Shelly Pate

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Couple kisses sitting on grass at Washington DC sunset engagement session

If weddings and elopements are all about making memories, then wedding day photography is truly the most important part of your day!

Why Photography is the Most Important Part of Your Wedding Day


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Couple kisses at Baltimore engagement session

This couple wanted their engagement session outfit style to showcase their personality and reflect their life together exactly as it is right now.

How to Show Off Your Engagement Session Outfit Style


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Couple kisses at Washington DC winter engagement photo session

A night in the city with twinkle lights, a beloved pup, and two lovebirds makes for magical Washington, DC engagement photos.

Washington, DC Winter City Engagement Photos


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Couple walks holding hands at Georgetown engagement session

Georgetown is a popular place for engagement photos with its Washington, DC charm. These are my best tips for where to do your Georgetown engagement photos!

When & Where To Take Engagement Photos in Georgetown

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Couple holds hands at National Arboretum engagement session

You are not alone coming to the engagement session completely nervous! Here are my tips so you can best get ready for your couples session!

Best Tips To Get Ready for Your Engagement Session

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Couple kisses dog at engagement session

It only makes sense to have your entire family there for your big day. Here are my best tips on how to include pets in your wedding!

The Best Ways to Include Pets in Your Wedding

Couples, Weddings

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Couple embraces at sunset Shenandoah National Park Adventure Session

More time + more locations = more adventures to be had on this adventure session that went from Washington, DC to Shenandoah National Park!

Washington, DC to Shenandoah All-Day Adventure Session

Couples, Washington, DC, Wedding Resources

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Santa Barbara Couple Embraces at Wharf

Traveling to California for this sunset Santa Barbara session confirmed my belief that destination couples sessions are always worth it!

Sunset Couples Session at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara

Couples, Destination Couples Session

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Leesylvania State Park

Leesylvania State Park | Surprise Proposal | Wedding Proposal Photography When Mike first contacted me about photographing his proposal to Madeline, I was so excited! However, there were some logistics to work out. How were we going to pull this off without her suspecting? After all, it’s not every day you go for a walk […]

Leesylvania State Park | Surprise Winter Proposal

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There are many private spots to get down on one knee in Washington, DC. Here are the best places I recommend to propose in Washington, DC!

Best Places to Propose in Washington, DC

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DC Engagement Session

Brooke and Adrian | DC Engagement Session DC Engagement Session | Brooke and Adrian You know how when you meet two people who just seem to genuinely have FUN together no matter what they are doing? That’s just what it’s like when you meet Brooke and Adrian. We had such a blast together at their […]

Brooke and Adrian | DC Engagement Session

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Great Falls engagement session

Adventure Engagement Session | Krysel + Jeremiah Adventure!  Who doesn’t want an excellent adventure?  Well, lately it’s been a buzzword in the wedding industry, adventure engagement session. These kinds of sessions are so much fun to photograph, but I think it’s important to point out that you don’t need to hike 10 miles or get […]

Adventure Engagement Session | Great Falls Park

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