The Picones by Amanda Powell

I give you Ashley and Rico, two friends of ours who live in Washington.

Rico, a philosophical scientist, a deep thinker and professor.

Ashley, thorough and thoughtful, a coffee enthusiast who notices the little things.

They form quite the pair. They're fun and affectionate. They listen AND bring something of value to the conversation.

While I know this is starting to sound like some weird personal couple's ad, it's not. These folks are just so great. Really. We hit it off with them a few years ago during another Washington trip, and we've been good friends since. They are two special people, both to each other, and us. 

Matt & Emily Engaged by Amanda Powell


Two people brought together completely unexpectedly at a party. Neither one is looking for the other. An attachment is formed naturally, and a friendship grows into something more.

If you watch Matt & Emily for any period of time, you can tell just how much they mean to each other. He cares deeply for her, and she for him. There's a tender sincerity, between them, but also an air of ease. They function together well. It's the kind of foundation forever should be built upon.

The perfect backdrop for this engagement session was a church- the church where Matt's paternal grandmother worked as a seamstress her entire life. Then, the church's garden, where her ashes were scattered when she passed. Afterwards, the downtown area, only streets away from where Matt grew up.

Next May, these two will wed in another sentimental place: the backyard of Emily's childhood home.  I get the privilege of photographing this beautiful moment.

In life, you truly do find those things, those special and rich things, when you aren't looking.