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Did you know that the higher you go at Top of the Rock in New York that you’ll find fewer and fewer people? Yep, most people gather on the lowest deck, don’t realize that there’s more to explore, and then head back down.

Well this lesser known fact worked out quite well for Anthony. His plan was to propose to Daniela there and he had been there a couple of times to scope out the perfect location. But it was early December in holiday season and they had just set up the Rockfeller Christmas tree the week before. Chances were high for a massive crowd of people. Luckily Daniela and Anthony climbed to the higher floors and carved out some space of their own.

They almost never made it though! The trip into New York was presumably to celebrate Daniela’s birthday, which had been the week before. But it was bad weather and she was ready to just reschedule it all for another time. Anthony insisted though because he knew their parents were on their way to meet them and share in their happiness. Of course they ended up going, Anthony was able to propose, and Daniela was completely taken by this happy surprise!

Now that they’re planning the wedding, they’re having to do so from out of state and come into Virginia only for marathon days of meetings and appointments. This past weekend we had planned to do their engagement photos, but you never know what you’re going to get when we’re really between seasons. Luckily though, it was all blue skies, puffy clouds, and actual warm temperatures when I met up with them.

Their wedding will be at Whitehall Manor in Bluemont, VA next spring, and we chose to do their engagement photos there too because it’s such a pretty and interesting location. Personally, I love that they had evergreen trees to make it look more like spring than it does in some places.

I’m sure their wedding here next spring will be just as gorgeous, but enjoy some of the highlights from their Whitehall Manor engagement photos in the meantime!

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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.

The other week I posted on Facebook about how I was feeling the same anxiety that many of my brides probably feel before their engagement photos. What do I wear??

I know all the advice I give clients, but it’s hard to actually settle on the perfect outfit. Would it rain? Pants or skirt? Is it too early in the season to justify white? Or will white make me look heavier in photos? I texted my friend, Marirosa, who was going with me for advice because clearly I needed help!

In reality though, the new headshot photos that I would be getting would be just a small part of my trip to Annapolis, MD. The big reason was to meet up with Natalie Franke for a day of talking all things photography! I never want to stop learning or think that I know everything or get static in the way I run my business or serve clients. I really admire the way Natalie has grown her business and the way she navigates social media.

So we, of course, talked about social media but there was so much more. About workflow and reaching clients and networking and wanting to empower women who run solo businesses! I have so many notes and to-do items and things I want to implement this year that I hope I remember them all in the thick of shooting, but I can’t wait to get started!

In the end, it did rain. I settled on pants. And they were white. Savvy followers might have noticed that all my social media profile pictures changed today as a result, and here are a few of my favorites!

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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.

About this time of year, I crave spring. Probably like everyone else does. I’m ready to welcome the warmer weather with open arms, free from having to wear a jacket. To go outside and not have my face hurt from cold, whipping winds. To instead soak in the warm sunshine. To ditch boots for wedges. To appreciate leaves on trees and flowers blooming in gardens. A new season for new beginnings.

But the arrival of spring will also mark the restart of our renovations around 48 Fields! With frozen ground, cold temperatures, and no heat, it’s pretty impossible to do just about anything out at the farm. Our goal this year is to finish the lower level of the barn and prepare it to begin hosting wedding receptions of up to 100 people. I’m confident that can happen by late summer or early fall.

Our first project – and the biggest, most impactful this year – is to restore power back to the barn. Our electricians are already in the process of getting things started. I was waiting for an update on what the next steps would be and what kind of timeline we’d be able to expect. To my surprise, I got the call last week that they’re ready to get to work now!

I know that not every company has service and delivery as fast as Amazon, so I scrambled to order the 67 different light fixtures that we’ll need to have installed in the final phases. Yep, that’s right. 67! Ranging from fun things like oversized chandeliers to emergency exit light signs, which – let’s face it – are really eyesores that we can’t avoid. Luckily we had been looking around at options for a while and had narrowed things down to what we wanted. I just had to pull the trigger and place the orders. Sadly my credit card is now crying from all the work it’s been doing. So much so that our credit card company had to call and verify that all the charges were mine. Yes, they were. Along with some contact lenses thrown in for good measure.

Here’s a quick peek into what’s in store for the dairy barn!

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6 chandeliers
9 general overhead lights
9 recessed light cans
9 recessed light housings
12 lantern sconces
7 exterior door lights
6 lighted exit signs
2 interior emergency lights
7 exterior emergency lights

So my hope is that within the next month or so that all our wiring will have been installed and these lovely new fixtures will be hanging in their new home.
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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.

It’s the final day of my wedding product week! From Fine Art and Flush Mount albums to custom wedding guest books and mini wedding album, we’ve been focused on different styles of album books. Today we focus on the wall and the different ways you can hang and display your photos.

PHOTO PRINTS
Of course most people are familiar with photo prints, and it’s probably the most common thing people do with photos. I’ll just offer some advice about printing, and that is don’t go to somewhere like Target or Costco or the drugstore! Your photos will very likely come back with a color cast that doesn’t look much like the photo was intended to be. It may be quick and easy, but these places don’t specialize in making photo prints. Instead I recommend trying www.mpix.com. They’re prices are competitive and you’ll be much happier with the results. Don’t forget when you’re ordering though that different sizes mean photos will crop in different ways! Here’s a quick guide to show you the differences.

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CANVAS PHOTOS AND STANDOUTS
Other options for showing off your photos are canvas photo wraps and standouts.

  • Both canvases and standouts come ready to hang. No frames are needed unless you want them.
  • For canvas wraps, your photos are printed directly onto artist-quality canvas which is then wrapped around a wooden frame.
  • For standouts, your photos are printed onto metallic photo paper. It gives just a little bit of shimmer in the light, and therefore I think it’s a more modern product. The photo is then mounted onto a crisp backing with black edges.
  • Canvases are 1.5″ deep while standouts are 0.75″ deep.
  • Both the canvas and the standout shown below are 11×14 in size. Because the canvas wraps around the frame fully, it looks like the photo is cropped in more. Instead you’re just losing some of it around the edge. These were both made from the same file, so it’s something to keep in mind because it doesn’t always look good if you don’t have extra padding around the edge of your photo.

This is completely gratuitous by showing photos of me and my husband (back when I had short hair!), but hey, it’s what I have in the studio to show!

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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.

So far this week we’ve looked at Fine Art albums, Flush Mount albums, and custom wedding guest books. Wants something a little more cute and fun? How about these mini wedding albums!

Well, if you’ve never heard of them before, just what are mini wedding albums?

  • They are 3″x3″ square in size.
  • The pages are joined together accordion style and feature 10 panels, and therefore 10 photos.
  • A magnetic closure is hidden in the cover so they stay closed.
  • The cover features your favorite photo and can have your names and wedding date included if you want too.  Or opt for just a solid-color leather.  (Personally, I like the photo option better!)
  • Maybe best of all is that they come in sets of two!
  • That means one for you and one for your spouse. Or one for each set of parents. Or one for your purse and another to sit on your desk at work.
  • They’re perfect to give as gifts.

Mini albums are just a fun way to show off your favorite photos in a portable and easy-to-view format. Here are a couple of photos of a sample wedding mini album that I have in my studio:

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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.