2016 will go down in history as the best Independence Day ever for our little neighborhood, and perhaps even more, for my family. I grew up in Arlington Forest and my grandparents looked after me while mom and dad were at work. My grandparents' house was never still, with their friends visiting at all hours, coffee being poured, Italian meals prepared, and much laughter and card playing. I called my grandfather, Norman Ghisalbert, "Sully", but, his friends referred to him as "the Bald Eagle" -- because, well, he was bald, and he worked for the Federal Government all of his life, in the Department of Defense.
So, this morning, imagine my complete surprise while walking back home with our Siberian Husky, Koda Tiberius, to find neighborhood kids and their parents congregating in front of my grandparents' old house, peering up into the clouds! What was going on?! Looking up, everyone pointed toward a magnificent Bald Eagle, perched high on a tree in my grandparents' old yard, surrounded by dive-bombing crows who were definitely making quite a racket. But, the eagle just sat on his perch, calmly and regally, not a care in the world.
Every minute that I stood awestruck in the middle of the street made me wish I had more than just my iPhone in my pocket, so I dashed home with the dog, grabbed the "real" camera, and ran back out the door. I returned just in time to see this gorgeous bird take flight, surrounded by the offending crows, and land again on a lower branch. We may never know why the eagle decided to visit our little Arlington Forest neighborhood on July 4th; nor why he chose my grandparents' yard...perhaps he sought a quieter space, away from the noise and lights closer to his home on the Potomac, as people began their Independence Day celebrations early. Or just maybe, the Bald Eagle of North Park Drive decided to drop by for a little visit...that's what I'd like to believe, anyway. My Sully.
Enjoy the photos!
Ina & Randall really are two halves of a whole, there is no other way to describe them. Ina's smile lights up a room wherever she goes, but in sight of Randall she beams with joy! Congratulations to the happy couple -- we wish you nothing but love and light in your future together!
Destiny: That's the word that comes to mind when I think of Jessica & Ross...and when you see these two together, the joy that fills the space they share is simply amazing. Two DC actors, this couple met while performing with Shakespeare Theatre Company, which has recently taken them and A Midsummer Night's Dream on the road to CHINA!
For their engagement shoot, we met in Old Town Alexandria one morning during the week and meandered down favorite streets. I think you'll agree that no matter the backdrop, love shines through in every image.
I have one of the best jobs in the universe ... I get to meet so many lovely people who openly invite me into their world, where I am privileged to bear witness to the love they share. On this particular morning, I met Jessica & Josh when the cherry blossoms and tulips were in bloom by the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC. What a beautiful day!
As we walked toward the Washington Monument, I had the pleasure of learning more about this special couple. I realized that I couldn't stop smiling! Josh has an amazing way of making Jessica laugh and the experience was infectious! (I'll admit, in the back of my mind, I could hear my own mom asking me, "...but, does he make you laugh?") Yeah, these two have a beautiful life ahead, and I can't wait to celebrate their wedding with them in the Fall!
In the esteemed words of Paul Simon, "Something tells me it's all happening at The Zoo..."! For this couple's engagement shoot, the zoo was the obvious choice because it's where Matt proposed to Reneé...in Amazonia!
Back home in Washington, DC, the Zoo remains one of their absolute favorite places to visit. And you know, I think they're onto something: how can you be anything but happy when you're visiting the Zoo?!
I felt blessed to share this beautiful day with such a beautiful couple. Thank you, Reneé and Matt!
It's not every day you get invited to a super secret surprise PROPOSAL! There was no way I could show up and not bring my trusty camera along with me to capture the moment.
We all waited patiently -- except Mike, Zach's brother (pictured below) -- for Zach to bring Rachel to Franklin's Brewery, where Zach and Rachel had their first great date!
And then finally... up the stairs they came... and Rachel had NO IDEA what was coming -- thank goodness!
Zach had told her that he wanted to "stop by Franklin's to look for good Mother's Day Cards" and had somehow convinced her that the better ones were upstairs at the bar instead of in the gift shop. As soon as she saw everyone upstairs Zach dropped down on one knee and popped the question.
Incase you couldn't tell, she said yes!
If the proposal went this well, I can't wait to see what they have in store for their wedding! Congrats to Rachel & Zach!
When the cherry blossoms are in peak bloom in Washington, DC, seemingly EVERYONE rushes to enjoy the glorious sea of white and pink blossoms at the Tidal Basin! To beat the crowds on Easter morning, Marcy & Robert opted for a sunrise engagement session, Starting near the Martin Luther King Memorial.
While we didn't experience a spectacular sunrise on this particular morning, the cloud coverage gave us some gorgeous, cool lighting... and some rather chilly temperatures! Did we mention that it was cold?! You'd never know it looking at Marcy and how relaxed she was -- must be the Upstate New Yorker in her!
We so enjoyed getting to know this beautiful couple and can't wait to celebrate their wedding in March!!