Brooke + Brian’s Old Town Engagement Session

Brooke and Brian were awesome to work with. We went to Old Town Alexandria for their engagement shoot; I’m so glad they found the time to do this before their upcoming wedding date.  Fantastic weather set the stage for what would be a lovely afternoon.

For the occasion, Brooke wore a pretty, floaty white dress and red cowboy boots, while her soon-to-be-husband donned a simple but sophisticated blue shirt and khakis.

This couple was honestly a blast to work with. At one point Brooke even asked at one point how awkward they were on a scale of one-to-ten. The goal by the end, of course, was to be the least awkward couple ever. At one point, Brian gave his bride a little dip, and a kiss, in front of a vibrant yellow brick building, which made for a super sweet end-result.

My personal favorite in terms of shots is…actually a tie. I keep bouncing back and forth between the pair embracing as the waves rippled behind them and the always popular Wilkes Street tunnel snap.  I don’t know what the picture looks like so I don’t know if it is adorable, but YOU probably wouldn’t use that adjective for two grown folks.

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Hanna + Gary’s DC Engagement Session on the Mall

Wonderful spouses-to-be Hanna and Gary opted to have their engagement session down on the mall, which ended up being a fantastic choice—the proof is in the pictures.

Hanna wowed in a fun floral frock, while Gary kept it crisp and casual in dark jeans and a light short-sleeved button down shirt, with kicky sneakers.

(At one point, pink-rimmed sunglasses also made an appearance. These two were loads of fun to shoot, obviously.)

We started out at the World War II Memorial, doing everything we could to best capture the magnificence of the flowing fountains in the background. The sky was quite gorgeous as well, right?

Luckily for all the bauble-obsessed folks out there, she showed off her divine engagement ring a bit. And this couple was more than happy to play and pose for plenty of pictures, which was a treat for me.

Gary even gave his future wife a twirl, which led to a bit of laughter. Such a hoot.

After a bit, we walked up to the Lincoln Memorial, stopping to grab a few quick imagescheers to the superb green foliagealong the way. Last, but not least, Hanna and Gary smooched in front of the Arlington Memorial Bridge and rippling waves.

Look at those smiles! One thing is for sure; this pair is a match made in heaven.

Thanks for the short but sweet shoot, Hanna and Gary!

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Lily’s Bat Mitzvah – Washington Hebrew

Lily was amazing during her Bat Mitzvah service at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

This was the first time I had been allowed to photograph a service, and it was truly an honor to have been able to be part of this. Before friends and family arrived to support Lily, the Rabbi was kind enough to allow us to snap photos of of her on the Bema.

One of my favorite parts of the entire day was seeing Lily’s parents beam as she read from the Torah. Thank you, for letting me be part of this wonderful day for you and your family.

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WASHINGTON KASTLES 2017 WORLDTEAM TENNIS SEASON PART 2

A day late, but here’s part two of my season with the Washington Kastles. The season may not have gone the way we had all hoped but that didn’t mean it wasn’t entertaining.

In this episode, we have Venus Williams get a ring and play some tennis. Murphy Jensen tries on hats. A chair umpire fails to get a single call correct (prompting a rare visit from our owner.) Anastasia shows off her impressive card organizing skills. Politicians and reporters set aside their differences for charity. Congresswoman Bustos hit me with a tennis ball and, finally, we all said goodbye to the 2017 season.

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Washington Kastles 2017 WorldTeam Tennis Season Part 1

Every July for the past seven years, I find myself, for two amazing weeks, caught up in the whirlwind that is the Washington Kastles. I always look forward to Kastles season, as I get to go back to work for one of the best teams DC sports and easily the best group of photographers I’ve been able to work with.

The Kastles celebrated their 10th anniversary and while we welcomed back stars like Martina Hingis, Venus and the Bryan Brothers we also welcomed some new faces, with Frances Tiafoe and Bruno Soares coming on board. In celebrating 10 years fans were treated to the first ever bobblehead giveaways in team history, an encore performance from DJ Kool and even a visit from the Governor himself, Terry McAuliffe.

Over the past seven years the one constant on the Kastles has been Coach Murphy, who is not only one of he most colorful characters in all of tennis but probably all of sports in general. Being able to hang out with Coach every season is easily the perk part of the job. He’s always been great to the entire Kastles staff and, as an added bonus, my kids love being able to come out to a match and spend some time with Coach.

While this year didn’t go as planned record-wise, it was one of my favorite seasons to shoot so far. Looking back through photos for these two posts and the emotion in every photo from Madison Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova made it difficult to narrow down what I wanted to showcase here.

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