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{Cutest Couple Contest} VOTE NOW!

VOTE NOW for the Cutest Couple!! Voting ends 2/13/2012 at 1159pm EST. Winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day.

FIRST PLACE Couple will win a FREE  Photo Session for 2012  along with FIVE digital files on CD, along with a Print Release! ($500 Value)

SECOND PLACE Couple will win a Half-Off  Session Fee for 2012! ($100 Value)

Be sure to use the Share This Button on the Voting Poll below to share with your friends and family. Only one vote will count per household, so choose your Cutest Couple wisely.

Thank you and Good Luck everyone!

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Laura + Tim
“This is my boyfriend Tim and I, we have been together for almost 4 years. We met through mutual friends and talked about 7 months before actually becoming boyfriend and girlfriend. Tim is my best friend and I don’t know what i would do without him.

-Laura”

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Anna + Brian
“We met in the summer of 2009 while we were in high school. People always sterotype young relationships not to last but we are 2 and a half years strong and more in love than ever. We are currently in a long distance relationship, Brian goes to college in Greensboro, NC and I go to Anne Arundel Community College. It’s not an easy thing too do but we know it will all be worth it in the end.I would love to have professional photos done so when he isn’t here I can look at those and smile.”

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Mary + Brian
“We met on Myspace in 2005, but I had a boyfriend so nothing became of us right away. We developed a friendship; during our friendship we discovered there was something special. After a few months of people asking how long we’ve been together, we became an official couple on December 31,2006; we have been together ever since and I cannot imagine my life without him.”

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Sarah + Jeff
“We met in highschool in 1986. I was a freshman and Jeff was a Junior. I started dating his best friend and we all hung out together for the next year or so. Relationships end and people move on but about ten years later we ran into each other at a party. We spent most of the night catching up. We started hanging out as friends for months and then one thing led to another. Married almost 10 years now he is not only the best husband ever but my best friend.”

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Amethyst + David
“David and I met in 2008 on my senior week vacation in Ocean City. It was by chance that we were staying with mutual friends. We had never met before, but it was absolutely love at first sight. We have been together ever since! We understand each other in ways no one else could! He is the peanut butter to my jelly! ❤ This shoot would provide us with beautiful memories to recount with each other and our families. They would be far more than pictures to us, but frozen moments in time we could look back on for the rest of our lives!”

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Samantha + Mike
“This is a picture of my boyfriend Michael and I. We met when we were in elementary school but time and life changes took us in seperate directions. In February of 2010 we got back in contact with eachother via facebook and by May of the same year, we were officially together. Now, almost two years later, we are busy busy busy with all that life has to offer a young couple. We enjoy spending time with each other as well as our families and friends. We love doing new things together and sharing our favorite things with one another. Honestly, Michael is my best friend and I am glad to have him as a part of my life. I look forward to the future and all the wonderful things I will get to share with my best friend.”

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Jeannie + Ariel
“My friend & I opened up a Nail Salon across from a Firehouse back in 2001. A very persistent Firefighter would jog across the street asking me for a date over & over again…my reply was always “We’ll see” One day, while removing my clients polish, acetone splashed into my eye, my coworkers ran across The street for help, & here he comes again! He fixed me all up & said “Now, can I take you to dinner?” and we have been together ever since. (& inside his wedding band “we’ll see is engraved)”

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Stephanie + Josh
“Josh and I first met in highschool over 13 years ago. Josh was the more popular out of my reach kinda guy and I was the average dancer/drama nerd (according to him). We never really hung out, but if we happened to cross paths we would say hi and chat a little. About 9 years out of highschool (back in 08) we randomly happened to run into each other at a local bar. I never thought of him as someone I would be interested in during highschool but when I saw him that night I felt different. Both of our groups of friends ended up hanging out that entire summer and we were very flirty with each other. We had both recently gotten out of relationships and weren’t interested in dating. However we did end up kind of talking for about 6 months…nothing to serious. During that time we both fell for each other. He finally asked me out on our first official date and we have been together ever since. 3 and a half years later here we are. He is not only my best friend but the love of my life.”

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Amy + Kyle
“This is our first Christmas this past year as a married couple and in our very own home. We have been together 8 years now. We have been through some very hard times for a couple in their early twenties. The toughest of which was recently when he lost his father and very shortly thereafter my grandmother. We are high school sweethearts, only we went to different high schools. I love him beyond belief and don’t know where I would be today without him.”

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Lynn + Bryan
“Bryan and I met through work in 2008 and first became friends. After hanging out with mutual friends quite a bit, we found pleasure in each other’s company. We have been inseparable since! 3 years later we are newly engaged (July 2011)!!”

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Mary + Steve
“Steve and I have know each other my whole life…..that’s right, he remembers when I was born! Steve grew up and went to school with my brothers and cousins and I’ve always known him as their friend. I would see him every once in a while but nothing more than a friendly hello was ever shared between us. A few years ago my Cousin got married, we were both there and that’s when things changed. We talked for hours that evening. We eventually took a chance to see where things were headed and that was over 3 years ago. He is the most loving, kind and compassionate man I know. He supports me in everything, is my best friend and was my rock when I lost my mother and father. It’s hard to imagine my life with out him now and he’s been in it this whole time!”

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Brittnie + Greg {Newlyweds}

I met Brittnie and Greg at a gorgeous park near Towson for a Couple Session. This adorable duo have been married for about a year and a half and were excited to get some portraits done to capture their lives at this moment, just the two of them. How sweet are they? Thank you Brittnie and Greg for a lovely session and I look forward to providing you with more captured frames in the future!

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Sharon {Boudoir}

Sharon contacted me to photograph her for a Boudoir Book as a gift for her husband’s 50th birthday. Although I was a little nervous because this was my first boudoir session, I knew we would have fun with it since I know Sharon is such a free spirit. Isn’t she beautiful? And what a great gift for her husband! Boudoir sessions are becoming very popular in the photography world. Whether it be a gift for your husband on his birthday, for the groom on his wedding night or just “because”, boudoir sessions are fun and flirty and your significant other will appreciate the thoughtful gift of YOU!

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Eurotrip ’11 {Personal}

So, anyone who has been around me in the past 6 months or so has heard me babble on and on (and on) about how excited we are to be going to Europe in May.  Now, we are a mere 25 days away from when we embark on the trip of a lifetime!  Our itinerary is as follows:

May 16  We leave from BWI and head to Munich, Germany to check out the city center and no doubt visit a good old Biergarten (or three).  Sean says he wants to buy a pair of Lederhosen while we’re there..  not sure if that purchase will come to fruition, but I will be sure to snap a picture if it does.  Another little task at hand is to follow my sister Lysa’s idea and snap as many “Opfer” signs as possible.  Opfer is my maiden name, which means victim (or sacrifice) in German.  Needless to say, there are many monuments erected displaying my beloved family name.

May 18  We check out of our hotel and head to the Muenchen Hbf (city center train station) and take a train down to Innsbruck, Austria.  Obviously, we’ll be checking out this beautiful city but the main reason for heading there is to avoid the $600 drop fee for picking up a car in one county and dropping off in another.  Once we pick up our car from there, we will probably grab a bite to eat at a local place and then head on to our next destination, Hallstatt, Austria.  On the way, we plan on stopping to see the picturesque Lake Königssee and taking in the breathtaking views and crisp mountain air.  Look at this view!

I am truly looking forward to this drive.  This year will be our 15 year wedding anniversary ( I know, I know.. I look too young to be married 15 years – ha!) and this be our second honeymoon, of sorts.  For our first honeymoon, we had very little money as I was still in college and Sean was in entry level positions.  So, we took a road trip up to Montreal, Canada and found out that we LOVE to drive around to new destinations together.  We had the same excitement back in 2003 when we took a week-long trip to Ireland.  There is such a great thrill in driving around in new places, not knowing what you’ll find along the way.  I have stories for every city we’ve traveled and I yearn for absorbing all offerings from different cultures.

So, now we’ll make our way to Hallstatt, a postcard-view town nestled in the foot of the Austrian Alps.  When this trip was just a mere idea, I had researched places to see in Europe and this little town grabbed my attention right from the beginning.  I planned almost our entire part of our visit to Germany and Austria around this little village.  I am not a huge fan of largely populated areas, and find such peace in quaint towns.  And while Hallstatt is gaining popularity in tourism, it still has that small-town charm you just can’t get in many locations.  A few things we have planned are to visit the Hallstatt Charnel House, take a tour of the Hallstatt salt mine (which was the main source of income for this quaint little town), hike, bike and possibly rent a boat to go across the lake!  What I am most looking forward to is relaxing and taking in all the expansive views.

May 20 We’ll check out of our hotel in the morning and drive down towards Villach, Austria.  If we have some extra time, we plan on heading into Slovenia for lunch in Lake Bled.  I would love to take the boat ride to the castle on the island but I really don’t think we’ll be able to fit that into our itinerary as we have to drop off our car in Villach and catch an afternoon train to Venice, Italy.

So, our train will be arriving fairly late in Venice and after our boat transfers and drive from earlier in the day I’m sure we’ll pretty much just settle into our B&B and grab our first taste of Italian cuisine for dinner.  Boy, am I ever looking forward to that!  I am (literally) a huge fan of Italian cuisine and I can’t wait to taste all the fresh, local ingredients in those scrumptious dishes.  Oh, and the wine..  let’s not forget about the vino!  I will be in heaven!!

In Venice, we don’t have much set in stone, but plan on spending a lot of time in St. Mark’s Square and strolling through the tiny side streets which are intertwined throughout Venice.  I am looking forward to “getting lost” on the island.  Also on the list of things to do is visit Murano Glass and of course, take a romantic gondola ride!

May 22  We’ll check out of our hotel leisurely and pick up our car rental and head to Tuscany.  We will probably make a quick stop in Bologna along the way, since it’s right on our route.  Later on that evening, we arrive at our villa in Bagni di Lucca where we actually meet up with 6 of our good friends (3 couples)!  We will be traveling with them for the remainder of our trip.  So, we have the best of both worlds here..  alone time with each other in Germany and Austria and then fun friend time in Italy!  Could it get any better than that?!  Our villa we are renting for the week is amazing.  The owners have been very gracious in providing information about the location, things to do, etc.  They will even have dinner ready for us upon arrival and will be doing some light grocery shopping for us as well.  Here are some pics of the villa!

plus this heated pool with these views!

From our villa, we plan on taking some day trips to Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Siena.  We may take some other small trips to surrounding towns and local wineries as well.  We plan on leaving a day (or two!) open for relaxing at the villa and again, taking in these fantastic views.  I’m such a visual person, so for me it’s ALL about the views!!  Sean has been practicing cooking his Eggplant and Chicken Parmigiana, so after picking up local fresh ingredients from the town grocery store, he’ll be cooking that for the group one of the nights.  Our friend Brian has been practicing some additional recipes too,  including a delicious risotto which he served at our last “Italy Meeting” so we all can’t wait taste some more cooking by Sean and Brian.  The rest of us girls (and Scott and Jeff) will gladly sit poolside with wine in hand while those two cook in the kitchen.

May 28   From our villa, we’ll pile into our three cars early that morning and head on down to Roma!  We will probably make a roundabout stop in Assisi on the way.  In Rome, we’re renting an apartment which is centrally located and convenient to most modes of transportation.  This will come in handy as we’ll be dropping our cars off as soon as we arrive in Rome.  While we’re there, we plan on visiting The Colosseum, San Giovanni, The Holy Stairs, The Pantheon,  Trevi Fountain,  The Vatican, a bike ride to Aquaduct Park/Appian Way, etc etc etc!!  I give kudos to our friends Brian and Sarah for planning a lot of our Italian adventures!  Oh, and let’s not forget about the nightlife..  I’m looking forward to a little Italian Burlesque at Club Micca.

I’m sure we’ll visit other spots not planned or not visit spots as planned, but for now we have a great backbone for our trip!  I look forward to especially documenting everything through my photography and I’ll be sure to post back on here when I can!  Thanks for reading my (grammar mistake-laden) writing about this trip and special thanks to those who will be house-sitting and pet-sitting our little creatures while we take this venture!  Stay tuned…

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