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My name is Simone Fox and it looks like you stumbled on my photography blog! I'm so glad you're here! I am a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Fairfax, VA, a little city on the outskirts Washington DC. I shoot all over the Northern VA, DC, and Maryland and am always up for traveling! Check out my blog posts to see what I've been up to, and check out the above menu for more details! If you have a wedding coming up or want some portraits done, please do head over to my Talk to Me! tab or connect with me through the links on the right. I'd love to chat with you!

Susan & Carter’s Malibu Engagement

You guys, I still can’t believe I got to shoot an engagement shoot in California. There I was, planning a visit to a friend of mine who moved to LA since graduation from the University of Mary Washington. About a month before my trip, Susan emailed me saying that she and Carter wouldn’t be able to make it back to VA in time for an engagement shoot. Knowing they lived in California, I figured it would at least make sense to see if they lived near LA. Not only do they live near LA, but they live in the SAME TOWN as my friend, less than one mile away from each other! How crazy is that!? So of course, upon realizing this crazy insane luck, we immediately began planning a shoot during my visit! I could not be more grateful to have the amazing opportunity to shoot in such a beautiful location as El Matador State Beach in Malibu. And most of all I couldn’t have been more grateful to have clients like Susan and Carter. They were the ideal clients in every way. Not only were they cool enough to pick me up and drive me through the mountains to this incredible location, but their enthusiasm was contagious, and their love shone through in every photo. It’s so amazing to work with clients who are so excited about their photos; it was an absolute dream! They were both so sweet, easy going, and wanted whatever it took to get incredible images! Even though the waves were crashing on us, I think the photos were worth it! I’m so excited to share these with you; the cliffs, the golden light, the beach…it was all just perfect. Without further adieu, enjoy!

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Monica & Chris Engagement

So excited to share with you Monica & Chris’ engagement photos! I’m so glad this shoot worked out; as we had a rain scare and I wasn’t going to be in the area that long. Since Monica & Chris live in Virginia Beach, and I grew up in Williamsburg, we figured I would come do their engagement shoot on a weekend I was visiting my family. We scheduled the shoot, and then as luck would have it, turned out that there was going to be a massive thunderstorm. So we quickly rescheduled for the next morning; a sunrise shoot. I’ve been wanting to do one of these, but who wants to get up at the crack of dawn!!?? These two were such AMAZING sports meeting me at 5:15 AM (SOOOO EARLY!!!), but I think it was worth it!! We went for the classic Virginia Beach board walk, and while it wasn’t crowded at all, surfers definitely were out! The early morning light was delightful, and I could not be more pleased with how these came out! They brought their adorable puppy, Kyle, and he was hilarious. One second he was yawning and lounging, and the next he was digging up sand and jumping around. So funny! Monica & Kyle were a joy to work with; they were easygoing, relaxed, and not afraid to be themselves! Love working with clients like them! Enjoy these stunning engagement images :)

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Ashley & Kyle’s Intimate Country Club Wedding

It was a privilege to be apart of Ashley & Kyle’s wedding day. Their wedding was held at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston, VA. Though our time together was short, and it was about 90 degrees (!) outside, Ashley and Kyle were awesome to work with! They were so easy going and relaxed. It was a completely stress free day. With under 40 guests, I loved the intimate feel to this wedding. I’m pretty sure everyone got in at least one family photo! Portrait time with Ashley and Kyle was such a breeze! I love to work with couples who aren’t afraid to laugh at each other, and are completely at ease with one another! Their connection was evident, and I couldn’t be more happy for them! Also, note that their meal was breakfast food. Best wedding meal ever!

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Alex & Ian Wedding

I had such a great time at the wedding of Alex & Ian. I really loved how simple, yet awesome this wedding was. You can really tell that Alex and Ian have the right kind of relationship. One of mutual respect, honesty, and truly complementing each other. The wedding was so laid back and stress free. Nobody was nervous about anything; everyone just knew that this wedding day was meant to happen for a long time. I absolutely loved Jefferson Patterson Park; the reception was held in an open barn with lawn games off to the side. The ceremony was situated right at the shore of a little beach overlooking the Patuxent River. The ceremony was beautiful, complete with a fitting love poem by James Cavanaugh. The ceremony was located about a half mile from the barn, and so after the ceremony was over, the newly married couple, bridal party, and guests strolled to the reception carrying balloons that were decorating the ceremony, in a little parade.  :) After some appetizers and lunch, the games began! This wedding didn’t include a first dance, in fact, it barely included any dancing at all! This wedding reception was all about competition and games. I loved it because it was so true to the couple, and what they like. I didn’t expect to get a shot of the bride losing in Jenga, but I guess I should have expected it!

Thank you to Alex & Ian for letting me be apart of your day, and to all the vendors who participated in making this day awesome! Thank you also to Melodie Ann Photography for being my shooting buddy. You’ll see some of her shots in this post :)

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Your Engagement Shoot: How to Prepare & What to Wear

How to Prepare for your Engagement Shoot:

 

Not all photographers are like this, but here’s what you can expect at an engagement session with me. I’ve found this style of shooting yields the best results!

 

1. Prepare to be yourself! The most important thing for both of you is to come prepared to be yourselves. Don’t worry about whether or not you look stiff, or whether or not I’m shooting your good side. Also, I’ll give you lots of direction, so don’t worry about being told to “Act natural!” repeatedly 😛 And most of all, don’t be afraid to make a pose your own. Sounds silly, but what I mean is don’t be afraid to relax and laugh at each other :) An engagement shoot is all about capturing the love you two have created, and I want to see that! I promise the best photos will come when you aren’t worrying about how you look.

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2. Prepare to shoot at “golden hour!” If you’ve seen my blog, you know I’m a fan of shooting when the sun is about to set. I just love the effect that “golden hour” has on my images. That and, after the sun has set, there’s a 30 minute period where the diffused light really brings out colors and vibrancy. Soft, post-sunset light produces incredible images. It’s not all about sun flare, and certainly not about shooting in direct light! Some people don’t think I can shoot once the sun has set, but they couldn’t be more wrong. My equipment allows me to easily shoot up to an hour after the sun has set because the camera’s sensor is much more sensitive to light than typical point and shoots. Shooting before, during, and after golden hour is a great way to create a wide variety of images. Also, if I can’t have golden hour, I love getting creative with umbrellas or an indoor space with window light :). The first 3 images here are shot at golden hour, and the last 2 were shot at least 15 minutes after the sun had set.

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3. Prepare to go on a fun adventure, preferably outdoors. I am a natural light photographer, which certainly means I am not a fan of studios, backdrops and lots of artificial lighting. That doesn’t mean I can’t shoot indoors. It means I like to use the available light around me, and be as creative as possible, while still traveling light! This means I can shoot almost anywhere! I would love to go to shoot you at any place that is special to you, such as your hometown, where he proposed, where you met, etc. The following 3 images were shot at the Katie & Chris’ build site for their new home, Amanda & Daniel’s hometown and where they met, and Main Street Station, where Sarah & Chris would have their wedding ceremony.

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What to Wear for your Engagement Shoot:

 

One of the main reasons I did this blog post is because of how many couples ask about clothing advice! I don’t claim to be a fashion expert, of course, but here are some tips (and some photos!) on how to be comfortable and look great for your engagement shoot:

 

1. Bring 2 outfits! If you’re not sure what to wear, bring one casual outfit, and one more dressy/formal outfit. If you have a different idea of what you want to wear, then go with it! I’m up for anything!

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2. Pick something you feel comfortable in! There is no point in wearing something you don’t feel confident in! If you’re constantly needing to adjust your dress because its not quite fitting right or you’re not feeling 100% sure about that shirt…don’t wear it. Pick something you know fits well and is comfortable to move around in because when the photos come out, you’ll be even more critical!

 

3. Avoid wearing small patterns or matching clothes. The no-matching rule excludes matching clothes with a specific purpose, such as, for example, showing off a sports team you both like! Otherwise matching clothes without a purpose just looks cheesy. Small patterns tend to simply look unflattering in photos. This is not always the case, but it’s worth considering when choosing your outfits.

 

4. Coordinate! The best “word” of advice I can give to couples preparing for their engagement shoot is to coordinate.

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5. Wearing matching colors but in different SHADES looks great!

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6. Matching accessories are a great way to look as though you belong together without looking cheesy together 😛

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7. Contrast your colors: If one of you is wearing a bright colors or patterns, the other will coordinate well in a solid, more neutral color.

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