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Claudette & Devon

Claudette & Devon
July 8, 2006
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Claudette and Devon had a beautiful July wedding that extended from Fairfax, Va for the ceremony to Washington, DC for the reception. The reception was at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), which is one of my favorite venues in Washington.

I have photographed more events there this past May, June and July than I photographed in my first 3 years as a wedding photographer! The ceremony was early in the afternoon so Claudette and Devon wanted to spend some quiet time doing couple pictures during the time between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception. Since Senate Park is reasonably close to the NMWA we went there. It seems like with most of my spring weddings we ended up at Senate Park for some part of the day. I like this park because it’s beautiful, has a great view of the capitol, is reasonably quiet and is outside of the National Park Service boundaries and does not require a permit. It can be quit busy sometimes as it is popular with wedding photographers. I have seen as many as 5 other wedding parties on the grounds at once, but there is plenty of space for everyone. The challenge with shooting at Senate Park so often is coming up with different images for each client. I don’t like to do the same things over and over again and I think with Claudette and Devon we got a very unique set of images overall.

The room Claudette got dressed in was very dark. I was a little nervous about it at first but there was a light on a ceiling fan in the middle of the room with a very narrow beam of light. Almost like a spotlight. Since Claudette’s dress was a “dive-in” head first dress it worked well as she came through as the bride!

Claudette was stunning!

Even the flower girls were passionate!

Can’t beat this light.

Happy bridesmaid.

Let’s hope Devon isn’t looking for the rings!

Quiet moment afterwards.

Senate Park



The cloudy sky made some funky images. This one is near the WWII Memorial.

Making the grand entrance at the NMWA.

Tender moment with her dad.

Getting away from the crowd briefly at NMWA.

There is a reason some people stay behind the camera.
Yes, I’m the ugly one in the middle.

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