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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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!

A Review Of Lucky Camera Straps’ Wrist Strap

A few months ago I came across a camera strap company on Instagram by the name of Lucky Camera Straps. I currently use a Black Rapid for most of my work so I wasn’t necessarily in the market for a new strap but I wouldn’t mind having something to replace the generic ones that came with my cameras.

One thing I’ve always wanted to get is a hand for my portrait sessions, or any other type of shoot that doesn’t require a full on camera strap.

Lucky Camera Straps caught my attention not only because they offered some beautiful-looking leather straps, but they had a really nice looking wrist strap so I went ahead and ordered one.

When the strap arrived, from Australia, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the strap. Lucky Straps has clearly taken the time and research to find some of the most comfortable leather around and truly do make a beautiful camera strap. I was in love with this thing and could see myself using this more often than not.  Then I put it on my camera.

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Carly Fuller - December 30, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Cool camera straps, I think it would wear on my wrist too much. I need as much weight dropping on my hips and legs. Does it make your wrist hurt?

Rich - December 31, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Carly, it actually doesn’t hurt at all. The D4s with a 24-70mm is a pretty hefty beast, but the strap really didn’t seem to pull, or dig into my skin too much. It actually hurt a little more when I wore it up around my forearm. Like I said, I love the strap, it’s comfortable and well made, I just wish I bought a larger one instead of the wrist strap. You’re welcome to test it out if you want.