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  • PhotoWize Photography

     
      Hey everybody! My name is Dustin Spencer
    and I'm the owner of PhotoWize Photography, based in the DC/Northern Virginia area. I started this business 3 years ago but my love of photography goes way back to the days of Fisher-Price toy cameras and using my parents Polaroid to take what are now so lovingly (and annoyingly) known as "selfies". Fast-forward to my late twenties, as many of my childhood friends started to get engaged/married, I began to hear a lot of complaints about how expensive and difficult it was to find a decent photographer that could actually provide pictures that didn't look like everyone else's, who also didn't cost an arm and a leg to hire. So from these complaints, and given the fact that brides and grooms both typically look better with all their limbs attached, PhotoWize Photography was born. Rest assured, I pride myself in being more than just a decent photographer; I pride myself in giving you different looks, angles and edits; and most importantly, I pride myself in giving you the most gratifying, unique, and outside the box photography experience, while always being mindful of your time and budget. I treat you the way that I would want to be treated if I were in your position... as a paying customer. Not someone impressed by what equipment I'm using or how many times I've been featured or published, but as someone that just wants one small moment in time to be about them for a change; to feel important and be made to look their best.
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      Two people who don't need much help looking amazing, and the stars of my favorite shoot, are my younger brother, Zachary, and his gorgeous wife Kaitlin. Newly engaged at the time, they came to me in the Fall of 2014 wanting to take advantage of the beautiful colors and settings that Loudon County, Virginia, have to offer. As is fairly normal with me, we didn't really have much of a plan. I'm a very laid back and spontaneous guy, and I like to let what I perceive as beautiful, or what my clients do, speak to us and provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable session. The weather was nice that day, the foliage was perfect, and the wind was... blustery
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    But fear not! In my experience, more often than not, peoples favorite pictures tend to be the ones they weren't anticipating them to be, and I think that definitely applies to Kate as she was very nervous about the gusts we dealt with all day. That being said, I hope you enjoy the pictures I've provided as much as we all do in my family, and I do hope to hear from some of you very soon! Thanks so much for taking the time to read about me, thanks to basicinvite.com for the write-up, and a Happy 1 Year Anniversary to my baby brother and my new sister!
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    SOCIAL: Facebook
    Instagram- @photowize
     
  • LD Photography by Lauren Nihen

     

    Hey everyone! My name is Lauren Nihen and I'm a Wedding and Lifestyle photographer based out of Auburn, California! Together with my husband Jerry, we make up the husband and wife team of LD Photography.

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    I have always been a photographer ever since I could hold a camera. I have always loved the concept and practice of it. However if you would have told me back in the day that I would be running my own photography business full time I probably would have laughed! The thought had just never occurred to me. My ah-ha moment was after college I got a job nannying for these two adorable girls. They wanted to do something special for their mom for Mother's Day and so I suggested some photos of them. We did a small lifestyle session with them and I printed a few of the photos to gift their mom. She absolutely adored the photos. So did everyone else I showed them to! This was back in 2012 and while I still do lifestyle sessions, my passion and focus is wedding photography. My husband joined the team in 2014 and I could not ask for a better second photographer. Plus, it's so much fun going to weddings together!

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    Photography to me is all about community and telling a story. I want my brides to be a part of something bigger than just hiring a photographer. I also want them to be able to pick up their wedding album at any time and visually re-live their wedding day through the photos. When you book a wedding with LD Photography you are not just booking me, you're becoming a LD Bride and joining a community filled with other LD Brides who have gone through the same thing as you!

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    I feel so honored when a bride chooses me to photograph their wedding day. It is such an important event in their life. As the photographer, I am involved with pretty much every aspect of the wedding day. It is an intimate and special experience and I'm lucky that many of my brides end up becoming close friends!

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    Every session, whether it be a wedding or a lifestyle session, is special to me. I love capturing moments in time that might have been missed or forgotten otherwise. A laugh, a soft look of love between bride and groom, a child laughing - these are all moments that pass quickly. But probably my favorite wedding to date would have to be the Feller Wedding in Woodland, California. This lovely lady had been seeing all her friends get photos done by me and she could hardly wait until it was her turn. When she finally became a LD Bride, it was breathtaking and I am SO lucky to have been chosen to capture her special day.

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    This wedding was located at the Windmill Farm and Vineyard in Woodland, California. The venue has stunning, sweeping views and with many different backdrops such as a pond, olive orchard and multiple vineyards, this place had me wishing for more time with the bride and groom!

    If you want to learn more about what being a LD Bride is all about! Check us out online or on our other social media pages. We'd love to welcome you to our community.

    Company: LD Photography

    Website: www.ldportraitphotography.com

    Social: FacebookInstagramTwitter

     

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