Shawna and Rob’s Engagement Shoot in Logan Circle, Washington DC

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There was a time when I didn’t want to couple shoots. In retrospect, I’m not sure why; I do remember thinking that there was something cheesy or boring about it. I was wrong; couple shoots are one of the most enjoyable sessions photographers can do, which is why I was very excited to do one with my long-time friends, Shawna and Rob to celebrate and memorialize their engagement.

Set in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, the goal was to capture their interaction in a casual manner against the backdrop of the neighborhood. Shawna and Rob consider themselves to be urban people (as do my wife and I) and environment, with hundred-year-old homes, wide green spaces and high-density commercial street was a key part of what needed to be documented.

Ultimately, though, what made the shoot was how much fun we all had. The rapport we had made them comfortable enough to be themselves in front of the camera and allowed me to capture a lot of the character of their relationship.

Most of these were taken with my 70-300mm/f4-5.6. Since we were working outside, the distance this required was usually achievable and I had a great deal of control over the foreground and background. Wider shots used the 18-55mm kit lens. The difference in quality is actually noticeable, but I found when editing that very few of the wide shots maintained that positive dynamic.

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