A Classic June Sunrise Engagement Session at the Jefferson Memorial | Lindsay & Brian | Hannah Bjorndal Photography

This classic June sunrise engagement session at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. was photographed by Hannah Bjorndal on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Hannah is a Washington, D.C.-based wedding & portrait photographer available for weddings in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, & beyond.

What a joy it was to photograph Brian & Lindsay yesterday morning at the Jefferson Memorial for their engagement session! Bright, beautiful, warm sunshine greeted us right at sunrise, and the monument was almost entirely empty. We could not have asked for a more perfect morning for a monument engagement session!

Lindsay & Brian made their decision to hire me just two days before their session, and it was such a treat to be able to meet them right away! They chose one of my very favorite spots for engagement sessions in D.C. (as many of you know!), the Thomas Jefferson Memorial! I love this monument not only for the glowing marble & beautiful view of the Tidal Basin, but also the peaceful strength I feel every time I am here at sunrise. Unlike many of the other tourist locations in D.C., the Jefferson isn’t right next to other attractions. It sits off to the side, which means that it’s often (to my advantage!) less crowded, ESPECIALLY in the mornings. And while tour buses do roll up right at 8am (or even 7am in the summer), we always have a few moments being totally or nearly alone!

So, let’s talk about Lindsay and Brian! Even from our short phone conversations, I had a great feeling about Lindsay and Brian from the start. And I was so right! This sweet couple could not have been more kind or gracious to me, and they are SO much fun. They met me at the glorious hour of 6:00am (you two are AMAZING for getting up that early!) and had smiles on their faces from the start. They laughed effortlessly when they looked at each other, and their love for one another easily shows through in all these beautiful photos!

I am so thrilled to share this gorgeous session with all of you!

Cannot wait for your wedding at Herrington on the Bay next spring, Lindsay & Brian!!!

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A Lush & Vibrant Summer Engagement at the Jefferson Memorial & Old Town Alexandria | Cassie & Michael | Hannah Bjorndal Photography

This lush & vibrant summer engagement at the Jefferson Memorial & Old Town Alexandria was photographed by Hannah Bjorndal at sunrise on Sunday, June 25, 2018. Hannah is a wedding & portrait photographer who is available for weddings & engagements in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, Maryland, and beyond.

Words cannot describe how excited I was to photograph these beautiful humans this past weekend! Cassie has an extra-special place in my heart; not only because she was my intern in the spring, but also because she will be the FIRST official long-term team member (other than Ev!) than Hannah Bjorndal Photography welcomes! Yes, you heard it here first, folks! We have not made the official announcement to social media or on the website yet, but if you are sweet and loyal enough fan of HBP to read the words in the blog, then you are the first to know!

Michael proposed to Cassie in March. The surprised started off with Michael giving Cassie a sweet gift of a locket with their photo inside. At that point, Cassie still had no idea that a proposal was on the way! It wasn’t until she saw the beautiful flowers and lights at a secluded water-side gazebo that she started to realize what was happening. Michael got down on one knee, and Cassie said yes! Behind the scenes,  Michael’s sister-in-law (and my dear friend!), Taylor Rose, captured the whole thing on camera beautifully!

This proposal was so exciting and more personal to me than most because #1. Cassie became my friend while she interned with me, and who doesn’t love to see a friend get engaged?! #2. I knew it was happening before she did!

During her internship with HBP, I had heard Cassie talking about the possibility of getting engaged soon. A month or so later, Taylor let me in on the secret proposal when she thought she might not be able to photograph it. I was with Cassie on the morning of the proposal while she shadowed me at an engagement session (heyy Rachel & Greg!), and it was SO exciting to get the text from her later on with a photo of the ring!

It’s an incredible honor that these two have chosen me as their wedding photographer, and I could not be more excited. We had SO much fun at their engagement session at the Jefferson Memorial and in Old Town Alexandria. Their love is so genuine and they have the best style, what more could I ask for?

Ok, I could go on for a while . . . so let’s see some photos!

Outfit & scenery change!

Ahh I love everything about this engagement session! I am SO excited for Michael & Cassie’s wedding at Great Marsh Estate this fall!

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Welcome to Our Summer Intern: Grace | Washington, D.C. Wedding Photography Internship Program | Hannah Bjorndal Photography

Let’s give a HUGE warm welcome to my summer wedding photography intern, Grace!

At the beginning of the year, I launched my Washington, D.C. wedding photography internship program. You guys, it has been SO much fun! I absolutely love having an intern! It’s been a joy-filled, uplifting and surprisingly rewarding experience. I’m planning on continuing the program in the semesters and years to come, so if you’re interested or know someone who may be interested, send me a message!

So, a little more about this fabulous girl!

1. Give us a 30-second introduction:

Hi! My name is Grace McNamara. I am currently a senior at Grove City College studying Communication & Design. I am a follower of Jesus, Taco Bell enthusiast, & a practicing hand letterer. I sometimes get overwhelmed with all the things I want to try— whether it be calligraphy, watercolor, & most recently, photography. Growing up behind a cornfield in a tiny Pennsylvania town, I am so thankful to be exploring such a pretty city, while getting to use the creative mind I was blessed with.

2. What brought you to HBP? 

I actually had a mutual friend with Hannah who ended up messaging me HBP’s intern application. I vividly remember sitting in the library studying for finals when I received this message. It wasn’t long until I found myself utterly amazed at Hannah’s talent, dreaming of one day being her intern. Now here I am, still amazed &  feeling extra grateful.

3. What are you most excited to do as an intern?

Hannah is so wildly talented and I learn so much in just one hour of being with her. I can hardly wait for a whole summer! I am really excited to learn how to better operate my camera, edit pictures, and all the fun behind the scenes work that comes with running a full-time creative business.

4. What inspires you?

I am inspired by genuine joy, pretty colors, unique buildings, soft light, & delicate details.

5. Three of your favorite things?

Definitely laugh attacks, fluffy pups, and the 5 second rule.

6. Your drink of choice?

I love Shirley Temples! It might be childish of me, but there is no denying their sweet goodness.

7. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

This one is tough! I’m going to have to say Iceland. The views look absolutely unreal & everything is SO green.

8. Favorite color?

Definitely an ethereal blueish grey. Ethereal is defined as “extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.” What a perfect definition for a perfect color!

9. Someone would be surprised to know that you . . . 

have ridden a camel on the Great Wall of China!

10. Where can people find you on social media?

https://www.instagram.com/gracecapturesit/

https://www.pinterest.com/gracemcn/

https://m.facebook.com/gracemcn/

 

If you need us, we’ll be shooting weddings and talking all things photography all summer long!

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