Bethesda Engagement Photographer | Fletcher's Cove | Ica & Tim

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Ica & Tim were delightful to photograph.  Ica, being the fabulous photographer she is, found this gorgeous spot.  I seriously didn't want to leave or stop shooting them.  There's about a million pictures here, but I just couldn't narrow it down.

Funny story. Before I ever met Ica I felt like she was a friend. For years I admired her work and followed her blog. I even entered a contest on her blog and won a lovely headband and poster.  The blogging world is kind of funny like that.  It's actually possible to really develop friendships.  She's an amazing photographer; I've always admired her eye and how well she captures emotion.  And I must confess I've even considered signing up for her mentoring sessions!  (And I should note that when you have a mentor session with her she also bakes you cupcakes.  How sweet is that.)
It happened that I booked a wedding out in DC area where she lives, so when I heard she was engaged (yay!) I contacted her about an engagement session.  When we got to talking she asked if she could second shoot for that wedding.  (I was stunned because here I was admiring her and she  wanted to second shoot for me???! Crazy.)  I already had a second shooter, but he eventually backed out.  So on one very busy day, I shot Ica and Tim's engagement session in the morning, and Ica second shot for me that afternoon. :)

My favorite part of photography is being a witness to love.   The day I photographed Ica & Tim was the very first day I had met either of them.  But I felt like I was in the company of old friends.  That's what I imagine Ica & Tim do with everyone.  They're such a relaxed couple.  It's hard not to see how much they not only love each other but how much they care for each other.

Later that day, when Ica & I were alone, she told me a bit about her relationship with Tim. The highs, the lows. The struggles, the blessings. With how the engagement session work out, Ica mentioned that she saw it as a sign. And it occurred to me how sometimes I just think I'm doing my own thing like this engagement session. But really, God used me to bless this couple. I know that can come off as pompous, but I say it as merely you never know how great an impact you can have on someone's life, until you think of yourself as a tool in God's overall plan.

Bethesda Engagement Photography | Fletcher's Cove | Ica and Tim

Because I loved their engagement session so much and I seriously love them so much... a teaser before I go to sleep.  Ica and Tim at Fletcher's Cover in Washington, DC... we were waiting for some cars to pass and I snapped this while they were ahead of me.  Can you believe how cute Ica is while waiting for cars to go by?  (I know, life's unfair. haha.)

Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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