Jan is one of Washington DC’s most sought-after photographers, with a style best described as elegant whimsy. Her vast knowledge of lighting, composure, and posing is rivaled by few professional and fine photographers today. Pair her alluring style with a romantic sensibility and the result is nothing short of astonishingly beautiful photographs, reflecting the true essence of her client’s personality.
Jan earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. She later added a degree in Professional Photography. Today, she is a member of The National Association of Photoshop Professionals, The Professional Photographers of America, as well as Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She is also an enthusiastic world traveler and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.
It’s amazing how much kids grow year to year. Teeth fall out and smiles change. Claire is one beautiful girl and I’ve always loved her more serious, intense gazes. We had a beautiful fall day in Alexandria, VA to update their family photos and document how much Claire has grown in pictures. I look forward to seeing you all next time!
It was time to update the family photos, but a sudden move to Dallas, TX meant a change of plans and a search for a new photographer they thought. It just so happened I had a trip to Texas planned a few weeks later and we were able to meet up at the gorgeous Dallas Arboretum. I couldn’t believe how much these handsome boys had grown! It was fun to catch up in a new place and update the family pictures. And I so appreciate clients who love my work across the miles!
From the Hotel Monaco to the Army Navy Country Club, choosing beautiful locations as a backdrop to your wedding day is a great help to your photographer. Then choosing a wedding gown that makes you shine as bright as the dress sparkles, add a love between a couple that can be felt, and you have the combination for a magical wedding day and the best wedding pictures.
Emily was stunning in her gorgeous sparkly flowy spaghetti strap ball gown that even spelled the word love, hidden in the sparkles. The 1957 Bentley that chauffeured the groom and his best man, and the bride and her maid of honor,from the Hotel Monaco to the Army Navy Country club was such a classy touch and made for fun memories. And as a prop for wedding pictures, it’s hard to beat. The flowers in the bouquets pulled together all the hues of lavender, purple, wine and lilac that Emily chose for the bridesmaid’s gowns. And the cake. You’ve got to scroll down and see the Capitol dome wedding cake! A choreographed first dance (perfect with Emily’s ballgown!) and a fun and fast moving hora, all led by a great live band, made for quite the joyous wedding celebration of the newly married couple. Completing the wedding day was a sparkler send off. Congratulations Emily and Eric!
Maybe my favorite dress picture – the Hotel Monaco has some dramatic spaces!
Emily’s dress was perfection. It was absolutely her dress. It flowed, it sparkled, and it made her look and feel amazing. Finding the right dress is worth the hunt!
A First Look sequence:
Classic 1957 Bentley makes the best wedding day prop!
I could not get enough of the details of this wedding dress. The sparkles even spelled out “love” in several spots.
Shades of lavender, plum, purple, wine, lilac – it all works together!
A ceremony spot with a view of the Washington Monument!
The Army Navy Country Club ballroom is so elegant!
Their choreographed first dance was quite impressive! Made even more dramatic by Emily’s sweeping skirt.
The hora is always fun! The band kept it going and going and going.
Cutting the cake with her father’s saber. But can we talk about this Capitol wedding cake?!? The details were incredible! It could be my favorite wedding cake ever.
Belmont Country Club is the picture perfect all in one wedding location. Jeannine and Tom had a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony under a canopy of flowers. With red roses coordinating with their FSU color theme, the university where they met, there were subtle nods to their alma matter, including the grooms Tallahassee cuff links. And they had the cutest ring bearer ever! Their dog Koda in his own tuxedo that matched all the groomsmen. Jeannine’s cathedral length veil was a classic touch with the historic mansion backdrop. They transformed the ballroom for the reception with tall flower arrangements on the tables, draping on the ceiling, and uplighting around the room. And the late night snack featured the grooms favorite treat, s’mores! These were gourmet s’mores. I didn’t know marshmallows could be so delicious! And the night of celebration ended with a sparkler exit send off of the bride and groom into their married life. Congratulations to a fabulous couple, it was an honor to by your wedding photographer!
I won’t tell you that Peter mom and I have been friends since before we were born as that would make me feel old. Peter is in the midst of the college application and selection process which is so hard to believe. He took some time out for his senior pictures in Alexandria, VA. We had a great time strolling around Old Town and even stopped for ice cream. Have a great senior year Peter!