Your Washington, DC, wedding photographer should have one goal for your wedding. When they are done photographing you and your beloved, you should have a comprehensive pictorial documentary of your marital event. You hire your wedding photographers to capture everything that happens on film during your marriage celebrations. You want to be able to look through your wedding photo album as a married couple and relive the day. For that to happen, your wedding photographer cannot leave anything out. They have to account for every shot that you expect.
So DC wedding photographers like us must aim to get pictures of everything and everybody. That means photographing the bridal portraits and the family formal photos. We have to get pictures of you exchanging your wedding rings as well as images of the decorations you choose. We must endeavor to get a photograph of every single wedding guest during the cocktail hour. Above all, we have to work to capture every significant moment on film as it unfolds. We do not want to give you a wedding album that is just a collection of pictures. We want your photographs to tell the story of your wedding day. More importantly, we want them to communicate the emotional impact of every memorable moment that you experience.
To make sure we give that to you, we have worked hard to master every element of our craft. That way, we can deliver to you an award-winning photograph of any part of your wedding day. Couples portraits and wedding photojournalism require different skills, naturally. But the best DC wedding photographers need to produce both with equal facility.
That said, each Washington, DC, wedding photographer will have an area in which they specialize. There is usually one element of wedding photography in which they excel. For us, that is the photojournalistic side. We love using our cameras to document the emotional aspects of a wedding in the Washington, DC, area. There is nothing as satisfying as creating those kinds photos for DC-area couples. Pictures of a bride wiping a tear from her eye as her future husband reads his wedding vows are a great example. We believe that those images are the ones that mean the most to you and your family in the end.
That is not to suggest that couples portraits are not important. On the contrary, those are the pictures that are most likely to grace the mantle of Washington, DC, newlyweds like you. Couples spend a lot of time, effort and money on looking their best on their wedding day. You naturally want couples portraits that show that off. You want pictures of you and your beloved that look every bit as glamorous as you feel on your wedding day. And it is our job to create images that do just that.
There are obviously a lot of different ways to make a pair of Washington-based newlyweds look gorgeous on camera. One way that we like is the so-called “Vogue” approach to portraiture. It is a wedding photography style that makes couples look like models from the pages of a fashion magazine. It is not the right look for every DC couple, of course. Each set of fiancés has a particular aesthetic that works for them. But when the Vogue style works for you, it leads to glorious wedding photos like the one featured here!
For these kinds of couples portraits to work, though, the setting needs to be right. It must look every bit as glamorous you and your new spouse. In this case, we posed these Washington newlyweds outside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The arches along its base, in particular, are an elegant space for post-wedding-ceremony couples portraits. The building’s white stone walls also make a perfect canvas for pictures of you or your wedding party.
Another selling point for the Ronald Reagan Building as a spot for couples portraits is its location. It sits on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, which means it is just blocks from the White House and US Capitol. And those two landmarks are fantastic backdrops for quintessentially Washington, DC, portraiture! The site of this picture is also a short walk from the National Mall. So after some glamorous pictures of newlyweds between the Reagan Building’s arches, the Washington Monument is a logical next stop for additional portraits.
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