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 all: Even 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.