Alyssa and Robert’s Wedding Gallery.

 

What a day! Great couples like Alyssa and Robert only deserve the best, and truly, their wedding and reception could not have gone better. Their church, St Clare’s of Assisi Catholic Church is tucked away in the woods in Clifton, VA, and I enjoyed the all of the natural light and views of trees in the windows instead of the stained glass. Certainly made for a beautiful atmosphere, and lent itself to a fun place to photograph the portraits after their ceremony. We made it on Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia and had plenty of time to get shots with the Potomac River and Officer’s Club in the background. After the rousing speeches and toasts, I enjoyed the fact that Alyssa and Robert put in TONS of dance time together, which made it easy to figure out who was the life of the party. Big wishes to the happy couple!

Here is the link to Alyssa and Roberts Wedding Print and Download Website.

Lindsey and Keyur’s Wedding Gallery.

 

What’s not to love about the four-day party Lindsey and Keyur threw for their wedding?! It was an amazing tour-de-force of events, delectable foods, dancing, pounding music, and warm smiles – all taking up the better part of the week and hitting Richmond and Haymarket, Virginia. With the wedding events starting on Wednesday, there was so much to photograph and people to meet, and more than a few people made sure I had gotten fed. Lindsey and Keyur had amazing weather every day, with just a bit of rain on the finale on Saturday, but that didn’t stop Keyur from riding the white horse into the ceremony or Lindsey and family throwing it all down on the dance floor. A touching speech from Lindsey’s father was especially memorable, as well as the hysterics that Keyur’s brother had everyone in during his toast. It is so telling of a couple and their families when the whole room is in laughter, as well as packing the dance floor until the very last call, even after four days of partying.

Here is a link to Lindsey and Keyur’s Wedding Full Gallery and Print Order Website.

Robin and Jose’s Wedding Gallery.

I knew right from our first meeting that Robin and Jose had that magic going on, and it certainly was not lacking on their big day at the Officer’s Club at Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia. With them both getting ready at the club, we had plenty of time to do a First Look out by the gazebo and photograph around the trees, coves, and views in and around the historic building. Even with it being a bit on the warm side, the weather was beautiful until *right* at the time where we needed to head inside after the ceremony – pretty much perfect in that regard! As we headed into the ceremony, the guests came to DANCE for sure (glowsticks, anyone??). And yes, that is Jose on top of the photo booth towards the end – gotta get that shot!

Here is the link to Robin and Jose’s Wedding Gallery and Print Order Website.

The 2015 Trans-Sylvania Epic.

Looky, looky – it’s the 2015 Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic Stage Race! I can’t really think of anything better than spending a week outside, centered on riding a bicycle through the woods. It’s pretty much summer camp with all the hijinx and good people with a professional-level mountain bike race right through the middle of it. The racing was incredible in the front of the men’s and women’s fields, (with some podium switch-ups at the last stages!), and the group of U25 kids brought a crazy-good energy to the camp. No, the media team did not get a lot of sleep through the week, but we needed to make sure we got it all on camera and thrown into race reports to satiate our readers. There is lots of coverage and race reports all over the place on the interwebs, but a good place to start is the TSEpic Facebook Page.

PLEASE READ: As always, if you love a photograph, please buy it! And if you want to post to Social Media, please keep my watermark intact and link back to my site, in addition to tagging all your friends on the photos. And if you’re looking to license an image for your sponsor or company, let’s talk soon: info@aelandesphotography.com

Here is the link to the galleries for all SEVEN STAGES (and TWO unofficial stages) – ENJOY: 2015 Trans-Sylvania Epic Print and Download Website Collection.

2015 Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo.

Ever since I heard about the Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo ride (no, that is not a wacky crazy typo), I knew it was something special. Between the feverish rush to get registered and the massive growth of the ride from 18 to 150 to 300ish people over three years, it has a reputation for being a hard 100 miles early on in the season, unless you’ve been riding through the winter <wink, wink>. It was a gorgeous and warm day, with bright sun all over the gravel roads in Northeast Pennsylvania, and to make matters better, the usual suspects from the mid-Atlantic region of cycling were present and in top form. Even some rode from Philadelphia and NYC to get to the ride (!). My only regret is not having the skills to ride a bike and take photos at the same time and experience the grind.

Here is a link to the full gallery, and feel free to post watermarked photos on social media. And if you love it and get a print, I’ll love you forever! Check them out here: 2015 Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo Print and Download Gallery.

2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #3.

BOOM. #3 of the Crystal City BID Wednesday Night Spins Series. Looks like fields are filling up and more people are sticking around to watch the other fields race-their-rides/ride-their-races. With goodman Bruce Buckley providing the great shots of the evening for all the fields, I took a step back to work with remotes, off-camera-flashes, and some detached lens majick-tricks. That said, this week’s collection doesn’t have everyone or all the fields pictured, as I have a future project in mind for the photos…

If you love it, please buy it, and if you share it, be sure to tag-and-like A.E.Landes Photography – I’ll love you forever. Here is the print and download site for the 2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #3.

2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #2.

And here we are again! Just from the amount of smiling (and some in-the-pain-cave) faces, there was DOUBLE the amount of riders and spectators last night at the Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #2! Congrats to the night’s winners, as I think everyone received a delicious Acme Pie of their choice and some bonus date-night cash. And much respect to everyone out there – I think the crowds made everything a little bit tougher to navigate the course, but just about every race had stiff competition.

Also, with the kind people at Crystal City BID behind the fun last night, they were able to make downloads of the images FREE for non-commercial use! And if you want to share, be sure to Like-and-Tag A.E.Landes Photography over on Facebook.

Here is the link to the Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #2 Print Order and Gallery.

2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #1.

Six more weeks of winter or whatever?! Pssshh… I think everyone on the north/east coast has been stir-crazy and trainer-tired, giving anything to get a ride in… But fret not! The good fellas and ladies at In The Crosshairs pulled together a weekly Wednesday night series in the basement level parking garage at 2345 Crystal City Drive called the Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin! Yeah – let me plug this a bit: Spectator friendly racing, beer/wine garden, pie/cookie vendor, good people, a roof over your head, riders turning themselves inside-out… AND NO SNOW. Get there next week at 6PM-ish to catch the first heats.

Here’s the link to a larger gallery, and if you love the image, I’d love you to make the purchase (there’s no watermark on purchased products)! And if you want to share, be sure to Like-and-Tag A.E.Landes Photography.

Link to the 2015 Crystal City Wednesday Night Spin Series #1 Gallery and Print Purchase Site.

Nesma and Hristo’s Wedding Gallery.

What a gorgeous post-Christmas and winter wedding day for these two – Nesma and Hristo! I have had the pleasure of knowing Nesma and her family for more than a few years, and I count myself lucky to spend their day with them, camera in hand. With a big start at Nesma’s family’s house (I really enjoy her portrait in the living room!), we headed to the ornate St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, PA for an afternoon ceremony. We enjoyed the waning daylight outside for a few portraits, but the real magic was at Bear Creek Mountain Resort for a longer session in view of the lit ski slopes and Christmas decorations. Hristo and Nesma braved the cold for a few shots on the industrial-looking steps right outside the reception, and I just had a great time working the camera with so many traditional dances and wedding guests celebrating this warm couple. Congrats to the new bride and groom!

Here is the link to Nesma and Hristo’s Wedding Gallery and Print Order Site.