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Shelly Pate

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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 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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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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Open plantation fields, white lace, florals and the sweetest couple ever. This is the best way to spend a weekend. Sometimes it is great to escape the hustle + bustle of the city. As a wedding photographer in the DMV, I love venturing out into the more rustic Virginia area for some epic greenery and […]

RUSTIC ROCK HILL PLANTATION WEDDING | STAFFORD, VA

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Couple embraces in Manassas Virginia engagement shoot

Photographing this engagement session right before sunset in the golden fields of Manassas, Virginia gave us the BEST light.

Golden Fields Sunset Engagement Session in Manassas, Virginia

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Love birds + wide open fields. Floral dresses + windblown hair. All the things I love! These two wanted a natural backdrop for their DC engagement photos and what better place than the National Arboretum? Like seriously, it is amazing that this huge amount of land is right in DC (… um YES all of […]

JOANNA + ETHAN | NATIONAL ARBORETUM | DC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Traveling + Love + beautiful barns + trees covered in Spanish moss = YESS please. I love my job as a destination wedding photographer. I not only get to meet the most awesome people around, but I get to visit some incredible places on top of it! Savannah, GA is one of my favorite cities. […]

RED GATE FARM WEDDING SAVANNAH, GA | SAVANNAH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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Nick + Hillary They seem to complete each other in all ways. Their elegant & rustic wedding was held at Shadow Creek in Purcellville, VA. It was much warmer today than their winter engagement shoot around the monuments! We kicked the day off “poppin” some champagne with the guys, then had the most beautiful ceremony […]

RUSTIC WEDDING AT SHADOW CREEK WEDDINGS + EVENTS| PURCELLVILLE, VA| DMV WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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  Being a photographer in DC is amazing. There are just so many mind-blowing places within arm’s reach. I love venturing around Old Town Alexandria for engagement photos! These babes woke up BEFORE the sun to catch the sun rising over the water. (So they are the best.) Old Town is great for couples who want […]

BLAIR + DANIEL ENGAGEMENT | OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA | DMV ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

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I had the pleasure of photographing the most amazing, brilliant couple in April! Raspberry Plains was a perfect space for this first day of their South Asian wedding celebrations. Wedding day beauty to come = )

RASPBERRY PLAIN MANOR | MEHNDI CEREMONY | LEESBURG, VA| DMV WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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