A Romantic, Surprise Wedding Proposal at Stone Tower Winery (Leesburg, VA)

I’ve been searching a long time
Someone exactly like you
I’ve been traveling all around the world
Waiting for you to come through
— Van Morrison

This was a pretty amazing way to spend a Friday afternoon in August (thought it was HOT). As if a huge ring and a surprise proposal weren't enough, there was also a surprise party with the couple's closest friends and the bride's parents.

So many happy tears! And so much happiness!

* 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.

A Sunday Morning at Home with the M Family (Alexandria, VA)

Where thou art, that is home.
— Emily Dickinson

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending some time with the cutest baby (and family) on the planet. Seriously - how amazing is this little guy? Curious about everything and so happy.

Plus, I think all photo sessions need a cat photo bomb.

* 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.

Bill Watson's Arlington National Cemetery Funeral (Arlington, VA)

As anyone who has seen my photos knows, I like to capture happy, somewhat silly moments. When I pick up my camera, I gravitate towards motion and laughter - random expressions of joy. That's my comfort zone.

But, lately, I've tried to challenge myself. So when a friend and client asked me to photograph her father's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery I (of course) said yes (what an honor).

And I'm really proud of how the photos came out. I never had the pleasure of meeting Bill Watson, but he was clearly an amazing individual, loved and missed by family and friends.

* Looking for an event photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography wants to capture all the details of your day - whatever the event, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.

Snapshots of our June (Arlington, VA)

I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air.
So there.
— Lorde

I kept my camera in the living room this June, so there are a lot of couch photos (with cell phones), which is fine as I tend to love couch photos. But also some trips to the Wharf and Artechouse. And (as always) happy hour dance parties and neighborhood strolls.

 

* 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.

Patrick & Maggie's Intimate, Annapolis Courthouse Wedding (Annapolis, MD)

The journey is the reward
— Mother of the bride's tattoo

I love photographing weddings - by the end of the night I tend to fall a little bit in love with the couple (everyone is so happy when they get married!). But Maggie and Patrick's springtime, Annapolis wedding was especially meaningful to me.

On most wedding days,  I spend the morning/afternoon with the bride and groom and then as the crowd becomes bigger, I retreat to the background. But on Patrick and Maggie's big day, I spent 10 hours with their closest family (11 people total) and I had the chance to talk with and meet each family member - I even joined them for dinner. And they were all such warm, loving people - both to each other and to everyone around them. Meeting and photographing them  was truly a career highlight. Seriously, best job in the world.

* 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.

May the 4th Be with You - Sara & Cameron's Springtime Wedding at the Alexandrian Hotel (Alexandria, VA)

Laugh until we think we’ll die,
barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you . . . .
Home is wherever I’m with you
— Edward Sharpe

When a couple plans their wedding on Star Wars Day ("May the 4th Be with You"), you know it's going to be fun. This was pretty much the perfect day - everyone was so happy, the dance floor never slowed down once, and Sara & Cam made me laugh and cry all night long. I really do have the best job ever. 

Caterer/venue - The Alexandrian Hotel

Florist - Petals Edge

DJ - Brian George Music

Hair - Frizzles Old Town

Officiant - Kathy Gracenin

Second Shooter - Kelly Loss

* 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.

Snapshots of our May (Arlington, VA)

Well I’m on my way
I don’t know where I’m going
I’m on my way
I’m taking my time
But I don’t know where
— Paul Simon

I didn't take very many personal photos in May, but still managed to capture some flowers and nightly walks. And (of course) photos of my son helping in the backyard.

* 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.

Snapshots of Our April (Arlington, VA)

Every year, when you’re a child, you become a different person.
— Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

I always say the best moments are the real moments, but I tend to post photos from big moments in our lives (long vacations, camping, etc.) - so here's a little collage of our everyday in April.

For the most part, we didn't do anything very exciting (with the exceptions of Burning Man at the Renwick and Cirque Du Soleil's Luzia, oh, and Parker participated in the Science and Engineering Festival with her elementary school's STEM group), but I'm a big fan of documenting life's little adventures - gardening, basketball, tennis lessons, family hikes, the girls' cellphone addiction, sick days, happy hours, dance parties, legos, lilacs, unicorn onsies, etc.) 

* 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.

Dance Parties, Lacrosse, Scooters, & (of course) Elephant and Piggie (Fairfax, VA)

‘After all,’ Anne had said to Marilla once, ‘I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.’
— L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

I loved hanging out with this family for many reasons. For starters, they were fun, funny, and they made me laugh like crazy. Plus, how adorable is their bulldog puppy?

But, I also loved the L family because their incredibly smart, wise kindergarten-aged daughter gave me the best compliment I've ever received. I can't remember the exact words, but I'll still put it in quotes because it made my whole year. "Ms. Darcy, when I grow up and have kids, I'm going to hire you to come and take photos of my family. Do you know why? Because when you come to take photos it is fun. I don't know if I should tell you this, but all day I was supposed to pretend that I was having fun. But I didn't have to pretend. I wish you could come over all the time."

I love this job. Seriously, how lucky am I?

 

* 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.