Heart Land Katye & I are geographically challenged. We love the country - even better if there's an unpaved road to get there. But life has us inside the beltway. So when we leave the DC suburbs for a more bucolic landscape, armed with cameras, it's going to be a good day. We found ourselves at such a landscape at Riverside on the Potomac in Loudon County recently with said cameras. And got to play shadow to a truly amazing couple - each with contagious personalities and a list of accomplishments a mile long. Big-time impressed with Erinn & Andrew - congrats guys!
They Are... I've known Amanda's family, well, since I was born. If that wasn't enough to help make this a great shoot, she and Jon are part of the Penn State family, having attended and graduated from my alma mater. We're all HUGE Penn State fans, and upon hearing that this wonderful couple was planning on tying the knot on campus, I couldn't help but smile. Amanda & Jon's ceremony took place at the Arboretum at Penn State, which didn't even exist when I was there (am I really that old?). Then it was off to the historic Nittany Lion Inn for one hell of a party, where Katye & I worked, and danced, with a whole lot of Penn State fans. Congrats guys...We Are!!!
Love Boat We had the great pleasure of working with Corey & Will at their DC rehearsal and wedding. It's pretty rare to photogaph a wedding AND be greeted by a glorious sunset, but for this amazingly sweet couple, it happened not once, but twice! I'm not gonna lie: I do become a bit of a goofball when I see a really nice sky. Thankfully, they humored me as I giddily shot frame after frame. We were even able to capture the sun setting while on the Potomac, on the Capital Elite yacht. I'll never forget how those gathered - myself included - couldn't stop starting at the marvelous, warm colors. Congrats to Corey & Will! :-)
Over the river and through the woods... More often than not, Katye & I end up working in the DC vicinity. From time to time, though, we get to travel farther afield, and given that we're always game for an adventure, heading out to the very western edge of Maryland - Friendsville, to be exact - is always a delight. Julia & Kevin invited us to document their day at the cozy and quaint Chanteclaire Farm, and between the venue's bucolic charm, and two great families, we're looking forward to our summer weddings this year. Long summer days, here we come!
A Carnegie Classic... Photographing the Carnegie Institution for Science in DC is always a treat for us, with beautiful natural light and a two-story rotunda. Having worked there several times in the past, it's great to see how couples approach the space - there's just so much you can do! Lisa & Matt used the rotunda creatively - with a simple, elegant suspended lace chuppah - love seeing new ideas from our couples! The bride also had a special first look with her dad - something else we'd never seen, but what a great idea to take advantage of a such a special moment. Congrats to this sweet pair, and thanks to their friends, family and A Sweet Soiree Events for a warm, welcoming day. :)
New Boy Our favorite days were those few following the births of our two boys. Time stands still. The world slows down, and nothing matters. Every movement and sound is the most amazing movement or sound to ever happen anywhere ever. This all falls apart by the end of the first week of course. But I love being around new parents in those first couple days. I take it with me, and slow my pace. Welcome to our first nephew, Jake Dean, 1/29/15.
Barrel o' Love I have a thing for cars ... primarily those of the modern variety ... but I have a huge amount of appreciation for the classics. When I saw a shiny red Buick hanging out in the driveway of Keswick Vineyards, I knew the day was going to be a good one. And while we had wonderful natural light to take advantage of outside, I have to commend Terri & Drew for taking a risk and heading to the dark barrel room, where I brought my own light to bring this very cool backdrop to life. Congrats to this illuminating couple!
1,844 Moments Our first post of the New Year takes us to Emily & Josh's wedding at a venue that's been around for quite a while - since 1844, in fact. Antrim 1844 is the perfect garden venue for not only celebrating the past - it's listed in the National Register of Historic Places - but also the future of this truly sweet couple, Emily & Josh, who we will talk about well into 2015. Their energy was contagious! It also makes us excited for Spring! Can we talk about Spring yet? The contrasting old and new themes were prevalent throughout the day, with gorgeous, colorful decor aplenty.
"Life is d' Bubbles..." As anyone with kids knows, there's just something about bubbles ... Fortunately, bubbles ... er ...bundles of joy were everywhere during a recent family session at Roundtree Park in Falls Church. We were fortunate enough to work with Megan and her growing family - three generations together for a brief holiday weekend - as she and her siblings celebrated their mother's 60th birthday with a photo shoot and bubble fest.