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Air Line Pilot, April, 2017

Today I have some exciting news to share with you dating back almost a year ago!

Early March of last year, in partnership with the Air Line Pilots Association, I helped commemorate Captain John Prater's final commercial flight before retiring by photographing his arrival landing to Dulles from Paris.  Captain Prater began his aviation career in 1978, going on to be elected President of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) in 2006.

This was an event photoshoot I coordinated with Dulles Airport Operations to capture several key shots desired for the article being written in Air Line Pilot magazine about Captain Prater's retirement; OPS ensured I had speedy access to the airfield to capture the planned shots of the United 787 Dreamliner's landing on R/W 1C, ceremonial water arch in front of the historic Main Terminal Building, and subsequent ceremonial events in anticipation of capturing a cover image.  Unfortunately, even though it was a scene I've captured at previous photoshoots, I wasn't able to capture the image planned for the cover this time due to weather interference; since that was the case, and I never heard any other information after the photoshoot, I thought I'd missed the cover shot and my images would just be included in the article, and didn't think much more about it, moving on to new projects.

Flash forward to December, while assembling my annual "Best of" for 2017, I decided to check for a press release on ALPA's website after coming across my portraits of Captain Prater in the 787's cockpit.  I found the article which included some of my pictures, and on a whim decided to check if there was online access to the magazine so I could see how it looked in a print layout.  What I found caught me completely by surprise.

Air Line Pilot magazine's April, 2017 issue features my photograph of Captain John Prater landing his United 787 at Dulles.  I had my first-ever magazine cover and didn't even know about it until nine months later!

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When I found this, I reached out to my contacts at ALPA to see if I could get any paper copies of the magazine.  I was worried it would be impossible 9 months after publication, but sure enough, they sent me a whole stack of them a week later!

Air Line Pilot has a circulation size of 78,000; that is a lot of magazines and a lot of people who saw my photograph!  I couldn't be happier or more honored!  I say go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some some aviation!  Thank you so much to my friends at ALPA, and at Dulles Airport Operations who helped make my first-ever cover image possible.

Warmer in the Winter: Winter of 2017

Best of 2017

Each year I publish a year-in-review which shows the highlights of my year in photography.  2017 is a year I am very happy to see end; it has been the most challenging personal year of my life, bringing bad news and personal injury which unquestionably held me and my photography back this year.

As some of you may know, I fell and tore a ligament in my knee in May, which culminated in surgical intervention to replace the ligament in October.  Luckily I have an excellent surgeon (he served as Surgical Team Chief for President George W. Bush while he was in office) and I am still reportedly progressing well through physical therapy.  I am doing well now, but being knocked off my feet for a month after the injury and for two months after surgery took a serious toll on my work and morale.  I am expected to make a full recovery and be back to normal mid 2018, but this injury with such a slow recovery time has been very disheartening, even with a cutting edge new surgical method employed which was less invasive and is allowing for a quicker recovery than previously able with this relatively new ligament reconstruction I've had to have.  This is why I haven't posted too many pictures this year; most of my work has been straightforward photoshoots with existing clients since I've had to be selective with what photoshoots I've taken on during my recoveries.   If my 2017 can teach you anything it is don't dislocate your bones and tear ligaments - 0/10, would not recommend.

This isn't to say 2017 was all bad; I did quite a bit of great photography before, and after (and during, for that matter) my various adventures in knee problems.  I spent about ¼ of the year recovering from knee injury and surgery, but the other ¾ of the year had quite a lot of photography.  2017 was a year about change, and that change began in January, even before the 20th, which began bringing even more change and seemed to set the tone for the rest of the year.  My knee didn't change until five months into the year, but every month held some kind of change; just two months after that quite possibly the biggest thing that has happened in my photographic career happened, pointing to the future from my past; 2018 is here, and I am eager to move forward to that future beginning now.

Washington Dulles International Airport Manager Christopher U. Browne addresses Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority guests as he "Departs the Pattern" and steps down as Airport Manager after 29 years with the Airports Authority.  Chris is now Deputy Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Washington Dulles International Airport Manager Christopher U. Browne addresses Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority guests as he "Departs the Pattern" and steps down as Airport Manager after 29 years with the Airports Authority.  Chris is now Deputy Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

A protestor gives a white rose to an arriving international passenger.  White roses are traditionally known to represent purity, innocence, sympathy, and spirituality.  Following President Trump’s executive order implementing a travel ban on seven countries, protests initiated at international airports across the United States where individuals affected by the rapidly enacted ban were detained. The Trump administration justified the executive order as part of the “extreme vetting” of immigrants promised during his campaign, while those opposed to the ban question the constitutionality, motives, and execution of the ban. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D) was on-site denouncing President Trump’s travel ban in a press conference.

A protestor gives a white rose to an arriving international passenger.  White roses are traditionally known to represent purity, innocence, sympathy, and spirituality.

Following President Trump’s executive order implementing a travel ban on seven countries, protests initiated at international airports across the United States where individuals affected by the rapidly enacted ban were detained. The Trump administration justified the executive order as part of the “extreme vetting” of immigrants promised during his campaign, while those opposed to the ban question the constitutionality, motives, and execution of the ban. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D) was on-site denouncing President Trump’s travel ban in a press conference.

Internationally arriving passengers exit the International Arrivals Building to a sea of cheering protestors welcoming their arrival after clearing customs.  Following President Trump’s executive order implementing a travel ban on seven countries, protests initiated at international airports across the United States where individuals affected by the rapidly enacted ban were detained. The Trump administration justified the executive order as part of the “extreme vetting” of immigrants promised during his campaign, while those opposed to the ban question the constitutionality, motives, and execution of the ban. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D) was on-site denouncing President Trump’s travel ban in a press conference.

Internationally arriving passengers exit the International Arrivals Building to a sea of cheering protestors welcoming their arrival after clearing customs.

Following President Trump’s executive order implementing a travel ban on seven countries, protests initiated at international airports across the United States where individuals affected by the rapidly enacted ban were detained. The Trump administration justified the executive order as part of the “extreme vetting” of immigrants promised during his campaign, while those opposed to the ban question the constitutionality, motives, and execution of the ban. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D) was on-site denouncing President Trump’s travel ban in a press conference.

Tom Veirs, in his glassblowing studio, giving a demonstration on how patterns are made in extruded glass, such as wine glass stems. Tom retired in May, 2017.

Tom Veirs, in his glassblowing studio, giving a demonstration on how patterns are made in extruded glass, such as wine glass stems. Tom retired in May, 2017.

Captain John Prater with a ceremonial cigar in the cockpit of his United 787 Dreamliner upon landing his final commercial flight before retiring.

Captain John Prater with a ceremonial cigar in the cockpit of his United 787 Dreamliner upon landing his final commercial flight before retiring.

Adrianna McVay graduates with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from George Mason University.

Adrianna McVay graduates with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from George Mason University.

Jockies on the main straightaway approach the finish line at the Virginia Gold Cup.  2017 hosted one of the rainiest, muddiest Gold Cups of recent history.

Jockies on the main straightaway approach the finish line at the Virginia Gold Cup.  2017 hosted one of the rainiest, muddiest Gold Cups of recent history.

Myself wearing a knee immobilizer at a portrait photoshoot two days after my initial knee injury.  The next day I would meet my orthopedist and find out the extent of the damage.  The doctor told me I was truly lucky that I'd only torn one ligament and had no other damage; the MRI showed no loose bodies, no damaged cartilage, and no torn menisci; all extremely common injuries with the type of fall and injury I experienced, but was able to avoid from sheer luck.  In October, later in the year, I would undergo a successful MPFL reconstruction surgery to stabilize the kneecap and prevent future dislocations, instability, and additional damage.  While this picture may be a personal low point ironically placed in a "Best of" post, this was a life-altering event, and more than qualifies in this "Year in Review."

Myself wearing a knee immobilizer at a portrait photoshoot two days after my initial knee injury.  The next day I would meet my orthopedist and find out the extent of the damage.

The doctor told me I was truly lucky that I'd only torn one ligament and had no other damage; the MRI showed no loose bodies, no damaged cartilage, and no torn menisci; all extremely common injuries with the type of fall and injury I experienced, but was able to avoid from sheer luck.

In October, later in the year, I would undergo a successful MPFL reconstruction surgery to stabilize the kneecap and prevent future dislocations, instability, and additional damage.

While this picture may be a personal low point ironically placed in a "Best of" post, this was a life-altering event, and more than qualifies in this "Year in Review."

Michaelangelo Pistoletto's "Venus of the Rags" on display at the Smithsonian's Hirshorn Museum.

Michaelangelo Pistoletto's "Venus of the Rags" on display at the Smithsonian's Hirshorn Museum.

Succulents growing in a flowerpot in Washington, DC.

Succulents growing in a flowerpot in Washington, DC.

Bokeh of exhibit lighting inside the National Museum of the American Indian.

Bokeh of exhibit lighting inside the National Museum of the American Indian.

An Operations Manager listens to an airfield radio while walking between two Plane Mates at Washington Dulles International Airport.

An Operations Manager listens to an airfield radio while walking between two Plane Mates at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Terry McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, speaking at Air India's inaugural event at Washington Dulles International Airport; "We don't believe in walls; we believe in bridges."  The comment alluded to President Trump's recent efforts to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Terry McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, speaking at Air India's inaugural event at Washington Dulles International Airport; "We don't believe in walls; we believe in bridges."  The comment alluded to President Trump's recent efforts to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Air India's 777-200LR departing Washington Dulles International Airport for the first time.

Air India's 777-200LR departing Washington Dulles International Airport for the first time.

Polo players competing at the Great Meadow Polo Club.

Polo players competing at the Great Meadow Polo Club.

"A Planespotter’s Dream Gig: A Look into the Life of an Airport Photographer;" an article on AirlineGeeks.com profiling my work as an aviation marketing photographer.  Although my photography has been featured in many articles and publications, this marks the first time a publication has written an article specifically about me and my work.

"A Planespotter’s Dream Gig: A Look into the Life of an Airport Photographer;" an article on AirlineGeeks.com profiling my work as an aviation marketing photographer.  Although my photography has been featured in many articles and publications, this marks the first time a publication has written an article specifically about me and my work.

A nighttime aerial image of T. F. Green Airport in Rhode Island.

A nighttime aerial image of T. F. Green Airport in Rhode Island.

Grapes growing on 200 year old vine at Newport Vineyards, a winery in Newport, Rhode Island.

Grapes growing on 200 year old vine at Newport Vineyards, a winery in Newport, Rhode Island.

Fishing vessels docked at Galilee Salt Pond Harbor in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Fishing vessels docked at Galilee Salt Pond Harbor in Narragansett, Rhode Island.

Alyssa McGuire posing with a moped on her birthday on Block Island, Rhode Island.

Alyssa McGuire posing with a moped on her birthday on Block Island, Rhode Island.

A blood red sky at sunset in Fairfax County, Virginia.

A blood red sky at sunset in Fairfax County, Virginia.

In Niotta, Tennassee a man uses a paper plate to safely view the projection of the 2017 solar eclipse after the solar filter for his telescope broke mere days before the eclipse.  Solar filters were in high demand, and became unavailable months prior to the day of the eclipse.  The ray of sunlight emitted from his telescope's eyepiece was hot on the skin when placed in the beam.

In Niotta, Tennassee a man uses a paper plate to safely view the projection of the 2017 solar eclipse after the solar filter for his telescope broke mere days before the eclipse.  Solar filters were in high demand, and became unavailable months prior to the day of the eclipse.  The ray of sunlight emitted from his telescope's eyepiece was hot on the skin when placed in the beam.

The sun half eclipsed by the moon as seen from Niotta, Tennessee.

The sun half eclipsed by the moon as seen from Niotta, Tennessee.

Totality of the 2017 solar eclipse as seen from Niotta, Tennessee.

Totality of the 2017 solar eclipse as seen from Niotta, Tennessee.

The Washington Redskins Burgundy & Gold Club restaurant and bar at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The Washington Redskins Burgundy & Gold Club restaurant and bar at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Portrait of Ryan Ewing, owner and founder of  AirlineGeeks.com .

Portrait of Ryan Ewing, owner and founder of AirlineGeeks.com.

Ryan Ewing, owner and founder of AirlineGeeks.com, walks on the airfield at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Ryan Ewing, owner and founder of AirlineGeeks.com, walks on the airfield at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Local DC Brau and Atlas District Common beers on display for sale at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Local DC Brau and Atlas District Common beers on display for sale at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Portrait of Cyrina Yarbrough, Marketplace Development Marketing and Customer Service Manager at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Portrait of Cyrina Yarbrough, Marketplace Development Marketing and Customer Service Manager at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Orville, NASA's flying squirrel mascot, marshals in a Southwest Airlines 737 at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Orville, NASA's flying squirrel mascot, marshals in a Southwest Airlines 737 at Washington Dulles International Airport.

AirlineGeeks.com

A Planespotter’s Dream Gig: A Look into the Life of an Airport Photographer

This morning, AirlineGeeks.com features a profile of me, highlighting my aviation photography, and giving a glimpse into what it’s like when I cover large-scale corporate events.  I invite you to read the full article on the AirlineGeeks website by clicking here or the article preview below.

It is an immeasurable honor that my photography has inspired a profile to be written about me and my work. I’m proud to work so closely with so many people at Dulles International and Reagan National airports, amongst the Airports Authority, the airlines, and their partners, all of whom work hard to keep the DC airports operating smoothly, and welcoming passengers the whole-world over.

I especially have to thank Ryan from AirlineGeeks for shadowing and interviewing me during the Air India inaugural a few weeks ago. I also must thank Airport Operations; without their skilled assistance, I would never be able to cover airfield actives with the depth I capture. Finally I must thank my many partners in the numerous PR, marketing, communications, and media departments and outlets I have worked with over the years - it is because of their efforts on many projects that my photos have been presented to a global audience.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me in growing my career to where it stands today - today marks a true milestone; I can’t begin to describe how honored I am to be receiving such recognition, and I am excited to learn the next heights my career will take. Thank you!

Common Considerations to Have For Engagement (and Portrait) Sessions

Though this guide focuses on engagement sessions, many of the same considerations apply to all types of environmental portrait sessions, such as for individuals, couples, and families shot on-location (rather than in-studio). 

Stay tuned for another guide about

considerations for non-engagement portraits for individuals or families interested in environmental or studio portraits.  Contact me at

david@jdbphoto.com

for suggestions about these types of shoots in the meantime.

  This guide is currently a fluid document which I may periodically update.

If you’re recently engaged, and beginning to think about engagement photography, you probably have a number of questions about how engagement sessions typically work and how to get the best photos possible out of your session.  This guide is meant to answer a number of those questions and give suggestions on how to prepare for your portrait session. For your convenience, I have underlined key details, and give a short summary at the beginning of each detailed section.

Chapters

The WhatLocation, Location, LocationWhat Not to Wear… and What You ShouldMakeup, Hair, and Nails Props and Extras Get TrashedAfter the SessionHow to Get Started

The What

An engagement session can be anything you want to make it, and should reflect the personality of the couple.

First, what is an engagement session?  On a most basic level, and engagement session, or e-session as some call it, is simply a set of photographs of you and your spouse-to-be.  The photographs themselves can be anything you want to make them, and you absolutely should make them your own – engagement photographs should reflect the personality of you and your fiancé together.  Whether that’s a couple of musicians, city dwellers, or a pair of nature lovers, engagement photos normally aim to capture the couple in their element.  What is that for you?

Location, Location, Location

Choose several locations that are scenic, interesting, and significant to you as a couple, while considering the overall mood you want set through location, time of day, and weather.

There are plenty of scenic locations for engagement photos, and you should choose a few that reflect what makes you a couple, or possibly have a special significance to you and your fiancé.  Good, common locations for shoots are parks, beaches or waterfronts, and old town city streets, but you should never rule out more specific locations, such as a quaint restaurant or pub for foodies, a skating rink for a couple of skaters, or even a movie theatre for two movie lovers.  The locations can really be as bold as your imagination, but I generally suggest choosing one or two common locations such as a park with a waterfront, and only one specialized location like a stable or equestrian center for horse lovers.

Was your first date at a drive-in movie?  First kiss at the county fair?  Get engaged at a vineyard?  These are all good locations you should consider incorporating into your engagement session.

The length of time a shoot will take will largely depend on how many locations, the distance between them, and any special needs a specific location may require me to work with during your shoot (such as specialized lighting requirements, etc).  On average, however, I find that my shoots typically last from 2 – 4 hours including travel time between locations (should that be the case).  I almost always advise that the session is planned around that day’s sunset time; sunset always gives the most dramatic lighting for portraiture, but you shouldn’t think the shoot must end at sundown; dusk and some night photos can also be very dramatic in the right locations.  Don't necessarily feel that the weather must be a constraint to plan around - photos in the rain and snow can also be a fun touch that adds to the uniqueness of your photographs.

What Not to Wear… and What You Should

Choose one or more wardrobes that are casual, coordinated, non-competing, and not overly bold.  Military should consider some formal shots in uniform, but not all.  Couples should wear district but coordinated outfits that reflect their personality.

Typically, my engagement shoots consist of two or three nearby scenic and significant locations.  I normally suggest at least one separate wardrobe for each location, though this may not always be the case.

So you have some ideas about locations, but what about wardrobe?  I normally advise at least one separate wardrobe for each location, but depending on the feel you want your overall engagement photos to reflect you may wish to have only one wardrobe forthe entire shoot.

Sticking with one wardrobe will give your photos the feeling that the collection is a snapshot of one day in your life; after all, this is the truth of a photo-shoot.

Photo sets with multiple wardrobes mix things up a bit, and seems more like a view of several days in your lives, since we typically only wear one set of clothes each day.

Either option can work well with multiple shooting locations.  If you are only shooting in a single identifiable location, I normally suggest also sticking with a single wardrobe; two wardrobes in one location will ruin the photoset’s overall flow.  Just remember that one location (like a park) may have two very different spots (woods and waterfront, etc) which can offer suitable difference in background to allow for flowing wardrobe changes.

The best things to wear are casual clothes you feel comfortable in.  For guys this typically means un-tucked button down or polo shirts and nice jeans; girls normally wear sundresses or a casual shirt and skirt, well-fitting jeans, or slacks.

Don’t forget that shoes are another detail to think about, and should match the rest of your outfit.  As a general rule of thumb, don’t wear or anything with reflective materials, such as sneakers.  Maybe you even have a special pair of cowboy boots you want to sport?

The final touches are of course accessories like jewelry or hats.  Choose these items to match the rest of your outfit.  For jewelry like necklaces and earrings, consider wearing a different set for each wardrobe – even a detail as small as wearing the same earrings in two outfits can stand out in the final pictures.

If you are military, you should definitely consider some formal shots in uniform, but it’s not advisable to have your entire engagement session consist of a formal or military wardrobe.  The aim, again, is to look casual and comfortable.

Some tips on wardrobe coordination; this is a very important consideration in ensuring your photos are natural looking!  Individually, do not choose overly-busy patterns when picking out shirts, dresses, skirts, sweaters, and the like; a larger pattern such as a large spaced plaid is ok, but anything much more is normally distracting and draws more attention to the clothes than the people wearing the clothes.  Color coordinate!  Mix and match complementary colors; for example, dark jeans go well with dark blues, any reds, and brighter greens or yellows.

As a couple, try to wear styles and colors that complement each other, but do not compete for attention.  Wear clothes that stand apart from each other’s wardrobe; matching clothes will cause each of you to blend into one another, and generally is strange and distracting in photos, as wearing similar clothes always stands out.  The only time this is advisable is if you as a couple have something significant that matches, such as bowling shirts or the like.

Makeup, Hair and Nails

Be sure your makeup, hair, and even nails are cleanly done and presentable.  Makeup should look exactly as you would like it to look in person – anything too dramatic WILL show up too dramatic in the final photographs.  DO NOT purposely overdo your makeup!  Having your makeup, hair, and nails professionally done is optional but not discouraged.

Many brides-to-be choose to have their makeup, hair, and nails professionally done prior to an engagement session, though this shouldn’t be seen as mandatory.  Brides often choose to do their own makeup, hair, and nails in order to look their best for the shoot.

I have heard from many brides that their makeup artist suggested making their makeup “a notch more dramatic so they ‘pop’ in the photographs.”  The reasoning almost always given seems to be that “you need an extra boost for the makeup to show on camera.”  THIS IS NOT TRUE!!!  I cannot stress this enough; makeup should be natural and smooth – the way it looks in person is the way it will show in the photographs.  In every instance I have ever shot where the makeup was purposely made “more dramatic” and looked “too much” in person, it comes out looking like too much in the photographs as well.  That being said, you shouldn’t be discouraged from getting the makeup and overall look you want for your big shoot, if you want something a little more over-the-top than usual.

Being extremely blunt:  If you look like a clown raccoon in person, you will look like clown raccoon in the photographs.  I truly can’t stress enough; have your makeup look in person as you want it to look in the final photos!!!  DO NOT purposely overdo your makeup!

Believe it or not, your nails may even be included in the shoot; I normally like to get shots of the engagement ring, and that oftentimes means close-ups of your hands.  Doing your nails isn’t required, but nails that match one or more of your outfits can be a small detail that pulls your set of photos together.  A French tip, or pearl coat goes with practically everything.

Finally, blemishes, birthmarks, and scars; If you have any of these you don’t want in the photos, and they’re not concealed, simply talk to me about them if you’d like them removed.  I try to make it a point to ask on the shoot if I notice anything like this, but if you’re very concerned about anything like this, please bring it to my attention.

Props and Extras

Sessions can be made even more interesting by including props, like signs with messages, instruments, pets such as horses or dogs, and even transportation like bikes and motorcyles.

Don't forget about anything extra you might want in your pictures - miniature chalkboards or wooden signs on sticks reading "She Said Yes" or "Love Him" & "Love Her" make for a few cute pictures as a couple reminiscint of old cartoons or vintage films or ads.  It can also be a fun and romantic project making signs together before the shoot, or even secretly writing messages to be revealed during the shoot for loving and emotional reactions to be captured on film.

Have a pet?  Want them to be a part of your shoot?  Bring your sidekick along!  Pets are part of your family too, so bring your dog to tag along, your bird to sit on your shoulder, or your horse to stride around upon.

Love bikes?  Incorporate a tandem bicycle.  Ride your motorcycles to the shoot.  Imagine photos of you holding close, tightly behind your fiance as you two ride a motorcycle or horse.

If biking isn't your thing and you like cold weather, you might like to go sledding.

Two singer / songwriters might want to have a picnic with their guitars, or shoot in a quaint musical venue housing  a honky-tonk piano.  The possibilities are as diverse as every couples' interests.

Get Trashed

Consider getting some messy engagement photos, such as playing in water, snow, or mud, for some unique and memorable shots.

With current trends like "trash the dress" you may want to get messy during your engagement shoot, especially if you are thinking about getting trash-the-dress photos after your wedding.  Kiss in the rain, have a mudfight, splash water playing in a stream, kiss on the beach, or even have a snowball fight - there are plenty of messy but romantic ways to get cute and "dirty" pictures from your session.  Just don't forget to bring a change of clothes!

After the Session

You will get your high-res JPEGs on DVD.  Prints are chosen and sold separate from your session after you’ve seen your proofs.  Professionally printed and bound books are very customizable and available for any number of uses, including wedding guestbooks.

What happens after your engagement session?  There are a number of options you have, but you will always receive a DVD of your high-resolution JPEGs which you may use for your save-the-dates and sharing with your friends and family.  You also have the option of ordering prints.  Finally, I can also produce a printed and bound book of your photographs, customized anyway you like.  Normally I am given creative license and make a book that meets and exceeds your vision.

These books are professionally printed and bound, and may be compared to a coffee table photo book in any size from small to large as desired.

The newest trend is to make your engagement photos into the guestbook for the wedding; this is very similar to a yearbook, but with large photos from your portrait session on white backgrounds – guests may then sign their name and leave messages around your photos when they sign in at your wedding.  This is also a very attractive option as wedding albums can be made to coincide with the engagement album / guestbook, DVD, and other items you may interested in that I offer for your engagement and wedding.

How to Get Started

Shoot me an email for ANY reason, even just to say hi!  david@jdbphoto.com.

Contact me!  Any questions or suggestions can be answered if you just contact me at david@jdbphoto.com.  We can discuss anything on your mind via email, phone, or even meet by appointment.  The first step in planning your engagement session should be to contact me to coordinate and gather ideas; the sooner you contact me and more detail you share with me, the easier it is for me to make your engagement photos everything you imagine.

Remember; as a photographer, I’m there to capture the emotions of your engagement and document the details of your wedding day.  I don’t just offer photography skills, but I also bring experience that can help you through the many creative decisions to be made surrounding your engagement and wedding.  If planning your engagement shoot or wedding becomes stressful, just remember that I’m used to the challenges these can present, even if you are not, and as your photographer I will stand by you to help guide you all the way through your wedding day, and even afterwards when it comes time to decide on prints and final album considerations.  I’m there to help and work with you.

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