March 2011

We couldn’t be more delighted today for Maya & Josh, whose wedding was featured in all its glory by the fabulous Junebug Weddings in their cleverly-named What Junebug Loves blog (well hey, we love you guys too!). Go check it out. Thanks again not only to Maya & Josh for creating such compelling moments for us to capture, in addition to the entire team helping put their wedding together, most notably Jamie Sears of Simply Chic Events. And of course thanks to Christy and Blair of Junebug Weddings for their love and clearly superior taste. 🙂

Just a snippet of what you’ll see when you look through the feature.


We had friends over for the first time this past weekend for brunch (such fun!) and a series of  framed family photos in our dining room caught their eye. Two in particular, inherited prints that were taken at Bill’s grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary party are two of our favorite photographs, as well. One shows a three-year old Bill (talk about a cutie – love ya, ‘hon!) cuddling with his beloved grandfather while his beaming grandmother looks on and the other, Bill in rapt attention as his grandfather chats with friend. The beautiful black and white photos bring an incredible wave of emotions each time we look at them.

Bill, although he was too young to remember the event, is flooded with love and warmth towards his dear grandparents. For Anne, she is touched not only how the photographer they hired captured such a precious, tender moment between grandfather and grandson, but adores getting to see her sweet, tender husband as a sweet, tender little boy. The joy on Bill’s face as well as his grandparents, never fails to bring a tear to her eye. We are so thankful that such a special event in family history was documented – even though Bill doesn’t remember it in person and Anne didn’t live through it – because the moments were captured, they will always live on to us even though they are no longer with us. Talk about important. Talk about powerful. That photo is a large reason we chose this profession, or perhaps we should we say, it chose us. Documenting the relationships and real moments our clients have with their families is one of the most important parts of what we do, and is something we relish at each wedding and portrait session.

Bonus Tip! 😉 Our display ledges always draw viewers in. Who doesn’t love looking at friends’ family photos when visiting their home?! We most definitely do. Truly, this is one of the easiest ways to display some of your favorite photos – no nail holes and you can rotate them for different looks and swap some new faves in whenever you want. We like to have varying sizes for interest and while using all black frames would have made this arrangement more unifying, we decided we wanted to keep it more loose and include several of our favorite frames, as well, for a more personal look.

Bill’s favorite photograph of his Mom. It was taken at our wedding and captures her to a T. And the photo on the left – while Anne would have loved a more candid shot of them, she adores this photo of her parent’s in their mid-20’s taken at their wedding in 1962.

No matter how you display them, we hope your home is filled with sweet reminders of all your loved ones, past and present.


TGIF, ya’ll! It’s looking like Spring has just about sprung here in beautiful Virginia and we are looking forward to seeing some buds (hopefully!) on our beautiful new Tulip Magnolia (thanks a&g and yup, chicken-fenced this time to deter our resident beaver!), the smell of freshly cut grass, and cherry blossoms (of course!), not to mention some incredible Springtime weddings coming up! In honor of the DC Cherry Blossom Festival that starts this weekend, we wanted to share the invites from our first “semi-spring” wedding earlier this month. We hope you enjoy them. Happy Spring!

Invitations We Love – Liz & Jon

You may remember this gorgeous couple from their one super sneak peek just this week. You’ll be seeing lots more from their truly beautiful wedding very soon, but in honor of Spring’s arrival, we wanted to share their lovely invitation suite with you today. Liz & Jon live in and love Washington, DC so they wanted to share that love and enthusiasm with their many friends and family who would be visiting the city for their wedding. Their invitation suite evoked everything we all love about Spring in DC and got their guests even more excited to attend, I imagine.

First up – their cool Save-the-Date! Don’t you just love the embroidery look?

And the main event – their light, bright and beautiful invitations!

Love, love, love the coordinating envelope liner!

Cherry blossom branches from their Save-the-Date on their invitation envelope stamps. Great tie in!

Response card envelope. Almost too pretty to send back! Seriously, though, send those things back, people! ;-D

I adore the soft pinks and sage greens. Perfect for a Springtime wedding.

Ceremony program. Love the soft, but shiny ribbon!

And their coordinating menu card. Love their monogram on the pink cocktail napkins, too!

And last, but not least – their welcome boxes! We just love how they used the Jefferson memorial from their Save-the-Date on the welcome tag and aren’t these boxes printed with popular DC landmarks and monuments just the cutest? Perfection.

A huge thanks to Liz & Jon for sharing their stunning Spring wedding papers with us on this FAB Friday and we can’t wait to share their wedding with you all soon. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to our last weekend off here at HPA HQ for a while as Spring wedding season really heats up and are looking for some fun things to do. What are your favorite ways to celebrate Spring’s arrival and do you have cherry blossom fever, too??


We’re happy today to celebrate the anniversary of Mandy & Laurence, who married one year ago today in an intimate ceremony with twenty or so family members at the beautiful Clifton Inn. Congratulations, you two! Following are several of their personal favorite images from the day.

Plus a couple of our personal faves from the day. This celebratory moment is immediately following their ceremony.

Their escort cards were cutouts of birds which, if you balanced them just so, could sit atop wine glasses. 🙂

While we’ll usually be posting a great little note for you all on Fridays, we’ll be abstaining this week as part of a collective effort For Japan With Love.

Additionally, we’ll be doing donation matching. Donations made through either the site above, or via the Red Cross, up to $500, for all of our wedding and portrait clients will be matched by us. Just forward to us your email or text receipt by this weekend and we’ll do the rest.

Even if you’re not a Holland Photo Arts client, we hope you’ll consider assisting those whose lives have been catastrophically and irreversibly changed by the earthquake.

Thank you. We’ll see you next week…

We have gotten to know and become friends with Heather and Brad, and whose family we’ve had the good fortune to document on several occasions throughout the years beginning with their fall wedding back in 2004. The latest photographic installment was the second Watch Me Grow session with their second cute-as-a-button daughter Rosalie, who had a good time with her big sister and mom and dad the afternoon I was there. Guinness and chocolate chip cookies (cookies for the kids, and beer for the kids-at-heart) made an appearance and lent the afternoon the perfect lazy-day vibe. Loved it!

Want more? You can see the whole gallery, including Opal’s Watch Me Grow sessions, here.

Brad continually cracks us up. Like every few seconds. Literally.

Opal cracks some eggs for the chocolate chip cookies. They were awesome.

This is my favorite frame from the entire afternoon. So many things going on–a quintessential family moment.

Opal attacked the mixer attachment with gusto.

What a great father-daughter moment!

So cute!

Loving the grin on Heather’s face, despite Rosalie having a firm fistful of her hair.

Thanks so much for having me out, h&b+o+r! We love you guys.

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