This past week it was announced that the Washington D.C. LDS Temple will be closing for two years in March of 2018. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS (or "Mormon") faith, this was an obvious bummer. As a photographer, I suddenly realized it meant something else - for two years I will not be able to photograph an LDS wedding using the beautiful DC Temple as my backdrop!
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Tony and Alison were the perfect clients. Alison knew exactly what she wanted on her wedding day and had planned every last detail to perfection. It showed, from her dress, to the wedding party, to the table settings and dessert table. Alison was not a meek or bashful bride - and I loved it! I got to know Tony and Alison well in the few short months between booking and shooting their big day. It's so rewarding as a photographer to shoot with a couple that values what you do, and gets so excited with the results! I just absolutely adore this couple and I can't think of the last time I had this much fun shooting a reception. I kind of wanted Tony and Alison to adopt me before the night was over.....
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I love having the opportunity to work with couples, even if I'm not able to shoot their wedding day. Patrick and Katie were so outgoing and easy to shoot. They were game for anything I suggested, and were so natural in front of the camera. Any time you get a couple talking about how they met and the wedding plans, it's easy to get them to open up. Plus, who doesn't love sharing their love story? We had an absolutely breathtaking evening for our session and I think it shows in some of my favorite images we captured that night!
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I've heard of artists talking about having a "muse" plenty - I am an art major after all. I have to say, when I started shooting Mackenzie's senior portraits, a few minutes in, I finally "got it". Yeah, I had that "ah ha" moment. The red hair, her gorgeous smile and her raw talent in front of the camera - I could have shot Mackenzie all evening if the sun hadn't started going down on us! The best part? Mackenzie is as kind and sweet as she is gorgeous. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed working with her. She hasn't declared a school quite yet, but I am sure she will do fantastic wherever her future studies take her!
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I always look forward to reading my fellow photographers "Year in Review" posts. Even though I run my own photography business, the behind the scenes photos are always my most favorite when scrolling through their entries. As I began to reflect back on 2016 in preparation for writing this post, I found I was at a loss for words. The last half of the year has been so full of sessions and clients new and old, that while I originally felt 2016 was a more humble year compared to others, in actuality it's been my most blessed season to date.