Junebug Weddings Best of the Best Wedding Photos of 2016 Award

Click the image above to see all of the winners // Junebug Weddings

Click the image above to see all of the winners // Junebug Weddings

I can't even begin to explain how honored I feel to have a winning image in Junebug Wedding's Best of the Best Wedding Photos of 2016. To be standing among the greats- the same photographers that I have marveled at and spent hours upon hours studying their work- photographers like Jordan Voth and India Earl, is so freaking surreal. 

2016 was a year of change and growth, both personally and professionally. I moved to Washington DC almost a year ago in search of a space that felt more like the work I cared deeply about creating. This city isn't just for the politicians and the nine-to-fivers anymore; this city is exploding with makers and artists and creatives that want to bring their talents to life. 

Winning Image // Melissa + Chris's First Look [See their full wedding here!]

Winning Image // Melissa + Chris's First Look [See their full wedding here!]

My goal for the 2016 wedding season was to catch more genuine, less posed moments between my couples. I wanted to be intentional in documenting stories, rather than directing them; prompting my couples, rather than posing them. I learned that if you prepare your couples by setting the expectation and educating them on your style and philosophy beforehand, the authentic moments will come more naturally and effortlessly. Creating trust from the first email inquiry all the way up to the wedding allowed my couples to feel comfortable enough to be themselves in front of the camera. I was able to capture intimate interactions without feeling intrusive. To me, this image did just that. 

 
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