Thursday, November 29, 2012

Javier // Part 2: Georgetown

Javier is a man of many looks. There’s no way we could have settled on just one look & location for his photoshoot. After gallivanting all over Great Falls capturing Javi as a nature-loving, plaid-wearing, scruffy lumberjack, we headed into Georgetown to bring out Javi’s inner “DC Prep”. I must say I was completely impressed with how well he fit into the surroundings – I’m pretty sure Javi is meant to own a cute little townhouse on a sidestreet in Georgetown and hang out on his stoop all day long waving to his neighbors. Oh & by the way, Javi’s red pants? Love them! 

Before we get to the Georgetown photos, I would like to announce that Part 3 of Javi’s 3-part photo series will be outtakes from our shoot – the equivalent of movie bloopers, if you will. For those of you who know Javi, I’m sure you can agree that Javi is quite the funny & expressive guy. And lucky us, we captured that on film! Check back in a few days for what I like to unofficially call “The Many Faces of Javier”. 

Interested in a photoshoot? Send me an email for more information!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Javier // Part 1: Great Falls, VA

Everybody, this is Javier. He is probably one of my most favorite people in the universe. And if you met him, he would probably be one of your most favorite people in the universe also. Javi & I go way back. We were both advertising majors at the University of Florida and found ourselves in many of the same classes. Let's just say we bonded over our mutual classroom struggles and the many entertaining moments that come in a classroom setting. Needless to say, we've been friends since and I'm so thankful he's also here in DC! 

Javi and I have been scheming over a "fall" photoshoot for awhile - we both love fall style (is there anything better than boots, sweaters & plaid?) but we also wanted to capture the beauty of the DC fall season, so I was so happy when this shoot actually came to fruition. Javi came to the shoot so prepared & ready - multiple outfits & all! We spent the morning at Great Falls doing our "Virginia Lumberjack" shots and spent the afternoon in Georgetown doing our "DC Prep" shots. So without further adieu, I'd like to introduce Part 1 of my three part Javier series: Great Falls!   

^ This is Kati, my cousin aka my photoshoot assistant for the day. We both love Javi a lot if you can't tell. 

Interested in a photoshoot? Shoot me an email! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A New England Thanksgiving

I think it's safe to say that New England, or Massachusetts more specifically, is my home away from home. Ever since I was young, I've had a special place in my heart for that majestic rocky coastline, those cranberry bogs, and the Boston Red Sox. I feel so lucky to have been able to spend my Thanksgiving up there this year. As a special treat, my extended family, who all live in the greater Boston area, decided to head south to Newport, Rhode Island for the holiday. With it's cozy wharfs, winding colonial cobblestone streets, and that typical sleepy New England town feel, it was the perfect setting for a Thanksgiving reunion. 

On Thanksgiving's sunny afternoon (pre-feast), we ventured over to Fort Adams State Park for some fresh ocean air, breathtaking views of the coastline, and a brisk walk. 

We spent Thanksgiving evening at the Canfield House Restaurant. The atmosphere of this restaurant was almost too perfect of a setting for a holiday meal. Cozy fireplaces crackled in every room, deep red & green wallpaper covered the old Victorian's walls, and Christmas decor was already on display. And for the record, they have the most heavenly pumpkin cheesecake a gal can ask for.

To walk off our Canfield Thanksgiving feast, we spent Friday morning on the Cliff Walk, which is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and dozens of the grandest 19th Century mansions you'll ever see.

After the Cliff Walk, we headed to one of Newport's most popular mansions, The Elms, which we heard had decked their giant halls. As I strolled through the mansion like the tourist I was - guided by audio tour - I couldn't help but feel like I was in an episode of Downton Abbey. (Mr. Carson, my tea, please.)

To top off our Newport visit, we spent some time at the Newport Historical Society chatting with a local historian about our Wickham heritage. My aunt has been researching our lineage and has found some AMAZING information about our ancestors. We recently discovered that many Wickhams once graced the streets of Newport - as prominent townspeople! 

And finally, to appropriately end my time in New England, I spent Sunday morning in Boston. We did some Christmas shopping at Quincy Market, ate some clam chowdah, and thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas decorations and twinkling lights that adorned the creaky old trees. 

Thanks for the wicked good time, New England! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

365Grateful - Week 47

November 18, 2012
...for hidden treasures just minutes from our apartment! 
(Roosevelt Island)

November 19, 2012
...for Christmas-scented candles.

November 20, 2012
...for Fruesdays! 

November 21, 2012
...for an airport pick-up by this guy.

November 22, 2012
...for a seaside thanksgiving with family I don't get to see very often! 

November 23, 2012
...for afternoons spent among books, card catalogs & historians.

November 24, 2012
...for homemade pizza, wine & lots of laughter at my home away from home!