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    Hi! I'm Ali, a natural light, on location photographer in the Northern VA/ D.C area specializing in portraits. I love seniors, families, and children. I also take on a limited amount of intimate weddings a year. When I'm not working I love traveling, antique shopping, wineries and spending time with my family.

    I think each individual is unique and beautiful in their own way. I try and capture that in your photographs and let your personality shine.

Kelly & Drew { Arlie Manor, Warrenton, VA Wedding Photography}

Kelly was a Stunning bride and SO calm and collected that Hurricane Joaquin had rolled in for her big day. I love when brides are laid back and calm despite the weather,  because with a great attitude you can still have a beautiful wedding day rain or shine and their wedding turned out beautifully!

I was super excited when Alicia Lacey Photography asked me to second shoot this wedding with her. I love Alicia, and she is so super laid back  fun to work with!

Kelly and Drew were so natural together during portrait time, it might have been one of my fav portrait times! You could just feel the love between them and it doesn’t hurt that they make a beautiful couple those two!

Here’s to a long and happy life together!

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Melanie { Patriot H.S Class of 2015}

You might remember this beauty from some lifestyle portraits we did last year. Melanie is such a pretty young lady and will be graduating from Patriot High this year.

She also loves Photography and actually picked out this sweet location from when she went here for one of her photography projects. I loved the rustic location and Fall was just starting to make its appearance! It was a beautiful night.. ahh the light!

She hopes to attend JMU or VA Tech next Fall. Best of luck Melanie, I know you will be successful in whatever you do!







Shenandoah Country Club Wedding { Berryville, VA}

This last August I had the pleasure of second shooting for Precious Posh Photography. She does amazing Fine Art Photography, if you haven’t seen her work, you should check it out. It was so much fun working with her. The couple was so sweet and included their adorable daughter in the ceremony. Normally I think of reds in a Winter Wedding, but they pulled it off for their Summer wedding. It was a big, classic Italian Wedding.

These are some of my favorites from the day..





October 17, 2015 - 10:19 am

Petra - Beautiful!

Kristen & Nick { Whitehall Manor, VA Wedding}

Second shooting has been such a blessing for me this year! It gives me the opportunity to work with amazing photographers, learn the ins and outs of a wedding day and shoot with beautiful couple at beautiful venues. I did a lot of second shooting from early Spring to Summer and a few Fall ones, and my last two were this past weekend. What a joy it was to be a part of a couple’s special day. I’m so grateful for the opportunity God gave me this year.

I second shot this wedding with the talented Stephanie Messick Photography at Whitehall Manor back in June. It was a beautiful, sunny day with the sweetest couple. They came all the way from San Diego where they are stationed to have a  Rustic, VA Wedding with military honors. I loved all the vintage details from the tea cups, to the  poetry, and love letters in the reception details. Here are some of my favorites from the day.



October 17, 2015 - 10:30 am

Petra - I love these!

Seaside, Florida { Travel Photography}

Sometimes, last minute getaways are the best. I wasn’t planning on joining my family in Florida with just taking a vacation in August and moving into a new house, but family is important and I’m so glad I booked this trip last minute, so many fun memories in just a few days were made! I even got to visit with my old friend Robyn and catch up. She was sweet enough to pick me up at the airport and drive me down, but not before lunch on the beach and a wonderful massage, it doesn’t hurt to be friends with a massage therapist!

Ever since my sister introduced us to one of her favorite spots in Florida, I’ve been obsessed with the quaint little town of Seaside, and Watercolor, FL. The homes are just so beautiful. I could walk through the little town all day and just admire all the shops, sample everything from the food trucks and get lost along 30A. I wanted to spend a little more time in Rosemany and Aly’s Beach, we did stop through for a drink in the evening and it was gorgeous! I will have to put it on the list for next time…

It was so wonderful being able to spend a few days with my family in Santa Rosa beach at a cabin in Grayton Beach State Park. Especially spending some time with my adorable niece, and nephew who just turned one!.. I was able to do some quick family pictures for them. So happy to give them these memories…

The water was so pretty and blue. We pretty much had in to ourselves being off season. We plan to go back and next time rent one of these cute seaside homes!

What wonderful memories, If you haven’t been to this part of Florida, you really need to visit! I can’t wait to go back!



September 22, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Petra - Beautiful photos, scenery, and family! <3

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