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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Evans

Washington D.C. Engagement

Stephanie and Tom booked me to photograph their wedding in the Pittsburgh area next year and are currently living in Virginia. As we were planning their engagement session and trying to schedule when they would be back in the Burgh, I realized that I would be decently close to them for a wedding so we planned on fitting in their engagement shoot while I was there. (I love to travel and explore new locations!!)

Ultimately, we decided on the Thomas Jefferson Memorial for their photographs. After finding out that you have to acquire a permit to photograph there, I went through the permitting process and paid the fee required. If anyone reading this wants to have their engagement in D.C., make sure you allow at least a month to get your permit back. Miraculously, everything worked out perfectly; I received the permit just in time and the hurricane rain went through the night before so we were blessed with gorgeous weather.

Tom requested getting a few photos in front of the "LOVE" sign so we made a pit stop there before we embarked to D.C. Once we parked, I grabbed a few more photos of them in their casual outfits before they changed into formal attire. Want to know a secret? They were taken on the edge of the parking lot where I utilized the shrubs, trees and pretty light. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is known for its stunning marble pillars and stairs and is situated on the Tidal Basin with views of the National Monument. Simply beautiful. I did my best to keep the tourists out of the background and Photo-shopped the ones that I couldn't avoid. My favorite part was all of the children saying how pretty Stephanie looked in her dress. They were in awe. (I actually heard one of the girls say to her friend, "That's going to be you and Mike one day.") LOL

We stayed until dark and I took some night shots of them before we departed. Stephanie and Tom were naturals and so much fun to spend the day with. I could not be happier with this engagement session. I am looking forward to photographing their wedding next year!!

Manassas, VA engagement photos in front of the "LOVE" sign

Manassas, VA engagement session in front of the "LOVE" sign

Couple kissing in front of the love sign in Manassas, Virginia during their engagement shoot.

Couple walking and holding hands in D.C. during their engagement shoot

Washington D.C. engagement photographer

Summer engagement shoot in Washington, D.C.

Couple leaning in for a kiss at sunset during their Thomas Jefferson Memorial engagement session

District of Columbia sunset engagement session with the couple dressed in formal attire

Newly engaged couple walking up the stairs of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial during their engagement session at sunset

Washington D.C. engagement session ideas with the couple wearing a navy blue suit and gown

Engagement session with the national monument and Tidal Basin in the background

Couple laughing during their engagement shoot at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC

Girl posed facing the camera with her fiance facing away during their engagement session by the columns of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Round diamond engagement ring with diamond band sitting on the marble steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Couple posed sitting on the marble steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Washington D.C. wedding and engagement photographer

Couple dressed in formal attire smiling at the camera during sunset in D.C.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial engagement shoot at sunset

Couple kissing with the Tidal Basin and setting sun in the background

Couple walking and laughing during their Washington, DC engagement photos

Washington, DC engagement photography with the couple reflected on the water by the white house

Couple posing for a picture in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

District of Columbia engagement shoot at dusk with couple walking along the Tidal Basin

District of Columbia engagement shoot at dusk with couple walking along the Tidal Basin

City engagement session at night

Washington, DC engagement session at night with the National Monument in the background

District of Columbia engagement session at night with off camera flashes

Night engagement session with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial lit up in the background

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