New Year, New Ortiz!

What a party this wedding was!! Maggie and Nick got married on New Years Eve, so naturally the reception had to morph into a NYE party at some point. I started shooting at 1:00 PM and finished at 1:30 AM, and absolutely loved it.

You saw Maggie and Nick’s engagement photos earlier this year (here it is, in case you slept through it glorianna.org/projects/teamforlife). Somehow they’ve gotten even cuter and more in love since then. So brace yourself for the preview of their stunning winter wedding

Are you ready? Here we go.

All of the vendors at this wedding were lovely to work with! I would recommend every one of them again.

Wonderland Venue: Historic Rosemont Manor
Fantastic DJ: DJ Rick Rohn
Gorgeous Hair and Makeup: Michelle’s Beautique
Delicious Food-Providers: Celebrations Catering

A Family That's Good for the Heart

I've had the joy of photographing this beautiful family since their first little boy was born and their regular photoshoots are one of my favorite parts of this business. Each shoot gets more fun and more of a workout, because let me tell you- these boys can MOVE. I'll know I've arrived at my fitness goals when I can get through a whole shoot without being short of breath.

Schulteis family, my heart and my lungs are grateful to you, for the joy and exercise you bring them. 

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Team for Life: Maggie & Nick

There's a lot of soccer in this relationship. A lot of soccer. Whether or not the sport is called soccer, however, is up for debate between these two. So call it football, or call it soccer; they're pretty impressive either way. Maggie and Nick are becoming a team for life next January, and I get to be their photographer.

Enjoy some shots of our oh-so-fun half day shoot spanning from George Mason's soccer fields to Manassas Battlefield Park to some random apartment complex in Centreville that still had cherry blossoms blooming.

FAQs:
Are the action photos legit? Yes.
Are they this good looking in person? Also yes.
Did I climb a tree for the cherry blossom photos? Definitely.
Did I fall out of said tree while taking photos? Also definitely.

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Married on a Horse Ranch

When considering the best locations for an outdoor wedding, definitely put a horse ranch on the list. ESPECIALLY if the bride is a jockey and the groom works with horses for a living.

This wedding in Wesley Chapel, Florida was absolutely lovely. And with half of the bridal party being Puerto Rican, it's no surprise that the dancing was amazing. 

Congratulations again, Kat and Jose!

The Price Squad

I've known this wonderful family for most of my life. (What are we at now, Danny? 20 years of friendship?) They're fantastic. Therefore it was so much fun to photograph them, despite the fact that it was 19 degrees outside that day. Let me repeat: NINETEEN DEGREES. 

They should all get Nobel Peace Prizes. Just saying.

Touch a Truck at Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A in Fair Lakes hosted an awesome event for kids this summer called Touch a Truck. There were firetrucks, a moving truck, a garbage trucks, police car, school bus, race car and many other fantastic vehicles. The event was sponsored by my wonderful church, Community Bible Church of Fair Lakes.

Enjoy some photos from that day!

Bruce and Hannah Melt Hearts

It's hard to be around Hannah and Bruce and not leave smiling. They are so fun, so genuine, and so full of the Lord. After enjoying a truly inspiring dinner of Indian food together, we painted Old Town Manassas red and then drove to Manassas Battlefield Park for some more photos in the gloaming (with their corgi, naturally). I had a blast. Make sure to note the Bruce's cosy masai blanket. He grew up in Kenya, so it's the real article.

These two are so in love that being around them makes you fall a little bit in love yourself. 

Elbridge Fire Department

Last semester I had the chance to photograph Syracuse elections for Democracy in Action as a photojournalism project. I teamed up with a great reporter named Drew Roberts and we visited two Central New York locations.
(Read his story here: http://www.dia-cny.com/electionday/?p=3522. )

One of our locations was attached to the Elbridge Volunteer Fire Department. We met several members (and some family) of the incredible volunteer staff. These photos have nothing to do with the project, but they're worth looking at.

We owe volunteers such as these an enormous debt. Thank you all for what you sacrifice for our comfort and safety.