Surprise Engagement [Washington, DC]

When one of your best friends is planning to propose to your other best friend and asks you to photograph it, you can’t say no! I was so thrilled to be a part of the engagement celebration for two of my dearest pals a couple weeks ago. The proposal took place at the Lincoln Memorial on a beautiful summer day. Unbeknownst to the soon-to-be bride-to-be, a few of our friends and fellow photographers were camped out behind the pillars, waiting to take some sneaky snapshots of the big event. While the proposal plans didn’t go quite as expected – we were spotted! – the photos turned out even better because I got to take some great close-up shots of the newly engaged couple. Here are a few photos from the day – in love with the pure happiness radiating from these two. Congrats Abbey and Henderson!

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Karina + Max [Union Market]

This past weekend, I convinced my very nice and photogenic friends Karina and Max to be my models in a fun photo shoot around town. We went in search of some bright murals, and after a failed attempt to visit Storey Park in NoMa (padlocked when events aren’t going on, apparently!), we ended up back at one of my favorite DC spots, Union Market. After a lap around the market – which included a stop at Little Baby’s Ice Cream for perhaps the tastiest salty chocolate ice cream – we checked out some of the colorful art that decorates the outside walls of the market.

Mom + Dad [Washington, DC]

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My parents came to visit me this weekend. It’s always great when family comes into town – it makes DC feel a little more like home. It’s especially fun when my parents visit because they used to live in this area when they were first married. Each time they’re here, I love showing them around the city from my point of view, hearing their stories of DC life “back in the day” and comparing notes about how much has changed over the years.

Big, bold colors – not to mention bright, sunny weather – seemed to be a common theme of our activities this weekend. From the psychedelic neon light show at the M83/Tame Impala concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion (my parents are big fans!), to the colorful WONDER exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, to the vivid murals decorating the outside of Union Market, plenty of vibrant photo ops abounded. Living in a city that’s more often “concrete jungle” than “urban oasis,” my eye is always drawn to the pops of color that crop up around town.