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Rich & Sean: Married! | Odyssey Cruises | National Harbor

Rich and Sean got married on a boat.  If I remember the speech correctly, the “biggest, gayest boat in all of Washington, DC.”  The party did not disappoint!  The ever-fabulous Cassidy DuHon had me out to second shoot this wild and crazy and very emotional event and then I took over for the dancing.  You’ll notice that I’m posting far far too many dancing shots.  Deal with it.

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The ceremony and reception took place on the Odyssey cruise boat, which was a pretty sweet venue, if you ask me.

odyssey cruise lines

Rich & Sean got ready at the nearby Hampton Inn at National Harbor.  We did all the normal formal stuff but I really like this little guy.  He was not feeling the pictures.

little boy crying during family formals

little boy reflected at hampton inn wedding, national harbor

pastor at national harbor wedding

groom on odyssey cruise wedding boat

putting on the bouttenieres

Awesome stuff to buy | A tale of two canvases

All my wedding (and portrait) coverage comes with full-resolution files on DVD or jump drive (thinking about switching to jump drives soon).  So why would anyone want to buy a canvas from me when they could just go online and order from the discount guys?  Well, that’s why I’m writing this post.  Like any good frugal girl, I scooped up a Groupon recently for a Cafe Press canvas – $39 for a 16×20 – what a steal!  And when it came, I was happy… for about 30 seconds.  I’ll show you why.  The Cafe Press canvas is on the right, a canvas ordered from my professional lab is on the left:

comparing canvases from professional lab and cafe press

(For full disclosure: the photo on the right comes from Scenic Las Vegas Weddings – yes we got married in Vegas – and the one on the left is courtesy of Tara Welch.)  They both look pretty good, right?  But take a look at the original files for both of these.  First, from Tara:

Wilmington Hotel Self-Portrait

It was a bit of a nutty trip to Philly, but I still managed to sneak in a hotel self-portrait.  Frequent visitors might remember some of my more recent hotel escapades and long-time readers may even be familiar with my Flickr set (where I keep all my final project entries), dating all the way back to 2008.  I’m starting to think that Artomatic, the intended final destination for this project, is never going to happen again.  If so, I’ll just have an ongoing project forever, I suppose.

wilmington, delaware hotel self-portrait

To make this image, I put the desk chair on the bed and propped it up with my lens cap.  Lens caps make for great tripods, really.  Desk chairs are just so-so.