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On Teeth & Trust

I’m very happy today because it’s the first time in five months that I can eat on both sides of my mouth.  I got my permanent crown in after what seems like endless dentist visits and drilling, not to mention the beginning of this journey that started with soul-crushing pain.  See that shadow on the far right tooth?  That’s not supposed to be there.  But now, I can rest and eat easy and it’s smooth sailing in toothland… until the next disaster.

Venue Idea | Fort Ward Park | Alexandria, VA

When I was planning my own wedding, I looked into a lot of parks, intending to have an outdoor ceremony and reception.  If you’re in the area, there’s one very important thing you need to know about Arlington and Alexandria city venues: Alexandria allows alcohol, Arlington does not.  So if you’re anything like me, that crosses the entirety of Arlington facilities off the list.  But it leaves all of Alexandria!

I’d been to Fort Ward Park in the past for their annual Civil War reenactment (yes, I’m a nerd and enjoy these kind of things).  But there’s so much more to the park!  I spent a lazy Sunday wandering around looking for nice spots for portraits and there are plenty.  It’d be a great place to do couple or engagement photos, and it’d make a fine reception site for your wedding.

Fort Ward Park, Alexandria, VA

bench and red flowers at fort ward park

really cute spot for portraits at fort ward park

little wooden path in alexandria, va

SarahApril 27, 2011 - 8:24 pm

Nice find, I’m totally stealing this location :)

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Photo Tip | Fixed Lenses – pick one and go

Most digital SLRs nowadays are purchased as part of a “kit.”  With Nikon, you’ll most often see the entry-level SLRs (D90 and below) sold with an 18-50mm “kit lens.”  That’s where I started, anyway.  But in my opinion, using a zoom lens gets you accustomed to zooming in and out, and not with your feet.  It doesn’t force you to frame your world in a particular way, nor does it force you to see your world in terms of a frame.  With a zoom lens, there are too many options.

This is the one of two or three images in my “50 most popular” on Flickr taken with my 18-55:

big summer storm in DC