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    I am Monique Dolbin and I have a passion for capturing beautiful, natural images for my clients. I enjoy working with everyone from young professionals, couples, families, to children. I am located in the DC area (Arlington VA to be exact), but I also spend a great deal of time in Central Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, York, and New Cumberland). If the images in my blog and my shooting style resonate with you, I hope that we'll be able to work together soon!

Melissa and Jason – Ellicott City Engagement Photographer

The Dickinson College alumni streak continues with Melissa whom I have known since we both studied abroad in Malaga, Spain during our junior year of college. Living in another country is quite a bonding experience that no one can truly understand unless you went through the experience together.

Shortly after we graduated from Dickinson in 2006, Melissa began dating Jason. Yes, if you do the math they have been in love for quite a few years. Jason decided to make it official in the same year that they decided to purchase a new house. Talk about a very exciting and eventful year!

I’m SO excited to share these images with you and to photograph Melissa and Jason’s wedding this October in my hometown of Harrisburg, PA.

If you like the photos, be sure to leave a comment below!

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December 1, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Melissa and Jason’s Milestone on the River Wedding – Harrisburg Wedding Photographer » Life In Focus Photography Blog - […] seems like just yesterday that I met up with Melissa and Jason for their engagement photos. However, their fall wedding was here before we knew it! Luckily, the weather cooperated for their […]

Craig and Catherine’s Proposal – Washington, DC

I’m going to put this out there… I love love! Nothing makes me happier than capturing love in a photograph for my clients to cherish for a lifetime. It’s a huge honor to be involved in such a memorable life event and I couldn’t be more excited to share these photos with you.

I’ve known Craig for a number of years and I was so excited when he reached out to me to photograph his proposal to his girlfriend, Catherine. Craig had a few of Catherine’s friends as accomplices who tricked her into thinking they were going out for wings. Instead, she was dropped off in front of the DC War Memorial and then escorted up to the center of the memorial by another friend where he gave her a card from Craig. After she finished reading all of the sweet things he had written, the card instructed her to turn around where Craig was waiting on his knee. She of course said yes!!

Afterwards, they started calling their family to share the good news. The best reaction of the evening goes to Craig’s sister who was so ecstatic which resulted in the biggest smiles and laughs of the evening.

Without further ado, let’s get to the photos that speak thousands of words. If you enjoy them, be sure to like my Facebook page to see my latest work.

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June 22, 2013 - 1:55 am

Moshe Zusman - Monique, great job, love those! Congratulations to the new couple, you guys picked a kickass photog!

June 22, 2013 - 5:52 am

Catrina Wolfe - Great Job Monique! Kudos to the man doing the proposal too. He really did think of everything including picking a great photographer :) Congrats!

June 22, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Jen Anandi Tallman - Great photos!! I love a nice surprise proposal!!

Nichole and Dimitri – Baltimore Engagement Photos

“Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, and the amazement of the Gods.” – Plato

I’ve known Nichole since our days at Dickinson College (yes, the streak continues) and I was so honored when she asked me to take their engagement photos. It was a beautiful Saturday when I finally got to meet the man who has swept her off of her feet, Dimitri.

Dimitri lived in Greece until he was 12 and then he moved to Baltimore with his family. Some may say this was fate as Nichole and Dimitri met in the same city a number of years later while working together on Bond Street. While they live in the city that has brought them together, it is only fitting that they will be exchanging their vows on a breathtaking Greek Island in September of 2014.

Dimitri shared with me that he knew the instant he saw Nichole that there was something special about her and as you can tell from the photos below, the feeling is mutual.

I hope you enjoy the photos and that this isn’t the last time you see these two on the blog! 😉

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June 18, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Deb Ankerbrand - Awesome photos!!!

June 18, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Erin Kissoon - Beautiful!! I’ve known Nicole since grade school and I think this may be the happiest I’ve seen her! I wish them nothing but the best. Being married to your best friend is truly a joy. Great pictures.

June 18, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Nichole Barbuzanes - Thanks so much Erin! That’s so sweet of you! xoxo

June 18, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Kelley Reeder - She is definitely happy! @[587713374:2048:Dimitrios] always treats her well <3

June 19, 2013 - 10:52 am

Bethany Galey - Nichole Barbuzanes I love these! You look stunning (as usual) and D looks so handsome. I will have to agree with Erin Kissoon as well, we have been best friends since first grade (through all the ups and downs) and I have never seen you smile so much as you have since Dimitrios Komninos came into your life. I am so happy that you two will be joining the marriage club, your ID cards will be in the mail soon ;).

June 19, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Nichole Barbuzanes - Thanks B! xoxo

Henry and Poppy – Family Portrait Photographer

A few weeks ago I took a trip to Boston and decided to head up to New Hampshire to photograph and spend some time with Samantha and her adorable son, Henry, as well as her amazing family. If you’re thinking that her name rings a bell, then you probably saw this blog post. If not, you should read it to hear about how amazing Henry’s parents are and how much they mean to me.

Samantha and her family have been tremendous supporters of my photography dream, especially her sister Katie! She has been loyally reading every blog post and anxiously awaiting her turn on the other side of the lens for what seems like forever. I was incredibly humbled and excited when Sam told me that her baby shower gift of a photo shoot with yours truly brought Katie to tears.

When photographing children, I prefer to let them be themselves in more of a lifestyle shoot rather than a studio session. Therefore, you’ll notice that we had all kinds of adventures including a street fair with a petting zoo, the beach, and Mothers’ Day brunch at Katie’s house.

I had such a wonderful time with this entire family and it really warmed my heart to see what amazing mothers Samantha and Katie are to their little bundles of joy. I sure hope this isn’t the last time they will be making an appearance on the blog!:)

Enough talking… I hope you enjoy the photos! If you do, be sure to like my Facebook page or subscribe for email updates on the left hand side of the page.

First, let’s kick things off by introducing Henry…

Of course we can’t go much further without introducing Henry’s cousin, Poppy….

Samantha’s husband, Scott, is currently deployed in Afghanistan and was a bit bummed to miss out on the photo shoots. However, thanks to the miracle of technology, he was even able to make an appearance in some of the photos. These next four photos are some of my favorites from the weekend!

Both Samantha and Katie have spent a ton of time growing up on the beaches of NH and were excited to take Henry and Poppy to the beach for the first time. As you can tell by their reactions, they were far less excited than their mothers had hoped.

And last, but certainly not least, we snapped a few family photos with the Fleisher family. It was a beautiful day and the kiddos were troopers.

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May 31, 2013 - 1:13 am

Samantha Bacon - These are absolutely the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen! You really captured Henry’s spirit and our family! Thank you doesn’t begin to describe it :)

May 31, 2013 - 1:16 am

Danelle Edwards Piehler - Love the pictures he just soo cute

May 31, 2013 - 1:29 am

Gail McCauley - Great Pictures!

June 1, 2013 - 2:07 am

Greer Fleisher - Thank you Monique! Your work captured the essence of the babies and their Moms in a way I haven’t seen before. You’ve been photographing, beautifully, from the womb to almost the 1st year. Hope you (and your trusty camera) will continue to have a presence. We sure enjoyed seeing you!

June 1, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Penny Treadwell Kelly - OMG I love these pictures! Henry looks just like Sammy! He and poppy are both adorable! Would love to see them in person! Check out some of Sarah’s wedding pictures on my Facebook page.

June 11, 2013 - 2:40 am

Greer Fleisher - Penny, Sarah looked absolutely beautiful. You all looked like you had a meaningful, wonderful time at the wedding. I can’t wait to see pics, with you…maybe right after school is over???

Rob and Danielle – Maternity Session – Lititz, PA

My time at Dickinson college was hands down four of the best years of my life. Not only due to the freedom and fun I had but because of the amazing people that crossed my paths there. The amazing thing about photography is that it is bringing some really great people back into my life and Rob and Danielle are certainly two of Dickinson’s finest alumni.

I first met them both when I joined a community service fraternity at Dickinson College called Alpha Phi Omega about 10 years ago. To say that Rob and Danielle both have giant hearts would be an understatement. Their baby boy on the way is certainly going to be one lucky kid to have these two as his loving parents.

For the maternity session we met up at the Lititz Springs Park in PA and enjoyed a nice relaxing stroll around the park. We had such a blast catching up, laughing, and creating some beautiful images in the process.

It is amazing to see that Rob and Danielle are just as in love now as they were ten years ago. I hope their love shines through in these images and that you truly enjoy them. If you do, be sure to like my Facebook page to keep up to date on my latest work. I have a feeling you may see a handsome bundle of joy on here in the very near future. 😉

 

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