OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA | AN AFTERNOON ENGAGEMENT SESSION WITH MORGAN + GARY

Morgan & Gary started off their Old Town engagement session with lots of laughs and jokes

Morgan & Gary started off their Old Town engagement session with lots of laughs and jokes

Morgan and Gary emailed me earlier last fall inquiring to be their wedding photographer, and we finally were able to meet up the first weekend of this month in Northern Virginia. 

Our original plan was for an early morning cherry blossom session along the Tidal Basin, right in the heart of Washington D.C. That was quickly scratched when we discovered that the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run was happening right along the Tidal Basin... at 7:30. Instead, we planned for a sunrise session in Old Town Alexandria. 

All week long, the weather looked as though it may be chilly, but not too chilly.  As the weekend approached, the temperature dropped. Logan and I headed up to Washington DC on Saturday afternoon, so that we wouldn't have to wake up at 3AM to drive to an early morning session. At about 3:45 I woke up in my hotel room in Springfield, Virginia to find that it was snowing! SNOWING! The temperature predicted for 7AM was literally freezing. And windy. Crazy windy.

Needless to say, we decided to reschedule the engagement session for the afternoon instead of torturing Morgan and Gary. By the afternoon, the wind had scooted on and the weather was almost 30 degrees warmer. The sun was shining, Morgan and Gary were smiling, and we were able to walk around Old Town Alexandria with so many others who were outside enjoying what ended up being a beautiful day!

The bright pops of color on the front doors of the historical homes of Old Town made for fun backdrops

The bright pops of color on the front doors of the historical homes of Old Town made for fun backdrops

I could not get over how absolutely contagious Morgan's big, beautiful smile is!

I could not get over how absolutely contagious Morgan's big, beautiful smile is!

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Gary made more laugh the entire afternoon 

Gary made more laugh the entire afternoon 

The afternoon sunlight was so warm and beautiful!

The afternoon sunlight was so warm and beautiful!

The cobblestone streets of Old Town offered interesting texture

The cobblestone streets of Old Town offered interesting texture

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What I loved about this session was how much fun these two had, and--DUH--Morgan's smile. Gary kept her laughing nonstop. He's sarcastic, wry, and hilarious--and had me laughing a ton, too! Their northern Virginia wedding this fall is sure to be full of vibrant, fun, and full of life.

 This being our second engagement session together, I have to say I am incredibly impressed with how well Logan and I are working together. I haven't "trained" Logan at all. To be honest, I am a terrible instructor, and most likely will never host a workshop.  

 One day we went to Barnes & Noble and bought a copy of Understanding Exposure, because it's the one reference I tell any aspiring photographer to seek out. It's like a Bible for photographers. I also told him to just shoot. Like I've said over and over again, practice, practice, practice.

Logan has a definite style, even so early on. His knack for always finding great leading lines is something I definitely admire in his work. His commitment to doing things well is also a quality about him that I am amazed and inspired by. Since meeting him, I have completely changed the way I view work, and my work ethic in general. 

I am so looking forward to all that's to come.