Sandra + Thomas: Meadow Lark Gardens Engagement Session

I was introduced to Sandra and Thomas by my friend Shannon.  Shannon and Sandra work together at the hospital and, with such a crazy schedule on her part, Sandra wanted to try and fit in a summer engagement session before work got out of hand and there was no time.

Once they had a date in hand, we headed up to Meadow Lark Garden in Vienna for a gorgeous afternoon session.  Sandra and Thomas chose this spot because it had been one of their first date locations.  Years ago they stopped by the gazebo and left their initials in the wood.    We went down to see if they were still there and, despite the obvious renovations and paint job there was a ‘T+S’ on the post.

I had a blast with these two, they were such an awesome couple to be around and I’m glad we were able to take care of this session before things got crazy for them.

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Jeremy + Mike: The Winery At La Grange Engagement Session

Tomorrow afternoon, Jeremy and Mike will say their vows at Lansdowne before family and friends, but first we had to take a little time out to visit their favorite Virginia winery and have ourselves a fun little engagement session.

Jeremy and Mike are members at The Winery at La Grange and, while their wedding may be at another venue, they made sure that La Grange was included in their celebration as we headed out for our session.

With October weather being hit or miss lately, I was happy to see mother nature stopped the rain early enough for us to get the session in.

With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop and a gorgeous sky we headed out around the property taking full advantage of what they had to offer us, including my new favorite hill/farm combo.

Jeremy and Mike got things started off right for Ali and I as they treated us to a wine tasting before the session began.  I may just have to start scheduling all sessions here as La Grange not only gives us beautiful photos, but their wine is top notch!

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Sessions At Willow Grove With Nick Lachey

Earlier this month The Inn at Willow Grove hosted the first ever ‘Sessions at Willow Grove’ with former 98° frontman, reality star and current host of VH1 “Big Morning Buzz Live,” Nick Lachey.

‘Sessions’ is a new lifestyle series on Comcast Xfinity On Demand focusing on music, food and wine.  I was asked by my friend, Tara, if I was interested in coming back down to Willow Grove and shoot the concert for them.  It wasn’t much of a question if I would or not, she had me at Lachey!

And, having shot Tara’s wedding there back in February I’ve been dying to get back to the Inn and shoot more.

‘Sessions’ premiers On Demand later this month with Lachey’s performance kicking off the series.  Kate Voegele, who opened up the evening with an amazing set, showcases her cooking skills in a future episode.  The evening also featured performances by Luke McMaster, Bek Phillips and Jim McGorman.

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Photos From The Washington Kastles 2014 World TeamTennis Season

This July I had the honor of once again shooting for the Washington Kastles as they made a run at four straight World TeamTennis championships.

My first season with the Kastles, in 2011, saw them make history as they completed the first undefeated streak in WTT on their way to a second King Trophy.

Over the next two years, they completed a second straight undefeated season, set the record for the longest winning streak in US pro sports at 34 straight wins and picked up another pair of titles.

My gear for the season. Nikon D4s, D700, 24-70mm, 70-200mm and a 300mm, SB 910.

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M Night Shyamalan At The National Press Club DC Luncheon

‘The Sixth Sense’ director, M Night Shyamalan was in town yesterday to discuss his thoughts on closing the education gap on inner city schools in America.  Shyamalan, while scouting locations for ‘The Happening’ described his visit to two schools, one in the inner city with metal detectors, a closed off second floor and a burned down theater.

The second was a school described as ‘incredibly vibrant’ where some students recognized the director but walked on by, as if this was something normal for them.  A stark contrast to the previous school.

These visits started Shyamalan on a seven-year journey researching data, “I come from a family of doctors. It’s an evidence-based field,” Shyamalan said. “I said, let’s gather the information,” that eventually led to the release of his book; ‘I Got School’ last year.

It was an amazingly enlightening talk and hopefully opens everyone’s eyes up to the current state of the education system in this country.   You can see it here if you’re interested.

But I was there for pictures and I had one goal in mind which was to get a portrait with Mr. Shyamalan.  Once his talk was over and books were signed I was given a few seconds (looking at my image data about 15 seconds) with the director.

I posed him in front of the brightest spot in the room I could find, fired off six shots and captured the exact image I was looking for, which you see below.

This was my first time shooting at the NPC and loved it, hopefully there will be more luncheons and portraits to come!

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