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We went to Old Town Occoquan, VA for this engagement shoot with Kim and Travis. It was a little chilly at times, with some snow still on the ground in places and parts of the river frozen, but these two were troopers and looked great! We wanted to balance out all of the outdoor pictures so we got permission to shoot at Rockledge Mansion. The owner actually came by and opened it for us to use the inside! If you haven’t been there, you need to go.

Kim and Travis – thanks for hanging in there in the cold and I can’t wait to shoot your wedding this fall!



It was a little too shaded under this overpass. Reflector to the rescue and we had great light!


This is in the ballroom space of Rockledge Mansion. The room looked gorgeous with gold and white chairs and had great soft light coming in through the windows. This is basically the same shot with two very different exposures, but I loved them both and couldn’t post only one!

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So it has been more than a year, but it feels like it was yesterday that Em and Rich were married. They had a gorgeous wedding in Pittsburgh with the ceremony at St. Bede’s Catholic Church and the reception at the Grand Hall. I grew up with Emily and she is still one of my closest friends. I don’t think I will EVER stop telling stories of when we went camping together in Hershey. Anyways, her wedding was lovely, as expected, and here are some of my favorite pics!



















I love you Emmy!

Thanks to Manny Nguyen for second shooting!

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I don’t blog very often, so in an attempt to catch up, here is a family session from this past fall.

Her facial expressions are awesome.

Inside the mill and posing with mom and dad.


While we did get some family photos of everyone together, she didn’t sit still for long! Here she jumped right up and came at me smiling and ready to inspect my camera :)

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Fall Mini Sessions!

I’m excited to announce Fall Mini Sessions! On November 9-10, I’ll be shooting these sessions in Chantilly and Falls Church. Limited sessions are available. Contact me for more information and to reserve your spot.

Mini Sessions eKate photography

2013 Mini Sessions by eKate photography

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Alicia and Geoff were married in front of their close friends and family, followed by a reception at Ristorante Renato, right in downtown Fredericksburg. These two were referred to me by a friend (thanks again, Jen!), and after going down to Fredericksburg to meet them and look at the church and restaurant, I knew I would really enjoy photographing them. They were laid back, trusting, and again were more concerned about the people there to celebrate with them than the “details.” Not only did we get a group picture outside of the church of EVERYONE in attendance all together (I travel with a ladder as my 5’2″ self is not cutting it), we stopped after finishing the couple’s portraits, and guests/families came out one by one to get individual pictures with the bride and groom. We were able to get pictures of the bride and groom with every single person at the wedding, and it was organized, easy, and quick.

Their reception was lots of fun, with the cousins serenading the couple and the couple having activities for the tables to complete. This was such an awesome, fun wedding. You could see their personalities in all of it, it was simple and down to earth while still interesting and lively, and people (myself included) had a wonderful time. Congratulations Geoff and Alicia!


Thanks to Andrew Fritz for second shooting!

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This is so overdue. Erin and Sheara were married at the American Swedish Historical Museum last summer. After getting ready, we walked around for portraits across the field in front of the museum. There was a Phillies game that day, so tailgaters were out in full force. Two of them offered to move so we could get a picture, then offered their congratulations and some beer to the brides, which was kind of awesome, even if they were Philly fans. We went back into the museum before guests started arriving. The brides had most of the guests go upstairs and view the ceremony from the balconies above, while family sat below. Erin and Sheara both walked down staircases facing each other, escorted by their fathers, and met in the middle. After the ceremony, everyone moved outside onto the front grounds for food and dancing. Another rugby wedding, there were lots of familiar faces and everyone had such a good time. You can read about it more over on 4realequality weddings.

Arts Club of Washington Wedding
Arts Club of Washington Wedding
Arts Club of Washington Wedding
Arts Club of Washington Wedding
Arts Club of Washington Wedding
Arts Club of Washington Wedding Look at these jokesters getting pictures of me taking pictures.
Arts Club of Washington Wedding A wonderful kazoo exit.
Sorry this is so late, but thanks for having me. I had a great time!

Venue: American Swedish Historical Museum
Florist: Amaranth Florist

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This bride and groom contacted me because they had seen Molly and Mel’s pictures, also from a wedding at the Arts Club of Washington (I just love love love shooting at the Arts Club. I already can’t wait for my next wedding there). I’m so happy that they did. This wedding was full of the brightest colors and most beautiful flowers. The couple was very specific about two things: their guests and their flowers. They wanted as much candid photography as possible, and were really focused on their guests, which was fine by me. They told me, “We’d prefer to focus on photos of people, and don’t need the typical wedding blog photos.” Amazing. My favorite shots are always of people laughing, and I just love the ones of the two of them together with her cracking up. Thanks to you two and your families for having me at your wedding. It was so much fun and I truly enjoyed being there. It is so great to work for a couple who is laid back and still knows what they value. I’m sure you have a long happy marriage ahead of you and I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon!

Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding

Venue & Catering: Arts Club of Washington
Flowers & Day of Coordinating: Elegance and Simplicity
Ceremony Music: Mark Brandt Trio
DJ: DCVibez
Cake: Patisserie Poupon
Tent: Capital Party Rentals

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I’ve known Rachel and Rosie for a long time now. I met Rachel while she was playing rugby for UVA and I was playing for JMU. I met Rosie (who played rugby for Penn State) when all three of us played for the Mid-Atlantic U-23 team (which is also where Rachel and Rosie met each other). This was such a fun wedding. I won’t write too much, because their story has been published multiple times. (also here, here, and here among other places).

What I will say is that you two are inspiring, fun, exciting, extraordinary, a great couple, and your happiness is infectious. Thanks for having me there!

Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding
Glen Echo Wedding

Thanks to Jennifer Davis Heffner with Vita Images for second-shooting!

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Stephanie and Chris got married on their dating anniversary, which happened to be a Tuesday. They rented a house where the entire family could stay, and since all of their guests (their immediate families) were going to be there all week, why not get married on their anniversary (one date to remember, and a date that has meaning BEFORE the wedding – pretty cool!)?
The wedding was short and sweet, and the simple ceremony and celebration were gorgeous. This post is almost a year overdue, so happy almost first anniversary, Stephanie and Chris!

Northern Neck Virginia Wedding
Northern Neck Virginia Wedding
Northern Neck Virginia Wedding
Northern Neck Virginia Wedding
Northern Neck Virginia Wedding
Northern Neck Virginia Wedding
Northern Neck Virginia Wedding
Northern Neck Virginia Wedding

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Alexandria Engagement – Eva and Ian

I’m REALLY excited to share this for a few reasons.  1. Ian and Eva are JMU Dukes.  2. They were completely laid back about their shoot.  3. They insisted on stopping for a beer AND getting a shot of them in Murphy’s. 4. They were up for a sunset/night session.

Ian and I met our freshman year at JMU where we were both in the same dorm.  Then, he joined Theta Chi and became a fraternity brother of my then future husband.  I didn’t meet Eva until I ran into them at another wedding that I happened to be second shooting last summer, but I’m pretty sure we would have had a lot of fun if we had known each other at JMU. Aside from being fun and having good taste in beer, these two are also champion Cards Against Humanity players.

They wanted to do their shoot in Old Town, because they spent a lot of time there together and Eva spent a good amount of time there while growing up in the area.

OldTown Sunset Engagement

They got a few stares while we were shooting these ones on the dock, because people walking by only saw Ian and Eva posing (I was pretty far away).  And yes, Eva is sticking her tongue out at him.  OldTown Sunset Engagement

“Look how cool this tree is! I’m gonna hang on it.”  “Please don’t. That’s not a good idea.”  Can you guess who said what? OldTown Sunset Engagement

I think their style is pretty perfectly summed up by looking at their shoes (and, who doesn’t love shoes?). OldTown Sunset Engagement OldTown Sunset Engagement

Pit stop at Murphy’s!

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My favorite pictures of the night ^


If this awesome shoot wasn’t enough, I got to witness Eva’s creative bowling technique afterward.  Thanks guys – can’t wait for the wedding!


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