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Biking and Hiking Engagement Photos | Baltimore Photographers

Susie was the first to meet Joanna, at the Baltimore Bridal Expo, but because I live closer, the consultation fell to me.  When Susie was briefing me beforehand, she made it clear that this was a wedding she *really* wanted.  She said that Joanna was just our type of bride: smart, resourceful, with definite ideas, and as Susie put it, “just a real sweetheart”.  Within the first 30 seconds of the consultation, as Chip and Joanna kindly explained a route home that would knock a good 20-30 minutes off the time it took me to arrive, I could see that everything Susie said about Joanna was true and that Chip was an equally great guy.  Then, I liked them even more when they made me laugh out loud by explaining their litmus test for the day-of decision to hold their November wedding ceremony indoors or outdoors.  I’ll share the litmus test after the wedding, when we see how it all works out :-)

But what excited me the most about working with them was the fact that they wanted their engagement shoot on the NCR trail north of Baltimore.  To me, an ideal afternoon – and which John and I try to do once a week with our kids – is exploring a trail, climbing rocks, wading out in the water, and taking pictures.  I was sold on the idea  :-)  As it turns out, Joanna came up with a completely elegant twist on the idea of a trail shoot.  We were so impressed with her planning and preparation and owe so many pretty pictures to her forethought and attention to detail.

In an event defining the word “irony”, we postponed the shoot for rain, and – you guessed it – the afternoon grew more and more gorgeous as it went on.  But as we pulled up to the trailhead on the reschedule date, the radio was talking about “severe thunderstorms rolling through the area”.  We heard distant rumbles of thunder and Chip taught us to “read the leaves“, which definitely indicated that rain was on the way.  Funny, though, there wasn’t the slightest hint of a pre-storm wind – not even a whisper of a breeze – so Chip and Joanna were out there modeling for us on a miserably hot and humid afternoon.  Truly, people, I tell you – it was absolutely stifling.  If Joanna’s long, lean limbs and her graceful carriage don’t indicate to you that she was a dancer for 10 years, than please know that *only* a performer could have looked so cool and graceful in that oppressive humidity!

Joanna and Chip, you did *great* and we had SO much fun!  We cannot wait for your wedding!!

This shoot happened while Susie’s sister, Irina, was in town, and she came along and worked with us, which made this shoot all the more fun and successful – thank you, Irina!!! :-)  Irina is an amazing photographer based in Virginia Beach – see more of her work here: http://www.expressionsva.com/

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Joanna Stewart - June 7, 2012 - 10:45 am

Ahhhh, I LOVE them! Thank you so much for all of the thoughtful comments. I can’t wait for the wedding either!

Kathy Edwards Salvato - June 7, 2012 - 11:13 am

Beautiful pictures, Joanna :) Congratulations!

Jill Eisenberg - June 7, 2012 - 11:16 am

Gorgeous pictures! I love them all! Congrats Joanna Bevan and Chip Stewart.

Allison Newman Carver - June 7, 2012 - 11:38 am

These are awesome:) such a great looking couple:)

Natalie - June 7, 2012 - 12:31 pm

This engagement session is so sweet! Aw!

Janice Lynn Bevan - June 7, 2012 - 1:06 pm

The pictures are amazing! so beautiful…. so happy for you both!

Jessica Stewart Miller - June 7, 2012 - 1:10 pm

They turned out PERFECT! Love them – you guys look great!

Emilia Jane - June 7, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Love these!!!

Amy Leigh - June 7, 2012 - 3:37 pm

They are so cute! Great pic!!

Amy Leigh - June 7, 2012 - 3:37 pm

‘pics’ I mean. :-)

Theresa - June 7, 2012 - 6:56 pm

You guys look amazing! :)

Jill Rosenthal - June 7, 2012 - 6:57 pm

FABULOUS PICS!!

Elizabeth - June 7, 2012 - 7:47 pm

Both of you look lovely! Congrats again!

Sarah Tuck - June 7, 2012 - 9:42 pm

I LOVE every single picture. I run there every weekend and it’s never that pretty:)

Amanda Akehurst-Schmuff - June 7, 2012 - 10:21 pm

Awesome pictures u guys are a hot couple.

Katie Baick - June 7, 2012 - 10:22 pm

Gorgeous pictures! I can’t pick my favorite because I love every single one!

Kristina Crowder - June 7, 2012 - 11:02 pm

pictures are awesome! Congrats!

Emily Chaconas - June 7, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple!!!

Stacy Wilson DeSalvo - June 7, 2012 - 11:41 pm

Beautiful Pictures! Congratulations!

Nicole Quinto - June 7, 2012 - 11:59 pm

Love these! <3

Chris Small - June 8, 2012 - 2:49 am

Great pictures! You both look very happy!

Cheryl B - June 8, 2012 - 8:27 am

That’s my baby! I love U, Mom

Connie Klima - June 8, 2012 - 9:31 am

Beautiful photos

carol horvath - June 8, 2012 - 9:32 am

what great pictures!!!! you both look great!!!

Donna Schwartz - June 8, 2012 - 9:48 am

What a beautiful background and a lovely couple.

Kim Farnham - June 8, 2012 - 10:16 am

These pictures are beautiful! I love the ones with the bike.

Ellen Goren - June 8, 2012 - 10:21 am

Beautiful. What a great couple.

Cassie Nohe - June 8, 2012 - 10:22 am

AMAZING! they are beautiful! :)

Megan Polis - June 8, 2012 - 3:04 pm

These turned out super awesome! LOVE them! It is hard to pick a favorite!

Kelly Merryman Turner - June 8, 2012 - 3:13 pm

These are awesome! Like a fairy tale!

Mandy Rushton Gee - June 8, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Beautiful pictures! How fun. Congratulations!

Emily Shelley - June 9, 2012 - 3:02 am

These photos are amazing! You would never know it was so hot/ about to rain.

Josh - June 9, 2012 - 2:17 pm

These are great! Don’t see many snazzy bikes like that out on the trail!

Sarah Tuck - June 9, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Please take a look at these amazing pictures. If you comment at the bottom of the page they could win a prize!

Jeff - June 10, 2012 - 2:42 pm

Very nice pictures! I think my favorite is the one where both of you are in the air.. Jo clicking your heels together, and Chip bounding like an antelope!

Elliot - June 10, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Lovve them!!!!

Josh Lindenmuth - June 11, 2012 - 1:50 am

Awesome pictures! Best wishes to you both. #13 (jumping) is my favorite shot, very cool!

Karen - June 11, 2012 - 9:00 pm

These are fantastic! Congrats!!

Amanda - June 11, 2012 - 10:26 pm

Absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to see your wedding pictures. Congratulations!!

Katie - June 12, 2012 - 10:29 am

So sweet!

Jill - June 12, 2012 - 9:10 pm

so cute!!!!

Celina - June 13, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Beautiful pictures Joanna:)

Colleen Vulpis - June 13, 2012 - 10:46 pm

I love these pictures of your daughter Cheryl!!!!! They are flawless!

Ben - June 13, 2012 - 11:38 pm

Wow so Beautiful!!! Looks like Fun!!

Rebecca - June 14, 2012 - 5:17 am

I love them all!

Tim - June 14, 2012 - 9:38 am

Gnarly pictures!

Matt - June 14, 2012 - 7:50 pm

Good stuff!

Maureen - June 18, 2012 - 3:34 pm

They look so cute! Love the one with the Root Beer!

Leigh - June 18, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Beautiful photos!

Keely Ireland - June 19, 2012 - 2:01 am

Joanna & Chip..these pictures are great! The outdoor pictures are so cute! Love the one of you two jumping in air! (See if Chip will do that crossing the finish at his next Ironman)!

Annette - June 19, 2012 - 10:00 am

You can tell by the pix that you two are truly in love. So happy for you both!

jackie - June 20, 2012 - 2:37 pm

Love these! Beautiful pics!

Melissa C - June 24, 2012 - 8:36 pm

So special! And what artistry! Can’t wait to see wedding pictures!

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[...] I’m sure Turf Valley has ever seen! Y’all first met Joanna and Chip at their beautiful hiking, biking, and picnicking engagement shoot last Spring. We loved that shoot for its combination of details and personality [...]