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

A Gorgeous Outdoor Military Wedding (Leesburg, VA)

One of the things I love about photographing weddings is seeing the story unfold - the dress coming off the hanger, bridesmaids and groomsmen reconnecting (and/or getting to know each other), the magic that occurs when the bride and groom see each other for the first time, little details like cakes and flowers, first dances, etc.

And this wedding had so many beautiful stories to tell - a navy sword arch, the Filipino tradition of a money dance, the Jewish hora (which looked like so much fun that I wanted to dance with them), etc. It was wonderful to see so many different cultures and traditions combine and merge to celebrate the newlyweds. 

(By the way, this is another wedding I second shot with Brandon Hunter, and yet again, I couldn't feel more lucky that Brandon asked me to work with him!)

* 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 Country Wedding (Leesburg, VA)

Last year, in addition to shooting weddings as Darcy Troutman Photography, I had the incredible privilege of working as a second shooter for Brandon Hunter -  a photographer whose work continually inspires me. 

Working with and under Brandon allowed me to grow as a photographer in so many ways. First of all, Brandon's advice and friendship influenced not only how I shoot, but (even more importantly) how I see.   Further, as a second shooter I never had to worry about being "in charge", so I could step back and give creativity the reins. 

Here are some of my favorite shots from a wedding I shot with Brandon last October. As beautiful as these brides were on the outside, they were even more beautiful on the inside. Two of the nicest people I've ever had the privilege of spending a day with. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel lucky that my job allows me to share in the meaningful moments in their lives, and other's. 

* 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.

An Autumn Afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial (Washington D.C.)

I've photographed this family for over 5 years now and every time I see the kids I can't believe how quickly time flies. Crazy to think they're all so far past the preschool years now. Soon there will be girlfriends/boyfriends and college applications, but for now, they're all still happy climbing trees. And I  (as always) love watching them ascend higher and higher. 

 

* 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.

Family Time at the Playground (Gaithersburg, MD)

Kids love playgrounds. And I love happy kids. And happy families. And this awesome job!

* 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.

Michelle & Phil's Wedding at Annapolis Maritime Museum (Annapolis, MD)

Could this day have been any more beautiful? Such a great location, such an amazing couple. And so many people over the age of 70 on the dance floor! It was so hard to keep from joining them all! 

Venue - Annapolis Maritime Museum

Hair and Makeup - Cerissa McKinley/  Megan Petrakis

Florist - Rhonda Kaplan

DJ - Jon DiPompa

Caterer - Creative Cuisine 

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.

A Walk in the Woods (Arlington, VA)

Is it possible to have a crush on a family? After this shoot, I'm positive that it is. 

I don't think I've ever laughed this much. I didn't want the afternoon to end. Seriously. Coolest. 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.

A Gorgeous Day in the Front Yard (Arlington, VA)

This was my first time photographing this family and I (of course) fell in love with them. The boys took a little bit of time to warm up (it must feel odd to have a woman in sweatpants with a large camera ask you all about your life), but then we started to run, find sticks, play catch, climb trees, try on hats, and (in general) have a blast. 

When a session ends with a kindergartner in namaste, I call it a success! 

* 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.