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Friday Fun | Take 1

June 16, 2017

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Brand photographer & educator based out of Northern VA & DC. When I'm not behind a camera or teaching about systems, you'll find me at a vineyard with wine & cheese or cuddled with my cat Keegan on our cozy couch!
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Growing up I kept an online photojournal that I would save something from each day in! It could be a handful of pictures, just personal notes (and some rants, not gonna lie….), ways to remember each small day however significant or even insignificant. I believe that there’s something in each day worth remembering (or even forgetting tbh) and liked the idea of being able to read something that I had written and remember how I thought/was years and years ago. I kept this journal running and have had it for over five years now. But during the college years (this is fun to say now haha) I was always so incredibly busy that I was perpetually writing up things from the past month and got out of the habit of regularly putting up photos.

So, I wanted to use my blog as a home for noting down a little something from each week, good or bad, that I could look back on a year or two or five from now. I got the idea and name from Amy & Jordan’s series so definitely check out theirs as well, it’s super entertaining!

Nothing fancy, just bullet form but here goes from this past weekend & week:

-My cousin is back in town so that meant multiple dinners in Reston Town Center! I got to go to Barcelona which I’d never been to for tapas styled food and they gave us dessert on the house which was awesome!! We also went to World of Beer (turned Crafthouse) for Tuesday night trivia! My cousin and brother each devoured four tacos while I stuck to my loaded tater tots topped off with a refreshing Apple Bold Rock, my cider staple!

-I’m in the works of setting up an engagement shoot with a couple in Georgetown that I’m super excited about!!! Georgetown is one of my favorite places to take pictures, I don’t think I could ever tire from it 🙂 Anddd I may, possibly be shooting a proposal and engagement party as well which would be amazingg!!! I can’t wait!

-On another photo related note, last week I FINALLY was able to upgrade and buy my new camera!!! I bought the NIkon D750 and actually scored a super deal that included a bunch of items in a bundle including an extra battery and a battery grip. Although I was able to pick up my camera last week, the battery grip & extra battery were only back in stock this week so I get to pick them up just in time to use them this weekend! Also I am IN LOVE with being able to share images from my camera to my phone & laptop so efficiently! Huzzah for in-camera wifi!

-I went to my first Jazz in the Gardens concert of the summer for date night and the sangria was everything I could have hoped for hahaha! I had been a couple times last year but hadn’t been 21 yet and able to enjoy snagria WITH the wonderful jazz music. Also, all throughout dinner we could hear this amazingly good street performer so it was like having a concert to go along with our dinner at Tavern 10. The poutine fries there, 10/10 would recommend! To top off the night, I ran into this beautiful area of D.C. that night that my mom had always talked about and it was perfect!!

-Wednesday was the four year anniversary of me graduating from South Lakes High School! Pretty cool to remember graduating from high school now that I’ve graduated from college! I still have my blue decorated grad cap with me now up in my room & it’s been joined by my UVA grad cap as well 🙂

-I finally got to hang out with Shivani & Rimsha who I worked with two summers ago while interning! I love these girls and am so grateful to have stayed friends with them long after we stopped working together <3 It was great catching up with them and making good use of happy hour at Bar Louie! You can bet said yes way to the bubbly rosé!

So that’s the end of the first installment and I can’t wait for more posts to come! You can follow along by looking at the Friday Fun category on my blog!


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