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  • WELCOME!

    I'm a natural light photographer in the Northern VA/ D.C area specializing in portraits. I love Seniors, families, and children. When I'm not working I love traveling, antique shopping, wineries and spending time with my family. My dream is to get into styling sessions and making them fun to fit your personality and vision.

    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.

The Healey Family { Christmas tree mini session, Evergreen Acres} Nokesville, VA Photography

I {LOVE} Christmas! It’s one of my favorite seasons, so every year I look forward to styling my Christmas minis!( If you know me, you know I am obsessed with vintage shopping. I found the cutest little vintage sled, and some cute props as well!)

This year I tried a new farm, Evergreen Acres in Nokesville. I love this Christmas tree farm, and the owner, Jim, is one of the nicest guys! It was so nice of him to let us use his farm.

I loved this sweet family! Their little girl Piper was just as sweet as could be, and mom sent me the sweetest note after, about how excited she was to send out her Christmas cards this year.

We lucked out on a super nice day at the end of November. It was seriously like 60 degrees, and you know with VA weather, you never know what you will get, and I consider that warm! My next Christmas mini, which I will post soon, yeah we weren’t so lucky on weather! Next time I think I will keep them all on one weekend!:-)

Hope everyone is enjoying Decemeber! I know I am! I have had the Christmas music going constantly, have a couple cookie exchanges, and Holiday parties coming up, and I even am ALMOST done with all my shopping. Gifts are even wrapped under the tree. I consider this year a win on productivity!:-)

Now on to this sweet family.. Happy Holiday’s everyone!!!

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Elizondo Family ( Fall minis, Winery at La Grange} Haymarket, VA Photography

I’m so behind on blogging this season, but I wanted to share this beautiful family’s session! I have so many sessions I want to blog, and hope to get to them soon…

This family came out to the winery dressed to the nines! I love when families come dressed well for a session. It really does make a difference when you put thought into your outfit choices!  The boys were so well behaved and we had the winery all to ourselves. It was a beautiful Fall day! They just moved here from TX, and were loving the change of season.

Doesn’t mom look so stylish? I love that she braved their session in high heels. She looked perfectly comfortable in them too. I could take some pointers from her. Sexy mama 101!

Thanks for a wonderful session Elizondo Family!

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Palm Springs & Laguna Beach { Travel, Personal}

Sometimes in the middle of it all, it’s just nice to get away. Since I grew up in Southern California it’s always nice to go back, there’s always a little piece of your heart where you grew up. There’s always familiar reminders of things I once loved, like the trips we did to Palm Springs when I was a child. I was also able to see the house I grew up in. I could still remember my dad with a hose in his hand watering the grass. It was nice day remembering him.

I love driving into Palm Springs and seeing all the Windmills as I call them.:-)Oh and the dinousaur. It’s just one of those fun tourist traps you need to stop at.

Thanks to my childhood friend, Michelle, who we had such a fun day with, lunch, shopping,the design district and visiting all the fun 60’s inspired hotels.The Parker was my favorite. I plan to stay here if we go back!;-)It was nice soaking up the 90 degree sunshine! We could have lounged in the Hammocks all day…

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So long desert.. we were on to Laguna Beach. It was awesome spending time with my mom, brother and his wife Nicky.. and my niece and new nephew. It didn’t hurt either that they got us a condo right across from this beach view at Heisler Park! One day we just sat in the sun for hours and just took the beautiful view in!

I love Laguna. Love all the Art, cute boutiques and great restaurants.

Until next time California!

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Melanie { Fall portraits}

I met Melanie through her mom, Kim at my small group. Kim, and her husband Dave host our bible group and it has been a great thing for my husband and I to grow in our spiritual walk .I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone and I’ve been feeling God calling me to do more, and this is just one step.:-)Kim & Dave are such a sweet couple and when I told her I was a photographer, she  mentioned she needed updated portraits of Melanie. I was excited! I love Fall, and we talked about waiting for the leaves to change. What a beautiful day it was and I even found a mini cotton field. I mean it was almost dead, but whatever!;-)

Melanie was such a natural beauty.. and so easy to photograph!

I love this location.. it’s one of the trails in my neighborhood. Beautiful streams and the trees of different shades of Fall color. I can’t believe I haven’t used this location sooner. It might be a new favorite!

Enjoy.

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November 3, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Laura - These are so pretty and I love how you made her brown eyes pop!

November 4, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Caitlin - she is absolutley stunning!

Emma & Nate { A romantic Farm inspired Style Shoot}

Ahh, I  love farm inspired weddings.

Something about the rustic barns, laid back atmosphere , and fun details that make a Farm wedding so appealing.

A few months back I was able to practice wedding portraits at a Farm inspired shoot with Emma and Nate. Such a cute couple! I love that she even wore chucks with her bridal gown. It was a scorching hot day, but this couple powered through it. They never had a formal wedding so they loved us capturing some fun shots of their love!

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Models : Emma & Nate

Gown: Formal Envy

Hair: Samantha Wood

Makeup: Allison Barlow

Florals: Eight Tree Street

Jewelry: Funky Tangerine

Venue: Belvedere Plantation

Planners: Allison Hopperstad Photography, Lee Rorhbaugh Photography, Melissa Salinas Photography

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