Real Capitol Romance: Shabby Chic

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  • March 14, 2011

Nancy & Paul


I just couldn’t resist from using the “Shabby Chic” term that Michelle Lindsay Photography used on their own blog when describing this oh-too-sweet engagement shoot.  What is Shabby Chic you ask? Well, Michelle will tell you …

So what’s the deal with Shabby Chic? WELL, when we were conceptualizing the look and feel of the session, Nancy said her and Paul liked “shabby chic.” I was like, “What?” Well, actually, that’s not true. I had the completely incorrect interpretation, and suggested a location like U Street or Adams Morgan, which Nancy quickly corrected me on. She explained that her and Paul loved dilapidated buildings, exploring more “depressed” looking areas and rummaging through old things. Then I was like, “Oooohhhhh. I was totally on the wrong track.” We ended being a bit limited with location because of work schedules, so we decided to settle on Old Town. The cool thing is that I shoot in Old Town ALL the time, but Nancy and Paul were stretching me to look at the setting in a different way. After we finished up in Old Town, we hopped in the car and drove over to Crystal City to check out this old, abandoned motel near the Clark Street Playhouse. It was sketchy (to say the least) and I’m pretty sure we were all a bit scared of getting mugged, but hey! It was different and we got some pretty cool photos and everyone walked away with all their money.

I think I have found my new favorite term … and a new favorite e-shoot location!

Photographers & couples that love to look at the DC area in unconventional ways for e-shoots are my heroes. But enough talking … more smiling! This couple’s shoot, with its effortless, casual style and seriously in love, love-birds, will no doubt have you cheesin’ hard!

Nancy & Paul got married up in Vermont last fall! Congratulations you two!

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