susan + jim = bliss.
susan + jim :: married! park hyatt — washington, dc
susan + jim are married!
i absolutely *love* this couple! i was so very excited to see them — they live in detroit so i hadn’t seen them in over a year! i’ve been looking forward to their wedding all season for so many reasons — first of all, they are awesome, totally in love, and a super cool couple. susan + jim both have great energy and i connected strongly with them the moment we met. jim designs cars (how sweet is that?) and they both have a great appreciation for art + design, so they focused on lots of unique + personal details an i knew it was going to be gorgeous! also, photography was very important to them and i was honored that they chose me to document their day! they also chose one of my favorite dj’s of all time — the incredible ninja-tastic, breakdancing dan huynh — who completely rocked the party like no other!
and in fact, the entire day was wonderful — from the pre-wedding excitement to the very last dance, i was completely captivated by susan + jim’s classy and charismatic aura. they seemed to completely float through the day, receiving the love and well wishes from family + friends who were so happy to celebrate with them. there wasn’t a moment when i didn’t feel incredibly privileged to be capturing the love at this wedding — and the crazy dance party that followed was pretty awesome too! i have to say my jaw literally dropped when i entered the ballroom at the park hyatt before the reception — it was beyond stunning. the colors, the lights, the unreal centerpieces — brilliant.
susan + jim :: simply put, you rock. i loved being part of your day — your wedding was outstanding! i hope your alaskan honeymoon was perfect + amazing — we have to compare stories when i get back from vancouver island! XO!
LOVE this next one!
…and because every groom needs a secret service entourage…
2010 blizzard :: part II.
the dc-area is in the midst of yet another winter storm on the heels of last weekend’s 30+ inches! with steady snowfall and temperatures well below freezing, 40 mph wind gusts are making visibility low and contributing to already brutal conditions. we are expected to have an additional 15-20″ by the end of this round, and with over 55″ so far this season it’s officially the snowiest dc winter ever!
one of the best trips i’ve made in the last few years was a return to the big easy last april. i traveled to new orleans for an exciting and emotional week with momenta :: project katrina, led by the brilliant photographer chris usher. the momenta team is phenomenal and their mission of using photography for social change resonates deeply with my personal philosophy towards art, life and human experience. i had the opportunity to work with the LA-SPCA, a truly impressive non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of thousands of homeless + unwanted animals throughout louisiana.
my goal was to learn as much as possible about the mission + practices of the LA-SPCA and capture images that would illustrate the scope of work accomplished by the organization on a daily basis. i was immediately impressed by their innovative programs, educational initiatives, committed volunteers, dedicated staff and truly tireless officers. i spent time in every area of the facility and even went out in the field with the animal control officers to document humane law enforcement. i was particularly drawn to their feral cat program and fascinated by the people in the community who work with the LA-SPCA to help control the feral population. and i must admit, nothing compares to the experience of learning how to trap a feral cat in the wee hours of the morning on the rainy back streets of new orleans.
aside from being in complete awe of the immense amount of work that happens behind the scenes of such a large organization dealing with so many people, animals and issues, i was totally inspired + humbled by everyone i met during my time with the LA-SPCA. following hurricane katrina the shelter was completely destroyed and the resiliency and perseverance of the team and the stories they told me were unbelievable. almost five years later they have rebuilt their entire facility, launched amazing programs and are working harder than ever to serve the community. very recently the LA-SPCA launched a brand new website featuring a wealth of information as well as tons of my images – check it out!
empowerment through photography.
last night’s critical exposure fundraiser was a fantastic success! i was so excited to attend their fotoweek reception and was thrilled to be among the 40+ amazing photographers that contributed images to the silent auction. it was an inspiring evening and i was truly honored to speak to guests about my experiences working with the organization over the last year. critical exposure is amazing and i feel so lucky to be part of such an outstanding group of dedicated individuals that are making such a difference in the lives of dc students. enjoy this glimpse of the evening and check out the links below to learn more about the work critical exposure is doing and my experiences in the classroom!
wish you could have attended to support this incredible non-profit? no worries – click HERE to make a donation or EMAIL me about sponsorship opportunities :)
MLK photo student DeMarco did a great job speaking to guests!
LOVE that a soldier won the “bidding war” on the canvas i contributed to the auction – moody monument!
and what fun is fotoweek without a fotobooth? me + photographer michael bennett kress.
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critical exposure :: the power of photography
critical exposure :: gallery opening!
critical exposure :: in the classroom!
critical exposure :: photo students!
feeling the love.
brooke + dave :: engagement session :: georgetown – washington, dc.
yesterday i met two absolutely wonderful couples, continuing my tradition of celebrating halloween by photographing love! i spent the afternoon chatting with leigh + mark (below) about their upcoming wedding next spring and couldn’t help snapping a quick photo of their cuteness before heading to my engagement session with brooke + dave (above!) in georgetown. it was a rainy fall day, but i was totally feeling the love and i am so happy to have met both of these couples! stay tuned for more from brooke + dave’s session as well as a forthcoming engagement session with leigh + mark!
leigh + mark :: snapshot :: u street – washington, dc
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