I love having the opportunity to travel for photography and this Washington DC engagement session is no exception. When I think of DC I think of tourists, the normal hubbub of a city… Not the utter silence that surrounded us when we arrived at The Jefferson Memorial just before sunrise. As it got lighter a few people trickled in but really for the most part we had the place to ourselves. A couple notes… March in DC can be dang cold and Carson in her beautiful dress willingly froze for the sake of some good photos. Also for those photographers out there… Do not leave your conspicuous black bag unattended even for a couple seconds (it was in my sight the whole time) when visiting any of the Memorials. It apparently looks very suspicious and the security guards will not like you. I learned the hard way.

Sunrise silohuette of engaged couple at the Jefferson memorial in Washington DC
Dramatic black and white image silohuette of couple during their engagement session at the Jefferson Memorial

Above is probably my favorite image from the day… I love black and whites and as I was setting up this shot I just knew it was going to make a beautiful black and white!

Early morning light with couple holding hands by the water
Cute couple wrapped up during their Washington DC engagement
couple laughing in front of the Jefferson memorial during their engagement session in washington DC.
Sun peeking through the pillars at Jefferson Memorial during an engagement session.
coffee shop engagement session

After we wrapped up at The Jefferson Memorial we headed to a cute coffee shop. We were all in dire need of a hot cup of coffee and I was able to capture a some sweet images of these two enjoying the warmth.

couple warming up inside a cute coffee shop during their winter engagement session in DC
couple on a boardwalk in Washington DC
Couple sitting in a cute booth at a craft brewery

Blue Jacket Brewery kindly let us shoot inside their space before they opened to the public. It was super awesome to have the whole space to ourselves! I adore craft beer and on top of having great beer, this brewery had killer light so we were able to get some fun images of these two!

Cute engagement session image at Blue Jacket Brewery in Washington DC
Dramatic light highlights couple during their brewery engagement session
couple cuddling on the floor during their brewery engagement session

You can guarantee I’ll have you guys sitting on the floor or on a rock or in a tree at some point during your engagement session… So come prepared to get dirty.

intimate black and white of couple kissing
blue jacket brewing company engagement session in Washington DC
Cool reflections for this image during a couples engagement session at a brewery
reflection of couple kissing during their engagement session at a washington dc brewery
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As an elopement photographer and outdoor enthusiast I get absolutely giddy with excitement when helping fellow adventure seekers, travelers, dreamers & fun-loving couples plan their experience based, intentional wedding days.

I live on the road full time traveling the country in my dream home on wheels – a 38' long fully off grid, converted bus.

Some of my favorite adventures include: Backpacking and ice climbing in Alaska, hiking the Napali Coast on Kauai, trekking in the jungles of Costa Rica.