The beautiful wedding day of Heather and Aleksey at The Hillbrook Inn and Spa photographed by Peyton Olivia Photography
March 14, 2019
First off, Happy Pi Day! My boyfriend spent all night making 3 peanut butter- chocolate- Oreo pie’s for today- and yes, he made them vegan! Anyways-
Over the weekend I had the opportunity of photographing Leslie and Paul’s maternity session. The best part is I photographed their wedding back in 2017 and here I am, 2 years later, photographing their beautiful growing family. Leslie and Paul are expecting baby girl, Eleanor “Ellie” Herbert this April, 2019 which is just around the corner. Maternity sessions are top on my list, for sure. There is so much love in the air every time I photograph a maternity and I am always I am in awe at the connection two people can form when creating a family together.
Leslie and Paul’s maternity session was photographed in their home in Towson, MD. Their entire session was photographed in their bedroom, only using the natural overcast mid-day light spilling through three windows. We photographed together for one hour, using 3 outfits and a few of Ellie’s items, while using one blank wall, a bed, and the hardwood floor as our background. Through simplicity and love, I created a beautiful photo gallery for Leslie and Paul in welcoming their baby girl into the world. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert!
Please enjoy Leslie and Paul’s highlights from their Maternity session below!
Peyton Olivia Photography
On December 20, 2018 I had the pleasure of photographing Chelsea and Johns wedding at Gambrill State Park, Maryland. The day was cold, the sky was overcast, and everyone was filled with love and joy. Before the ceremony begun, Chelsea and John asked me to meet them along side the road, between Middletown and Myersville, to photograph their first look. The coordinates the gave me brought me to a cement run-off behind some trees, along side the road. I’ve passed this area so many times during my childhood and never thought twice about it however, this location ended up such a magical spot. Everything seemed to mesh so perfectly together- Chelsea’s palette matched her surrounding earth tones while the whiteness of her gown melted evenly with the overcasting skies. Yup, a dream come true.
John waited in the car while Chelsea placed herself, like a puzzle piece, into the streaming hill of white cement. Once in position, I ran back to start the first look with John. From the car to Chelsea, he never looked up, keeping his eyes to the ground until he stood right beside chelsea and then they made eye contact and the tears and love poured.
After enjoying the perfectness of their first look, I followed them to Gambrill State Park where their guests awaited the ceremony to begin. The ceremony was short and sweet, and I definitely cried the whole time just like everyone else. Through their vows and closeness, Chelsea and John showed us all what true love looks and feels like. It was a beautiful ceremony where I left feeling inspired by true love. Afterward, the wedding party left for Brewers Alley in Frederick, MD where Chelsea and John treated myself and my partner to a date.
Chelsea and John had a small, affordable, adventurous wedding. Not only was their love inspiring, but the way they planned is also inspiring. Weddings can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. There are many ways to keep costs low- for example:
Find locations that aren’t venues. Look into state parks, local parks, places along side of the road (like Chelsea and Johns first look location), family/ friends yards.
Look for gowns that are on sale or can be altered. Be creative! Any dress can be reinvented into something modern.
Keep guest count low if you are willing to do so.
Find barters/ trades. Maybe you know someone who can give you a good discount on a suit or someone to cater for you in exchange for something you can offer. People were made to trade.
Cut out some of the traditional pieces of a wedding (like a vail, or many brides maid/ grooms men, a limo, decorations)
Instead of booking a restaurant, be creative- maybe you can barter with someone to cater for you, or maybe you ask guests to bring items for a potluck.
There are so many options to think about when keeping the cost of a wedding low. Just remember that love is most important on your wedding day, not the table decorations or the price of your wedding venue. Stay true to what is important and your wedding day will be nothing but a dream come true.
Please enjoy Chelsea and John's Wedding gallery below!
First Look Location: Mt. Tabor Road, Middletown MD
Ceremony Location: Gambrill State Park, MD
Lead Photographer: Peyton Olivia Photography
Assistant: Cullen McAskill
Dance with me, my love.
In Nokesville, Virgina
a beautiful farm plants itself. Renowned, the farm has been transformed
into not only a home but an ever-growing barn venue. Evergreen Bend Farm is a piece of old farm land reowned by a hard-working family who put a lot of love back into it. On October 21, 2018 Everygreen Bend Farm held their first wedding within their beautifully revamped barn and I had the amazing opportunity to photograph it.
Evergreen Bend Farm
12600 Aden Rd, Nokesville, VA 20181
Accept things you had no control over, be openminded to yourself. You are just a human being. You deserve to loved and respected. To feel confident about yourself. Allow love, healing and positivity into your life. Do what works best for you to rebuild yourself. To be stable and grow.
Don’t forget to shine…
With every boudoir session I create, I find I fall in love with people and myself a little more. Being around other woman, with like-minded views and passions, allows me and my clients to feel not alone and to feel supported and appreciated. Making a connection with someone can be more than a connection; it could ignite the journey to self-love, friendships, confidence, and more. There is nothing more important in life than happiness, love, and friendships. I hope my readers and viewers can takeaway a sliver of Olivia and I's journey's to help them find acceptance and love within.
This model portfolio is perfect for anyone starting their career as a model, or anyone who is looking to refresh and build onto their current portfolio. This session offers:
1 complimentary meeting before your session
A Model Portfolio Guide sent to your email
2 hours of coverage
3 locations (within reason)
3-5 outfit changes
Travel Fees May Apply*
I want you to collaborate with me & show me exactly who you are as an Artist
Little Wild Things have been around for three years "producing soil-grown microgreens, salad greens, and edible flowers on less than one-quarter acre in the heart of Washington, D.C.". The farm is run entirely by super rad female farmers who I have the ultimate pleasure of meeting and collaborating with.
Handmade Jewelry by: Olivia Strange
To all those who are in a wonderful relationship, I propose you and your lover plan a trip together and see just how much love is still there to explore.
"...What the characters of the four sisters were, we will leave to be found out.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women"
To my dearest little sister.
If You're a Bunny, I'm a Bunny
I wish you both the best in the moments leading to your parenthood. In the short time I spent with both of you, I could sense the passion, love, and thrill in becoming parents. Congratulation, Amanda & Chris, and thank you for letting me photograph your beautiful blooming family!
Never forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
~ Ludwig Van Beethoven
Over the weekend I had the honor of collaborating with a group of talented ladies; from models, to make up artists, to photographers, and creative vision. Welcome to the story of The Bohemian Queen by Peyton Weikert Photography & Brianna Lynn, Melissa Amorelli, and Lara de la Torre.
As a growing freelance photography, this is very exciting moment in my career. Last week I emailed Edible DC (a fantastic Washington D.C Food Magazine) in hopes to have an advertisement published with them, or have some of my previous food images featured. Not too long after I emailed Edible DC, I received an email back with amazing news; I was offered to shoot a dish for Edible DC's "Last Bite" section for the Spring issue. Not only was I asked to be the photographer, but I also had the freedom to cook and style the dish. This is awesome for a photographer; so much freedom and creativity!
As the "chef" (I would not call myself a chef.. I am more like an aspiring stylist who loves food) I was able to pick up all the ingredients myself and prepare the dish in my home; super laid back and enjoyable. As I entered the grocery store, I noticed that the dish called for Chicken Stock and Chizaro; I seriously had no idea what Chizaro was! I've been a vegetarian for over a year, and haven't even bought or cooked meat since then. It took me about an hour to find Chizaro in the grocery store because, again, I had no idea what I was looking for.
The next day I prepared the dish in the morning, making the exact soup the ingredients called for, as well as a 100% vegan substitute of the dish so my boyfriend and I could test it out as well. Haha.
After cooking, setting up studio, stylizing the dish a million times, I finally created a handful of images I have never been prouder of. Even with the red meat sprinkled on top, I am head over heels for this dish and the beauty it portrayed.
My images will be featured in the Spring issue of Edible DC, but until then, I am expressing my excitement via this blog post. Once the issue is released, I will most likely be re-blogging this topic with even MORE excitement than I have now.
Enjoy, food lovaaas!
Check out Edible DC Spring Issue online, here: http://edibledc.com/magazine/