Mark it down: 10/23 Allison Britton Photography Boudoir Marathon in Alexandria

23 09 2011

Ladies, something fun to consider

What: A boudoir and pinup photography marathon session hosted by ABritton Photography.

*Giveaway Alert* A free session ($250 value) to their #1 Facebook fan and the runner up will get a $100 product credit. To enter a chance to win, send a picture of yourself which will be used on their Facebook fan page, and like the DC Vixens Facebook fan page by September 28, 2011. Click here for more details on this contest. Winner will be announced October 8, 2011.

Details:  2 Packages available ($250 or $500) and include hair and makeup and digital downloads. Click here for more details for each package.

Where: Their studio in the Del Ray area of Alexandria

When:  Sunday, October 23, 2011

Limited slots are available so contact Allison to reserve your slot immediately!

Have fun! Vicky


This Thursday: Allison Britton Photography Boudoir Marathon in Alexandria

10 01 2011

Ladies, it’s your lucky day with a second blog post.

What: A boudoir photography marathon session hosted by ABritton Photography.

Details: 45 minute session with Allison, including hair and makeup by professional stylists

one edited web ready digital low RES file of your choice

For $150, it would be a great Valentine’s Day present.

The following packages are available for a discount for this marathon only:

one year calendar $180
2 mini 4×4 albums 20 pages $220 (one image per page)
5 custom edited images with print release $110


Where: Their studio in Old Town Alexandria

Limited slots are available so contact Allison at to reserve your slot immediately!

Have fun! Vicky

National Park Service Photo Permit Tips

3 05 2010
Jefferson Memorial birde and groom

Photo by Rick Martin Photography

If you are planning on taking photos on your wedding day at any of the major monuments in DC, please remember to obtain a photography permit or have your photographer obtain one. The most popular moments that brides and grooms choose that require a permit include:

  • Washington Monument
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  • World War II Memorial

The process is easy but there are a few tips we’ve learned from experience that will help ease the pain.

  1. Download the permit application form.  If you are not sure of whether your desired location requires a permit, call the National Park Service, National Capital Region office 202-619-7225 or click here for more info. There is a $50 application fee and then an additional $50 if your party consists of up to 10 people, $150 if 11-30 people and you can pay by credit card.
  2. Do not leave this until the last minute. Submit your application as soon as possible but no later than 2 weeks before your wedding.
  3. Here are the steps.
  • Fill out the application form.
  • Fax it to the number on the form. Be sure to fax it from a number where you can also receive faxes. The Parks Program office does not do email so you will need to find a fax machine. Read on to see why.
  • Call to confirm that the office received the form. Make note of the name of the person you spoke to on the phone.
  • If all goes well, you will receive the permit via fax (to the fax number you originally sent the application from) from the Park Programs office asking you to sign it and then fax back the signature page only.
  • They will then fax you again a counter-signed copy.
  • If you do not receive the permit within 4 business day (the application says it takes at least 4 days for processing), call back and follow up. Always make a note of the name of the person you speak with.

There are a few sites that do not require a permit. Our photographer friends tell us that Senate Park (between the Capitol and Union Station) is a popular choice, as well as Lafayette Park (north side of White House). Union Station is another great location if you need shelter. If there are other locations, please email us and let us know!

Anecdote: We submitted an application to the Park Programs office on a Thursday. The office called the bride to verify her credit number on the same day. The photographer called back to follow up on Friday and the office personnel said the application was being processed. The photographer called back again on Monday to follow up and whomever she spoke with said they cannot find our application anywhere. The person from the Park Programs office said she was not working Friday and that we need to submit the application again.

Contest: Genevieve Leiper Photography Love Story Contest

15 06 2009

Still looking for a photographer for your 2010 wedding? Win a photography package from Genevieve Leiper Photography! Genevieve is a sweetheart and a wonderful photographer. We had the pleasure of working with her at Allison and Kevin’s wedding in April (their Real Wedding recap coming soon!)

Genevieve Leiper Photography

Genevieve Leiper Photography

Here are the details from Genevieve:

“I have been in this industry for over 6 years and have been given so much. I feel that it is my turn to give back. I am looking for a couple who has overcome many odds and has an amazing love story. Tell me when your eyes first met , the courtship and how you decided to spend the rest of your lives together. Please include in your Love Story where your wedding ceremony and reception will be held along with your wedding date.  The wedding location will need to be within 100 miles of my studio in Ashburn, VA.”

All 2010 entries must be received before August 8, 2009 12:00PM EST. The winners will be announced on August 15, 2009! Please email your entry to Genevieve at

The Winning Couple will receive:

The Magnolia

Wedding Day
One photographer (Genevieve Leiper)
6 hours of coverage
Unlimited amount of exposures
Unlimited locations
600 edited and retouched final images
Dvd of all 600 images with a print release

Online private gallery for one year for family & friends

One 12×9 Coffee Table Book-includes 80 images and 40 pages

Engagement portrait
Up to two hours of Photography
Studio or outdoor setting
50 final images edited and retouched
DVD of all 50 images with a print release
One make-up application by Victoria Stiles Makeup

Total value-$4500

Good Luck!!!

Meet: Laura Muehlendorf, Laura Kay Photography

3 02 2009

I first saw Laura’s work on Ritzy Bee and immediately loved her style. Her photography is much like Laura herself – fun, colorful, and perky! It makes me happy and smile when I see her pictures. Lucky for us in the DC area, Laura recently moved from Texas. To see what I mean, check out her blog, which she fills with images of her adorable kids and beautiful newlyweds. I cannot wait until we work together in August! I’m going to have to work really hard so that she has something pretty to take pictures of!!


Photo courtesy of Laura Kay Photography.

Meet: Rick Martin, Photographer

1 02 2009

Looking for a photographer who is very flexible and a great value? Check out Rick Martin Photography!  I first met Rick Martin in 2006 at Tracy and David’s wedding. Rick has been a professional photographer for a long time and brings a wealth of experience. Even after all these years, Rick is constantly honing his craft. I like that he shoots a variety of events, other than weddings because I think it keeps things fresh. I can’t wait to work with him again this summer! Should be great!

In the mean time, check out Rick’s blog for more samples of his wedding photography and other fun events (I even spy a Joe Biden event in there somewhere!).








All photos courtesy of Rick Martin Photography.

PictoBooks a la Holland Photo Arts

22 01 2009

I love getting mail. Real. Postal. Mail. Especially when the UPS man shows up at my door with an unexpected package from my favorite dynamic duo Bill and Anne Holland of Holland Photo Arts! They sent me a copy of Joan and Ben’s PictoBook wedding album and their limited edition 2009 calendar!! It was like “I’m getting a present” exciting!  Lucky brides and grooms who have hired Bill and Anne will have a beautiful keepsake of their wedding memories!

If you haven’t heard, Bill and Anne have added a collection of postcards featuring photographs from their travels, with proceeds going to charity. The images are vibrant and colorful, and brought back memories of my own trips to some of the same locations. These are great for decorating your house with pops of color. I like decorating my house with photographs of meaning to me instead of buying random artwork (one day, I’ll post some photos of my house). Go forth and buy one!

Holland Photo Arts calendar tin on top of the PictoBook album box.

Holland Photo Arts calendar tin on top of the PictoBook album box.

Limited edition 2009 Holland Photo Arts calendar

Limited edition 2009 Holland Photo Arts calendar

PictoBook album

PictoBook album