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Black Horse Inn Wedding- Karen & Nick’s Winter Wedding- Kathleen Hertel Photography

Karen & Nick got married on a non-snowy day in January. Even though it didn’t snow on their wedding it had snowed a few days earlier which gave us a nice bit of snow for their photographs but safe travels for all their guests. Nick is a military man who is currently serving overseas. He left just one month after their wedding. Karen spent her younger years riding horses. We got to meet her horse Rooster (Roo) who came to the wedding. He even checked in to make sure the girls were doing ok while we were getting ready! Karen & Nick fell in love over a shuffleboard game one night in a bar. Their wedding was beautiful. Elegant with a hint of equestrianism throughout.

Flowers (ceremony): Twinbrook Florist, Fairfax, VA
Bridal cape/muff: CapeAndCrown13 via Etsy
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Cake toppers (figurines): MagicBeanBuyer via Etsy
Cake toppers (words): AntoArts via Etsy

 

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Maryland Wedding Photography-Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding- Beth & Joe’s get Married ! by Kathleen Hertel Photography

Beth and Joe got married on October 5th at the Baltimore Museum of Industry! For October it was HOT! I think it hit 90 degrees that day. Who would have thought just 3 months later we would be having the coldest winter on record! Either way Beth and Joe’s wedding was a blast! I watched Beth go for a nervous bride who almost passed out to a bride who had the biggest smile on her face once she saw Joe for the first time. Beth and Joe even showed off their dance moves with their band Hero who rocked the house (or Museum).

How They met? We were friends in high school, but it wasn’t until we ran into each other a decade later that we started dating.  We had both moved away from our hometown, and were both back visiting our families for the holidays.  It was the first time we had seen each other in years, and a few months later went on our first date.

How he proposed?Joe planned a very fun and romantic day date.  It ended with dinner at The Belvedere, when we walked into the beautiful historic building he pulled me into a side room and proposed.

vendors:
Hair & makeup: Studio 921
Dress: Jim Hjelm
Band: Hero
Photographer: Kathleen Hertel
Wedding planner: Kay Bernat
Florist: Kay Bernat
What inspired their wedding?
I’ve always loved art deco and wanted to play that up with a slight nod to the style and fashion of the 1920′s.

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Maryland Wedding Photography-Lindsay & Matt’s Baltimore Engagement Session

I had such a blast with Lindsay and Matt! Before setting up their engagement session we talked about a few ideas they had. I saw one of their photos on Pintrest and loved it. I knew we could do it better! The day of the engagement session we set up their living room to look like (let’s face it) a real brides living room. If you’ve been a bride or are currently a bride you know what what it’s like… Wedding stuff seems to quickly fill the house, from DIY projects, to magazines, to pintrest print outs… Everything wedding explodes in our homes. So we took that into account when we designed the shoot. Even Frank the cat made an appearance! After our designed session we headed to the inner harbor and federal hill to end out the night. I think we hit all Baltimore Must Haves… Natty Boh, Domino’s Sign, Fed Hill, and the Love Sign!

I am so happy that Stephanie from Dream Day Planners recommended them to me! I can’t wait for their New Years Eve Wedding at the Admiral Inn!

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The Jaguar-

Travel & Wildlife Photographer Kathleen Hertel- A Month in South Africa

February for Wedding Photographers can be deadly. It’s slow and it’s cold outside. Typically for me that means spending money coming up with new marketing schemes, eating junk food and watching way too much tv, throwing off my already bad sleep schedule, and having unreal panic attacks about my business. It had been a rough 2 years, the loss of my mom still sitting hard on my heart and dealing with some other problems both with my business and personally. I needed to be reinspired, to find myself again… I needed to get Happy. Two weeks before the start of February I was in the shower (My favorite thinking spot) and I thought to myself… What would make me happy… what would get me back to me…It took two seconds to flash into my head…I need to go to Africa. Now granted this wasn’t completely an out of the blue concept. I had talked about the possibility of going to Africa with a friend earlier that year. So I talked to my husband who is the most wonderful and supportive man in the world and he said it was ok. Two days later I booked my flight and found a Wildlife Photography program, everything was falling perfectly into place. Two weeks later I was off to South Africa for 25 days.

The trip was everything I needed and more. I met some amazing people from mostly the US and Australia but also from Ecuador, Holland, and the UK. I experienced some of the things I had been dying to do for years. I cage dove with Great Whites, Walked with Elephants and Lions, went on a safari, swam and pet blue sharks, and I learned… not about Photography but about something just as important to me Wildlife Conservation. Throughout the next few months I’ll share some of the information I learned to go along with the photos.

This trip also helped me to get reinspired and rejuevenated just in time to kick off the 2014 wedding season! Below are a few of the many images that I collected during my trip. I am currently working with an Event Company to have these images on display and for sale in a gallery in June.

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Maryland Wedding Photography-Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore- Zaineb & Ayman

From the moment I received a phone call from Zaineb I knew I was going to love her. It may have had something to do with being recommended from one of my favorite brides Phyllis or maybe it was just the excitement in her voice. I don’t know what it was but I had an amazing and exciting feeling about working with her right away. Zaineb & Ayman are an amazing couple. Their parents are the closest of friends and they grew up together because of that. However, like all childhood friends they lost touch during their college years… that was until Ayman was at Zaineb’s parents house and saw a photo of grown up Zaineb… That’s when he drove 2.5 hours to Virginia to see her (just to define halfway between the two of them… halfway meaning 20 minutes from Zaineb and 2.5 hours from Ayman). That was it. They continued a long distance relationship while Zaineb finished up her degree in San Fran and that’s when he proposed.

Some of my favorite moments from their wedding are with their families. Zaineb and Ayman have such a close relationship with their families but also with each others families. There were some seriously touching and funny moments with Zanieb and her siblings. And both Zaineb and Ayman’s dads were hilarious! The night before the reception I was able to join their families for a traditional Islamic ceremony. I watched as the two proud fathers told stories while waiting for their cousin to arrive.

Their reception took place at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown Baltimore. One of my favorite Baltimore Wedding Destinations!

I tend to fall in love with all my couples. When your a photographer you really get to know couples on a personal level. They become more then just another wedding couple… They become friends ! Love you guys!

Flowers: Marlow, McCrystle & Jones of Lutherville made the bouquets and centerpieces using pink and ivory roses, white hydrangeas, and stephanotis.

Her dresses: During the ceremony, the bride wore a traditional Middle Eastern wedding gown with long sleeves and embroidered gold beading from Beirut.

At the Four Seasons reception, she wore an ivory silk taffeta ballgown with cap sleeves and floral embroidery on the bodice by Watters from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection in Reisterstown.

Bridesmaids’ dresses: For the reception, the women wore floor-length, cobalt blue strapless chiffon gowns by Jim Hjelm from Bella Bridesmaid in Fells Point. There was no bridal party for the ceremony.

Men’s attire: For the reception, the men wore black tuxedos from Jos. A. Bank. They also wore Ravens cuff links from Nordstrom, which were given to the groomsmen as gifts.

Music: The couple entered the reception escorted by a traditional Arabic zaffe band. DJ George Haddad of Baltimore played a mixture of Arabic and English songs throughout the night. Ayman and Zaineb’s first dance was to “La Vie en Rose” by Edith Piaf.

Food and dessert: The Four Seasons provided beef short ribs and crab cakes for dinner. Patisserie Poupon of Baltimore made a five-tier hazelnut cake.

Favors: Following Arabic tradition, Zaineb says, only their female guests received favors — pashminas from Beirut.

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Maryland Wedding Photography-Patowmack Farm Wedding- Madeleine & Andy Married

Hooray!! My blog is back up and running! I was a little worried that I lost EVERYTHING! Not only is it back up and running but now I can post Madeleine & Andy’s Wedding.

I also want wish Madeleine a very happy birthday which is today!!!!

Their love story began when they just happened to be paired together as tennis partners. They had a blast laughing and getting to know each other, so much so that they set up another day of tennis together. By the second tennis match they found that they had a lot in common from love of sports like golf and tennis, to love of politics. It was a game.set. MATCH.

I was so honored to work with Madeleine & Andy. They are seriously the sweetest most loving couple. From the time we met to the time of their wedding I felt as if we had known each other forever. I loved how they were up for anything and truly wanted their personalities to show in their photos.

Their wedding day started with clouds and rain. Even I wasn’t sure if the sky would clear up by the time we got to the venue. The weather didn’t get Madeleine down! She was prepared with cute little rain boots for her and her girls. We were going to make the best of the rain! By the time we arrived at the venue the rain had cleared up and we were able to photograph Madeleine and her beautiful dress outside. Even though by the end of the ceremony the rain had cleared up we still had a chance to have a little bit of rainy day fun. A signing in the rain style groomsmen photo.

Andy and Madeleine are both foodies and wanted their wedding to be an all around great party with good music, good wine and craft beer, and most importantly, good, local and sustainable food.  The goal was for their guests to feel like they were at a classy dinner party, not your usual wedding.  Andy and Madeleine wanted the venue to be intimate and natural, and went for a rustic “classic country” theme with minimal flowers and decorations to let the natural beauty of the venue and the beautifully prepared food by Patowmack Farm’s Chef, Tarver King, to really shine.

Vendors
Venue: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Caterer: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Wedding Planner: Angela Porter, Gioia Events
Florist: Tyson’s Flower Affair
Bridal Salon: Carine’s Bridal Atelier
Dress: Liancarlo
Hair: Gabby from Alison Harper, LLC
DJ: DJ D-Mac and Associates

 

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Maryland Wedding Photography- Snow Wedding Photography- Nessa’s Snowy Trash the Dress Session

Nessa was my other victim I mean model for my snowy day Trash the Dress session. We went out into the FREEZING cold weather and braved the snow to produce her beautiful photos. The first 45 minutes of the shoot we were actually pretty warmish she even sat in the snow (well sat because we slid down the hill on our butts!) Nessa was a beautiful model with her Gwenyth Paltrow looks! Of course we spent most the time talking about food… which meant we were starving after the shoot :)
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Maryland Wedding Photography- Snow Wedding Photos- Nina’s Trash the Dress in the Snow

A few weeks ago I put out a message to get a few of my past clients to daringly come play in the snow. Nina was my first model. It was the day of the snowstorm and we both were probably a bit more then crazy to drive on the roads….but it was well worth it! The snow was coming down at a steady pace… and it was COLD. She of course was alot colder then I was because I wore my nice warm jacket. But she was so brave and beautiful standing in the snow in a sleeveless dress. The images that we caught are magical and it was so great to see Nina again! Stay tuned for her wedding photos from October at Kent Manor Inn!
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Conservation Photography- South Africa- Lions

In 5 days of being in South Africa my eyes have been open to the reality of conservation. Back in the US we hear the words Endangered, Extinct, Dying and we feel compassion and sad for the animals but in reality most people do nothing. Animals in Africa (and all over the world) are disappearing rapidly and for silly reasons.

Lions in Africa are depleting at a rapid rate. At one time Lions roamed much of the US, Europe, and Asia and then after being killed off developed their home in Africa.

Lions are beautiful animals that sleep anywhere between 18-20 hours a day. They help tp regulate what us lion king lovers know as the circle of life. Keeping hoofed animals that flourish in Africa at a equal balance.

Some interesting facts about lions are that there is one male lion to every pride. In rare cases where there are very large prides there are 2 males that are typically brothers. (Mufasa & Scar). During the three months of breeding lions will mate with the lioness of their pride. They mate for 30 seconds every 3 minutes for 3 days straight without any breaks… Doesn’t sound appealing does it ladies… The average gestation period for a lion is 3 months and they average 1-4 cubs per litter. If while the lioness is pregnant another male comes in and takes over the pride she will actually swallow her baby killing the membrane. They do this because when a new male lion takes over a pride they kill all the cubs that are currently living within that group of Lions since they are born of weaker genes.

Sadly lions are disappearing at a rapid rate. The reason why they are disappearing is because of their bones. The Chinese who have been killing off the beautiful tigers in their country have now run out of resources and are killing off the Lion population.

In traditional Chinese medicine it is said that tiger wine made using powdered bones, allegedly cures many sickenesses including ulcers, cramps, rheumatism, stomach ache and malaria. The beverage is also claimed to have tonic qualities, boosting virility (helping erectile problems). There is significant proof that the bones do not help these ailments so these beautiful animals are being killed at rapid rates for no reason. Sadly, they are paying almost 10,000 dollars for a wild lions skelton which is causing poachers to kill these poor animals at rapid rates.

Here are some links on more articles about Lion Poaching and How to Save the Beautiful African Lion!

The Vanishing Lion- PBS

Only 250 Lions Left in West Africa

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Richmond Wedding Photography- Star Wars & Roman Holiday Themed Engagement- Katja & Alex

Hooray for fun engagement sessions! Katja, Alex and I met earlier in the year and started brain storming about their engagement session. They wanted to incorporate what they loved in the places they loved! So we ended up in Richmond, Virginia one of my new favorite places!