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Meet Christa

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Hello there! I’m Christa and welcome to my little home on the Internet! I am an award winning professional photographer born and raised in the Annapolis area. I absolutely adore my hometown and am lucky to live along the Chesapeake and be in the center of the Baltimore – D.C. metro area!

I have photographed over 100 weddings in my 5 year career as a wedding photographer. I started my photography business in 2012 after graduating from Towson University with my B.A. in Art + Design: Photo Imaging. My work has been featured on many local weddings blogs, like United With Love, Charm City Wed, Frederick Weddings, Liberty & Heart, and Bayside Bride. I am a 2018 winner of The Knot’s Best of Weddings, and a 2018 and 2017 winner of WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Award.

I use state of the art pro Canon camera gear – two Canon EOS 5D Mark IV cameras, a variety of top of the line lenses, and lighting equipment (for off camera flash at receptions and creatively lit portraits outside after dark or in dark spaces – I also own studio lighting equipment). I am proficient with shooting and creating beautiful photographs in any type of lighting situation with and without flash. I also have professional liability insurance, which many wedding venues require.

From the moment I picked up a camera for my high school’s newspaper, I fell in love and knew I was going to college to study photography and I started dreaming big. 

I find my true joy in the amazing opportunity of being behind the camera, capturing true and amazing love stories in timeless, romantic, fun and candid photographs. I love photographing weddings and giving all of my clients the personalized service and great experience they deserve!

I’m a true believer in soul mates, and I am always in awe of the amazing ways we connect and find one another – how can it be described any other way than fate? I love adventure, and the most amazing adventure for me is telling someone’s story – especially love stories! I’m always passport ready and will tell your story where ever it takes us! I love to have fun with my couples, their bridal parties and families – a photo shoot with me is usually full of laughter! I strive to make couples feel at ease and place their trust completely in me on their wedding day by being professional and knowledgeable.

When I’m not shooting and editing weddings (when is that?), you’ll probably find me attending a concert, binge watching Netflix, sweating at the gym or in a hot yoga or a pure barre class, nose deep in a good book, exploring cities, or enjoying life with my amazing boyfriend, Jason, who is one of the top wedding DJs in the industry, District Remix! (Yes, we did meet at a wedding, but didn’t start dating until 2 years later!)  

I would love to hear from you and learn more about your wedding plans!! I am so excited to get to know you and hear all about your amazing story!
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Things I Love

MUSIC FESTIVALS: Being in a crowd of people you don’t know, who all share the same love for the same genre, artist or song, is truly an experience! Everyone is so close, singing along together and participating in something extraordinary. If I could time travel, my first stop would be Woodstock.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE: This band inspires me so much. Most of their songs are so hopeful, and they have a very true perspective on life. “Houdini” is my favorite song. EVER. I have seen them live eight times, and got to meet Mark Foster when I ran into him on the street in Philly as I was walking to their concert that night! Happiest day of my life!! 

JAPANESE CULTURE: I’ve always been captivated by the culture of Japan. Since my trip to Japan and homestay with a Japanese family in 2008, the culture has become so much a part of me. I love their elegant simplicity  and approach on life. They work hard to achieve their goals and strive to be the best always. Not to mention the fact that everything is viewed as art is amazing!

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: My favorite author. I just love the way his stories are written. “The Great Gatsby” is my favorite book. I adore the 1920’s and Art Deco.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: My favorite TV show, ever. I’ve traveled to Georgia three times (so far) to the small town of Covington where the show films and got to watch them film a few scenes for the final episodes of season seven. I’m OBSESSED! #TeamDamon #DelenaIsEndgame 

SEAFOOD: Crabs, shrimp, salmon, and sushi! I can’t get enough! I’m a true Maryland girl with a Japanese twist!

INDIE MUSIC: Nothing inspires me more than the amazing sound and lyrics of a good indie band. Some of my favorites include Lana del Rey, Lorde, Atlas Genius, Passion Pit, FUN., Imagine Dragons, Artic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club, Phoenix, The Naked and Famous, Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men,  and many, MANY MORE!

FUN FACT: I had an incredibly wild ride photographing live music and bands from 2012 – 2016. To be able to capture performers like Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons, FUN., John Legend, Jonas Brothers, and many more has been such a unique opportunity that I still can’t believe is real life. I have left the music photography industry to focus solely on my true photograph passion, which is photographing weddings, but those memories are a big part of who I am. I owe it all to the big dreamer, 16-year old Christa, who made a huge goal and dream while attending one of many Jonas Brothers concerts.

 

 

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