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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.

Jesse { Stafford H.S Class of 2016}

Congrats to all the graduating Class of 2016! I was so honored to photograph Jesse’s senior pictures. He is such a handsome, well mannered young man, I loved our time together getting to know him as we chatted about his plans for the future. I photographed his sister’s and cousin’s senior pictures a few years back, and I just love his family, they are the sweetest people!!

Jesse and I had so much fun exploring all the fun places to shoot in Old Town Fredericksburg, it’s such a photographers dream, not to mention how excited I was when he showed up so well dressed in a suit and bow tie! He actually had several outfits, each so amazing. I loved capturing his personality, his style and his love for soccer.

Congrats Jesse! May God bless your future ahead!


Cruising to the Bahamas { Personal, 2016 Travels}

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We had so much fun, from the cruise ship entertainment, to the food ( I gained a few pounds) to the fun ports, Cococay and Atlantis Paradise Island. We just relaxed on the beach at CocoCay, enjoyed a fabulous lunch on the beach and the boys snorkeled and saw colorful fish and some plane ruins.

Our favorite was the Rapid Rivers at Atlantis. I thought the coolest slide would be the one were you rode through the sharks, but no, we loved the fast rapids! So much fun! Even if I got thrown off my tube a few times and dragged along the bottom.:-)Atlantis is such a beautiful resort and worth the visit!

It was definately a much needed time to just get away and spend time together. So many fun memories I won’t forget.

June 6, 2016 - 4:18 pm

Petra - Beautiful photos! Now I need to get to a beach asap! :)

Sydney & Deson { Engaged, Sky Meadows Park, Delaplane, VA}

I met Sydney and Deson at Sky Meadows State Park for their engagement session, I love this spot for portraits! The beautiful views and mountains in the distance and the old Stone house are gorgeous. I was so glad when they mentioned this spot, even though they were coming from Alexandria and Baltimore. The weather had rained all day and was looking ominous, but the rain stopped and come out in time just for these two!

I loved getting to know them a little bit during the session, how they fell in love quickly and dated through college. They are so sweet together! They are actually having a wedding out in Utah soon, best of luck to you two, hope you have a beautiful wedding and many wishes for a beautiful life ahead!


May 26, 2016 - 10:39 am

Petra - Beautiful photos, Ali!

Schmelzer Family { Warrenton, VA Family Photography, Pearumund Cellars}

I first knew of this sweet family through my neighbors, the Girards, aren’t they just a gorgeous family?

Melissa reached out to me for a family session, Melissa is a photographer herself, and it was fun capturing her sweet family and lively dogs, Forester and Hudson. You can clearly tell they love their fur babies so much and are a tight knit part of the family! It was so special to see the love between the four of them.

The weather was rainy all morning and we were nervous we would have to reschedule the shoot, but the sun came out just in time for our session at the beautiful Pearmund Cellars.

A perfect gift just in time for Mothers Day. I so enjoyed meeting your sweet family Melissa! You all are lovely, and your sons so well behaved! Hope to see you all again soon!


Pursuit 31 Gainesville Retreat 2016 { Personal, Faith}

One thing I have learned in the last year is when God is calling you to something to listen. When I first started leading Pursuit 31 Gainesville, it was scary to step outside of my comfort zone and lead, and when he called me to join a couple small groups my faith was strengthened by reading the bible and praying for others. God put it on my heart to lead a retreat this year and what a blessing the weekend was! Little did I know when I rented the house the owners of the Joshua House were also Christians, and when I walked in I loved seeing all the framed art with bible verses. It’s amazing to see God work. I have tried living life for far too long in my own strength, miserably failing many times, and I can’t explain the joy it is to give God your heart!

Not only did we have a blast, the girls shared their hearts, shared testimonies, formed friendships and thanked God for all he has done. My favorite part of the weekend was sitting on the dock doing our small group bible study on ” Lord, teach me to pray” while taking in the beauty of his creation around us. We baked, we worked out, we did headshots, Candice taught us a mini class on posing, we ate way too many cupcakes and cookies, and we finished the night by watching ” War Room”. If you haven’t seen it what an amazing movie on prayer! I was so encouraged by each of these women, and am thankful for new friendships. When it was time to leave I felt a little sad, leaving this amazing house and wonderful women. I can’t wait to do it again!

” Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3;5-6


April 18, 2016 - 3:02 pm

Petra - Beautiful ladies, scenery, and photography! Great post too – very encouraging! ❤️❤️❤️

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