this ➡️ I’m sure you’ve thought, “dang that person posts a lot, or shares a lot on stories.” . We are constantly reminded and reassured when someone finds us on Instagram. Ashley found me on this app! This is where the world is and it continues to amaze me. BUT IT’S WORTH IT - these two are my kind of people, we all have so much in common, and we had a freaking ball taking their engagement photos at @rustmanorhouse ✨ amazing conversations and lots of laugher with these two, and they quickly became naturals in front of the 📷 . #weretheweisers coming October 2021!
A year ago, I was no joke using free trials of contract signature systems online over and over again just to get through the booking process...I was trying to save money but I also didn’t want signing contracts to be a pain point for my clients. . I created folders in my google account to help separate projects. I would send non professional looking invoices through Square. I even tried Honeybook for a while which many photographers and creatives are familiar with, but it just never worked for me. . Cons to having a CRM...yes I have more processing fees since I’ve streamlined payments and I’ve been paying for @mydubsado for over year now, but I have been able to increase business and take on more clients because I have less work to do in my business! . Signing contracts, invoicing, emailing, scheduling, sending questionnaires, and receiving payments all changed and could be in ONE SPOT with @mydubsado. And I was able to double the number of mini sessions I could book in a day while doing less work compared to when I would individually email people back and forth to simply select a time slot for a mini session. . I can’t say enough good things about @mydubsado and I have to thank @hyggedesign.co for introducing it to me! If you are looking to switch customer relationship management systems or just need to give something a shot to help yourself and your business, check out @mydubsado !! Today is the last day for their big sale of the year and you can save more with the code “GWP20” friends! . Please let me know if you have ANY questions about it! I’d be happy to chat ✨ . . . #dubsado #mydubsado #crm #loudouncountyphotographer #smallbusinessneeds #bestcrm #dubsadotips #dubsadopro #graciewithersphotography #smallbusinesses #entrepreneurs #organization #businessorganization #weeklywalkthruplanner #kodakcamera #vintagecameras #lacietech #workingfromhome
On July 26, 2020 we hosted 136 people for our wedding ceremony at Stoke Farm and 125 guests for our reception at my parent’s lovely home. No one got sick (yes I said It - i’m sure you may have wondered). . It was safe, we followed the rules, we added more tables and spread people out, there was plenty of space, we provided hand sanitizer, and everything was outdoors. I know everything being outdoors is rare and difficult to achieve but it is absolutely possible! Yes a week before our wedding the allowed number of people at an outdoor event could have gone from 250 to 50, just one of many other issues that could have come up. But it did work out. . Right now, couples don’t even have the ability to plan anything, unless you want less than 10 people at your event. This past week brought some changes to a couple of my 2021 weddings and it’s unfair. It’s unfair to the couples, their families, guests, the entire wedding and event industry, and every vendor and small business out there. . People aren’t asking to allow hundreds of guests at their spring wedding...everyone just wants some communication, transparency and to be IN THE LOOP of future plans. And we want everyone to remember that so many weddings and events in 2020 occurred safely and without issues that some people might assume are guaranteed to arise. You may have never heard about those because they didn’t make the news or headlines. . Weddings and events CAN be safe. But people have to be given the chance to do so. . I’m off my soap box, and to ALL wedding and event vendors and small business...we WILL get through this ✨ . Photos by @compass__studios 🎉
COMING SOON...to the print shop! Thinking about doing another giveaway of prints ✨ . I thought this was a good time to share this shot taken back in September and we are actually currently here for a little ski trip with the fam but it looks nothing like this 😂❄️ looots of snow! . Check out my story to see some actions from of our first day around Deep Creek Lake! . Thoughts on another print giveaway friends!?! 😉 . . . #dronephotography #deepcreeklake #deepcreeklakemd #landscapephotography #mdlandscapephotography #visitmaryland #prints #deepcreeklakedroneshot #lakephotography #lakeliving #virginiaphotographer #virginialandscapephotography #marylandaerialphotography #mchenrymaryland
This was the Damico fam’s Christmas card cover photo 😂😍😁 how accurate?! . I definitely laughed out loud when I got their card in the mail because I remember this moment going this way and it was hilarious! Everyone embraced it and rolled with it, much like what everyone has had to do in the past year. . We got some AMAZING photos with this fam ➡️ 😂 much to @kristen.damico ‘s surprise and I always look forward to hanging out with these friends ✨ . Which one is your favorite?!
This slower season has me thinking a lot about 2021 mini sessions and while I’ll definitely be offering these locally, I want to explore some new spots with some new friends! Where should I host some mini sessions this year? . VA beach, Lynchburg 😉, NC, Maryland? Tell me in the comments below! . I have one new spot in the works for the end of March but still ironing out details 😁 . I always look forward to these every year and I would love your suggestions so let me know where mini sessions should take me this year! ⬇️
Brides, photographers, planners, anyone really...find the unique spots at venues ✨ . This banana tree (I like to call it a palm bush) 😂 is at @rillhurstweddings and it is one of the coolest things I’ve seen at a wedding venue and we had such a fun time with it at Vicky & Brendan’s intimate wedding. . On some inquiry calls this week couples have been asking if I’ll visit a venue beforehand if I haven’t photographed there and the answer is always YES! Even if it’s out of town I will do my best to scope it out before the big day. You don’t need to photograph at a venue 5+ times to know where everything is but if it’s possible, I love knowing what the venue is like before I arrive. . We all felt like we were in Florida during these moments 😂😍👏🏻 and if anyone is in need of a wedding venue, you’ve gotta check out the lovely @rillhurstweddings 🏡 the only place around here you can find some real palms 😄 . . . Venue: Rillhurst Weddings -@rillhurstweddings Design/ Coordinator: Blue Sapphire Events -@bluesapphire_events Video - @graytermemories Florals: Good Earth Flowers - @goodearthflowers Cake: Gateau Bakery - @gateauva Rentals: Bride and Joy - @brideandjoy C&G Event Rentals - @cngrentals Make Up: Captivating Complexion - @captivatingcomplexion Hair: Braidfreeordye - @braidfreeordye . . . #microwedding #rillhurstfarms #culpeperva #culpepervaweddings #graciewithersphotography #weddingvenues #vaweddingvenue #tropicalvibes #floridavibes #bananatree #virginiabananatree #married #weddingday #styledshoot #vaweddingphotographer #virginiaweddingphotographer #culpeperweddingphotographer #vaweddingphotography #goodearthflowers #weddingvendors #vaweddingvendors #virginiaweddingvendors #weddingplanning #weddingprep