Swings and Trampolines (Washington D.C.)

Like a good book I can’t put this day back, a sorta fairytale with you.
— Tori Amos

I love my job.  Within 2 hours I went from meeting four new people, to falling in love with every single family member - so funny, kind, and warm. Did I mention funny?

The hardest part about photographing the M family was having to leave them at the end of the evening.

* 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.

Kacie & Tom's Winter Winter Wedding at Tudor Place (Washington D.C.)

Well, I traveled a long way, And it took a long time to find you, But I finally found you.
— Alabama Shakes

Tom lives in London. Kacie lives in DC. They met in a small town in Massachusetts on work retreats for different companies. And, trust me, they are meant to be together. Two of the nicest people I've ever met.

I first became smitten with them when I read their questionnaire responses. Tom loves the "green rolling hiils and cold fresh air of the countryside." Kacie loves, "dogs looking up at their owners when they're on a walk." I wish they would get married again and again, so I could photograph them as the years go on.

Their winter wedding (only 8 guests) was intimate and beautiful. And unique to them. It was the last ceremony I photographed in 2017, one week before the solstice - the perfect finale to a great year.

 

Wedding Venue - Tudor Place, Washington DC.

Reception/Dinner Venue - Rose's Luxury, Washington DC.

Flowers and makeup - Kacie did her own makeup and made her own (gorgeous) bouquet.

* 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.

Three Generations on a Sunday Morning (Washington D.C.)

Our lives are composed of a finite set of moments that we choose how to spend.
— John Green

This was one of the most special photo shoots I photographed this fall. The family contacted me when their parents were in town from Minnesota - while watching their daughter play with her grandparents they realized how precious these moments are and that they'd like to have them captured forever.

Because of some mobility issues, we decided to spend an hour at the dining room table - reading books, playing chess, and coloring. After that, we played in the backyard for awhile and walked to a nearby historic cemetery.

I loved seeing how much fun the three generations had together - this little girl loved everything about her grandparents and I felt so grateful to be able to capture such beautiful, real moments.

If you want to see even more beautiful moments, check out the video below:

* 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.

Adrienne & Dave's Winter Wedding at Walnut Hill Farm (Bentonville, VA)

You’re the one I want to lay here with, in the beautiful morning light.
— The Fruit Bats

I've photographed a lot of weddings in the past few years, but this one was extra special as it was the wedding of a good friend and neighbor. I've known Adrienne for 10 or so years now and watched her and her sons her weather an awful tragedy. So it's been pretty wonderful to see her relationship with Dave - a great guy and a great dad - grow and to see how happy he makes her.

On the Saturday morning of Thanksgiving weekend, Dave and Adrienne hosted a small ceremony of close family at a GORGEOUS farm outside Bentonville, VA. We knew the weather could go either way - but, luckily, the temperatures stayed warm.

A perfect day.

Venue - Walnut Hill Farm, Bentonville VA

Caterer - Walnut Hill Farm.

* 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.

Fifteen of My Favorite Personal Images from 2017

Forever – is composed of Nows –
— Emily Dickinson

I keep seeing all these fantastic blog posts with round-ups from 2017, but I'm still not done editing my images from 2017 (both personal and professional).  Nevertheless, I feel like the new year deserves some sort of acknowledgment.

Every few weeks I take part in a collaborative blog called 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime and these are some of my favorite images from our 2017 posts.

I hope you're having a great start to 2018! More images (personal and professional) to follow soon . . .

* 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.

Jane & Amy's July Nuptials at Whitehall Estate (Bluemont, VA)

To the ends of the earth, would you follow me? There’s a world that was meant for our eyes to see.
— Lord Huron

I can't believe it has taken six months for me to blog this gorgeous wedding from July. Aren't the brides beautiful? And the dresses? So so pretty! I had such a wonderful day with Jane and Amy - so much happiness and love!

Venue - Whitehall Estate

DJ - DJ Paul

Caterer - Whitehall Estate

Second Shooter - Brandon Hunter

* 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.

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.

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.

 

* Looking for an engagement or couples photographer in the DC Metro region? Darcy Troutman Photography wants to capture you at your best, laughing in an environment you love. So whether you prefer jeans or high heels, I have a package just right for you. Please contact me at darcytroutman@hotmail.com.

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.