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Sometimes, we share about couples, wedding, and portrait shoots... other times, we feature our journeys in National Parks and beyond.

Catch up with our activities, check out images we've been working on, live vicariously though our adventures, and fall in love with the fabulous folks we've photographed. 

Five reasons to be a busy photographer

October 13, 2013  •  1 Comment

SPAN Photography has been overwhelmed with wonderful photography opportunities in recent months. As we alluded to in a previous post, we had several weddings in August, and then we started September with a week-long photo trip to ALASKA! When we returned home, we took engagement photos an amazing couple whose wedding we'll shoot next fall. And, we enjoyed a family shoot with more terrific folks last weekend.

It's easy to get bogged down by the volume of work - culling, editing, tweaking, sharing - but we know we're so lucky to have these great couples, families, and adventures in our professional and personal lives. Here are five reasons (and the accompanying slideshow) why we think being busy photographers is a gift!

5.  "Let them eat cake" includes us! Yummy cupcakes, red velvet groom's cakes, chocolate and vanilla buttercream icing... we're not picky. Being able to grab a few shots of a pretty petit four gets our blood sugar spiking in the best ways. Cookies, candies, and other sweet treats are welcome, too.

Of course, seeing a couple share their first bites of wedded bliss is the main event. But, we have to admit, we're grateful for a slice of the good life.

4.  Playing in the park: When Nicole and Scott invited us to spend the afternoon with them and their sweet pup, Natty, we leaped at the chance to frolic outdoors. At Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, we explored the nooks and crannies of a historic city oasis. Bonuses included having the Sunday drum circle as background music; Natty serving as "rufferee" for her owners' disagreement over sports teams; and enjoying the peaceful waterfall and reflecting pond.

3.  Experiencing the unexpected: We weren't sure what a Scottish/steampunk wedding would entail. But, Erika's vibrant red dress and Nathaniel's Gunn tartan kilt were expressions of their personal styles. Every detail contributed to their memorable wedding day.

Other highlights? The rest of the men in the wedding party wore kilts, too; close family friends performed an interpretive and artistic modern dance; the groom's parents sang their toast to the couple; and a bagpiper led processions into the reception space and, later, out of the church into a cloud of bubbles.

2. Inhabiting beautiful spaces with beautiful people: Brian and Adriana's strong faith and affinity for their church community brought us into an amazing cathedral in the heart of DC. The soaring ceiling, gilded finishes, and ornate details were illuminated by the love and joy of Brian and Adriana's nuptials.

1. True love conquers allEven the warmth of the August sun could not melt the moments we shared with one fantastic couple we met. When Dennis and Jack tied the knot after 28 years together, we were first-hand observers of their special day. From the intimate ceremony overlooking the Potomac River from atop the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to an impromptu sharing of cupcakes in Dupont Circle (it all comes back to the goodies!), we celebrated the longevity of their love in style.

Happy 97th Birthday to the National Park Service!

August 25, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

We cannot think of a better excuse to break out photos from some great trips we've taken in recent years and months than to celebrate 97 years of the National Park Service (more at and To date this calendar year, we've visited six national parks, and we have two more parks on the docket for September... but, more about that in a later post.

The national parks encompass some of the United States' greatest treasures. In our experiences, these parks offer places for reflecting quietly, taking in fascinating wonders, engaging with incredible scenery, gathering with friends and family, observing animals in their natural habitats, and appreciating the diverse world in which we humans are a small part. Thanks to the creation of the National Park Service nearly a hundred years ago, some of the most amazing places in our country still belong to all of us.

To the right is an amazing image from Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. We journeyed to Bryce this past March for our first ever visit. The hoodoos - the name of the unique natural rock formations found at Bryce - greeted us with their lovely snow caps. The hoodoos have been created over time by the wearing away of weak limestone as a result of the continuous freezing and thawing of ice and water. The morning we shot this photo, we ventured out before 6am to greet the sunrise near Thor's Hammer (the name of the hoodoo you see in the foreground). It was -1 degrees when we left the cozy seats of our rental car to trek a short way down the icy Sunrise Point trail. In the cold shadows of the hoodoos, Sean set up his camera and we awaited the winter sun's rays. Cold? Abso-freaking-lutely. Worth it? Double [numb] thumbs up!

The photo to the left is of the wild and wooly ponies of Assateague Island National Seashore. Yes! Who doesn't love ponies? The Assateague ponies roam the national seashore - frolicking along the Atlantic Ocean, delighting sight-seeing visitors, and eating in the marshy bay. Their presence on the island hearkens back to the 1600s when colonists once grazed livestock there; today's ponies are wild descendants of those domesticated horses. Sean and Marybeth's first camping trip together was to Assateague Island, and these photos are from an earlier trip Sean took.

Wishing you a happy birthday, National Park Service! Thanks for the memories, and we're looking forward to making many more...


Summer of Love

August 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

For SPAN Photography, August has been a whirlwind of wonderful weddings. Thus far, we've celebrated with two amazing couples, and a third duo will tie the knot in a week. For us, this has meant a flurry of activity, as we've prepared our equipment, our ideas, and ourselves for each couple's nuptials.

We kicked off the month with a lovely and unique Scottish-meets-steampunk celebration for Nathaniel and Erika at St. Columba's church in upper northwest DC. We were in awe of the bright red dress and plumed hat that bride Erika wore, and groom Nathaniel was regal in his Gunn tartan kilt and authentic accessories. The wedding delighted at every turn - a bagpiper leading the procession out of the church, a surprise serenade of the couple by the groom's parents, and a poetic performance by professional modern dancers. We cannot wait to share the pictures in a few weeks!

Our second wedding was the elegant and long-awaited celebration of Dennis and Jack. Atop the Kennedy Center's balcony overlooking the Potomac River and Georgetown, these lovebirds of 28 years tied the knot in an intimate ceremony. Dapper in their matching gray suits, the duo led us around some of their favorite haunts inside the Kennedy Center and around Dupont Circle. The teaser photo (at right) only scratches the surface of the theatrical, loving, and fun couple's photo shoot with SPAN.

Finally, we're looking forward to witnessing the wedding of Brian and Adriana over Labor Day weekend. The traditional Catholic ceremony will take place in the ornately beautiful St. Matthew's cathedral. We're secretly anticipating the couple's tiny daughter, Maria, will do her best to steal the show.

Beyond August... we're booking additional weddings for the coming seasons. We'd love to be part of your special occasions, too!

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