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Our DC Adventure for the day! | Cherry Blossoms & More | Personal

Cherry Blossoms, OH MY, need I say more? My boyfriend Robby and I caught the very last day of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC and according to the news (and my eyes) it was the best day for it.  The Cherry Blossoms where in full bloom, the weather was perfect and every time the wind blew, it was raining petals, it was drop dead gorgeous!  When I moved here to Richmond, it didn’t even register that I would be so close to DC, and I had only been there once in the the two years I’ve been living here now.

We made a day out of it, parked near the Memorial Bridge and rode our bikes all around, and I now have a new found appreciation for bike messengers, weaving in and out of crowds and avoiding getting hit by a car. =)  I never take out my camera just for myself and I need to do it more often! It was so fun being a tourist for the day amongst thousands of whom all have their own camera (naturally I was scoping out everyones equipment) but each person sees things differently through the lens and I have no doubt all of our photos look completely different.  Isn’t that the beauty of photography?

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The Lincoln Memorial, which I have no doubt became more popular for us Richmonder’s since having the movie filmed here!DSC_4927 DSC_4878 DSC_4891 DSC_4893

The Washington Memorial, a favorite spot for engagement photos for us photog’sDSC_4898 DC3 DSC_4900

Then we visited the The Korean Memorial DSC_4939 DSC_4932 DSC_4954

The Vietnam Memorial (these statues are so lifelike, its crazy!)

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The National Museum of Natural History (TRex ROOOARRR)DC6 DC7 DSC_5110

A pleasant surprise when we were there was a Photography exhibit “Unintended Journeys,” images from natural disasters and global climate change within the last decade.  It was very powerful and incredibly heart wrenching. DSC_5116 DSC_5119 DSC_5122

Some playing around while the sun goes down …

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Robby is still getting used to my Nikon, he shoots Canon (don’t worry, I’m converting him) so yes I know this picture of me is blurry, but its his favorite and I like it too! Sometimes images don’t always have to be “tac sharp” in focus, I’m laughing and its genuine, it sums up how amazing the day was and what a good time we had!

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The Capitol Building in the background

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This was so AMAZING! We were about to head back, when we noticed a guy making huge bubbles! I don’t even know what to call it, but I’m sure there’s a name for it.  I think his rig was homemade, but the kids were going buck wild for it!! It was quite the site to see and by some miracle, I hope this man see’s this blog, so I can give him these photos! He was brining such joy to these kiddos (and their parents too!) DSC_5233-2 DSC_5242 DSC_5244 DSC_5246 DSC_5251 DSC_5259 DSC_5260

On the way back to the car, we found this small field of flowers right after the Memorial Bridge, it was just perfect.  Check out my stud of a boyfriend =)DSC_5317 DC2 DSC_5349

I hope you enjoyed our DC adventure!! xoxoDSC_5153

© Desjar Photography 2014 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

GraphiStudio, The Original Wedding Book | Products & Reviews | Richmond VA Wedding Photographer

I thought it was appropriate, since this is WPPI   (Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference & Expo) week, to write a post about one (of many) vendors/products that are there, GraphiStudio.  I have not yet been to WPPI but I’ve wanted to for many years now, so I’m definitely going to make it happen next year!  This was my first time ordering with GraphiStudio, so my first time using their software, communicating with customer service, etc.  I can say now, in the end was it worth it? Yes.  My only complaints were that I had to play phone tag with costumer service a lot, especially since the albums are made in Italy, you never get to directly talk to production, your customer service agent has to relay the messages to them.   I was ‘guaranteed’ a date of delivery, which I ended up getting it nearly a week later, which I understand, things happen, but  frustrating none the less.

Once I got the albums, I was extremely happy with the quality, seeing it on the screen and then having it in your hands, its quite impressive, these photos do not even do them justice.

GraphiStudio has SO many options: The Original Wedding Book, The Digital Matted Album, Image Boxes, and Smaller Copies.  Then you get into what kind of paper: Smooth & Textured, Photographic Paper, Metallic & Pearl Paper, not to mention what kind of thickness.  There are cover options: Metal, Transparent, Silk, Leather, Cowhide, Crystal Glance, just to name a few.  Then there are extras  you can offer, such as debossing and laser engraving.  Lastly, you get to choose how you’d like to keep stored/showcased, in an Art Box, Suitcase, Stylish Sleeve, Leatherette Sleeve, Cowhide Sleeve, etc.

DSC_3570This Bride and Groom ordered 3 identical 14×18 Landscape Original Wedding Books, 78 Thick Metallic Pages, with Crystal Glance Cover, and Leatherette Sleeves.  They are huge and heavy, they certainly make a statement!

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How adorable are these 4×5 Pocket books and these mini (GraphiStudio calls them Mignons) books?  Clients love them and they make such great little keepsakes to hand out to some of their friends or guests at the Wedding. 
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The metallic pages really make these colors pop! It really was a great choice for this Indian Wedding.  
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 Will I use GraphiStudio again? Absolutely.  The quality of their product really is top notch, and I will give them another try.  I am looking forward to trying some others I have my eye on as well, my top two being KISS Books and Leather Craftsmen.  As a Photographer, it is so easy to go with what you know, what you’re comfortable with, but it is important to explore all your options and decide what works best for you, your business, and your clients!

© Desjar Photography 2014 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

The Carta Family Portraits | Nashua NH

I was fortunate enough to travel home to NH for the holidays and started off 2014 with a fun Portrait Session with one of my favorite families! It was very cold (and I mean cold by NH standards, not here in VA haha) but the boys got bundled up and we headed out into their backyard for some adventures in the snow! There were lots of runny noses, some tears, and failed attempts at snow angels due to the iced over snow, but we still had a blast.  Griffin is the older one in the lion hat that I have had the pleasure of photographing a few times now since he was born, but this was my first time meeting his little brother Bishop who is equally as adorable!

We then took some more Portraits inside in the living room, but then got the ok from Mom and Dad for permission to jump on their bed! This turned out being a fight for the covers, lots of laughter and it was perfect!  Such a fun, creative way to showcase a family’s genuine love for one another.

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© Desjar Photography 2014 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

The Gupta Family Portraits | Richmond VA

 It was such a pleasure photographing the Gupta Family, getting to know them, and seeing their son Arjun come out of his shell once in front of the camera.  It was a beautiful day here in Richmond and we took some shots in their gorgeous home, then went outside where the super hero came to life! I am so blessed to work with such genuine people who share so much love.  They welcomed me into their home, we chatted over coffee, and I even got some great advice on life, relationships, and marriage (I’ll get there someday!) that I will cherish.  They were so happy with their images, as was I, my goal is always to capture the moment, their true expressions and happiness.  It is always a good day when that is achieved and they will have these memories to treasure forever.  I will most definitely keep in touch with the Gupta family, I joked that I will shoot Arjun’s Wedding someday, it will be fun for him to look back at when he was a super hero!
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© Desjar Photography 2013 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Richmond VA, Boston MA, and Destinations Worldwide

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