Claire and Brice’s engagement session at the Library of Congress and throughout DC was a dream. We started out at the Library of Congress, made a pit stop at the Supreme Court and ended at the National Gallery of Art. With these stunning locations it is easy to capture the aesthetic and unique architecture of DC without hitting the Monuments that are oh, so loved.
We started our session right outside of the Library of Congress before the building opened in order to beat the crowds and to get the beautiful architecture to ourselves. The gorgeous white building and ornate details surrounding the building is reminiscent of European architecture, which architects intentionally modeled off of 19th century French architecture. For Claire and Brice, this design fit perfectly into their vision for their engagement session.
Also shout out to this perfect dress Claire wore!
Claire and Brice met in high school, Claire was a cheerleader and Brice played basketball (can you say iconic love story?). But they did not actually start talking until after highschool when Claire so bravely slid into his DMs (we love a female power move). After a movie-perfect date at a beach bar in their home state of NC, the rest was history. They happily moved to DC and have been thriving since!
The proposal story is just as cute! Brice and Claire frequently picnic together, so when Brice invited Claire on a picnic near the Spanish steps it Claire was not suspicious of anything. However, when she showed up and saw Brice in a suit, she immediately knew what was happening! Brice proposed to his love with a diamond ring inspired by one of Claire’s icons- Grace Kelly. Claire was so elated that he had to drag her to the next surprise: a celebration with the people they love.
Starting the engagement session at the Library of Congress was perfect for them. C + B love traveling and consider it to be one their favorite things to do together. With the European architecture, the session fit into their relationship perfectly.
After starting their engagement session at the Library of Congress, we decided to walk to our final location, thanks to beautiful weather and sunshine. Before the final destination, we stopped for some quick portraits at the U.S. Supreme Court building. This building is the perfect place to get the Monument column aesthetic without all of the hassle. Keep in mind if you go during the week, court may be in session. On a weekend, the only “danger” are the crowds. Despite a small crowd, we were able to navigate for a good handful of images.
This location is located right beside the Library of Congress. To tackle both of these locations, you can park on the street and simply walk to each one. I recommend starting the sessions before 10am to avoid crowds.
Our final location was the National Gallery of Art, which is about a 20 minute walk from the Library of Congress. This location was the first location picked for this session, so to say we were most excited for it is an understatement. I love incorporating interactive locations into my sessions, and the gallery of art is just that! When I work in locations like this, my posing style changes. We go from a more art guided posing system, into something that is still art guided but meant to look more candid. Claire shared her pinterest boards with me, so I knew exactly which vibe she was going for as well!
I love working with a well thought out session. Keeping an open dialogue with me about how you vision your session allows me to plan the perfect shoot for you. One of my favorite things to do is hop on a call and discuss outfits and locations. Afterwards, I will send over some boards and links for you to shop from or to gather inspiration for yourself!
If you are looking for a breathtaking location to have your DC engagement pictures taken, consider adding the Library of Congress to your list of options. This location is sure to make for timeless images you will love forever!
Are you still looking for your wedding or engagement photographer? I am Rachael, a Virginia, DC, and destination wedding photographer and I would love to chat about your special day.
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