Monday, June 29, 2009
I was honored to have been invited and to have attended their wedding, and I look forward to getting to know them much better. I recall asking them how they met on a fairly recent photo jaunt to National Harbor and their story just sounded like it was blessed from the start. Their wedding was held at Mount Airy Mansion, MD. The venue and their invitations, settings, decorations, scores of pictures, and so many other details made it such a stylish wedding. The bride's dress and the groom's suit were stylin' and the way that everything flowed that night seemed like a storybook wedding. Here are a selection of photos from that wonderful day.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Early in the morning on April 30, 2007, the Eastern Market building was badly damaged by fire and with it, the surrounding community and so many others were adversely affected by the damages with the building. The heaviest damages were to the South Hall portion of the building where many of the vendors were located. Many of the food vendors reopened weeks after the fire and sold their products outside of the building.
The Grand reopening of Eastern Market was scheduled for Friday June 26, 2009 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the mayor of DC. I went to the market on Saturday the 27th to see the renovated building and take pictures. It was a celebration of sorts in that 7th Street SE was alive with so many people coming out on this opening weekend to be a part of the reopening. It's a wonderful area to buy fresh meat, baked goods, and cheeses. Fresh produce is sold outdoors and artisans and antique dealers also sell their wares outside on weekends. The neighborhood has character and culture and is a popular place to locals and tourists alike. I was glad to be a part of this reopening, as Eastern Market is an important part of DC history and continues to be.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I awoke the next morning to seeing it raining. It turns out that the day fluctuated back and forth between good weather and the rain. We would have to make the best of the situation. My friend Kevin who assisted me and served as a second shooter for the wedding arrived at Toftrees and we went to the church to get our photography gear and plan in place. Everything turned out well and went fairly smoothly. The wedding was beautiful and full of joy. Such a fun couple. We stopped by Penn State's Beaver Stadium to take pictures by a corner with the PSU letters on a stone wall. It was amusing to hear the cars passing by as a few of them honked in seeing us. We went back to Toftrees for the reception and had a great evening with such incredible fellowship in the room. We celebrated till after 10pm and I took the last pictures around 11:20pm, so it was a full day, but it was all very precious. Here are some of my favorite photos of the wedding day.
Monday, June 15, 2009
This LLS Man & Woman of the Year event is a fundraising campaign and competition among individuals in the community. Through their participation and efforts, they vie for the honor of being the Man or Woman of the Year. During the 10-week campaign, the candidate who raises the most funds will be awarded the title of Man & Woman of the Year. The candidates run in honor of the Boy & Girl of the Year, who are local blood cancer patient survivors.
This LLS gala gathered candidates, supporters and celebrated the ability to help others who are affected by leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Here are a few photos from the evening and a link to more photos for this special cause.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge trail opened to the public on June 6 and many people had gone across it, enjoying the ability to travel across the bridge by foot, roller blades, or by bicycle.
On June 13, just one week after the trail opening, I went with some fellow bikers on a bike ride from Shirlington to Old Town, and then across the Woodrow Wilson bridge to National Harbor. It was a great ride and I was able to take pictures during the bike trip, and some even while biking! I think I'm getting better at it, and so far so good. Of course I'm careful when I take pictures while biking, and I don't put anyone in danger. I'm just taking a slight personal risk to hopefully get some good shots. Hey, it's all worth it. :-) Celebrate Freedom.
After the concert, our group of friends went to the Chinatown DC area to get dinner. Being in Chinatown with my DSLR reminded me of the upcoming Worldwide Photowalk that I'm doing with the group that Jeff Revell is leading. I usually seem to be in photo walk mode, naturally. So back to the prospects for dinner. We finally ended up at a restaurant called Asian Spice. While we were waiting to be seated, I snapped a few shots of my friends and the surroundings. I most enjoyed using my Nikon 50mm 1.8, playing with the available light and shadows.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
On Saturday June 6, the 22nd annual Washington Humane Society Bark Ball was held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in D.C. This event is dubbed as "Washington's Only Black-tie Gala for the Four-on-the-Floor Crowd." I was there to cover the fundraising event, and was amused at the multitude of pets walking around, many of which were dressed up just as impeccably as their owners. The event was a success raising more than their projected goal for WHS in their ongoing cause to provide comfort and care to over 20,000 animals. Just being around these dogs makes me want to get one of my own, and if I do, I know WHS is right here to help. They're good like that.
My cousin wanted to visit Mount Vernon, so on Saturday June 6 I took her there to explore it. I got to see more than I had seen in my previous visits, such as inside the house and the tomb. It's peculiar how we can see so much more when we're with others, especially when they're visiting for the first time. That's a good thing. Here are a few pictures from our visit.