Kellie + Zach At Trump National Golf Club

July 4th weekend started off in style with Kellie and Zach’s wedding finally arriving. I met Kellie at a bridal show in January of last year, and have been patiently waiting for her wedding at Trump National Golf Course. The waterfall at Trump National creates a dreamscape for any wedding (it’s also one of my favorite locations to shoot). With weather always being an issue in the DC area, we lucked out by avoiding both scorching heat and any mid-summer showers.

Fun fact: Kellie and a number of her bridesmaids are all Redskins cheerleaders.

Kellie and her bridesmaids spent the morning getting ready in the Trump townhouse while Zach and his groomsmen were out and about posing with their superhero alter-ego shirts. Zach, naturally, is on Team Superman. Once all the girls were ready in their beautiful blue gowns, they helped Kellie into her effortlessly stunning gown, sapphire blue Badgley Mischka heels, and not one but two NFL garters. Kellie surprised Zach with a Buffalo Bills garter as well as a Washington Redskins garter to show off her love of their favorite teams.

Fun fact: The gal who caught the bouquet became newly single the day before the wedding, proving this was a day filled with good vibes.

After an emotional and personal ceremony that left no eyes dry, the couple took to their reception with even more style. For their first dance, the newlyweds left it all on the dance floor. But they weren’t the only ones who brought the moves for their special day; Kellie and her father shared a fun, choreographed dance that made the entire room pause and gaze with envy and delight.

Kellie and Zach’s wedding was uniquely elegant—two things that don’t necessarily always go together. They make a fantastic couple and their day was one of the most special ones to date.
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Mallory + Nik’s Weekend Engagement Shoot

Mallory and Nik aren’t tying the knot until this summer, down in St. John’s, but before they head to the beach for their “I do’s”, we spent some time together celebrating their engagement.

The weekend started off in style at the Lincoln Memorial on a chilly February night before heading over to the W Hotel for dinner and drinks.  The party continued the next night out at Stone Tower Winery.

What I thought would be a small gathering of friends turned out to be a full on reception with a killer band, step and repeat, toasts, cake cutting and some amazing deserts.

Congratulations, Mallory and Nik!
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Jill + Sean’s Bull Run Winter Engagement Session

For the longest time I’ve wanted to do an engagement session, or wedding, in the snow. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to do that until this past winter, when I worked with Jill and Sean at Bull Run Winery.

Despite living only a few miles away from the winery, I had only been there once and had never had a photo shoot there. It was Jill’s suggestion to start our day at Bull Run Winery, and I quickly realized how much I had been missing. The venue was beautiful and the snow just added to the magic.

Jill and Sean were troopers when it came to trudging through, and sitting in, the snow. And that ring! I can’t even tell you how in love I am with the photos of Jill’s ring in the snow. It was a happy accident to catch the sunlight at just the right angle to get the beautiful gleam you see in the photo below.

Next we headed over to Stone Bridge, which sits at the entrance to Manassas National Battlefield Park. I love being able to incorporate a little history into a fun and modern shoot. Jill brought her dog along for this part of the day, and, as you can see, he was a fun little addition to the photos. Overall, I truly enjoyed finally getting to do a photo shoot in the snow and Jill and Sean were the perfect couple to make that happen!

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Urška Majer - March 21, 2016 - 6:03 am

What a sweet session!

Favorite Sports Photographs Of 2015

Last year I made a more concerted effort to photograph more sporting events, with the goal to at long last cover an NFL game and get back into the camera wells at a Washington Nationals game.

Unfortunately, I was unable to reach those goals, but I finally found myself baseline at the University of Maryland for their match-up against the University of Wisconsin, and back at a racetrack at the Red Bull Global Rallycross race at RFK Stadium.

And, of course, I joined the Washington Kastles for the fifth straight year as they once again dominated WorldTeam Tennis en route to a six championship.  Below are some of my favorite sports photos of the year.

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Danielle + Michael’s Old Town Virginia Engagement Session

I met Danielle back in September at the Washington Wedding Experience and was so happy to receive a call from her a short time later about photographing her wedding next October. Before we get there an engagement session/save the date card shoot was in order. Danielle decided on Old Town Alexandria for the session, which is easily one of the best places to shoot regardless of the time of year, or session involved.

Danielle’s ring, as you can plainly see, is one of the most amazing rings I’ve seen so far. I could photograph this thing for days, and thankfully will get a chance to spend more time with this in front of my lens come October 15th.

After a stop at my favorite yellow wall, and this gorgeous blue door I discovered, Danielle and Michael opted for a quick outfit change before we headed back out to explore some of the side streets, alleyways and the ever popular Wilkes Street tunnel. With our session coming to an end I took the happy couple to Pop’s Ice Cream for an after shoot treat, because who doesn’t love ice cream in November?

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Christa Rae - January 4, 2016 - 11:09 am

What a cute fall engagement session in Old Town!