Cats and Dogs at Jones Point Park (Alexandria, VA)

Time spent with cats is never wasted.
— Sigmund Freud

I don't blog couples nearly enough (really I don't blog anything nearly enough) and one of my goals is to start featuring more couples sessions here.

As you know, I love candids. But with a dog and a cat - I was a little nervous that "real moments" wouldn't be hard to capture. Luckily, both pets totally rocked out this session (how cute is she in her basket?). And even though it was a cold morning, I ended up having a blast with this perfect family of four.

 

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Light and Happiness on a Cold Autumn Morning (Arlington, VA)

Live in the sunshine . . . drink the wild air.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I originally scheduled photos with the B family in September, but it rained. So we rescheduled. And it rained again. Finally, we found a perfect morning with gorgeous light and autumn trees. The only problem - it was less than 35 degrees outside. Luckily, these kids were AMAZING! We ran and explored and after awhile we didn't even feel the cold.

Plus, I LOVE when grandparents are included in family photos. Watching three generations play and laugh together is such a beautiful thing!

* Looking for a family photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography offers both at-home and out-and-about sessions, so whether you prefer pictures in the backyard or photos at a nature preserve, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.

Running Through Autumn at Storm King Sculpture Park (Cornwall, NY)

A few weeks ago I binge-watched the second season of Master of None. In one of the last episodes, the main character and a friend take an autumn daytrip to Storm King Art Center, which is about 1 hour north of NYC. I'd never heard of Storm King before, but I was smitten.

Unfortunately, October is the peak of my busy season so I didn't think we could make our own trip. Then I found out the kids had a few days off school and everything fell into place. (Plus, let's be honest - I love a roadtrip).

We ended up spending two days at Storm King (the park is REALLY big) and on the second day my best friend and her family managed to join us (and then we drove back to Long Island to hang with them).

Watching all the kids play/run/explore together was pretty incredible. Especially with the fall foliage in the background.

* Looking for a family photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography offers both at-home and out-and-about sessions, so whether you prefer pictures in the backyard or photos at a nature preserve, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.

Wandering Through the Forest (Fairfax, VA)

If you want to be happy, be.
— Leo Tolstoy

I love my job. And I love all the amazing families I photograph, but this family, in particular, will always have a special place in my heart. I started photographing them years ago, as a family of three and, as cheesy as it sounds, their support made me the photographer I am today.

There's something incredible about watching kids grow up - especially when you only see them a few times a year. Somewhere along the way we went from playing with blocks to detailed discussions about Pokeman, Harry Potter, and complex lego sets. And I hope that a few years from now we'll still be able to talk about "bigger" issues - like middle school and the years beyond.

On one hand, I take photos and I try to make the photos as real and true as possible. But kids don't want photos - they want someone to listen to their stories. And these kids have the best stories - I hope they never stop telling them to me.

* Looking for a family photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography offers both at-home and out-and-about sessions, so whether you prefer pictures in the backyard or photos at a nature preserve, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.

Because Love . . .

I don’t mind if you wanna go anywhere
I’ll take you there
We can go if you wanna go anywhere
I’ll take you there
— Angus and Julia Stone

This couple stole my heart. Their wedding was intimate and beautiful and totally original. They wanted to keep most of the pictures private (which I totally understand), but allowed me to share some of my faves. If their happiness doesn't make you smile, then I don't know what will.

* 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.

Hockey at Golden Hour (Arlington, VA)

Love’s the key to the things that we see
And don’t mind chasing.
— The War on Drugs

I'm still smitten with these at home/neighborhood sport-focused family photo shoots. This family was all about roller blades and hockey sticks. And I couldn't have been happier. 

The best moments are the real moments!

* Looking for a family photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography offers both at-home and out-and-about sessions, so whether you prefer pictures in the backyard or photos at a nature preserve, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.

Football & Basketball Close to Home (Arlington, VA)

We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.
— Winnie the Pooh

I've wanted to have a photoshoot like this for awhile (playing sports at a park close to home), but I knew it would take the right family. And this family was most certainly the "right" family - easy-going, fun to be around, and crazy athletic. 

So much awesomeness!

* Looking for a family photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography offers both at-home and out-and-about sessions, so whether you prefer pictures in the backyard or photos at a nature preserve, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.

Deer & Dancing (Fairfax, VA)

What do you want?” Tuttle asked me, what seems like months ago. “I want this, whatever this is, never to end.
— A.M. Homes

Every year I photograph this family in their home and every year I'm amazed by their happiness and kindness. Four kids must be a lot of work, but they take it all in stride and the siblings have so much fun with each other. 

Plus when deer appear in the meadow while you're taking photos - that's pure magic. 

* Looking for a family photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography offers both at-home and out-and-about sessions, so whether you prefer pictures in the backyard or photos at a nature preserve, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.

Dinosaurs & A First Birthday (Alexandria, VA)

I fell in love with the sound
Oh I love to sing along with you
We got tunes we kicked around some
We got a bucket that the tunes go through
— Josh Ritter

I'm not usually a morning person, but the early light in Old Town Alexandria is gorgeous enough to turn any oversleeper into a jump-out-of bed-type of person. Plus there are no crowds - just  alleyways full of ivy and red brick walls. 

This little girl's first birthday was a few days after our photo shoot, but she walked/ran/explored so much that you'd think she was turning 2.

I love to take photos of kids discovering the world around them - and these two kids were so full of love, laughter, and curiosity. The entire family radiated joy. I spent the rest of the day smiling - happiness really is contagious. 

 

* Looking for a family photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography offers both at-home and out-and-about sessions, so whether you prefer pictures in the backyard or photos at a nature preserve, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.

Lila and Steven's Cinco De Mayo Courthouse Wedding (Washington D.C.)

Oh! I got plenty of time
Oh! You got light in your eyes
And you’re standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
— The Talking Heads

I haven't blogged a wedding in awhile, even though I've photographed some amazing ceremonies this year. It seems so intimidating to try and summarize such huge events in one small one grouping of images. Anyways, I'm going to try to blog more and Lila and Steven are the perfect couple with which to start. 

This was my first courthouse wedding. And it was perfect.  Family came in from out of town, speeches were read, tears were shed. Plus, Lila and the judge volunteer together, how cool is that? 

The best and the hardest part about photographing weddings is you fall a little bit in love with the couple. And this couple melted my heart. The first look alone brought tears to my eyes. 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.