Chasing Sunsets | Personal

Let me start off by saying that I feel very thankful and blessed right now.  I have been given the opportunity to meet and work with some absolutely amazing people.  I want you all to know that I really, really appreciate everything.  Big warm hugs for everyone.

The photo below is of Wendy and Dave, during our engagement session in Washington, DC.  We were nearing the end of our shoot as we headed towards the National Monument.  The photo itself isn’t considered to be deliverable, in my opinion; especially with my stringent standards.  The horizon is tilted; the Monument has a gangster lean; there’s a pole that looks like crap right in front of Wendy; the list of imperfections goes on.  But during my culling stage, I simply could not delete it.  Because this photo was more than just a snapshot – it was a real moment.

Wendy and Dave knew that we were pushing our time limits with the beautiful sunset that we had that day.  In the photo, they were running to a particular spot that I had pointed out.  I didn’t tell them to run – they just did.  I loved that.  Mother Nature doesn’t preserve sunsets like these all day, everyday for a reason.  They’re beautiful because they’re exclusive, unique, and naturally calming.  If you appreciate light, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Often times, photographers will mention that photography is all about lighting. At one point, I agreed.  But I also think that it’s arguable.  And I love arguing over things like these.  Personally, I think photography – good photography – is all about collective love and passion.  Sprinkle some golden, directional lighting in there and you’ve got a masterpiece.  I’ve only been able to capture such lighting on a few of my shoots, but you can bet that I put my heart and soul into every shoot that I’m on. Because deep inside, I know that this is what I’m born to do – photograph.

Dear prospective clients: If and only if you absolutely love what you see, feel and read here, let’s go chase some sunsets.  It’ll be fun, and we’ll have amazing photographs to prove it to the world.

P.S. Tomorrow is Earth Day. Thank you for providing such awesome environments for me to shoot in, Earth. You’re the best.

Dave Spencer - Marno,
We saw how much passion you put into this shoot and knew that if we did our part, we’d certainly be rewarded. We weren’t fooled.
I think you motivated us to try to make those photos as fantastic as one can fathom.
We couldn’t be happier and everyone’s efforts really paid off!
-Dave Spencer

Marno

- Dave,
Likewise, you and Wendy did such an amazing job. The shoot went smooth like butter! Thanks for giving me creative control and trusting me all the way through! :)

Paula - Whatever! The only thing I don’t like about this picture is the pole you mentioned. Otherwise, I think it has a ton of character.

Ari - What’s up my Cambodian brutha! Great stuff on here man. Keep it up!

~ari

Marno - Yo, thanks! Hoping things are poppin’ in the 209, too!

Marno - Kinda sorta agree. :)

News | Thoughts

Just a heads up: I have created a new category labeled, Thoughts.  It will be used randomly to portray how I’m feeling or what I’m thinking to give you a closer look as to who I am.

Happy Humpday, lovers.

Sarah and Michael | Washington, DC | Engagement

Good Monday afternoon!  I hope all of you are enjoying this beautiful weather that we’ve been blessed with lately.  Sarah, Michael and I sure did on our shoot!

The simple session took place mainly around the Tidal Basin and the National Mall in DC, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  It might not be evident in these photos, but thousands upon thousands of supporters came out to admire us (and the cherry blossoms)!  It was hectic, but I still feel like we were able to capture intimate and homey photos that reflected the couple.  I’m really proud of Sarah and Michael for being able to deal with the crowds that day.  You two did an awesome job!

Sarah and Michael will be getting married in San Francisco, CA – one of the most beautiful cities in the nation, in my opinion.  They will be using some of the photos as decor at their reception to pay tribute to home.  I love the idea!

Enjoy some of my favorites:

Facebook album.

Paula - I like the first black and white photo with the couple sitting on the floor.

Marno - Thanks Paula! It was a really tough to get shot bc of all of the bystanders. :)

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