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Married: Kathleen and Zach
{Lansdowne VA Wedding Photographer}

Leesburg Virginia Wedding Photographer Lansdowne Resort
They were up on the 7th floor. Separated by a handful of doors, each surrounded by friends and family. Kathleen sat calmly as hair and makeup artists worked aroud her. Zach chatted up everyone in the room as he waited to hear “it’s time.” As Kathleen stepped into her dress and had her veil fastened, Zach’s family adjusted his tie and pinned on his boutonniere.

Seven floors below us, white chairs were set in rows and a custom made runner marking the special date was unfurled down the aisle. The music cued up, doors opened for Kathleen and her dad to begin walking, and Zach leaned forward to catch a better glimpse of his stunning bride.

Kathleen and Zach were married at Lansdowne Resort overlooking the Potomac River. Smiles, laughs, and a few tears marked a night of big celebrations. I was honored to work with the newlyweds, and enjoy a few highlights from their wedding day!

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I’ll end with the one. I didn’t think too much of it when I took it. Just a photo of two people watching the reception action from the side of the dance floor. But when I really looked at it as I was editing, there was something about it that just grabbed me. I love the generations – old and young. The way they’re both just sitting in the same way that they can, and the little boy’s gaze up to Kathleen’s grandfather. So classic and reverent looking. This one just gets me!
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Ceremony: Lansdowne Resort
Reception: Lansdowne Resort
Officiant: Fr. Bill English
Caterer: Lansdowne Resort
Cake bakery: Cupcakes Actually
DJ: Blooming Spaces
Florist: Starlust Entertainment
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Dress: J. Crew
Hair and Make Up: CMF Artistry
Photographer: Kelly Ewell Photography

Friends and family can see the whole collection by entering their password at http://www.kellyewellphotography.com/kathleenandzach.

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Jackie Phillips - April 16, 2014 - 7:58 am

Gorgeous photos! I love her dress!

Isabelle - April 15, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Such a pretty wedding!!

Caitlin - April 15, 2014 - 11:30 am

oh i love that last shot too! looks like a fun wedding!

Anniversary Portraits: Melissa and Andrew

Anniversary Portraits Leesburg Virginia Morven Park
Melissa is the fellow photographer who I mentioned in yesterday’s post. I had met Melissa on a few occasions before when we both attended some of the same style shoots for some photography fun in our down times. She and her husband, Andrew, were kind enough to come out and serve as models during my mentoring session with Brooke. The always sweet Melissa was equally as patient and understand as we talked about posing couples. And I learned that she lives an infinitely more exciting life than I do because she and Andrew has just recently gotten back from an amazing five-week honeymoon around Thailand, the Philippines, and several other countries in Southeast Asia! I was super jealous to hear about that trip!

So while they may still be newlyweds, you can never celebrate a recent marriage enough, and I was extra excited to capture these anniversary-style portraits for them. Enjoy some of the highlights!

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Thanks for visiting the blog today! Let me know you were here by leaving a comment below telling me what your favorite image was from Melissa and Andrew’s anniversary portrait session!

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Mentoring Sessions: Brooke

Mentoring Sessions Leesburg Virginia Wedding Photographer
I was so excited to hear that Sabrina enjoyed her mentoring session with me earlier this year so much that she encouraged her friend Brooke to do the same!

Brooke and I met up on a much less snowy day (thanfully!) and talked about many of the same issues as my other mentoring sessions. After some brief thoughts on Brooke’s website, we dove right into lighting and using flash. I walked Brooke through the various different set ups I’ve used over the years and talked about both the benefits and limitations that each one had. We ended up, of course, with the multi-flash set up that I use now for my weddings and events. While it gives me the best “look” that I want most consistently, it does come with the most complex set up.

The ability to be comfortable posing clients and to do so efficiently is another popular topic with the photographer I talk with. For Brooke, I mixed it up a bit by bring in fellow photographer Melissa and her husband to model for us. They were great sports and patient as I talked with Brooke about posing options and things to look for as you’re posing a couple. (I, too, got some great photos of them which will be coming the blog later this week)! By having this hands-on experience it allowed Brooke to have the ability to practice in her own way but without the pressure of a real-life client.

Throughout our portrait session I took a few photos of Brooke as well so that she could have some updated headshots too. Here are some of the highlights of Brooke’s portraits.

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If you’re interested in setting up your own mentoring session, I’d love to talk with you. In fact, I’ll sweeten the pot a little and offer a little something extra to anyone who inquires about a mentoring session within the next week.

Or leave a comment below with what you’re looking to learn more about and maybe I’ll devote an upcoming blog post to answering your questions.

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Melissa - April 9, 2014 - 1:36 pm

These are great shots of Brooke! Thanks for shooting us, it was great to be on the other side of the camera, and I learned some too! :)

Engaged: Patti and George
{Vienna VA Engagement Portraits}

Vienna Virginia Engagement Portrait Photographer Meadowlark Gardens
I can’t say enough about Patti and George. About how natural they are. About how sweet and romantic they are together. About how easy they made my job during their engagement session this weekend. They love to laugh and love each other. As a photographer I really can’t ask for much more than that!

We enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon exploring Meadowlark Gardens just as the sun was sitting low in the sky. Even though many of the flowers and trees have not come into full bloom yet, the grounds are always gorgeous provide so many options for portraits. Patti and George needed very little guidance from me, and just by being themselves they afforded me the opportunity to capture some amazingly candid and sweet photos of them.

Before are some of my favorites. And take in this goodness while you can now because these two will be back on the blog very soon! They’re getting married on Saturday! That’s right, we got these engagement portraits done in the last few days of them actually still being engaged. I can’t wait to help them celebrate this coming weekend!

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Friends and family can see the full gallery by visiting http://www.kellyewellphotography.com/pattiandgeorge and entering your password.

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Learry Warren - April 14, 2014 - 7:59 pm

These photographs are absolutely gorgeous with natural surroundings, but Patti and George are so much in love that they just glow!!

Lindsay - April 8, 2014 - 3:41 pm

LOVE the nose-to-nose shot!

Dani - April 8, 2014 - 9:53 am

Such beautiful light!! I love these!

Alison Harper - April 8, 2014 - 9:30 am

Beautiful session! I love Meadowlark Gardens! Can’t wait for the wedding.

ashley barnett - April 8, 2014 - 9:21 am

Awww they are so sweet together! Love all of the coloring and light!

Nastja - April 8, 2014 - 9:19 am

Beautiful engagement. They look really in love and the whole session seems so relaxed to me, I bet it was a joy to photograph them. :)

Natalie - April 8, 2014 - 9:19 am

Such a gorgeous session! Love the light!

My Favorite Image: March 2014
{Bristow VA Portrait Photographer}

Bristow Virginia Wedding at Bristow Manor
It’s no April Fools joke that I’m behind a day to get this up. It’s not March anymore! But I still like to reflect back on my images from the past month and pick out a favorite that really stands out to me.

This one was from Jenny and Michael’s wedding at Bristow Manor. We had an unseasonably warm and beautiful winter day and got to fully take advantage of going outside for portraits without freezing after 30 seconds. We ventured off to a spot on the golf course where I hadn’t been before, but the deep red iron bridge was a perfect location to capture some newlywed portraits! I love the simplicity of color, the softness that my lens choice gave me, the lines of the bridge and the of her dress’s extended train, and ultimately just how happy they are with each other!

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So did I make the right choice? Check out more of Jenny and Michael’s wedding. It was a lighter month as I gear up for an insanely busy April, so in case you missed some of my recent sessions, here is a quick recap of my posts from the past month:

How I Took It
Mentoring Session: Lynda
What They’re Saying

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