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As a prior English teacher, I love telling each of my couple's love story. Each story is unique and in a culmination of love and a little planning, the wedding day brings that love to life in front of family and friends. As a lover of heirlooms and legacies, it's a joy to be alongside each of my couples as they create memories that will last forever for their children and grandchildren!

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This one’s a special one. Saige is Caleb’s sister and she and her boyfriend, Pat, just recently graduated from the Naval Academy. It has always been my dream to shoot “on the yard,” so I asked if she and Pat would be willing to model for me.

Saige & Patrick | Sunrise Couples Session at the United States Naval Academy | Annapolis, Maryland

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August 18, 2022

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Every maternity session is special because the couple typically nervous with anticipation and excitement of what is to come, especially when it’s their first child. But this maternity session was EXTRA special because that guy there is one of Caleb’s best friends from high school.

James & Erin | Expecting | Spring Maternity Session at James Madison’s Montpelier

May 14, 2021

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Emily and Jake have basically become family at this point. Through a bridal show, an engagement session, two COVID postponements (July is OFFICIALLY the date!) and coincidentally Emily’s mom works at our financial advisor’s office and handles all the things for us…well, they’re just our people. This is the second sunrise session they have let […]

Emily & Jake | Trendy Spring Sunrise Session | Historic Downtown Wilmington Rooftop

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April 7, 2021

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This adventurous couple braved the beach at sunrise then explored through the romantic Airlie Gardens for their eastern North Carolina engagement session.

Stephanie & Jeff | Wrightsville Beach & Airlie Gardens Engagement Session

March 31, 2021

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It’s a funny story how Joan and I found each other. Back when we lived in North Carolina, I was friends with her sister-in-law…before she was her sister-in-law! Joan is a twin, and Courtney, my friend, married her twin brother, Jake. Jake and Courtney got married in October 2018, right when I was due with […]

Joan & Brad | Sunrise Winter Monument Engagement | Washington, D.C.

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March 24, 2021

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Annapolis holds a special place in our hearts here at the Haney household. With the fourth family member attending USNA currently a second class (or junior in civilian words), we have spent a lot of time there over the years. So when Hannah and Will mentioned wanting to do their engagement session in Annapolis, naturally […]

Hannah & Will | Engaged | Downtown Annapolis Fall Engagement

March 3, 2021

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Talk about a blast from the past! I met Garrett over 10 years ago during our freshman year of college. When Madison contacted me though, it took me a second to put the pieces together! I’m so thankful we reconnected and were able to get some sweet portraits of them and their pup at Manassas Battlefield!

Madison & Garrett | Fall Golden Hour Couples Session | Manassas Battlefield

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November 10, 2020

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Hannah and Seth finally got their iconic Lincoln Memorial engagement session! But it was not without its obstacles. These two are so sweet and trusted me wholeheartedly despite having large audio and lighting equipment all across the Reflecting Pool area.

Hannah & Seth | Engaged | Lincoln Memorial Sunrise Engagement | Washington, D.C.

October 7, 2020

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Ashtin & Josh celebrated a “half anniversary” by getting a few more portraits in their wedding attire. It was a lowkey way to be able to celebrate their love all over again, as we explored the Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden in Arlington!

Ashtin & Josh | Anniversary Portraits | Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden | Arlington, Virginia

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September 30, 2020

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Catie & Elliott get sweeter every time I photograph them! Their first anniversary session at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens was so much fun with a champagne picnic and wandering amongst the flowers!

Catie & Elliott | One-Year Anniversary | Meadowlark Botanical Gardens | Vienna, Virginia

September 23, 2020