Life, Photography

photo fun // …and then, a penguin

In October of last year (2013), a small six person horde ventured to New Orleans to celebrate the 30th year of Ann Frances Entwistle. It was a time of crazy craziness, I mean we’re taking bike rides and long walks and trips to Whole Foods and lots and lot of champagne. Doesn’t it sound wild? It was super great times. That, however, is not the point of this point. The point is to show, that I, Whitney Porter, met and snuggled a penguin. Pretty much, I can die happy.

#afeis30 #wrpwasalmost28

 

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photo fun // snow days + marie

It is so wonderful to have friends that run with your whims. Especially whims that involve days when it is colder then ever and snow is covering the ground. Luckily, I have Marie for that. And tromping in the snow we went. Fifteen minutes later I had zero feeling in my hand, so I was doubting it was worth it. I’ve since changed my mind. Thanks to Marie for being the best partner in crime ever.

#adventuresofdotandregina

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photo fun // contemporary dance

I can’t really say how old I was when I started down the road of ballet, what I can remember was the black leotard, the pink tights and the leather full-soled pink ballet shoes. I had an adorable dance bag that was everything that a seven/eight year old very klutzy, girly girl could want. And it was wonderful.

Fast forward a few years and high school Whitney spent a lot of time in a dance studio and I loved it. I wasn’t the best but I managed pointe work, triple pirouettes, big jumps and petite jumps, and the Nutcracker…year in and year out. There were children’s shows and there were more rehearsals then I can even recall and countless laughs and stretches and legwarmers. So many legwarmers.

I left for college and I left dance behind. I was supposed to be intellectual, I was going to change the world, and ballet clearly wasn’t part of that. Every now and then I would moonlight in a random class here and there. I channeled the need for creativity into photography, taking much of my inspiration from the ever amazing Rosalie O’Connor (dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and a photographer). And then a couple of years ago I went back to the world that I had assumed was done when I became an adult (a term I use loosely), but not into ballet…oh heavens no…into the world of contemporary jazz through Joy of Motion (a group of studios in D.C.). Slowly but surely I ended up in small performances and ya’ll let me tell you, 28 year-old me doesn’t hold up as well as 16 year-old me. I’ve never bruised so easily in my life!

Let’s fast forward to a couple of weeks ago (yeah, so we’re doing a lot of fast-forwarding in this post). I contemplated hanging up my camera strap, the way I hung up the pointe shoes all those years ago. Instead I did something different. For three weeks I hauled my camera to rehearsal with me. I recorded the moments with snap the image of someone stretching. I used sections where I wasn’t dancing to capture movement and emotion. And when there was a part when all I could think was, “I need this on film” I stopped mid-movement and picked up the camera. Clearly, I’m the dream dancer for a choreographer (sorry, Derek). Maybe it’s time to pick up the pointe shoes again, as well.

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whit & whimsy // mini-session fun, pt. 1

Okay everyone, I don’t think I can totally express how I feel about our fall mini sessions. Sometimes, when my 9-5 job is insane I think, what in heavens name was I thinking…I just want to sleep in. Other moments I go with, I could be sleeping in on the weekend but instead I’m [fill-in-the-blank]. (Are we seeing a theme?)

But then I get out there and I start shooting, and I get home and I protest editing, but once it’s done I am just tickled pink by what has appeared. And this, is what appeared.

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whit & whimsy // 2013 Fall Mini Sessions!

A little plug for my little business

Summer is winding down, kids are back to school and before we know it the holidays will be upon us. And so with fall approaching, it is time for us to give your family* the chance to dress up in their Sunday best (or Friday casual) and get to photo taking for those awesome Christmas card photos that you have to send to your great-aunt Ruth. If you aren’t the Christmas card type like me (sorry Mom), it is a great time to capture the here and now, whether that be kids growing up, maternity shots, or just because life is grand.  You can be prepared to have a good time as we are sure to have you frolicking, laughing and maybe even singing, also, since we would never ask you to do anything we wouldn’t do be ready for laughs all around.

This year we will be offering three options, all in D.C., to provide you with a location that fits your style and flair. To book email whitney@whitandwhimsy.com with your first and second choice for your session. I will email you with information on your confirmed session, a brief survey and the option to pay your deposit via check or online. Deposits must be received within a week otherwise your spot will be released. Sessions are first come, first serve.

*note: Family for us in D.C. can be a little hard to define, so know that Dawn and I love: couples, couples w/ kids, grown-up siblings, kids, extended families, single people (otherwise I could never have my photo taken), roommates, etc. and we would be happy to photograph you all!

 

Details
$200 ($50 deposit due at booking)
Your Mini Session will include:
25 minute session
Editing of images
2 photographers
25-30 high res images delivered via an online gallery, with full printing rights
Choice of five 5×7 or two 8×10 fine art prints
(available dates below)

 

Saturday, September 28th (Washington, D.C. Location: National Mall)

  • 9:00 AM
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Saturday, October 12th (Washington, D.C. Location: Yards Park)

  • 9:00 AM
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Saturday, November 9th (Washington, D.C. Location: Georgetown/Montrose Park)

  • 9:00 AM
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paper goods // national stationery show

Way back in May, I got the great joy of hanging out with this fun girl for two days in NYC for the National Stationery Show.

For those who don’t know the amazing Nicole Yang, she is the ever wonderful and amazing Art Director for Southern Weddings, which may or may not be my favorite blog/magazine in the wedding world. Needless to say, she was in NYC for NSS and needed a photographer…I too was in NYC, but for fun, and needed a reason to stay longer. So I appealed to her fun nature and promised her that no matter what, I would at least be entertaining. And then she said yes, and then I had a panic attack, and then I said yes back. Pathetic. I know.

By the end of our two days all I really wanted was to be a paper designer, well that and to have an infinite budget to buy all the amazing bits that I had seen though a camera that gets heavier with each passing minute of shooting. Without further ado, here are a few of my favorites!

Starting with Wednesday…because who doesn’t love a good W.

I digress, now on to actual paper goods.

Wednesday
 

These Are Things
 

Emily McDowell
 

Tabletop Made
 

Ladyfingers Letterpress
 

Smock Paper
 

Puddleduck Paper Co.
 

Sideshow Press

 

Rifle Paper Co.
 

Paisley Tree Press
 

9th Letter Press
 

Brainstorm

Mr. Boddington’s Studio
  

Belle & Union
 

You can see more on Southern Weddings: Here, Here, Here and Here Again.


Note: The next month or so will probably be filled with posts that should be titled, Better Late Than Never.  Sorry about that, I’ve been a wee bit behind.  Enjoy!

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engagement session: nikki + patrick

I loved this session even before Dawn and I were done, which was great as I was nervous going in as there was a chance that we were going to get rained out. But instead, we had great day capturing, well, Nikki & Patrick. I think the words Dawn kept using were “they are just so cute/adorable,” and it’s true. So since it was so hard to pick our favorites, enjoy an extended post. Also, thanks to the Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria for letting us in before they opened for the Saturday lunch/brunch rush.

Congratulations, Nikki & Patrick!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a side note, this is what happens when you ask for a first date story.

 

 

 

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family session: the teesdales

Dawn and I have had the great joy of getting to know Rebekah & Scott over the past year+ (how long has it actually been, team?) When they asked if they could do a session, before living D.C. for NYC, we jumped at the chance. So we spent an amazing, sunny morning in November frolicking around Capitol Hill and we couldn’t be happier for the results.

Good Luck in NYC, Rebekah & Scott!

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family session: the hensons

We don’t play favorites, I promise. But Dawn and I would be hard-pressed to not say that we may love the Henson family a wee bit more then most. As one the first families to support us when we started mini-sessions in 2011, we loved them a lot, and so when they reserved a 2012 spot we were so excited to spend an hour with their wonderful and hilarious family.

Thanks for being the first of the 2012 Fall Mini Sessions, we can’t wait for 2013 (hint, hint). :)

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Life, Photography, Travel

let’s go // ephesus

“So would it make you all uncomfortable if I read Fifty Shades of Grey out loud on this plane? Would you need to talk about your feelings.”

This is how Ann and I began our trip from Istanbul to Izmir, with the most hilarious group of male seatmates from CA ever. They would come back again before the day was done. Off the plane we went onto a bus to Selcuk (and our hotel) and then a shuttle with Lily the rug dealer. All to get to the best place ever.

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Repeated comments of “is this for real?” came from my mouth. Ann managed a quick search to find non-obvious Biblical references to Ephesus and read aloud time began. There was an angry group of silversmiths that felt like their business of making silver idols was being threatened. So they caused a riot.

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ephesus, selcuk

ephesus, selcuk

There is something amazing when you’re strolling down a stone street that was built who knows when and you enter the public market space that was constructed in 300BC. I mean, it was a city with a thriving population of 250,000 people … 2,000 years ago. INSANE, I tell you!

ephesus, selcuk

Now, it is just a place for tourists to be in awe. It is also a place that explains the general thought process of Turkish preservation and this was something I thought a lot about…as I climbed all over 2,000 year old artifacts. We took pictures on top of columns, climbed through the arena and theaters, and then made one of our favorite discoveries…apparently sometimes they just let the archaeology students construct structures from pieces of columns and marble that mean absolutely nothing. But it also is a place that employees 10 turkish men to reconstruct a mosaic floor and the marble walls of the old homes.

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ephesus, selcuk

arena, ephesus, selcuk

arena, ephesus, selcuk

ephesus, selcuk

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Oh, and my favorite trip outtake…someone finally used her self timer. Someone also got a few laughs when she was found leaping in a column graveyard (my description, not the guidebook) in an attempt to get a great self-timed photo.

ephesus, selcuk

Only one more Turkey post to go. Then I guess it’s time to plan the next vacay.

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