I was recently contacted by Brooke Bakken about second shooting for her at a Washington DC LDS Temple wedding this June. I was completely floored to be chosen by her to help capture the day, and immediately agreed to be a part of it all with her (she’s amazing!!). She also told me that the couple was currently living near DC and would like to have their engagement photos taken by someone local to the area. She recommended I work with them for their engagement session since I would be there for the wedding day, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that it all worked out!
Soon after, Amber got in touch with me to schedule their session and mentioned wanting to do a session with the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin. I know probably better than anyone else that timing for the cherry blossoms has been a bit tricky this year, as the unusually early warm weather has brought them to life much sooner than expected. So it was a bit of a juggle finding the perfect time for their session to coincide with peak blossoms, but we made it happen by all three of us agreeing to wake up at sunrise to shoot! Honestly, it wasn’t even hard for me to wake up at 4:30 that morning because I was just SOO excited to be doing a shoot at one of my favorite locations with some of my favorite colors & blossoms — PINK!!!
I had scouted out some locations and checked out the blossoms a few days before their session, even getting up early then, too but nothing prepared me for how busy it was on that Thursday at 7 o’clock in the morning! I had to park quite a ways away from our meet up point, but luckily we found each other with no trouble at all, and since we were so far away from the Jefferson monument at sunrise, we actually found ourselves alone with a gorgeous line of trees down by Hains Point. It was a perfectly clear, golden sunrise, Amber and Matt were dressed so sharp, and the trees were popping with color. These images have become quick favorites of mine for obvious reasons!!
After an outfit change into something more bright and colorful, we caught a quick Uber to Georgetown. The entire look and feeling of their session changed, and I am SO happy they have such a diverse gallery of images to choose from! The light had moved higher in the sky, the contrasts deepened, and the colors popped vibrantly! I felt like both locations captured different sides of their personality and their relationship and it was so fun to photograph both styles! I am positively thrilled to be shooting with Brooke for Amber & Matt’s wedding this June. I know it will be just as classy, romantic, timeless, and downright BEAUTIFUL as their engagement session and that makes me giddy with excitement!!