Barbarah Perttula Photography

Barbarah Perttula Photography I BELIEVE IN WILD LOVE THAT COMMITS TO FOREVER! YOUR WEDDING DAY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A DAY, IT’S A LIFETIME OF DREAMS COMING TOGETHER. WHEN YOU BOOK WITH ME, I CREATE TAILOR-MADE EXPERIENCES ENSURING YOUR DREAMS BECOME AN UNFORGETTABLE REALITY.
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Wedding and portrait photography for the wildly in love!

Wedding and portrait photography for the wildly in love!

Wedding and portrait photography for the wildly in love!

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it’s finally Corinne and Jeff’s wedding day, lots of ups and downs later. couldn’t be more pumped to celebrate with a co...
09/19/2020

it’s finally Corinne and Jeff’s wedding day, lots of ups and downs later. couldn’t be more pumped to celebrate with a couple so deserving of an incredible wedding day! 🖤

gearing up for a wedding this weekend and a fun DC engagement session on Sunday! so excited to celebrate and hang with t...
09/18/2020

gearing up for a wedding this weekend and a fun DC engagement session on Sunday! so excited to celebrate and hang with these couples! happy Friday love birds!

I never got to do my dream maternity shoot. If you know our story, then you remember Lincoln was born 2 months premature...
09/17/2020

I never got to do my dream maternity shoot. If you know our story, then you remember Lincoln was born 2 months premature. So when MJ reaches out to me to document her pregnancy I jumped at the chance. Then we had to reschedule due to the rainy weather from the last couple of weeks. But once she started to be in more in pain and was concerned her baby might arrive earlier than expected, we quickly made this shoot happen and I’m so glad we did because now they’ll have these moments forever for themselves and their new little guy coming soon!

Cheyenne + Andrew’s wedding day from a week and half ago. On that day she gave him a letter she wrote to him 5 years ago...
09/16/2020

Cheyenne + Andrew’s wedding day from a week and half ago. On that day she gave him a letter she wrote to him 5 years ago, I love when love is intentional like that. 🤍

WEDDING DAY! so glad we made it to this day for their wedding, let’s do it!
09/06/2020

WEDDING DAY! so glad we made it to this day for their wedding, let’s do it!

some Friday puppy love from this sweet bride and her maids! gearing up for two beautiful weddings this weekend in Virgin...
09/04/2020

some Friday puppy love from this sweet bride and her maids! gearing up for two beautiful weddings this weekend in Virginia! can’t wait to celebrate with these two couples!

some favorites from Angela and Joel’s wedding day from Saturday. I have so enjoyed documenting these two, their love is ...
08/31/2020

some favorites from Angela and Joel’s wedding day from Saturday. I have so enjoyed documenting these two, their love is electric!

the fluid movements of these two 😍 HAPPY WEDDING DAY lovebirds!-*** #weddingphotographer#barbarahperttulaphotography #in...
08/29/2020

the fluid movements of these two 😍 HAPPY WEDDING DAY lovebirds!
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summer nights ✨ can’t wait to see these two again soon on their wedding day ☺️ @ Fredericksburg, Virginia
08/25/2020

summer nights ✨ can’t wait to see these two again soon on their wedding day ☺️ @ Fredericksburg, Virginia

Parents to be on their wedding day in the prettiest light in Shenandoah ✨---*** #weddingphotographer#barbarahperttulapho...
08/25/2020

Parents to be on their wedding day in the prettiest light in Shenandoah ✨
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Two weeks prior to their micro wedding, Rachel reached out to me to photograph her and Tim’s wedding. Sadly, I was alrea...
08/23/2020

Two weeks prior to their micro wedding, Rachel reached out to me to photograph her and Tim’s wedding. Sadly, I was already booked to shoot another wedding on the same date but seeing that their date was fast approaching I was able to arrange for an associate photographer to document their wedding - while I handled everything else from contract, finances, communication, and editing. I’m booked for 2020 so I’ve had to turn away lots of inquiring couples lately, which breaks my heart. but I’m so happy that I can still offer help and serve couples in different ways, and it ends up being the best of both worlds! I’m so happy it worked out for these two and now they have beautiful images they love from their wedding day!
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shot by associate photographer: the talented @lexitruesdalephotos @ Historic London Town and Gardens

Taylor and Mike’s sneak peeks from Friday! SWIPE for the end of the night glow stick exit!-CRAZY STORY - like many coupl...
08/18/2020

Taylor and Mike’s sneak peeks from Friday! SWIPE for the end of the night glow stick exit!
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CRAZY STORY - like many couples, Taylor and mike had to reschedule their Spring wedding. But then, 7 days out from their new wedding date, Baltimore City sent out an executive order that only allowed 25 guests at their wedding venue. So close to the wedding day and with 70+ guests coming to town to celebrate their wedding so they moved the wedding to a whole new location. Just when things couldn’t get any crazier...FIVE days before their wedding an update to the Baltimore City’s executive order changed their plans back to their original venue, @mtwashingtonmilldyehouse.
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I think everyone breathed a sigh of relief when after they were pronounced husband and wife, after all that not even the rain could ruin their mood! Congrats love birds - you did it! @ Mt. Washington Mill Dye House

WEDDING #2 today and it’s their day, finally! Let’s goooo!!-I’ll be with Josh and Lauren today while @lexitruesdalephoto...
08/15/2020

WEDDING #2 today and it’s their day, finally! Let’s goooo!!
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I’ll be with Josh and Lauren today while @lexitruesdalephotos is with Rachel and Tim today to document their wedding as my associate! Just tryna get all our couples married, pandemic and all because we still have so much to be thankful for and to celebrate!

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We’ve got three weddings this weekend! First up is Taylor in Mike who finally get to tie the knot today after having to ...
08/14/2020

We’ve got three weddings this weekend! First up is Taylor in Mike who finally get to tie the knot today after having to schedule their wedding from the spring to now. COVID-19 even tried to interfere with their wedding plans just within the last few days 😅 that’s a story for later, but for now help me celebrate them. #loveisnotcancelled

this series is getting A LOT of love over on @loveandwildhearts so I thought I’d share a few more from this set! after T...
08/12/2020

this series is getting A LOT of love over on @loveandwildhearts so I thought I’d share a few more from this set! after Tulum, an outdoor shower is definitely in my future! I hope @matiasperttula sees this post *hint hint* but to be sure please tag him in the comments, spam away! 😆

THIS ONE’S FOR THE GROOMS out here keeping it fresh! 🔥-can we just take a second to appreciate Colby and his groom’s att...
08/12/2020

THIS ONE’S FOR THE GROOMS out here keeping it fresh! 🔥
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can we just take a second to appreciate Colby and his groom’s attire!?! GROOMS this is for you - you don’t need to wear the groom’s traditional fit on your wedding day. you love a fresh look? just go for it! you won’t regret looking and feeling your best on your big day! clap 👏🏾 if you agree!

the winner to my Mother’s Day portrait giveaway from a few months ago was this sweet mama. these frames make me happy - ...
08/10/2020

the winner to my Mother’s Day portrait giveaway from a few months ago was this sweet mama. these frames make me happy - how contagious are their smiles!! @ Miami, Florida

when we first moved to DC I was in school for my Master’s degree, interning on Capitol Hill, and working as a manager at...
08/08/2020

when we first moved to DC I was in school for my Master’s degree, interning on Capitol Hill, and working as a manager at Salt and Sundry. with all this on my plate, I was still pursuing photography as a career - as is common practice when you move a business to a new place I worked really hard to start establishing myself in my new location. One of the ways I did this was offering free shoots to couples I knew or found on Instagram. I remember finding these two on Instagram and asking them to model for me for a couple’s shoot on the Potomac River - Shanae quickly said yes and was so excited for our shoot and wow did they kill it! after that shoot I couldn’t stop smiling! It was creative, fun, and so rejuvenating! It was one of the moments that solidified my decision to pursue this full time.
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Two years later and they’ve now just moved from the area, but before they left Shanae asked me for a quick sunrise classic DC shoot to commemorate their time here and these are what we captured. Without photography I probably would have never met them and known them as friends - it’s an honor really. Let’s just say I gained more than just photos to build my portfolio. Just another reason I love what I do. Keep swiping for a couple of shots of our first shoot together! —> @ Washington D.C.

FEATURED ✨ so excited to finally share that this fun Indie Rock Elopement has been picked up by @storybrdwedding! So bea...
08/07/2020

FEATURED ✨ so excited to finally share that this fun Indie Rock Elopement has been picked up by @storybrdwedding! So beautifully executed by a team of talented vendors! Tap to get to know them!

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photography and planning: me
planning + styling: @jadejoyevents
hair: @gobygeohaghan
MUA: @sarahcartermakeup
gown: @barbarakavchokbridal
bridal salon: @soliloquybridal
rings: @rhodesweddingco
stationery: @ashleypurser @purserweddings
deserts: @cakesbymarium
tableware: @prettylittleweddingco
rentals: @localwoodeventrentals
florals: @wanderandwhimsyfloral
models: @hebe_bebe_ @erqxe
venue: @1781brewingco @ 1781 Brewing Company

Fredericksburg at sunset with they cuties was full of laughs, running and laying around in the dirt, and getting lost in...
08/06/2020

Fredericksburg at sunset with they cuties was full of laughs, running and laying around in the dirt, and getting lost in all of it! Virginia you so pretty!
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WHAT A DAY! 😅-I’ve been buried in emails and phone calls for most of the afternoon, and it was exactly what I needed to ...
08/04/2020

WHAT A DAY! 😅
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I’ve been buried in emails and phone calls for most of the afternoon, and it was exactly what I needed to finally start looking for a virtual assistant - which I’ve known I’ve needed for a while! It’s such a great place to be in my business to take that next step, so I’m grateful. I’m excited for the possibility of building a team that can maximize how I serve my couples! So if you know of an amazing virtual assistant, please send them my way!
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planner - @_indieandivory
venue - @focalpoint.space
invites - @linenandpoppi @ Richmond, Virginia

WELL 😆😆😆-so my friends completely blew my mind tonight with a surprise dinner and wine tasting and it was seriously so a...
07/26/2020

WELL 😆😆😆
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so my friends completely blew my mind tonight with a surprise dinner and wine tasting and it was seriously so amazing! then they dared me to post a pic of me on here (my photography account) because they said you guys need to know/see in my environment — which is basically chilling with my people over wine and a charcuterie board and taking an endless of bad iPhone photos haha 😂.
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blessed to have the people in my life I’ve prayed for! so grateful for the gifts delivered to our apartment, the text messages, the DMs, the calls, etc...celebrating my day of birth has become more about celebrating the people I get to share life with! cheers to #27 a day late. @ Bluemont Vineyard

it’s my BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! ✨-I’m trying to take this weekend off (except for a milk bath maternity shoot I’m so pumped to...
07/25/2020

it’s my BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! ✨
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I’m trying to take this weekend off (except for a milk bath maternity shoot I’m so pumped to be documenting for one of my friends). I need some time to decompress from the last few weeks of hustling and to relax my mind for the next couple of days so I can come back strong and full of energy and vision for you guys! talk soon 😘 @ Shenandoah National Park

SHENANDOAH ELOPEMENT ✨-this scene happened right after coming down the mountain after these two parent-to-bes got hitche...
07/23/2020

SHENANDOAH ELOPEMENT ✨
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this scene happened right after coming down the mountain after these two parent-to-bes got hitched! Running in a big meadow at sunset post “I-dos” is just the kind of thing you need to seal the deal on forever!
@ Shenandoah National Park

we woke up at the crack of dawn to hike up to this beautiful spot in Shenandoah, where I witnessed these two vow their h...
07/22/2020

we woke up at the crack of dawn to hike up to this beautiful spot in Shenandoah, where I witnessed these two vow their hearts to each other as the sun was rising!
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I was really touched by their thoughtfulness, knowing how much I love brownies and plants, they surprised me with exactly those two things! How sweet! @ Shenandoah National Park

sharing scenes from Part II of our portfolio building content day from last week. the more I photograph the more I disco...
07/20/2020

sharing scenes from Part II of our portfolio building content day from last week. the more I photograph the more I discover what moves me artistically. I love these images because of the soulful and fluid movements they represent. I was also inspired by this gown designed by a local designer @barbarakavchokbridal. dreaming of more scenes I’d love to create in the future, but for now I’m just admiring what we were able to create this past week!
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Host: me
Planner: @_indieandivory
Model: @night_and_dana
HMUA: @makeupbysac
Gown & Designer: @barbarakavchokbridal
Bridal Shop: @soliloquybridal @ Richmond, Virginia

last week, the culmination of weeks of hard work came together in portfolio building day I got to host for other photogr...
07/19/2020

last week, the culmination of weeks of hard work came together in portfolio building day I got to host for other photographers and wedding industry vendors.
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sharing the first set from my shots, I’m so pleased with how it all came together. it’s been so great seeing all the images from other attendees roll in and even better than that is hearing how much they needed a day like this to create and leave inspired to work on their businesses.
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I couldn’t have done it without this dream vendor team!

Styled Shoot Host: @barbarahperttulaphotography
Planner + Stylist: @_indieandivory
Venue: @focalpoint.space
Gowns: @barbarakavchokbridal
Bridal Boutique:@soliloquybridal
Florist: @wanderandwhimsyfloral
Rings: @rhodesweddingco
Invitations: @linenandpoppi
HMUA: @makeupbysac
Rentals: @rentequipva
Models (couple): @doctor.diva @cmkus
Model: @night _and_dana @ Richmond, Virginia

the layers of mountains, fog, and valley in this first photo had me in awe! during our consultation call over FaceTime, ...
07/15/2020

the layers of mountains, fog, and valley in this first photo had me in awe! during our consultation call over FaceTime, I clicked with Ashley and Matt instantly! I remember Matias saying after our call ended, “those two, they’re your kind of couple!” pretty much meaning: if we laugh a lot and can laugh with and at each other, if you can stand/walk on a cliff barefoot and don’t mind your feet getting dirty, if you can embrace strong winds on the mountain top and breathe it in and the moment you’re experiencing, if you care more about having an experience than xyz ...these are just a few things that describe what ideal means to me!
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This past weekend getting to meet and document the kindest souls was so ideal! I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the people I’ve gotten to connect with and know on such a deep level over the past two years of making this dream job of mine a reality! cheers to all of you and the piece of you and your stories that still stay with me!

Corinne and Jeff’s engagement session was straight up🔥! Can’t wait to share more faves from their story! @ Great Falls P...
07/14/2020

Corinne and Jeff’s engagement session was straight up🔥! Can’t wait to share more faves from their story! @ Great Falls Park

HAPPY FRIDAY! 💫-It’s a crazy fun ahead for me: three sessions and an overnight stay at Shenandoah for a sunrise elopemen...
07/10/2020

HAPPY FRIDAY! 💫
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It’s a crazy fun ahead for me: three sessions and an overnight stay at Shenandoah for a sunrise elopement! Also been working hard with some of my favorite vendors to put the finishing touches on a styled shootout coming next week for photographers to participate in. it’s been hectic, June and July went from 0 to 100 real quick! but I wouldn’t want it any other way!
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I’ve been picking up more boudoir and maternity sessions lately and it’s awakened a new sense of creativity in me. boudo...
07/08/2020

I’ve been picking up more boudoir and maternity sessions lately and it’s awakened a new sense of creativity in me. boudoir sessions to me are like a poetic collaboration, and I’m finding a bit sensuality in maternity that I did not notice before. it’s delicately dancing the line between documentary and editorial-style imagery. excited to keep exploring this side of documenting that is as real and raw as it is for me with documenting couples. @ Golden, British Columbia

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Most days you can find me in yoga pants snuggling on the couch next to my husbabe, Matias, and our little babe, Lincoln, trying not to binge watch Netflix shows and dreaming of our next travel adventure. I am a wedding photographer, a plant lady, a brownie and food enthusiast, and a woman who always has her bags packed for the next adventrure. Our life here is short, so I believe in making it count, keeping it real, and always finding reasons to connect to people. I love snowboarding, creating a cozy home atmosphere, and gathering people over for a meal at my table.

My photography style is raw, real, and authentic. I will do anything to capture those candid moments between two people who are wildly crazy about each other. To me, the most important part of a wedding day is the beginning of a lifelong commitment between two people. And that’s what YOU need to be focused on! I will do whatever it takes to help make things run smoothly and light. Years from now, I want you to look at your wedding photos and and feel the love, laughter, and bliss all over again.

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