Image: Cynthia Shipp Photography
I love blogging sessions “out of season” because it makes me remember just how lucky we are to actually have seasons in Washington, DC. Everyone is ‘mourning’ Phil’s prediction this morning of 6 more weeks of winter, but I’m sitting here thinking of a cool crisp Fall morning instead thanks to Bradley & Jamilyah’s lovely DC engagement session. Plus this “winter” we’ve gotten in DC this year has been PATHETIC so far. Cold rain is not winter people. Give me all the snow.
From the photographer:
We started the evening at Bradley and Jamilyah’s new home in Mt. Rainier, where I got to snap some shots of Kody (their adorable boxer), Jamilyah and Bradley all hanging out casually. Then it was a short drive from their home to the national arboretum, it was seriously beautiful with all the leaves turning into shades of gold, and speckles of red. At the national arboretum I had a chance to snap a couple of posed portraits of the lovely couple and photograph them in their natural element while they had a blast playing in the leaves. The night came to a close with a walk through the columns at the arboretum. It was a blast to photograph Jamilyah and Bradley and I seriously cannot wait for their wedding this coming spring!
How they met:
I met Bradley 3+ years ago, shortly after I moved to DC. After a long evening at work, I was parking my car near my house and spotted a tall man/big dog duo walking my way. I carefully timed my exit from my car to casually say hello. Noticing that Kody, the sweetest boxer/pitbull, was wearing a NYC “NQRW” subway line dog collar, Bradley and I started chatting and realized we had lived in the same neighborhood in Queens, NY years before. We also currently lived just blocks from each other. In true DC fashion, we exchanged business cards and parted ways. Later that week, after trying to accidentally run into me, Bradley actually called me (like, not a text, but an actual phone call!) and invited me to join him and Kody on their evening walk.
Click inside for the rest of Jamilyah & Bradley’s adorable Fall engagement pictures in Washington, DC!
I was suffering from a head cold brought on by a “surprise” celebration for Bradley’s birthday as we left town for a birthday getaway. While I wanted to just rest all weekend, I prepared myself for hikes and adventures to please the birthday boy. After morning horseback riding, we stopped in the room for lunch and to gear up for hiking. We drove to the top of the mountain ridge and set off into the woods at a fairly slow pace. A few minutes in, I stopped at a beautiful overlook to take a photo and when I realized that it had been a video, I asked for a re-do. Surprisingly enough, Bradley agree to delay for yet another photo. I couldn’t understand why his face wasn’t next to mine in the phone viewer and looked over and saw him down on one knee!! Apparently Bradley is MUCH better at surprises than I am.
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