Kellie + Zach’s Great Falls Engagement Session

Over the 4th of July weekend, I finally had a chance to meet up with Kellie and Zach for their amazing engagement session. Zach currently lives out of town, so we were tight on scheduling and faced the threat of rain, but we were still able to get to Great Falls, brave the crowds and take some of my favorite pictures yet. I haven’t been to Great Falls since high school so it was nice to be back and to try a different location for a session.

If you’ve never been to Great Falls, you might not be aware that there is some rocky terrain in the area. Sadly, many of the spots I remember climbing seem to have been closed off, but that didn’t keep us from finding a nice secluded area to use for the shoot. A few brides might not enjoy climbing on the rocks for their engagement session, but Kellie was great about it.

To be fair, her status as a rookie Redskin cheerleader may have given her a slight advantage in agility and allowed us to get some unique shots—and yes, that is a real stone they’re holding.

It was an adventurous day that included some time along the falls, a quick outfit change by Kellie and a trek into the woods, which all resulted in some absolutely amazing photos. I can’t wait for the chance to hang out with and photograph this couple again at their wedding, unfortunately for me it isn’t until July 2016.

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Nastja - August 5, 2015 - 1:08 pm

Amazing location and such a cute couple. Love!

Colleen + Aaron’s Old Town Alexandria Wedding

Most people would probably shy away from a January wedding around here, but Colleen and Aaron were not going to let a little cold weather get in the way of their wedding day.  With one of the few non dreary looking weekends we had they said their vows to each other at the beautiful Saint Mary’s Church in Old Town Alexandria.

Despite the weather, Colleen was a trooper and posed outside long enough for us to get some beautiful shots in front of the church.

The party got underway at the Embassy Suites where guests enjoyed mini Maker’s Mark and maple syrup place bottles marking their place settings, taking selfies with the maid of honor (including myself and my amazing second photographer, Emily) and, sadly, a win by the Patriots over my Baltimore Ravens as they danced the night away.

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Michelle’s “Fight Cancer” Photo Shoot

Six months ago, I presented an idea to my friend, Michelle, about a photo shoot to commemorate her kicking cancer’s ass.

Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and, as of August 5, 2014 is officially done with treatment.  Along the way she started a Bittersweet, a Facebook page to document her journey. I’ve been following the page religiously; reading her anecdotes, inspirational posts, photos and updates.

I was inspired by not only her posts but also her attitude.  She was upbeat, always had a huge smile in her photos and I wanted to capture that somehow.

I looked at the cover for Sammy Hagar’s ‘Unboxed’ album and knew that it was a great starting point for the shoot.

After months of searching for a boxing ring in the area we were set.  Unfortunately, mother nature got in our way and snowed us out, but a few weeks later Title Gym in Manassas opened its doors for us and the shoot was on.

My original concept was to take three images of Michelle at various stages of her journey and stitch them together, as seen below. What ended up becoming my favorite photo is a shot of her against the ropes looking up at the ‘Power’ poster on the wall behind her.

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Natalie’s Xtend Barre Old Town Alexandria Session

Monday afternoon, I spent some time with Natalie, the owner of Xtend Barre Old Town, at her studio for a portrait session.  I had been trying to set up a yoga/ballet/pilates shoot for some time and Natalie was more than eager to help me out.

After a scheduling delay, we were able to settle on a date and time for the session.  I’d spent some time looking up poses online that I felt would look great for our shoot, a few of which Natalie had saved as well, when we decided it was better to just go through some of the normal poses someone would learn taking her class.

A shot from Natalie

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The Look Restaurant And Lounge Photo Shoot

I recently went down to Look Lounge to do a quick photoshoot with the owner, who happens to be an old neighborhood friend of my brother’s, Michael Kosmides.

I found out while shooting the Pierrce Garcon White Party for Hollywood on the Potomac, that Mike owned the club.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time catching up with him, but as I walked around the club before the party I fell in love instantly with the booth area they had in the VIP lounge. I took a few quick shots, nothing formal, and promised myself that I would go back down there one day and do a proper portrait with Mike at those booths.

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