This weekend’s blizzard packed a punch, but it couldn't keep one couple from celebrating their engagement in the capital region.
"When your clients are just as crazy as you are, they defy the blizzard warnings and show up for a shoot while it’s actually snowing," Washington-based photographer Dotun Ayodeji wrote on Instagram Saturday.
Felicia Sam and David Nartey, of Baltimore, braved the elements Friday afternoon to take their engagement photos in Fort Meade, Maryland, amid driving snow and blustery winds.
Sam said she texted Ayodeji after checking the weather Thursday night. They agreed the shoot would continue as planned despite the ominous forecast.
They headed to Fort Meade Friday afternoon and hoped to finish quickly before the storm set in. Its early arrival caught them off guard.
"We were exhausted as the winds and frigid temps came down on us like a ton of bricks but we made the shoot work," Ayodeji wrote in an Instagram post. "Kudos to my awesome clients!"
Sam said cold was an "understatement" but the excitement of the moment made it bearable.
"You're having fun so you’re cold but you’re not concentrated on it," she explained.
They endured, and the result was a set of enchanting images that have won the praise of people around the country.
"I'm really overwhelmed. I don’t have any other words. That’s all I can say. It’s getting crazy," Sam said of the attention her photos have garnered. "I cannot believe it. It's like I’m dreaming."
The couple — a pharmacist and nurse who met while attending Johns Hopkins University — are set to marry this year.