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Snowy fashion photo shoot | Arlington, VA

So in addition to being a brilliant wedding photographer, I’m also a fashion maven.



Here’s how this went: The weather people said “big storm on Tuesday!” and I got excited because it was the first real snow of the season (haha, funny that). I went on the Facebooks and posted: “HEY! We’re going to wake up to snow tomorrow. Who wants to shoot?” And from there, somehow a little fun in the snow ballooned into a quite massive undertaking complete with event planner, hair and makeup artist, videographer and two models!


It ended up being way snowier and colder than was predicted, so the roads were a big mess. Luckily for me, we planned to meet at my house. Unluckily for everyone else, we didn’t plan to meet at theirs. Poor Gabby from Alison Harper & Co. got stuck in the snow and we had to come rescue her!


So in the end, we all made it (except for our lovely third model and snow-bound third photographer). We let Gabby work her magic on JoJo and my beautiful and very sure-I’ll-do-it second shooter Julia. Tiffany from Simply Breathe Events dressed them up and we trudged out to the local park.

We’ll take a break in photos to watch this hilarious and super-exciting video produced by The Documentist, who also happens to be my buddy Jon.


It’s not a “styled shoot” unless you have florals, right? Liza at Studio DBI made me this beautiful bouquet and also lent my favorite thing in the whole shoot – the sweet-ass gothic candelabra and black candles. That thing is bitchin’, man. If only I had any use for a giant candelabra at home…


Tiffany also put together this rockin’ tablescape for a chilly dinner for two outside. And shhh, don’t tell anyone, but the tablecloth is my bed sheets! We are a resourceful bunch. Nobody spent a penny on this shoot – except for gas and all.


Most days are processing images and making album edits and answering five thousand emails, but some lovely days are like this – collaborating on silly fashion photo shoots with your friends and colleagues. It’s a good life.

The fabulous vendor team who worked on this shoot:

Coordinator and stylist: Tiffany from Simply Breathe Events
Hair and makeup: Gabby from Alison Harper & Co.
Videography: The Documentist
Bouquet and bangin’ candelabra: Studio DBI
“Real” model: JoJo
Fake model: My awesome second shooter Julia! (Her work is featured on nearly every wedding blog post on this site.)

Bonus shout-outs:

Extra photography (not shown) and the lady who knew JoJo: Jessica Patterson
Extra videography: Creative Ideation
Model who sat in traffic for an hour but ultimately turned around and went home: Mollie Tobias

Thanks so much everyone!

And finally, props to Bree at Capitol Romance who was kind enough to feature the shoot on her blog. Woot, promotion!

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