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.

Early Summer at the Lincoln Memorial (Washington D.C.)

Mama once told me, you’re already home where you feel loved.
— The Head and the Heart

I'm usually not a huge believer in fate, but sometimes things really do seem to happen for a reason. The W family adopted this little boy from India only 3 months before our photoshoot, but they've already become so close that it's hard to picture the family without him or him without them. 

We ran, climbed trees, laughed (a lot), bonded with ducks, and generally just had fun. Because, trust me, this is a fun family. With so much love to give that I felt lucky to be there and take it all in. 

 

* 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.

Pancakes & A New Baby (Alexandria, VA)

This little guy has so much fun ahead of him. Best family ever! 

* 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.

Sparklers & A New House (Arlington, VA)

Every year I look forward to photographing this family, they're always up for anything - so we have a great time exploring and playing and running (lots of running). 

They just built a new house and while I'm sad that they live a little further away, I have a major crush on their new digs!

* 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.

Beach House (Nags Head, NC)

A few more photos from our Memorial Week beach house . . . 

Hope you're all having a good summer!! I'm currently booking fall sessions (September is filing up quickly) so email me if you're interested!

* 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.

One Day in Our Crazy Crowded Beach House (Nags Head, NC)

Every year for the week of Memorial Day we rent a beach house in the Outer Banks with 8-9 other families. And every year there's chaos of the best kind. I'm still editing most of the photos - but I thought this was the perfect 15 photo summary of our first night there.

Happy summer everyone!!

* 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.

Follow Your Heart (Washington D.C.)

You know a photo shoot is going well when I can't stop laughing (i.e. this family is AMAZING!).  We spent Sunday afternoon/evening taking photos throughout DC and I planned to blog all of it. But life gets overwhelming, so I'm keeping this post simple. Because who doesn't love Union Market's wall of hearts? Especially when awesome people can't stop laughing in front of it. 

 

* 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.

Photographing the Awesome in Castle Hayne, NC

Every year, I try to attend at least one in-person photography workshop and this year I chose Kayla Coleman's three day retreat in Castle Hayne, NC - which was AMAZING!

I approach my photography work from a photojournalistic/storytelling perspective, whereas Kayla's photos have an elegant, fine-arts look to them and it felt good to open myself creatively to a different way of looking at couples' and wedding photography. Kayla is an fantastic teacher and I learned so much (most of which I still have to implement - updates to Darcy Troutman Photography coming soon!). 

We stayed at this bizarre "artists' retreat" in the woods called Walkeworld (check out the airbnb listing here), which I found FASCINATING and would love to return to one day. 

Dogs roam the knick-knack filled property (much loved dogs). As one fellow workshop attendee phrased it, "this house makes me want to buy a ton of junk and fill my own home with stuff." 

We photographed a styled shoot with professional models, which is new to me - it felt glamorous to try out poses and directions on these crazy beautiful (yet still kind and cool) people. I especially liked that the couple was "real" (married with a dog). 

Hope you all are having a great spring! I have tons of gorgeous engagement, wedding, and family photos that I'm hoping to share soon (there's never enough time for it all!). 

Workshop - Kayla Coleman Photography
Venue - WalkerWorld 
Models - Kendra Carelli,  her husband Dominic Carelli, and Christiee Doo
 Florals - Wildlinewedding