families Video Slideshows

Maddie at Home

I haven’t been posting much because I’ve been shooting a LOT.  Weddings or portraits almost every weekend this summer, and in between, a lot of pictures of my own family on vacation.  It’s busy, but fulfilling.

One of the highlights was taking a break from weddings to make this little documentary video with Maddie and her folks.  We had breakfast, played at her house, danced, fed the dogs, painted nails, and then slipped out for a more classic mini session at a creek, which I’ll have to share a bit later.  Maddie is three years old and full of personality and energy.  I just loved watching all those blonde curls bounce and swing as she skipped along through her morning.  She’s quite the storyteller and got the sillies during our interview, but I like that I got to record her parents speaking a bit as well.

Maddie, you’re one of a kind.  I hope you and your family enjoy your video and pictures.


Summer Family Mini Sessions

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be doing another round of family mini sessions, this time in June.  Mini sessions are perfect for young families who want a set of classic but casual outdoor portraits but don’t want to…


Jennifer & Andy | Preview

Andy and Jennifer got married yesterday at Montfair Resort Farm in Crozet, VA.  It was lovely, and there is lots more to share.  She had the most glamorous, flowing, twirly dress I believe I’ve ever seen, and I loved…


Jen and Brian in black and white

Jen and Brian got married last September at Montfair Resort Farm and I’ve been working on their blog post tonight. But then I got distracted by these black and whites, which I think are pretty all in their own…

Bridal portraits

Alicia’s Santillane Bridal Portraits

Alicia was all sparkles, lace, and ruffles… such a beautiful bride! We shot these bridal portraits at Santillane in Fincastle, VA.  I always like to shoot bridals at a B&B or wedding venue because the grounds are pretty and there…


Tessa and Jacob’s Chateau Selah Wedding

You never know what connections you’ll make in life, or how friends and family will come through for you. About two years ago now, some local photographers and I decided to organize a spring workshop day.  It was just…

Wedding Tips

Feeding Your Photographer

I wrote this post out in September and decided to shelve it for a while.  I forgot all about it until a week or two ago, when an article advising couples not to feed the photographer or other wedding vendors who are…

Personal Weddings

My First Wedding

At times it’s difficult to believe, but I’ve been shooting weddings for 7 years now.  This will be my 8th season working professionally.  It’s something that I never imagined myself doing, but that has brought me a lot of artistic…

Wedding Tips

Missing the Music

“I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free.” I’ve attended a lot of wedding ceremonies by now.  This summer will mark my 7th season as a wedding photographer, and while I’m not as busy as the full-timers,…


Rick and Colleen’s Blacksburg VA Wedding

Rick and Colleen traveled all the way from California back to Blacksburg, Virginia to have their wedding in their hometown.  They held their ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and their reception at the German Club of Virginia Tech,…