DC Wedding Photographer

I AM SO EXCITED YOU ARE HERE!! I HAVE SO MUCH OF MY HEART POURED INTO THIS INDUSTRY AND AM SERIOUSLY SO OVER THE MOON FOR MY CLIENTS. YOU ARE AT THE RIGHT SPOT IF YOU ARE SEEKING A WASHINGTON DC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR SHOOT. I WANT THIS EXPERIENCE TO BE EVERYTHING YOU’VE DREAMED OF AND MORE.

You deserve an authentic, meaningful photos that capture your unique relationship.

We are going to document the way you two are together, the way you feel together. Don’t worry if you’ve never hired a photographer before or is your first DC wedding photography session, I will guide you every step of the way!

Shelly Pate Washington DC Wedding Photographer

We are going to be silly, play, and interact with each other! No robot poses with forced smiles, cause that is fake and awkward. I celebrate YOU + YOUR unique LOVE FEELS.

raw.
real.
intimate.

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Documenting connections is what makes my heart soar.

I specialize in intimate settings—smaller weddings + elopements—that bring the focus back to what matters, your love and promising your heart to the person you can’t live without. I’m not about your wedding day making you feel like a big ball of stress or having every little rose be exactly in place. Nah, I love those wildflowers and slowing down to enjoy the little moments. The wrinkled nose when you smile, his side glances at you, happy tears as you say those beautiful promises. Every couple is so unique and special. I’m here to help create a day that is 110% a reflection of you two whether that means getting the closest friends + family together under your favorite tree, spending the day at the most instagrammabe places in DC, best parks to take wedding pictures in DC, winery or a charming spot in the city. If you just want it to the the two of you surrounded by an epic landscape as you exchange your vows or make a whole trip out of it, I’ll be there to guide you and document the whole amazing experience.

You deserve an experience that is completely YOU.

Imagine being stress-free on your wedding day instead of rushing around or feeling like it’s just one big production that isn’t really you two at all. Imagine saying those beautiful vows to your love in an intimate setting that allows for authentic expression and raw heartfelt moments. There’s no giant audience of your parent’s friends watching you, just the people you hold dearest in your hearts who really know you and have witnessed your love grow. Imagine getting to spend time with those people instead of a quick 30 second “Hi! Thanks for coming!” in the receiving line. Every couple deserves to get married in a way that’s absolutely perfect for them and I am beyond excited to help you create this incredible experience!

Bottom line, I’m going to be there for you

…like every single step—cause this going to be fun + stress free! It’s my top priority that we are on the same page and vibe well together, soooo get ready for some super fun dates! Seriously though, I want to get to know you. I wanna hang out and be friends… like really want to go get coffee or have a game night (even if it’s virtual)!
I have a documentary style approach to capturing all those amazing feelings so decades from now you’ll be taken right back to the moment. I can join your for just the day or for 2-3. Typically, if we are traveling, I will join for a full wedding weekend. This lets me get to know you and your folks and capture the whole amazing experience as a whole!

Imagine being stress-free on your DC wedding day instead of rushing around or feeling like it’s just one big production that isn’t really you two at all. Imagine saying those beautiful vows to your love in an intimate setting that allows for authentic expression and raw heartfelt moments. There’s no giant audience of your parent’s friends watching you, just the people you hold dearest in your hearts who really know you and have witnessed your love grow. Imagine getting to spend time with those people instead of a quick 30 second “Hi! Thanks for coming!” in the receiving line. Every couple deserves to get married in a way that’s absolutely perfect for them and I am beyond excited to help you create this incredible experience!

Best Wedding Photographers DC

…like every single step—cause this going to be fun + stress free! It’s my top priority that we are on the same page and vibe well together, soooo get ready for some super fun dates! Seriously though, I want to get to know you. I wanna hang out and be friends… like really want to go get coffee or have a game night (even if it’s virtual)!
I have a documentary style approach to capturing all those amazing feelings so decades from now you’ll be taken right back to the moment. I can join your for just the day or for 2-3. Typically, if we are traveling, I will join for a full wedding weekend. This lets me get to know you and your folks and capture the whole amazing experience as a whole!

  • Couples

    I’m all about couples breaking traditions and going for their dreams! It can be just you two or a group of those dearest to your hearts. We can travel anywhere in the world (I’ve got my travel costs covered!) or stay local stay local, hike a mountain, find an awesome lake or cozy cabin, take over your favorite brewery in the city or heck… got a sweet backyard?! Really, the possibilities are endless and I am here to help you every step of the way. Your elopement isn’t just about exchanging vows and getting a pretty portrait- it’s about truly celebrating becoming life partners. It’s about the whole experience and the feelings.

  • Experience – Couples Offering [MOBILE]

    Couples

    FAV. Seriously, my all time favorite thing to photograph! Whether we are all dressed up, chillin at home, playing in the city, running through a field… or cuddling a sweet pup, we are going to have a blast! I love getting to know my couples and hangin out together. It will not be you two just standing “cheesing” awkward in front of the camera. This is an incredible time in your life, whether we are taking pics to celebrate your engagement, anniversary, growing family, or simply just because you freakin love each other.

  • Weddings

    Honestly, I have the BIGGEST crush on intimate weddings. I approach them differently from other photographers, because I believe that your day matters. I’ve shot big weddings over 300 sometimes 400 guests and although I think they are super awesome and fun, I personally began to feel like the wedding became less about the love and more about the fluff & the stress. I no longer accept weddings over 150 guests. I do this so I can capture your family & friends on a deeper level and document those incredible relationships. I believe that your day matters & I’m so excited you want to keep the focus on what’s really important – your love & the promises your making to each other. I cannot wait to start helping to plan the day of your dreams!

  • Experience – Weddings Offering [MOBILE]

    Weddings

    Honestly, I have the BIGGEST crush on intimate weddings. I approach them differently from other photographers, because I believe that your day matters. I’ve shot big weddings over 300 sometimes 400 guests and although I think they are super awesome and fun, I personally began to feel like the wedding became less about the love and more about the fluff & the stress. I no longer accept weddings over 150 guests. I do this so I can capture your family & friends on a deeper level and document those incredible relationships. I believe that your day matters & I’m so excited you want to keep the focus on what’s really important – your love & the promises your making to each other. I cannot wait to start helping to plan the day of your dreams!

So, you in?

Yes, ma’am!!

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