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I always get a little excited when February ends. Why? Because it’s the shortest month, and if I can make it through I know it’s March – which means that Spring is just around the corner. And I’m *sooo* ready for it!

With the end of the month though, it’s time to pick another favorite image from the last few weeks. I have a confession though: I couldn’t pick a favorite! I mean there were several that I liked for a bunch of reasons, so instead I picked this one because it represents all the different things I liked about Debbie and Leland’s engagement session.

First, they picked a great location. You can’t go wrong with Great Falls Park! Next, how cute are they together? I didn’t ask them to pose like this at all really. I just said to stand next to each other, I walked back into my spot thinking about how I would set up my next shot, and when I turned around they were like this – perfect! Last, it was a gray day with rain just waiting to start up. For whatever reason, I really like that the shades of gray/blue they chose to wear just fit right in and make for some great monochromatic palettes.

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So did I make the right choice? Check out more from Debbie and Leland’s Great Falls VA engagement photos, and in case you missed some of anything, here is a quick recap of my posts from the past month:

48 Fields: What I Didn’t Expect
A Little About Me
Ask Anything: CF Cards and Album Design
How I Took It
Love Quote: February 2015
Newsletter Sign Up
The Newsletter
Shoot and Share Photo Contest
Things We Love
Valentine’s Day Wedding Ideas
What They’re Saying

 
Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

If you follow me over on Facebook or Instagram, you might have seen me posting about seeing my photos pop up in the Shoot and Share Photo Contest that’s going on now. Just what is that, exactly?

It’s an international contest for photographers around the world that’s on the search for “best photo” in a bunch of different categories. It’s anonymous, so you don’t know who you’re voting and it keeps the outcome from being a popularity contest. Here’s a few fun facts about this year’s contest:

  • The contest started with 110,928 photos
  • Entries have come in from 6,000+ photographers in 100+ countries
  • 11,203,375 votes have been cast so far
  • There are 12 rounds of voting, which the lowest percentage of votes being cut after each round
  • Voting is open until March 11
  • Voting is really addictive!

It’s been really interesting to me to go through and see so many photos – in different categories, with different styles, from different parts of the world. And it’s taught me a few things. First, that I really like my own style! Go figure, right? I really am drawn to photos that are colorful, have a range of lights and shadows, and focus on the happiness of a couple. I’m not into super serious faces, couples not looking or interacting at each other, matte or vintage styles, or super pastel washed out images.

On the other hand, I’ve learned that I really like black and white lifestyle newborn photography. Images that focus on the parents holding or interacting with their babies. I find this intriguing because it’s the complete opposite of what I liked to shoot when I was doing newborn photography. So an interesting revelation, but not enough to make me go back to shooting newborns again!

Other random discoveries? If you take a photo of a couple in a ski lift or chair lift, chances are it’s really cool and has an amazing view and I’ll love it. However, if you have a photo of someone holding a gun, I’ll definitely think it’s unnecessary and gratuitous and never vote for it. Especially if your person is pointing the gun at the camera! I mean, seriously?

But anyway, here are some screenshots of when I’ve seen some of my photos come up for voting. Can you tell which ones are mine? Let’s test your skills! Leave a comment below picking which one you think is mine is each of these 5 sets. A couple of answers I’ve already given over on social media, but a few of these are all new! I’ll post the full set of answers a little later!
 

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You can have some fun voting yourself at contest.shootandshare.com/vote! But be forewarned that you might just get hooked on it!

 
Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Remember that crazy idea I had that resulted in me posting a video of myself a couple of weeks ago announcing my newsletter would be starting up again later this month? Well, later is in fact today!

I’m putting the finishing touches on this first issue, and it will go out to everyone on the mailing list later this afternoon. So what’s in store? Well, each issue will focus on:

  • A business or photography tip
  • A look at upcoming events
  • Highlights of some helpful how-to blog posts that you might have missed since the last issue
  • There might also be some free downloads and how-to guides available for free download every once in a while too!
  • There’s still time to sign up and not miss out on anything. Just click on the banner below to get on the list!

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    Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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    I was thinking the other day that there may be a good portion of my blog readers that really just come to my website for that reason alone and, as a result, don’t really know as much about me personally. Other than those few personal posts I make here. So I’m taking today as a chance to better introduce myself!

    First of all, welcome! Or welcome back! You probably already know that I’m the Principal Photographer of Kelly Ewell Photography, and that I’m a Northern VA wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. Beyond that, I could sound very official and tell you about how I went to school for photography and the history of my accomplishments. But I know that when someone hires a wedding photographer, you’re not just buying into a skill or a style you see on a website. You’re also buying into that person – skills, style, personality, and all – as someone who will capture one of the most important days of your life.

    So I like to push stuffy aside and instead highlight who I am a little bit differently.

    I know:            everything happens for a reason
    I like:               a good Cosmopolitan, Bulgari perfume, Asiatic lilies
    I love:              my husband, Saturdays, chocolate, with all my heart
    I have:             lots of lists, closets organized by color, Richmond Spider pride
    I laugh:            freely and with abandon
    I think:             a lot
    I splurge:         on raspberry merlot wine, Williams Sonoma Fleur de Sel soaps
    I value:             honesty, hard work, a good mani/pedi
    I crave:             Cheetos once every few years
    I sing:               poorly but often
    I am not:          a morning person, very competitive
    I forget:            things rarely
    I worked:         at NFL Films, at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (For the circus, people. Not in the circus!)
    I want:             to visit Paris, to catch up on all the TV shows in my DVR, unlimited spending at J.Crew and Crate & Barrel
    I wish:              I wasn’t my own worst critic, I liked to cook, I wasn’t so ghostly pale, for more wishes
    I always:           overanalyze, have a Thomas’ Lite Multi-Grain English Muffin for breakfast
    I wonder:         what goes on in my dog’s head, what life holds for me, why people thought 80s hair was a good idea
    I look:               before I leap, pretty put together on most days, forward to all the new introductions I still have to make
    I am:                 me

    So that’s a little about me! But what about you? Have a secret talent? Been on some crazy awesome travels? Just have fun story to tell? I’d love to hear it in the comments below!!

    Meet the Photographer: Hey there! I’m Kelly Ewell, a Northern Virginia wedding photographer who specializes in engagement, wedding, and anniversary photography. I live in Leesburg, VA with my husband and rescue pup, Piper. When I’m not at weddings, you can find me at the local wineries or renovating our farm, 48 Fields! I’d love for you to connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.