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Hi, thanks for stopping by our photo blog! I'm Anna, the person behind all of the blog posts you're reading! I work with my husband Travis, aka TT, a wedding and portrait photographer for MD/DC/VA area. What you'll find here is our latest photography work, our life, passion, family, and all the moments that I want to remember about everything else that happens in our lives. We'd love to hear from old friends and new friends so don't hesitate to leave a comment / subscribe us to get the latest blog posts.
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Embrace Photo gets ready for 2009 photo sessions

As 2009 is sneaking up, I wanted to give you a heads up of what's going on! Here we go!

2009 calendar is officially open for all photography services!!!

*Senior class*

That's just a quick list of the types of photo services we provide.
***Now, make sure you read this***::: As an appreciation to the ones that hear of us from your friends, the ones that simply stumble onto our webpage and blog from your internet searches, the ones that often come back to see our work (thank you!), or the ones that want to contact us and haven't done so...we are offering this to YOU YOU YOU,(past, current, future clients): we are offering a special 10% off of a total package for your 2009 event!! (including any of the above services that I had mentioned!!) This offer is good when you schedule with us from now until the end of this year! ON TOP OF THAT 10% off offer..check this out, for wedding couples, we welcome you back one year after your wedding at NO-CHARGE for a family portrait session (perfect for your maternity pictures!! value at $250). If you are reading this, please mention EmbracePhotoBlog Code!!! Feel free to let your friends and families know! Wedding couples, you could literally be saving anywhere from $300 to as much as $700 (or even more depending on what you want!)!!! So don't hesitate to call us to take advantage of what I had mentioned.
(please contact us for details. Offer expires 12/31/2008)

Some information you might be interested in:

Holiday - Before wrapping up 2008, the holiday season is really just around the corner. Contact us to schedule your family session. We can turn the photos to Greeting Cards so you can have those sent out to family and friends! Please email for '08 Holiday Specials.

Engagement or Pre-wedding session - a studio or outdoor session is included for all wedding packages when booked together. Or it can be available by itself. If you are having a SPRING season Wedding, NOW is the time to get yourself together for an engagement session so you can prepare those save-the-date materials! It is suggested to send out your save-the-date 6 months in advance so that guests can prepare their calendars. We offer a variety of save-the-date materials, such as postcards, or magnets, so the couples wouldn't have to worry about chasing down what to do!

Boudoir - hot and sexy photos of you that you want to embrace forever! If you're looking for that perfect gift for your fiance, consider this as an option! Turn the photos into a 15-20-page matte or glossy photobook. Or even if you just want some boudoir images for keepsake, here's your chance to look beautiful! (Guess what, Makeup service is included!!) FYI: The session is kept confidential.

If you're interested in any of the offers I had mentioned or if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us via phone or email.

We look forward to having a wonderful 2009 and meeting all of the loving people out there!!

Embrace Photo

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Allure Spa Beauty Box

And I thought the Beauty Box from Allure's May issue was the only one. This is something new starting this year I guess. A friend of mine, of course, the one and only beauty special agent (Jin) again passed me the awesome deal that Allure magazine is giving.
Starting Sept. 23rd at 12:01 pm EST Allure will have the Spa beauty box available for $35. Retail value of $255.

**Note** It is now SOLD OUT...
Click here to go to order yours, http://www.allure.com/go/spabeautybox

For pictures of the box, click here scroll down to Wiki Community Board

• Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo

• ARCONA Triad Pads

• Becca Cosmetics Line & Pore Corrector available at Makeup.com*

• Borghese Rejuvenata Cuticle Oil

• Borghese CuraForte Moisture Intensifier available at Makeup.com*

• Colorscience® Achromatherapy Gem Spritzer in Be Still (Travel)

• jane iredale — The Skin Care Makeup® — Cherry Sparkle PureGloss™ for Lips

• Kinara Eye Cream firming and hydrating for all skin types

• La Bella Donna Lip Pencil in Beaujolais

• L'OrĂ©al Professionnel Texture Expert Expansion

• SUKI Triple Cream Eye Definer available at Makeup.com

*Each Beauty Box will feature one product from either Becca, Borghese, or SUKI.

I will post pictures of the box when it received it!
I have received my package on the 10th, so it took a little over two weeks to receive this. Ok, here's the thing, this time the box came by FEDEXGround and they requested Signature! That's something I'm never thrilled about! I had to stay home and wait for this package after 2 door notes. Back in May, the package arrived safe and sound through regular USPS. So I was VERY SURPRISED when I received the FedEx door notes. I didn't know who was the sender, so I called Fedex to ask who was the package from and they said "Log On". I was like what? I didn't order anything from Log On! But whatever, I stayed home and signed off on the package and when I signed off, I asked who was the sender, and the delivery guy said "Allure". To my very surprise...
Here are a few snapshots of the package:

The one I ordered this pass May is this, click here to see pictures

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"Hush a bye baby"

Hush a bye baby, on the tree top,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock;
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
Down will come baby, cradle and all.

Kings Dominion welcomes Booz | Allen | Hamilton

Finally, Booz Allen Hamilton held its annual theme park family day at Paramount's Kings Dominion this year. Previous years, it had been at Six Flags America, click here for the post from last year. I don't think I can forget this day, it was ONE HOT AND HUMID day to spend outdoors! It was 92 degrees with a record high for the area of 93 degrees. So you can imagine how crazy it was. There was even a heat advisory announcement. Well it was too late, we were already there with 4 kids. The park opened at 10am, we got there at 10:30am and stayed until 5pm. Oh boy, it was one killer experience. And looking back, our family seem to be loving killer experience!
We let the kiddos tried the kiddie rides, only to have the lady stop after a minute the ride started to take out bboy!! They were fine and loving it when we sat them down, but bboy started crying when he found we weren't riding with him. So we had to apologize and asked the lady to stop the ride and we took him out. Bbgirl stuck through that ride but she was frowning the whole time and didn't even look at me when I waved at her! She was mad. Poor thing. I did give them another chance at the another ride, but no luck there either. So we gave up trying to convince them.

By 11:30, we were starving, and headed to the area where lunch was being served by BAH. After that we hit the Water Works area and totally stayed there until we left. We couldn't walk around any longer, it was too hot and steamy!

Here are some photos from my sony cybershot:

It was that crowded:

Had to get a double stroller else we wouldn't stand a chance:


My baby:

When we first sat them down:

See how sad she is after we took bboy off:

Lunch Time:

Hit the pool:

Enjoying the Tidal Wave Bay:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Labor Day weekend at the Baltimore Aquarium

It was the first time the kiddos get to see that much fishes. The closest place to enjoy such things is the Baltimore Aquarium. I think bbgirl was old enough to enjoy her time but bboy- what a handful, all he wanted to do was climb the escalators. I don't think he's ready for this kind of day-out until he's at least a couple of years older! Yes, so we learned our lessons.

We chose the package with the dolphin show and it was a nice way to spend our holiday weekend. I love going out of town, so we made it an out-of-town trip. On Sunday, we attended a kiddo birthday party in Baltimore, we slept over and karaoke till 2:30 am (at least), then the following Labor Day was spent at the aquarium. Luckily, our kids love being away from home once in a while too, so we rarely have any problems with them adjusting to where they sleep.

Here are a few snapshots from my sony cybershot:



Where are the fishes:

Here they are:

Another one, can u see, it's a dark one:

So where is bboy? This is the only one i got of him actually enjoying what he is seeing though it's not all that clear:

Our friend, lol:

where have we been?

hey all...I've been missing! yes! That's because I was working on wedding albums and various other family/friends activities!
So to catch up, I'll be posting the events in random order:
These were taken with my sony cybershot:

First up, a surprise birthday party for Sammie. And no one spilled the surprise! yay!
Of course the fabulous food prepared by Chef Jane, believe it or not, we almost finished up everything she had there! Again, call her, email her, facebook her to book her for your next event. No kidding, that cake she made was omg, sooo good! I thought I was just going to have half a piece, but I ended up gulping up the whole piece!

The birthday girl Sammie, she was ready to eat as soon as she walked in the house. Check out the video clip I got of her on Lynn's blog (click here).

The wonderful CHEF Jane, you should call her~!

aww, she's ready to serve:

And last but not least, the group shot:
this is not the most flattering pic of me! but wurever!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11, 2008

Another year, another flashback. Our hearts and prayers are once again, with the families as we're marking the 7th September 11 memorial. A few week back there was a movie on this tragedy and I dropped my nightly chores to watched it. I got swept away and could not imagine the ones being in that tragedy. The way people were coughing up the storm because they couldn't breathe the smoky air. I was once again reminded of how fortunate I was at that moment to be able to breathe such fresh air. I was just a TV viewer and already vivid memories of the movies remained in my mind. I could not imagine the feelings of those that survived and worst of all, the feeling of lost in hope as one man gave up the fight and sat at the staircase as he watched people running down pass him. We can never understand their feelings, but what you and I should start practicing now is how we can live this life with no regrets.

My rule of thumb: if there is a sender, there's a receiver.

May God Bless You.