Earlier this month, I met Frances and Carlo for an engagement session. Being that they asked me where I would like to meet, this location was my idea. The Lower Senate Park is one of the most picturesque and “DC” places to make photos. Although it is very popular for photo shoots, we were lucky that it was not crowded!
Frances I had met prior to the shoot. She had some very nice plans for their upcoming wedding! While it may be true that the bride does most of the planning, Marco was a great sport. He was in great shape and for this reason I did not hesitate to ask him to do anything physical. Easily he picked her up to illustrate a spontaneous moment! In reality is was all set up, but they played along nicely.
Obviously they were a beautiful couple, but they were easy to work with too. On this occasion the wind became stronger at times. These two just rolled with it! I enjoyed editing these, and really look forward to their upcoming wedding.
Jo and Claro met me in downtown DC for some engagement photos. Claro and his family have been family friends for years. By comparison, we are Hokies, Filipino, and lived most of our lives in northern Virginia. He and his fiance Jo planned to marry last summer. When they thought about a photographer for their day, I came to mind. Of course, I jumped at the chance to cover this important event for them!
National Gallery of Art East Building
Our first stop was the National Gallery of Art. Seeing that it is a space to view large art installations, it is a beautiful space for portraits! The large open space with lots of natural light makes photos very easy. In addition, your subjects can move around freely and still be in nice even light.
We started in the East Building of the museum. Given that is a modern space with clean lines, we found plenty of places for photos. With this purpose in mind, we explored all the levels of the museum to find the best spots. In between the East and West building, there is a tunnel famous for posing subjects. Above a motorized walkway a many spot lights mimicking a symmetrical field of stars. Whenever I get a chance, I will bring subjects here. I have not fallen off of the walkway yet!
Lastly, there is collection of glass pyramids on the ground level outside of the West Building. As a matter of fact, it it right above the tunnel in the above photos. Putting them in between these glass sculptures creates some awesome reflections. In reality, it is producing a Photoshop-like effect right in the camera! Although we did not have to walk a long distance, we were able to get a lot of Jo and Claro engagement photos quickly.
When the season start to change from Summer to Fall in northern Virginia, we are so lucky to have some beautiful light outside to make photos. These two asked me to make some engagement photos prior to their wedding next summer. With the sun going down earlier in the day, and the weather being a little milder, it was a perfect time to have a nice portrait session. Green Spring Park in Annandale, VA is a beautiful backdrop for photos. There is a lots of green areas, flowers, as well as structures that are perfect settings for all kinds of photos.
The 18th century historic home has beautiful red bricks and green shutters that are looks like printed backgrounds that photographers roll out in studios. Having the real thing to work with is much better! Although I was disappointed that a very large tree at the back of the house did not survive the last winter. But even the stump makes a great seat!
If you have any reason to get some family or other portraits, please let me know! It is very close to the holidays, a great time to update family photos. I know I will be making a lot of new ones this year.