I love documentary photography because it allows me to capture slices of people’s real life; not so much “sit here with Grandma and smile” but more like “this is how our lives are now, and we want to remember that forever”. I love documenting real life! Just look at all the awesome!
Posts categorized: Engagement Photography
I met up with Angela and Charlie in Old Town, Alexandria–where I photograph frequently–but we explored a whole different area than the standard King Street, and with awesome results! It was sunny and freezing, but we had so much fun you can’t even tell! (Although, if they turned the camera around on me, I had on a hat, gloves…)
note: this is a lot of rambling on my part. I won’t blame you if you skip to our actual photo session!
I’m not gonna lie: I hate being photographed.
Hate it! Aside from being weird looking, it just feels so odd to have someone take your photo…and then you blink or sneeze or make a goofy face and it’s up on the internet forever (see: every photo of me on Facebook).
But I’m a fair person. And I’m asking you guys to get all pretty-ed up and jump around and smile and I point a huge camera in your face and then blog the photos, well, it’s only fair that I do it too.
Plus, I always say that if you don’t hire a photographer you’ll regret it, but I haven’t ever hired a photographer. Do I regret it? I mean, I haven’t even graduated college yet so I can’t really say. But still: hypocrite x100! I suck.
Soooo, I am stepping in front of the camera. For you guys! If I can do it, and I am ridiculously awkward in photos, then you guys can do it so much better.
I answer photo questions every single day. What to wear, what to bring, balloons or no balloons, hats, shoes, locations, lipstick. So I figured I’ll take my own advice and set up a couples photo session with my Steven and see what happens. Worst comes to worst, my weirdo face is all over the internet and everyone laughs. But it’s cool, cause I’m definitely going to laugh, so we’ll all be laughing together.
I’m off to see the awesome Tim Riddick in a few hours to get my photograph taken. Tim is fun and I love his work. So, just like my clients trust me to take their photograph–I’m totally trusting him. Go Tim!
Clothes. I always tell ladies to wear a twirly dress. I subscribe to the firm belief that twirling is the coolest thing ever. Problem is, in the winter I’m pretty much a pantsandateeshirt girl. But I’m taking my advice here! I’m going to wear a twirly dress and bring some pants just in case I want to change. But I’m definitely wearing leggings. Leggings are where it’s at.
I recommend that people don’t get too fancied up–that they wear something they would normally wear, just a bit nicer. You don’t want to look like a stranger in the photos! So I’m wearing one of my favorite dresses (that I totally wear all the time in the summer), and a pair of leggings that don’t have much life left (so I want to immortalize them in the photos).
Number of outfits: undecided. I figure I’ll bring two. One with pants.
Hair & Shoes & Stuff. My hair is normal. I blew it dry. I did get a hair cut last week cause it was lookin shabby. But, I’m about halfway through the dye cycle so I’ve got some roots coming in. Oh well–authentic Maggie, eh?
Sneakers. I love sneakers. Steven hates when I wear flats (which is hilarious because I wear them at least 364 days a year). Also, he is a good 13-14″ taller than me, so heels would really give me some much needed height, but hey–authentic! Flats, guys.
Location. We’re going to shoot in the basement of the Hirshhorn because the type is so awesome that I squealed for ten minutes straight the first time I saw it (Chris & Jennifer, you know what I’m talkin about!). Also, it is freezing outside. The Hirshhorn is my favorite museum to photograph in, so it seems appropriate.
Steven, the cooler half. The dude is reluctant. I don’t blame him. I am going to give him an early libation–another piece of advice I give nervous people–and see what happens. He said I can choose his outfit (oy), so he’s wearing jeans and a tee shirt…unless he has a last minute fashion epiphany.
So, you guys think I overanalyzed it a bit?
I’ll add thoughts post-session here when I return! Wish me so much luck. I seriously need it. No! Tim is super talented. I am being nuts. <–see what is happening?!
If you have questions like this before a session–please please ask me! Not only will I have a totally different opinion after going through it myself, but I’m always more than happy to talk it out with you to make sure that you love your outfit/location/all other choices.
Next up…check out the photos, and part two of this post, here.
I’ve been looking through this year’s images for the past few days but didn’t quite get to finish looking through them all. So, I’m sure I’m missing a few, but here are a bunch of my favorite shots from 2012. It’s been a really awesome year. My proofing site swears I delivered 24,501 images this year (which is crazy hard to believe). There has been so much driving, so much coffee, so little sleep, but overall way too much fun.
2013 should be interesting. I’ll be twenty-three. I’ll be graduating from the Corcoran with a BFA in graphic design in May. It’ll be the third year of Maggie Winters Photography. All of these adult things. I’ll be looking forward to hanging out and doing all kinds of fun-as-hell stuff even more this year, so I can forget that I’m supposed to be a grown up!
To everyone I’ve met this year in this crazy photographic endeavor: thank you for being awesome. Happy new year.
Here’s to an evenmoreawesome 2013!
(post by Maggie)
I am way too excited to share Courtney & Megan’s engagement session today! We met up in Adams Morgan for a beat-the-sunset session exploring Adams Morgan’s alleyways, lots of goofiness, and roller skating up the middle of 18th street. Sometimes I seriously have to pinch myself–I cannot believe that I get to hang out with awesome people like Courtney and Megan and make a living at the same time. It is nuts! I may have gone a bit crazy selecting photos (there are a lot) but the awesome factor is totally worth it.
When Heidi and Steve mentioned they’d like to have their engagement photo session at a library, I was hooked. I had never photographed in a library before, but those rows of books are so beautiful in photos. We chose the Barret Branch in Old Town, Alexandria–amazing natural light–and the librarians were so nice! They even let us into the rare books room, and they opened up the cases so we could look at the rare books. In case the italics aren’t enough emphasis, this engagement session was too much fun.
Congratulations Heidi & Steve, you guys are awesome and I’m so excited to photograph your wedding next year!
When Katie emailed me and mentioned that she and her husband Andrew wanted to have a color dust fight for their anniversary, I may have squealed with excitement. And scared my cat.
Katie and Andrew didn’t have engagement photos done when they got married, and decided to give themselves an anniversary photography session to celebrate their fifth year of marriage. Awesome!
We walked around their neighborhood a bit and took a few shots, and then got changed and the holi powder started flying
Just as we were finishing the last of the colors, the trash collectors came through and asked what we were doing. When they told him, he asked, “what are you gonna do for ten years?”. Katie and Andrew, I fully expect some crazy ideas in another few years. But in the meantime, have an amazing anniversary!
I met up with Nyssa, Brian, and his son in Georgetown, DC to goof around and explore the area. It was a gorgeous day and they were way too much fun. A tip: if you have a goofy teenager who can make you laugh, bring him or her to your session because it multiplies the fun, and you get tons of laughing shots!
After having this much fun at their engagement photo session I can’t wait to shoot Nyssa and Brian’s wedding in June. Congratulations guys! I’ll see you soon!