Dianne & William’s wedding was way too much fun. It was at Hillyer Art Space, with a pi(e) theme, an impromptu bride+groom dance party in the middle of the street, and epic bridal party portraits. Seriously, it was a total blast:
When I first met Michelle & Brandon at their maternity session, I could feel how incredibly excited they were to meet their son. Waiting nine months to meet the little one must take so much patience! Look how absolutely cute Silas is!
From pregnancy to parenthood, Michelle, Brandon, & Silas:
(you can read part 1 of this post here)
So we got our photos taken.
As I said over and over (and over) in the previous post, I really hate being photographed! I’m not one of those elegant pretty people who looks gorgeous in photos. I’m one of those goofy as hell people who laughs almost 200% of the time.
Guys, this is not an April Fool’s joke. This family is so seriously awesome!
I hung out with Cate’s family last week for a way-too-fun newborn lifestyle photography session. Newborn photo sessions with an older sibling are so exciting–all that toddler spunk makes the cutest possible photos! Cate is a great big sister so far, and she looks pretty excited about it. I can’t wait to see Cate and Claire again when they’re older–they’ll be such a fun team of kiddos!
This morning was intense. The HRC and awesome humans everywhere held a rally at the Supreme Court as they began to hear cases about marriage equality. It’s tricky to shout and photograph all at once–but so much fun and so inspiring to see such an incredible, positive crowd supporting marriage equality.
There were a few anti-marriage people there (WBC of course–those people are creepy as hell)–but the vast majority of the people were there to support equality and it was a beautiful sight. I know we’ll look back on this day, decades from now, and wonder how our country ever passed laws like DOMA and Prop 8. But today we have to fight for that reality, and the people in these photos are doing just that. (Except the WBC. They are assholes.)
Pri & Jaan are seriously the coolest. I have photographic proof. In addition to being cool people, and an insanely cute couple…
Elopement photography is absolutely one of my favorite parts of being a photographer! I get to hang out with a newly married couple, on their wedding day, after being the only guest at their wedding. <–it might be impossible for me to have more fun!
I had so much fun with Sarah & Mal on their wedding day. They are awesome! We had a super-wedding-adventure, starting with the ceremony in Old Town, Alexandria, and then taking a cab across to DC to hit the galleries! So. Much. Art!
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…)
Headshot photography is really interesting for me because it brings out so much of the personality of one person. With family sessions, the interaction between family members is the focus of the images–but with headshots, it’s all you!
I photographed Rebecca in and around her Dupont Circle home on a nice-turned-rainy morning. She was so much fun to hang out with–always laughing and so easy to photograph!
It’s no secret that I love photographing in the homes of my families. It’s so much fun to capture you in the place you’ve decorated and lived in and now call home. The backdrop might be a favorite piece of art, or a brand new kitchen, or the tail of the family pet. Any way you slice it, it’s too much fun!
Sometimes it can be intimidating to welcome a photographer into your home knowing that your it will be immortalized forever on film. But that’s the fun part guys! I promise.
Since I don’t do a whole lot of crazy editing, here are a few things that you can do around the house so it looks like the best version of itself.
1. If there’s something you’ve been putting off, like hanging a new print or changing the blankets on the bed, the time is now! If you do it before the photos, you’ll have proof of the awesome. Doublewin.
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.