Janice + Martin | MARRIED

Wow. i've said it before, and I'll say it again. My favorite thing about photographing weddings is seeing two people, head-over-heels in-love, together on their big day. Janice and Martin had a private ceremony at Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, VA, followed by an extended portrait session at my favorite park in the area. Here are some of my favorite photos...

For photographers - I shot this with my Nikon D3s and Nikon lenses. I used my Einsteins with a 35" octabox and 12x24" stripbox to light the portraits, triggered by the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and PowerMC2s on the Einsteins. Using this combination of lights and triggers, I was able to tap into "HyperSync," which allowed me to sync the flash at speeds far beyond 1/250sec - up to 1/1250 for one of these photos.

Brazil | TRAVEL

I just realized that I never shared my photos from Brazil with you all... I had an amazing opportunity to go see the beautiful cities of Alphaville and Guarujá in São Paulo state in December of last year. There was something of a language barrier, but the people were so nice and super-patient with me!

I took my trusty OM-D EM-5 and just a couple lenses - the 17mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8. Here are some of my favorites:

Megan + Mike | MARRIED

One of the great things about photographing weddings is getting to see two people on one of the happiest days of their lives. Photographing Megan and Mike's wedding was no exception - not only were they excited to be there, so was every one of their guests. Here are some of my favorite photos from their big day...

Planner: Elegantly Chic Events
Catering: Culinary Delights by Feist
Makeup: Samantha McDonald Makeup Artistry

Many thanks to Jess for helping me out!

Kelly + Thomas | MARRIED

I was trying to find a really cool, deep quote about smiling, but all that kept popping into my head was when Buddy the Elf said "I love smiling - smiling's my favorite!" As I photographed Kelly and Thomas' wedding, I was moved by how happy everybody was to be a part of their big day. It shows in their photos - the bridal party, family, friends... everybody had the biggest smiles the whole day.

Their wedding and reception were at the beautiful 1757 Golf Club in Ashburn, Virginia.

Many thanks to Becca for helping me out!

Amsterdam 2014 - Olympus OM-D EM-5

Hello! As many of you know, I've absolutely fallen in love with my Olympus OM-D mirrorless micro four-thirds camera system. I've been shooting with my full-frame Nikon D3S and the fast Nikon zooms and primes for years now, but the OM-D system has found a permanent place in my camera kit for travel, portraits, and family get-togethers.

People often ask me what a "nice" camera is that they should get (for a trip, honeymoon, etc), and I've typically referred them to something like the Nikon D3300 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. Now that I've gotten into the Olympus system, I've never hesitated to recommend it as camera for photography enthusiasts. It's as simple or as complex as you want it to be, and makes for a great transition either "up" from a point-and-shoot, or as a lighter option for a pro who's accustomed to a heavier full-size digital SLR.

Last year I took a Fuji X100 to the Netherlands - this year I had my Olympus OM-D EM-5 for a similar trip. Last year I edited the raw photos in Lightroom at home - this year, I wanted to show off the amazing combination that the Olympus OM-D EM-5, an EyeFi Mobi SD card, and Google's Snapseed photo editing software (free for iOS and Android) are. All the photos below were shot in RAW+JPEG on the Olympus; the JPG was then transferred to my iPhone 5 via the EyeFi Mobi and EyeFi's app (also free for iOS and Android), and received a quick edit in Snapseed. (I did use Lightroom 5 to resize the images for the web, but didn't apply any sharpening). 

Lenses used in the set below include the Olympus 12mm f/2, 17mm f/1.8, 25mm f/1.8, 45mm f/1.8, and 75mm f/1.8, as well as the Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye lens. I also had the new Olympus MCON-PO2 macro converter for some of the flower close-ups. I was really impressed with that nifty tool - it gives close-focus ability to any of my 12mm, 17mm, 25mm, or 45mm lenses, at a fraction of the cost of the 60mm f/2.8 macro (which is a pretty awesome lens that I still want to get).

Anyway... enjoy the photos. Hit me up in the comments if you have any questions.