Sam + Kathryn's Capitol Hill and Navy Yard neighborhood engagement

It was a crisp, but not at all chilly October afternoon, and the light was PERFECT. When Sam, Kathryn and I were talking about where to go for their engagement session, our shared love for DC's amazing neighborhoods came into focus in a hurry. Like me, Sam works in local policy, and Kathryn -- well, she's just a gem. For our perfect afternoon, we started by walking down East Capitol with a stop at Barnaby Books, where the shopkeeper was super-sweet, even if I think she thought we might be a little crazy. 

DC Capitol Hill bookstore engagement session
DC Capitol Hill bookstore engagement session

I always love asking people to pick out a book at bookstores. Kathryn picked up Charlie Brown without a moment's hesitation... so when Sam finally decided on the AP Stylebook, it was all the more amusing. I love both books, but maybe next time I should ask people to choose a book they'd read on a Sunday afternoon! :)

DC Capitol Hill engagement session
DC Capitol Hill engagement session
DC Capitol Hill engagement session
DC US Capitol engagement session
DC US Capitol engagement session

Once we finished up in the amazing alleyways and Capitol views on the Hill, we popped over to Navy Yard for a walk in Yards Park, one of my personal favorite places in all of DC. Both Capitol Hill and Navy Yard are great neighborhoods, and I love the rowhouses on the Hill, but there's something about Navy Yard that feels very local DC, rather than classical Washington. At least, I think so.

DC Navy Yard engagement session
DC Navy Yard engagement session
DC Navy Yard engagement session
DC Navy Yard engagement session

For our very last photo, we'd already done so many amazing things, I decided to try something special! Sam and Kathryn hopped up on the bench to catch this last beautiful sunbeam in the birch trees, and I started the process of a Brenizer panorama -- this image is a composite of 87 separate images! The detail and the shallow depth-of-field is crazy and fun. Thanks to these two amazing people for holding still so I could make it happen! I can't wait for their wedding this summer! :)