Snapshots of our November (Arlington, VA and beyond)

Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.
— Jack Kerouac

I know I’ve said this a lot lately, but November was non-stop. I started out the month attending the WRKSHP photography conference in Brooklyn, NY. Where I spent some time with good friends who inspire me and stayed out until 1 in the morning watching the mid-term election results roll in.

Upon returning from WRKSHP, we spent the weekend moving our entire upper level into a “pod”, so that hardwood floors could be installed (so pretty!). And then the kids and I flew to London for a week with friends (I still haven’t edited those photos).

We spent two happy and jet-lagged days catching up on school/work and then drove down to Richmond, VA for Thanksgiving with Dan’s parents. His mom made an amazing feast and we all slept for days afterwards.

So that was November, I also photographed 8 families and 3 other clients. And edited like a mad women. So I can’t complain at all. I love this life, even with all the crazy I bring to it.

(1) A tree grows in Brooklyn: (2) We found the old American girl dolls when moving and debated where to store them; (3) Thanksgiving at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA); (4) Late night election returns in Brooklyn; (5) Another shot from the art museum on Thanksgiving; (6) Photography conference chaos; (7) 0ur empty bedroom; (8) Trout cooking with grandma; (9) Late night with awesome friends; (10) In the midst of all the chaos, Parker turned 12, I still need to plan a birthday party for her; (11) Thanksgiving dinner.

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Holiday Cards & 25% Discount Code at Pinhole Press

Every year I order our Christmas cards and client gifts from Pinhole Press. And every hear their quality blows me away - vibrant, true colors; thick cardstock paper, wonderful customer service.

This year, they’re providing a 25% off holiday cards for Darcy Troutman Photography followers. All you have to do is type in DARCY25 as the promotional code and order before December 31, 2018.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!

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The cards featured were provided by Pinhole Press, but the opinions expressed our entirely my own.

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Three Brothers, Matchbox Cars, & A Dog Named Couscous on Sunday Morning (Bethesda, MD)

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.
— Anton Chekhov

The F family originally scheduled an outdoor photoshoot at a park, but it was a cold, windy day. So we agreed on a morning at home and I think this was SO MUCH BETTER.

The oldest brother loves cars, the middle brother loves sports, and the youngest bounces between them - as happy as can be.

This is my fourth year photographing the F family (wow) and every year I can’t wait to see them all again.

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Hannah & Sam's Gorgeous August Wedding (Waterford, VA)

And now you know
Everywhere on earth you go
You’re gonna have me as your man
— The New Basement Tapes

This wedding was so perfect that I’m having a hard time summarizing it - bridemaids debating feminist issues, a groom who wrote a song for his bride and played it during the ceremony, a bride who wore Birkenstocks under her dress, the best first dance song ever (by the New Basement Tapes), late night skinny dipping in the pool (not blogged), family and friends who flew in from all over the US, and, most importantly, a night of total happiness.

I love this venue (the chickens!) and I love this couple. I could not be happier for them!

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Venue - Blue Hill Farm

Wedding Coordinator - Sara Morand with SRS Events

Caterer - Dale Long with Food 4 Thought

Florist - Urban Stems

DJ - Jeff Sears with the Dapper DJs

Hair - Jamie D’Agostino

Officiant - Leora Willis with This Ring I Thee Wed

Second Shooter - Allan Cordon

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Sunday Afternoon at Potomac Overlook Park with the World's Happiest Toddler (Arlington, VA)

Today is the greatest
Day I’ve ever known
Can’t live for tomorrow
Tomorrow’s much too long
— Smashing Pumpkins

There’s a meme going around the internet that makes me sad. It reads, “behind every holiday photoshoot is a mom threatening to cancel all joy and happiness until the end of time if everyone doesn’t sit still and smile for 2 freaking seconds.”

Why would anyone want to act like that? Why would any family want to go through that? The best photos are always people playing with their children - laughing, running, exploring. Not only are these the best photos, they’re the best memories as well. It’s that easy. Really.

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Snapshots of our October (Arlington, VA)

There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.
— Margaret Atwood

October is my busiest month, so the days flew by in a blur ending (as always) with Halloween (feeling lucky for our amazing friends who host an adult/kid happy hour every year). Parker dressed up as a pun (basketball uniform + inflatable donut = slam dunk), Freya went as Cher from Clueless, and Trout became a random biohazard (the type of costume you “discover” at Spirit Halloween), I feel it’s important to remember these things, though I’m not sure why.

Freya turned 13, which made me feel old and happy at the same time. We planned a family backpacking trip, but our trip was quashed due to “high levels of bear activity” so instead we walked/hiked around Burke Lake and rode bikes to National Harbor. Dan killed his first deer of the season, thus wonderful venison dinners (so yummy). And the days continued to fly by - as they should, but sometimes I wish they’d slow down a little.

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Cowboy Hats, A Red Barn, & Harry Potter Glasses - A Fall Afternoon in the Country (Middleburg, VA)

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand
— Traveling Wilburys

I photograph this family every autumn and they are always SO HAPPY. I can’t stop laughing when I’m around them to be around them. Their mom always brings the coolest props/outfits - this year the cowboy hats with the red barn melted my heart - despite some grey skies overhead.

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An October Morning at Huntley Meadows with the H Family (Alexandria, VA)

I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October
— Charmaine J. Forde

This family will always have a special place in my heart because it was COLD the morning of our photoshoot. The first cold morning of the fall. And as I walked to their car, wearing a stocking hat, a jacket, and a sweater, I thought to myself “how is this going to go?” And then the happiest child in the world came running at me, completely ambivalent to the weather, asking if we were going to see a beaver. And I knew it was going to be a great day.

We didn’t see beavers or very much wildlife. But we searched and explored. We walked on tree stumps and talked about legos. And I forgot about the weather too, because I was having so much fun.

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Teenagers, Zebras, and Balloons at Union Market (Washington D.C.)

When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this
When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this
When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch
Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this
— Van Morrison

I’ve been photographing this family for years now and watching the kids grow up has been such a joy. Though every year I’m a little surprised at how much they’ve grown (how long until all my young clients are taller than me?). And a little awed at the wonderful people they’re becoming.

A styled shoot was wrapping up as we arrived and they gave us their leftover balloon arch. Who doesn’t love a balloon arch? And, of course I had to include the cell phone photos because, as I know all too well, that’s life with teenagers these days. And it’s a good life. One worth remembering.

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Jess & Jim's Intimate, Summer Naval Academy Wedding (Annapolis, MD)

Cause we were just kids when we fell in love
Not knowing what it was
I will not give you up this time
But darling, just kiss me slow, your heart is all I own
And in your eyes you’re holding mine
— Ed Sheeran

This wedding was such a career highlight. I don’t often have a chance to photograph weddings of friends and this one was extra special, as my daughter was a guest. Plus, I loved all the wonderful little details - the fact that Jess’s sisters made her veil and the bouquets; Jess’s nieces having the time of their lives; close friends and family raising their glasses in celebration.

Jess and Jim dated as teenagers and drifted apart. And now they’ve found their way back to each other. For the last two years I’ve watched them date and joked with them about how they can’t stop smiling whenever they are together. And now they’re married. And still smiling. I’m so happy for them!

SO. MUCH. LOVE.

* Looking for a wedding photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography wants to capture all the details of your special day - from the bridesmaids laughing together through late nights on the dance floor. So whether you prefer black tie occasions or a casual ceremony outdoors, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.