On a cool, Spring day, Amy and Brandon, who I first met last Summer at Rachel and Andrew's wedding, tied the knot in beautifully rural Walkersville, Maryland. Their wedding day started out looking like it would be rainy, but the clouds parted during the ceremony and let the blue sky shine through.
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Sarah and Brigham were married on a lovely May morning - this was the first Spring wedding I've ever shot at the Washington, DC LDS Temple, and I have to say that it was the most beautiful I have ever seen the Temple, between the bountiful tulips and the perfect gold morning light shining through the freshly blossoming trees.
Since there was plenty of time before their wedding, Sarah wanted to surprise Brigham in her dress, and capture his reaction to his first look at her.
I first met Chad during our time in the Boy Scouts; while we haven't kept in close contact after we both earned the Rank of Eagle Scout, we have periodically kept up with each other's lives after Troop 146 - my journey into photography, and his time at Virginia Military Institute. When Chad and Bess became engaged, Chad almost immediately contacted me to be their wedding photographer - I was more than delighted! Chad and Bess were married on July 5th, 2013 in Alexandria, Virginia in the company of family, friends, and classmates. After a Catholic wedding ceremony, the couple, joined by loved ones, danced the Summer night away, celebrating the day "Chad and Bess love each other the least" - the best is yet to come! "He's just Chad, and she's just Bess."
Congratulations to both of you - I wish you both the very best life has to offer!
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Final Notes: Many of these photos were processed using VSCO's new Film 04: Slide - I think it's the best version they've released to date! My favorite so far is the Fuji Astia 100F setting for portraits, but I also found that Fuji Velvia 100 works wonderfully on outdoor photos (so long as you boost color temperature) - this isn't shocking in the least, because these were the intended purposes of both these respective films. And finally, this is the first blog I have posted which is compatible with HiDPI displays, such as the Apple Retina Display. Please email me if there are any problems.
Shout out to my awesome assistant, Eddie Kyle! I thought this was an awesome shot of him photographing the Wedding Mass :-D
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a place I've wanted to visit for several years, but haven't for various reasons. After visiting St. Louis' World Bird Sanctuary in December, I felt even more irked that I've put off going for so long. I knew that eagle nesting season was coming up, beginning in February and ending in late March. Unfortunately I put off my visit until Valentine's Day when the eagles were already nesting and not as active, but that's OK, because I know I'll be going back again! Again, the folks I've met in Maryland parks (or in this case, a National Wildlife Refuge operated by the Fish and Wildlife Service and a non-profit formed in 1987) are some of the friendliest, most helpful people. I didn't happen upon a ranger with an ATV and spare time on his hands like my last experience in Maryland, but I was advised by a very helpful woman from the Friends of Blackwater who was kind enough to reference the most recent eagle sighting logs.
Other than some ducks, geese, and a formation of Warthogs, my day began with nothing in sight. No birds, wildlife, or squirrels, let alone the endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrels Blackwater is known for. I also found that the wildlife blind was useless, as there was no wildlife around. I later used my car as a mobile blind.
It wasn't long before I came across this Great Blue Heron; we almost ran into each other - we were about 20 feet apart before we noticed each other. For this reason it allowed me to stay close and watch as it fished for tadpoles. I was very shocked it was perfectly happy fishing with me just 6 feet away, as though I didn't exist.
Sunset was coming quickly, and I wanted to be in a pretty spot along the shoreline. Along the way I spotted some Red-Winged Blackbirds, and stopped to watch the sun drop below the horizon not far from a pod of Pelicans.
Earlier in the day I'd spotted a single Bald Eagle, in its nest 1/2 mile away. But it was after the sun had set that I finally began seeing both Golden and Bald Eagles take to the skies. As I was leaving, I spotted a pair of Bald Eagles flying off into the dusk, and a lone Great Blue Heron on the water.
Joshua and Erica are a fun-loving couple from North Carolina. On November 17th, 2012, the two were sealed and married inside Washington, DC's Latter-Day Saints Temple on a bright and sunny Fall morning. Josh and Erica's family and friends were present to welcome the newly married couple, and celebrate the beginning of their lasting and wonderful lives together. Erica and Josh deeply love one another as is evident in the joy both exude just being in the same room together. They love to be goofy, and made sure the party in Annapolis kept going strong, with the help of a cardboard cutout, and the dance moves from Gangnam Style. As the night ended, surrounded by loved ones with sparklers, they climbed into their car and with one more kiss, they departed to begin their happy new life together. All photos may be viewed and purchased for print by visiting my client site here; ask Erica or Joshua for the password.
This was my first Mormon wedding I've ever attended or photographed, so it felt very strange not being allowed to take pictures inside the LDS Temple, when every nerve in my body is telling me I should be shooting. It was also the first wedding I've had a wonderful assistant by my side. I've previously second shot for other photographers, and I've double teamed for a friend's wedding, but for my own weddings, I've always shot solo. This time, I brought along the talented Eddie Kyle to help cover the day, and help give some exposure and advice. A few of the photos I've included below were shot by him (they are marked); all were edited by me for consistant color and style.