Jamberry Nails Black Tea Preparation Method {Tips & Tricks Tuesday}


This is one of my favorite ways to prep my nails before applying Jamberry nail wraps. I had some trouble with the metallics sticking as long as the patterned wraps, so I gave the black tea prep a shot and it made all the difference.

All you have to do is brew some strong black tea (any variety), let it cool (or stick in the fridge if you’re impatient, like me), and mix in a few drops of blue Dawn dish detergent. Let your nails soak for about a minute & a half (no longer), swipe with some alcohol or acetone and continue on with your preferred application method. Easy peasy!

MANICure Monday! Icy Rose Polka


MANICure Monday!  Icy Rose Polka

I think I found a new favorite Jamberry wrap. It’s the perfect combination of fun and subtle with a great coral/rose color for summer! This color matches all of those hot pastels and mint greens that I have in my summer wardrobe right now.

What’s your favorite nail trend right now? I’d love to hear from you!

It’s MANICure Monday!

Beautiful blue Jamberry Manicure featuring June 2014 Hostess Exclusive and Neptune

It’s June, and it’s also been a long, long while since I’ve used my blog.  So, quick update. I’ve officially dissolved my photography business, which is good and sad all at once.  I’ve had a great time with my clients and they’ve all been amazing, however, I need a more regular schedule to focus on […]

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Emily + Chris: Married! {Stevensville, MD Wedding}

Copyright 2013 Michelle Zahn Photography - www.michellezahn.com.

  Whew!  It’s been a (long) while since I’ve posted and I’m finally getting around to blogging all of the beautiful weddings I had the pleasure of photographing this summer! Summer 2013 kicked off with a fabulous couple, Emily & Chris, on May 18 at the Chesapeake Beach Bay Club on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  I was […]

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Ashley + Wescott: Engaged! {Westminster, Maryland Engagement Photos}

Copyright 2013 Michelle Zahn Photography, Westminster, Maryland Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Ashley, Wescott, & I battled through (nearly literally) many Civil War soldiers and re-enactors to get this engagement session done, but it was totally worth it.  Despite a few snide comments by the Civil War-era women regarding our dress, it went smoothly and we caught some great sunlight. So excited to be photographing your wedding […]

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Hadley, Patton, + their Parents {Maryland Family Portraits}

Copyright 2013 Michelle Zahn Photography, www.michellezahn.com

I love meeting up with past clients, watching the kids grow, and catching up.  It was an absolute pleasure to meet up with Hadley again since her first birthday portraits last year.  We beat the impending rain storm by just minutes to grab some sweet images of her for her second birthday. Copyright 2013 Michelle […]

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Two Sweet Boys {Westminster, Maryland Family Portraits}

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Last month (it’s been a while before I could catch up), I was so excited to meet these two cuties in Westminster for a beautiful evening photoshoot.  The family welcomed their youngest member this spring and wanted to capture this special time in their lives. Thanks for having me as your photographer!  Your family is […]

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Brynn: 6 Months {Ellicott City, MD Child & Family Portraits}

Copyright 2013 Michelle Zahn Photography {Maryland Child & Family Portraiture}

Last weekend I had the absolute joy of meeting up with Brynn since her newborn photos 6 months ago (it only feels like yesterday!).  She was a joy to work with and we were able to catch the Cherry Blossom bloom and somehow avoid the runners racing around us.  Check out her gorgeous purple “throne” […]

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The Next Chapter…


I’ve been pondering much about this post for a while – whether to create it, when to time it, and even whether this is the right decision.  After much deliberation with my husband (aka, my rock), friends, family, and close colleagues, it is with both a heavy heart and great optimism that I enter the […]

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Jess & Mike’s Love Story {Annapolis, Maryland Wedding} – Second Shot for Erin Wheeler Photography

Copyright 2012 Erin Wheeler Photography with License to Michelle Zahn Photography - Maryland Wedding Photographer

Back in October, Erin Wheeler Photography and I got to work together again, this time in Annapolis for Jess & Mike’s autumn nautical wedding.  The wedding had a nautical theme to it, however with a little bit of a fall twist like the pumpkin centerpieces (so cute!).  The bridesmaids were dolled up in varying green […]

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