This engagement session was different than the rest and that’s because it’s my sister’s engagement session with the soon to be brother in law!
Nick and Nadia allowed me to be a part of such an amazing chapter in their life and I could not be more grateful.
There is no perfect backdrop then the iconic city of the Jefferson Memorial in DC, for engagement images.
With such a popular location for visitors, it was essential that we picked a time with little foot traffic. That meant a 4:00 am wake up call to start capturing images at Sunrise on a Thursday. It was all well worth the effort and one of the biggest upsides was there was NO traffic. A few joggers were around the basin and the clouds still hung low over the sun, but regardless the images came out beautifully.
One of the things about DC Photography is that a permit is required to photograph on most grounds in the City. This is because most land is owned by the National Park Service and they enforce laws about what can and cannot happen on the grounds. The process typically takes up to two weeks, sometimes longer depending delays.
Luckily, after countless other engagement sessions and surprise proposals at the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin, I’ve gotten to know the permit office pretty well and the process is now second nature. Which makes it easy for the couples, because then they can focus on more important things like the engagement!
Nadia and Nick had a vision for her engagement photos that I loved! Nadia wore traditional South Asian attire; dressed in a soft pink Salwar Kameez and skirt, while her Fiance Nick wore a suit. The looked stunning! The two patiently worked with me for an hour as we worked their session around the steps of the front of the Jefferson Memorial and down by the Tidal Basin. Formal wear during the early hours of the day in the middle of DC is no small thing, but they ROCKED it! They pretty much exude true model confidence and made my job super easy. I think they should add modeling to their resumes after this session. 😀
It also didn’t hurt that photographing in a place like Washington DC with white marble stones all around acting as natural reflector and brightening up any photo, even on a cloudy day such as this. I dare you to look through the images and see if you can tell that rain was impending.
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