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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 :)

Taylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement Photographer

I knew of Jessica back in high school. I want to say we had AP Calculus together or one of those classes … I honestly don’t remember because it has been over eight years. Jeez. It was great switching up the atmosphere and photograph at the beautiful Molon Lave Vineyards and Fauquier Spring Country Club golf course. Taylor is a big time golfer so it was fun learning some things about golfing, including etiquette. I recently watched the huge golfing tournament with my grandparents while they were visiting but the golfing channel doesn’t teach you these things. Currently, I’m waiting for an email from Jess saying that Taylor went pro. ;) Haha! It will happen one of these days, I have faith! It’s funny chatting with these two because they have a great sense of humor. I had an absolute blast during our short time together and I cannot wait to spend their wedding day with them, their families and friends in the OutterBanks … without sharks please!

Taylor & Jess’s Love Story

How they met:
Taylor was roommates with one of Jess’s good friends’ boyfriend. They “officially” met at a Halloween party at Virginia Tech but since Jess was dating someone else, Taylor ignored her. Several months later, they went out to a bar in Blacksburg with some friends. Even though Jess was still in that same relationship, Taylor talked to her a little more and they started to get to know each other. Taylor was really impressed when Jess picked the tab up for everyone. A few weeks later Taylor’s sister came to visit and they all went out again.  That’s the night where it ‘clicked’ for them. They played pool, talked all night long, and realized they had very similar interests. Eventually Jess’s relationship ended so they could hang out every day. The rest is history.

The Proposal:
It was a Wednesday in the beginning of Jess’s last year in college. Taylor had agreed to make dinner (for the first time ever) since Jess had classes at night. When she came home, the table was set (shrimp tacos!), dinner was ready, and he even had a glass of wine waiting for her. He was unusually quiet during dinner but it was so delicious and she was so impressed that she didn’t think anything of it. After dinner, Jess cleaned the dishes while Taylor took the dog out. Eventually he walked over to her in the kitchen as she was finishing up the dishes. She was anxious because he looked so nervous that she playfully threw a dish towel in his face. He didn’t even realize she did that, instantly got down on one knee, and pulled out a ring as she exclaimed, “REALLY?!.” He kept it short and sweet. “Will you marry me?” She replied, “of course.”

Thank you Taylor, Jess and your adorable pup for a fun time together … even if your pup had a little toooooo much fun. ;) Haha! I cannot WAIT for your beach wedding in a couple months! AH! It’s going to be amaazzzinnnggg! Enjoy some of my favorites! xoxo!
Taylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement PhotographerTaylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement PhotographerTaylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement PhotographerTaylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement PhotographerTaylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement PhotographerTaylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement PhotographerTaylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement Photographer

Well … you know how the story goes when a dog is sitting next to a huge puddle of water. ;)

Taylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement PhotographerTaylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement PhotographerI had to laugh when I was taking this photo because we found a golf ball and as I was taking the photo, I noticed that the ball is branded as “Taylor Made” … it was meant to be. ;) Haha!
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Taylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards + Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, VA Engagement Photographer

 

Counting down to your wedding day!!! xoxo!

 

 

Weekend Recap | Sneak Peeks

What a weekend! I hope everyone had a fabulous Fourth of July! :) It has been a CRAZY week leading up to this point. I have been trying to rest my body since it has been going so hard for so long. Now I’m back in the swing of things and planning to get a bulk of my work done before leaving for a little beach getaway this coming up weekend. :))) I should only have a few albums and sessions to edit next week and then I’m off for a couple of weeks! I should do this every year as a great check up to ensure I’m on track each season. This weekend was spent with family and friends … along with some cannons and explosions, of course! Oh and lots of unhealthy food in moderation. Last week, I spent some time trying to put an offer on a house but wasn’t successful. I have learned SO much about the home buying process so far and I believe that when it is meant to happen, it will. I have come to the acceptance that it wasn’t my time. God will direct me to MY house when it’s time. I was in the hopes that I would be moving out during my “off month” but instead of trying to go full force, I think I’m going to hang back this month and refocus my energy for this upcoming fall wedding season. I shouldn’t rush into the responsibility of a home buyer anyways, right? ;) Haha!

On a side note, one of my favorite things after a wedding day is seeing a different perspective from a videographer! This weekend, I received a notification that two videos were ready to be viewed! So awesome! I thought I would share these videos with you all because they turned out awesome!!! :)

Dustin and Brooke | Rosemont Manor, Virginia May Wedding
View their photos HERE
Brooke & Dustin Wedding from Zachary Snyder on Vimeo.

Marc & Caity | Kellys Ford, Virginia April Wedding
View their photos HERE
Caitlin & Marc – Remington, VA from RedHeronProductions on Vimeo.

I’m excited to share some sweet engagements with you all this week on the blog!

Taylor & Jess | Molon Lave Vineyards & Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, Virginia Engagement
Weekend Recap | Sneak Peeks

Taylor & Hailey | Downtown Culpeper, Virginia Engagement
Weekend Recap | Sneak PeeksHappy Monday!!

Toby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding Photographer

I arrived super early at the beautiful 2941 Restaurant to scope out the place as well as get prepared for the inevitable rain. It wasn’t like it was a drizzling rain … it was a consistent drenching rain. It can be an obstacle when outdoor photos are involved but we made it work out the entire day even if we had to switch around some previously made plans! :) They had a beautiful ceremony and reception. Not to mention, one heck of a party with amazing food provided by the very well known restaurant, 2941! Plus the rain died down enough for us to run outside for a couple of portraits while we had the chance. It always seem to work out and I’m glad it did for Toby and Jennifer!

Thank you Toby and Jennifer for making the most out of our time together!! Despite the rain, you looked amazing and so happy! CONGRATS and enjoy some of my personal favorites! xoxo!

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Toby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerDo you SEE that rain behind them?! Crazy!
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Toby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerThe rain died down enough for us to take these wedding party photos! Whew!
Toby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerSo pretty!
Toby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerThe rain came back but that didn’t stop them from enjoying the portrait time together. :)
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Toby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerWhat a unique idea for table assignments!
Toby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerStunning cake!
Toby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerToby & Jennifer | 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia Wedding PhotographerWe ran out for a couple minutes for portraits while it wasn’t raining. :)
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Thank you to all of the vendors involved!!
Prepping Space: Marriott Fairview Park, Falls Church, VA
Venue: 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, VA
Day of Coordinator: Chrissy Limetti
Hair: Audrey Bethards
Makeup: Leah Margosis
Caterer: 2941 Restaurant, Falls Church, VA
Florist: Karin’s Florist
Baker: 2941 Restaurant
DJ: Michael Cruz, Bialeks Music
Dress Designer: Essence of Australia
Transportation: Majestic Limo
Guitarist: Jarrett Laskey

  • July 3, 2015 - 8:33 pm

    Chrissy Limetti - Beautiful pictures!!!

Rich, Jenn & Family | Warrenton, Virginia Family Portrait Photographer

I absolutely adore this family! I have known them since … well, basically forever as we were once next door neighbors. :) So thankful we have kept in contact over the years because I love seeing this family grow! Jenn excitingly told me that she wanted to schedule a spring/summer family session and of course I was thrilled to not only take their photos, capture this current time of their lives but to also reconnect with them. It was my first time meeting their cutie pie, Kinsley! All of their girls have great personalities and I love how that translates in these photos! :) Still looks like Rich is out numbered. ;) Haha! On the way out to the session last week, it dawned on me that they were some of my very first ever clients! So thankful for their encouragement from the beginnings of my business. <3

Thank you Rich, Jenn and your lovely family for a great time at the gorgeous Sky Meadows Park last week! You all looked incredible and I am looking forward to see where the future takes you all over the years to come. <3 Enjoy some of my favorites!!!

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XOXO!

  • July 2, 2015 - 8:16 pm

    Cyndi Messick - Oh … my … gosh … that b/w of the three girls!!! Seriously, LOVE!!! No other words necessary!! Rich and Jenn, love you and your beautiful family! <3

Nick & Kristin | Whitehall Manor Estate, Bluemont, Virginia Wedding Photographer

Friday, Nick and Kristin finally got married!!! :) Even though this was only my second official time meeting this couple in person since they live in California, it was as if we had hung out many times before their big day! They were so comfortable in front of the camera allowing those sweet little moments to happen. Nick is a Marine so their “love letter” theme was so appropriate for their wedding day. :) Beautiful heirloom antiques covered the tables and the best part was the fact that every table was different making it fun to photograph! :) It was my first time at the stunning Whitehall Manor and it was the perfect backdrop for their wedding day with the southern and classy architecture. So happy for Nick and Kristin!!!

Thank you Nick and Kristin for an incredible time Friday!!! Thank you for honoring me with documenting these special moments for you to hold on to forever. :) Wishing you both the best future together! xoxo!

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Thank you to all of the vendors involved!
Venue: Whitehall Manor Estate, Bluemont, Virginia
Planner: Shari Lynn, CMP
Hair: SAS Studio & Salon, Stephanie
Makeup: SAS Studio & Salon, Cindy
Florist: Harris Teeter
Baker: The Cake Boutique, Sarah
DJ: Shewsical Entertainment
Dress Designer: D’Angelo Couture
Transportation: Point to Point
Officiant: April Barden
Ceremony Music: Chelle, Music by Anthem

  • July 6, 2015 - 5:02 am

    Laura Halvorsen - Gorgeous pictures- thanks for doing such an amazing job!

Nathan & Jaricia | Marrowdale Farm, Charlottesville, Virginia Engagement Photographer

I first met Jaricia two years ago while doing her sister’s engagement portraits. I’m still in shock it was that long ago! Although, nothing compares to how long Nathan and Jaricia have known each other … since 2003! Now THAT feels like forever ago! They wanted to do their photos at a beautiful scenic farm for their engagement. Marrowdale Farm in Charlottesville was the perfect venue for them since Jaricia works there. My mouth dropped when I drove up surrounded by mountains, gorgeous landscaping and a spot on southern charm with the architecture. Seriously a dream! They brought along their two pups and we ventured around the farm capturing some beautiful lighting! If documenting their sweet love is this easy, I cannot wait to see them on their wedding day! Oh joyful day! <3

Nathan & Jaricia’s Love Story

How they met:
Jaricia and Nathan met back in 2003, and their meeting and the relationship they now share, in retrospect, seem fated. At that time, Nathan was an assistant manager at the Tractor Supply store in Warrenton and Jaricia worked at North Wales Farm, also in Warrenton. Jaricia’s mom, Elaine, also worked at Tractor Supply at that time. In fact, shortly after hiring on there, Elaine had shown Nathan Jaricia’s picture and suggested they meet, just to hang out and maybe be friends. Nathan politely declined because he thought Elaine was crazy for trying to set her daughter up with a random guy she barely knew. He also expected to have to relocate once he completed his management training to qualify for a promotion to store manager, and getting into a relationship seemed impractical.

Some time later, on June 5, 2003, Elaine had asked Jaricia to meet another young man in the morning at the store. As it happened, Jaricia was busy that morning, and she really wasn’t interested in being set up with a guy at the time. However, she did go in to the store that evening to pick up some vaccinations for her horses. When she needed advice, Elaine suggested she speak with Nathan, knowing that his mom had horses. During their conversation, Jaricia became interested in Nathan because he struck her as being a hard worker, polite, and mature (“Little did she know,” Nathan usually jokes when they tell their story). As the ladies walked to her truck, Jaricia noticed a Dodge Dakota sitting in the parking lot. Having been interested in getting a Dodge Dakota herself, she joked, “There’s my truck!” to which Elaine replied that she thought the truck belonged to Nathan. “Why didn’t you try to set me up with Nathan?” Jaricia asked. “Well, he seems kind of grumpy, and he didn’t seem interested when I showed him your picture.” A few days later, Elaine asked Nathan if he would give her his number so she could pass it on to Jaricia, which he did.

After speaking on the phone a little and talking at the store when Jaricia stopped by, they went on their first date on June 13, 2003. The evening began with dinner at Casa Chimayo, a small Mexican restaurant in Manassas, near the mall. After dinner, they went to what was then Hoyt’s movie theater, and ended up seeing The Italian Job. After the movie, they returned to Cedar Crest Farm, where Nathan lived with his parents. They continued to talk while Nathan showed her around the farm in the moonlight, all the while being eating alive by mosquitoes. Nathan then walked Jaricia back to her truck, where they talked more, and eventually he hugged her to say good night. She kissed him lightly on the back of the neck, and then they shared their first kiss, and then several more before the night finally ended. The following morning, on her way to work, Nathan passed right in front of Jaricia in his truck. She hurried to catch up with him and honked to get his attention. He looked over and they shared a big smile, then went their separate ways. It wouldn’t be long, however, before they were inseparable.

The proposal:
On Mother’s Day 2014, Jaricia stopped at Sears in Warrenton and bought two pairs of earrings she thought would look nice on her bridesmaids. At that point, no wedding had been planned, and while they had discussed marriage, Nathan had yet to propose. At lunch Jaricia showed Nathan the earrings and mentioned that she’d like to have another pair, since she knew she would have three bridesmaids. After lunch, Nathan went to the Sears in Manassas and got one more pair, which was all they had. Later, Jaricia thought she might like to have yet another pair, for herself, so she could match the bridesmaids, but neither location had any more.

In the meantime, Nathan had purchased an engagement ring in Fairfax. On the day he picked up the ring, he also decided to visit the Sears there, and found one more pair of the sought-after earrings, thinking that they could play a part in his proposal, which he hadn’t really planned yet. He concocted a few different plans to make the proposal special, romantic, and above all a surprise (which, given that they’d been together for almost eleven years, he knew would be a challenge), and each one failed to come to fruition for one reason or another.

On May 24, 2014, as they prepared for dinner in the living room as usual, Nathan decided that he would not wait any longer. He lagged behind in the kitchen and retrieved the earrings and the engagement ring, putting the engagement ring, in its box, in his pocket. As he went into the living room he told Jaricia that he’d gotten her another pair of the earrings so she could match her bridesmaids like she wanted, and gave her the earrings. While her attention was on the earrings, Nathan pulled the small white box from his pocket and said, “I got you something else to wear on your wedding day.” Before looking over, she began to ask if he’d found a necklace for her, too, then turned to see him kneel, open the box, and ask “Will you marry me?” “I thought you’d never ask!” she said as she burst into tears. They will be married on her family’s farm on September 26, 2015.

Thank you Nathan and Jaricia for bringing me down to Charlottesville to document your sweet and fun love. :) Loved meeting your pups! Now it is the final countdown to your big day this fall!!! Cannot wait! Enjoy some of my favorites!

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