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A wedding photographer’s wish-list and my ideal wedding conditions: May 2015 update

I’m photographing an engagement session at Dinosaur Land today, something I wished for way on back in 2011. It reminded me of this blog post I wrote in 2013 about the places and conditions under which I wanted to shoot. It’s about time I checked in and updated the list. I haven’t made too much progress, and one venue has stopped operating entirely, but I’m happy to say I can check off a couple. And I can feel the Star Trek wedding coming…


Every wedding photographer has a wish-list, whether they’ve got it written down or just in the back of their heads. For instance, my buddy Maggie wants nothing more than to photograph a circus wedding – with a striped tent and performers and all that good stuff. That sounds awesome to me, but it wouldn’t make the list. But before I give people having their wedding at hotels or golf courses or vineyards a big sad, I thought I’d instead muse on my favorite wedding things.

April: Stray Frames | Personal

I’m not totally sure what happened to April. It seems yesterday I was complaining about the cold hanging on and taking a bajillion classes in random things and generally feeling rushed. April brought with it much more ease and peace of mind, but I’m also not exactly sure what I’ve been doing for a month. The cherry blossoms came and went and the whole area erupted in beautiful blossoms – one of my favorite times of year in DC. And, we did another photowalk.

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I spent a fair amount of time in the city this past month, just wandering around and enjoying the warmer weather and rich variety of experience our town has to offer. Above, I was very impressed with the red red red tulips the Capitol Gardener (I assume there is such a person / committee) chose for the White House and other areas. They were so tall and big and RED.

[…] “monthly”. We’re living a busy life. It’s exciting, but it moves quickly. April came and went, then May. Now it’s June. We’ll blink and another wedding season will have come and […]

Laura & Jeff | DC courthouse wedding

Laura and Jeff tied the knot last week at the DC courthouse. When you’ve been together a billion years, sometimes a giant party doesn’t make any sense. But the courthouse – that shiz is legal. Marriage certificate in hand, we wandered on down to the Mall for some portraits in the National Gallery.

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Some people are foreheads-together people. These two are and they’re really cute about it.

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The National Gallery of Art is under all kinds of construction up top and for some reason they removed a bunch of art from the inside, too, and closed off some of the galleries. But now they’re putting back some pieces, like these circles. I’m there a lot, so I’ve noticed the changes over time. I hope they put all the art back soon.

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In the meantime, we play with what’s left.

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