After the Storm | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

Hurricane Isaac made it’s way through Miami in the past few days so after the storm I headed out to Watson Island on Biscayne Bay to see if I could get a few photographs of the Miami skyline with the passing storm clouds. After being indoors for almost three days in a row it was really nice to finally get outside with a dry sky!

This was my first time at this location and as you can see there is an amazing view! The bridge to Watson Island against the color of the city buildings is just spectacular. I’m sure I’ll be back here again before I leave Miami.

All of these images were shot on a tripod with a cable release and were averaged between 30 and 90 second exposures which help create the beautiful glassy look of the water.

In Camera Motion Blur

While it might look like a colorful oil painting, the three images below are actually photographs I took last weekend at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden using a motion blur technique. I think they look more interesting combined as a triptych than as single images. Can you tell what the subject is?

I’ll give you a hint….it’s something found in nature!

Place your guesses in the comments and I’ll respond with answer soon!

A Tropical Paradise in Miami | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

During the month of August, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has been offering free admittance on Sundays. So last weekend I grabbed my water bottle and camera and headed out to explore the gardens. It was so hot I could only spend a few hours before I had to return to the air-conditioned indoors, but I think I got a good idea of what they had to offer and I’m ready to go back again this weekend! The waterlilies were definitely the highlight of the visit for me, they were so beautiful and so much fun to photograph! While photographing the waterlilies I met Pedro, who was an instructor at the Gardens and was able to provide some good tips! He specializes in photographing waterlilies and has an amazing collection that you can view on flickr here. Enjoy!

Gator Park in the Everglades | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

No trip to South Florida is complete without a visit to the Everglades National Park. This was my first time in the Everglades so I went with a guided tour through Gator Park, which included an airboat ride (lots of fun!) and a short wildlife show at the end. Definitely worth checking out if you’re ever traveling near the area. I hope to do a walking tour next time and post some more wildlife photos.

And then there were the little critters…..I wasn’t a huge fan of the scorpion, but the itty bitty alligator was kinda cute :)

I was picked out of the audience to hold the baby gator! He was very camera friendly :)

And then they grow up….This is Norman, who doesn’t look quite as friendly, but was kind enough to pose for the camera!

Lauren and Ryan’s Wedding | Washington D.C. Wedding Photographer

Two weeks ago my good friend Lauren and former cheerleading buddy became Mrs. Ryan Kulp at the Riverview Country Club in Easton, PA, and I was so happy I could be there! The entire day was beautiful–everything from Lauren’s dress, to the venue, to the incredible weather!  It was so great to see old friends from high school and catch up on everyone’s grownup lives! Enjoy the photos I took in between catching up and dancing!

Note: You can check out Lauren’s wedding photographer, Matthew Churetta’s blog by clicking here. He should be posting some photos soon!

The country club made for the perfect backdrop, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather!

Sweet memories…

The reception was beautiful and so uniquely “Lauren” with all the hints of pink and gorgeous orchids. The flower arrangements were amazing!

These were a huge hit and I was so thankful for them when it was time to start dancing!

Loved these introductions!

The grand entrance! I loved Lauren’s gorgeous dress!

So sweet!

And then a little twist on tradition!

And the night finished off with dancing and fireworks!

Haha, and this is why I belong behind the camera and not in front of it!

The fireworks were amazing!!! And to top it all off they were played to Katy Perry’s song! Loved them! What a great way to end the night!