John & Andie // Record Store Engagement Session // Washington, D.C.

October 4, 2018

One of my favorite things? When couples choose a location for engagement photos that is a little out of the norm and totally unique to them as a couple. That’s why I was so excited when John & Andie decided to meet up in Washington, D.C. for photos at Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe. They love collecting records, so it was a perfect fit for them! If I didn’t spend so much on camera equipment, I’m pretty sure I would have an extensive record collection, too. . .

John & Andie started out as grad school classmates. Through study sessions and classmate hangs, their relationship quickly evolved into a close friendship then romance. After graduation, they spent 2.5 years in a long-distance relationship before getting jobs in North Carolina where they were reunited and engaged. Friendships can lead to some of the most beautiful relationships!

It was easy to see how deep their connection is. They felt very in sync throughout the entire session. I barely had to direct at times, because they were both so sweet with each other.

Andie was hoping to get some photos at a hotel nearby after our stop at the record store, but the hotel ended up not letting us shoot there. I had to brainstorm quickly to figure out another place nearby. We settled on the National Portrait Gallery, and we arrived right before they closed. We only had 15 minutes to run upstairs for photos in a few locations! It was a fun challenge having a limited time frame and having to think on my feet. It reminded me of the pressure at a wedding!

Speaking of weddings, I’m so excited to photograph their wedding in Seattle next summer! I can’t wait to see how their personalities shape their big day. Leave some love for John & Andie in the comments below, and reach out if you are looking for a photographer for your wedding or engagement.

 records at Songbyrd record store in Washington, DC

 engagement photo session at Songbyrd record store in Washington, DC

 engaged couple laughing and shopping for records

 engaged couple sitting in cafe at Songbyrd Cafe and Record Store

 engaged couple sitting on staircase in the lobby of the LINE hotel in Washington DC

 engaged couple sitting on stairs in LINE hotel lobby in Washington DC

 engaged couple kissing in the lobby of the LINE hotel in Washington DC

 engaged couple posing on sidewalk of Washington, D.C. neighborhood

 engaged couple outside the LINE hotel in Washington, DC

 closeup of engaged couple in Washington, DC

 engaged couple kiss with brick building and trees in background

 engaged couple kissing in front of brick building in Washington DC neighborhood

 engaged couple standing in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC