Shaw [Washington, DC]

Things I am thankful for today: friends who volunteer as guinea pigs-I mean models for my photo shoots. When you’re just starting out as a photographer and trying to develop your portfolio, it can be hard to find subjects willing to let you take their picture! Luckily, I have some awesome pals who will gladly channel their inner America’s Next Top Model in front of my camera. This weekend I had the pleasure to shoot my beautiful friend Abbey, who modeled her fresh new ‘do and array of cozy cardigans around the Shaw neighborhood of D.C.

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Field Day [Meridian Hill Park]

Goodbyes are hard. But they hurt a little less when you have a festive celebration to send someone off into a new chapter of their lives. My friend group in DC has started to undergo some changes in the past year as people move away from the city for new opportunities. While it is sad to see such great pals leave, it’s also fun to reminisce on all the fond memories we’ve had in the District over the years and give them a super awesome send-off. And hey, you can move away, but you can never really leave the group chat, right?!

For our latest bon voyage, we threw our friend Amanda a field day-style bash at Meridian Hill Park. The party included a picnic and playground games of our youth – we’re talking egg toss, egg-in-spoon race, three-legged race, frozen t-shirt game. You’ve never seen so many twenty-somethings competitively trying not to crack an egg on the ground while racing toward a crepe paper finish line at the same time. Between the fun activities, Capri Sun-drinking and jello-eating,  we wished our friend well as she heads off for life in the Big Apple.

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.