ART + LIFE / October 2015 / Sharon Shapiro

ART + LIFE is back!
***If you do not have Issuu or if you do and it's on "Safe Mode" chances are you'll miss this publication, well, because they consider it sensitive material.***

As the busy hustle and bustle of Summer's weddings comes to a close I start up the Fall and Winter series of ART + LIFE. If you're new to the small yet intriguing publication, it's a glimpse into the studios and lives of some incredible artists that reside among us.

Without further ado... Sharon Shapiro and her mesmerizing life and paintings that take you straight through the deepest reaches of your soul and back. Not to be missed. Enjoy!

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Amelia and Taylor:

A gorgeous two days spent capturing this couple. Rehearsal dinner at the Arlie Center, ceremony in Washington, Va and sweet family farm reception! The rain held off all day!

Jermain & Shamane: 7.25.15

Jermain and Shamane are amazing... inside and out. We exchanged multiple emails and spoke twice over the phone, but until the day of their wedding we had never met face to face. It was if we had been friends in high school and were just catching up. They have a love that extends not only from their hearts, but from so many friends and family. There was so much laughter and happy tears this day from everyone that I could really tell the authenticity of their relationship.
The ceremony was held at their church in Beltsville, MD and the reception was held in Baltimore at The George Peabody Library which after finally taking it all in I found myself still in awe of this grandeur space. Five stories of book cases filled with old books, carved pillars and a full ceiling skylight; it really was breathtaking. To top it off there was an incredible belly dancer and a late night ice cream station; the couples second outfits for the evening were incredible!

Forever love to you two!

Mark & Marlen: 6.13.15

Mark and Marlen were married at The Boars Head Inn along with some major heat, humidity and thunder that warned of rain in the distance. Spirits were high and in fact it only made it that much more exciting to capture the outdoor shots in 10 minutes before the storm hit. The ceremony and reception were held indoors in the lovely Original Ballroom that was so perfectly described by the bride as "a magical fairy garden". They wanted lots of flowers and gold details the rest they left completely, 100%, up to Jazmin from Anyvent (talk about amazing trust and ability to let go!). MS Events took care of designing the vision. This bit of information, the 100% trust they gave to the planner, really speaks volumes of how Mark and Marlen are; ready for anything and able to fully enjoy the moment.

Mark and Marlen are fun, strong and take life quite seriously... in the most amazing way possible. They have endured hardships and good times already on their path and I have no doubt that these two will walk a long road together. I am so honored to have been apart of such a meaningful day.

A poem from the ceremony... it really sums it all up:

"I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep." ~ Pablo Neruda Xvii (I Do Not Love You...)


Wedding Planner: Anyvent // Venue: The Boars Head // Florist: Colonial Florist // Design and Rentals: MS Events // DJ: Eric Cunningham of Choice Entertainment // Hair and Makeup: Moxie //Dress: Justin Alexander from Sealed with a Kiss 

Winter Recap

Now that was the longest Winter of all time!

With children this means a good amount of time indoors building elaborate multi-room forts and snow day's that take us on long excursions by foot ending with hot chocolate. The camera is turned from outdoor weddings and family portraits to sweet day old feet and hands, editorial work and plenty of time gladly photographing my children in the bathtub. I even let my oldest (5 in May) freely work and enjoy one of the cameras. Look for our collaborative photographic coffee table book in upcoming months.

Now that Spring is truly here let me swiftly recap the on-goings at Meredith Coe Photo:

Medium Format Film- I've added this service to my arsenal. I shoot color and B&W. Natural light only. This service is a special feature for my wedding couples as I shoot one roll (15-16exp) during bridal/couple portraits; included in my fee. The option to add film for your entire wedding is definitely available.

Photography Exhibit- Immersed: fear and struggle is on exhibit June 9th-15th during Look3 festival of the photograph. 105 E. Main Street. Artist Reception: June 11th 5:30pm-8:30pm.For more information click here.

Getting Upl- I'm now offering aerial footage with use of drone and gopro camera. If you are interested in this service for your wedding please inquire.   

Destination Weddings- I've booked my first destination wedding for this year to take place in Cabo mid November. I'm available from here on out to capture you on a boat, mountain, beach, in a cave or wherever your destination wedding takes you. My travel fee is quite reasonable so don't hesitate to ask!

ART+LIFE- My interview based online publication featuring local Virginia artists is now on hiatus until next Fall. For inquires on being featured please email me at for more information. Thank you to all the artists who opened their studios and personal lives this past year.

The Books- I've handed over book keeping to ArtistZen... if you're a business owner like myself you'll fully understand how elated I am to pass this time consuming task over to someone who cares about it more than I do.

Have a fantastic Summer and as always I look forward to seeing your beautiful faces through my viewfinder very soon!

Big Hug!
Meredith Coe


Winter is also a time to reflect on my work and this means getting down to business. "Where do I need to put more time or money?" is the number one question that immediately comes to mind. For Meredith Coe Photo this really came down to taking on a new format. Medium Format Film. It's been a long time passion and was put away after having children. I'm so thrilled to have this back to my eye. This Winter I also took some time to finish up a conceptual project that will be exhibited this coming June.

Meredith Coe Photo 2015 Wedding Give Away

Meredith Coe Photo is giving away a wedding package to one lucky couple!