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Personal: #AmberWilkiePhotowalks | Exploring my city

This week, I worked on two of my goals for the year: meeting more photographers and taking more personal photos. Because I’m both impulsive and a natural leader (that is, I just like bossing people around and I’m always the one that says “well, I’ll do it”. Also, after doing some feminist reading recently, I feel the need to own the phrase “leader” instead of putting something more gentle and unobtrusive like “outgoing”. And I just wanted a third thing in these brackets), I just threw a photo walk on one of the local photographer calendars.washington-dc-photowalk-12

We started at the Lincoln and just walked around, enjoying this fair city we live in. Afterwards, we had beers. Photowalks are always better when there are beers at the end.


The pond at Constitution Gardens is frozen solid a good 20 feet in. I’d say the ice was at least four inches deep. No one else would stand on it with me.

CatherineJanuary 12, 2015 - 8:46 pm

Lots of awesome photos here! I’m curious as a non-photographer: when you do this kind of thing, do you set up for the best shots or just get lucky (with lots of shots, obviously)? For example, in the 3rd photo, did you prep for that, or were you just in the right place at the right moment? (I imagine there was at least a little prep for the skateboarding shots.)

2014 Year in Review

We did it, folks. We completed another year. In 2014, I documented dozens of unions – full of joy and complexity and faith and love. Some were small affairs – some even small enough that I was the only witness. Some were massive throwdowns. All were really, really great.

I said it last year and the year before (and the year before that), and I’ll say it again now: I have the best job and the best clients. Here’s a question I get all the time from people at cocktail parties and the like (because I’m super-fancy and I go to cocktail parties alllll the time): “do you have any great stories about bridezillas?” I always disappoint them because no, I really don’t. Literally every single couple I have ever worked with has been easygoing, genuinely in love with each other (as far as I can tell!) and, well, nice.


Alyssa & Matt | Meridian Hill Park engagement session | Washington, DC

Alyssa and Matt are pretty seriously cuddly, y’all. These two got engaged at Meridian Hill Park, so that’s where we went for their engagement photos, tromping around the architecture and the one or two trees still clinging to the last strands of fall. The weatherguys said it would be raw, but it was actually beautiful – sunshiny and winter-clear. A lovely day for my last 2014 photo shoot.


We started in their home, which is a lovely place to start an engagement session. Particularly when you have so much natural light.


Matt proposed right on this bench. Spoilers: she said yes.


One of my favorite portrait spots in the park got some seriously mean-looking graffiti, so we rocked it a different way. (PSA to people who put graffiti on public places: dudes, come on, not in the best portico.)