FALLS CHURCH VA FAMILY HOLIDAY SESSION: HEMRAJANI FAMILY

FALLS CHURCH VA FAMILY HOLIDAY SESSION: HEMRAJANI FAMILY

I have known this beautiful family for several years now and their impeccable taste always impresses me. Vishal make the most beautiful jewelry (his was the ONLY company in the area able to make the custom engagement ring Nick wanted for me!). They are also incredibly kind, humble people. We met in Olney Park near Falls Church for some Christmas time photos. Gurveen did an incredible job styling everyone and the kids’ personalities shine through these photos.

If you’re interested in setting up a holiday session, we recommend getting photos taken in late October/early November to ensure you have the turnaround time for ordering your cards. For travel dates and information on our family sessions, be sure to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our home page!

VIRGINIA CHRISTMAS CARD SESSION: THE GARRIGANS

VIRGINIA CHRISTMAS CARD SESSION: THE GARRIGANS

The love between families is one of the most fun things to capture as a photographer. For more eye-catching family sessions, I focus on finding locations that suit the age of the kids, whether that’s giving them room to run around or keeping the stroller in easy access. The Garrigans met me in Old Town, Alexandria for some holiday-themed photos. There was still beautiful color in the leaves and the weather had just begun to turn colder–it was a perfect day to create some beautiful images and begin dreaming about the turn to winter (which is really only a thing when we travel now!). If you’re interested in setting up a holiday session, we recommend getting photos taken in late October/early November to ensure you have the turnaround time for ordering your cards. For travel dates and information on our family sessions, be sure to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our home page!

VIRGINIA FALL FAMILY SESSION: THE SYLERS

VIRGINIA FALL FAMILY SESSION: THE SYLERS

It’s Thanksgiving week and nothing feels more like fall tradition than throwing some beautiful, colorful leaves around! The Syler family wanted some photos they could be proud of for their Christmas card this year, so we set up a day when I was in Virginia to do some good old fashioned leaf peeping (and tossing). The photos capture the beautiful connections between this family and their joy and zest for life! If you’re interested in setting up a holiday session, we recommend getting photos taken in late October/early November to ensure you have the turnaround time for ordering your cards. For travel dates and information on our family sessions, be sure to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our home page!

BOCA RATON ENGAGEMENT: JENNIFER & JOHN

BOCA RATON ENGAGEMENT: JENNIFER & JOHN

When I first spoke to Jennifer, she said she and John had never gotten a great photo of the two of them. We were prepared to change that! For their engagement session, we found the perfect calm and private beach spot with a great variety of photo spots–a great wooden walking bridge surrounded by mangroves, lots of beach grass, and coral rocks on an inlet overlooking the ocean. We were pleased to get many pictures they loved and captured the classic, timeless vibe they wanted.

PORTRAITS: US NEWS & WORLD REPORT

PORTRAITS: US NEWS & WORLD REPORT

As a high school student I religiously read the US News & World Report college guide and rankings, determined to go to a school toward the top of their list. I didn’t get to go to Stanford or Yale for my freshman year, but almost 20 years later I did get a call from US News about shooting a story for their college guide. They needed photos to illustrate stories from across the country and needed a photographer who could capture the balance of candid-looking, yet print-worthy portraits of two students from West Palm Beach.

Erin and I met Arianna and Jack at the Oxbridge Academy. Arianna will be playing soccer at Vassar College this fall and Jack will be a musical theater major at Penn State. These are the portraits we made one afternoon this past spring. The magazine is out now and can be found just about everywhere that sells magazines.

HOLLYWOOD BEACH PROPOSAL: JAMIE & MORGAN

HOLLYWOOD BEACH PROPOSAL: JAMIE & MORGAN

I’m not sure there is anything more romantic than a sunrise proposal! It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of our clients’ love stories and I was so excited to work with Jamie and his now-fiance Morgan on capturing their engagement. Part of our job is to guide our clients to the experiences they hope to have and this becomes especially important when timing, lighting and weather all matter. Jamie and I were able to pinpoint a spot on the beach where he would propose, which way he would face to be sure to capture Morgan’s reaction, and what point in the sunrise he would propose to get the best lighting. Even though these are some of the most nerve-racking shoots I do, the payoff of the planning and the surprise and joy in the images we capture is totally worth it!

A-LIST PORTRAITS: LINDA

A-LIST PORTRAITS: LINDA

One of my favorite photoshoots is capturing an essence of a person while helping them look their best. That’s the spirit behind our A-List portraits. It’s a mix of technical lighting expertise and direction with the feel of the person. The feel of the shoot conforms to your personality instead of you fitting the mold of the traditional portrait or headshot. Linda is a free spirit who loves spending time in nature with her dog, Biscuit. She is athletic and loves to skateboard, surf and kayak. I wanted to capture her whimsical beauty in a similar style to Roxy or Billabong showing that women can be strong, fun and sexy all at the same time!

DURHAM NC WEDDING: JASON & SARAH

DURHAM NC WEDDING: JASON & SARAH

Sarah and Jason had a beautiful wedding day in the heart of the Triangle. It was great to be back in North Carolina celebrating such a happy occasion. Sarah was her usual, bubbly self (with a few nerves that quickly subsided when she married her love) and Jason was full to the brim with joy and love for his bride. Whenever tears would threaten to strike, Sarah looked up to the heavens and would say “Look up at Grandpa–that’s how you stop the crying!” Laughter, joy and happy tears were shed all day, including a few of my own. This was our first time meeting Jason in person, but we were thrilled to discover Nick and Jason played in the same soccer club in Ventura and many other California connections.

As for their portraits, Sarah and Jason gave us lots of time to wander the streets of Durham and it really paid off when we discovered it was the semi-annual Food Truck Rally and we had to change our plans for photos at the last minute! Having margin in your wedding day schedule always pays off in one way or another, and in this case it gave us enough time to regroup family members and the wedding party to a new location. After a thoughtful ceremony combining their faith traditions, everyone danced the night away (especially the bride!) to the DJ stylings of Nina from All Events DJ under the gorgeous wood planks and exposed brick of the Rickhouse. It was truly a fabulous day!

Wedding Planner: Paisley and Pearl Events | Photographer: Donner Photos | Video: Gold and Sage Weddings | Venue: The Rickhouse | Officiants: Megan Turner & Daniel Norber | Florals and Chuppah: Tre Bella | Harpist: Amy Kortus | DJ: All Events DJ | Lighting: Get Lit | Catering: Donovan’s Dish | Cakes: Guglhupf | Hair: DB Sutton & Company | MUA: Erin Kelly Makeup

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ARLINGTON FALL FAMILY SESSION: BROWN FAMILY

ARLINGTON FALL FAMILY SESSION: BROWN FAMILY

I have been photographing the Brown family for over two years now. I can hardly believe these boys are the same babies I started taking photos of! Their mom tells me regularly that the reason they continue to work with me (even after moving to Florida!) is because of the quality of the portraits and also the experience her family has during our sessions. Her boys are spunky, funny, and they LOVE to run around–all things I love to capture and I don’t mind. I believe kids’ joy and personalities are the most interesting part about them! So after a few posed photos, we run around, we roll in the grass, and we get a little sweat and dirt on our faces. The Browns love the memories they are capturing, and I am grateful to capture their growing family throughout the years.