proposal at Union Station | Washington, DC proposal photographer - Kenneth Jackson

January 5, 2017: proposal at Union Station in Washington, DC

I've finally shot a proposal at a DC location that isn't a stereotypical monument!  Chris originally wanted to pop the question at the Lincoln Memorial, but I advised against it given some nasty weather that weekend.  Instead, I suggested a long covered archway in front of Union Station.  I'd say it went pretty well!

Natalie's family was able to witness the whole thing go down since they were in town visiting her sister.  It was fun to capture them congratulating her in real time.

We parted ways with Natalie's folks and checked out some spots in Union Station that I'd scouted in advance.  I experimented with some slow shutter speeds in order to minimize the grain caused by high ISO values.  I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn't much noticeable subject blur in the resulting images.

I think my favorite part of the day was our time in a Metro car.  We started in an old unit, but it was a little too dimly lit for good shots.  The newer unit we found next was a perfect location.

This staircase in the attached parking garage was a great opportunity to put my super-wide 14mm lens to work.

To wrap up, we took some posed stuff in front of the station.  The sun was starting to break through the cloud cover, so the lighting was diffuse without being too weak.  Frankly, I couldn't have asked for much better light in the closing frames.

Thanks again, Chris and Natalie, for being such awesome subjects.  I had a blast documenting the beginning of the next phase in your relationship!


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