Laura + Eric | Shenandoah National Park - Skyland Virginia Rainy, Foggy Wedding Day

When I first met Laura and Eric in a coffee shop back in June, they told me they planned to hike to their venue on the Appalachian Trail in the week leading up to their wedding day. Swapping out the hectic feelings of the lead up to a wedding by backpacking through Shenandoah National Park in Virginia felt so perfect for this adventurous duo.

Nestled along Skyline Drive, Laura and Eric chose Skyland Resort for their intimate Virginia wedding to share the overlooks and beautiful vistas with their families. But on the big day, Mother Nature had other plans. Skyline Drive was cloaked in some of the thickest fog I’ve ever experienced.

Fortunately, our adventurous couple was more than ready for the moment. That thick fog that blocked the beautiful views instead became the stunning backdrop for some absolutely stunning etherial portraits, where bride and groom hiked right back to the trail, dress and suit and all. It was a privilege to capture some of this foggy forest MAGIC for Laura and Eric to treasure forever. Thank you for letting me capture your beautiful wedding day.

Michelle + Alex | Washington, DC In-Home Engagement Photographer

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I am beyond excited to share Michelle and Alex’s engagement with you, because I just love these two so much.  Michelle and Alex are two of my most hip, stylish, cool, and fun friends. When they reached out about an engagement session, I am pretty sure I screamed.

 

They wanted to do something meaningful and unique to their relationship, so we planned a multi-part engagement photo session to capture the essence of their relationship.

 

We started off with an in-home lifestyle engagement photo shoot with their four adorable cats. I like to help couples feel “at home” so we often start with an activity to help everyone get comfortable. I had Michelle and Alex make each other a drink, turn on some music, and asked them questions about their love story!


We then took things outside and played in the alley before hopping on their motorcycle to head out to Edwards’ Ferry. You read that correctly. Their MOTORCYCLE. I told you they were cool! On our way out to Edwards’ Ferry things started to look gloomy, like the sky was about to dump a bunch of water on us. I asked them to pull over and shoot on a random roadway and then the sky opened up. They were such great sports about it!  


I love how these shots feel like stills from a movie. The rain, the moto, their home all felt so cinematic - like snippets from their indie film love story.


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xoxo,

Megan

Kamrette Lyra Backpack Camera Bag | Real Photographer Review

After I bought my camera and a couple of lenses, I was looking for a stylish, non-clunky way to carry around my gear and keep it safe (I may or may not have been carrying it in my purse…). I looked at so many camera bags that seemed either too technical, masculine, or not my style. When my friend Karis brought her Kamrette Lyra backpack to a workshop back in March, it was love at first sight.

Look/Materials

I’ve received so many complements on this backpack – and not just from photographers. Seriously, random people on the street passing by or standing in line behind me have complemented the look of this bag! It’s a very soft vegan leather that looks and feels high-end. The color is consistent, the metals are high-quality, the texture is really nice, and overall it honestly just looks great.

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Camera Compartment

The main compartment holds a considerable amount of camera gear. Kamrette’s website states that the max lens size the Lyra Camera Bag holds is 8 inches, and holds an average of 3-4 lenses + a camera body. I’ve comfortably fit my two (2) full-frame Nikon D750 camera bodies, and all four of my lenses. Like you’d expect from any camera bag, it’s got removable, adjustable Velcro inserts to customize for your gear.

Laptop Compartment

The Lyra’s laptop compartment has a padded laptop sleeve with extra space for documents, or in my case, a 5-in-1 reflector. My 13-inch MacBook Pro fits with absolutely no problem.

Details

All of the pockets!

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Functionality

The functionality of the Kamrette Lyra backpack makes it worth the $189 price tag. I’m on-the-go, constantly traveling, and I love that even after 5 months of nearly constant adventures, travel, and weddings, its got no visible wear. The bag easily slips onto a suitcase for travel, which is so convenient when your back needs a break!

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The Lyra backpack holds SO. MUCH. GEAR.

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Even when it’s fully loaded, it’s comfortable to wear for quite a while.

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Downsides

I shoot primarily with prime (fixed length) lenses, which means when I’m working with one camera body, I’m changing lenses somewhat frequently. It’s not that convenient to have your gear tied up in a backpack if you’re wanting to change lenses all the time. You’ve got to take the bag off, set it down somewhere flat, and unzip, change lens, etc. etc. It also makes me nervous to leave it on the ground unzipped, in fear that somewhat might unknowingly grab the handle and have everything come tumbling out.

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Now that I shoot with two camera bodies simultaneously, I’m changing lenses less, and can wear the backpack over top of my cameras if needed.

My last fear is about it stretching over time. The leather is so soft that I fear my constant stuffing it to the brim will eventually cause it to stretch out. Only time will tell!

Overall

Girl. If you’re looking for a new camera backpack… just do it, you’ll love it!