Family portraits are the next logical step in the photographic journey of a couple and it’s so fun to for me to watch a family grow and flourish. So I thought it was time for a roundup of some of the family photo sessions I’ve done recently. As a mother of two older teenagers, I know how fleeting it is when the kids are small and how important it is to get everyone in the photo. Most of my family photos don’t include me–except for the ones where we hired a photographer to get that elusive holiday card photo.

Although I primarily consider myself a wedding photographer I think a more accurate statement would be that I love photographing people. And food, but that’s a different blog post!

I appreciate the posed family photos that I do and why they’re important, but my absolute favorite images are those that happen in the off moments. The photo of George and his dad just below is a prime example. Capturing the relationships and the lifestyle makes for the memorable photos!

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Wedding Day First LookIn recent years the first look (or reveal) has become almost as traditional as not seeing each other before walking down the aisle! At least half of our couples opt to see each other before the wedding for several reasons:

Flow The day often will flow better if you see each other before the wedding ceremony. Once you see each other you can take all the family and wedding party photos earlier in the day then everyone is free for cocktails as soon as the ceremony is over.

Logistics If you’re getting ready in one place, getting married in another and having your reception at a third, it can work to your advantage to see each other first than travel together for the rest of the day. It saves on transportation costs and you get to spend more time with your soon to be spouse and what’s better than that?!

A moment alone  The first look is arranged so that it’s just the two of you. No family or others allowed! OK occasionally we spy bridal party members or family peeking around a corner or from a higher vantage point, but really we want it to be a genuine moment between the two of you. We’ll put you in pretty light, a nice location and let you have a moment. Sometimes getting ready on the wedding day can be a little stressful and seeing each other is a wonderful relief.

Pretty pictures  Even though the first look is not something that would happen organically on your wedding day, we do our best to make it feel like it is. There is no much better than the pure emotion of seeing each other for the first time and it can make for some very sweet photos and some lovely moments! Sometimes they’re among the best emotional photos of the day.

And here are a couple of reasons not to:

Timing Sometimes there just isn’t time in the day. Early ceremonies or church services often don’t allow for the time for a first look.

Tradition You may just not want to see each other before the walk down the aisle! That’s great too. We never try to talk anyone who feels strongly about keeping with tradition into a first look. Just remember to factor in time for your portraits, family photos and wedding party after the ceremony and into the cocktail hour.

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After Bob + Dan’s Washington National Cathedral wedding ceremony (detailed in part one) we took advantage of some of the very interesting light and windows inside the Cathedral before heading down Rock Creek Parkway to the new and fabulous Watergate Hotel for their wedding reception.

A quick trip to their top floor suite and a sweet gift exchange was followed by a windy photo session on the balcony of their room. How amazing is the view of the Potomac River, Georgetown and Virginia? The original plan was to do these photos at the Top of the Gate, but wind prevented that. Honestly, I was so happy with the portraits on the balcony that I’m not sure we would have done better at the very top!

The vibe at the hotel fit the couple so well. It is a sleek and elegant space with a retro feel that is really fresh. I admit to being a little obsessed with the reflective textured columns in the lobby of the hotel which I thought made a lovely B&W late night portrait of the couple.

The party was on as soon as the grooms hit the dance floor. Considering that the couple met two-stepping at a country and western bar, let’s just say they have some moves. Especially Bob! I loved the decor of the room with it’s nod to the history of the hotel including tables or Bob Woodward and Richard Nixon. And I would be very remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Michael Deltette, Director of Catering and Events at the Watergate. He referred me to the grooms and he kept everything at the reception running so smoothly (as he always does!!).

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Cathedral flowers by the Cathedral Flower Guild

Reception and other Floral Toulies en Fleur

Reception venue The Watergate Hotel 2650 Virginia Ave., NW, Washington DC

Reception coordinator Michael Deltette

DJ NYX Entertainment

Just in time for an influx of tourists and protestors, my Bloomberg Pursuits food photography assignment is online! I had the pleasure to taking a whirlwind tour of some of the finest eating and drinking that the city has to offer late last year. Enjoy–and don’t forget to make reservations!!

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Eggplant Caponata Tart on flowered plate at Pineapple and Pearls.

 

Food Bloomberg Pursuits Deb Lindsey

Seafood Curry made with a Siphon at Pineapple and Pearls.

 

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Pain au Lait Bread course in a box with Foie Gras Butter and Preserves served at Pineapple and Pearls.

 

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Chef Nick Stefanelli and a pasta dish, Fagottini, at his restaurant Masseria.

 

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Miguel F. Lancha, cocktail innovator at Jose Andres’ BarMini, prepares a Martinez cocktail. Right is the Carmen Miranda.

 

Wall art at BarMini.

Wall art at BarMini.

 

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The White Stone Oysters at The Dabney are served with cherry vinegar mignonette, coriander berry vinegar. At right Fall from the Hearth cocktail.

 

Food Bloomberg Pursuits Deb Lindsey

Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream Sundae at The Dabney.

 

Old Bay Rubbed Ribeye with White Corn Pudding and Smoked Tomato Jam at Kinship.

Old Bay Rubbed Ribeye with White Corn Pudding and Smoked Tomato Jam at Kinship.

 

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Matcha Latte and Cappuccino with Soda Water at Maketto.

 

Food Bloomberg Pursuits Deb Lindsey

The Next Whiskey Bar at the newly renovated Watergate Hotel.

 

Food Bloomberg Pursuits Deb Lindsey

Watergate waitress Janell Delaney holds the Macbain and the Cutthroat at The Next Whiskey Bar at the newly renovated Watergate Hotel.

 

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Pici Carbonara, Pancetta, Broccoli with Calabrian Chili Breadcrumbs at Tail Up Goat.

 

Food Bloomberg Pursuits Deb Lindsey

Lamb Ribs, Root Vegetables, Salsa Verde and Pickled Mustard Seeds for two at Tail Up Goat and cocktail at the Columbia Room.

 

I am so excited to finally share part one of Bob + Dan’s gorgeous fall Washington National Cathedral wedding and Watergate Hotel reception in October. Their wedding was my first time at both locations and it’s always such a fun creative challenge to photograph a wedding in a new (to me!) space. We started the day at their home in Columbia Heights surrounded by their entire wedding party and immediate family. It was such a fun group and I just love the photographs of the two of them getting ready together. We drove over to the Cathedral early to spend some time in lovely Bishop’s Garden for groom portraits and wedding party photos. Let’s just say it was a teensy bit blustery. Not gale force but definitely windy!

The building itself is simply stunning. And ornate and incredibly beautiful. The ceremony took place in the far back of the Cathedral on the High Altar. Which makes for a very very long walk down the aisle. The ceremony was personal and joyful and a true celebration of Bob + Dan’s relationship. A receiving line followed the ceremony and then since I couldn’t resist, a few more interior wedding day portraits of the two of them before we proceeded to the Watergate for their party. Those photographs and the wedding reception and details will be coming soon!

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Wedding ceremony Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington DC

Cathedral flowers by the Cathedral Flower Guild

Reception and other Floral Toulies en Fleur

Reception venue The Watergate Hotel 2650 Virginia Ave., NW, Washington DC

Reception coordinator Michael Deltette

DJ NYX Entertainment

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