Tiffany and Vishal's Colorful Indian Fusion Wedding at the Mayflower Hotel!

I'm so excited to share Tiffany and Vishal's Indian fusion wedding today! I had the honor of photographing their wedding in December and loved every minute of it. Tiffany and Vishal have this undeniable chemistry when they're together. As I'm sure you'll see from the photos, every time they look at each other they grin from ear-to-ear and genuinely love being around one other! 

Tiffany and Vishal had colorful Indian and American ceremonies at the stunning Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. We were lucky enough to take some photos with the Mayflower holiday decor, plus some photos with White House and some other outdoor locations! Tiffany and Vishal were such troopers even working outside in the cold at times. Then, back inside, everyone laughed and partied the night away. I loved every second of photographing Tiffany and Vishal's big day and hope you enjoy the photos we were able to capture!

Many thanks to Tiffany, Vishal and their family and friends for letting us be a part of the festivities! And a big thank you to Mallory Rood of All the Dainty Details for planning this fabulous event! ❤️

Thanks for looking! 

Love,

Lisa

The Foxes in My Neighborhood

Every once in a while I blog about the wildlife I encounter in my neighborhood.  This past spring and summer were BOOMING at Casa de Boggs, so we've had an abundance of animals.  Today I'm blogging about the family of foxes I encountered in the late spring.

This all started because Mike happened to see the foxes when he was on our porch one evening.  He grabbed the camera and called me out there and pointed them out in the field just beyond the tree line.  A mama fox brought her kits into the field with her and watched them as they ran around and played.  It was one of the most amazing things I've seen.  

It's hard to tell from the photos, but I'm pretty sure I counted six kits total that day.  The most you see in one frame is five.  And, if it helps, I made an animated gif of four kits running in the field (with mama watching and the fifth kit with its face down the foxhole).  Because I do what I want and I demand to see those fluffballs in action!  :)

After our first encounter with the foxes, there were only a couple more times where I managed to get some photos.  The kits would only be outside in the morning or at dusk, so I missed them a good chunk of the time.  But, I did get more shots of them playing, and one even with some kind of small animal in its mouth.  I particularly love the photo of the three kits playing, one kit on top of another with its leg in the air, all three staring at me.

The family of foxes moved on sometime in the summer.  We heard them at night for a couple of months and then it dwindled off.  Every once in a while we see one of the kits, now very attractive adults, running in the field.  It's infrequent, but it's nice to know they're still around.  Maybe if I'm lucky I'll catch one playing in the field again one of these evenings!

I hope you enjoyed this little snippet of super adorable, non-wedding related goodness!  Happy Friday!

Thanks for looking!

Love,

Lisa

 

Cicely's Maternity Milk Bath Portrait Session!

A little over a month ago one of my best friends, Cicely, was about to give birth to her first baby.  While I don't photograph a ton of maternity sessions, I wanted to do a very small one with her, and try something a little different than the norm.  I had seen some examples of a maternity milk bath on forums and blogs and thought it was a really cool concept that hadn't been overdone.  That and I knew that Cicely had a brand spankin' new bathtub we could work with, so I thought it'd be fun to try!  Of course, she was very much on board with the idea and even her awesome husband, Jason, approved too.  Hooray!

The session went better than I could have imagined!  I brought tulle to wrap around Cicely, while Cicely picked out some flowers that we both thought would work well in the bath.  We wanted the images to look light, delicate and minimal, but also have a bit of girliness to them, as Cicely was expecting a baby girl.  I also knew the bathroom had a pretty great window that could provide some natural light for the shoot, and that's all I worked with in terms of lighting Cicely.  The results were very calm and dreamy, which is exactly what we were going for.  

For any photographers/moms-to-be out there wondering specifics, I will enlighten you!  The milk bath mixture was about 2/3 hot water mixed with 1/3 (2 gallons) of cold whole milk.  The result was somewhere between a skim-1% milk-looking bath and it was really nice and warm.  Cicely loved it and apparently it moisturizes your skin while you're in the tub!  Win-win!  For flowers, make sure to use real flowers as those float.  I've read somewhere fake ones sink, so we didn't even attempt them.  The tulle I purchased at Joanne Fabrics and I went with a neutral grey to blend well with the white of the milk.  I would definitely recommend getting the softest fabric you can find so it's really comfortable when wrapped around the skin! 

That's it!  I hope you like these photos as much as I do and that if you're a photographer or mom-to-be that you feel inspired to try it as well!  It was a lot of fun and I think the results are so beautiful.  Many thanks to Cicely and Jason for letting me take over their bathroom for these photos.  You guys are the best!  Enjoy!

Thanks for looking!

Love,

Lisa

Sarah and Daniel's Reagan National Airport Engagement Session!

I'm so excited to share Sarah and Daniel's engagement photos with you today!  I have known Daniel for a long time now, as I've photographed both of his siblings weddings (Hi JP and Jacqueline!).  So when Sarah, Daniel's fiancée, reached out to me about photographing their wedding, I was beyond thrilled and I cannot wait for their big day!

Sarah and I became immediate friends and we both decided it was a good idea to do an engagement session so she and Daniel could get comfortable in front of the camera.  We went back and forth with location ideas, but when she suggested Reagan National Airport as an option, I was totally in.  Sarah and Daniel both LOVE traveling and they really wanted photos that represented travel well. Daniel is also an architect and is a fan of gorgeous architecture (of course!), so that played a huge role in choosing Reagan Airport as well.

So, one bright, sunny afternoon, we met up and drove to Reagan Airport!  We had luggage in tow so Sarah and Daniel looked like legit travelers.  We stayed mostly in the terminal C area, grabbing a lot of wide architectural shots on the main floor, then some fun departure area photos on the second floor.  We took a little break in the airport restaurant for some drinks  (yay!) and then moved on to the Metro station area for some train photos.  After that we decided to head to Gravelly Point Park to get some sunset photos with the planes as they landed.  I am beyond thrilled with how all of the photos turned out and hope you enjoy them below!

Sarah and Daniel, thank you so much for having me photograph the most unique and fun engagement session I've ever had!  I hope you love the photos as much as I do!

Update: This engagement session was featured by Washingtonian Magazine! Squee!

Nicole and Michael's Cherry Blossom Washington, DC Engagement Session!

I am so excited to share Nicole and Michael’s engagement session on the blog today!  Nicole and Michael are sportscasters who met and fell in love in Washington, DC, so it’s no surprise that they wanted a quintessential DC engagement session!  Nicole and I had preplanned a couple of weekdays in the calendar for cherry blossom photos (since those blossoms are so temperamental), but as it would turn out, work would take Nicole out of DC until a Saturday morning which had to be our shoot date!  But of course, like Nicole and Michael’s relationship, the stars aligned perfectly for our Saturday sunrise shoot and the cherry blossoms were the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen them!  Hooray!

We started our shoot at the Lincoln Memorial for some photos of Nicole and Michael with the Washington Monument and Capitol in the background.  The sun took forever to come up, but eventually we saw that gorgeous sunrise light!  After our photos at the Lincoln, we took a short walk over to the cherry blossoms near the MLK Memorial and did the bulk of our photos right there!  As you can see from some of the photos, the cherry blossoms had already drawn quite a crowd even at sunrise, but we were able to make a few photos work so it looked like Nicole and Michael were the only two people there!  After our cherry blossom fun was over, we went back to Nicole and Michael’s neighborhood so they could freshen up, change, and bring Josie dog in for some photos!  Josie is their beloved basset hound (who I’ve also had the pleasure to dog sit) and she totally turned on the charm as we walked around historic Naylor Court in Shaw.  The last photo of Josie not wanting to come up the stairs after we were all done just kills me!  She’s so cute!

Nicole wore a white GUCCI jumpsuit (which Beyonce has also adorned…swoon!) and her fabulous gold JIMMY CHOO‘s for the cherry blossom portion of the shoot.  Michael looked pretty fabulous himself in a grey HUGO BOSS suit and even wore a lovely pink tie as a little nod to the cherry blossoms.  For the Shaw neighborhood portion of the shoot, Michael wore J. CREW and Nicole wore a Helmut Lang coat and GUISEPPE ZANOTTI shoes.  Josie dog had a brand new pink collar and leash to match the tie Michael had worn earlier in the shoot.  Nicole and Michael were one of my most stylish couples to date!

Nicole and Michael, thank you so much for such a fun engagement shoot!  I hope you love the photos as much as I do and I cannot wait until your wedding next year!