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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.

Best of 2015 Weddings

2015 was the year of weddings for me! I usually shoot portraits so it was fun sharing in my bride’s special day! It can always be a little nerve-wracking shooting one of the most important days in a couple’s life. I felt like the ones I did take on, where SO perfectly suited to me! Thank you all all my brides who trusted me to be their photographer last year!

I also loved second shooting this year. I was a learning experience shooting along side Stephanie Messick Photography and was so thankful for the opportunity she gave me! I learned so much about not just capturing the moment, but learning to capture emotion as well! Also a big thank you to Alicia Lacey Photography, Norman Photo and Paper, Bridgette E Photography and Precious Posh Photography for letting me shoot alongside you talented ladies!

My funniest memory of the year had to be the farm wedding I second shot with Stephanie. Somehow I got chiggers from sitting on the hay bales. All over my BUTT! It wasn’t funny at the time, but it makes for some good memories! What a great year it was….

Here are some of my favorite Wedding images of 2015! Next up are some of my favorite Portraits from the year.

Jasmine & David { Morven Park}





Shauna & Brandon { Heritage Hunt}

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Spring & Jordan { Washington D.C}


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Sb8Sb45SB35Sb9aSb41Sb14SB3aSb5Gigi & Clayton { Oxon Hill Manor} Second Shooting with Stephanie Messick Photography


Candice & Matt { Arlie Farm} Second Shooting with Stephanie Messick Photography

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Courtney & Brian Second shooting with Stephanie Messick





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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!

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