John & Shayne

1 Year Anniversary

Deep Creek, Maryland

Swallow Falls

Adventurous Couples Session


When Shayne asked me to photograph John and her for their 1 year anniversary, I was super excited. First, because I love capturing couples that are truly in love and I like getting an occasional break from weddings to relax and explore nature. Second, because Shayne happens to be my niece, which is pretty cool and yes weird since she is a few months older than me, lol. We have a very unique and fun relationship tho and I am so grateful that she trusted me to capture the love between them.

Shayne chose Deep Creek, Maryland for her adventure session and I could have kissed her a thousand times because Deep Creek is one of my absolute favorite places to do sessions. Hint Hint** If you are looking for a little adventure and some beautiful photos, this is your place and for those in the Laurel highlands, Pittsburgh, and Cumberland area it is not too far to travel! But, I digress, back to story telling.

Of course, when we arrived at Swallow Falls the weather was a little less than ideal. It was sprinkling off an on throughout the day and a little chilly. But we traveled about an hour to make magic happen and we weren’t about to give up now. So I sent my husband and the kids to explore the outdoors while, Shayne, John, and I took a path towards some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area.

We walked paths, climbed rocks, got a little wet, and laughed til’ our hearts were content. Once the session was over, we headed to the Green Turtle to wrap up our evening with a yummy dinner. Side Note* I think all of my sessions should end in dinner with the couple or family. It’s such a great way to bond and make new friends. I don’t just want to be your “photographer”, I love being able to say we are friends. And I am grateful to have more clients that are “friends” for years to come, than those that just walk away after their session and I never hear from them again. So, if ya want some dinner or ice cream after our session, I mean I’m always down!

So, now that I am done talking about how amazing this adventurous love story was, I think you should watch the slideshow below to experience the joy and love this couple shares.

Give Shayne and John some love, by commenting on this post and sharing it with your friends and family. You never know if someone out there is looking for couples photographs just like these. <3



A few of my favorites from this session.