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Grace and Robert are probably the two most kind and humble people you will ever meet. Despite the hiccups we incurred during our time together, they could not have been more gracious. Robert was here in the Quantico area for just a few months for school and training. His beautiful wife Grace traveled from their home in California for his graduation and we used it as an opportunity to capture the last memories of his time here in the DC area. The Marine Corps Museum once again served as a stunning backdrop for our session and the setting sun. 
Noel Grace Photography Recently one of my neighbors had some work done on the front of their home. We're talking brand spanking new wood and trim, new paint, and some good 'ol power washing. The home looks almost brand new, despite being over 20 years old. Unfortunately, there's no yard sign advertising the company that's done the work, as we often see with home projects that are a large undertaking. It's made me think about knocking on her door to get the name of the company, should I decide to invest in upgrades for our home as well. Photography - whether it's posted on social media or displayed in the home - works very much like the story of my neighbor's exterior work. A happy client is my best advertisement . When someone changes their profile or timeline picture to one that I took? It still makes me giddy after all these years. At the end of the year when I open up a holiday card and I see a shot I took with gold embossing and a personalized
A part of me is sad inside that the lazy days of summer are almost over and before we know it school will be back in session... Then, the Mom part of me is counting down the days, the minutes and the seconds until FREEDOM. Before I return to a life of leisure while the kids are at school... I have never hosted summer mini sessions, but I'm anxious to enjoy these last few weeks of the summer and shoot on the beach! While I've often shot at Leesylvania State Park before, I usually spend my time in the tall grass with the sun poking behind the trees. For these minis, I'm staying exclusively on the beach and in the water! Not only that, those clients brave enough to tackle the summer temperatures will be greatly rewarded with a package that is HALF OFF my regular mini session price!  For dates and more information, you can find your way to the minis here . 
When you're first starting out as a photographer, even after you've mastered the camera, there's a beast you must tackle before you really hit your stride - your style . Are you a light and airy photographer? Are you a fan of the dark and moody look? Or how hot is the film look right now, am I right??!! Back in 2011 I wrote an article titled 3 Photos, 3 Ways . In the post I explored the impact processing can have on a photo. I used editing styles that were very popular at the time ( and unfortunately also my noob "tilt" in almost every photo... ) and applied them to each, including my edit of each image alongside. Looking back at that post now, it's interesting to see how dated those editing trends now look. Yup, just like really big hair or fanny packs, photographers go through trends just like everyone else.  I thought it would be fun to apply the same idea to images using trends for the past couple of years. Yes, the era of light and airy, dark an
One of the best ways I get to know my couples is by shooting an engagement session before their big day. It's a win-win for both of us - I get to see the personalities and dynamic between the bride and groom, how natural they feel behind the camera (they're always better than they think!) and how much direction they may need on their wedding day. On the other side, they also get to know my shooting style, my personality and doing a "test run" eases their anxiety about what shooting on the big day will be like.  Another great way to get to know my couples? Their location choice. Christin may have cautiously approached the idea about shooting with Andy at the Prince William County Fair in Manassas, Virginia, but I was all about it! I loved the somewhat unconventional choice, the resulting images... and the funnel cakes. 
Does anyone else take for granted their local landmarks? Whether you live in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, New York City or here at home in the Washington DC area, do you take advantage of nearby landmarks or do you avoid them (and tourists) like the plague?  Raises hand.  Guilty. Absolutely guilty. I've lived in this area over 20 years, and not once have I ever visited Great Falls National Park. Then, one of my best clients Jaclyn got engaged to Brad and suggested the spot for her engagement session. I went into it with all of these preconceived notions of what the popular attraction would be like; I'd have to navigate huge crowds and leave extra early because parking would most surely be tough and 495 traffic is a beast. Well, basically none of those things happened. When I wasn't making constant references to how "this looks just like The Last of the Mohicans", I managed to capture these insanely cool images for Mr. and Mrs. Carlson.
It's not everyday your clients are someone that you've held as an infant - well, not your senior clients anyway. (Newborn clients do tend to start a bit small...) Today, this senior and my beautiful niece turn 18. Alyssa will be headed off to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in the fall to study elementary education. While she's planning her bucket list as she transitions into adulthood, this session checked off a few bucket list items of my own - shooting a dancer in pointe shoes and on the top of a parking garage. Yes, a parking garage. In the words of Will Ferrell, "Parking garages - they're so hot right now..." Take a peak at the rest of our session and see why!
I cannot believe it's taken me so long to share more images from this gorgeous session! While Bobby and Nicole are based out of Philadelphia currently, many members of their family are here in the DC area. We had just one short weekend for engagement photos, rain or shine, warmth or - bitter cold! It was an very, very brisk session, but don't these two look warm and cozy? I had so much fun working with these two and loved planning along with Nicole, and my heart skipped a beat when she said she was hoping to mix tulle and plaid. These two nailed it, and I cannot wait for the fall wedding!   
I love a no non-sense family, and the Chambers are that family! We were in and out of our session quickly. I've worked with this family numerous times in the past, and I've known them even longer, growing up just a few houses down from Phil. I remember it being a very busy day at this location, with a wedding party shooting off in the woods to our right. We lucked out with some gorgeous fall color and two very enthusiastic kids!
One of the best aspects of my job is working with clients again and again over the years and watching how their families grow. I've seen a senior in high school through to her wedding. Engaged couples to parents. I met Mark and Shannon for maternity photos back in January of 2014 and this past fall I had the opportunity to photograph their gorgeous family of FOUR.