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It’s been just under a week now since I returned from my third trip to Hawaii, which means I’m doing pretty well getting my vacation photos both edited AND blogged within a week of coming home! Just before my second trip to Hawaii I was so worried that it wouldn’t be as fun to go back. I thought that in some weird way, it might lose some of it’s magic the second time around. Now, after my third visit, I can honestly say that it’s still as spectacular as the very first time I stepped off a 10 hour flight to begin my visit.

Sometimes when I hear people say they don’t really like Oahu that much I think, “Well, you must not have tried that hard”.  I have had such a great experience every time I’ve visited. All of the islands are pretty magical, but I think Oahu is really special because it has a little something for everyone. It’s got history, fun tourist attractions, breathtaking views, and lots of fun little things to discover off the beaten path. I love it so much and I’ll be holding these memories close to my heart and pretending I’m sitting on top of a mountain again, looking peacefully off into the Pacific ocean, especially during this cold East Coast winter!!


Charlottesville Engagement Photos | Sarah + Chris

Sometimes the writing part of a blog post is the most difficult part for me because it’s hard to narrow down my thoughts and feelings about a couple to just a few short paragraphs! This post is definitely one of those since Sarah and Chris are one of my all time favorite couples! I’ve known them both now for a couple of years and becoming their wedding + engagement photographer was a true highlight of my 2017. And, although it can be somewhat intimidating sometimes to photograph wedding photographers, it’s usually a ton of fun because they’re always up for anything!! Meeting Sarah and Chris for their engagement session at Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville was even more fun since they’re friends of ours.

We were treated to a beautiful late October evening for their session…the leaves hadn’t quite started turning yet (what’s up with them turning later and later??), but the light was absolutely beautiful! Enjoy a few of my favorites and afterward, head over to check out their wedding at Sierra Vista if you’re interested!


A Thanksgiving Thank You

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged much here besides just sharing our awesome clients and their weddings and engagement sessions, but I couldn’t let Thanksgiving go by without saying a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s supported my business over the past year. It’s so crazy to me that I just completed my SEVENTH wedding season as a photographer! It’s not lost on me how lucky I am to get to do this as my full time job. Years ago I was desperately hoping to be able to create a business that would also become my career so that I could leave my desk job for good, and today, thanks to all of the wonderful people who have put their trust in me over the years, that business and career are my reality!

If you’re reading this, thank you for following along, for being a part of my journey!! It’s been a wild ride, and I’m so excited to see what lies ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving from Hawaii!!! We will be enjoying the holiday from the beach!!


Weekend Sneak Peeks

This weekend flew by in a whirlwind! I may have been off from weddings this past weekend, but that didn’t stop me from shooting three shoots all while packing and preparing the entire house for our trip to Hawaii!!

By the time you read this, I’ll be headed towards my favorite little island in the Pacific, but I couldn’t leave without sharing a few sneak peeks first!

We’ve got two mini sessions I photographed at a cute little park that’s just a mile away from home….

Remember Amanda and Drew?? I photographed their wedding back in 2013!! It was so much fun to see them (and Aidan and Libby!!)

Last but not least, I photographed Kelly and Wes in Baltimore!! They were troopers through Sunday afternoon’s blustery weather. Can’t wait for their wedding next year!

I’ll be out of the office until December 4th! If you send me a message, I will be answering urgent mail as soon as I can. All other messages will be responded to when I’m back on the East Coast 🙂 Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


Sierra Vista Wedding Photos | Sarah and Chris

Over the past six years I’ve met a ton of really amazing engaged couples and just as many talented wedding photographers. I’ve also been lucky enough to get to call many of them friends.  Sarah started out as an industry friend (she’s a wedding photographer, too!) but quickly became a travel buddy and “regular life” friend. From road tripping to Charleston with her last year, to eating at the world’s best buffet in Vegas with both Sarah and Chris last year, to celebrating my 30th with them on a beer and wine tour of Richmond, we’ve shared a ton of fun times together! When she and Chris got engaged and asked John and I to be a part of their wedding day, we were SO excited. Honored doesn’t begin to cover it. It’s always a huge responsibility to photograph a wedding day, but to work for a fellow photographer is something that makes me feel equal parts thrilled and riddled with anxiety!

Luckily for me, Sarah and Chris are incredibly laid back people. Their main focus on their wedding day was making the most of the time that they had to spend with the people who came from all over to celebrate with them. I never saw either one of them stress out about the possibility of the rain (which ended up holding off until after the ceremony AND all of our outdoor portraits!) or any of the other details of the day. Their wedding ended up being so perfect and so THEM. It was truly an unforgettable experience and the MOST perfect way to end yet another great season!

Enjoy a few of my favorite images and be sure to scroll to the end to see all of the talented vendors who played a part in putting together such a fantastic day!!

Vendor Team:
Venue: Sierra Vista // Coordinator: A Little Party Events // Styling & Design: Max & Dexter // Rentals: Happily Ever After Event Rentals // Florals: Canopy Floral Co // Makeup: Makeup by Ashley // Hair: Jessica Comisky // Bridal gown: Gossamer // Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Pies: Miller’s Country Store // Food: Piggin Out // Music: Barry Tosh // Video: Amative Creative