Maryland Musician Photographer: CJ

The processional and recessional at the wedding were played by classically trained trumpet player, CJ Camerieri. It was royal. It was smooth. It was alone--accompanied only by the acoustics of the church. It was as special as a woman walking to meet a man and coming away a couple. It gave goosebumps! But, I kinda wish I had asked to get in his face at some point and shoot big puffed cheeks at the end of a horn, so you could better imagine the controlled power that went into it all. To learn more about CJ Camerieri, check out his website: http://www.cjcamerieri.com/. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.
Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Wedding Photographer: Beloved in Natural Light

I was in the wedding party for my friend Addie's wedding. And since there were already two photographers on duty for hire, and clearly I could not shoot the ceremony... I decided to have a game taking all my shots with no flash. This is my love/style/choice 99% of the time anyway, but I thought it would be fun to see the difference in mood from the professionally shot photos that used fill flash. My eyes won't pop like theirs will, and I have some banding from editing, but all the moments are real and the light is true to the actual moment. The wedding photographers were completely tolerant of my desire to shoot alongside them at times...but I also chose to shoot the bridal party and surroundings a bit more. I think that with all three angles, there will be a pretty full documentation of the wedding day for the beautiful bride and her groom. I like the three shots in color with Addie, then Graham looking at Addie, then the couple walking away. If I didn't know better--it looks like a wedding in itself, witnessed only by the photographer and the rhododendron. Thank you to Addie and Graham for letting me be part of this beautiful occasion and the start of your lives together. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.
Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Engagement Photographer

I am burning and packaging CDs so I can wrap things up and get all my memory cards clear for the wedding of one of my greatest friends Addie. She is getting married in New Jersey this Sunday and I am in the wedding party. These photos were taken just after her engagement. I am excited for the wedding! Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

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Maryland Photographer: Making a Quick Stop

I had a corporate function to attend this week where wearing this outfit was actually appropriate! There was a competition for teams to recreate and era in a 6x6 space. My team was disco! The competition was really tough and people put so much effort into the creations. Some of the other categories were Egyptian, Roman, Viking, 50s, etc. My team won! I called Nate on the way home. He asked if I could pick up a 6-pack of beer and sandwiches. This is me walking out of the liquor store dressed like solid gold dancer. Yes, I took this myself. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

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Maryland Newborn Baby Photographer: It's A Girl!

You may remember my post "Braidy Bunch"--well--their baby girl has arrived! When I arrived, she was sleeping peacefully... and clothed. When I left, she was unclothed and ready to eat--but the photos came out well at least. Really, I was in and out in 35 minutes, and tried to cause as little disturbance to the new family as possible, but my shot of the baby in a belly cast wasnt quite as peaceful as I had hoped. I will get it. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Baltimore Maryland Newborn Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore Maryland Newborn Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore Maryland Newborn Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Family Photographer: Miss Independent?

I took these this morning. I was happy that the family didn't make much mention of the lack of sun and trusted my judgement to proceed with the shoot as planned. Clouds and haze filter the harsh sun and leave clean white light for us to shoot in. The humidity adds no value though! Ava led her family up and down the path to the lake. She is an explorer though I am pretty sure she is Daddy's Little Girl. I have many more shots to get through, but I wanted to post early so Ava's mom can see she made the right choice by skipping the studio this time. ;) Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Baltimore MAryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore MAryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore MAryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Senior Portrait Photographer: Amy

I have so many things to say about this shoot, and very much emotion behind it. I say I want to redefine beauty. I want to do this by showing others what I see when I take a photo. To me, everyone is beautiful, and the more characteristics you have that make you unique, the more beautiful I think you are. So much so, that it pains me to think of how much time is wasted trying to be like everyone else, or trying to be anything other that what we are unless we are aspiring for better.

I promote shooting naturally as often as possible and rarely pose or disguise, and yet I chose to have the back of Amy's wheelchair draped with a soft pink blanket for the shoot. I thought Amy would like the chance to shed her disability for an hour and be seen for the beauty that she is. However, if you have an opinion on this, I am open to receive it, and may consider another option in the future based on input. I can see why leaving her chair exposed would have been of benefit as well. Looking back, I probably should have shot both. Leave a comment if you have thoughts on this.

Amy couldn't have been a better subject. In the last photo, the light bounces off her profile, and she is as radiant on the outside as she is on the inside--basking in it all. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Baltimore MAryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore MAryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore MAryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore MAryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore MAryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore MAryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Family Photographer: Inchworms

This was my second visit to Milena's home for a photo session. Last time I was in the later stages of my pregnancy with Shaymus. I was thankful to be fully comfortable and mobile this time--Caleb has all the active, wondering spirit that an 18 month old should! Nathaniel loves the camera and enjoyed making props from any odd items he could find from hairbrush to shoelace. He was eager to see the photos, and I hope he enjoys seeing them here! He took the last shot of the inchworms...always a green theme with this family! Love it! Cherish every moment. It Flies By.

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Photographer: Somebody's Tired

I am making updates to itfliesby.com portfolio and details sections. It is very much needed. I have been favoring a fresher style lately, and I think it is important that the portfolio reflect that. I am so exhausted. Today was a long day, and before I wrap it up, I thought I would share my family's fatigue from last September. These were not posed!Check back soon for the site updates. Cherish every moment. It Flies By.
Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

Maryland Child Photographer: Sodor Door

Baltimore Maryland Photographer Amanda Arnold It Flies By itfliesby

I picture this is what Remy dreams of at night. He is walking down the street when he happens upon two Thomas the Tank Engine colored doors. He is curious, like all 2 year old boys. He decides to look more closely. As he opens the door, he is taken to the Island of Sodor to spend the day with Thomas and his friends. After playing, riding, meeting Sir Topham, and enjoying the day, he returns through the door...hesitant to leave the magic behind.

Reality?
Day Out with Thomas event at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, and rowhome doors on the block opposite the museum. It was a great event, and if it isn't raining too badly tomorrow, I recommend it. There were enough acitivities to fill hours of time.

Cherish every moment. It Flies By.