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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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Colleen & Richard's New Orleans Wedding

Noe Todorovich

One year ago, two of the most fashionable and fascinating people I knowColleen & Richardgot married in New Orleans. Patrick and I had the honor and pleasure of photographing the occasion. It’s a challenge for me to put into words just how amazing the experience was as I feel words alone don’t quite do it justice. I guess it’s a good thing we have plenty of pictures to fill in where words may fail me! ;)

We started the day at the bed and breakfast with some pictures of the lovely couple getting ready and sharing a first look in the charming courtyard. Then we headed over to Louis Armstrong Park for some portraits before the festivities officially began with a ride on the historic St Charles streetcar line. Attendees may have been under the impression we were heading to the ceremony site, but in fact the streetcar itself was the site (SURPRISE)! Once the vows were exchanged, we enjoyed the rest of the ride and taking photos both inside and outside along the way. Upon returning to the station, The Jaywalkers second line parade band awaited us, and we headed off into the French Quarter parading our way to the lovely reception site, Arnaud’s. And if that all wasn’t enough New Orleans goodness for one day, we did squeeze in a late night visit to Cafe Du Monde for some coffee and beignets. My kind of nightcap… :)

The entire day was magical and truly an honor to experience. It really hit me during the second line parade. As I juggled my cameras wanting to capture every moment every way possible, I started to tear up realizing how beautiful this experience was. How freely and wholeheartedly we were celebrating this couple and the beginning of their married life together.

Happy Anniversary, Colleen & Richard! Thank you for the honor of documenting the day and for letting us be a part of your beautiful celebration.

Alberto & Sharla's DC Wedding

Noe Todorovich

Small, intimate weddings are one of my absolute favorites to photograph. You can see and feel just how much it means to everyone involved. As a photographer, I get the opportunity to document that experience and allow the couple to share it with family and friends. 

It's extra special when the couple getting married are dear friends. I was truly honored and thrilled to document Alberto and Sharla's DC wedding. Two of my favorite people and an amazing couple? Yes, please!

We started the day with the ceremony at the DC Courthouse and then made our way to the National Gallery of Art for portraits. We stopped by the Embassy of Canada on the waySharla is Canadian, and this is where Alberto proposed to her! After that, it was off to the Washington Firehouse for a lovely evening of dinner and dancing. It really was a wonderful day and I'm so glad I got to document it! Now on to the pictures...

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Ceremony location: DC Courthouse
Portraits location: National Gallery of Art
Reception location: Washington Firehouse

Featured Wedding Album

Noe Todorovich

Living in such a digital age, the majority of images we see are on computers, phones, or some other technology. Maybe it's because I miss watching images slowly appear on exposed photo paper in the darkroom. Or maybe it's because I want to know an image is more than just a fleeting moment in the constant sensory overload. But there's just something so exciting and special about seeing images printed in a tangible form. 

This week I received wedding albums that I ordered for a client, and it felt a little bit like Christmas when I opened up the package. There are several companies that offer photo albums, but not all are created equal. That's why I love working with RedTree Albums. The quality of their work is unparalleled, and each album is custom-made and built to last. 

Choose from fine Japanese silk fabrics or natural linens. Pistachio and almond are shown here.

Choose from fine Japanese silk fabrics or natural linens. Pistachio and almond are shown here.

Additional cover styles and further customizations are available as well.

Additional cover styles and further customizations are available as well.

Thick pages mean durability as you look over memories from your special day time and time again.

Thick pages mean durability as you look over memories from your special day time and time again.

Fuji crystal archive paper ensures your images keep their color and sharpness over time.

Fuji crystal archive paper ensures your images keep their color and sharpness over time.

I LOVE the lay-flat binding and micro-fold page crease that allows for full page spreads without having to worry about the fold interrupting the design. 

I LOVE the lay-flat binding and micro-fold page crease that allows for full page spreads without having to worry about the fold interrupting the design. 

I was thrilled with how these came out and can't wait to work with RedTree Albums again! 

Film: Philly + DC + Wedding

Noe Todorovich

When I first got back into film photography, I would fly through a roll, eager to see the results and seeing enough potential images that I wanted to create. Now, it's starting to take a little longer to work my way through, as I think about the probable result of each shot and then think "Do I REALLY want to take this photo?" 

I couldn't remember when I loaded the latest roll of 120mm film into the Seagull twin lens reflex camera. I couldn't even remember what film it was, honestly. I seemed to remember it being B&W and maybe ISO 200 so I metered accordingly. I wasn't too far off when I unloaded the exposed roll yesterday to find it was expired Ilford FP4 (ISO 125). So no real push processing required, but as you see below the result of shooting both indoors in low light and outside in ample light resulted in varying tones and contrast. I love it. I love that film can surprise you with the results. And that you have to wait to see those results (although let's be real, I have tried to look at the viewfinder to see what I've gotten from time to time). 

It turns out this roll was started in Philadelphia back in September. The camera actually went back to Philly with me on this last trip in March and then concluded here in DC at the wedding of two of my favorite people ever: Jim Darling & Amy Martin. I think between that wedding's jackpot of sweet moments at an incredible venue (Josephine Butler Parks Center) and my slowing down with this roll, I actually got results that I like as a whole...the entire roll. That doesn't happen too often.

I am also glad that I decided to bring along the Seagull to the wedding. I have been wanting to incorporate film photography into wedding photography and know of some photographers who either do a hybrid approach or even shoot the entire wedding just using film! I attended Jim & Amy's wedding as a guest, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity. Plus, Jim is an amazing photographer and dear friend, so I figured he might appreciate the film photos as well. :) 

Jill and Eric's Northern California Wedding

Noe Todorovich

I still remember the first time I met Jill. It was just before sophomore year in college started, and all the desk receptionists and resident assistants gathered for training, mixed in with some socializing, of course. One of the socializing staples was the group outing to the Jelly Belly Factory where you tour the factory learning how the jelly beans are made, see giant portraits of famous people made entirely of jelly beans and, of course, exit through the gift shop. Somewhere along the way I met Jill, and we decided to share a bag of sour Jelly Bellys, which I gladly purchased. Later that day, Jill found me in the dorm to make sure she paid me back. And I just knew that she was good people and we were going to be friends.

One bag of Jelly Bellys and about ten years later, I was thrilled to fly back to California to document her wedding day. I got to pass through our old stomping grounds of Napa Valley and St. Helena (most importantly, stopping by Giugni's for a BBQ beef sandwich, of course!). I got to see the beautiful Redwoods of Northern California. I got to see Jill and Eric's family and friends all chip in to pull together an impressive wedding, from designing the floral arrangements to building the altar to cooking all of the food and all of the handmade details between. Most importantly, I got to see Jill enjoy every moment of the wedding day and marrying the man she loves. 

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Wishing you all the best, Jill & Eric!

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Shout out to all of Jill and Eric's friends and family who helped make sure everything came together. And special thanks to Milli Mike for all her help with pictures and for being my voice when I almost had none. (I hope I never lose my voice when shooting a wedding ever again!)

On photographing a friend's wedding

Noe Todorovich

Last year, I heard a rumor that one of my dearest friends got engaged. So when I got a call from her with some news, I had a feeling I knew what it was about. Even so, it did not make me any less excited, and I was honored when she asked me to be a bridesmaid. 

We talked about how happy she was and some plans for the wedding. I asked if she had a photographer, as she lives in a part of Northern California that is very rural. I wasn't sure what the market was like out there in the land of Redwoods. I mean, she built a cabin. Yeah, that's right. She's a badass...and also an incredible sweetheart.

She did have a photographer duo in mind and liked their work, but also loved mine as well but didn't want to pressure me into photographing her wedding. She really wanted me to be there and to be part of the day. So we talked a bit about having a friend shoot your wedding and how it depends on the couple, the photographer and some other factors. But for the most part, I actually love to photograph a friend's wedding. I just wanted to be sure I was involved in her wedding the way she wanted me to be. So I sent along my website and information for her to share with her fiancé and think it over. 

And the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to photograph her wedding. I wanted to commemorate all the moments of the day. I wanted to provide her with photographs that I created and that she can treasure for the rest of her life. I would be happy to be a bridesmaid as well, but my true desire was to be her photographer.

It turns out we were on the same page, and she told me that she would love for me to photograph the wedding...under one condition: that she still gets to spend time with me over the wedding weekend. Sold and SOLD! I reassured her that would be no problem at all. The photographer often actually gets to be with the couple more than anyone else. From getting ready through the last dance and including portraits of just the couple, your photographer is with you (or where you want them to be). ALL. DAY. And it's an honor and a pleasure, especially with that extra connection in cases like these. 

So I'm off to California this week for one of my bests friend's weddings. And I couldn't be more excited. Stay tuned for pictures soon! 

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite pictures from previous weddings of dear friends of mine...  I think back fondly on these memories and the opportunity I had to share in their big day as both photographer and friend. I know, I'm cheesy. :)

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