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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. 
In this month back in 2015, I got an email from a prospective client who was interested in booking a session. A recent divorcee, she told me she was hoping to put on her wedding dress and slather herself - and the dress - in paint. She attached an inspiration photo, and immediately I knew it was something I wanted to be part of. Unconventional sessions don't always come my way. If you've followed me for any length of time, you'll notice my clients all dress to impress, we shoot in pretty standard "open field" or "urban rustic" locations and the resulting images are those that would hang nicely in the home or to be mailed in a wedding invitation. So, how does one book a viral Walking Dead engagement session? One holds a giveaway. That's how.
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!