OneLight, One Love, One Studio

A huge thank you to Past Tense Studio in Mt. Pleasant for welcoming Zack Arias and the OneLight Photography tour to the studio!

On Friday, Zack Arias will be in DC for this city’s stop on his OneLight Family Tour. We are thrilled to be hosting him, and other local photographers for this sold out workshop.

If you’re interested in photography and want to meet other photogs, hear some great live music by Meg Arias and Andy Zipf, and meet Zack, join us at Bossa Lounge tomorrow night! We’re hosting a mixer from 7 – 10 and would love to see you there.

And then, on Friday, we’re taking the yoga studio over on Friday for this great workshop, and are so thankful to Past Tense for helping us make it happen!

Jeff and Paola – Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner | Mclean, VA Wedding Photographer

What a wedding! Jeff and Paola got married last week at the beautiful Ritz Carlton. Every detail was planned to perfection and went off without a hitch, thanks to the amazing vendor team and totally passionate couple and their families. It was a true pleasure to work with them and share in their amazing day.

And the day would not have been complete without getting ready to the World Cup!!

Vendor Team:
Event Planner: Jodi Moraru, Evoke
Venue: Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner
Florist: Edge Flowers
DJ: Marc at Washington Talent

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!
Here’s to hoping that this day, like all others you share with us, is full of fun (my Dad coined play like this the Death Defying Acts of Amazement!),

teaching us about everything and anything, 

all the way through the day we begin families of our own (and beyond).
Thanks Dad, love you!

Mike & Meghan – Potowmack Farms | Lovettsville, VA Weding Photographer

I’ve blogged before about light (and if you’re a client of mine, you’ve definitely heard me talk about it). This weekends’ wedding was a great example of how a photograph is truly just capturing light, its mood, its intensity. The subject of the photograph shapes, bends and reflects the light in different ways. If you can think about photography in this way, your images will become more interesting, more unique, and definitely more creative. I actually am going to make this blog a little photography lesson, so read all the way through. First, in a prelude to the the pretty photographs, a little about this wonderful couple. The light, the spark that is between Meghan and Mike is so palatable,  it’s remarkable. Although I have only known them for a short time, it feels like these two have been partners forever. The story of how they met (can you say love at first sight?) and their desire to just get married already! and plan their wedding in three short months…well it’s a testament to how some things are just meant to be.

Here are a few favorite images from Saturday, a few of which I’ll discuss in detail at the end.

It was such an amazing day – congratulations Mike and Meghan!!

So here’s a little play by play on capturing some of these images. In this image of Meghan siting in the church after her ceremony, I wanted to capture the essence, the feel, of her wedding day, without overtly shooting a ‘wedding image’, at the alter, bride and groom smiling, etc. So I positioned Meghan in a swath of light coming in from the window, and loved the shape of her in her dress breaking up the translucence of her veil. The subject, in this case, Meghan, shapes the light by blocking it from flooding into the scene. If she weren’t in this frame, the flowers would be the subject, and the light from the window would come pouring in, uninterrupted. But in this picture, her head, shoulders, legs, arm, and hand are so solid, that they fully block light from entering the space, it has to wrap right around her. The veil is semi solid, and white, so shapes the light differently, less overtly.

Here’s another example of the same window light, with a different treatment.  In the above image, I allowed the frame to be over exposed. I wanted a light, airy feeling, an outline of my subject, and a very daytime look. I wanted my viewer to think “serene” when they saw it.  In the image below, I wanted a moodier feeling, think “calm after the storm”. So I used the exact same location, where the bride and groom could have a few minutes to just be, right after their ceremony. By exposing for the couple, I allowed the rest of the church not bathed in direct light to go dark. This gives the image a certain drama by focusing your eye directly on the subject. Additionally, I loved the symmetry of the three windows, their very linear window panes, and the pews, all leading lines that bring your eye right to the top 2/3rds of the frame, where the subject (the couple, in this case) interrupts your viewpoint and draws it in.

Similarly, this image uses geometric shapes to draw your eye right to the bride and her mom, getting ready before the ceremony. See how different the feel is when I stepped back 20 feet and framed in my subject:

as opposed to shooting them close up?

If you have any questions on the other images and how I got them, hit me up in the comments section.  As well, if this was useful, let me know and I’ll post more mini-lessons through the regular blog posts. More soon,

Baby Number Two!

I have had the great pleasure of working with Dina and Mark, and their four year old, Anthony, three times now. It’s been so much fun to see Anthony grow into such a cute kid, and have lots of fun with these guys each time. They came to me yesterday for a session, as they are expecting baby number two! A little sister for Anthony, coming in just five weeks. I can’t wait to meet her!

Here are a few of my quick favorites at first glance:

More soon!

Nic & Elizabeth – National Museum of Women in the Arts | Washington, DC Wedding Photgrapher

Nic and Elizabeth had such a gorgeous wedding this weekend – as Memorial Day kicked off summer and the heat played along quite well. The spectacular National Museum of Women in the Arts hosted the event, and we ventured down to the Potomac to do some bridal party shots. Here are a few of my favorites to tide everyone over until the slideshow is ready. Pardon the redundancy if you also follow me on Facebook, I’m exploring with using that medium to share photos as well.

Here are a few favorites (there are lots, I shot a record number of images during this wedding)…
The girls getting ready at Trim Salon, here in Adams Morgan, DC

The Ceremony

The Ketubah
The Departure!
more soon,