Cheryl and John | Pop-up DC Elopement at the National Gallery of Art | DC Elopement Photographer

Cheryl and John | Pop-up DC Elopement at the National Gallery of Art | DC Elopement Photographer

Cheryl and John just so happened to run into all of their closest friends and family browsing the National Gallery of Art… all at the same time.
And they happened to be dressed up.
And she happened to have a bouquet.
And I was just casually there.
AND it just happened to be where they had their first date.
And they got married.
And then we all wound up at La Jambe.
And it was perfect.

Jen and Phil: Engaged | Richmond Engagement Session | Creative Richmond Wedding Photographer

Jen and Phil: Engaged | Richmond Engagement Session | Creative Richmond Wedding Photographer

I love the canal walk in Richmond.
I could shoot every session there and be a happy lady.
There are so many little spots.
And every session can look so different depending on the light and the couple and I’m obsessed.
Let’s just say there are quite a few more sessions coming your way in the same spots.

Amber and Max: Married | Maridor Wedding Photographer | Creative Roanoke Wedding Photographer

Amber and Max: Married | Maridor Wedding Photographer | Creative Roanoke Wedding Photographer

Amber and Max said I do on a day full of laughter and so much love… and also a lot of drizzling rain and a whole lot of cold.
A little rain didn’t stop them from saying their “I do”s outside… and it didn’t stop them from cheesin’ hard with their bridal party.

Biggest thanks to my long lost pal, Chelsea, for driving over from Blacksburg to second shoot with me.
Some of these bad boys are hers as well.

VENDOR LOVE
BRIDAL ATTIRE | LURELLY 
VENUE AND CATERING | THE MARIDOR 
FLORAL DESIGN | DAISY PATCH
DJ | DJ THE DJ | QUEST ENTERTAINMENT
CAKE | NATTICAKES BAKES

James and Deena | DC Engagement Session

I tend to try and stay away from the monuments and the cherry blossoms.
There’s just always so many people.
But if you ask me to, I’ll be there with bells on.
And be excited.
And if you’re as fun as James and Deena, I might wind up high-fiving you.

Cate + Stephen // Washington DC Elopement Photographer // Creative Elopement Photographer

About this time time last year, it was freezing. I will not complain at all about this 60 degree weather we’re having.
As a matter of fact, I spent most of today outside.
And I will celebrate the crap out of perfect weather.
BUT last year. Last year it was cold.
Insanely cold.
And these two got married.
After hiding in a stairwell for a private moment during their first look, Cate and Stephen braved the cold winds and made some of my favorite portraits and moments.
They made it look warm and cozy and like they were the happiest people to be outside in that moment.
I guess love will do that.

SAM AND ANTHONY | NEW YEARS WEDDING | CLASSIC DC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Sam and Anthony | Washington DC New Years Wedding | Classsic DC wedding photographer

New Years is already fun enough.
Add the most fun couple and a first look where it started to snow and it makes for the best new years celebration.

VENDOR LOVE
WEDDING PLANNING CONSULTATION | LIZ AND CLAIRE | CLAIRE DURAN EVENTS 
BRIDAL ATTIRE | LOVE COUTURE BRIDAL SALON
ROOM’S ATTIRE | SUIT SUPPLY
CUSTOM RINGS | DOMINION JEWELERS 
HAIR AND MAKEUP | MAKEUP BY ANNA B 
VENUE + CATERING | 1757 GOLF CLUB
OFFICIATE | FATHER OF THE BRIDE
FLORAL DESIGN | RICK’S FLOWERS 
DJ +  LIGHTING | JOHN HOWARD | A2Z ENTERTAINMENT
CUPCAKES | GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE
COOKIE FAVORS | DIY
VIDEOGRAPHER | VICTORIA VIERA
RENTALS | MK CATERING
PAPERGOODS + WEDDING BRANDING | TAM + FLO GRAPHIC DESIGN
GETTING READY | HYATT REGENCY RESTON

 

Norm and Candice are married! // Creative Richmond Wedding Photographer // John Marshall Ballroom Wedding

Norm and Candice | Cathedral of the Sacred Heart  | The John Marshall Ballrooms | Creative Richmond Wedding Photographer
Richmond, Virginia // November 18, 2017
And a little advice for my fellow wedding photographers while we’re at it… 

So, it’s kind of convenient that Candice and Norm’s wedding was the next up on the list of weddings I am WAY behind on blogging for a few reasons.

One: I get to work with my favorite people over at CCS Events again this weekend… and this is the last wedding I shot for them.
Colleen and her team are always so great and make the day go SO easily for me.

Two: Social Media, man. If we’ve ever talked in real life… you probably know I’m not the biggest fan.
I don’t have facebook… and I really only have Instagram… and I don’t do the snapchat thing.
And part of that reason is because I get really annoyed by things people say.
I try really, really hard to not judge people… but sometimes, man… people make you mad.

Yesterday, I listened to a photographer I have followed for a while talk about not taking weddings just because they inquire and to always think about portfolio building…
and about how the biggest help for her business has been to just turn down every wedding in a church or in indoor locations that come her way.

The words “too boring and too traditional” were used.

‘Scuse me?
To each their own… and that’s fine, I guess… it’s your business…
HOWEVER… guys, it’s about making really rad images and capturing peoples’ memories and giving them something special.
DUDES: Churches do not mean boring. Ballrooms don’t have to mean traditional. And country club does not automatically equate to whack.
It’s a day full of moments. Happy ones. THE BEST ONES. Make peoples days look as awesome as their love. THAT is your job.

And I get it. Sometimes churches are tricky. Sometimes indoor spots are hard.
Sometimes the lighting sucks. Sometimes you can’t move.
Sometimes you can only take 12 photos. Sometimes you can’t take any at all.
But your clients chose this place. For a reason. And their love is just as worthy as the next couple.

I get the very, very, very, very best clients.
I know every photographer says that… and that may be totally true.
I love that people are researching and want to find the right photographer for them these days.
My people find me. Your people find you… and that is rad.
We’re not just another check list item anymore… and if someone inquires with you… man, generally speaking, they love what you do.
They want YOU to capture their memories. Out of all the people with cameras on the planet, they emailed you.
And that is crazy and amazing and humbling and awesome.

And you should never, ever, ever treat people like their wedding isn’t cool enough or good enough or insta-worthy enough.
If you want to run your business that way… I guess that’s your right… but at least never say it outloud. For the public. And for clients to hear. Dang.
If I could ask anything of other photographers, or could give any advice… it would be this:
Do this for your clients. FOR THE PEOPLE. Do this for the art. Do this for the memories and the legacy and the joy and happiness and tears and moments.
If you’re doing this to look cool to other photographers… please just don’t.
Don’t forget who your audience is.

I’ll never turn away a wedding JUST because it’s not on the side of a cliff.
(Don’t get me wrong… I’ll say yes in a heartbeat to unique mountainside weddings.)
BUT I promise to always, always capture your wedding day and you and your love in the best way I can.
Every moment and every day deserves to be captured. Every love. Every couple.
Church or Industrial Building or huge party or elopement. Whatever that means and whoever the couple is.
If you choose me, and trust me, and love what I do… I am going to do my damnedest to make images that are special and that you’ll love.

Rant over.
Back to showing off rad stuff to my clients from my clients…

Because: HOW FREAKING GREAT ARE CANDICE AND NORM AND IS THEIR KICKASS WEDDING that just so happens to be at a church and in a ballroom?
I freaking LOVE these images. I love hiding in church pews and shooting through things and finding angles and using negative space. 
I love these all so much. They had an all-star vendor team and their locations were great…
And guys, they are the sweetest, funnest, greatest couple… 

Here are some of my favorites! (None of which are boring, for the record.)

Thanks to my OTHER Mr. Ocampo from last year for second shooting.


VENDOR LOVE
WEDDING PLANNER |
CCS EVENTS
BRIDAL GOWN |
TARA KEELY VIA PREOWNED.COM
BOLERO TOPPER |
ANNALISE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
BRIDAL ACCESSORIES | BHLDN
EARRINGS | RENT THE RUNWAY
BRIDESMAID DRESSES | REVELRY
GROOM’S + GROOMSMEN ATTIRE | THE BLACK TUX
HAIR AND MAKEUP | AVENUE 42
CEREMONY VENUE | THE CATHEDRAL OF THE SACRED HEART OF RICHMOND
OFFICIANT | MONSIGNOR PATRICK GOLDEN
FLORAL DESIGN | THE PROPER PETAL
RECEPTION LOCATION | THE JOHN MARSHALL BALLROOMS
RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT | AFFIRMATIVE GROOVE
CATERING | HANDMADES BY SUZANNE
CAKE + DESSERTS | WPA BAKERY
VIDEOGRAPHY | 8 MEDIA GROUP
TRANSPORTATION | RVA TROLLEY
LIGHTING | THE LIGHTING & SOUND COMPANY
ROSE GOLD UTENSILS | RENT-E-QUIP
ROSE GOLD CHAIRS | PAISLEY AND JADE
GUEST TABLE DECOR | THE PROPER PETAL 
INVITATIONS | WEDDING PAPER DIVAS
SIGNAGE | CAPITAL CALLIGRAPHY 
PHOTOBOOTH | RICHMOND PHOTOBOOTH

 

 

Kristina and Travis // Creative San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer // Club Los Meganos Wedding Photographer

Kristina and Travis | Creative San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer | Club Los Meganos Wedding Photographer

I couldn’t even decide what photos to post from this shindig.
I literally created this blog post by (no shit) rolling my scroll wheel and randomly stopping on an image in blogstomp.
I couldn’t decide… so I let fate decide for me.
Fo’ real, though.

Kristina and Travis entered the wedding contest I had for last year… and I couldn’t have been more thrilled that they did.
I got to head out to the Bay Area and shoot their awesome wedding at Club Los Meganos.
They are some of the very best people out there… like in the whole universe.
And I am super sad that I live 27.98746 million miles away from them on the other side of the country.
I want to high five every single one of their friends and then entire families for being so awesome.
And all of their vendors…
It was a blast, guys!

I love this wedding. And I love them.
Here are the photos fate decided I should show you… plus a few more of my favorites.

Biggest thanks to my Pete, Amanda, for coming and second shooting with me and being the very best travel buddy around.


VENDOR LOVE
Wedding Coordinator |
Jennifer Avendano
Bridal Boutique | Trudy’s Brides
Hair Piece | AFondAffair via Etsy
Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulu’s
Groom and Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux  and  The Tie Bar
Bridal Makeup and Hair | Love and Artistry
Bridesmaid Hair and Makeup | Caroline K
Ceremony and Reception Venue | Club Los Meganos
Officiate | Peter Francis Shelley
Floral Design | Justin Lacap
Entertainment |  DJ Detect
Wedding Cake | Butter&
Donut Bar | Hookt Donuts
Photobooth | Baubles and Bow Ties 
Videography | Devad Studios 

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