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The Day I Became A Stolen Gear Cautionary Tale

If you ever find yourself in a bunch of photography groups on Facebook, every so often you'll see a horror story of a photographer who had their gear stolen. The first question is always "Do you have insurance?" followed by the caution to never do x, y and z - after the fact of course.  I truly never thought I would be one of those stories - until I was.

On the morning of April 10, some bored kids out on spring break "broke in" to my willfully unlocked car and not only stole my backup gear, but my business debit card as well. Oh, and my jumper cables. Savages. I have posted images on my Instagram of my carrying my huge gear bag into stores with me after a session because I am so adamant about not leaving gear in the car. So how did this happen?

I shot a wedding for an awesome couple, Ben and Cortne, on Saturday. I always take my trusty old D7000 with me as a back-up to each wedding. Because the amount of gear I take is already rather heavy, I usually remove the D7000 from my bag and leave it in my car until it may be needed. I so cleverly usually hide it under a jacket or other article of clothing and go about the rest of my day.

After wrapping up the wedding and heading home, I stopped for takeout as a post-wedding celebratory pig out. You other photographers know what I'm talking about! As I was doing the shuffle of grabbing the takeout bag, making sure I took my card, signing the receipt, and not stealing the waiters pen, I slid my card in my camera bag pocket.

Two days later, I rolled over in bed and grabbed my cell phone. I did the usual morning ritual and checked my social media and email. In my email I found 4 credit card receipts that I didn't recognize. Sometimes there is a delay or hold on a card when you shop, but I hadn't used my card since Saturday evening and why would purchases post in the middle of the night? I started to get suspicious and got out of bed and ran downstairs to retrieve my card from my camera bag. When I couldn't find it, I walked out to my car to see if I accidentally misplaced it when returning it to my bag after eating on Saturday. Opening my door, it was easy to see that my car had been torn apart and not only was my credit card missing, but also gone was my trusty back-up camera. Evidently my card hadn't been placed in my bag after all, but somewhere between the bag and the passenger seat in my van.

Why Sharing Locations is Okay

We've all done it. And after we've been rebuffed for the first time and we try it again, we do so with our teeth clenched and hope for the best, a little scared to open up a reply email.  

I'm talking about approaching another photographer and asking where a shoot took place. 

Location, location, location doesn't just apply to real estate. In the photography world, a location not only serves as a backdrop for your session but can set the whole tone of the resulting photographs. When I begin consulting with my clients, I always ask what look they want - industrial, urban, more earthy and nature-y (is there a better term than my made up one??) or even a beach theme.



These were taken by different photographers in the same area of Old Town Alexandria.

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My Favorite Spots at the Washington DC LDS Temple


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! 

Tony and Alison's Haymarket Wedding Day

Tony and Alison

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..... 

Katie and Patrick's Sunset Engagements

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!