Wow! Kevin and Virdina are troopers! What you can’t see in their portraits and their smiles don’t give away, is that it was freezing! Temperatures were in the 40s with a brisk wind. I love how wind can make hair, the bottom of a dress, or a veil come alive, but it can also bring out goose bumps which I can definitely do without. My advice to Kevin and Virdina was for her to wear his coat in between shots and for them to snuggle close together while I was shooting. The latter is actually my standard advice that I doll out to couples during portrait sessions. To me, couples’ portraits look more comfortable and natural when they’re touching. I hate for them to look like strangers!
We started our session at the Bohemian Caverns and made our way along U Street. Finally, when the temperatures got too cold for all of us, we decided to seek warmth inside Eatonville –a new restaurant inspired by author and playwright Zora Neale Hurston who attended Howard University and wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God. After Kevin and Virdina placed their orders for brunch and I could feel my fingers again, I snapped a few last portraits of them in the restaurant.
If Kevin and Virdina can look this good under cool conditions like these, I can’t wait to photograph them during the warmth of spring at their wedding on Earth Day. Kevin and Virdina were the winners of the Earth Day Wedding Give Away sponsored by the Washington DC Green Couture Wedding Consortium.