Saturday, August 29, 2009

Karmia & Jonathan

I met Karmia when she found her wedding gown at the Brides Against Breast Cancer event last month. I snapped a photo of her in her gown, emailed it to her, and had been bothering her since about photographing some engagement shots with her fiance, Jonathan.

She agreed to the shoot, but we had a little difficulty finding a date that would work for everyone. We were finally able to meet up near the Tidal Basin last night, but the weather almost had us cancel! I'm so glad that Karmia and Jonathan were willing to get a little wet--we got some fabulous shots in the end!
Here are some of my favorites. :)

Her ring is gorgeous!

Here's an umbrella shot.

I looked down at my camera for a second, and, when I looked up, Karmia had been swept off her feet!

We were able to get some shots at the Jefferson Memorial without anyone bothering us!

I think this one's my favorite. You can tell how happy they are together!

Thank you both for a fun shoot! Congratulations on your engagement and best wishes for your wedding next year!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Blue October - Baltimore, MD

As I mentioned in my last post, I was up in Baltimore on Sunday (23 August) to see Blue October perform at RamsHead Live near the Inner Harbor. Here are my 3 favorite photos from the evening.

This first one is courtesy of my iPhone and a really cool app called ShakeItPhoto. Seriously, if you have an iPhone, check out that app! It's really fun! This is from the encore when lead singer Justin Furstenfeld was singing "It's Just Me" off Foiled.

This second one has lead singer Justin Furstenfeld in the foreground and guitarist CB Hudson rocking out in the back. I love the movement captured in this shot.

Lastly, here's another of Justin and his guitar.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Blue October Video

I drove up to Baltimore last night to see Blue October perform at RamsHead Live. It was a great show (they never disappoint) and the set list was uh-maze-ing!

Here's a video I recorded of them playing "Italian Radio," probably my favorite song of theirs. I loved it when Justin stroked his guitar at the "meet my fine new lady" line (at approx 0:46).

(If the link doesn't work, try going here:

I was able to take my little Nikon in there with me, so hang tight for a few photos!

For now, here's a shot of lead singer Justin Furstenfeld (and former bassist Piper Skih) performing at the Parish at the House of Blues in New Orleans, October 2003.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Ruth & Justin

I met Ruth at a Blue October show earlier this year and, when I found out she was engaged, jumped on the chance to take some shots of her and her handsome fiance, Justin. They were a blast to hang out with, and Justin turned out to be the best DC guide I've ever had!

We met up at the Jefferson Memorial and got in a handful of shots before being questioned by the park police. (He told me, "The government doesn't want you taking photos here." Oh really?) Then we trotted off around the Tidal Basin to the nearby areas. Here are four of my favorite shots from the evening.

Ruth and Justin treated me to a delicious dinner in Chinatown after the shoot. Maybe next time we'll be brave and try the jelly fish on the menu! Thanks again, you two! :)


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Market Mornings

I hit up two markets this weekend. The first was Alexandria's Farmers' Market at the market square in Old Town on Saturday. I got up super early and was there between 7 and 8 am! There was tons of great produce there, and I went home with some great fruit.

I really like how the flag seems to "pop" in this one:

And of course I stopped by a baker's booth too! This octopus was delicious!

This morning, I went into DC to check out Eastern Market. It has been in operation since 1873 and recently re-opened after a major renovation. The outdoor weekend farmers market featured produce as well as various craft items. These young women were checking out some jewelry made from recycled aluminum.

Inside are permanent merchants including meat and fish counters, a bakery, produce, flowers, a cafe, and everything in between! This little guy was really enjoying his salami!

Across the street, a flea market is also open on the weekends. There were tons of varied treasures to be found! This gentleman was selling fabulous mirrors of all sizes.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Weekend Update

I spent this weekend playing around with my shutter speed and how it affects the resulting image.

My friend Rachel suggested that I slow the shutter and take a picture of a clock, so it would physically show the passing of time. I don't own a clock right now, so I used my watch instead (4 seconds).

Yesterday afternoon, I headed out to Gravelly Point Park (or this or this) to practice some stop-action-pan photos. It was great because I captured an airplane (1/15 sec):

a boat (1/15 sec):

a bicyclist (1/15 sec):

and a runner too (1/30 sec):

Afterward, I headed to Target to get a memory card reader, because the one built-in to my laptop recently decided it didn't want to work anymore. On the way out, I perused the newly-added grocery section and (of course) drifted down the wine aisle. (Sidenote: this Target now sells cold beer too!) I was instantly drawn to the handful of varieties of Middle Sister Wine, especially the "Smarty Pants" Chardonnay. The labels are super cute, and each variety has a different drawing of the "middle sister." I can't wait to try them!