June 9, 2017   |   wedding

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Last week, we flew to Washington D.C. so that we could attend–and so that I could photograph–the wedding of my wife, Sona’s, cousin, Nalika. Nalika and Dan celebrated their nuptials over the course of a couple days, but Saturday was the main event. The day began with a traditional Indian ceremony at the Sri Siva Vishnu temple just outside of D.C., and then it ended with a more modern and intimate evening ceremony and cocktail party back in the city.

I was so happy to be part of Nalika and Dan’s day–both as a guest and as the photographer. I love shooting all sorts of weddings, as they are each unique, but Indian weddings are particularly fun for a photographer. They are full of color and texture and movement–basically a photog’s dream!

So, I’ll be sharing Nalika and Dan’s day over the course of two blog posts, starting with the morning ceremony. Here are some sneak peeks from that event. More from the evening ceremony coming, Monday!

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Nalika’s family helped Dan’s mom into what I think was probably her first sari.

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And then they helped Nalika into hers.

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There was some shoe-stealing, of course.

At this part in the ceremony, the priest told Nalika and Dan that whoever sat down first would, essentially, rule the roost.

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April 24, 2017   |   engagement

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When Sean emailed me, asking if I’d like to photograph his surprise proposal at JENI’S ICE CREAMS, I nearly crawled through the computer screen, grabbed him by the collar, and screamed “HECK, YES!”

Let me tell you the short version of the story: Guy meets girl. Guy and girl bond over ice cream. Girl makes guy try Jeni’s, and they go over 75 times throughout their courtship. Guy decides he must marry girl. Guy gets Jeni’s to open early, hires a photographer (me!), and comes up with an elaborate tale to get his girl into an ice cream shop at 10:30 in the morning. Girl resists but falls for it. Guy gets down on one knee, pulls out a Jeni’s cookbook, opens the cover, and reveals a ring that has been perfectly placed inside a hand-carved niche within the book. Girl thinks they must’ve found the wrong cookbook. Guy assures her they haven’t. Girl–in total shock–says yes. Guy and girl eat ice cream, again.

I’m am SO excited to have been a small part of the story. Here are some photos from the surprise proposal!

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  1. Anna says:

    AHH YAY! Congrats Carly and Sean – these are beautiful!! <3

  2. Tracy T says:

    Love the pictures, Loved the proposal, love these two!
    Thank-you Jenis for graciously helping out! Oh and the lemon buttermilk ice cream cone
    Was wonderful too!

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February 3, 2017   |   baby, children, engagement, family, wedding

Since it is already FEBRUARY (what?! how?!), I thought I should probably get around to rounding up some of my favorite images from the past year.

It’s hard to believe that my business is nearly 12 years old, now. Lots of things have changed in those 12 years. At one point, I was shooting 20-30 weddings a year. Now, I shoot fewer than 10. It was a conscious decision to cut back–to allow photography to be the creative muscle that I stretch because I want to, not because I need to. To be something that I enjoy. To work with clients that inspire me. I haven’t regretted that decision. It means that I do work that is meaningful to me.

This year was evidence of all of that. I worked with many new clients, but I also continued work with couples and families that I’ve known now, in some cases, for years. I pushed myself creatively, and I worked, as always, to give my clients photos that they love.

As I look forward to another year of capturing moments, here are some from last year that are particularly special.

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