Karolina and Andrzej’s Wedding Gallery.

Appreciation for the traditional. Honey mead. Bicycles. Poetry. The value of friends and family. Thinking back on Karolina and Andrzej’s wedding brought all of these things to mind as I presented their wedding photographs to them. I just think they have the whole package going for them – their wedding took place at a traditional winery operated by Andrzej and his father (The Orchid Cellar) and which produces award winning honey mead from ancient recipes. Set against the gorgeous hillside and in front of a handmade vine arbor, they made their wedding vows to each other as friends and family interspersed readings and good thoughts through the ceremony. And after a nice walk through the vineyard for some amazing photograph opportunities, we settled into a great reception of speeches, vodka toasts and mead pours, and the Dapper DJs slinging vinyl (on wind-up turntables!) to keep the dance floor moving. It was easy to see – these two are well loved by their friends and family, and have lots of happy times ahead.

Here is the link to Karolina and Andrzej’s Wedding Gallery and Print Order Site.

2014 Ramsey’s Revenge MTB Race.

Making a big splash this year in the mountain bike race scene is RAMSEY’S REVENGE (very intimidating title, I know). Let me tell you, it was FAST, furious, and a very unique place to shoot. Rolling farm hillsides, tight grown-in single track, and the Brandywine River all were fantastic to shoot against with the bright sun and fluffy clouds. The usual repeat offender racers were there in force, and it’s always nice to see those friendly and overheated people out on the course. The fields were especially fun to shoot at high-speed, and really, it was a great event worth racing.

Here is a link to the complete collection of images for download and purchase:

The 2014 Ramsey’s Revenge Mountain Bike Race Collection Website.

The 2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic MTB Stage Race.

The Trans-Sylvania Epic has grown every year in size and scope – bigger is better, yes?! The women’s fields was stacked high with talent like Mary McConneloug, Selene Yeager, and Vicki Barclay, and the men’s field had defending champ Justin Lindine, with Jeremish Bishop, Aaron Snyder, Drew Edsall, and Spencer Spaxson gunning for the title. The week was filled with thrills and spills, and it was amazing to be a part of the talented media team documenting as much as we could, including Vertical Sandbox Productions, Devon Balet Media, and Harris Dunlap Photography running around the course. 16-hour days for a week straight kept us busy, but as Harris says, it’s the best week of work all year.

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So without further ado, here are the galleries:

2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 1

2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 2

2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 3

2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 4

2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 5

2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 6

2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 7

2014 Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 8

Irene and Greg’s Engagement Session.

 

Irene and Greg! I cannot be happier for these two lovebirds – and even better, they are great friends that go back many years, and I am thrilled to be their wedding photographer coming up in just a few months (ahem – the location of the wedding will be OCEANS away from  Washington, D.C.!). However, for their engagement photographs, we needed to come up with a theme that was ‘very much D.C.’ in order to celebrate the beginnings of their relationship. Our locations included an early morning walk though the Navy Yard in SE, matched with a few poses near the Capitol Building, and ended up using the gorgeous afternoon light at the end of the Cherry Blossom Fesitival near the Tidal Basin. Iconic, colorful, and timeless were the ideas I came to the table with, as Irene and Greg are the classiest couple I have the pleasure of knowing and photographing.

 

 

2014 I.I.G.O. Mountain Bike Relay of the Multiverse.

<Deep Breath>… At the “2014 Lupine’s International Intergalactic Global Open Mountain Bike Relay of the Multiverse presented by Stan’s NoTubes in Marysville, Pennsylvania” by the Outdoor Experience Organization, I finally got to put down the camera, swing a leg over a mountain bike, and strap on a number plate… and it was glorious. I have to say, if you haven’t been to this event yet, I think it is what mountain bike racing should be. Out in the backyard with 400 friends, professional-wrestling-style tagging-in-tagging-out, and people in costume taking the race very seriously. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and just wish we had more time out there… Anyway, bring on the log-overs, some mountain bike biathlon (yes, I do see a future here), and Evil Evel Knievel blasting single-track and a brewski. So enough talking – let’s see some photos.

Here is a link to the 2014 I.I.GO Mountain Bike Relay of the Multiverse.

2014 Tuscarora Off-Road Weekend: Marathon XC.

One of my favorite races to photograph, the Tuscarora Off-Road Weekend: Marathon XC in Blain, PA, delivered the goods again. 1000′ of Climbing + Six Miles each Lap + Four Hours + More Rocks than AC/DC’s Hits = A Dang Good Time. This year, the weather cooperated a bit more, being above freezing and not having massive snowmelt and rivers of muddy goodness between the rock gardens. Albeit less ‘epic’ conditions and Zach (Fast Forward Racing Productions) did a lot of dirt shoveling to make the rock gardens somewhat more rideable, there was still so much to photograph and enjoy on a bicycle on this early season opener.

Here is the complete collection and print order site for the 2014 Tuscarora Off-Road Weekend.

*If you don’t see yourself, let me know, and I will see if I can track you down! Also, images are available for licensing.*

Janna and Tom’s Wedding Gallery.

As Tom and Janna talked about their wedding (and I got to see their fun chemistry in their engagement session!), I knew I was in for a great time as a photographer. We had excellent weather all day with bright sunlight coming into the church, which made the candid photos of the ceremony and posed portraits with the families a breeze to photograph, and the best part for me was getting to the Manassas Battlefield in Virginia not too far away. The slanting daylight and endless fields of high grass with historic fences made for a fantastic setting to photograph the wedding party in (including the “let’s-put-Janna-on-Tom’s-shoulders” shots – hilarious!). The reception that followed was highlighted by a wall-art photobooth for the guests and one of the best cake smashes ever.

For the friends and family, here is the Complete Collection of Janna and Tom’s Wedding Gallery Website.

Kaitlyn and Ryan’s Wedding Gallery

Thank goodness Ryan and Kaitlyn love the snow! It started to really come down when we staged the romantic first look in the gazebo, and of course, the gents gave into throwing snowballs and horsing around with each other. Their wedding was a walk down memory lane – I’ve been a longtime friend of Kaitlyn so there were many familiar faces in the crowd, and enjoyed many school-day memories at their historic ballroom at Sunnybrook in Pottstown, PA. The ceremony was fun and touching, set against the gorgeous backdrop of the hall and illuminated blue silk. It made photographing Kaitlyn and Ryan a treat, since we had a bunch of theatric lighting happening. And really, the whole wedding party brought a lot of silly and enjoyable energy to the party – they’re a crowd I wish were at every wedding – and Kaitlyn and Ryan are lucky to have them as they start their lives together.
Here is a link to the image gallery and print order site for Kaitlyn and Ryan’s Wedding Gallery.

SSCXWC’13 / Junkyard ‘Cross Galleries.

Grab a cold one and sit-down for the ride – SSCXWC finally hit Philadelphia this past Sunday, teaming up on the infamous Bilenky Junkyard ‘Cross Race on Saturday to make Monday a one-two punch of reality. Single-Speed-Cyclocross-World-Championships (SSCXWC) has been on the minds and hearts of the Philly cycling scenesters for the past two years, and no disappointments here: voices were lost, Rocky steps hiked, Belgians arrived, epic crashing and racing through the Bilenky Junkyard, and a perfectly timed snowstorm on the final showdown on Sunday… And the highlight for many was the Tunnel of Brotherly Love dousing the racers in noise and beverage hand-ups as they crested Parachute Hill. If you’re still reading… heck, just check out the utter madness for yourself:

Link to the Pre-Partay and Bilenky Junkyard Cross Race Gallery.

Link to the SSCXWC’13 Race and Post-Partay Gallery.

 

 

Megan and Peter’s Wedding Gallery.

I have to hand it to Megan and Peter – pulling off a great wedding from across the United States is no easy feat! With their excellent choices of venues and cheery weather all weekend, we had many opportunities to play with the light and the scenery of Washington, DC. Megan’s stunning dress and sweet personality were matched with Peter’s good humor and can-do attitude through out the day, and we were able to knock out many more photos than I anticipated at St. Sophia’s Orthodox Church and the J.W. Marriott reception site (sparklers on the roof, WHAT?!). It only got better when we did the Day-After Portrait Shoot and got to take our time around the monuments and nearby parks. For me, Megan and Peter’s wedding was a reunion of sorts, since I was able to meet them through Chris and Allison Chase, whom I photographed about a year ago. It was just a pleasure photographing these two great people against the backdrop of D.C.!

Here is a link to Megan and Peter’s Complete Wedding Gallery and Print Order Site. 

Jen and Aaron’s Wedding Gallery.

You may recognize this bride-and-groom from my work at the Trans-Sylvania Epic and Pennsylvania mountain bike races, but this time around, they decided to get all dressed up and throw a wedding! Jen and Aaron picked out the fantastic Barn on Bridge in Collegeville, PA to have the festivities. With a bit of a chill in the air, we set up the First Look on the antique bridge across the road and had exceptional sunlight through the posed photographs across the fields. The lighting in the Barn and Reception site was a joy and a challenge (what I enjoy most is directional lighting and lots of layers of stairs and barn beams to photograph through). It was so great to see these two finally tie the knot – and I don’t think anyone has seen Aaron so happier than on his wedding day with Jen. Bring on the big-time cycling crowd, throw-down some dancing, and smash the cake – we got ourselves a party.

Here is the link to Jen and Aaron’s Complete Gallery and Print Order Site.

Jayme and RJ’s Wedding Gallery.

I was thrilled when Jayme and RJ asked me to photograph their wedding – I knew stops would be pulled and good times would be had! Not only are they our neighbors in Northern Virginia, but we have become good friends since meeting. And yes, I even took RJ out for a MTB ride about a week before his wedding (thinking the whole time, Jayme would do more than knock my knees if RJ takes a dive!).  The wedding venue and reception site are worth seeing in person – The Jefferson Hotel is a destination spot for many people to Richmond, and the Monumental Church, though plain and minimal, has intrinsic beauty that hosted their ceremony perfectly. Throw in some rowdy and dance-driven wedding guests, and we have a party. Congrats, you two!

To see more and get to the print and download website, see Jayme and RJ’s Wedding Gallery and Print Page.