Behind the Scenes: Jacki & Reid’s Wedding via Instagram {Wedding Photographer} Charlottesville, Virginia

We had a BLAST at Jacki & Reid‘s wedding extravaganza at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard. These families know how to get down.

In case you missed the play by plays of this glorious wedding weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, here you go!

Here I am leaving DC bright and early Saturday morning to get to the Bridesmaids’ Luncheon. Car-full of gear? Check. 10 outfit changes? Check. Hot rollers? Check, check, check…

Love at first sight! God bless Pippin Hill and it’s gorgeous views.

The sweetest little Flower Girl, Peyton, at the wedding rehearsal. Swoon.

Despite my preemptive strike with hot rollers early that morning, the humidity won. Emergency trip #1 to CVS.

Sebastian Re-Shaper hairspray, you rock. Heading to the rehearsal dinner…

The wedding rehearsal at Farmington Country Club could have been the reception, it was so lovely! And the toasts had us all in stitches and tears.

Miam miam. The red snapper was phenomenal. (Like I wouldn’t take photos of the food…)

My sweet treat at the end of the night!

Emergency trip to CVS #2: Ice packs, Emergen-C, and wrist braces. Needed to rebound quick for all the festivities the next day!

Primed and ready for the main event!

I actually remembered to eat before the ceremony. Pippin Hill’s Croque Monsieur in a cute little cast iron skillet. My kind of place.

Kwaaa?!? It’s wedding time?!?

(**Please note: Jacki’s hair is in process… ūüėČ I promised I would explain this one!)

Pippin Hill’s Chef Amalia Scatena developed this dish especially for Jacki & Reid. Shenandoah Chicken & Carolina Prawns… a huge hit!

First to arrive & last to leave… I was pooped!

But that wasn’t going to stop my 2nd shooter, Kyle, and I from getting a celebratory drink. Kyle’s “kwaa?!?” face after listening to drunk college kids for about an hour. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time… probably since I was their age.

We needed some late night dinner and ran into some of the wedding party…

I love that at the end of weddings, you walk away with about 100 new friends.

I love my job.

Thank you, Jacki & Reid, for an incredible 3 days. Have fun in the Dominican Republic!

Stay tuned for photos to follow…

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Engagement: Jacki & Reid {Couples & Wedding Photographer} Washington, DC

A couple of weeks back, I had brunch with my friends and clients (love it), Jacki and Reid, to catch up and to discuss their upcoming wedding. Afterwards, we wondered around their neighborhood Georgetown to snap some couple shots on such a pretty day.

I’m headed to Charlottesville, Virginia tomorrow to shoot their Labor Day weekend extravaganza and couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than sharing some of their engagement images!

Have a great long weekend, everyone!

Featured: Bisnow Dining shows off Hello Cupcake’s Celebration Cakes

So happy to see some of my images of Hello Cupcake‘s new Celebration Cake line gracing the pages of Bisnow Dining!

These cakes are seriously gorgeous, y’all. And the staff is top notch. From owner Penny to baker Tess and all the counter staff, you won’t meet a nicer bunch.

Sidenote: I’m pretty bummed that Bisnow isn’t crediting photographers. I’ll never understand the logic behind not giving credit where credit is due. But I digress…

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Featured on Cond√© Nast Traveler { Food Photography } Washington, DC

Cond√© Nast Traveler celebrated National Ice Cream Sandwich Day last week by featuring my photo of the¬†selection¬†at Ripple‘s Sugar Magnolia.

So thrilled to see my image posted by one of my favorite publications!

Congrats to Pastry Chef Alison Reed!

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TEASER: DC Beer Week 2012 Beer Cruise { Food & Event Photographer } Washington, DC

No one (and I mean no one) has more fun at work than me…

It’s DC Beer Week, y’all! Get to one of these super cool events before it’s too late!

To see more photos of the Beer Cruise, head on over to DC Beer Week’s Facebook page

More to come!

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Featured on Southern Living’s The Daily South { Food Photography } Washington, DC

THIS SOUTHERN GIRL IS SOOOOO EXCITED.

If you grew up in the South, your mother inevitably had a subscription to Southern Living magazine and a collection of their annual cookbooks. For me, they were a symbol of home and all that was right with the world.

It is with great pride that I can say that my photos were on Southern Living’s¬†The Daily South. It makes me even happier that they were in an article celebrating the accomplishments of my friends at¬†Ripple:¬†Chef Logan Cox¬†and¬†Pastry Chef Alison Reed¬†who cooked at the¬†James Beard House¬†in New York this week.

Bravo, everyone!

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Featured in Food Arts Magazine {food photographer} Washington, DC


Very honored to have my photo of Ripple‘s cocktail “Castles Made of Sand” featured in March 2012’s issue of Food Arts Magazine! Thanks so much to Josh Berner (the mixologist behind the very cool drink) and to Jessica Oshita with M. Shanken Communications who puts out the gorgeous publication as well as Wine Spectator and Cigar¬†Aficionado. Hope to work with you guys again soon!

Here is the original image:

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Againn’s Page @ CityEats.com {Elizabeth Parker – Washington, DC – Food Photographer}

I am just soooo pleased with the photos from Againn for CityEats.com.

And can I just say that this gaelic quote from their website just made my day:

“An rud nach leigheasann im n uisce beatha nl aon d’n leigheas air.”

“What butter or whiskey does not cure cannot be cured.”

I can’t wait to go back and eat again(n)!

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Behind the Scenes: Ripple Winter Menu Shoot {Elizabeth Parker – Washington, DC – Food Photographer}

Last night, I did a quick shoot for Ripple to highlight some of the latest and greatest on their seasonal menu. Since the days have been so short lately, I’ve been searching for ways to create the lovely natural light that I prefer to shoot food with….inside at night. On Black Friday, Adorama¬†had amazing deals (as people are apt to do on Black Friday). I took advantage of the deep discounts and bought this product shooting pop-up booth that is marketed for selling stuff on eBay. For $20, I was willing to roll the dice and see if it would work well for food. And it did! It took some¬†finagling¬†(please note the to-go boxes as an improved way of boosting the lights higher), but I got the light where I wanted it. All that to say, my working hours are no longer at the whim of the seasons!

Check out the iPhone shot I snapped of the setup and then scroll down to see some of the final images:

Ripple’s Red Wine Poached Egg

Ripple’s Shenandoah Lamb

Ripple’s Poached Black Bass

Ripple’s Shenandoah Lamb

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Gratitude! + Valentine’s Day CityEats Edition {Elizabeth Parker – Washington, DC – Food Photographer}

Loved opening up my email today to see so many of my images on the Valentine’s Day email from CityEats.com!

I’m in such a grateful place. And oddly enough, my super happy zen has come from preparing my taxes. Yes, there have been many moments this week of my dropping my head to the desk due to the frustration and boredom of entering in transactions into QuickBooks and analyzing reports (ah, the joys of owning one’s own business!). Once I finished going line-by-line though 2011, I had a very clear picture of how much my business and really my life in DC has grown in the past year. I could literally trace the timeline of building the home office, putting together an amazing gear kit, and all the wonderful experiences (culinary and otherwise…) I’ve had in the past year. It’s been incredible. I am just so thankful to everyone for welcoming back the States and into this amazing city with such open arms. I have to especially thank my friends at¬†Ripple¬†for supporting me and all my creative whims. It was so serendipitous that we found each other! Also, big love to CityEats.com, the whole New York team and all the restaurants that I’ve had the pleasure to work with. You guys make my heart sing!

I feel awesome about where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going. 2012 is going to rock my socks…

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