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Snow – more later than never, or never than later?

This morning Southern Maryland woke to a blanket sheet of snow. A whole 4-5 inches depending on where you live.  Judging from looking out my back door, (because I dare not venture further) it looks like we are in the 5 inch category. I classify it as a “sheet” of snow mainly because if you ask our northern neighbors they are still catching their breath by laughing; that we would even classify it as a storm, event or anything outside of their “normal” day this time of year. Schools are closed, liberal leave policies are in effect, appointments have been cancelled…. accidents have occurred. For those involved in those accidents, I pray everyone is ok and only minimum damage has been sustained.

As I sit and I watch the wind whip around the powdery – what I consider – “mess” outside my window, my space heater whirs forced heat towards me.  This is NOT my time of year. Yet I cannot help but marvel at it’s beauty, on some level… and enjoy the sense of peace and solitude it provides.  I’m not going to lie, I would still rather be sitting on a beach somewhere… sipping a nice drink with a little umbrella and feeling the warmth of the rays on my skin. But – I am not. So I am left here to accept my fate, that here I am, on a day when we were suppose to have a “dusting” as opposed to last weeks “storm,” — that was no more than rain. I contemplate my state of mind for scheduling a hair appt when I knew there was “something” in the forecast. Though based on the “winter storm” we received last week, which was only rain… one could understand my decision.

So for viewing pleasure, I post a few shots from my windows, and sliding glass door… after all, it’s not 1130ish yet, and I’m not going out, until I absolutely have to… have a warm day. 🙂

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Toby deciding, maybe another day. 🙂
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Toby not sure about going to far.
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Toby thinking about venturing out.
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Pepsi just chillin’
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A new friend outside the window.

31 Degrees at the Dock of the Bay Leonardtown Wharf

Leonardtown WharfAn early meeting in Leonardtown this morning left me with a little time for exploring.  One of my favorite places to sit and reflect has always been at the bottom of the hill at Leonardtown Wharf.  This site has seen many different faces, events and changes.

Once the location for steam boat landings from Washington DC, it was also the location of “Leonardtown Wharf” a popular bar and restaurant until it burned in the early morning hours almost 30 years ago.  See Article Here

Leonardtown Wharf, St. Mary’s County, Maryland

Now, it is a public park, with a kayak launch and plenty of parking.  Although it is more active in the spring, summer and fall, winter is still a nice time to come and visit.  Although a little too cool for a lot of reflection time, a brisk walk always warms the soul.


Leonardtown Wharf
Frozen Embankment, Leonardtown Wharf


Leonardtown Wharf, Leonardtown, MD
Leonardtown Wharf, Leonardtown, MD


Leonardtown Wharf
Bubbles that never popped.
A little too cold for sitting...
A little too cold for sitting…



You’re engaged! Congratulations from everyone at Your Journey Studios!

Here are a few tips for the perfect engagement session.

1) Be TRUE Don’t try to transform yourselves for this session, with some idea that you saw on pinterest that looked so amazing. Be honest about who you are and take this moment to celebrate that as a couple. If you both like country music, put on a pair of cute boots and he can wear his favorite plaid shirt. Are you the ultimate power couple? Go sleek and sophisticated in evening wear. Take some time to think about what makes your relationship tick and that is something that you can weave into the session for a truly unique memory.

2) Be FRESH This is one occasion where professional hair and makeup can really pay off. Similar to your wedding day, these memories will last a lifetime. It’s also a great way to test out the hair and makeup artist you want to use for the big day. You don’t want to do the same styles, necessarily, but it’s a great way to make sure they are the person you want working for you on your big day. As far as tanning goes, less is more. You want a little color, go for it. If not, don’t stress. It’s better not to tan at all than to show up looking orange.Your guy might need a little guidance with his style (or a lot), so have him get a haircut a week before your session date. He should be either cleanly shaven or have neatly trimmed facial hair for a polished, romantic look.

3) Be THERE Where? That special spot. Where was your first date? Or the moment you first met? Think of the place he proposed or other romantic, meaningful locations. Maybe only a few people will understand the full meaning of the location, but it’s a sweet reminder of the bond that you share, and will last as a permanent tribute to these good times.

4) Be STYLED Your wardrobe of course should match your personalities, as mentioned before. That said, this session probably warrants a shopping trip to get outfits that complement each other as well as you and your fiancé do. Look at a color wheel for good color combinations (opposite colors on the wheel are a no brainer). If it’s a colder month, just find darker tones. For warmer months, lighter ones. Play around with color and textures, using designs like stripes or polka dots sparingly.

While you want to make a personal statement in these portraits, the underlying purpose is to showcase your love. So your clothes shouldn’t steal the show. Keep things looking natural and understated, wheth- er you’re leaning towards a casual look or ultra sophisticated one (or somewhere in between).

You should try to play up your feminine nature in these portraits, as your fiancé should be extremely mas- culine. Whatever that means to you, bring it out.

5) Be ROMANTIC This might be a silly reminder, but some couples freeze up under the pressure of all the wedding planning and the organizing of the session. Once you are in front of the camera, it’s important to have fun. Smile, laugh, hug and kiss! Men often have a harder time with this than women, so it’s your job to lighten the mood for him and make him feel more natural. A good engagement session will lead to even better wed- ding portrait memories, because as they say…

Practice makes perfect.

And once you have selected the perfect date for your big day, you’re ready to order your Save the Dates! We have plenty of designs to choose from.

Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation! 301-904-9187

AJ and Theresa, Engagement
AJ and Theresa, Engagement