Sam + Kathryn's Capitol Hill and Navy Yard neighborhood engagement
It was a crisp, but not at all chilly October afternoon, and the light was PERFECT. When Sam, Kathryn and I were talking about where to go for their engagement session, our shared love for DC's amazing neighborhoods came into focus in a hurry. Like me, Sam works in local policy, and Kathryn -- well, she's just a gem. For our perfect afternoon, we started by walking down East Capitol with a stop at Barnaby Books, where the shopkeeper was super-sweet, even if I think she thought we might be a little crazy.
I always love asking people to pick out a book at bookstores. Kathryn picked up Charlie Brown without a moment's hesitation... so when Sam finally decided on the AP Stylebook, it was all the more amusing. I love both books, but maybe next time I should ask people to choose a book they'd read on a Sunday afternoon! :)
Once we finished up in the amazing alleyways and Capitol views on the Hill, we popped over to Navy Yard for a walk in Yards Park, one of my personal favorite places in all of DC. Both Capitol Hill and Navy Yard are great neighborhoods, and I love the rowhouses on the Hill, but there's something about Navy Yard that feels very local DC, rather than classical Washington. At least, I think so.
For our very last photo, we'd already done so many amazing things, I decided to try something special! Sam and Kathryn hopped up on the bench to catch this last beautiful sunbeam in the birch trees, and I started the process of a Brenizer panorama -- this image is a composite of 87 separate images! The detail and the shallow depth-of-field is crazy and fun. Thanks to these two amazing people for holding still so I could make it happen! I can't wait for their wedding this summer! :)