I stared out the little window. I held Daniel close and pointed out the plane sitting next to us. There were people loading luggage and I wondered what their story was. Daniel squirmed in my arms, trying to take the hat of the man who sat in front of us. We stayed with some good friends and I had stayed up way too late talking to my friend, Deena! We were supposed to leave at 5 am, but that was the time that we woke up. Daniel was sleeping in our room so we quietly scurried about gathering our things. It was a morning that started off with hustling. And I like to take my mornings slow.
I said a few sarcastic things to Isaac who laughed and held me close. My heart fluttered at the grace he was giving me yet again. Somehow he reminds me to be a little less serious. He shows me how to see adventure instead of obstacle! It's something I will be thankful for again this week as we road trip to the east coast with our little one!
I never thought of myself as a tourist until we set foot in DC. I am already dreaming of the day we will go back! We found an Indian restaurant as soon as we landed and discovered a Mediterranean restaurant the night before we left. The food was so good and I loved that we could walk everywhere!
While photographing Emma and Dan's wedding, I remembered why I had fallen in love with the east coast almost 10 years ago! I love that you can drive to the mountains, the beach, and enjoy all of the restaurants without really going too far. I loved Megan and Justin's session in Georgetown! That place is so darling!
I brought a lot of film with me (obviously)! I had planned on shooting at least 10 rolls while we walked around DC, but I ended up only allowing myself a few frames for each memorial. This forced me to think different. Instead of just photographing pretty things I decided that I also wanted to photograph the emotion. I thought that it was so interesting how groups of people acted in each space.
People were talking at Abraham Lincoln's memorial, but it still felt quiet. The Washington monument felt cold and isolated. The WWII memorial felt so fierce, but soft. I wish I had photos of the people as they approached each new space. I hope that anyone who lives in DC or has visited would feel connected to these images. I hope that you will feel what I felt as I walked through each memorial.