Bucket List Blessings: The J* Workshop – DC

Welcome, friends, to the first installment of Bucket List Blessings! Last year was amazing in so many ways, not the least of which was starting Jeana M. Photography! This year is shaping up to be even more fantastic than last year and I’m so excited to share all of these blessings with you all.:DFirst off: the Jasmine Star Workshop in DC! I was so incredibly excited when I saw the announcement for the traveling J* Workshops and when I found out that I would be able to go I was downright ecstatic!! Seriously, are you seeing all these exclamation marks?? (Apologies to all of my friends and family who had to deal with my random outbursts–”I’m going to a Jasmine Star Workshop! Guys, it’s happening! Guys, it’s next month! It’s next week–what am I going to wear?!”) When the day finally came, I was incredibly nervous but also so thrilled to get the show on the road!!


I met so many amazing photographers, more than a few of them locals (yay!), learned an incredible amount of things (so many notes!), and took some pictures of an adorable couple (giggles + kisses!). I was so inspired hearing Jasmine talk about her passion for her business and hearing so many different perspectives and I look forward to shaking things up a bit. It was a great reminder to keep things fresh!!



Seriously, how gorgeous and in love are these two?! They were just naturals.






It was also amazing to meet JD, Jasmine’s hubby and teammate! When I wanted to up my assisting game and prep myself to be the best second shooter I could be, I watched JD’s (and Jasmine’s) Creative Live second shooting course. After that, I packed up my gear bag with first aid, bobby pins, safety pins, spare water bottles, spare snacks, and tissues and wowed the photographer I was assisting with my ready-for-anything attitude! Watching these two work together was a definite highlight.




Thank you so much Jasmine and JD for coming out to DC and sharing your knowledge and experiences with us! And thank you to all the other workshop participants for your traveling and sharing your amazing perspectives with the workshop!! You all made it amazing!


Extra thank you’s go out to those who helped make the shoot fabulous:

-Brian and Ana (our ridiculously good-looking couple!)

-Kristine Marie Artistry (kristinemarieartistry.com)

-Ashley from Up Do’s for I Do’s (updosforidos.com)

-Highway to Hill flowers (hwy2hill.com)

-Ellie’s Bridal Boutique for the beautiful Mikaella dress (elliesbridal.com)



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Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa: Elizabeth + Doug’s One Year Anniversary

I remember a little over a year ago when I woke up at 7:30 am, curled my hair and put on some sweats, and picked up 100+ cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake to drive to Chesapeake Beach for Elizabeth and Doug’s wedding. That day was a giant celebration of two amazing people tying the knot and partying down with with family and friends and it’ll always be one of my favorite memories. (: They’ve both taught me so much about being a great friend, keeping a sense of humor, and working at having an awesome relationship with another person. I was so blessed to be able to spend some time with them on their anniversary and take some pictures of their beautiful selves! Seriously, these two are models, take a look for yourselves!


I look forward to seeing Elizabeth and Doug cross many more milestones together and getting to celebrate all the amazing parts of life with them! These two have amazing things ahead of them! <3



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All Grown Up: The Day my Little Brother Graduated College

My little brother graduated from college this past week. Yes, he’s not so little, only a year younger than me, but to me he’s always been my baby brother. I swore that I wouldn’t cry the whole day (even though I secretly suspected that it was a good possibility). As I watched him walk across the stage, I was filled with so much joy and pride that I actually probably would have cried–if I wasn’t so dang excited for him!! I whooped and yelled his name (and tried to keep my camera as steady as possible so I could actually get a picture of him accepting his fake diploma). I couldn’t believe the day was actually here, both of us graduated and working in the real world. From loving each other as toddlers, to constantly fighting through the middle-school years, to eventually becoming those siblings that love each other so much it’s almost awkward around strangers (how many times have people asked if we’re dating??), I’ve got the best brother around and I’m so incredibly proud of what you’ve chosen to pursue in life. Whether you end up in the next county over or across the globe with your Criminal Justice degree, you’re going to be amazing at what you do and will always have people who look out for and up to you because of your warm personality and your awesome work ethic. I’ll stop the sappy-ness and share some pictures of my brother, MJ, at his senior portraits and his graduation from University of Maryland! (Be prepared–there are lots.)




If you haven’t ever met my family, you can probably get a good idea of what we’re like from our pictures.:)We can behave ourselves for a while, but eventually, there are going to be some goofy ones in there! And now…onto the big day! It was HOT that day, but this kid was ready to graduate!!




More family portraits were taken as we waited to be let into the building. My grandma (Nonnie as we call her) came out for the occasion and got in on a few pictures.:)



And you may recognize this lovely girl from her senior pictures! Melissa graduated the week before and came out for MJ’s graduation this week. (And she got a brand new hair cut–isn’t it gorgeous?!!)



And Melissa helped me out by taking some pictures so that I could get in a few as well.:)



She also took these lovely family portraits that are pretty accurate of how we are everyday.:)Thanks, Melissa!!




And then it was time to graduate!!



He even got to take a picture with one of his professors!




I’m so proud of this kid! MJ you are the best little brother a girl could ask for. I’m so blessed to have someone who I can talk to, who looks out for me, who’s always ready for some crazy antics, and who I can celebrate all of the big moments of life with. <3 Congratulations on graduating, I can’t wait to see what life has next for us!:)


Thanks everybody for sharing a bit in some personal moments of my life.:)I’m so happy to share my brother’s accomplishments, if you can’t tell, I think he’s pretty amazing. Happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone!!



Congratulations to your brother!! Love these images!!

I loved this post! It feels like I know your family now! :)

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It’s official — it’s Graduation Season!

This year’s round of graduations have officially started! My little brother, MJ, is graduating this Thursday from college and I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by! However, the season officially kicked off for my family when his girlfriend Melissa graduated yesterday!! I unfortunately had to miss the graduation celebrations for another friend’s wedding, but I had the privilege of taking Melissa’s grad photos and wanted to share a few with you all! MJ and I made the trek out to her school, Elizabethtown College, last month and while it was a loooooong drive (especially when someone nearly ran out of gas on the road coughMJcough) it was so worth it to be able to take this gorgeous girl’s pictures!!


Seriously, this girl is a model! And her insides are as beautiful as her outsides, she’s one of the most genuine and kind people I know.:)

And Mj didn’t just carry bags and blankets, he got in a few shots too! These kiddos are adorable, seriously.

These shots could be ads! I love that they’re so comfortable in front of me and my camera.:)


I even managed to get into one photo with the two of them, though I wasn’t quite as glamorous!! haha!


Congratulations on your graduation, Melissa!! You’re an amazing young woman and you’ve got great things ahead of you! Love you lots! xxoo

(Another grad post to follow for MJ probably next weekend, and heads up–I might be a little emotional for that one!)



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Mentoring Session with Natalie Franke Photography

Hello and happy snow day to all my local friends!:)Today’s a record day for crazy Maryland weather. But that’s a good thing! Not only does it mean us working folks get one of those elusive snow days, but I get to sit down and write a post to share something awesome that I got to do recently!

I had the incredible experience of a one-on-one mentoring session with the amazing Natalie of Natalie Franke Photography! Seriously, this girl is adorable and crazy-good at what she does. And the best part was, thanks to the weird Maryland snowy weather we’ve been having, I got to hang out with Natalie twice!! Part one consisted of a visit to Natalie’s home where we got to sit down and chat about sooo many things. We talked about business stuff, camera settings, photography ideas, and our inspiration for why we do what we do. Yeah we talked for a few hours and we may have gotten a tad emotional (one more reason I love you, Nat!), but I could have spent a whole day chatting with this girl! I learned so much, gained a little more insight into why I truly love photography, especially wedding photography, and had an absolute blast. I left more excited about my photography and my business, and more confident in my creativity to continue doing what I’m doing. You are both an inspiring presence and a strengthening one so thank you, thank you, thank you, Natalie.

Part two came next: headshots! A few weeks later, I met Natalie out in Annapolis to take some headshots and learn a little more about how she shoots out in the real world. I haven’t spent a lot of time in that area, but let me tell you, once it gets a bit warmer I’ll be gassing up my car to take more frequent visits–it’s gorgeous!! I may have been a tad nervous about spending some time on the other side of the lens, but Natalie’s excitement and warm, bubbly personality would get even the Grinch to loosen up in front of a camera! We spent a little time by the Maryland State House before heading down to the docks, and I’m so excited to share these beautiful pictures with you all! Excuse me while I go change my profile picture on every social media platform I have access to…


I feel so refreshed and excited to keep doing what I love doing! I look forward to getting to meet and work with more photographers in the future, to keeping in touch with Natalie, and to continue having my camera glued to my face every time something pretty is happening. This is an amazing industry that I’ve become a part of and I’m so blessed to have made friends with some of these lovely people!:)So thank you Natalie for your encouragement and for welcoming me into the family. And thank you to all of you for your support and your beautiful faces that I get to photograph!! I can’t wait to see what else this year holds!

P.S. All photo credit goes to Natalie Franke Photography, duh.;)


You are such a sweetheart and I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity to get to meet you, know you, and become friends! I can’t wait to see where your business takes you this year! Sending you huge hugs! xo!

What a great networking opportunity! You are sooo pretty! Can’t wait to meet you at the J* workshop!!!


Why thank you so much!! I can’t to meet you either! :) It’s going to be great!

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