Celebrating a life full of beauty and splendor

I arrived to my destination after a five hour drive down to Williamsburg, VA with my camera bag and gear all packed. As I entered the home I was greeted with a bright smile, and warm hug by Amanda Austin of Amanda Austin Interiors who was barefoot at the moment. Music filled the air and the finial installation and details were being placed into every room. When you meet Amanda you will always remember the first time and this was mine. This two day shoot was the beginning of working together to capture her design work that is full of beauty and splendor. Each room is layered with textures, colors, details, and purposeful pieces that represent her clients.

Over the last week my heart has been full of emotions, tears and memories as Amanda Austin took flight to heaven. I want to attempt to express my love for Amanda and the impact she has had on my life over the last two years. I am truly thankful for the friendship and love Amanda gave to me that extended beyond business and photography. Her kindness and warmth was always sincere, and genuine from the first time I met her and it never left her. One gift Amanda possessed was not only seeing beauty everywhere but living out this perspective in her daily life, interactions with others, and her work. Her talent in creating and designing truly changed people’s lives one home at a time.

It was truly an honor to be able to work and photograph Amanda’s design work. I was overwhelmed at times as Amanda appealed for me to be the one to photograph her work. Her support and loyalty were always present. It is always a joy of mine to photograph her work.  My desire to capture the beauty and light created by Amanda that I experienced first hand in each residence challenged me. I wanted to capture a room or detail that would reflect the beauty in an image for others to see and enjoy. Her attention to detail and perfection for each room has cause me to become a better photographer. We often worked long days together that seemed to fly bye too fast. Throughout the day our conversations were marked with sharing dreams, inspiration, God’s hand on our lives, and even tears. Amanda would listen and I would leave inspired to live to the fullest with the talent and gifts God has given me. This was no different then my last time working with Amanda. She greeted me with a bright smile and a warm hug. She challenge me in July to love without holding back. These words that will stay with me and remind me of her ability to love.

I am forever grateful for God placing Amanda in my life. Her death has stung as she will be greatly missed here not only by me but by her family, friends, and colleagues. I am thankful for the influence that Amanda has had in my life and my heart. I have more residences to post and share that Amanda Austin has designed and will continue to work with Amanda Austin Interiors design firm as it will continue on in her name.

Amanda Austin Interiors

1020 S. Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21230

p. 442.759.6177

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Instagrams: July

Looking ahead to the month of July I knew it was going to be a full and busy month. We made several treks to Weaver’s Orchard to pick fresh blueberries, celebrated the 4th of July in Lititz, shot two weddings, started washing baby clothes (I still can not believe how small baby sprout will be!), shooting two days with Amanda Austin of Amanda Austin Interiors, celebrated my birthday with my husband at Woodberry Kitchen, discovered a local farm that makes the creamiest ice cream, shot more rolls of film for myself, roadtrip to NC and ended the month picking my favorite fruit, peaches!

I started this monthly post as a way to share my Instagrams and the everyday moments that I capture on my iphone. I am now having a hard time getting the posted by the end of the month. This month I hope to share more personal film work, interior shoots from Amanda Austin Interiors, Lyndon Heath Cabinetry, and Kelly Dodd Interiors, and more of our journey with baby sprout. ENJOY!!!

Watching the Lititz 4th of July parade on main street.Woodberry Kitchen never disappoints…a sweet summer drink for me called “Top Down”, like riding around in your car with the top down.celebrating my birthday with family and my favorite chocolate cake made by Aunt Mary!first load of little onies…it was the first time that we picked sugar plums.Well it only took us 45 minutes to find this place because I typed in the wrong address!

It was worth the trip for the homemade ice cream and you could also pet the baby cows!Love having Lyndon as my second shooter!!North Carolina visiting two families that I love!

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Jessica and John: married

The next part of the journey for Jessica and John was to be married. They both were highly anticipating and full of excitement to become husband and wife.  Their wedding was a destination wedding for this Brooklyn couple. Their family and friends traveled and joined them at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast here in Lititz PA late July. The forecast threatened heavy and severe thunderstorms all afternoon; however there was not one drop of rain on their wedding.

The day started at Swiss Woods as Jessica was surrounded by her bridal party as hair and make up was completed. Her mother was never too far away and was holding back sweet tears as she watched her daughter get ready for her wedding day. There was a smile on Jessica’s face from the first moment I saw her. She was relaxed and kept saying how excited that she was getting married!

Jessica and John both opted to see each other before the ceremony. The anticipation and emotions that overflow from this moment is one of my favorite parts to capture between a bride and groom. The beautiful gardens at Swiss Woods provided the perfect backdrop for their first look. They spent the rest of their wedding day side by side with smiles on their faces.

John’s love for nature and Jessica becoming more like John over the years had them both desiring to be married outside. The ceremony was on the open lawn surrounded by beautiful flower beds as the guest enjoyed the view. Jessica’s walk down with her father was sweet and her mother looked on, this time with tears in her eyes. Jessica and John officially became husband and wife and it was time to celebrate!

Jessica and John love for their family and friends who celebrated them on their wedding day was evident. Much of the planning of their wedding focused on making sure their guests were being served, having a good time and the food of course. The cocktail hour, white tent, first dance, four course meal, beyond gorgeous flowers, dessert table, and dancing into the late night as husband and wife were all part of Jessica and John’s beautiful reception.

This was my last wedding of this season and it could not have ended better for me. Jessica and John thank you for having us be a part of your wedding and allowing us to document this next part of your journey together! You and your family treated us like we were family and we loved every minute of your wedding day! I also must thank Lyndon for second shooting with me. ENJOY!!!

Swiss Woods is Jessica and John’s getaway spot and were so thankful when they agree to host their wedding.http://www.jamiedphoto.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=7557&action=editJessica is so thoughtful…she gave each bridesmaid a custom robe with their initials.In honor of John’s father John wore his father’s cufflinks and his union necklace.Jessica’s mother love was beautiful for her daughter.a few portraits before the first look.The image above captured by Lyndon as Jessica waited for their first look.This smile says it all.these flowers were amazing!and every dress should have pockets.And this is where I agreed that her dad should kiss her again.Out on the lawn of Swiss Woods Jessica and John promised to love one another as long as they both shall live.Jessica and John both made these cones that hung from the chairs, filled with beautiful flower petals to toss!Look at these flowers. Simply beautiful! The colors and variety! Oh my they were gorgeous!John too had a smile on his face all day.Husband and wife!!!Lyndon’s angle…After the ceremony the guest move right into the cocktail hour outside on the lawn.LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!We took ten minutes before the reception started to capture a few more portraits and I’m so thankful we did!!Now for more beautiful details…The beautiful day turned into a beautiful evening as the sun set at Swiss Woods.Dancing was a must for Jessica.Favors for the guest reflect their love for coffee and local chocolate.The moon came out and Jessica and John danced the night away together as husband and wife!!

Invitation: Inspirations by Amie Lee

Ceremony and Reception: Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast

Wedding Dress: Simone Carvalli from Monica’s Bridal in NY

Shoes: Badgley Mischka Lacie Rhinestone 

Rings: James Allen

Veil and Hair pieces:  Bridal Styles ( NY)

Hair Stylist: Salon Enso

Makeup: Makeup by Chelsea

 Groom attire: Vera Wang Men’s Warehouse – Black Vest

Groomsmen attire: Vera Wang Men’s Warehouse  - Champagne Vest

 Florals: Sandra L. Porterfield

Wedding Cake: Rosie’s Creative Cakes

Wedding Cupcakes: Rebecca’s Heavenly Goodies

Music : Matthew Cleveland – Occasions DJ’s

Catering: Rettew’s

 

 

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Michelle Miller Interiors: Annapolis Residence II

Today I share with the second Annapolis residence that Michelle Miller of Michelle Miller Interiors designed. Michelle is talented. She has been designing spaces for her clients over a decade adding details and elegance to create a home personal to her clients. Michelle has the gift to see beyond what is existing and what could be created to meet her clients needs. Listening to her clients is another gift that Michelle excels in. Michelle understands the importance of listening and hearing her client’s desires and needs when designing a home.

Michelle designed several custom pieces and collaborated with Lyndon of Lyndon Heath Cabinetry  to build them for this home. Michelle is also noted for her love for custom millwork. Michelle will design and create hand drawn sketches of her custom pieces for her clients. They were then brought to life and installed into her client’s home by Lyndon Heath Cabinetry. The pieces are beautiful, elegant and yet practical. Thank you again Michelle for this opportunity to work with you photographing your design work. ENJOY!!!

Michelle designed this custom piece for her clients. Elegant and yet practical.

Lyndon Heath Cabinetry built and installed this custom piece.

The wood panel was custom designed by Michelle and built by Lyndon Heath Cabinetry for this bathroom creating a modern look.

The kitchen was remodel and updated by adding these cabinets creating a fresh look with clean lines.

I love the space and high ceilings that create an openness that this home possesses,

yet the pieces that Michelle has designed and selected has added texture, grounding, and warmth.The living room is adjacent to the dining room and is surrounded by windows allowing their clients to enjoy the view of the bay.Michelle designed this custom walnut piece for her client in which then Lyndon Heath Cabinetry built.Look at the details on this media center.These coffee tables…designed by Michelle and built by Lyndon Heath Cabinetry.

Michelle Miller Interiors

2654 Maryland Ave | Studio B

Baltimore, MD 21218

P: 410.702.4993 | F: 410.235.2368

michelle@michellemillerinteriors.com

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Lyndon Sentz

Lyndon Heath Cabinetry

717.413.2942

lyndon@lyndonheathcabinetry.com

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Michelle Miller Interiors: Annapolis Residence

I was introduced to Michelle Miller of Michelle Miller Interiors by the way of Lyndon Heath Cabinetry. Michelle contacted me with the opportunity to photograph two Annapolis residences that she designed. I love meeting new designers. Immediately Michelle’s warm, friendly, and caring personality was noticed through the emails, a phone call, and continued on the day of the photo shoot. When I arrived I felt like I was meeting a friend that I had known, although it was the first time. I know her clients feel the same way when working with Michelle on a design project. Michelle’s design is elegant and clean creating a simplicity to each space she designs. Michelle works to bring life to each space that personal to her clients. This is what I experienced when photographing these spaces. Everything was simply elegant and inspiring.

This home is located on the water of the Chesapeake Bay. We started with the outdoor space that Michelle designed and then moved inside the home to photograph two other spaces. We were racing against the weather as it threaten huge thunderstorms. As I finished photographing the pool the rain came and it poured. Perfect timing. I had a wonderful day being inspired by Michelle and by her work. Thank you so much Michelle for asking me to photograph your design work. Here are the photographs from the first residence! ENJOY!!!

Michelle Miller Interiors

2654 Maryland Ave | Studio B

Baltimore, MD 21218

P: 410.702.4993 | F: 410.235.2368

michelle@michellemillerinteriors.com

michellemillerinteriors.com

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