Samantha

I’m in love with this shoot… do I say that about every shoot? I really think I do! And I sincerely mean it every single time… whatever shoot I’m working on, that’s the shoot I’m utterly in love with. I love swooning over the story the pictures tell, the beauty each person brings to their shoot and the way the pictures can reflect their personality. So with that being said, I’m currently drooling over Sami’s shoot… cause she’s gorgeous and cool, and oh so photogenic and the type of girl you just want to be with all the time.

Sometimes location scouting in Amman can be difficult, it’s not exactly the most picturesque city in the world, but Sami and I were able to find a pretty little garden where we could get some beautiful portraits, it reminded us of a California mission. (Um, swoon again)

So after grabbing some ice-cream and a little girl chat, we got to work… and let me tell you, it was like working with a model. This girl’s got it all!

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Haya and Hashem

A month ago I got the wonderfully, beautiful privilege of photographing two of the most beautiful newborns, only a day after their birth.

Haya and Hashem were the most adorable twins I had seen, they were absolutely precious and so fun to photograph. I got to meet these tiny newborns, along with their extended family, in a hospital room in Amman. I immediately felt the love and joy as I entered the room, the family was all so warm and welcoming, so supportive and kind, and everyone was so excited about the newest arrivals. They made me feel at home the moment we arrived and really got us into the celebration swing.

For me it was the first time to really connect with a family over such a  blessed event, I really felt a part of the group. I wasn’t just photographing and positioning these two adorable babies, but I was holding them and admiring them, their grandmother’s showed me how to wrap them and how easy they were to hold and move for photographs. I got to spend time with each family member, talk with them and really just enjoy my time. It was definitely one of my funnest shoots to date!

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1 year Anniversary

We’re finally posting it! Look at us go!

Elijah and I couldn’t decide what to do for our 1 year anniversary. Is it a big one? I mean, it’s not like our 25th, or 50th, but 1 year is kinda a milestone within itself right? I’m sure for all you married couples who are going on 2 or 3 months now, your’e like “Yay girl! One year, you two go!” and for those who have been married 50+ years you’re probably grinning and thinking, “Just you wait…”, and trust me, I can’t wait!
But for our one year we wanted to do something cool . We had already traveled to Europe from home and were in the middle of traveling within Europe, so traveling yet again somewhere to celebrate our one year just seemed like A LOT of extra work and neither of us wanted to pack our bags again.  So we decided to celebrate one fantastic year by going down water slides all day long! (And me in a bikini *GASP! No, no, this isn’t because I look awful in a bikini, though I just might, but this is a comment that only those expat friends in the Middle East can understand…. how often does a girl get to wear a bikini?!!?… that within itself was a one year celebration!)

But after the 1000th waterslide we decided we wanted to do one more thing, something that would last a little longer than the memory of who was faster going down the slide.
Elijah and I decided to do our very own one  year photoshoot! We scouted a location, we dressed up, my mom and I made me a flower crown, we drove all around Germany and we took our own pictures. Elijah took pictures of me, I took pictures of him, we took pictures of ourselves. My mom was there to help style the event and my brother was there to click the button on the camera on a couple shots that had to be just right (he actually did an amazing job helping and giving us feedback on how the shots look since he’s not a photographer… he really listened to our instruction though and helped out a lot by being our eyes in some situations)
All in all I’d say it was a total success of our vision and what we wanted to see from our shoot. It took forever and it was challenging to self shoot, but that was part of the fun, we love being photographers and we love all that that entails, even when we flip the camera on ourselves.

So I guess you can say these are the ULTIMATE selfies!
Happy one year anniversary babe (that happened about 3 months ago now… opps!)

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Marco and Krissi

When I was in good ol’ Deutschland (Germany) over the summer my good friend Krissi got married to the love of her life, Marco. I was so excited that her wedding date fell on a date I’d be in Germany. Our plans to visit for the summer were last minute and unexpected so it was such a treat to be able to attend her wedding too.
Since it was so last minute though, I really didn’t have time to buy a gift, so I offered to do an engagement shoot for them. Truth be told neither of us had time to do it before the wedding, but a week or two after they were married, right before I was returning to Jordan, we found some time and Elijah and I got to shoot them in their sleepy little village in Germany. It was an overcast day, quite dark and gloomy but I thought it was perfect since Krissi really likes that kind of weather and feel.  You won’t be seeing any golden hour action happening here, but I think everything about this shoot was gorgeous.

So happy for these two monkey’s and this crazy adventure they’re going on together.

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Brandon and Jessica + one!

Brandon and Jessica were the sweetest newlyweds with great news… they had a little bun in the oven! (I know, I couldn’t even hold it in for even a paragraph). We had so much fun shooting them in our neighbors apple orchid and we were totally blessed when the sun peeked it’s little head out from behind the clouds and gave us a beautiful golden hour to announce the great news.

Congratulations Brandon and Jessica. We wish you a healthy baby and lots of nights full of goooood long sleep (and if not that, then at least some good ol’ cat naps!)

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Joseph and Molly

Elijah and I had so much fun shooting Joseph and Molly, they were a riot and just kept laughing (the best couples are always the ones that laugh together!) I need not point this out, but Molly’s skin and that hair… are they to die for or what!? Not to be creepy, but I’m totally crazy about her complexion… (Okay that’s a little creepy but my excuse is that photographers notice all those nice things).
We compared wedding stories with these guys, city secrets, experiences with our puppies, heritages,  you name it! Molly even told me her skin secrets and that she’s a professional seamstress (among other things), I could seriously be this girl’s best friend.  All that to say, these two were totally down to earth, friendly and cool

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Julia and Darryl

I have to admit, it’s kinda amazing having a husband who just happens to be a stupendous photographer. Whenever he goes on a shoot with me he gives me great advice, lighting, angle, poses… sometimes he even steals the camera, it’s fantastic… even though  sometimes he wants to shoot a shoot I want to shoot (yes, three shoots, one sentence), sometimes I think the edit should be one way and he likes it another… oh the joys and trials of a photographer couple. It’s awesome! I love every bit of it.
So today we’re going to be featuring a shoot my amazingly, talented, wonderful husband (no bias opinion here) Elijah shot a while back.
Meet Julia and Darryl, they’re totally in love, married a year, living in Germany. I think Elijah did an incredible job of capturing exactly who they are together, just two lovebirds! This shoot turned out so romantic and personal, I hope you feel the love!

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Annie and Nathan

Soooo… as a photographer, am I allowed to have “favorite” shoots? Because if I am, this is most certainly one of them!
Annie and Nathan were absolutely awesome, married a little less than a year, Texas natives, totally photogenic… and soooo ready to do whatever I had in mind for the shoot. I could have shot these two all day! Totally serious too!
I just fell in love with their photos…. and we totally hope you do too.

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Emily and Steve

Meet Emily and Steve… both from Florida, living in Germany and completely in love! I had so much fun shooting these two because honestly,they just had so much fun together. Their laughter was contagious and you’ll probably see it through the pictures, this happy couple just pops off the page! I had such a great time with Emily too, I think we might have talked more than we shot (but don’t worry, we got all the right shots!)

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Bryan and Austin

I’d like you all to meet my younger brothers!
My mom asked Elijah and I to take my brothers out for a shoot so that she’d have some nice photos of them before Elijah and I left for the Middle East. We had such a blast shooting them! They were terribly difficult, ridiculously uncooperative and absolutely hilarious, we couldn’t stop laughing… so the best kind of photoshoot! Right!?

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And lastly… just so you get a taste of what we were dealing with….

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Uh… ya! Just gotta love them!