Beth & Fred Engagement

posted on: May 25, 2007

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I absolutely adore Beth & Fred. Spending time with them is like sitting in on an "I Love Lucy" show - there's just so much comedy, sarcasm, and love in the air that I think I walked away from our engagement session with cheek cramps from laughing so much! They have a really cute home in Washington, DC (loooove the green wall and don't even get me started on all of the awesome furniture) which they share with their adorable dog, Ruckus.
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To capture the city they love so much, we headed to the "Mall" where the main monuments and museums are all located. Washington, DC certainly gave Chicago a run for its money because this was definitely the windiest engagement session ever!! The wind was out of control! Thank goodness Beth had shorter hair or it could have been much worse! Beth & Fred were up for anything - so we hopped on the carousel for some fun & crazy shots!
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Little did I know that my husband was taking video while we were on the carousel- so, you get to see a little "making of" video!! Normally going in circles makes me sick, so I can only watch the first part of this video without feeling queezy, but somehow when I was actually on the carousel it didn't affect me at all! I love that you can HEAR how strong the wind is in the audio on the movie! You can also see what a big chimper I am - HA!! Check out that harsh sun and dark shadow - talk about an exposure challenge!! Click play to see us in action. ;)


Beth & Fred told me that I could get crazy with color - so I did!
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I think my absolute favorite place to be and photograph that day was the Lincoln Memorial. Aside from being sheltered from the wind and having beautiful directional light, there's a very calming sense of peace once you're in the monument. There were a TON of people there, yet there were times when it felt like I was completely alone with Lincoln. It really was an amazing experience. I can see why Fred picked this monument as the backdrop for his proposal to Beth - what a beautiful place to revisit over and over again.
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Never being in DC before, I always thought that you'd be able to see the Capitol from anywhere but what I found was that the Washington Monument was actually much more visible around the city than the Capitol was. It seemed to be omnipresent.
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I enjoy a beautiful and romantic silhouette as much as the next person, but that just didn't seem fitting for these two - not that they aren't romantic, but because their joy and laughter really characterize their bond much better. And how apropo that the background is red, white, and blue... yes, I'm cheesy and I love it! ;) I can't wait for the wedding day!!! I already know it's going to be soooo much fun!!!
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I almost forgot - thank you sooo much for the delicious hamantashen and dinner!!!!

17 comments, to add [click here]:

  1. Ah, man! These are so great! What a cute couple and what a bunch of genuine, fun, classic pictures! I know they will treasure these forever. :)

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  2. Very cool! Love how you captured their personalities! Lovely post work. Um, am I the only one who thinks Fred is actually a young Steven Spielberg?

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  3. The image of them sitting on the steps! L-O-V-E it! Great session.

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  4. great photos anne! i always looove how unique everything you do is! it's fantastic. :)

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  5. Mmm, hamentashen. Gotta love clients who make you tasty Jewish pastries!

    And, okay, how friggin weird is this: part of the verification word I have to type is 'nazi' and I commented solely because of the Jewish connection. Freaky.

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  6. OK< I looove them all but I esp love #4 (on the merry go round) and the one of them kissing with the sun glare coming perfectly through...!!!!
    Fantastic work..Oh, and I agree with previous poster, the man looks kinda like a younger Steven Spielberg :)

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  7. That puppy shot should be a magazine cover. :]

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  8. What a fabulous shoot!!! Love the wonderful moments you captured and what fun personalities they have. wow!

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  9. amanda reynolds12:13 PM

    I absolutely love this shoot. I feel like I know them even though I've never met them. You are so amazing with people :)

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  10. Not fair!
    I've been gone for a week only, and now i have to spent ages to catch up.
    But... well done as ever (from what I've seen browsing through quickly).

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  11. Hi Anne,
    It's always a treat to visit your blog! Your images are so creative and vibrant. The merry-go-round pix are so fun!!
    ~daria
    ps I agree with Jona that Fred looks Spielbergish.

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  12. Wow! I really love how you captured their personalities. Great work!

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  13. Samantha Cover12:24 AM

    Hi Anne!

    Great work! I LOVE the one with Abe off to the side with the groom mimicing his pose :-)
    Great silhouette, too!

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  14. Anne, your engagement sessions are always so full of life! I love the energy of the carousel shots!

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  15. These are so fun!! It (almost) makes me miss living in DC ;)

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  16. Anne, great locations...your work is so inspiring. All of these are awesome.

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  17. Great stuff! I hope you don't mind but I used one of your images for my image of the day...on my new blog...

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