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Born and raised on a family owned dairy farm in Fauquier County, along with two siblings, Amanda and Eric. Graduated Liberty High School and went to James Madison University, where I participated in Kappa Pi Honors Fraternity as well as the Marching Royal Dukes! GO DUKES! Graduated in May of 2012 with my B.F.A. in Graphic Design. I worked as a graphic designer in the D.C. area for almost a year after graduating college and then resided in Warrenton, VA to work for the Piedmont Press & Graphics as one of four graphic designers :) Currently, I am managing to balance my full time graphic design job along with my photography business! It's a hectic lifestyle, but I enjoy it!!! About my photography business: I have learned in the world of photography that it is not just about pretty photos, it is all about the EXPERIENCE the photographer gives to the client. And that is what I am out here to do! Give YOU the best experience that you will not forget! From the moment we schedule the session... to the laughs/smiles we share the day of the shoot... to the moment I hand over the package of your images... I make sure that every step of the way leaves my client smiling :)

I’m in disbelief we are just days away from March of 2017! I have a feeling this year is going to fly by like the last one. Yikes! It seems like winter pressed fast forward as well. I was really hoping to squeeze in a ski trip, but I guess it’s too late around this…

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When I was envisioning a space to gather family and friends in my home, a big and pretty wooden dining room table was exactly what I hoped for. What came to my surprise was the price of purchasing a brand new eight-person table with eight chairs! Yikes! We are talking at least $1,000 … And…

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  • Carolyn Baldanza

    Fantastic. Love the picture of the cat too.

It’s a HUGE honor to photograph a wedding, and I’m forever thankful for those who trust me from year to year. Each of my couples has a special place in my heart, and I’m glad I have these memories to reflect my experience with them forever. <3 I have been so fortunate to have sweet,…

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  • Margaret Kendron

    Great pictures.  Love them all

I had the privilege of meeting a gracious, BEAUTIFUL, grateful and joyful couple last week. No question why Jason and Maryn were GLOWING in these photos as little baby Charlotte is indeed the one they have been dreaming and praying for. They are just weeks away from finally holding her in their arms, and I…

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We are wrapping up this series with a couple more “Best of 2016” posts, but today is “Reception Details” day!! Despite the fact that all of my 32 weddings last year had different themes, it’s fun seeing these photos together. :) So many unique and beautiful ideas thanks to hard work from the couples and vendors…

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I have to be honest. If you asked me if there was human trafficking in Virginia over a year ago, I would have guessed no. I mean, we hear about it in other countries/continents, but not so much in the U.S. There’s also this perception of girls in chains and held against their will. That does…

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  • Alex

    I love this post. My senior internship was spent working with the Human Trafficking Unit with Fairfax County Police, and this topic is so important to me and so much awareness is needed about this horrible act. The Just Ask Campaign is another organization working to combat and raise awareness about Human Trafficking! Was Bill Woolf the guest lecturer? 

  • Hi Alex!!!

    That is so cool to hear the connection! And YES! It was Bill Woolf! He was great and so informative! :)