Courtney and Mike's DC Engagement

I had the pleasure of shooting this engagement session for my old friend, Courtney, and her awesome fiance, Mike.  Courtney and Mike were both Peace Corps members who served in South America.  They met once they returned to the U.S. through a local group of Peace Corps veterans.  Courtney quickly caught Mike's eye, although she remained totally unaware of the fact for a while. They were both part of a group that went down to the National Mall for Obama's second inauguration and when Courtney half jokingly mentioned she wished they could get closer, Mike saw his chance and quickly told her that he had two tickets to the reserved area. After the ceremony they went to Ben's Chili Bowl, which they both consider to be the spot of their first date. The rest, as they say, is history. Mike proposed a little more than a year after that at Gravely Point, Courtney's favorite picnic spot!

We began the shoot at Ben's. The outdoor murals provided some cool graphic backdrops, not to mention the fact that Obama was still prominently displayed which symbolized another level of importance for their story.

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From there we moved on to the National Arboretum.  I had never been to this place in my 18 years of living in the DC area. I really enjoyed this location and we definitely got some great pictures there. Of course it also helps when you have a beautiful and photogenic couple who is completely at ease and natural in front of the camera!  The images practically made themselves.

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The couple wanted to finish up with something that was a little more traditionally representative of DC, so we headed to the Lincoln memorial for the sunset.

Love this one!

The one below is definitely one of my favorites!

Congratulations once again, Courtney and Mike! I can't wait to be a part of your special day next October!

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Pumpkin Season

I'm not one of those people who freak out in the fall because of all the pumpkin options. Pumpkin pie! Pumpkin beer! Pumpkin latte! As a matter of fact, I can't think of a single "pumpkin" food that I like. I do, however, love halloween and jack-o'-lanterns so Sara and I headed to a pumpkin patch in Alexandria to get ourselves some carving canvas today. We picked a medium sized one and headed to my parents where we got our carve on. I figured it'd be easier to do it there since they have a back yard and we don't. It turned out to be a good idea because my mom had never seen a pumpkin carving in action. She didn't get her hands dirty but she sat there watching and ended up loving the whole process. 

And here is our jack-o'-lantern! We decided to go with an easy and simple design. Sara named him Armando (what??).