Chris and Joanna

My last wedding of 2013.

I am happy that I could end it with Chris and Joanna, who are good friends of mine. Chris and I went to the University of Maryland College Park and were roommates our senior year. We quickly grew close with our love of movies, video games and abstract pop culture, freestyle walking! After meeting Joanna, I knew she was the gal for him. After becoming engaged, I was excited to hear that they wanted me as their wedding photographer.

Chris and Joanna organized an awesome wedding by themselves. They held their ceremony at the Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park and their reception at Studio 450.

Chris and Joanna had this great idea to have all their friends write them a note, take couple Instax photos and then seal the box together, only to be opened in 10 years.

Being the modern couple, they updated their Facebook statuses immediately after their vows.

Chris and Joanna’s first dance, underneath Penn Station.

Performing their own version of the Evolution of Dance, which was a smash hit.

A big thanks goes out to Chris and Joanna. I love you guys and look forward to our continued friendship and your new lives together.

More.

A New Year

2014! Scarily enough, it’s almost here and 2013 was a big year for me with a lot of changes.

I wanted to write this post to communicate to you, my clients, friends and family about what’s in store for me and my photography business. Hopefully, I can write this post without coming off too self aggrandizing.

You may have noticed I am back in Washington, DC. I relocated here in June 2012 before deploying to Djibouti, Africa with the Air Force Reserves for a six month tour in November. When I returned in June 2013, I settled into a great neighborhood in the Shaw/Howard neighborhood and since coming home, I have enjoyed reconnecting with family and friends. I have even been fortunate enough to almost immediately land some wedding and editorial work.

In the last year, I have had to take a hard look at my career and long term goals. Freelancing for the last three years has been a unforgettable experience that I won’t soon forget. I have met a number of interesting people and greatly enjoyed documenting a part of their lives and communicating their stories. With that, comes a lot of time on the road and the struggles that often accompany a trying young enterprise. As my priorities shift and change, I feel that photography has shaped into something different for me and I am no longer going to pursue it as a full-time career.

Hold fast, this isn’t a sob good-bye story.

I still absolutely love photography and will keep in my life, as a part-time endeavor. I plan to take on a limited number of bookings in 2014 and continue to promote my business in the Washington, DC area. I have been working diligently to update a number of aspects of my wedding business going into the new year.

  1. Package – My service offerings and pricing have been recently updated for the 2014 season. To better inform and bring my clients more value to their investment, I have consolidated my information and pricing into a comprehensive packet that I am happy to share. If you would like to have a look, please send me a note to my contact section and I will get back to you within the day.
  2. Travel – I miss venturing throughout the country to shoot weddings. To reach out to more clients and reinvigorate my destination portfolio, I have incorporated my travel costs into my new 2014 rates. Yes, this means I will travel anywhere within the continental 48 states at no cost to my clients.
  3. Albums – I signed on with a stellar new album company, Kiss, and am already cutting new books. Their albums are absolutely top notch and the client reviewing system couldn’t be easier. They offer a variety of fits and finishes and you’ll love seeing their sample albums in person.

I look forward to 2014. Regardless of what full-time work I will find, I intend to stay true to my photography clients and am eager to discover what role photography will play in my life.