Cool Maryland Engagement Session Locations

“Where should we do our engagement session?” is a question I get asked a lot (and can’t always answer perfectly). Typically, I suggest doing a session at a location that is near and dear to your relationship or someplace you’ve always wanted to explore! I would love for couples to embrace what makes them happy and incorporate that into photos – whether they’re the couple that loves to hike, the couple that loves to eat, the couple that loves to stay in and watch Netflix, or the couple that loves to go to breweries. (Or, like, whatever else). I do […]

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Awesome Wedding Venues in Northern Virginia

Finding a wedding venue is typically one of the first steps an engaged couple takes during wedding planning! There are a bazillion and one amazing venues around the area, so rather than do DC, MD, and NoVA all together, I decided to compile a short list of my favorite awesome wedding venues in Northern Virginia. First up, Bluemont Vineyard (or any of the Wineries in the Loudon area). Sooooo if you know much about me, you know I’m almost the definition of a basic white girl when it comes to wine. I love me some wine. I love me some cheese. I […]

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2018: Business & Personal Goals

Hi there! It’s 2018 and everyone is having a hard time writing the date. People are hitting the gym and eating healthier and working hard to better themselves. I used to think new years resolutions were silly but I realized I can’t get on anyones case for wanting to work on themselves. A new year is a good benchmark for time. Instead of making new years resolutions, I like to set year goals. And boy do I have a lot of them – and they’re all over the place. Let’s dive in, shall we? Make my clients’ experience working with me fantastic. I […]

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Why I Offer Complimentary Engagement Sessions

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Engagement

Engagement photo shoots are some of my favorite sessions. They tend to be low-key, in a fun location, and I get to work with awesome people. Part of my wedding package is to offer complimentary engagement sessions to all of the couples who book me for their wedding day! This session is an hour long opportunity with SO much to offer both the couple and me, the photographer. There are SO many reasons why I offer complimentary engagement sessions, and I’d like to share three of them. These sessions give me the chance to get to know my couples! This […]

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Winter Engagement Session: Tips and Tricks

As I type this it is sleeting out and has been between the temperatures of like 7 – 20 degrees out the last week or so. I hate it. The cold is the worst. And I’m tempted to respond to the topic of “winter engagement session tips and trips” with a big ole “DON’T. DO. IT.” But that would be counter intuitive to me typing in the first place. So here are just a few tips and tricks for having a successful winter engagement session. Location. Opt for a place that is EXTRA wintery. Think mountains, tree farms, snowy fields, or downtown […]

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Whitehall Manor Wedding | Natalie & Jared

It has come time for me to share my final wedding of 2017! This Whitehall Manor wedding took place in November and I could not have asked for a better way to close out my wedding season. Whitehall Manor was the perfect spot for Natalie and Jared to tie the knot. Their wedding had all the moments I love in weddings – laughter, excitement, loads of dancing, the vibe that this couple will conquer any challenge life throws at them, and of course, chick-fil-a. Just a few of my personal highlights from their day: The fact that the first thing Jared said to […]

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DC Engagement Session Locations

Choosing from all the DC engagement session locations can be tricky. There is so much in the city that can be the perfect backdrop! You want somewhere that has diversity, because while posing and composition and lighting will help give you variety, you don’t want your engagement session location to be lacking. Here are 3 of my favorite DC engagement session locations! Georgetown/Waterfront Georgetown is so beautiful and perfectly mixes the cute city life, wonderful brick (in multitudes of color), with the natural. The waterfront overlooks the Potomac and then there are great spots along Wisconsin and M street that have […]

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Bluemont Vineyard Wedding | Lauren & Steven

Well, well, well. It’s 2018 and I’m trying to start the year off strong with blogging. I slacked hard on sharing some of the beautiful love stories I was able to capture in 2017, so it’s time to get the show on the road! This wedding took place in late October and was one of the best days ever! Lauren and Steven are so much fun and their family and friends were awesome. This Bluemont Vineyard wedding went off without a hitch! The ladies started getting ready at the cottage at Bluemont Vineyard while the gents were hanging out at […]

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The Ospreys At Belmont Bay Wedding | Jordan & Phillip

What a day this was at The Osprey’s at Belmont Bay! Jordan and Phillip are such an amazing couple and I could not be more honored that I was able to photograph their big day. Jordan and Phillip have one of those “it was fate” stories – they met in an online chat room while she was living in Portland and he was in Virginia. The two formed a cross-country friendship through texting and talking on the phone. Two years later, they finally met in person, and then spent another two years in a cross-country relationship. Once Jordan was done […]

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Bretton Woods Wedding | Andrea & Will

A long, long time ago, I was contacted by this beautiful bride who was planning her Bretton Woods wedding! I had met her while out at a bar and shamelessly told her I was a wedding photographer when I heard she was engaged (I really don’t actually do this ever, but I’m so glad I pimped myself out to her)! We were able to do their engagement session where they got engaged (Great Falls) and it was so much fun! That was my first time meeting Will, who is so awesome and kind! But on to the big day!! Here are […]

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