Many of you may be surprised to see an engagement session here…So was I!  I am a newborn and family photographer and I love staying in that area of photography.  But this was a special case.  Ariel and Joey are dear friends and, well, I just thought it would be fun to photograph a young couple in DC.  I don’t get too many families willing to trek around the monuments for family photos.  They really do make such a fun location for pictures that we decided to give it a try. And we went to the same area where my husband and I had our engagement photos taken eight years ago by the amazing Allegras Studio.  It was such a special session for me!

Family

Ariel is one of our favorite babysitters, but she has become far more than that.  She is the one I called the night of my accident last summer (when I fell down a flight of stairs holding my two year old – and couldn’t move!).  She had a full time job, but after my surgery she agreed to stay nights with us while I was on bed rest and in recovery.  Well, a couple months turned into nearly a year.  The hours changed as I healed, but she has been an amazing help to us over the past year as I got back on my feet and then relaunched my photography studio.  Ariel has certainly become a very important part of our family.

But now it is time for a new chapter in her life.  She is marrying the man of her dreams next weekend.  They have bought a new house together and she has a new job close to their new home.  So many exciting changes for her!  We will certainly miss having her as a part of our weekly routine, but we couldn’t be happier for the two of them.

DC Monuments

A few weeks ago the three of us met downtown for a sunset engagement session.  We started at one of my favorite memorials in all of Washington – the FDR. I love the light, the waterfalls, the way it is tucked away against the Tidal Basin, who and what it represents – all of it.

When I lived in DC during graduate school at George Washington University and I used to go down and sit on those big stones by the water and read, or just read the huge quotes on the wall and think about them. Ariel said she hadn’t been there before, so I knew we had to head there first.  We walked around the Tidal Basin to get to the Jefferson Memorial just as the sun was setting.  The light was just dreamy!

I have to say, it was rather nice to have clients whose bedtime was after 8pm!  There is just no substitute for sunset light, and we were able to take full advantage of it.

Thank you!

Thank you for letting me take your engagement photos Ariel and Joey.  I had such a fun evening with you – I’m glad you took the risk on this baby photographer 😉 I wish you both all the best.  Enjoy this week with your family and that you have more fun than you can possibly imagine on your wedding day!  Love you guys!!

 

RENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer | Travel Engagement Washington DC MonumentsRENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer | Travel Engagement Washington DC MonumentsRENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer | Travel Engagement Washington DC MonumentsRENEE STENGEL Photography | Charlotte Underwater and Portrait Photographer | Travel Engagement Washington DC Monuments

 

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  1. Erin Townley

    July 16th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! Love them

  2. Debbie Kesselring

    July 17th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I love the pictures! Nice job!