When it’s about to get real. ;)
When it’s about to get real. ;)
Bowties are helpful.
You have to love a Woodend processional!
Jess and Alex were married in a Russian Orthodox church in downtown Washington D.C. and then headed to Meadowlark Gardens for their reception. It rained, but that was ok, weddings aren't about weather, right?
Really, I need to get back to this church.
In case you’re wondering where we stand on dogs at weddings, let us be clear - we approve.
Thinking back on our last destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, looking forward to our next one in Mexico!
I generally do two or three Annapolis / Eastern Shore / Chesapeake Bay weddings a year and have one coming up….hoping for good light!
Heading back to Meadowlark for a wedding pretty soon…do they still have this wall of lights there? I hope so… 🤞.
Little known fact: D.C. has some nice architecture. #dramatic 😉
Flower Girl - “I’m gonna take this off asap so you should take a picture of it.”
Me - “Ok.”
One cool thing about photographing weddings is you get to see all these cool hidden rooms around town. This is a huge beautiful auditorium at the GW masonic temple.
Hey, we’ve added a new wedding on the main page, go click on “Mansion House Wedding” to see a cool wedding with cafe lights and a vintage car. And emotion. And storm clouds. ;)
Look! Margot and Kieron made the cover Of Washingtonian Bride and Groom!!!
(have to bump this up every once in a while ;) )
It’s on newsstands now, it’s beautiful, and they did a great job…go grab a copy!
(not really, but I have several boxes in the basement, haha)
I love Woodend weddings, even when it rains. Maybe especially when it rains?
(also I’m changing the gallery format…this loads faster, and if you click a thumbnail you get a giant image, yay!)
Had to hook up the 2012 server because someone’s hard disk died (back up your files please 😬), decided to post a little throwback.
Props to Thomas Birkby House!
Some images from a recent family photography session….I shot their wedding 10 years ago, I should post some of those!
Generally we wouldn’t bother to remark on a camera upgrade. It’s something we do every couple of years anyway, and it’s not really a big deal, they’re incremental upgrades.
Those upgrades were like buying a new Camry every few years. Solid all-around vehicle, gets the groceries home, you can maneuver around trucks, looks pretty slick in the driveway. We did not buy a new Camry, we went out and got a Lamborghini.
In a nutshell, we upgraded from full frame digital to medium format digital. The sensor is about 3 times as large as a 35mm frame (full frame), so you get bonus resolution, but more importantly, improved dynamic range, ISO, color and the medium format “look”.
Here’s a gallery for you. :)
No one really wants to think about problems or possible difficulties on their wedding day (SORRY TO BRING IT UP, KNOCK ON WOOD ;) ), but your photographer definitely should. By the time you narrow down your decision you’ve seen a a few galleries hand picked by the photographer…ask to see the last one they shot, and maybe one where they overcame some obstacle. It’s easy to showcase weddings where the surroundings, decor and weather is beautiful, look for someone who is comfortable creating something beautiful and memorable in adverse conditions.
I’ve probably photographed twenty weddings at the Hay Adams Hotel over the years, going back to when the elevator didn’t go up to the roof. I’ve always enjoyed shooting there - the staff has been consistently helpful and professional, the building is amazing, and the location is perfect. The White House’s proximity makes things interesting as well. (I have a story about that.)
Yordi and Mike were married there recently, and as usual, I had an awesome day.
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.