Mack + Nicole | Union Market // Washington DC Wedding Photographer

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Our Associate Photographer, Mariah, got to photograph the sweetest, most fun-loving couple at Union Market earlier last month! We absolutely love the way Mariah captured their personalities and their kick-ass style (wait until you see Nicole's jeans!) and we cant wait for Mariah to share all of her beautiful talent with our couples this year! 

Also! If you're recently engaged and haven't checked out our new Engagement Session Prep Guide, definitely do! We'll go over how to pick your outfits, how to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and ways to get up close and personal with your love without feeling or look awkward. REAL. LIFE. STUFF. <3 

Rachael + Adrian | African American Museum Engagement Proposal Photography and Videography

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Adrian, a friend of a friend, who wanted to hire Mariah and I to photograph and video his proposal to his long time girlfriend, Rachael! Rachael thought they were taking the day off to go to the Smithsonian African American Museum with friends so Adrian and I met up the day before in front of the museum to scope out the best location and to come up with a game plan. Little did Rachael know, her life was about to change in the sweetest way possible when Adrian got down on one knee and popped the question. I wish we could shoot proposals all the time! If you and your man have talked about rings, make sure your BFF helps him hire a photographer to capture the moment you promise forever! ;) 

Getting Ready for your Engagement Session

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SPEND THE DAY TOGETHER.

I know it's not always possible, but if you can, take the day off together. We'll photograph your session about an hour or so before sunset, to allow for the most flattering light, so plan a day date! Sleep in, go to brunch, play your favorites tunes, have a cocktail (or two) and re-connect. You could also use the time to pamper yourself a bit with hair + makeup. (Massage, anyone?) By the time you get to me you'll be so darn in love it'll be sickening. And I'll friggin' love it. (And so will you when you see your gallery.) 

If I'm not prompting you, you're doing it right.

If you remember nothing else, remember this! During the first few minutes of an engagement session, someone (usually the groom-to-be...ha) will ask "What should we do? Are we doing it right?" And I always tell them, "if I'm not giving you direction, keep doing what you're doing!" Even if that just means chatting or laughing with your partner. Just relax. I am a real person just like you, and I promise that if you're not "doing it right," (you are) I'll let you know! 

THE IN-BETWEEN MOMENTS ARE MOMENTS worth photographing, TOO.

When we're moving from place to place, whether that's a new pose or a different location all together, keep lovin' on one another; hold hands, get cozy, get handsy, whatever! These always end up being the most genuine moments I capture and a true representation of your relationship. 

GET THOSE INSIDE JOKES READY.

During the session, I might ask one of you to whisper something funny (or dirty) to the other person in order to get you guys laughing. (Don't worry, I'll be far enough away from you and won't be able to hear it.) Cant think of one? No problem. The awkward silence will make you laugh, too. ;) 

TRUST ME.

You might be surprised at some of the prompts I give to evoke emotion. You also might be standing so close to your partner that you get an up close and personal show of their nose hairs. Trust me that I'm creating something special for you. Leave your inhibitions at home, be confident, and I promise you, you're going to love your photos. 

SPEND TIME PLANNING YOUR OUTFITS.

Want some advice on what to wear to your session? Check out my Engagement Session Style Guide here. 

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS? NO PROBLEM! Shoot me an email or give me a call!