Nicole, Olivia and I had the most fun wandering around Navy Yard for their engagement session! We met up on the very last day of 2013, found a few really cool spots that I’d never seen before, and oh yeah, that Art Yards building is awesome. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should! Way too giant and beautiful. View full post »
Wondering what we’ve been up to lately?
Well, I’ve been working on some awesome stuff at iStrategyLabs, but Steven and I have also been cooking up a brand new project so that elopement weddings are better able to fit into my now-quite-hectic schedule!
Our new venture is called Pop! Wed Co, and we’re offering a one-stop shop for the most awesome elopement weddings in DC. Steven has recently been recognized as a Humanist Celebrant in DC, so he is a legal wedding officiant (!) and I will be photographing our weddings, plus an awesome portrait session after the ceremony!
Check out the stop motion video we made to introduce our new project!
The photography offering will be a lot like what I currently offer for elopement weddings—like Jenn & Chris’s wedding, Pri & Jaan‘s, and Sarah & Mal‘s. Elopement weddings are one of my favorite aspects of photography, and I’m so excited to be able to offer four elopement weddings a month with Pop! Wed Co.
Each wedding will be just over an hour, with a short ceremony and then an awesome portrait session. We’ll offer four weddings on one day per month at a different crazy-awesome location each time! Check out more details on our website at http://popwed.co, and get married exactly how you want to
Matt & Andrew were married at Andrew’s Aunt’s home in Maryland—one of the most amazing homes I’ve ever seen! It was overcast on their wedding day, but the rain managed to hold off until right after the ceremony (and then promptly started to pour). We had so much fun photographing Matt & Andrew’s relaxed, love-filled wedding day. Somehow our couples always end up having the most awesome families and friends!
Luke is the cutest little dude!
His Mom’s name is Maggie, so she’s automatically awesome.
But really, Maggie & Joe are amazing new parents.
This brand new family is filled with love.
The Arlington County Fair is my absolute favorite location to photograph the entire year. Seriously, I am a total geek for a good carnival, and Arlington kills it every year with the coolest county fair. Plus, the awesome factor of Stephanie & Joe is absolutely out of this world, so add in the carnival and we have some crazy fun engagement photos! I cannot wait to photograph Stephanie & Joe’s wedding this coming year too–congratulations guys!
There are few things I love more than in home photography with gorgeous light and a fun couple! Well, except a really good ice cream cone.
Jenny & Mo live in a beautiful light-soaked building that was just perfect for photography, and they are awesome! Plus, their cats. Cats are too much–absolute cute perfection. We photographed around Jenny & Mo’s house for a while and then caught a glimpse of a totally empty parking lot right outside their window (so of course we had to hop over there for some photos!).
I think this photo makes this first sentence redundant, but I’m going to write it anyway. I am officially a college graduate! I graduated from the Corcoran College of Art + Design last month and promptly began freaking out about what it is that I would like to do for the forseeable future.
My degree is in design. I’m currently working as a photographer. I love both to the ends of the earth and back. But 24 hours a day is so little time for so incredibly much awesome work to be done!
I stumbled on an insanely awesome-ly amazing design agency in DC: iStrategyLabs. I realized that if I were to take a full time design position–which would greatly reduce the amount of time I’d have for photography–I would have to work for absolutely the best agency in the city. I don’t want just any job; I already have the coolest job in the world, and I’m not jumping up and down to leave it to go work in a cubicle.
But then I met the team at iStrategyLabs, and got to know their office culture–hint: they don’t work in cubicles–and saw how crazy committed they are to creating some of the highest quality design I’ve seen. And when they offered me a full time position, I absolutely had to accept. They are too awesome!
So, starting today, I will be working as a designer at DC’s most awesome agency. I will still be photographing on a limited basis–full time hours and a commute to the city doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for after work photography. But I am determined not to miss out on you guys and all of your awesomeness. I will not miss the most awesome weddings in DC! I will absolutely celebrate the first birthdays of the brand new humans I met this year. I might not have an open schedule, but I will do everything in my power to make time for the coolest couples and families in DC.
I’d also like to say an enormous THANK YOU! to everyone who I’ve been able to meet and get to know over the past two years, and especially to my incredible parents and my partner Steven, who have been endlessly supportive throughout, well, my entire life. Or in Steven’s case, 8+ years of it. You guys all rock x1000!
I’ll still be all over the place and I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find me wherever you look (that pink hair is pretty much a dead giveaway)–but I’m also online if you wanna chat about all of these new schedule changes, or my evil/awesome kitty, or why mismatched socks are awesome.
If you’d like to have a session with me this year and haven’t booked it yet, please please get in touch right away! I have very few dates available and want to make sure I can fit everyone in, so I’m planning quite far in advance.
So, let’s have a collective high five for total work-awesome! I can’t wait to get started!
A note: this post has been sitting in my drafts folder for a while. It’s hard to figure out exactly what I want to say when I really just want to scream LOVE ROCKS GUYS CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ON BOARD? I was finally prompted to finish my own thoughts after reading Stephanie’s in this Offbeat Bride article. We have to start a conversation to enact societal change, and hopefully the conversation will involve lots of hugs and high fives.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about same-sex wedding photography: how it works, what are the challenges, how is it different than opposite-sex wedding photography, etc.
When people talk about the changes and differences in wedding photography based on the couple’s gender, I get confused. Maybe because the way I photograph, I shoot people, not based on their gender or specific poses or ‘normal wedding photography’ or whatever–but based on who they are. I don’t go to a lesbian wedding with a different style in mind than a two-dude wedding or a dude-woman wedding. I go to the wedding with no style in mind at all until I meet my couples. Some couples are goofy and hilarious, some are romantic, some are retro-awesome, and some are shy and a little nervous (which usually turns into fun and goofy). None of these things are based on their gender.
I almost always ask my couples to skip. I just think it’s fun. Everyone likes to skip. Is it a “gendered” activity? Fuck “gendered” activities. It’s fun. If someone’s wearing heels and they think they’ll fall, we skip the skipping. If no one wants to jump off a park bench, we don’t jump off a park bench. If they have a badass secret handshake, I photograph the secret handshake.
I get that I am an offbeat/wacky/weirdo wedding photographer, and maybe that makes me less concerned about things that other wedding photographers might focus on–like a traditional bridal gown, or a couple’s difference in height. I am probably not the norm as far as posing, shooting style, experience, etc.
But I say to every wedding photographer on the planet: stop posing people based on their gender. Stop focusing so much on the bride. Stop treating couples based on gender binaries: regardless of orientation, a lot of couples don’t fit that mold.
For a lot of people, marriage equality is a new thing, and that is ridiculous, since same-sex couples have been around forever. But ridiculousness aside, I know we have to talk about it as a society and I am more than happy to tell everyone about how awesome all of my couples are. That’s why, in my opinion, resources like the Capturing Love Guide are such an important part of the equality conversation.
But for me, when people ask me about gay weddings, or gay marriage, and I look at them weird, it’s because I don’t consider them “gay weddings”. They’re weddings. When people ask how photographing same-sex weddings is different than photographing opposite-sex weddings, I say that it’s not. It’s about love, not gender.
I hope that when people look at my images, they don’t see a “gay couple”, they see a couple in love that might be gay or might be straight or might be bi or really, who can discern sexuality from one photo so why even try? I hope that people who don’t support marriage equality look at my images and see love, see themselves and their partners reflected, see that it’s wrong to make laws against happiness.
Because really, it’s a couple in love, guys–they’re awesome.
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.