I hate (hate) being photographed - it's why I started the profile series and haven't done a post that involves an #OOTD since 2015. But my good friend Alina (who's wildly talented behind the lens) has been begging to do a shoot with me for over a year. I've declined more times than I can count, but when she came down from New York for a weekend she forced my hand and dragged me to Dumbarton Oaks tucked away in Georgetown.
The Dumbarton Oaks estate is beautiful - particularly in the spring when the gardens are in full bloom. I first went a couple of years ago in the fall and have been going back ever since whenever I need an escape to just walk, think, and decompress.
Alina did a beautiful job from the shots to the edits and I'm not just saying that because she's a good friend. She understood my "look," tailored the shoot to compliment the setting, and made the experience something that I (begrudgingly) enjoyed. I think I'll still stay (far) away from the camera, but perhaps I'll share a few more of these shoots throughout 2017.
Below is a collection of my favorite snaps by Alina. If you live in NYC and are looking for a fun (down-to-earth) photographer, you should look her up and reach out. She's awesome.