I’ve been trying really hard to take more breaks, relax more, spend more time with friends. It’s no secret that in the last few months, I ran myself into the ground in a major way. So January has been all about rejuvenation, planning for the year, and trying to reconnect to everyone around me. It’s wedding booking season, as opposed to wedding shooting season. Last week was the first week since August or September that I’ve not had a portrait session, elopement, or wedding to shoot. It felt really weird.

I decided to take advantage of the break, and head to Washington D.C. this weekend to see my best friend, Hilary. Hilary used to be 12 hours away from me, and with our crazy schedules we were lucky to get together three times a year. In the fall, she moved to D.C. to start a PhD program in chemistry at George Washington. (Yeah… Hilary is kind of a genius.) So now that she’s only three hours away, I’m kind of excited that we’ll hopefully be able to see each other a lot more. Going down there on the train this weekend was such an awesomely, easy trip. It was so great to get out of New York for a little while, explore a new city. I had been to D.C. a handful of times before – mostly for work – but this was the first time I’d really gotten to explore. It’s so completely different from New York.

We explored Eastern Market, went to the Air & Space Museum, walked around Georgetown, ate seriously good pizza, she showed me around GW, we indulged our Southern sensibilities at Bojangles. (I never eat fast food, but I can’t resist Bojangles. It’s hard being a Southerner in New York City sometimes – we don’t have sweet tea up here. So when Hilary said we were going to find the Bojangles at Union Station, I was in.) Also – speaking of Southern things – anyone know WHY in the world there is a Port City Java in D.C.?! I’ve never seen one out of Wilmington, NC before.

It was one of the best weekends I’ve had in quite a while. I hope your weekend was just as fantastic!




  1. Christy
    Jan 17, 2012

    I’m so happy you’re taking time to yourself love! I’ve done the same recently and I’m even more ready to take on this year now! :) XO!

  2. Lauren
    Jan 17, 2012


    That picture of your friend Hillary is gorgeous.

    What I wouldn’t do for a cajun biscuit from Bojangles right now. yummmm.

  3. Mary Marantz
    Jan 18, 2012

    Oooh looks like an awesome trip!!