Shelly Pate

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couple holds dog together at engagement photos in winter

It takes planning and chasing the light and the warmth in order to capture engagement photos in winter. Here’s to make this happen and still stay warm!

How to Prepare and Stay Warm at Your Outdoor Engagement Photos in Winter


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Couple stands in field at sunset fall engagement session with dog

As your engagement photographer, I’m all about stepping into your story. These fall engagement photos show what matters most in capturing your love story!

Pet Dog Joins Golden Hour Engagement Photos at Fall Forest Trail


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couple takes engagement photos with dogs in wildflower field

Dog owners know that their pups must be included in major life events. Taking your engagement photos with dogs is the best way to include the entire family!

Engagement Photos With Dogs at Romantic Sunset Wildflower Field

Couples, Wedding Resources

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Man dips woman in front of Lincoln Memorial at sunrise

Washington, DC is the perfect backdrop for capturing love. One of my favorite places to do this as a DC engagement photographer is at the Lincoln Memorial.

DC Engagement Photographer: My Favorite Sunrise Spot to Capture Your Love

Couples, Washington, DC

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Couple holds hands by wild horses at Assateague Island engagement session

Adventure sessions can be more than just an engagement session. See how this couples’ spring engagement photos turned into a memory-making adventure!

Why Your Engagement Photos Should Be an Adventure: Spring Adventure Session


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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

Couples, engagement

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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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