Busy, busy, busy…

I have been a very bad blogger, lately — but a very busy photographer!

In the last six days, I have shot some silly photos with my husband during a quick week-day trip to Ocean City, two fabulous weddings, a darling 8-week-old baby boy and his parents, and a super fun baseball game under the broiling hot, ultra-humid sun between teams of boys from Baltimore and its sister city of Kawasaki, Japan. Whew! I literally have calluses forming on the thumb of my camera-holding hand.

So there are lots of fun posts coming up. But for now, just a little teaser post…

Blogging chronologically, let’s start in OC. Since my husband and I are expecting our first baby in November/December-ish, we wanted to take a little trip together. I asked him to take me to Paris. We ended up at my parents’ condo at the beach. Almost the same, really. Anyhow, we had lots of fun and got to spend one day with our friends, Rick & Erin, who were celebrating Rick’s 30th birthday with a surprise sky-diving adventure. We obviously did not join them for that — no pregnant ladies jumping out of airplanes, thank you very much. But we beached and mini-golfed and hit the boardwalk for a little arcade and carousel fun.

My cute husband…


Erin celebrating a great skee ball toss…


Kevin was grumpy because he picked a carousel horse that did not go up and down.


I’m pretty sure the carousel was still standing still at this point…   : )


A dizzying self-portrait on the carousel.


The birthday tiramisu.


I love this one of Rick & Erin. Unbeknownst to Erin, she was about to get engaged three days after this photo was taken. So sweet…OceanCity_010

Next stop: Wedding No. 1 of the weekend. Courtney & Ned exchanged vows in a simply lovely ceremony at the same church where my husband and I were married nearly five years ago. For anyone looking for a warm, welcoming Catholic church, Corpus Christi in Bolton Hill is an excellent choice. Courtney & Ned are both school teachers and couldn’t have looked happier together on their wedding day — despite the downpour that ruined our plans for a stroll around the beautiful grounds of the Hayfields Country Club for pictures during their cocktail hour. Here are just a few of my favorites from my initial edit:

While getting ready, Courtney placed a quick phone call to her husband-to-be. “Hey there. Whatcha doin’?” she asked.


They had a whole flock of darling children as flower girls and ring bearers.


The bride, looking gorgeous…


Courtney’s girls helped fluff all the crinoline under her beautiful gown before she left for the church.


Her dad, giving her away: “Well, I guess she’s all yours,” he told Ned.


The tables at the Hayfields were decorated with these stunningly simple arrangements of roses. So lovely…


The kids couldn’t get enough of the groom. This went on for about 10 minutes before he finally shook himself free!


And a very well choreographed first dance.


Congratulations Courtney & Ned. I can’t wait to get a proper blog post up soon from your big day!

Moving along… On Monday, I had the pleasure of photographing little Matias with his parents, Bev & Patrick. They say he’s never as good as he was during our photo shoot. I simply don’t believe it. Could he be any cuter?


These are parents who completely and utterly adore their new little boy. Throughout our morning together, they rarely took their eyes off him. And how wonderful is this mural in the nursery?


I can’t wait to share more pictures from our shoot together. It was so fun!

Last but not least, I spent a very sweaty afternoon at the Johns Hopkins University campus, where two teams of boys — one from Baltimore and one from Kawasaki, Japan — were playing in the 30th Anniversary Baseball All-Star Game. In honor of the cities’ three-decade-long relationship, Kawasaki sent their best youth baseball team to play a Charm City all-star team. Twenty years ago, a Baltimore team traveled to Japan for a similar game. And the two cities are planning for another Baltimore team to make the trip next year. I’m pretty sure they’ll need a photographer to accompany them, don’t you think?!?

Here’s a little sneak peak at the full blog post that will be coming soon:


So these two boys were standing as close as they could get to the Kawasaki dugout, seeking autographs. Told that the players wouldn’t be able to sign anything until after the game, the boys decided to stay put and cheer from the fence line for the Kawasaki player at bat. Who promptly hit a grand slam. The two boys went nuts cheering.


The Kawasaki team was pretty happy about the four-run homer, too.


All done with the game, the boys from both teams got together for one final set of photos — and tossed all their hats in the air.


What a fun job I have. I really love the mix of people and events I’ve been shooting lately. I promise to get full blog posts up as soon as I can. But I hope you enjoyed this preview of what’s to come!


  1. Renee

    These are amazing! Thank you for coming through at the last minute!

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  3. Toshi

    Thank you for great pictures! I was looking for the news about Baltimore-Kawasaki the 30th anniversary baseball All-Star game. Only a few! But yours are the best. I would like to get the pictures you took and give them our players if possible.
    I was one of the coach and translator of the Kawasaki team.
    I also thank Renee to bring such a great photographer at our baseball game. Thank you and all who supported this event.

  4. Nancy K

    Great photos! Thanks to Cidell for directing me to your site.


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