The Westin Annapolis Hotel | Annapolis Maryland Photographer | Angie and Massimo

It’s easy to warm up to Angie and Massimo because they are truly a fun couple and I enjoyed working with them. I was also excited to find out that their wedding was at The Westin Annapolis Hotel. Happy that I finally was able to document a wedding there!

The Venue: The Westin Annapolis Hotel

Massimo and Angie considered the perfect location of The Westin Hotel in Annapolis for their out-of town guests and also because it’s Angie’s hometown. The Annapolis Ballroom was the ideal venue for their private, intimate, and elegant wedding. The hotel coordinator, Thais Joy, was a delight to work with. The service was outstanding, and even after the wedding everyone was still raving about the entrees, how much fun they had, and how beautiful everything was. They couldn’t be happier with their choice to have their wedding at the Westin. Despite raining all day that day, everything went perfectly!

Westin Annapolis Hotel bride and groom hugging by sweetheart table under canopy photo by Leo Dj Photography

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Jonas Green Park Engagement Photos | Annapolis Maryland Photographer | Anne and Bill

When I learned that Anne and Bill found out about me through Emily and Tim, I was really thankful and couldn’t wait to work with them. And when I knew that Anne and Bill have a bulldog named Stew, I immediately suggested the pooch to tag along for the engagement photo session. I’m glad that they agreed, for I just love doing engagement session with dogs. The couple decided to do the pre-wedding photo session at Jonas Green Park for the waterfront view and the small beach. It was also a perfect location for Stew to run around and play.

How they met

Anne and Bill knew each other for five years before they even began dating.  They met through each of their cousins, who were good friends. They enjoyed spending time together during their respective families’ beach weeks in Bethany Beach, as well as out in Bethesda and Washington, D.C.  Soon, however, they realized how they felt about each other and started dating in 2012.

The proposal

Family is very important to both Anne and Bill, and Bill knew that Anne was hoping to be able to announce their engagement at her family’s annual Christmas party.  As the party came to an end after all the presents were exchanged, Bill stood up and proclaimed that he had one more gift to give.  He then got down on one knee, told Anne that he had “loved her since the first time he met her,” and asked her to marry him.  Anne, through laughter and tears, of course said yes.

Jonas Green Park Annapolis Maryland engaged girl laughing with fiance while holding buldog photo by Leo Dj Photography.

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Temple Beth Shalom Bar Mitzvah Photos | Annapolis Maryland Photographer | Ben

I was really excited when my runner friend, Abby, contacted and asked if I would do the honor of covering her son’s bar mitzvah. She completely trusted that I would deliver great photos although I had never done a bar mitzvah before. Though a bit nervous at first, I know the same lighting technique and my artistic ability would apply here. I only need to approach for important elements or setups for a bar or bat mitzvah photos.

The Synagogue: Temple Beth Shalom

On D-day, I finally get to met Abby’s family and her son Ben who would undergo an important milestone in his religious journey, entering his Jewish adulthood. The ceremony was done at Temple Beth Shalom synagogue, and the Rabbi and the cantor were all really helpful and accommodating. Because I have never been to a bar mitzvah before, I decided to attend the whole ceremony to get the feels and understand it. I had the honor to witness Ben doing the reading, chanting, and especially delivering his touching speech.

Ben is an outgoing, fun-loving teenager who enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his two cats: Tilly and Cali.  Currently, Ben attends Severn River Middle School where he is a Principal’s Honor Roll student.  His many and varied interests include skateboarding, basketball, football, participating in theater workshops at the Annapolis Children’s Theater, Classic Rock, and entertaining family and friends with his love of magic! In fact after the bar mitzvah ceremony, while the guests were treated with cookies and coffee, Ben performed a few card tricks for some of his guests at the synagogue lobby.

Temple Beth Shalom Annpolis Maryland bar mitzvah boy reading Torah witnessed by parents photo by Leo Dj Photography.

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Baker Park Engagement Photos | Frederick Maryland Photographer | Britany and Chris

I was excited to do Britany and Chris’ engagement photo session, especially since they also brought their dogs, Taiga and Diamond, both of plott hound breed which I’ve never heard until then. We also get to do the session at the scenic Baker Park and Historic Downtown Frederick, Maryland.

How they met

Chris and Britany were both training new employees for a new Texas Roadhouse, but from different locations. They finally get to meet each other on the opening for that new restaurant, where the whole team got together to hang out and celebrate. Britany and Chris started talking that night, and ended up talking until the sun rose the next day! They had their first date that evening at Isabella’s in downtown Frederick, and the rest is history.

The proposal

Two years from that first date, they went to New York City to see the sites. Little did Britany know, Chris had another plan. Once they reached the 86th floor of the Empire State Building and went out to the observation deck, he popped the question above the picturesque New York City with a beautiful ring – his mother’s. They set their wedding date shortly afterward, and decided to have pictures and their wedding in the city where it all began, Frederick, Maryland!

Baker Park Frederick Maryland engaged man with fiancee petting plott hound dog photo by Leo Dj Photography.

Love the way Taiga was sticking her tongue out here. 🙂

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One Response to “Baker Park Engagement Photos | Frederick Maryland Photographer | Britany and Chris”

  1. daniel

    bella bella! great couple~

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Cape Henlopen Engagement Photos | Lewes Delaware Photographer | Shelley and Troy

When I met Troy and Shelley the first time, I immediately knew that they’re a really nice couple and would be great to work with. And I was really excited when they decided to have me as their wedding photographer! This engagement photo session was a chance for us to get to know each other. It was at Cape Henlopen State Park and downtown Lewes, Delaware, places I had never been before! I was really thrilled!

The session location: Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, Delaware

Shelley and Troy picked Lewes, Delaware for their engagement photo session because of its small town charm. Along with having the boatyard, it was a location they couldn’t pass up. For the second location, they picked Cape Henlopen State Park because it was their favorite place to ‘escape’ and they could bring their dog, Remi. Not to mention the beautiful views that came along with the park.

Cape Henlopen Lewes Delaware engaged girl posing with her fiance for engagement photo by Leo Dj Photography.

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Quiet Waters Park Family Photos | Annapolis Maryland Photographer | Rosenthal

The first time I worked with Todd and Casey was during their engagement photo session in Annapolis, which then continued with their wedding at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. A few years on, with a handsome new addition to their family, Gunner, I was truly excited when the couple asked me to photograph their family, which we then did at Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, Maryland.

In her own words, this was what Casey revealed on the interesting facts about Gunner: “He was named after my grandfather (Gunther – his boat’s name was Gunner). He’s the easiest, happiest baby you will ever meet. He adores his dogs and think it’s hilarious when Kahlua yawns. Crushes mac n’ cheese like it’s his job and loves to dance with his Dad. I’m probably extremely bias, but he’s the smartest 1 year old I’ve ever seen. He loves to learn and loves the book Brown Bear more than any other toy right now. He’s a flirt – especially with old ladies and little girls. He’s a special one for sure!”

Quiet Waters Park Annapolis Maryland mom and son cuddling on the ground laughing photo by Leo Dj Photography.

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Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Wedding Photos | Kent Island Maryland Photographer | Kristen and Bill

After Kristen and Bill’s engagement photo session in Annapolis earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to photograph their wedding, for they’re a really nice couple and so great to work with. I was also thrilled that their wedding would be held at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club!

The Venue: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Kristen and Bill chose the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club mostly for the view. They reckoned that nothing defines Maryland quite like the Chesapeake Bay Bridge! In addition, for them, the entire venue is absolutely gorgeous inside and out.

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Bride and Groom with umbrella kissing under the rain photo by Leo Dj Photography.

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Silver Swan Bayside Wedding Photos | Kent Island Maryland Photographer | Olivia and Patrick

Olivia and Patrick first met at Kentmorr Beach on a beautiful summer day a few years ago. It was her day off from work so she decided to spend it on the beach, and fortunately Patrick was jet skiing that day, and that’s how they met.

During Thanksgiving 2012 in South Carolina at her mother’s house, the couple were watching the sunset in the gazebo over the water, and that’s when he proposed.

The Venue: Silver Swan Bayside

Olivia and Patrick chose Silver Swan Bayside for the obvious reason that they met on the beach at Kentmorr which is right next to the venue, and that their boat is also in the nearby marina. They have a lot of amazing memories there.

Silver Swan Bayside Groom, Bride, and daughter by heart shaped sand drawing photo by Leo Dj Photography

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McDonogh High School Senior Photos | Eastern Shore Maryland Photographer | Kasey

Kasey is the youngest of 6 children and aunt to 14-month old Lucy, a high-spirited girl who loves spending time with her friends. And unlike the typical girls her age, surprisingly she loves classic rock artists such as Jackson Browne, The Eagles, and The Beatles.

Currently in her senior year at the McDonogh High School, she is a very active girl who loves hot yoga and soccer. In fact, Kasey has played soccer for almost 13 years and even plans to continue that in college. To support her plan, she spends most of her free time playing soccer.

Kasey is also extremely interested in politics and has a pretty good knowledge of today’s issues.  She will attend Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA next fall and is planning on majoring in Business or Political Science.

McDonogh High School Maryland senior beautiful girl looking down photo by Leo Dj Photography.

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Kent Island High School Senior Photos | Eastern Shore Maryland Photographer | Taylor

Taylor is a very outgoing young lady who loves spending time with her friends and being outdoors. She enjoys swimming, boating, jet skiing, horseback riding, and taking her jeep off road with her dad and brother. Taylor is also actively involved with the Kent Island High School Varsity dance team. She formally cheered for KIHS and did Competitive Cheer for many years. She plans to attend college to become a pediatric nurse because she loves working with children.

Kent Island High School Maryland senior in grass field smiling photo by Leo Dj Photography

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