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Karlye + Anthony | 4.7.12 | Washington D.C. Wedding

Well, I’m not going to make excuses about why I haven’t blogged in forever. Just know that I HAVE been shooting and continue to post photos on my Facebook page at a bare minimum. I’m here today, though, to tell you about Karlye and Anthony.

They’re one of those couples that’s been together forever. Everyone knew they were destined to get married, but the when … well, that was a little trickier. The time never seemed quite right, to Karlye, but Anthony finally prevailed, and they were married last month under the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. — just like Karlye never knew she always wanted.:)

Can you believe this dress???

They didn’t have any official attendants, but Karlye’s BFF  was an unofficial bridesmaid Mallory (and makeup artist, and overall wedding coordinator), of sorts, along with my friend Sara, who was actually the one who recruited me to shoot the wedding.

Mallory said “Assume the position!” and Karlye obliged, hahaha.


With the warm spring we’ve had, most of the cherry blossoms on the mall were gone. Fortunately the ones along the Potomac are a different species that bloom slightly later.  YES.

This little guy? Oh yeah, that’s Karlye and Anthony’s son. That kiddo is adorable.

The wedding was in the middle of the cherry blossom festival, so parking was a nightmare! We waited a good long while for the groom to show up … and for the flowers … and for the D.J. But finally, it all came together!

I love this custom ring box from Etsy.

Here’s Sara, dutifully lining the aisle with petals. She’s such a good friend to Karlye!

It was a stunning location.

The ceremony was officiated by my other friend, Christiana. Are you noticing a theme? Sara, Christiana and I are all Weddingbee bloggers!

Karlye and Anthony did a wine box sealing (I use that particular link because that was the first place I’d ever heard about it).

Of course, Anthony couldn’t get through his vows without laughing. What a guy!

Can’t. get. over. that. dress.

Bubble time!

We had a few minutes for some quick portraits while we were waiting for someone to bring a car from the far-off reaches where it had been parked.

Then it was time for the reception, which was held in a private room at a nearby restaurant. The appetizers were to die for, by the way.

A quick cake cutting … and they wrapped it up. Short, small and sweet. A perfect wedding and a perfect day.

Congrats, K&A. I am so grateful for the chance to be part of your wedding!


Elissa - Beautiful!! And WOW, that dress!!!May 7, 2012 – 11:09 am

Update and Columbus and Cincinnati Boudoir Marathon Dates

Once again, I’ve slacked on my blogging. Things have been very busy around the Rice house — I got a new day job in November, and I’ve been struggling to figure out how to balance the demands of my business with a full-time job. I haven’t had to do this since I was just starting out! Honestly, I wasn’t looking for a full-time gig, but this job is one I’ve been wanting for a long time, kind of one of my “bucket list” jobs, and I knew I would regret it forever if I didn’t go for it. I’m editing magazines for a local company. My degree is in journalism, so it’s a perfect fit, really. I get to do some photography for my publications, too.

I’m not giving up on my photography, but I am slowing down and cutting back on the number of weddings I’ll be taking on in the coming year. I still have many dates available, so just call or shoot me an email and you’ll hear back from either me or my assistant Jessica right away. Also I’ve extended and expanded the promotion I announced a couple months ago until the end of March. Couples with weddings between now and August 2012 get a second shooter — for free  — until further notice! Previously the promo was only through December and only applied to my Complete package.

But the main reason I’m blogging today is that I’m hosting two boudoir marathons in the next couple months! One is coming up really quickly, Feb. 17-18 here in Columbus. I posted it on Facebook a few weeks ago, but Jessica pointed out to me this evening that I really should put something up here too.  Speaking of Facebook, you really should “like” us over there! I’m going to be holding a few giveaways in the next couple weeks, and I’m on all the time for my new job, so most of my new work goes up there long before it appears here. I will try to do a better job of keeping the blog updated, though.

Anyway, on to the boudoir marathon details!


I’m offering several options, and I think you’ll agree that they’re all kind of awesome.
Blush: $200
Session at local luxury hotel
$50 print credit (enough for 10 4×6 professionally printed images)

Session at local luxury hotel
Disc of fully-retouched high-resolution digital negatives
DIY Boudoir Album Kit with hand-bound book from Igloo Letterpress and a full set of 4×6 professionally printed images*

Flirt: $550
Session at local luxury hotel
Professional hair styling and makeup
Disc of fully-retouched high-resolution digital negatives
8×8 custom designed 20 page lay-flat album with linen cover

Seduce: $750
Session at local luxury hotel
Professional hair styling and makeup
Disc of fully-retouched high-resolution digital negatives
8×8 custom designed deluxe leather-covered album with unlimited pages
8×10 gallery wrap canvas

On-site Hair and Makeup by Meg Morosco of Makeup Artistry by Meg — $75 a la carte
*Includes airbrushing, lashes, and a Smashbox lip gloss to take with you!*

Looking for a deal?
*20% discount with signed model release*
Referral bonus! $50 additional product credit if you recruit a friend!

*The DIY album kit is something I’ve been psyched about for awhile. I’ll take some pics and post them tomorrow. The goal is to save you a little money and offer you a nice, printed product to give your significant other! Plus it’s a handbound book from a local artist/crafter! Doesn’t get any better than that, my friend.

P.S. I think you’ll want to check out the blog and Facebook tomorrow for a sweet surprise!:)


Gabby in Mariemont | Teaser | Cincinnati, Ohio

This was my first try at a shooting/editing technique called the Brenizer Method, developed by Ryan Brenizer. I used this tutorial to guide me. Gabby made a fantastic subject for the shot.:)I can’t wait to show you some of the other images from this senior photo session.

For those of you interested in the tech specs, this was about 50 shots with an 85mm f/ 1.6, equivalent to about 37mm at f/.7 using Brett Maxwell’s calculator.

Mike + Ashley | Love | Powell, Ohio

Mike and Ashley are two of my closest friends, so I was thrilled when they mentioned they wanted some photos together. We just spent a couple hours laughing and talking at the O’Shaughnessy Dam and later at my aunt and uncle’s property down the street. It was great.:)

Mike’s a part of a group of guys that my husband hangs out with, and I have to say, all the wives of the other guys and I were so happy when he and Ashley got together. They’re just perfect.

There’s this stretch of Riverside Drive next to the zoo that gets this lush wall of lilacs every spring. I had been wanting to take pictures there for-ev-er and Mike and Ash were happy to oblige. We did have to wave off a few bumblebees, though.


Then it was off to my aunt and uncle’s yard for some sunset images. The light out there is to die for. If you’re wondering why they’re blowing dandelions, they’re making wishes for their future together. (cue the “awwwww”s, everyone!)


These last few images are my favorites from the day. I can’t help it.

Thanks for being good sports, Mike and Ashley! Hopefully we’ll get the chance to do this again sometime.:)

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