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

:: Katie + Ryan :: Georgetown, Washington DC Engagement ::

To my team of explorers, I say to you that victory was ours! This session was EPIC.  CanNOT wait for their wedding in October!!!! 002 Nathan Mitchell Washington DC Photography003 Portrait with jeep in foreground004 Portrait between parking meters at georgetown waterfront005 engaged couple waves to kayakers006 creative reflection georgetown waterfront007 beautiful moment lens flare nathan mitchell photography008 engagement session urban explorers009 engagement session in georgetown washington DC010 creative freelensing portrait nathan mitchell photography011 girl points off into the distance013 creative focus engagement session014 couple shares beautiful moment on rocks by the river015 northern virginia wedding photographer nathan mitchell

:: Halie + David :: Boone, North Carolina Wedding ::

That feeling when you wake up in Iceland and you're like, "wow, the light is so beautiful here!" and then that moment you realize that really you're in Boone, North Carolina. And then that moment when your wedding clients are your best friends, and then that moment when the rain clears and you do night portraits, and then that moment when Turn Down for What plays for the 2nd time and you lose all semblance of bodily control, and then that moment when it's over, and everything hurts...and that moment you breathe the sigh of satisfaction and revel in the sweet victory that was this wedding.

001 Groom writes note to bride on porch002 bride putting lipstick on in bridal suite003 bride and father walk down the aisle004 bride and groom at alter black and white005 bride and groom on a path by a fence006 groom carries bride in his arms007 bride laughing during portrait session008 boone north carolina wedding photographer009 couple looking at each other010 nathan mitchell photography north carolina011 bride and groom are introduced012 groom being crazy with guests013 nathan mitchell photography014 creative night portraits north carolina wedding photographer015 northern virginia wedding photographer nathan mitchell photography016 creative shadow wedding portrait017 north carolina wedding portrait