So Danielle & Chad are kind of awesome, and here’s why. When we started planning our engagement session, Danielle wanted to try for something during winter, so we could use the snow as a great backdrop for some outdoor photos. As the proposed date drew closer, we started brainstorming different locations so we could plan our day accordingly, and here’s one of her emails to me:
You can meet us at our place, leave your car, we’ll drive, maybe start at Chad’s parent’s house, they might actually still have snow in the yard after tonight’s snowfall… or go to the Woodend and take pics there instead, and after that, come back here, jump on the metro, maayyybe stop in Bethesda, or not… head into Washington, DC, walk Georgetown, find our way to the canal there… Then Chad can take us to the ice rink near the Smithsonian… Is that crazy? Too much stuff, too little? Let me know what you think, nothing is set in stone, we’re open to direction. :-)
How awesome is that? That’s exactly why I don’t promise that my engagement shoots will last 1-2 hours, as sometimes, they turn into an entire fun-filled (and frozen) day, which is how most of my engagement sessions tend to go. We pick some places, and spend the day getting to know each other, have some fun and on occasion, take a couple of photos. With Danielle & Chad, they were even kind enough to chauffeur me around for the day. We actually started off at their apartment, where she was getting a make-up trial done (which nicely coincided with our engagement shoot :), from there we made our way to Washington, D.C., making a quick stop for coffee on the way. After trying and failing to find a parking space near The National Mall, we decided to check out Georgetown as well, which resulted in missing our exit and ending up going the wrong way on George Washington Parkway. Of course we weren’t going to let something like that put a damper on the day, so we made the best of the situation, stopping at Roosevelt Island, where we spent an hour or so walking around, taking some photos and eventually resembling very large people-shaped icicles in the process.
After warming up a bit in the car, we finally made it to Georgetown, where after a delicious and well deserved lunch at Chipotle, we walked among some gorgeous 200 year old old row houses and cobblestone streets, eventually heading down to the check out the Georgetown canal.
On our drive back to their apartment, I got an impromptu tour of the beginning of their relationship and life together. From the place they first met and their first date, their first apartment, even to the bench where Chad proposed to Danielle, it was a wonderful end to an amazing engagement session. I don’t want to give too much away, but their wedding is seriously gonna rock.
Oh yeah, here are a couple photos too.