2017 Year in Review

Hello world!

In this collection you'll find my favorite wedding photos made in the bizarre year that was 2017.  I'm thrilled to show these off because they represent all of the people that I met this year and all of the joy and excitement they experienced on their wedding days.  It's an honor to do what I do.

In here you'll see some travel shots from my various adventures around the world: Italy, Austria, Jamaica, and even Chicago (to answer your next question, yes, I got deep dish from Lou Malnati's, and yes, it was awesome). 

You'll see some political photos in here as well.  I had the opportunity to photograph former President Barack Obama in my new hometown of Richmond on his first major political appearance since leaving office.  I photographed Vice President Mike Pence, and former Health and Human Services Director Tom Price hours before he announced his resignation.  Pretty crazy!

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I can't wait to meet new friends and make more art this year!  Enjoy!
 

2016 WAS INCREDIBLE.

It's snowing right now in Richmond.  A lot.  8 inches of snow, in fact, and totally out of nowhere.

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I can't believe it's been a whole year.  This year I've had the honor of shooting 30 weddings, racking up 176,482 shutter actuations, one of my D750s exploded minutes before a shoot, I've shot a few congressional hearings, a couple celebrities, had frisbees thrown at me, travelled the Earth with Abigail, and somehow our exceptionally bizarre dog Steinway is housetrained.

Oh, that reminds me, Abigail and I moved to Richmond Virginia this year!  Which officially makes me a Richmond wedding photographer.  No more DC traffic for us!  We bought a house and no, after 11 months there still isn't any insulation in our attic, but somehow it's still pretty cozy.  Owning a house is weird.  No one can tell me for sure whether or not it's actually a good idea.

Also, Sam Hurd and I started The Epic Podcast, which is off to a pretty great start.  Tune in!

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They say 2016 was a bad year, but I disagree.

I saw 30 couples in love dedicate their lives to each other, and there's something really and truly beautiful about that.  I do what I do for a lot of reasons, but first and foremost it's because I believe that marriage is a wonderful thing.  Marriage is something that has the ability to benefit every person that enters into it.  In marriage you make a commitment to love and serve another person forever, through whatever life throws at you, and even though marriage is constantly changing, having something visual, tangible, accurate, and beautiful, to help you remember the day you made that commitment is a truly special thing.

I've been at it for almost 8 years now, and each year photography continues to surprise me by how wonderful of a medium it is at portraying emotion.  Each year I'm constantly pushing myself to improve, learn, teach, move forward.  But that's all ancillary, business-type stuff.

The real joy is in the ability to be a part of a couple's wedding day, serving them, and trying to provide for them images that evoke a true sense of how they felt that day, how it looked, who was there, and ultimately how important and wonderful it was.

I love what I do.

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2016 in photos: COMMENCE!

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2014 in Review :: My Best Images of the Year

Hello everyone! I feel like 2014 went by really fast.  I blinked and it was over.  But a lot of great things happened this year!  I met some fantastic people and booked some of the most awesome clients I could ask for.  I have literally shed tears of joy while doing what I love.  I've shared with all my clients in their wedding day, witnessed their vows and silently wished them the best as I snapped away.  I second shot for a few photographers, epicly bought a few in-between-ceremony-and-reception pizzas, and generally dominated alongside some of the most talented artists in our vicinity.  I also got engaged back in April!  Planning my own wedding has been a fun challenge, and a major insight into some of the things my clients are going through while planning their weddings.

Another thing that happened: I took a lot of photographs!  I wanted to highlight my best images of the year, and show them off to you the viewer.  I traveled a bit again this year, to California, Austin (where some of my photos landed me a sweet interview), New Orleans, Washington DC (if a 15-minute commute counts as traveling), and yes, I even took the plunge and ventured into Baltimore.

This year is already shaping up to be wonderful; but go now, and gaze deeply into the awesomeness that was 2014!

001 washington dc wedding photographer Nathan Mitchell002 beautiful bridal portrait003 California wedding portrait004 Boone North Carolina Wedding photographer005 California Sunset006 bride getting ready with bridesmaids Beautiful portrait big spring farm007 creative engagement photo in tall grass008 cute flower girls ringing bells009 national building museum washington dc labyrinth engagement photo010 Blue ridge mountains creative shot011 National Building Museum washington dc engagement session012 Kennedy Center washington DC rooftop engagement session013 gorgeous first kiss shot014 wedding bridesmaids jumping for joy015 creative moon photo016 Black Cat washington dc concert photo017 SXSW rap concert photo018 creative engagement photo under a bridge019 couple laughing together020 wedding bride portrait Nathan Mitchell Photography021 Bride with bridesmaids and bridesmen022 creative wedding ceremony tilt shift023 Martin Luther King Jr Memorial washington dc wedding portrait024 prisming wedding photo franciscan monastery washington dc025 Mission Inn California first look026 Mission Inn california Freelens wedding portrait027 epic portrait of groom028 groom taking shirt off during dancing029 groom being carried while dancing030 groom looks at ring031 Baltimore National Aquarium turtles032 Baltimore National Aquarium parrot033 Brenizer Method wedding portrait034 Air and Space Museum engagement session035 bride getting ready Nathan mitchell photography036 engagement session nathan mitchell photography037 Lake tahoe freelensing038 We're engaged039 Engagement party040 beautiful girl portrait041 texas star freelens wedding portrait042 beautiful creative engagement session043 Golden gate bridge san francisco freelens044 tilt shift wedding portrait045 creative engagement photo beautiful bokeh046 Washington dc engagement session047 Trip Lee portrait Nathan Mitchell Photography047a spoken word artist portrait photographer048 black cat mainstage young rapids show049 Audacity SXSW DC vs the world unofficial showcase SXSW 2014050 Beautiful night portrait on a boat big spring farm051 georgetown engagement session colorful creative052 williamsburg virginia creative engagement session053 Oldtown Alexandria engagement black and white054 California River landscape nathan mitchell photography055 wedding portrait in a field056 Wedding Dancing photo057 black and white bride with grandmother058 franciscan monastery washington dc bride and groom walking059 beautiful night portrait big spring farm060 Bride and Groom singing with wedding band061 couple embracing near farmhouses062 New Orleans bridge over railroad063 Steve Wozniak holding microphone nathan mitchell event photographer064 Edward Snowden video conference national press club065 gorgeous high key bridal portrait066 Maryland wedding photo ivy freelensing067 Mission Inn California Los Angeles wedding portrait068 cherry blossom engagment session069 Frowny woman san francisco070 Salamander Middleburg Resort wedding portrait071 Maryland wedding portrait072 Meridian House washington dc wedding photographer073 nathan mitchell photography

 

Some numbers for the mathematical people in the room:

total number of photos taken in 2014: 132,615 photographs total computer memory used in 2014: ~3.9TB (with my RAID configuration though, bump that up to almost 8TB) camera systems used: Nikon Df, Nikon D750 wondrous things witnessed: All of the things