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Desna J. | Portraits

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful young woman a couple weeks ago at the amazing Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD.  Desna is a teenager of considerable grace and poise and it is an understatement to say it was easy to work with her.  This shoot incorporated the many talents of R. Kristi Modern Hospitality and her lovely makeup artist.  It is a rare treat for me to work with an entire team of people.  Thank you to everyone for getting up so very early – I think you’ll agree the light was worth it!

The image on the left there was the very first frame from our session, and it basically went like that the whole time.

young woman and a goose at brookside gardens

Sally WattsJune 2, 2011 - 11:50 am

Oh my gosh-she is just insanely gorgous!
The camera just loves her, and you did a beautiful job on this shoot!

Ashley GillettJune 2, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Wow, what a gorgeous girl. Her smile is priceless. Great job capturing her so beautifully!

MegJune 2, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Wow! She is beautiful! Love them all!

Heather J.June 2, 2011 - 1:40 pm

Wow, her smiley is absolutely infectious.

Johanna HietanenJune 2, 2011 - 2:59 pm

She’s so beautiful and you’ve taken gorgeous shots of her :)

Angel KidwellJune 2, 2011 - 4:29 pm

I just love the side profile portrait with the leaves against her hair!

ShellaJune 2, 2011 - 7:08 pm

What a gorgeous girl!! Great portraits!

Laszlo Bodnar - ElevenphotoJune 2, 2011 - 7:19 pm

shiny happy girl :) nice set :)

KelleeJune 2, 2011 - 9:07 pm

She is absolutely stunning, what a gorgeous smile! You’ve really captured her vibrant personality.

William MasseyJune 2, 2011 - 9:27 pm

Very nice work. Love the super clean style.

Robb DuncanJune 2, 2011 - 10:12 pm

Awesome images Amber!! And your favorite is my favorite as well!!

Steve KooJune 2, 2011 - 10:50 pm

She has such a fantastic smile! Nice work!

sarah blackJune 2, 2011 - 11:45 pm

Beautiful portraits of a beautiful girl. Love.

ayeshaJune 3, 2011 - 12:01 am

one of my faaaavorite places to shoot :) absolutely love these!!! grace, class and a million-watt smile. she’s a natural with the camera… but then so are you :)

JohnboyJune 3, 2011 - 3:26 am

Wow that lady has sweeet eyelashes! Great photoshoot!

Gargoyle Tour | Washington National Cathedral

Okay, the truth is, I was really psyched about the gargoyle tour at the Washington National Cathedral because I thought you would get to climb all over stuff and go up in balconies and see all these things other people (that aren’t paying $10) don’t get to see.  Well… no, it’s not really like that.  The tour consists of a very knowledgeable volunteer docent showing a bunch of photos of the gargoyles and then a circumnavigation of the cathedral, straining your neck the whole time.

On the plus side, there are some really cool gargoyles on the National Cathedral.

national cathedral at sunset

The tour begins on the 7th floor of the cathedral, which is a pretty cool place to be.  You don’t have to pay to go up there – just go in the front doors and look for the elevators.

washington national cathedral diptych

hallway in the washington national cathedral