To be clear, we approve. ;)
It's so great to catch up with wedding clients, especially when they have an awesome baby!
Congrats to Nadia and Drew!
On the one hand, it's nice to shoot in a place where you've photographed a wedding before. You know the layout and have a rough idea of what you'd like to do. On the other hand, shooting in new places is fun, and in DC, you get to see cool places you might not otherwise get an opportunity to see. The Red Cross Headquarters is such a place. THEY HAVE 3 15 FOOT TALL ORIGINAL TIFFANY PANELS!!!
Thanks to Jenn and Jon for letting me photograph their amazing Washington D.C. wedding at the Red Cross! Also thanks to Rachel at The One Moment Events who did an awesome job planning it!
Why do we keep shooting weddings? They're long, difficult, competitive...the average lifespan of a wedding photographer is about 4 years. Well. not lifespan, but you know what I mean. People burn out, why do we keep doing it?!
The main point is they're really fun for us. For whatever reason, we still get excited, still see them as an interesting challenge, and still get a thrill out of seeing two people in love tying the knot. We love being a part of it.
The other point is that we have great clients. We work with clients we like, and who like us, and who have a huge variety of wedding types. In the last month we've shot the weddings of a pair of slightly avante garde 20 year olds at a mountain retreat, a pair of 50 year olds on their second go at a golf club, 30 year hipsters at a swank downtown venue, and a pair of happy lawyers at the family home. The common denominator? I'm not sure, but we all got along great when we first met, and their weddings were awesome to be a part of. I hope the common denominator is they liked our style, kknew we were excited to take part, and knew we would be a fun and calming presence on their wedding day.
Weddings are awesome.
We're getting to that point in the year where it's hot in DC...early in spring you tend to shot a lot of outdoor weddings, and as summer creeps in, weddings tend to head indoors. Or up into the mountains. Occasionally down to the beach. Sometimes we just stay outside all day and that's cool (lol) too.
Either way is fine with me. If you're doing what will make you happy, it'll show in the photos, and that makes me happy.
Happy, but bad at selfies.
On our old site, we mostly used the blog to post big chunks of weddings we recently shot, and that made sense because of the structure of the site. This setup makes it much easier to post galleries, so we'll be doing that there.
So what is this all about?
We're going to post our thoughts on wedding photography and being a wedding photographer in Washington D.C., as well as some photos we find interesting and maybe even personal. Possibly we'll write about ramen and churros. Who knows?
To start with, here's a picture of me on top of a squat rack.
We're full time photographers. We shoot a lot of weddings, and for years that's all we did, but in the last 5 years or so we've branched out into editorial photography, headshots, even a little fashion, architecture and food. This keeps us fresh - while others are looking to other wedding photographers to see what's on trend, we're trying to expand our horizons and experience and allow all types of photography to inform how we shoot weddings.
It's also a lot of fun, and only a little bit dangerous. ;)
We're photographing destination weddings again.
After a break of several years, some commercial work involving travel that assuaged my nerves with respect to traveling with gear, and the boy growing up a bit, we're back in on destination weddings.
Oh, photographing this amazing wedding in Mexico got me pumped as well!
We've shot weddings in the Caribbean, Ireland and all over the US, and we'll be posting some of them soon, so stay tuned.
We really like our clients, and we love it when we get to see their families grow.
Fall colors are pretty cool too. And babies. Babies are awesome.
Thorpewood is situated north of Frederick, back in the woods. As you drive in, ignoring the GPS because it doesn't work very well up there, you'll pass a waterfall and a grove of pines, and it feels like you've arrived at summer camp. At least that's how I feel when I get up there, and I REALLY liked summer camp.
Laura and Eric were married under a tree, surrounded by their closest friends and family in a unique and personal ceremony. I was honored and happy to be a part of it.
Congrats guys, that was awesome!
Yay, we won the couple's choice award again! Thanks to all our awesome clients who left us such awesome reviews!
Ok here we go! New year, new blog, new web site! We'll be adding some of our awesome recent weddings soon, as well as filling in some of our favorite older weddings.
Thanks for checking in!
We're feeling very thankful over here, and we hope you're having an amazing Thanksgiving.
As promised, more images from Vanessa and Neal's Whittemore House Wedding, which was featured in Washingtonian Bride and Groom!
- The Van Veens
I could tell we were on the same page the first time we met, so it was no surprise I had such an amazing time shooting Marisa and Drew's wedding. What an awesome day!
That. Was. Awesome.
One reason I like to shoot weddings is because every wedding is different. Sometimes you shoot something formal in an upscale hotel, sometimes you're way out in the country. Sometimes there's a lot of rushing around. This wedding had a slower, more thoughtful pace, and I had a great time walking around Old Town with Deanna and Mike.
Look! Margot and Kieron made the cover Of Washingtonian Bride and Groom!!!
It’s on newsstands now, it’s beautiful, and they did a great job…go grab a copy!