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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 family is so special to me! Kassie and I became friends once we both moved to Quantico as Marine Corps spouses and she has been my business confidant ever since. The story of how we told one another that we were pregnant is pretty funny…

O’Driscoll Family | Expecting | Summer Secret Garden Oatlands Family Maternity Session

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August 5, 2020

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Nicole and Eric have very busy schedules…naturally, considering he is a neonatologist and she is a social worker that works with mothers and families of premature babies. Scheduling their engagement session was difficult due to COVID-19 restrictions and the threat of rain, but we made it happen just in the nick of time, and it was SO worth it!

Nicole & Eric | Rainy Day Carlyle House Engagement | Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

July 29, 2020

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Katlin and Chris deserved this engagement session. After everything was seemingly stacked against them (rescheduling from COVID-19, to their original venue cancelling on us last minute, to delays in dresses arriving, and rain on the day of their engagement session…), the rain cleared, clouds parted, and oh man, did the sun come to play!

Katlin & Chris | Engaged | Summer Golden Hour Historic Tuckahoe Engagement | Richmond, Virginia

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July 22, 2020

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Samantha and Anthony were rock stars at sunrise on what threatened to be a rainy morning. Instead, we celebrated their love Old Town Alexandria style, walking down side streets and reminiscing on their engagement story!

Samantha & Anthony | Sunrise Engagement in Old Town Alexandria | Alexandria, Virginia

July 1, 2020

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Although Lauren and Kenny were originally supposed to get the iconic Washington, D.C. cherry blossom session, they were so easy-going when I suggested doing their session in a Walgreens parking lot due to COVID-19 and all the restrictions placed on the nation’s capital!

Lauren & Kenny | Sunrise Cherry Blossom Anniversary Session | Walgreens in Lake Ridge, Virginia

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April 14, 2020

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During a short excursion down to South Carolina, my friend and I had the opportunity to photograph a beautiful bridal session in the streets of Downtown Charleston. We visited Rainbow Row, the Pineapple Fountain, and the Battery before venturing off to some side streets to grab a few creative shots!

Downtown Charleston Bridal Session | Rainbow Row, Pineapple Fountain, & The Battery

April 7, 2020

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Heather…Zach…Charleston…Rainbow Row…put these together, and you get a photographer’s DREAM! More of their true love and anniversary session on the blog!

Heather & Zach | Sunset Anniversary Session in Downtown Charleston | Rainbow Row

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March 25, 2020

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Samantha, owner of Styled for Elegance, decided to get in front of the camera with her husband, Alex (can you believe I have known him since we were in elementary school?!), this past fall season with a sunrise hike to Great Falls! It made for a beautiful portrait backdrop!

Samantha & Alex | Sunrise Couples Session at Great Falls Park | Montgomery County, Maryland

February 26, 2020

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These two are so special to me. Kayleigh and John are the first couple that really took a chance on me as a photographer. Not only have I grown in my skill as a photographer since their first session, but our friendship has grown as well!

Kayleigh & John | Golden Hour Couples Session at Northeast Creek Park | Jacksonville, North Carolina

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February 20, 2020

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It is almost impossible to determine the top ten images from 2019…but it is possible to find images that encapsulate the top ten lessons that I have learned in 2019.

2019: A Year in Review

December 30, 2019