I often get asked why I shoot DC weddings so often. I mean, I’m up here in Connecticut and NYC, why such a draw to DC? Easy answer: I was born and raised in Virginia and moved into my first apartment with Natalie in DC when I was 19. DC is home in so many ways: I went to art school there, Natalie’s family lived there for all of her childhood, my relationship turned marriage with Natalie started in DC. Natalie is a DC native- something not very many people can say. And living there for years, DC is really home for me in many ways.
So yes, I often travel to DC and make in my job to know all the new things and fun, secret places to shoot in the city. And sometimes a couple has a very clear vision in mind. Nothing secret but something actually very iconic but meaningful to them. The Kennedy Center has a feeling of being ‘huge’ and making you stop and stare at the long halls. I think a lot of that is because most kids growing up in the DC area went to the Kennedy Center all dressed up for a play or their free concert day. As a small kid, it’s just enormous. And that sticks with you.
But Jessica and Evan wandered the halls together with me, taking a cold, chilly day and enjoying being alone in the space. But CJ had to be included so we picked him up from doggy day care. It was Halloween and many a dog was passing us in adorable costumes. But CJ was just happy to squish Jessica and Evan in a massive cuddle pile in the leaves.