Category Archives: Nature

Victoria & Odir – A Garden Inspired Wedding Portrait Session | Northern Virginia Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Well hello middle of 2015! Wasn’t it just this time last year? I was about to 50, big party to celebrate, found a kitten. Oh, yeah, the kitten. He ended up passing away and things just kind of went into a funk. There was a lingering, underlying sadness for a long time. To put some closure to this I’ll be framing a little photo of him and placing it on the kitty altar to honor his short time with us.

But that’s not why I’m back. I’m back because I am now working for myself! And it’s absolutely mandatory that I market myself. And a great way to do that is blogging. Plus I love taking photos and creating stuff and I like to write about what doing that means to me.

I left the 9-5 back in May. I’m still doing design and one of my clients is my former employer but I’m working to make the transition to artist/photographer with maybe a wee bit of design.

So one of the things I’ve been doing and I feel like it’s made a huge difference and is working pretty darn well IS … asking for what I want. Yep, just asking the Universe, Angels, spirit, for what I want. Being specific about it. Now certainly the Universe sends you stuff you don’t ask for but after it’s all done and over there is always some gift from the experience.

One of the things I have been asking for is more clients (obviously:) but specifically clients with creative and inspirational projects. And I’ve been getting them. And here’s two, Victoria and Odir, my first clients as a self-employed artist and photographer.

I met Victoria through Pure Prana Yoga Studio where I teach (if you’re ever in Old Town on a Tuesday pm come get your yoga on with me) Tuesday evenings. She was getting married, a small courthouse type wedding with an officiant and a fiesta celebration on the weekend. This was something I had asked for. A small, intimate wedding and celebration. And her fiance suggested portraits at Meadowlark Gardens, Bon Air Rose Garden and the water park in Crystal City.  Perfect!

Being able to document their marriage and wedding day was such a great honor and privilege. I mean I spent their wedding day with them! It was simple, quiet, relaxed, meaningful. It wasn’t work at all.

Congratulations to Victoria and Odir. I hope the rest of their lives together are just like their wedding day.

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Also posted in Couples, Weddings

Project 330 Something-ish

Well, so much for a photo every day. Or at least posting them every day. I have a TON of photos from the last month. But clearly no time to post daily. Oh well. C’est la vie, right? Not sure where this will head but like I said I have a ton of images to post.  But I’m going to have to turn off my Type A personality that needs things perfectly ordered from beginning to end and just go with the flow. And for now … how about an inch worm:)

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Also posted in Macro, Random

Dramatic Sky | Project 365

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Also posted in Hipstamatic

May? | Project 365

May? When did that happen? And I apologize to anyone who subscribes to this blog via email for the posting overloads! Not sure what it’s going to take to actually be able to post the photos I take on the day I take them. There’s definitely some other things brewing that are taking up time right now. Anyway … here’s what happened to the pink awesomeness after the monsoon of the last two days. A blanket of petals on the ground! Like it snowed pink petals!

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Also posted in Project 365

Petals and Pebbles | Project 365

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That pink awesomeness from last week is being battered by rain today. And it’s only supposed to get worse tomorrow. Like monsoon worse. I was looking out the window at the deluge of rain and noticed that the petals were floating in pools of water. So I ran outside to catch that. You can’t really see the floating aspect but I thought the petals with the pebbles were pretty cool.

Also posted in Hipstamatic, Project 365

A Little Nature Walk | Project 365

A few years ago I remember lamenting to a friend that there was no place cool to walk. I like to walk for exercise, outside. You know fresh air, Vitamin D, nature. So usually I just walk around the neighborhood which is fine. But if I want a good walk and want to do a loop I have to walk along side one of the main roads where I live. A freeway basically. Six lanes of loud traffic and exhaust.

Less than a week later I was scouting a local park for a photo shoot and was like what the hell is wrong with me?! There is this beautiful park with trails and hiking areas and the river right here, 10 minutes away. So what if I have to drive there? And there you have it. Another gem in my backyard. Here are some scenes from today’s walk on just an amazingly beautiful day.

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Also posted in Hipstamatic, Project 365

Dogwood | Project 365

And this is the Dogwood tree across from the pink amazingness at work.

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Also posted in Hipstamatic, Project 365

Pink! | Project 365

This is what I noticed walking into work today!

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Also posted in Hipstamatic, Project 365

Tulip Tree |Project 365

Love the tulip tree! It’s in the Magnolia family and is sometimes called the tulip poplar although it’s not related to true poplars.

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Also posted in Project 365

Cherry Blossom at Meadowlark | Project 365

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More cherry blossoms from Meadowlark.

Also posted in Project 365