Snapshots of Our August (Arlington, VA and beyond)

We don’t need no jet plane feel like we can fly
We don’t need no cold chain just to watch it shine
Twenty four carat lies we don’t got the time
We’ll be kings and queens in our own mind.
— Matt Kearney

August was somewhat of a whirlwind.

We stopped at Acadia National Park on our way home from Nova Scotia (I still haven’t edited any of those photos). And then I flew to Boca Raton, FL for a girls’ trip to celebrate one of my best friend’s 40th birthdays. Plus, the County Fair came to town (always a thrill for the kids, not so much for me). We finished up the month with a weekend trip to NYC (just Freya, her good friend, her good friend’s mom, and me) and a quick weekday trip to Williamsburg, VA where we spent one night at Great Wolf Lodge (I love a discount) and visited Busch Gardens the next morning, where i learned that all roller coasters now make me nauseous, especially during a heat wave.

So basically - lots of fun, but somewhat exhausting fun.

(Usually I don’t “describe” my photos, but there are some randoms in here - so here goes (1) Parker with her hands up at the County Fair; (2) ribbons from the Color Factory in NYC (temporary pop up); (3) Chinatown NYC; (4) Trout at the fair; (5) girls’ weekend (Boca Raton, FL); (6) In front of the Met (NYC); (7) Busch Gardens (Williamsburg); (8) on the street, NYC; (9) cellphones on the couch; (10) gift shop (NYC); (11) mural (NYC); (12) Broadway (NYC); (13) Chinatown (NYC); (14) the piano from Big (Macy’s NYC): (14) Great Wolf Lodge (Williamsburg); (15) a lazy day on the ocean at the Boca Beach Club (Boca Raton); (16) Nats game (they lost); (17) Heavenly Bodies at the Met; (18) Trout at Busch Gardens (Williamsburg); (19) moms and murals (NYC); (20) Target school supply shopping late in the season when everything has sold out; (21) I begged the kids to take one “good” photo together at Busch Gardens, this is what they gave me)

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A Summer Morning on the National Mall with the H Family (Washington D.C.)

Don’t worry. Be happy.
— Bobby McFerrin

As I've said before, I'm not much of a morning person. And in June sunrise is EARLY. But it was worth the before-sunrise alarm, in order to spend some time with the H family. I love when kids turn one and become so curious about everything. Plus, there's nothing in the world as cute as a baby who has just learned how to walk.

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Our Crazy Crowded Memorial Week Beach House (Nags Head, NC)

Life’s a journey, to find the people weird like you.
— Atticus

Part of me can't believe summer vacation is finally editing and part of me feels like "what took you so long?"

We've had some amazing vacations - road tripping to Nova Scotia, a quick weekend in NYC, a girls' weekend in Boca Raton, FL, a quick trip to Great Wolf Lodge and Busch Gardens - hopefully I'll have photos to share soon. But, in the meantime, I'm ready for fall.

There's no better way to celebrate the end of something than to look back to the beginning. For the past 5 years, for the week of Memorial Day, we've rented a beach house with a group of friends. It's crowded and crazy and so much fun.

Photos of the last two years (nostalgia) are linked below:

2017 - Here and here.

2016 - Here

And more highlights from this year (the pool photos give me anxiety) . . .

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Morgan & George's Country Wedding at Blue Hill Farm (Waterford, VA)

She’s dancing all alone in the moonlight He’s lighting up the sky like a firefly, a firefly
— French Horn Rebellion
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Morgan and George met playing the french horn in Vienna, Austria as part of a college study abroad program. And fell in love. And, despite a week of rain and a horrible forecast, had the most fun wedding ever. Ever.

A french horn choir full of friends from high school and beyond (many of who met for the first time while practicing). A DJ who kept the dance floor going all night (huge shout out to the DJ/band French Horn Rebellion - I now have their songs on constant rotation). A father of the bride who killed it on drums.

And the rain stayed away.

Venue - Blue Hill Farm

Caterer - Rochelle Myers catering

Florist - Kate and Lilly Flowers

DJ - French Horn Rebellion

Hair - Gorgeous Locks and Makeup

Officiant - Dulin Church

Coordinator - Fabienne Laveau

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.

Snapshots of Our July (Arlington, VA)

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.

There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
— Malvina Reynolds

We left for vacation mid-July, so these are some photos I took in the beginning of the month. During the heat wave one of my best friends came to visit with her two kids and we visited the zoo (yay for misters)  and Flight Trampoline Park.

Later in the week, I took my kids to the Building Museum's pool exhibit. And then, as always, plenty of lazy days on the couch. I thought Parker, Trout, and Freya would want to spend more time at the real pool, but nobody seemed very interested. So goes summer . . .

 

* 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.

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.

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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.